Monday, December 29, 2008
When we were at Wausau, we had lunch at the Galley. This is a place where you should not miss in your life time. The cook is a former freighter ships cook at the Great lakes. It offers gourmet burger.
The cafe decorated with maps of the great lakes and pictures taken by the cook when he was still working at the ship. It's very simple, relaxing atmosphere.
We ordered lemon greek soup and burgers. As for the baby, we ordered hot dog. The waitress is very nice. We asked her if the baby could get her hot dog first and she's really helpful with that
Lemon greek is a chicken base soup with lemon, topped with fresh spinach. The soup is filled with chucks of chicken pieces and fresh spinach. Best, it's very tasty.
As you bite in the burger, you can taste the chef secret seasoned burger with its delicious fixing.
It comes with French fries. The food taste so fresh and yummy. I'm not too crazy with the bun.
The baby loves the hot dog. I think it's her first time finished the whole dog.
Yes, I would like to come back again looking for more when I'm in the area...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
"Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth: is there a Santa Claus?
"115 West Ninety-fifth street."
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Source: from Wikisource
Friday, December 19, 2008
Just to add a little detail on my previous blog on sterling wire and ball rings.
To make sterling ball from sterling wire, you need 3 tools:
1. Charcoal block
2. Cutting pliers
1. Scrape holes in a charcoal block. This to make sure that the ball won't run away and go to the places you want to avoid... say your lap...
2. Cut small sterling wire and put it in the holes.
3. Using torch, heat the sterling wire.
Voila....it will turn to a ball.
Once it's done, it will turn black. It's about 1400F when the wire melts and turn to a ball.
For faster cooling, you can quench it with water. It's ready for pickling and use.
To make the balls more uniform, coil the wire just like making a jump ring.
Disclaimer: This is for prospective customer information only. This is not to replace technical information you receive from your instructor. There is some risk inherent from this project and Bigib,LLC is not responsible for any risk may occur.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
More and more family needs help. The recession is real and it could happen to you.
Here's a story about Elaine, who used to make 100K, now turn to food bank to help.
This week, our subdivision is collecting food for Waukesha Food Pantry. I could only imagine how it feels to be hungry.
Christmas is about sharing. For that reason, when you shop at my Etsy store this week from December 12-19, 2008, I will donate 15% of the sales to Waukesha Food Pantry
Thank you for thinking others in these times.
PS: Picture borrowed from Waukesha Food Pantry
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Inspired by Ratatouille, I started to pay close attention on the food I ordered in the restaurants. How does it taste, how do they present it, how is the atmosphere... Well, I'm not a food critic like Anton Ego,.. I'm just a mom with 2 children who likes to eat good food.
Last week, we went to Seoul Korean Restaurant in Milwaukee. It's located on prospect street in Milwaukee. The restaurant is a medium size, I'd say it could fit about 50 or more. The room color is red and yellow on top with contrasting blue/red lamp hanging on top. There are a lot of Korean dolls decorations on the window. It feels like a family friendly restaurant.
We arrived a bit after 5 pm. There were already a couple dining. I ordered Bul-go-ki, my husband ordered Bibimbop. My daughter order kids menu chicken bul-go-ki while the baby ordered potsticker. We also had Korean Citrus Honey tea which is so wondefully tasty. It's sweet and citrusy taste.
My Bul-go-ki comes in a hot plate with fixings on the side including lettuce, bean paste, sesame oil, rice and egg drop soup. I suppose to eat it with paste bean, sesame oil, wrapped in lettuce with rice. The lettuce is very refreshing. The beef is very tasty. I'm not too crazy with the soup.
Hubby likes his bibimbop. He thought it reminds me his everyday cold lunch. I like mine better. The kids...well the baby eats halfway before she starts screaming and wants to eat her crackers. The older eats the chicken bul-go-ki without the rice. In short, I can't speak for the kids.
The waitresses are very friendly. There are at least 2 waitresses who is always checking on us. They like to play with the kids. It's flattering, but I think at one point it gets to be a little bit annoying.
