It's been a gray, rainy week here in Des Moines, one better suited to October than the middle of May. Since pounding rain and chilly temperatures don't lend themselves to outdoor pursuits, the coop has been neglected in favor of drier activities. (Shh...don't tell the chickens!)
As soon as I saw the copper heart bookmarks at Lost Button Studio, I knew there was 20 gauge copper wire and a hammer in my immediate future. What I hadn't counted on, though, was the mess that results from whacking said wire with a mallet on the concrete floor of the garage. Not the smooth and shiny results I was after, let me tell you. After a brief Google session, I was able to determine that what I really needed was a bench block. I've been known talk my way out of buying wholewheat couscous because it's too spendy, people, but that stalwart frugality turned tail and ran while the nice lady in the bead shop rang up my twenty-dollar chunk of polished steel. And it's a good thing, too, or I'd never have made it out of there with the sterling silver bails I needed for my POD. (Project on Deck) So, Google was right, my money was well-spent, and look at all the pretties!