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merry christmas to me!
So I decided to buy myself a few Christmas gifts. I’ve been good, right? Well, kind of anyway. But these are necessities! And I’ve always felt that a Christmas gift should be something useful.

Anyway, I needed a new book to read. And books are a necessity in my life. I read a little before I go to bed – I wish I had more time but that’s how it is these days. I especailly enjoy biographies of women. I was looking around on Amazon and on a whim decided to look at books about Marilyn Monroe. I’m a big fan of hers, since I was about 16, and I’ve already read tons of books about her. But it’s a been a while, and I found this book:

Marilyn
Marilyn Monroe – Private and Undisclosed, by Michelle Morgan.

I read some of the reviews and it sounded good, so I bought it. It’s a beautful book, heavy (I’m going to develop some arm muscle reading that in bed!), with a lovely layout and cool photos. I couldn’t resist skimming through it, and many passages are remembrances of her by the people that knew her. I’m so glad I bought this, and can’t wait to read it (gotta finish my current book first though).

And my other gift to myself….

my darling tori

Tori’s new album, Midwinter Graces. And anything Tori is a necessity.

Lest you think this is a holiday album, this is Tori. So it’s a winter solstice album. I have to say it’s a bit strange to hear Tori singing some of these songs, but it’s really growing on me. Her albums either I love immediately upon the first listen, or they have to grow on me. This one is growing. I particularly like Star of Wonder, Harps of Gold, Winter’s Carol, Our New Year, and of course, Pink and Glitter.

~shower the world with pink~

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glorious sparkle
If you like all things sparkly as do I, then check out these stunning Cubic Zirconia beads from Artbeads. The sparkle is simply amazing! I used the pendant and beads to create this necklace and earrings set, along with antiqued-brass chain and findings.

The facetted CZ drop pendant has a lovely weight to it. I used a simple bail to attach it to the chain. With beads this gorgeous, I wanted to make sure they were the focus of attention, so I kept the jewelry design minimal. To add a touch of elegance I used bead caps and wrapped loops on the beads. I never used or even saw Cubic Zirconia beads before, and now I know how beautiful they are!

I have another CZ pendant and beads that I am using to create a bracelet and necklace. As soon as they are done I will be sure to post them!

Disclosure: I have received these products (Cubic Zirconia pendants and beads) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

glorious clothes
I found a neat website called Ruche that sells clothing with a 1930s/1940s flair. Very nice pieces and the prices are reasonable. I’d like to buy something sometime!

~dreaming of a sparkly Christmas~

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not giving up
I’ve got a plan. A brilliant plan! To finally delve into all the different artistic endeavors that keep swirling around in my head. A way to feel like I’m making progress and acheiving my goals.

I decided to write down, upon realization that yet another year has (almost) gone by and i still haven’t learned to solder, all the artistic endeavors that I’ve been dying to try out. See:

That’s everything. Some are things I’ve already dabbled in a bit but not to the extent I’d like. Some I’ve never done at all (yet!)

And here’s the plan. I will choose one item from my list and work in it, focus on it, and study it, until I feel that I have reached a point where I am satisfied with it. And then I’ll move on to another one. To start with I am choosing Polyshrink, which I’ve already been working with this year.

So that’s the plan. Will it work? Or will I get sidetracked like usual? I’m going to be optimistic and believe that it will work.

And I declare, this very day, that by the end of 2010, no matter what, I will know how to solder!!!! (soldering is next after polyshrink)

wish me luck!

~feeling organized~

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