I know I haven't don't much to speak of in the eons since my last post but work and school. And fight depression... get diagnosed with narcolepsy... have my house burn down.
Since the fire, I have been struggling to find some normalcy in my life. I'll be honest.. I haven't made much in the way of jewelry in a long time. But I miss it. And lo and behold, Lori's starting up another Bead Soup Blog Party. I can't wait to find out who my partner is. It's gonna be great!
There are once again items for sale in my Etsy Shop. AND.... Everything is priced at a huge discount.. up to 50% or more PLUS free shipping within the US. Please be sure to check it out.
To start.. My partner for this Soup was Ingrid McCue. Poor Ingrid had to send me 2 sets of beads because the first set got lost in the mail :( Judging by the set I got, I can only imagine what the first set looked like. This is what she sent:
|A gorgeous mixture of Indian Agate, Carnelian, Labradorite, and a set of mystery beads I think are Jasper|
|Marsha Neal Studio [ceramic] pendant, Tierracast toggle, matte rose quartz pebbles, and Czech glass|
|Carnelian & Labradorite with a Leaher Wrapped Jasper Donut|
|Indian Agate with Fancy Jasper|
|Marsha Neal Studio ceramic pendant, Elaine Ray ceramic beads, Czech glass, and Rose Quartz|
Stay tuned though, because, I have not one, but two, batches of Soup to share, courtesy of the USPS.
In other news... I can't believe I missed the posting, but my Etsy shop was featured at Kaeli's Kiwis. While I am uber-excited about the feature, I'm holding off on sharing the link at the moment because Chrome is telling me that Kaeli's blog may be the victim of a malware attack. :(
And I can't forget about my Creative Sistah's! I finished my "August" sketch in Brandy's book in the nick of time, and it is now in Stephanie's very capable hands. Here's what it looks like:
Now, I'll admit, I didn't read the whole book. Just the parts I felt were pertinent to me. It gave me a lot to think about.
Right now, making room for my art is not so much of a problem as I only work 40 hours a week or so. However, in about a week and a half, school starts, so I'll be working 40 hours a week plus going to school full time. I'm not going to lie. It'll be tough, but I think I can pull it off. :)
Thank you to Jamie for turning a giveaway into a traveling gift for many rather than just one.
I've already revealed my discovery of ATC's and Swap-bot. I'm thoroughly addicted. I've posted a few more pics on flickr. I say I'm addicted, but I haven't made all that many. My problem is, I think, that I'm not sure where to start a lot of times. I see things that I like, and that I'd like to emulate, but I have so many thoughts and ideas bouncing around in my head that I have trouble starting. Unless I'm prompted, that is. Most of the ones I have completed have been the result of swap prompts.So... if anyone wants to offer up any ideas to get me going, my poor concentration would thank you.
On to other things. First, I have no offering for the month of July to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sketchbooks. I haven't even started, really. I know what I'm going to do, but I think I'm afraid to start. I just know that if it doesn't come out as I hope, I'll be heart-broken..Hopefully, it'll turn out fantastically. That being said, Lisa's sketchbook is on its way to Stephanie with a page missing. July will play catch-up.
Now, maybe a month or so ago, I received in the mail the Traveling Book, which has it's own Sisterhood. It came to me from Teresa of Poppy Place Pdx. I had started reading the book, "Making Room for Making Art," but then I got sucked in to my own art that I had trouble making room for reading this great book. I'm back on track now, and before school starts next month, it's be on it's way.
Finally, the Bead Soup Blog Party. I had debated briefly about participating this time, but then I thought, "Who am I kidding?" Of course I'm going to participate! If you make any jewelry at all and are interested, check out Lori Anderson's blog Pretty Things for more info. Sign-ups are August 1-3. It's really fun. I highly encourage any fellow beaders out there to consider it.