We ended our dinner with green tea ice cream. We got a mochi green tea ice cream - not quite what I expected. I want the real green tea ice cream.
Overall experience is good. The food is tasty, the price is affordable, the atmosphere is OK. I like the fact that they have kids menu. And yes, we'll come back for more...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Mies van der Rohe, well know with the idea of "less is more" inspired this earrings. Each individual square is cut, pierced, filed, tumbled.
This earrings is made from two squares connected with balled wire. Very simple yet elegant.
To learn more about this piece, you can visit my dawanda store. If you prefer to shop at Etsy store, I would be happy to move the listing to Esty.
Just contact me conny(at)bigib(dot)com.
Friday, December 12, 2008
It is exciting to have a returning customer.
First, it's because I feel he or she has become your friend.
Second, she knows what information I needed, thus a stream lined the process.
Last but not least, I know that I did a good job.
Mrs. L recently ordered a name necklace for her sister in law. She emailed me all the specification she wants for the necklace. She wants shiny finish, domed, with Swarovski crystal color aquamarine, no cross, with the names she wants hand stamped.
Making jewelry is a soothing/relaxing feelings for me. Amazingly, it's one of the activity I look forward to by the end of the day. I took the time to make every piece and I enjoy every process it takes. Best of all, I really like how it turned out. The aquamarine color looks dazzling with the shiny background.
And ooh..... it must be very lucky to be Mrs. L sister in law...
What do you think...?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Right there, in the corner of our basement, I sat down, put my optivisor on and 'POOF'... I became a creative owl.
This is a picture of work area. Most of the work happens on this table, including soldering. Under the table, I'll find my tool box filled with heavier tools including hammers. On my left, I will find drawer filled with supplies topped with glass for cutting and picture taking work. On my back, I will find cutting, piercing, filing area. All within my reach. So, I just turn 180 degree for cutting, turn 90 degree for picture taking. I could sit on my chair without moving, doing 3 different activities. Pickling, cleaning happens in the bathroom, to my right.
Of course, a computer in the opposite corner of my basement.
That's where all the magic happen... in the corner of my basement...
Check out my complete picture on Flikcr
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Inspired by big dipper pendant, I designed sterling silver big dipper earrings...
It's made of sterling disc, dimpled and oxidized.
To learn more about this piece, please visit my listing.
Big dipper necklace also available at my Etsy store.
PS: Just listed: New big dipper earrings at my Etsy Store...
Monday, December 8, 2008
Few weeks ago my daughter showed me a certificate in her hand with her picture on it.
It says that she received this NED award because she is doing her best. Great...!
I remember reading about NED at the school flier few months ago. It's an activity that encourage children to do their best... and learns to play yo-yo.
The next few days, instead of picking her up in the parking lot, I went inside.
I didn't really grasp the scale until I saw the board, where they published all the awards the students got. As I was reading the award individually, I then realized that she was the first three students from her class who got the award.
My heart was filled with pride. So I told her that she could do anything she wants to celebrate her achievement.
I was ready to spend a certain amount of money as I was thinking that she was going to choose going to ChuckE.Cheese's or Stonefire Pizza, Ice cream or any other entertainment places.
Instead, she asked for a family game night. A night that we used to have in Summer when the days were not too hectic. She wants to play monopoly.
If felt that I just got a kick on my behind. Parents, well I, tend to spend money to make a child happy. It proof, that it's not always the case. They need your time.
Especially with Christmas coming up, may be you should start thinking spending time with them instead of getting new toys.
What do you think?
I strive to do my best to be the best mom for my children. Childhood never comes back.
Which means... less time for blogging...
In case you don't see me blog that often ( I try to blog at least twice a week ), I hope you understand why...
Friday, December 5, 2008
A contemporary architecture inspired necklace. This piece inspired by basic geometry shape. Squares, circles, lines are connected with cold connection and adorned with blue lamp work to make this unique piece.
To learn more about this, you can visit my Etsy listing.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
With my curiosity, I checked out his website and learned about the mission.
