Monday, August 13, 2018

Soccer in Norway and an upcoming show

I had a blast in Norway.  It was much warmer than we expected (high 80's instead of high 60's) but that didn't stop us.  I'll share just a few of the many pictures of our fun visit. 

About to board a plane for Svolvaer and then we'll drive to Henningsvaer
The gorgeous clear waters on the way to Henningsvaer
We're famous!  In Henningsvaer
The field in Henningsvaer, Norway
Both teams on the field in Henningsvaer.  We're in blue.
Getting ready to kayak in Henningsvaer

And now some pictures from our time in Oslo.

Most of the team at dinner one night

Our team (blue) and team Kjelsas after our Norway Cup exhibition game
I went ziplining!  What fun!
Of course I have a LOT more pictures but don't want to bore you with all of them.  :)

Next up is foot surgery!  This time on my left foot.  I'm looking forward to it since I know how well it turned out on my right foot.   I'll share some of the post-surgery journey with you in a few days.

I'll be selling my jewelry at the Senior Classic Women's soccer tournament September 8-9 in Mira Mesa. This year I won't be playing since I'll be 3 weeks out from foot surgery on my left foot.  I'll be cheering on my teammates and selling jewelry. Fortunately my wonderful mom and hubby will both be helping out since I won't be walking yet.  I'll be scootering around still.  I HOPE the weather cools down!  We'll be at Hourglass Field in Mira Mesa (just south of Miramar College). You can park in the Miramar College parking lot or in the field parking lot (back near the pool). We'll be there from 8-3-ish on Saturday and 8-2'ish on Sunday. If my foot starts bugging me and things are slow I may pack up and head home earlier.  Here's a mapquest link if you need it: Hourglass Field. Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Yikes - I've been seriously slacking!

Wow - it has been too long since I posted! And the next Senior Classic tournament is coming up 9/8-9! I'll be selling jewelry and won't be playing soccer, again, since I'll be having surgery on my other foot in August. In fact I won't even be walking yet - so you'll see me scootering around if you come by to visit.  :)

Before that I'll be in Norway playing some soccer on a cool soccer field on an island! Here's a picture of the field in Henningsvaer. Pretty cool huh?

 I have been designing jewelry in the interim.  Here are a few of my new pieces in my Zibbet shop:

Abalone and Bubbles - Abalone, artisan lampwork and sterling silver
Pearls and Sapphires - Gem grade pearls, sapphires and sterling silver

Purple Bangle - sterling silver and artisan lampwork






Friday, September 8, 2017

Find me at Hourglass Park this weekend!

I'll be selling my jewelry at the Senior Classic Women's soccer tournament this weekend in Mira Mesa. This year I won't be playing since my legs/aerobic capacity aren't quite ready for a tournament. I'll be watching my team play and selling. Fortunately my wonderful mom will be helping out and, thankfully, the weather has cooled down!
We'll be at Hourglass Field in Mira Mesa (just south of Miramar College). You can park in the Miramar College parking lot or in the field parking lot (back near the pool). We'll be there from 8-3 on Saturday and 8-2'ish on Sunday. Here's a mapquest link if you need it: Hourglass Field. Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6.5 months after my foot surgery, a hike, an eclipse and new jewelry designs!

It was a long recovery from my foot surgery and I'm not back to 100% yet - but I am back to playing soccer!  And I don't have the achilles pain after playing anymore so the surgery was a success!  Before surgery I was limping after the first half of play.   I even did my first HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class and Orange Theory class.  In both of those classes the lack of strength in my legs was very obvious- LOL!  So I still have more work to do increasing the strength in my legs and flexibility in my achilles - but my surgery foot isn't keeping me from doing too many things.  About 2 weeks ago I went on a hike with my bro and one of his friends from La Jolla up to Mt. Soledad.  I didn't make it to the top since the last part of the hike was a REAL steep incline on city streets and my achilles told me to head back downhill after it got a serious workout as we hiked through the very steep La Jolla nature park and on the uphill trek to get to the last climb for Mt. Soledad. 
View from the top of the La Jolla nature park
The sun appeared over the ocean as I headed down and turned the water a glorious blue color!

And I didn't even post on the day of the eclipse - but I did get a picture of the eclipse through the leaves of our wisteria - with Max, our Westie, keeping an eye on things.  :)

And, since I know you are just dying to see my new jewelry designs!, here are a few :)

purple artisan lampwork earrings and sterling silver
Purple Rose Earrings - Artisan lampwork and sterling silver
Aqua Grass - artisan lampwork, chrysoprase, artisan polymer dangles, crystals, brass and gold filled
In Orbit Earrings - fused argentium sterling silver wings, artisan lampwork

Friday, June 2, 2017

The foot at week 15 and the jewelry

A lot has happened since my last blog post!  I'm walking and, as of today, I can rise up on my toes!  Yep I celebrate the simpler things in life as I'm able to do them now.  I spent 6 weeks without putting any weight on my right foot (scootering around on my knee scooter) and then started to transition from walking in the boot to walking in shoes with lifts and now I'm transitioning to shoes with no lifts and barefeet!  Each transition takes some time for the muscles and tendons to get used to the new position.  Once I can walk with no pain and a decent distance with no lifts I can start gentle jogging for small amounts of time each day.  That's a little way in the distance.  I did want to share a before and after picture.  The bone spur (bulge) was pretty big before surgery!






As my foot has healed I've gotten back to making jewelry.  It is taking me a while to get back in the groove.  My creative stints are not as frequent, yet, as before surgery.  Here are some of my recent creations.  They haven't yet made it into my Etsy shop so if you're interested just go to my cserpentDesigns Facebook page and send me a message.

The Purple and The Green - amethyst, peridot and sterling silver

Purple Rose - Artisan lampwork and sterling silver
Palette on Black - Artisan lampwork, my own enameled on copper drops, aquamarine, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass and sterling silver
I'm working on new designs with some of the Mexican Purple Opal drops I got in Tucson in February!  Can't wait to share those with you!
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