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I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. – Isacc Newton

Yesterday I was, for the first time since February, able to actually do some beading. I worked on my green carnelian project, and I was able to add three more cabochons to it. It was a bit difficult at first to get into it, as I usually find when I pick up a project after a long interval. I was a bit despairing at first, not being able to remember where I was going with the beadwork I had already done. Inspiration was slow to come. But I took a deep breath, calmed myself down, picked up a cab, put it on the fabric, and started beading, and eventually it felt as if no time had passed at all. Here’s how it looks so far:

Bead embroidery on satin crepe

The second row at the top left corner is what I did last night. Not bad for 2 & 1/2 hours. The work area is 4″ by 4″, although when I fill in the spaces between the cabs I will stitch beyond those borders, because that’s what I ended up doing with the first side.

The past few mornings my daughter Lily has wanted to go outside to blow bubbles (after the requisite episode of the Doodlebops, of course). She loves to go outside, whether to blow bubbles or to take a walk, or look for birds or kitty cats. Here are a few photos from this morning:

Outside our house, blowing bubbles. May 2008.

Outside our house, blowing bubbles.  May 2008.

Outside our house, blowing bubbles. May 2008.

She will be two on June 2, and is very cute, if I do say so myself. And also very exasperating at times!

I have in mind a pair of earrings I’d like to try. I have to restring a necklace for a co-worker of mine, and oh yes I worked some more on the frame that I started in December that was supposed to be a Christmas present for a certain someone. Remember? Well now it’s going to be a Father’s Day gift. So at least I’ve got that covered. I have that to finish, the necklace, my mother-in-law asked me to restring a necklace of hers, and I’m still trying to find a way to make the necklace work that I had wanted to make my sister for her birthday. Other than those things I’m going to work on making some earrings for myself, and I have a bracelet project, Irina, that is next on the list too. Busy, busy, busy. But if I don’t keep busy I’ll just fall asleep from exhaustion, and what fun is that?

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I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. – Socrates

Last week Post Script was having their $2 back issue sale again. Yay! Last time they had the sale I bought several copies of Belle Armoire that I had missed, and several older issues Somerset Studio. I bought eight magazines total, and paid only $16. They don’t even charge shipping! This time I bought Stamper’s Sampler – the Pin Issue, the March/April 2005 Somerset Studio, Sew Somerset Winter 2007, and Somerset Workshop volumes 2 and 3. The total was $25, which is great considering that the last three magazines are usually $15 each. They were $7 on sale. I’m especially excited about the Sew Somerset and the Workshop magazines, because I’ve been wanting those for a while but I don’t always have the extra money to buy them.

Now if I can just find the time to read them….I already have 10 magazines waiting in the wings. At least I finally made it to the ones published this year.

I also bought this week the May/June issue of Somerset Studio…

Somerset Studio May/June 2008

and the April/May issue of Somerset Memories.

Somerset Memories April/May 2008

I had never looked at this magazine before, although I had heard of it. But I was on my lunch from work, and as I was in no particular hurry to get back to work, I decided to take a look. All I can say is, wow! I never knew people did scrapbooking in this manner. Take a look:

Somerset Memories

Somerset Memories

So cool! I have a scrapbook that I purchased to chronicle the first year of my daughter’s life, as well as the paper pad to match, but I didn’t start it yet (what a surprise). Now I’m glad I didn’t, because seeing this level of scrapbooking has inspired me to think a lot differently about how I will do Lily’s book.

And I wasn’t going to actually buy the magazine….until I saw this:

Doors to the Past

Doors to the Past

and then the deal was sealed. Scrapbooking jewelry! Sounds perfect. And just what I need – another magazine to buy.

