Get In Gear

I just couldn’t seem to get myself in gear on Monday.  My husband and I went to the beach (about a 2 hour drive) and I slept all the way to the beach and back.  I love walking the beach and listening to the waves and the cry of the sea gulls, but I got tired sooner than usual.  I went to sleep again right after dinner that night.  The next day I actually fell asleep for a nanosecond while driving.  Scary!  Nothing bad happened, but it could have.  I got home safely and slept all afternoon.  The next day I felt fine again.  What was that all about?

brick red steampunk hoop earrings

Get In Gear Earrings

So that’s the back story for the name:  “Get In Gear Earrings“.  The gear shaped hoops are the obvious inspiration for the name.  But it is also true that on some days it is just plain difficult to get in gear.  I can’t promise that these earrings will actually boost your energy level.  But they sure are cute, and they will probably at least put a smile on your face.

Get In Gear Earrings

Get In Gear Earrings

The brick-red ceramic hoops are handmade by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.  I dangled contemporary trade beads and firepolish glass within the hoops and suspended the earrings from handmade brass ear wires.  I picture these earrings with jeans and a matching brick-red scarf.  So get in gear and head over to my new Etsy shop to check them out.

These earrings hint at Steampunk style, without going full-bore in that direction.  Steampunk:  Like it? Hate it? Never heard of it?  Comment below!

Monday Meanderings – National Train Day

All Aboard!

What?  You didn’t know there was a National Train Day?  Well, neither did I, but my husband is a train buff and if it’s about trains, then he know it.  Trains are to him, as beads are to me–that about sums it up!  So on Saturday, May 7th, we hopped aboard an Amtrak train and headed south to Portland,  Oregon.

red sign on a black train engine

To celebrate National Train Day, a couple of vintage trains had been brought in to the Portland depot.  There were also informational booths inside the depot and hundreds and hundreds of people.  Clearly my husband is not alone in his fascination with trains.

Lantern on a caboose

Although I don’t share his fascination with trains, I did find that there were many opportunities for cool photographs of gears, valves, springs and such.  My photos took on a sort of Steampunk atmosphere.  I hope you enjoy them.

bolt and gear from an old train

red valve on the side of an old black steam engine

two metal coils on an old train

drive shaft

old steam engine gear fuel gauge on an old steam locomotive