Just like the name, World Bead Jewelry is an online place where talented bead jeweler around the world can be found and shine. Sounds like an ambitious project to me.
Within 4 weeks, there are 70 jeweler around the world are in the cyberspace... wow.
I feel very honored to be able to be a part of World Bead Jewelry.
To learn more about World Bead Jewelry, you can reach firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Following up my blog about "save the dust", I turned the piece of reticulated disc to a big dipper pendant. I drilled holes arranged to portray big dipper...
What do you think?
PS: New listing available at my Etsy store
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am thankful for:
The breath I take every day
The health, family and friends and roof above our head.
The sun that rises every morning and sets every night.
The food that I found when I opened the fridge.
The safety feeling to be able to walk to the park, school, church, etc
The freedom to speech
The new and repeat customers
Happy Thanksgiving Day
PS: Picture is courtesy of Abigail, for her Super Turkey theme.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You don't have to drink wine from it. No one knows what inside. I use it to drink sparkling juice, milk (with cookie), tea, water, juice... and I feel like a royalty.
It's a beautiful piece to look at and yet it's more functional than regular glass goblet.
Best, it's microwave able. Because it's made of clay, it could withstand heat.
EBP makes not only goblets, mugs and vases. They also make lamps, baskets, casserole bowl, plates and other functional items.
To learn more about EBP, you can visit their website, http://www.ellisonbaypottery.com/
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
No, it's not pixie dusts or dust bunnies.
It's sterling dust that you would produce when you're filing or sewing.
When it's accumulated to a good size of dust, you can add those dust to a piece of metal and heat it. The dust creates a beautiful texture that may surprise you. Like the one I did on this piece of metal disk.
Now it's up to you. It's beautiful just as is. You can use it as a pendant or if you have a pair, you can make earrings.
As for me... hm.. I'm still deciding what to do...
So... save the dust !
PS: I decided to make a big dipper pendant.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It's been a busy day weekend for me. The show started at 10 am. It was a bit slow at the beginning but then the traffic starts to build up towards the afternoon.
It's fun to see familiar faces, friends and customers. Rick H, from Milwaukee, came approached me. He said that he bought a piece from me last year for her grand daughter and she's so happy with my piece. It just made my day...
I feel so happy to meet customers who came back and give complements. It gives me assurance that I did a great job.
And one of the best thing is meeting old friends and making new ones. I met Diane from EBP, Genevieve D and Elise L.
I plan to do more shows next year as the baby is a bit older now.
Even though this would be my last show for the year, I will still available online 24/7 at Etsy store.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It feels so great when someone talks about your pieces you made. It's an acknowledgments that your pieces are special and worth mentioning.
Lisa, from http://www.squidoo.com/diamondgirl, published my pieces on her website. She also talks about jewelry trends forn 2009. Great resources for jewelry artist.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Mark your calendar. New pieces are coming for my next show at MPTV...Nov 22-23, 2008 at 12560 W. Townsend St., Brookfield, WI
Free admission, Free parking...
Print your 10% coupon at home.
This is my last show of the year.
If you happen to be in the area, please stop by to say "Hi".
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Refer a friend program is going on through November. How it works?
You can blog me, or refer me to your friends. When you friend purchase an item from me, I will ask him or her who refers you. You will receive a special thank you gift. That's simple.
So, when you blog me, you may be the lucky one...
Monday, November 10, 2008
NEW from BIGIB ...
Personalized Christmas Ornaments with your family name and year.
The size is about 2" diameter. It is big enough to put your family picture.
To learn more about this, please visit my etsy store.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Well... I know this is not a fix it yourself blog, however, I think this worth blogging.
It's our biggest achievement in fixing the a door...
Our weather strip patio door is falling apart. With winter is on the way, it's been our priority to replace it. I've looked at local home improvement stores and I still can't find the weather strip I needed.
After weeks searching on the web, I found Conservation Technology, which looks like it would be able to help. The weather seals looks so much like WS 84 on their catalog weather seals catalog. I think they call it a "leaf seal". However, with a minimum $25 and shipping charges, it made me to try looking for something locally.
