Let's try this again...

Ok, I'll admit it, I've been slacking off in the blog posting department.  Life seems like it's been especially busy for me this summer.  Yes, I'm working, but less hours than I was before I lost my job this time last year.  I guess you could say I've been a little preoccupied... with school, with marriage... with art.

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.


It's that time again...

Just a short note.. I'll elaborate later on... Or, if you're the impatient type like I am, click the "Bead Soup Blog Party" tab :)

It's that time again...  Time for the Bead Soup Blog Party, created and hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things!  Soooo exciting!  This'll be my second.  Sign-ups are from August 1st-3rd, with the party itself being on September 17th.  All you jewelry makers out there should definitely check it out... that is, if you don't already know about it ;)


M.I.A. Once Again

It's been a little while since I posted last.  I've had a lot on my plate so to speak.  The biggest thing is work.  My job that I've had for nearly 3 months now takes up a lot of my time.  Plus, I've discovered a new web site, a new obsession, and a new (to me anyway) art form.

The web site is called Swap-Bot and it is my newest obsession.  The gist of it is, you sign up for swaps that interest you.  Swap-bot then randomly assigns you a partner.  Based on the parameters of the swap, you will be sending a package of some sort to your partner.  In return, you will receive a package from whomever was assigned to send to you.  It's quite addicting, but you get to collect things from different parts of the world.

Because of Swap-bot, I have become enamored with Artist Trading Cards.  I have not made very many, but the idea appeals to me - working with such a small space.  It's less intimidating when trying something new.  I'm trying to take pics and post them on Flickr, but so far I only have 2 uploaded.

Finally, I've joined the EtsyBloggers Team on Etsy.  I hope that this will goad me in to posting more often.