Archive for January, 2011

hello again!
Once again I feel like it’s been forever since I last posted. ok, maybe more like three weeks. whatever. That’s a long time for me. I haven’t been working on much, which is probably the main reason for my lack of posting. Plus I’ve been super busy at work. Those are my excuses.

vintage delightfulness
I found this great website – Vintage Design Resource – chock full of vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry components. yummy! I ordered the Immaculate Ring Vintage Jewelry Kit and a length of chain. For starters!

bookmarks – why not?
For Somerset Studio’s literary theme I decided to make two collaged bookmarks, representing two of my favorite books – The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country, both by Edith Wharton (one of my favorite authors). I’m not making much progress however because of printer issues. Almost all of the elements I’m using need to be printed out. Right now they’re trapped in my computer! Time is running out; I really wanted to get them done this weekend.

I’m afraid with the themes I tend to be very literal in my interpretation – is there a lack of creativity on my part? I wish I could be more abstract in my thinking.

time – why can’t we be friends?
oh time! I start off the year full of enthusiasm and eager to start on my goals for the year. Unfortunately the first two weeks of January are very busy for me at work, and I quickly start to feel as if I am accomplishing nothing. But the busy time has passed, so now I can focus on the other parts of my life! I have a variety of goals for the year, many of which involve re-organizing certain things around the house. I have some personal goals as well, and of couse my artistic goals. So I’ve got plenty to do!

I feel as though I did not accomplish much last year, in artistic endeavors (well, in pretty much all endeavors), and looking back at my posts from last year, I see that that feeling is correct. I did more than I remember, but not as much as I would have liked.

But that’s cool. Another year, another 365 days of opportunity! (minus 25.)


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has it been that long?
It has been forever since I last posted, or feels like it, anyway. I was so busy with Christmas preparations that I couldn’t take time for my poor little blog. I wanted to post something on Christmas day – photos, well wishes – yeah right. I don’t know why I think I’ll have time to post on holidays.

Christmas was lovely and wonderful – truly one of my favorite times of the year. This year I developed a new appreciation for Andy Williams’ Christmas songs. Lily got a ton of stuff, as usual – some of which I have hidden away for now.

Marc gave me a Kindle which I have slowly been exploring (a couple days ago I bought the complete works of Jane Austen for $1.00!). I never thought I wanted a Kindle, which is usually the case with me and new technological forms of media. But I have to say, the Kindle has awakened in me a renewed enthusiasm for reading. Lately I have hardly read anything; my bedtime habit of reading for ten minutes or so before sleeping has been laid aside for the past couple months. With my Kindle however I’m feeling excited about reading again. Of course there’s still a question of finding the time to read, but the Kindle is so light and slim, so portable, and so perhaps will offer possibilities for fitting reading into my daily life that I didn’t have before. So anyway, I really love it.

over in the arts and crafts room
The only thing I’ve been working on, arts & crafts-wise, was a jewelry set (necklace, two bracelets, and a pair of earrings) that a woman I work with asked me to restring. The beads were just my style – black and crystal facetted glass and silver beads. I threw in some beads from my collection too. It was enjoyable to rework the jewelry because she pretty much let me do as I pleased with it. Most of the beads had fallen off the wires, so it was impossible for me to know what the pieces originally looked like.

I didn’t take any pictures of the pieces, but I thought they turned out lovely, full of sparkle, and most importantly, my co-worker seemed very pleased with them.

So now it’s back to my Polyshrink jewelry, which I would love to finish in time to submit for the summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. The deadline is January 15th, which is iffy. I have to take mail time into consideration, which means I need to have the pieces done and packed for mailing on January 5th. yeah, that is not happening. oh well. There’s always the fall issue!

That’s ok though, because I probably should work on my submission for Somerset Studio’s literary theme, which is due in February if memory serves me correctly (which it often doesn’t). Always another project waiting in the wings!

goals – good and bad
I did terribly on my goals for 2010 – both my personal goals and my artistic goals. As usual I gave myself way too much to do (I insist on thinking I am super woman. not!) I’m disappointed that I didn’t accomplish more. But 2011 is a new year, and a new opportunity, and I will happily take every opportunity that comes my way.

I’m going to attempt to be more realistic in what I can accomplish in a year.

And in 2011, I will absolutely, positively learn how to solder!

$8.47 for a year of organization
Along with having my 2011 goals prepared, I have purchased my new calendar book. I love it – it’s just like the one I had for 2010 but smaller. Filled with fresh, clean, unwritten pages – who knows what this year holds? What will my pages be filled with?

I can’t wait to find out!


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