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I’ve been reading Beadwork August/September 2007 (I’m just a little behind on this magazine!). The master class article in this issue is by Marcia DeCoster.

She discusses her “concept of small component design” – creating beaded components which can then be sewn together in different ways to form pieces of jewelry. I love this idea – a single component would not take too long to make, and would be easier to experiment with. Marcia’s work is beautiful – delicate and lacy, and very textural.

One of my mom’s birthday gifts is finished – the one that is something I’ve never made before. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, all things considered. I was inspired by a certain book, but the item I made is my own design and I didn’t use any instructions from said book. Which in hindsight may not have been the best idea. It is far from perfect, and if I did it over again, I would do many things differently. But it’s pretty and sparkly, and in the end, isn’t that all that really matters? If the edges are a little crooked, throw some glitter glue on it! If the papers don’t quite meet in the middle, throw some glitter glue on it! No one will ever know the difference. I think many problems in life could be solved with a little glitter glue.

The digitally-altered book contest is now officially open for voting on Artella. Most of the entries are lovely. There are two in particular that I think are fabulous, in terms of artistic vision and creativity – Everything and Anything, and Notions. These two books are amazing! I’m going to vote for one of them, but I haven’t decided which one yet. I’ve never been the kind of person that could vote for herself, and quite frankly, these two books are better than mine anyway. But mine is pretty good, I think.

Thanks again to Erin for the title of this post – I’m not sure I got the words exactly right, but that was absolutely hilarious. Well put!

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the way she paints the world, i want that in my life. – t.a.

So I recently bought several back issues of Beadwork magazine. I used to have a subscription, but let it lapse due to laziness and lack of money. Then I got notice of their back-issue sale and took advantage of it.

As I was paging through my “new” magazines, I felt that all-too-familiar feeling of love & hate.

Love – I adore my magazines for the beautiful projects, the inspiration, the new techniques, and the chance to see what other artists are making. I love checking out the websites and blogs of the various contributors. And I even love the advertisements – there are so many gorgeous, innovative, and way-cool products. I am thankful to have these resources at my fingertips.

Hate – These wonderful magazines serve as a constant reminder that I am nowhere in my art. No published articles, no book, practically no sales, no one reads my blog (except my faithful sister-in-law and a few other select relatives). I am jealous jealous jealous!

Especially with the beading magazines. I’ve been beading forever. I should be more accomplished by now. I feel so frustrated sometimes – I just don’t know what my problem is.

ok – enough complaining.

I’ve been working on an additional project for my mom’s birthday. I don’t want to say what it is, because it’s something I’ve never made before, and I know my mom reads my blog, so I don’t want to give it away. But I can say that I’ve made one mistake after another with it. Luckily they are mistakes that I can cover, and I have to say I’m very pleased with it so far, mistakes and all.

Happy new year to everyone (it being Rosh Hashanah)!

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