I went to Elliot Ace Hardware at Elm Grove ( my favorite part because the people are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable) and was referred to Lisbon Screen and Storm where I emailed Mike my single liner sketch.
He responded that he may have something similar to it. So, I was so very hopeful that we can fix this problem.
We went there, spoke with Dan, and within 20 minutes, we were out the store with big smiles.
We found the thing... Today, we replaced it and it perfectly fit.
We also fixed our front door sweep. There are many kind of sweep type and sizes. Ours is kind that has a barb that goes inside the door.
This is the picture of the door without the sweep. So when you are looking for a replacement, either you have to bring the old sweep or needs to measure the distance of the barb.
I found ours at Menards. There is also a universal sweep which uses adhesive to stick on the door.
Once you found it, just use a mallet to force it in the door. On both edge, we put silicone sealant like the ones you use in the bathroom. We screwed on both size using sheet metal screw just to enforce it. It's not necessary - not suggested in the direction.
We did the enforcing part, however, because when we put the door back, we accidentally folded one corner, which means the sweep didn't cover the gap as it's suppose to.
The tricky part is putting the door back. It's a bit challenging for both of us to put the door back... but we made it...
Winter... we're ready for you...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Just like the name said, it is a book mark or book clip in a card. The bookmark is handmade of copper wire, hammered, heat patina. It comes in apple/pumpkin, Christmas tree, sun or flower shapes. The card is decorated with Chiyogami paper. It is great gift for readers, teachers and your special ones.
When recipient receive the card, she/he will not only receive a beautiful hand made card they also could use the copper bookmark and cherish it for years.
To learn more about Bookmark in A card, please visit my etsy store and click on Bookmark In A Card section.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
1. I was named after English TV show host, Connie and Walter.
2. Yes, my name is Conny. Not Constance.
3. When I was a kid, I used to climb our roof to play kite with my next door neighbor kid. I earned Architectural Engineering degree and then developed a "fear of heights".
4. I love working in a team, dealing with many different projects and seeing the result. Working for Arthur Andersen was the best job I've ever had.
5. I listened to podcast (Nightly Business Report and Marketplace money )while making jewelry.
6. I love mushrooms including morel mushroom. I can't imagine life without it...
7. I never follow recipe other than baking.
8. I moved a lot. From Jakarta, Bandung, Jakarta, San Francisco, Jakarta, Milwaukee, Broomfield. Food are usually the things I missed the most. Indonesian rice noodle soup is my favorite food (bihun bakso).
9. I'm impatient. I'm a fast learner. I like to try new things. I like to learn new things.
10. I drink tea not coffee. I drink Coke... sometimes Pepsi.
11. In my purse, you'll find baby diaper, pepper spray and dental floss.
12. I'm a night person. Most of my designs "popped" at night.
13. I'm very good in finding directions. Just give me a map and I can direct you where to go.
14. Indonesian is my native language. I learned English when I was 8. I would speak in Dutch to my mom for something secret.
15. The first song I sang was "Hey Jude". I was 18 months old.
16. I never crawled. My first born didn't crawl either...
17. I'm a planner. I even have a plan of things I need to do before I exit from this world.
18. I've been in the situation where I have to choose life or death. I chose the first.
19. I learned that life is like riding a bike. You can choose how fast or how slow you're riding, sometimes you have to climb up or down hill on a paved or gravel trails. It's full of choices.
20. I like wearing comfortable clothes. It tends to be jeans and t-shirt including when I go to Church.
21. My dream is to travel around the world. I traveled to Australia, Europe, America, some Asia... Anyone wants to take me to Antarctic and Africa...?
22. I buy things I need. I use things until it breaks. It's contagious as my daughter starts preaching the same thing to me.
23. I share a house with a husband, 2 daughters and a fish.
24. I'm happy. I'm blessed.
25. Yes, I'm a Halloween baby. Tomorrow, I'm turning "bleep...".
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I happened to listen to Marketplace Morning Report about Green Voters. One of the mom trying not to use toilet paper. It made me chuckle because I think toilet paper is a part of the culture, not so much about just going green.
