Archive for November, 2010

the search for proper envelope matierial
Last week I determined to work on the envelopes for my encouragement cards. My first idea was to use organza. However as I was looking through my ribbon box for the organza, I came across some chocolate-colored tulle I had (chocolate-colored sounds so much yummier than brown). It looked so pretty with the cards, but unfortunately the flowers kept catching on the tulle. It simply wouldn’t do. So then I pulled out the organza. It was beautiful but way way too shiny for the cards.

I took some time to think about it – I needed something that was see-through and easy to work with. Then an idea came to me – wax paper! I grabbed some and tried it out and I loved it! I think it looks great with the cards. Here is the sample envelope I made.



i get my way sometimes
Our camera broke about a month ago (when I was using it, of course! but I didn’t break it, I swear!). I asked Marc if we could get an SLR, but he said they were too expensive. Sometimes however you just need to plant the seed, and wait while it takes root. After some diligent research, he decided that we could, after all, afford one of the lesser expensive SLRs. Yay! We got it a few days ago. Of course I’ve not had time to even touch it, but that’s ok. Marc is still playing with it. I have to let him go first. Then it’s all mine!


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So I still haven’t made the organza bags for my encouragement cards. I’ve been super-frustrated (to use one of Lily’s favorite adjectives. Is that an adjective? whatever.) lately with my time and how it is spent. I seem to spend my days working, doing chores around the house, and taking care of Lily. It seems like the older she gets, the less free time I have. Not sure why – seems like it should be the other way around.

And I still haven’t finished my Polyshrink jewelry that I want to submit to Belle Armoire Jewelry. I am embarrassed to say how long ago I started it! I have a bad habit of starting one project, then I switch to another, then I need to make something to submit, then I go back to the second project, etc…. I end up feeling like I am accomplishing nothing.

I’m not sure I can change much in the way of how I need to spend my time. Maybe it’s just a season in my life that will pass (as soon as possible I hope!). It just gets to be so incredibly frustrating because new ideas are always coming to me. But I have no time to do them. And I have no time to play either.

I try to be patient.

I started on working on a necklace that a co-worker asked me to restring for her (see what I mean about switching projects?). I’ve had the necklace for at least a month and a half, so I felt like I needed to get going on it. It’s really lovely – my kind of colors – black and silver. I’m enjoying working on it. There’s a bracelet too that needs to be restrung.

I recently read a couple issues of Bead and Button from earlier this year, and as I read them I really missed my beadwork. I do love my beads – and it’s been so long since I’ve done a real beadwork project. I marked an article or two, very simple projects that I know won’t take long. Perhaps I will get to them in about ten years!


ps. I was coloring with Lily earlier, in her Strawberry Shortcake coloring book. Well, I was coloring, and she was drawing in her notebook. I figured if I can’t be creative with my own projects, at least I can color and vent some of my creative frustrations that way. But of course that didn’t last long. There I was, coloring Strawberry Shortcake’s hair a lovely pink, all nice and neat and in the lines, and here comes Lily, scribbling all over it with orange! I can’t even color the way I want, for crying out loud.

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who’s gloria steinem?
My sister-in-law Erin and I had a lovely girls-night-out on Saturday. We went to a little Mexican restaurant called Lolita (not our original plan to go there, but I’m so glad we did – it was a charming place and cozy and the food was delicious!), and then went to see Kathy Griffin at the Academy of Music. It was a fun & interesting show – Kathy was on for almost two and a half hours! She’s like the potty-mouthed, cool girlfriend I never had. I enjoy her conversational yet frenetic and all-over-the-place style. The cursing is a bit much sometimes, but I love Kathy’s in-your-face, I’m-going-to-say-what-I-like-so-get-over-it attitude. She tells it like it is (allegedly), and I love it.

I love the fact that she is so outspoken, stands up for the undertrodden, is opinionated, and has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to support the troops. Kathy not only stands up for what she believes in, but is willing to invest her time, money, and energy into it.

And oh yeah. She’s a feminist.

chocolate. chocolate. and chocolate. oh my!
After the show we went to this place, Max Brenner. It’s a late night chocolate dream world. Basically. High-end, over-the-top, comfort dessert foods. In one corner was a shop with a display case of gorgeous little chocolates, and shelves filled with the necessary chocolate equipment and accompaniments. And bath & body products! And chocolate truffle candles. Who wouldn’t want that?

I had an espresso and a “Max-wich” – a giant chocolate ice cream cookie sandwich (I did not eat the whole thing – it was a bit too much!). Erin had hot chocolate and this crazy smores concoction.



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just a little word.
I finished the cards I was working on, the ones I was originally going to submit to Somerset Studio for their “simple pleasures” theme, but then ran out of time to finish them. I’m very happy with how they turned out. I’m calling them my “encouragement cards” – pretty little cards to give a word of love, hope, and encouragement to someone.

encouragement cards

I’m going to make organza bags to put them in. I envision these cards as little gifts – throw a chocolate or perhaps a small trinket in the bag, too, and voila! I’m not quite sure if they fit in with the Somerset Life style, but I’m going to give it a try. I’d like to sell these on my Etsy shop (whenever I get it up and running again!). They’re pretty simple to make, but turn out so lovely. The flowers are circles of scrapbook papers, dry-brushed with gesso, then cumpled up and unfolded, layered on top of each other, and fastened with a brad. The cards are about six inches by almost three inches, and have Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on them. The backs are pretty scrapbook paper.

I think the world could use a little more encouragement.

what inspires you?
Artbeads is currently accepting submissions for their “What inspires you?” beading contest. There are two categories – beaded necklaces and other beaded items. The contest is open up through November 22, and then on November 23 the voting will be opened to the public. Basic guidelines – you need to submit two photos, one of your work and one of the inspiration; you need to write a short paragraph about your creation; and half of the supplies must come from Artbeads.

Good luck!


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