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In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

rainbow outside our house

rainbow outside our house

The weather has been crazy the past few days – sunny and warm one minute, cloudy and cool the next, then it rains for ten minutes, then it’s sunny again. This evening it was sunny, cloudy, and raining all at the same time, and we were lucky enough to have a rainbow as the result. It was beautiful; there were two rainbows, but one was quite faint. The other one was so bright though it was amost glowing. We stood out on the porch and took pictures, and Lily called them me-mo, and the rain was falling very gently. It was lovely.

In one of the Beading Daily newsletters from last week there was a discussion of music and beading – what kind of music beaders listen to while beading and how music can provide inspiration for beadwork. I always listen to music if I am beading in my studio. My favorite music artists are Rasputina, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and my absolute favorite, Tori Amos.

Listening to music is like being in another world (a much more pleasant one, sometimes!). There’s passion, drama, love, joy, sorrow. When I sit down at my worktable and put in a cd and pick up my beading, I turn off the regular world and I can be, for a short time anyway, an Artist. It’s my time. And the rhythm of the music definitely influences the speed at which I bead – songs that have a lot of energy get my fingers flying!

Music also offers inspiration – I get ideas for jewelry and collage pieces from the songs. I have some bracelets in mind that are inspired by a couple of Tori Amos’ songs, and I have a book in mind based on a Rasputina song. I always thought maybe it was a little strange to want to turn a song into a bracelet, but several readers in the newsletter showed their works that were inspired by music, so I’m not alone. I guess inspiration is everywhere.

My mom recently bought a cd from Digital Imagery Plus that contains thousands of vintage/antique children’s photographs. They are mostly girls and most of the photos are quite lovely. She lent the cd to me so I started going through all of the photos and copying the ones that I like best. Of course being the obsessive person I am I have to look at every single photograph because God forbid I miss anything. Here are a couple:

vintage photo of little girl

vintage photo of little girl

These photos are just what I need for my above-mentioned book idea. I got this idea from the song “Girls’ School” by Rasputina, from their Frustration Plantation album. The song is about a Victorian girls’ school where the staff is severe, the girls are taught dancing tips and scorn along with math, and several girls make a daring escape. I want to turn this story into a book, using the vintage photos for the students and teachers. I plan to write a little story about each person, while incorporating the song’s lyrics as well.

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Oh! Do not attack me with your watch! A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I’ve come to the realization that when I am making a project that has to be done by a certain date, as for a birthday or anniversary present, or a magazine submission, I won’t finish the project until the day before or the day that it needs to be done. This has been true 90% of the time. And it doesn’t seem to matter how far in advance I start. I started the book for my in-laws anniversary in the middle of February, and still did not finish until 1 o’clock in the morning the day of the party. I started the Mother’s Day bookmarks on the Wednesday before and I finished the last one on Mother’s Day. Same goes for the Mother’s Day cards I made. Apparently, unless I start a project six months before it needs to be done, (and I certainly am not organized enough to think that far into the future!) I think this is the way it will have to be. Everything always takes much longer than I think it will, even when I specifically allot more time for that very reason.

My mom’s 60th birthday is this year, in October. Of course I am going to make her a special gift – I have a vague idea of a necklace in mind. I am going to start it in June. Other than having decided that I am going to use some beautiful lampwork beads (which I have yet to purchase) I don’t know exactly how I’m going to make the necklace. I will however try to design something that can actually be finished in the allotted time without my having to stay up past midnight for two weeks before the party to get it done in time. So we’ll see how that goes.

Here is the Mother’s Day bookmark I made for myself. I kind of messed up with cutting the bookmarks out and I didn’t leave quite enough room for this one to be the proper width. The background words are supposed to go all the way to the edge. When I realized I had messed up my first thought was to not bother making it. But I rarely make anything for myself these days, so I decided to just do it anyway.

Mother\'s Day Bookmark

The ribbons are from Joggles. They are simply divine! I have to buy some more. I think these were from the Special Effects collections.

And here is one of the finished invitations for Lily’s birthday party.

Birthday Invitation

Birthday Party Invitation

I think they turned out cute.

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