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sparkle sparkle and more sparkle
I received my latest batch of goodies from Artbeads – this time we were given the opportunity to choose from Artbeads’ wide selection of Swarovski crystal beads and components!

When I first started beading I would never use Swarovski crystal beads – they seemed too hard and cold to me.

Then I came across a beautiful bracelet in one of my bead magazines that was made entirely from Swarovski crystal beads. I thought I would give it a try, and that’s all it took. The incredible sparkle of the beads dazzled my eyes, and I was converted instantly into a Swarovski lover.

So here are some gorgeous Swarovksi pendants:

Swarovski crystal pendant in Ocean Blue, 24mm
Crystal ocean Swarovski pendant

Swarovski crystal pendant in Volcano, 24mm

crystal volcano Swarovski pendant

And my favorite, Swarovski crystal pendant in Red Magma, 23x39mm

crystal magma Swarovski pendant
I also got matching beads for the Red Magma pendant.

And then I also got some lovely little rhinestone flatbacks:

Swarovski crystal flatbacks

Clockwise from the left: Olivine, vitrail light, cosmo jet, and jet nut.

Pretty cool, yes? I have a couple ideas for the ocean blue and red magma pendants, but they need to percolate a bit more before they’re ready to be brought to fruition.

the end of summer
It’s feeling like the end of summer. All the greenery outside seems full and heavy. There’s nothing left but for leaves to start falling. How does time slip by so quickly? It’s getting dark noticeably earlier, and the sun is rising later. Even the birds in the morning are sounding different.

~still sparkling anyway~

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let’s try this again
I added another item to my Etsy shop:

Melora earrings

This is the first item in my November 1919 line, which comprises jewelry that has an antique look to it.

I have been thinking lately of not selling any of my work right now, because it is so hard to find the time to take photos, edit them, and put the items online. Plus I haven’t sold anything (yet), although to be fair I’ve hardly tried. I only have two items in my shop right now, and if I were a buyer I wouldn’t stick around that shop very long.

But this weekend for some reason I suddenly felt excited about it my shop again and trying to sell my things, so I’ve decided not to give up yet and to put more effort into my humble little shop.

I really would love to sell my things, even if I could just make a bit of extra money to help support my creative addictions. Plus I just do not know what to do with all the stuff I make! My creations deserve better than to be stuck in a box, never seeing the light of day again.

Time to roll up the sleeves and get back down to business.

sew sew sew

I finished reading the Summer 2008 volume of Sew Somerset. After reading this particular magazine I always have a desire to get out my box of fabrics and start creating. I love to sew, mostly by hand, but the machine is good too. I’d like to make some cuffs, ATCs, and someday books. Maybe I’ll at least start looking through my fabrics…

My favorite articles were:
Vintage Bling Brooches, by Victoria Gertenbach

The Nature of My Heart, a gorgeous fabric book by Susan Edmonson and Kristin Steiner

Fabric Notepads, by Audrey Hernandez

Voices: Vintage Photo Album, an adorably clever book by Patricia Bober

Embellishing with Fabric, written by Alisha Fredrickson

The Softer Side of Magnet Boards, by Cynthia Grove Robinson

Love Theodore ATCs, by Karen O’Brien

~sweet dreams~

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down down the rabbit hole

We're all mad here.

I recently finished reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, and have written a tiny little review. You can check it out in the Library – just scroll down to the bottom.

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for my fellow ears-with-feet

Tori at the Tower Theater, August 15

Marc and I saw Tori last night at the Tower Theater (or, more accurately, I dragged Marc along with me). It was a pretty good show. (Marc took some pictures for me with his phone. I know they’re not the greatest, but they’ll have to do.)

Tori at the Tower, August 15

The first couple songs sounded a bit off. I’m not sure if the sound needed to be adjusted or what, but something wasn’t quite right. After that it sounded great.

I was very surprised to hear Your Cloud, which was our wedding song. That brought the tears!

Tori at the Tower, August 15

For the Lizard Lounge she played Flying Dutchman, which was another surprise as she hardly ever plays that. It was gorgeous, of course. The music for that song is just fantastic.

And then she played one of my absolute most favorite songs, Cloud on My Tongue. Thank you!

Tori at the Tower, August 15

Police Me was fun, and I like how she changed Precious Things. Cars and Guitars was unexpected, and Black Dove, Carbon and Past the Mission were beautiful. Strong Black Vine was very good. Big Wheel at the end was another fun song. China was lovely – I think that was the first time I’ve heard it with the band.

