Posts Tagged ‘Irina’

There is time for work. And time for love. There is no other time. – Coco Chanel

Last Friday and Saturday I dedicated time to work on my freeform peyote cuff. I even sacrificed working on my green carnelian project on Saturday, although that was more because I wanted to be able to sit in the living room with Marc and catch up on some of our favorite tv shows.

I’ve gotten quite a bit done in the past couple weeks. Here’s a photo:

Freeform Peyote Cuff

It’s a little dark in this photo. I have about 1 & 3/4 inches done so far. I probably will focus on it for the rest of July, and then switch to another project, most likely my irina bracelet. It is one of my goals this year to work out the design for irina and write at least a rough draft of the instructions, with the ultimate goal of submitting it to a magazine.

One unexpected consequence of visiting Longwood Gardens was some ideas for a new name for my website/business. I’m tired of sushimama – I don’t feel that it is an accurate reflection anymore, it’s old, people don’t know what it is, and my work is going in new directions and I want a new name that encompasses jewelry and mixed media/collage. I have some ideas but nothing definite yet. I better hurry though, because my current domain name expires in October!

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I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. – Isacc Newton

Yesterday I was, for the first time since February, able to actually do some beading. I worked on my green carnelian project, and I was able to add three more cabochons to it. It was a bit difficult at first to get into it, as I usually find when I pick up a project after a long interval. I was a bit despairing at first, not being able to remember where I was going with the beadwork I had already done. Inspiration was slow to come. But I took a deep breath, calmed myself down, picked up a cab, put it on the fabric, and started beading, and eventually it felt as if no time had passed at all. Here’s how it looks so far:

Bead embroidery on satin crepe

The second row at the top left corner is what I did last night. Not bad for 2 & 1/2 hours. The work area is 4″ by 4″, although when I fill in the spaces between the cabs I will stitch beyond those borders, because that’s what I ended up doing with the first side.

The past few mornings my daughter Lily has wanted to go outside to blow bubbles (after the requisite episode of the Doodlebops, of course). She loves to go outside, whether to blow bubbles or to take a walk, or look for birds or kitty cats. Here are a few photos from this morning:

Outside our house, blowing bubbles. May 2008.

Outside our house, blowing bubbles.  May 2008.

Outside our house, blowing bubbles. May 2008.

She will be two on June 2, and is very cute, if I do say so myself. And also very exasperating at times!

I have in mind a pair of earrings I’d like to try. I have to restring a necklace for a co-worker of mine, and oh yes I worked some more on the frame that I started in December that was supposed to be a Christmas present for a certain someone. Remember? Well now it’s going to be a Father’s Day gift. So at least I’ve got that covered. I have that to finish, the necklace, my mother-in-law asked me to restring a necklace of hers, and I’m still trying to find a way to make the necklace work that I had wanted to make my sister for her birthday. Other than those things I’m going to work on making some earrings for myself, and I have a bracelet project, Irina, that is next on the list too. Busy, busy, busy. But if I don’t keep busy I’ll just fall asleep from exhaustion, and what fun is that?

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Chicken soup with rice anyone? Last night I purchased Really Rosie from itunes for my daughter. I remember seeing the movie in school, and I loved the songs, and even to this day I can remember parts of Chicken Soup with Rice. So I burned a copy for her but I’ve already listened to it twice today, and I could just play it on repeat forever. What great fun songs, so catchy but intelligent too. Carole King is perfect as Rosie and her piano-playing is wonderful. I love this album! Ok, maybe I bought it for myself too. Lily may be a little young for it, but at least she’s listening to good music.

American Idol is one of my guilty pleasures (from Carole King to American Idol – these are the times we live in), and I think we should all have at least five guilty pleasures. This is one of the few shows that I watch live, rather than recording it and watching it later, and since I always have to be doing something with my hands that means enforced beading time. So I started working on my Irina bracelet again. I first started working on Irina in the fall of 2006, and I’ve been working on her here and there since then. She started out as a bangle, but then I decided that I’m not really a bangle person. So I took the bangle apart and am now working on a new design. I am planning to submit Irina to magazines as a potential project article.

During this week’s American Idol episodes I came up with a really pretty, and hopefully unique, design – it has an antique look to it, which fits my aesthetic. Here is a picture of what I have so far:


I’m using only Czech fire-polished beads for this project, in blue and silver. I love Czech fire-polished beads; they are one of my favorite types of beads.

First I used brickstitch to create two individual pieces of beadwork. I
then sewed these together, putting the blue beads in the middle. I need to determine the best way to sew the pieces together – it’s a bit tricky, but it’s just a matter of trial and error. And the individual pieces of brickstitch are so pretty in themselves, I think I will try extending them into another bracelet.

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