I was raised in a country where toilet paper is not common, well at least not until the last 20 years I suppose. Which means, we use water (and our hands) to wipe ourselves.
The public toilet seat is also different, may be I should say not a seating toilet, but a squatting toilet. The restroom is designed for 'wet'. There will always water on a container with a small dipper to clean yourself.
Sounds gross? May be,... it depends on how you perceive it. If all of the people in the village are doing it, then it becomes the norm. If it's only you.... hm... may be your friends will go potty first before visiting your house.
What do you think?
Monday, October 27, 2008
The "Sea Anemone Inspired Necklace" is not complete without the matching earrings...
So, here's one that match well with the necklace. It's made of sterling silver, ends with post.
The "stud" is move able...
To learn more about this, please visit my Etsy listing.
Friday, October 24, 2008
This is our first time visiting the farm. We spent about 4 hours there picking out pumpkins, barrel ride, corn maze, children maze, play area and it was a blast...!
We love the corn maze the most. We didn't get lost but they do have tricky areas in the maze. It's pretty challenging for a 7 years old while adults can have fun too.
With a lot of activities and pumpkins, we got a lot of opportunity for pictures.
I think Fall is really here...
Monday, October 20, 2008
My old long friend at USF, Dharma, studied about Anemone. I remember when he explained his paper about that creature and how he had to go to Monterey bay to do the research...
Now the anemone inspired my design...
What do you think?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Hope to see you there?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It's not a secret, I will turn "bleep" in October. To celebrate my birthday, you'll get free shipping through the month of October.... Sounds spooky?
Please visit http://bigib.etsy.com or http://www.bigib.com.
I will adjust the invoice.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...
Ah...a perfectly match earrings for my handmade necklace. suits for someone who needs something blue...
Another architecture inspired earrings. Perfect for a person who likes small and simple yet elegant piece.
Yes, it's one of most popular items. If you would like to order this kind of earrings, please contact me. It was my last pair of earrings...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Bigib is expanding its wings...
My pieces will be available at Purloin Studio, Menominee Falls starting this October.
Grand opening will be on October 25, 2008.
I will have my square sterling earrings available there. I will probably see you around?
Monday, October 6, 2008
Mr and Mrs. L ordered two hand stamped necklaces for them. I usually make name necklaces adorns with pearls or swarovski crystal . By taking the pearls out and using black cotton cord, the necklace would look more "neutral". This is just as what Mr. L would like to have for his necklace with brushed finish on his instead of shiny finish.
As Mrs. L, she like to have the sterling chain, adorned with pearls, slightly dome and shiny finish.
They both have the hand stamped necklaces they wanted but they each have their own characters. One is his.. one is hers...
Wouldn't you agree?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Last week, we spend half of our Saturday visiting Old World Wisconsin.
It's brought me to my childhood time as I remember The Little House series.
They have many villages including the German, Polish, African-American,... etc.
Due to the time limitation, we only visited the Crossroad Village, where they have a church, general store, black smith, shoe store, inn, a house....
We visited the general store, which reminds me so much about the Olesons and the notorious Nellie.
It's amazing to see what they carry in the store. Mostly are manufactured items like tools, cups
and saucers, fabrics, gun powder, tobacco products, soap. They don't have frozen food or fast food as in 1800's, most people grew their own food.
I learned that during that era, most people would only have 2 sets of clothes for 1 week. To help keep it clean, they use aprons and petticoats.
We visited the Benson house. The stove caught my eyes. It uses woods as the heating source ( not gas or electricity like the ones we have nowadays ). They put the woods on one side of the stove. From the way they design the stove, you would have "high burner" is the one closes to the heat source and "low burner". And people in the old days also use iron where the would also put it on the top of the stove.
We also stop by the cobbler house and quickly take a peek at the Inns...
On the way home, my daughter got a chance to ring the 5 o'clock church bell...
Surely it's a great place to visit again...