Hockey season is upon us.

So we’ve all heard about the sports widow.  Her husband gets lost in a particular sport and she has a hard time getting him to do anything during that season.  Baseball, basketball, football, it doesn’t matter.  The story’s the same.

Well, my sport is hockey, and my team is the Colorado Avalanche.  However, I am lucky enough that Tania shares my passion for it.  Last week started the hockey season.  For those that don’t know, the regular season is 82 games long, and runs through April.  If your team is lucky enough to make it into the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals, that takes them into June.  That means the players only have a couple months off. In my opinion hockey players are some of the best athletes around.  One of the longest seasons, most physical games, and where else do you see players playing with a broken foot, jaw, finger or a list of other injuries. (yes it really happens, though usually only in the playoffs)

Well, the Avalanche lost their first game, but they still looked pretty good.  They play again tomorrow and you can bet that we will be watching the game while weaving our latests projects.  We generally watch the first few games of the season no matter what, watch what games we can for the rest of the season depending on what else is going on in our lifes.  Come playoff time, you can usually find the Avalanche in, and us at home watching.  There’s not much that can drag us away from a playoff game, and nothing from a Stanly Cup game.

I thought it would be fun to give you some little known, relevant facts about me in some of these entries, so will will start with today’s.

I have seen and touched THE Stanley Cup.

I used to be an official for a minor league hockey team that used to be in town.

I have a very large Avalanche memorabelia collection, which includes Adam Deadmarsh steak sauce, Avalanche jelly beans and gummy hockey pucks, a remote controll Zamboni, and a plastic puck full of water from the ice the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup on in 1996.

Brush It On

A few weeks ago I saw a vase that a very talented friend of mine painted.  I talked to her about it and after some good old fashion bartering, she said she would make me one.  I got to pick it up this weekend and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a wonderful blue vase with a goldfinch and cherry blossoms hand painted on it.  My picture here could never do it justice.

I also had the opportunity to see some of her other artwork she has been hiding from me.  All I can say is wow.  Have a look at her etsy store and her personal website to see some of her original artwork.  If you need something handpainted, she can probably do it.

On another note, on my way over to her house, some goof who wasn’t paying attention decided it would be a good idea to rear end my truck, but that’s a story for another time.

Argentium jump rings added

We are happy to announce we now have argentium silver in stock.  We have added 2 sizes of  argentium silver jump rings to our site as well as our etsy store.  We will be adding a few more sizes over the next few days.

What is argentium silver you ask?

From wikipedia, Argentium Sterling Silver is a modern sterling silver alloy which modifies the traditional sterling silver alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with the metalloid germanium.  This makes it very resistant to both firescale and tarnishing.

Linked to the Sea Contest

The etsy chainmaillers guild “Linked to the Sea” contest is up and waiting for your vote.  There are 22 wonderful entries, picking your favorite 2 could prove difficult.  Not only can you vote, but if you leave contact information you could win a prize!

Stop by and vote for your favorites.

Etsy Chainmaillers Team Trunk Show

Come join us on Sept. 14th in the Etsy Virtual Labs for a Trunk Show.  Team members will be on hand to talk about chainmaille in general, but will also talk about some of their creations and how they do what they do.  The excitement starts at 7:00 pm EST.

You will also be able to vote on our “Linked to the Sea” contest.