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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

I am in the process of redesigning this blog for its new direction, which I shall talk about when it is all ready. For now, it looks a bit busy design-wise. Know that it is in transition and I'll be back, better than before, with a new focus. I'm still making jewelry and art, but not as much, as I move forward in another creative direction. See you soon!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Hello everyone! We are all moved into our new house- the house with STUDIO SPACE! Of course, between moving and starting a new job, I haven't even begun to make anything. Now that most of the day to day living stuff is unpacked and put away, I can focus on getting my studio into shape. I'm looking forward to making some leather wrap bracelets with lead-free pewter, big, bold turquoise bracelets using antiqued-button closures, wrapped bracelets made from semi-precious gems, and most of these will be strung on waxed Irish linen. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more updates, studio photos and jewelry.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Well howdy stranger!

This is the requisite "I've been so busy I forgot about this blog" post. In truth, I have been quite busy. Quite busy at work, quite busy getting a new job, and then quite busy trying to do both jobs while also preparing to move and to launch my own incredibly successful jewelry business.
Ok, so maybe I haven't been PHYSICALLY preparing to move. I've been MENTALLY preparing, mostly by pinning home decorating ideas to my boards and planning my housewarming party by pinning exciting food ideas to my boards on Pinterest. If you are anything like me, you'll go from a thoughtful, "Oh, what an interesting idea. I'll just repin a few of these things for later..." to:
( which is really a re-do of Hyperbole and a Half's Clean All The Things!
Making this post, is in fact, a packing avoidance tactic. A nap is next on the agenda. Am I the only person who, upon waking, thinks, "Well, I'll just drink this cup of coffee and check my email and then I'll take a nap"? Today started out just that way. After reading my coffee and drinking my email, I read Hyperbole and a Half from start to finish (yes the entire blog, minus the posts I had already read, my favorites of which you can find on the side bar- the dog ones are especially hilarious. There is this tenuous period between finishing my coffee and being in full-blown blood sugar crashing meltdown mode, and I like to try and time my nap in there somewhere closer to the coffee-finishing. However, this morning, like many mornings I suppose, I was kept from napping due to the seemingly purposeful nap-preventing strategies I am sure my neighbors employ due to their nap...ism from being energetic doers of...things. Things like mowing my lawn. Yes, MY lawn. And painting my house. Then, by the time they are finished, the hypoglycemic stomach gnawing has set in, and I am forced to find Something To Eat. Once that hurdle is overcome, and the lovely carb-induced relaxation starts to wash over me, the fire-whistle blows, reminding me that it is noon already and I have not yet packed a single item. So rather than actually PACKING, I ran around the house and took art off the walls and dusted it all and leaned it all in neat piles on the two chairs that we never ever sit in. (Chairs we will move to The New House and Never Ever Sit In.) Well, not ALL the art. Just the art from one room. We have a lot of art. I can see it from where I sit. Waiting expectantly, all unpacked. But now the noon-whistle has blown, the lawn has been...mown? and apparently the house-painter took a break...the only thing now preventing me from napping aside from my own slight sense of guilt, is that having taken down the art, but not the hooks, the cats are in a frenzy, convinced that the hooks and nails that were holding up the art are in fact bugs, waiting to be chased and eaten. And to get to them, the cats must, of course, scale towering piles of unopened mail, tables of antique pottery, and half-packed boxes of Things That Do Not Go Together. But the carb-drugs are strong and my will is weak and the nap doth come.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Quick weekend project

I just posted a new project over on the Talisman Beads blog.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

On the Road Again

My darling husband (who turns 41 today!) and I took another trip through MA to the bead show in Mansfield, MA. I scored some really great baskets there from the Africa Beads vendor. I am going to use them in our new house (if we ever get it.)
We also went to IKEA in Stoughton, MA, which is always a good time. And if you haven't yet, try the potato broccoli cakes in the cafe. Then you can get several boxes from the freezer downstairs and take them home like I did :)

I got to spend time with my dear friend Jane, who taught me how to do this awesome stitched leather bracelet. I haven't had any time to work on it since returning. My main job is really really busy and the bead blog and website is taking up some time. I need to do a project for this weekend. I am thinking something with the lucite flowers. I'll cross post it here so stay tuned.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Andrew Thornton

I just discovered the blog of jewelry artist Andrew Thornton. His work is exquisite. And today he posted a giveaway, and gave us permission to repost on our own blogs (never mind that doing that gives us extra brownie points for potentially WINNING the giveaway =D

Visit Andrew's Blog for details on how to win a class in Metal Fold Forming from Beaducation. They have free classes too! Special thanks to Andrew for pointing that out. I am going to start taking free classes as soon as I get back from the Mansfield, MA Divine Bead Festival this weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cat picture and Ring

Today I made a sweet little ring out of a piece of dyed magnesite and some coated wire.
The picture is a little blurry. You can see the dyed magnesite better via the above link.