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Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

I finished reading the May/June 2009 issue of Somerset Studio. My favorite article is Spirit of Steampunk, by Ramona Szczerba, featuring her wonderful steampunk art.

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Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

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Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

So cool! I love her palette, the whimsy, and the contrast between the natural and the industrial.

Other articles that got my creativity all worked up:

With One Palette by Tammy Kushnir – beautiful colors and imagery.
Rainbow in a Box, by Connie Govea Stuart – cool idea!
Souffle Papier d’Art, by Sandra Evertson – I want to make some souffle papier too!
N. 104, by Linda Trenholm – the treeshouse of my dreams.
Type Drawers, by Lynne Perrella – just simply neat-o.

love those ancient traditions
I ordered the sealing wax and seal for my aubergine project. I got a pearly moss green wax, and an Eiffel Tower seal. I’m so excited! I get excited over strange things. I can’t wait to try it out!

bead stuff
In magazine-land I also finished the June 2009 issue of Bead & Button. Two articles caught my eye.

Triple Time necklace, by Cindy Pankopf, page 38
Triple Time necklace by Cindy Pankopf

This is a little Steampunky itself. I love the colors; matte metallic beads are some of my favorites.

Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo
Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo

Very pretty. I bet it’s wonderful in the sunlight with all those crystals and facetted beads!

I’ve been thinking about letting my Bead & Button subscription lapse. Not that I don’t like it (although there are a lot of ads these days). I just don’t bead like I used to. It would hard though because I’ve been reading B&B since issue #4 – the latest is #92! And I have all of them, minus a couple. Or maybe I’ll switch to Beadwork magazine. I haven’t decided.

one more item in magazine-land
I bought the latest issue of Somerset Life (I had a 50% off coupon, so why not?).

Somerset Life - Jul/Aug/Sept 2009

De-lightful! Can I just jump into the pages and live there? It’s so lovely.

life is in the details
Enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet before I get up in the morning. Listening to my Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs album.

~wishing upon a star~

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every bead gets used, eventually
Here is a necklace I made recently. Once again I have to apologize for the poor scans, but this was the best I could do at 10pm, tired and ready for bed.

Hint of Glint Necklace

The large bead was given to me by my son a couple years ago and I finally decided to do something with it. I love lampworked beads, but I find them challenging to work with as I never know what to do with them.

When I do use them, I like to keep the piece simple so that the focus is on the beads. I remembered I had the other smaller glass beads that have a pattern very similar to the focal bead, and then I thought a simple tiered necklace would be pretty.

Hint of Glint Necklace

I used sterling silver chain to string the beads and a lobster claw clasp to hold it all together and voila! – simple, elegant, with a hint of glint.

magazines neverending
I do love my magazines. Not only did I receive my order of magazines from Stampington but I also picked up the new issue of Somerset Studio.

Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

Lovely, as always.

I came up with an idea for the aubergine theme, which is due August 15th. I was inspired by sealing wax! (hey, I’ll take inspiration from wherever it comes!) And I see in the new issue that Alice in Wonderland is an upcoming theme, due on October 15th. I’d definitely like to make something for that. I have an idea, or rather a vague notion of an idea, so I’ll let it percolate a bit longer.

And I sent my Halloween party favor sack article to Somerset Holidays. I can’t wait to see it, and I hope readers like it.

earth, devoid of humans
I’ve been watching a neat show called Life Without People on The History Channel. It’s about what would happen to the remnants of civilization if every person on the planet suddenly disappeared – how Nature, freed from man, would once again reign, and animals and plants would claim the empty cities as home. It examines how manmade structures would deteriorate, what would happen to domesticated animals, how living things might evolve. It’s really interesting, and there’s something about seeing the cities – decaying, overgrown, desolate – that I find fascinating.

small moments
Black trees against a midnight blue sky, very early in the morning. Listening to Madame Butterfly. The warmth of the sun.

~loving that lady in blue~

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The most wonderful news! My two Marie Antoinette canvases have been selected to appear in Stampington’s special MA publication! I’m very happy and excited. So that $20 it cost to send them overnight has turned out to be money well-spent. The publication is due to come out on April 1.

On the Christmas gift-making front, I have an additional gift completed. I have pictures to post but not until Christmas! I also started working on a gift for my mom. I hope she likes it. It’s not jewelry, for once.

In other exciting news, for the first time in two-and-a-half years I am caught up on my magazine reading. I’m not quite sure how that happened. But I recently finished the December 2008 issue of Bead & Button, and I’m almost done the November/December 2008 issue of Somerset Studio. I have one Artful Blogging and one old issue of Somerset Studio left. Whatever will I do? Buy more magazines, of course! There are new issues of Sew Somerset, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and I think Somerset Workshop. Plus there’s Stuffed coming out in January. Thank goodness. I’d be lost without my magazines. They help keep me sane!

This is the cover of the current Somerset Studio. I just love this star by Rachel Killpack – it’s beautiful.

Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2008

And here are Hearts, by Sharon Martin. I adore these!

Somerset Studio, Nov/Dec 2008, p103

Also in this issue – notice of the April 15 submission deadline for next year’s Vintage Halloween issue. I’m planning on making two pieces – one with the same photo I used last time, and something else. I’ll have to look through my old family photos. I think I scanned one of some scary-looking women specifically for use in a Halloween creation.

I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet. I’m not actively thinking about it, just keeping it in the back of my mind.

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I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. – Socrates

Last week Post Script was having their $2 back issue sale again. Yay! Last time they had the sale I bought several copies of Belle Armoire that I had missed, and several older issues Somerset Studio. I bought eight magazines total, and paid only $16. They don’t even charge shipping! This time I bought Stamper’s Sampler – the Pin Issue, the March/April 2005 Somerset Studio, Sew Somerset Winter 2007, and Somerset Workshop volumes 2 and 3. The total was $25, which is great considering that the last three magazines are usually $15 each. They were $7 on sale. I’m especially excited about the Sew Somerset and the Workshop magazines, because I’ve been wanting those for a while but I don’t always have the extra money to buy them.

Now if I can just find the time to read them….I already have 10 magazines waiting in the wings. At least I finally made it to the ones published this year.

I also bought this week the May/June issue of Somerset Studio…

Somerset Studio May/June 2008

and the April/May issue of Somerset Memories.

Somerset Memories April/May 2008

I had never looked at this magazine before, although I had heard of it. But I was on my lunch from work, and as I was in no particular hurry to get back to work, I decided to take a look. All I can say is, wow! I never knew people did scrapbooking in this manner. Take a look:

Somerset Memories

Somerset Memories

So cool! I have a scrapbook that I purchased to chronicle the first year of my daughter’s life, as well as the paper pad to match, but I didn’t start it yet (what a surprise). Now I’m glad I didn’t, because seeing this level of scrapbooking has inspired me to think a lot differently about how I will do Lily’s book.

And I wasn’t going to actually buy the magazine….until I saw this:

Doors to the Past

Doors to the Past

and then the deal was sealed. Scrapbooking jewelry! Sounds perfect. And just what I need – another magazine to buy.

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