All in all a very good show.

Tori at the Tower, August 15

sweet and sassy
Look what I got in the mail yesterday –

Somerset Holidays

My article is mentioned on the cover, which is pretty cool. The article itself looks great – I love the photos. This is the first time I’ve looked at this particular magazine – it’s got some really cool stuff in it.

So if you happen to see it in a store, check out page 92!

~hangin’ with the raisin girl~

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food for thought

I had a thought the other day when I stopped at Wegman’s to get some soup (I was sick). Soup and chocolate can cure pretty much all ills. If you’re sick, or cold, or just in need of comfort, soup is the perfect thing. And if you’re stressed, in need of a little pick-me-up, or craving a bit of indulgence, chocolate is right there for you.

Soup and chocolate. One of the secrets to life.

the girls have left home
I finished my last aubergine project and mailed them all on Tuesday. Thank goodness I did not have to get overnight shipping for once.

Here is She Dreams of Paris. The picture is not so great. I was in the middle of packing the girls when I realized I never took a picture of this one. So I quick grabbed the camera and took a few shots. I would have preferred to scan it, but last time I scanned a wax seal some of the wax got stuck on the scanner and was not so easy to clean off.

Anyway…

She Dreams of Paris collage

I’m generally pleased with how this one turned out. There are a few things I would change if I were to do it again. But I think it’s lovely.

small moments
Before Lily was born I never would have called myself a morning person. I’m not sure I would call myself one now (I much prefer night owl). But since I’ve had to rearrange my schedule to accomodate la Lily, I’ve learned to enjoy the morning – the darkness, and then the light of the sun rising, birds twittering, the peacefulness and quiet before the busyness of the day. It’s also the only time of the day when I have the house to myself. I love the night, but morning has its charms as well.

~rising with the sun~

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i can if i think i can
I’ve been watching the second season of Ruby. Ruby is a woman who at the beginning of the first season weighed close to 500 pounds. The show chronicles her efforts to lose weight; at the end of the first season she had lost about 100 pounds.

I just love Ruby. She is beautiful, sweet, funny – there’s a certain charm and charisma that she possesses. And she is incredibly courageous and inspiring in sharing her life on national TV. I’ve learned so much by watching her, in terms of what life is like for someone that weighs so much. Like when she started swim aerobics and couldn’t find a bathing suit in her size, or the humiliation she suffered when a stewardess told her she’d have to take two seats on the airplane, or trying to find a chair without arms in a doctor’s waiting room.

I think she’s great. And I really love the theme song too!

genuine handcrafted wax seal
So I mentioned before the trouble I was having trying to make a wax seal for my aubergine project. I followed the directions exactly and pretty much every time I ended with wax stuck all over the seal.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that when the directions aren’t working for you, it’s time to do your own thing. The directions said to press the seal into the hot wax for one or two seconds and then lift it up. I decided to leave it in the wax for about a minute instead, to give the wax time to harden a bit. I put lots of baby oil on the seal so that it would release from the wax. et voila! A perfect wax seal.

I’m so happy I finally figured it out. Maybe it had to do with the temperature in our house, as we don’t have central air and it was pretty warm when I was making my attempts. But whatever, I’ve got it figured out so that’s all that matters.

girls art night out
Last Saturday I had some of my close female relatives over for a night of nibbling, chatting, and, most importantly, creating.

My mom does all sorts of arts and crafts, my sister does counted cross stitch, my sister-in-law knits, and my mother-in-law dabbles in various crafts. I thought it would be fun to get together and work on some projects.

I had intended to take photos to post, and I even purposely set out my camera so that I wouldn’t forget. But since I have apparently inherited my mom’s “memory”, I of course completely forgot to take any photos.

But we’ll be getting together again, so there’s always hope for next time.

In the meantime, here is the necklace I worked on. I had it started, and I was able to almost complete it that night. I finished it last night.

junque necklace

A lot of the components were part of a charm bracelet that I had purchased as a kit. I got tired of the bracelet and decided to use the pieces to make a necklace. I call this my “junque necklace”.

it’s the little things that count
Wegman’s broccoli cheddar cheese soup. Tazo’s Awake tea. Lay’s potato chips. Chips Ahoy (the little ones in the “snack” bag.) Delish!

~experiencing a night of freedom~

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