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sweet sister temperance
she of the marble-hearted innocence.
so ill-equipped in her mute despair,
with two smooth bands of reddish hair.

Sweet Sister Temperance, by Rasputina

nothing but tunes
This is the music episode – I have a lot of new music I’ve bought recently. I love my music. Music is so powerful – I think it might be the most powerful art form.

I have no musical abilities myself. At least none that I know of. I can’t sing. I’ve never tried playing any instruments, although I’d love try piano or cello, but I wonder if a left-handed person can play either one? That’s for when I retire anyway, so I’ve got time to do some research.


Rasputina – I am very much enjoying the new album Sister Kinderhook. So far Sweet Sister Temperance, My Night Sky, Afternoon of the Faun, and This, My Porcelain Life are my favorites, although all of the songs are good. This is a more acoustic sounding album, compared to the last few. I don’t think there are any electric cellos this time!

Sarah MacLachlan – got her new album Laws of Illusion – the deluxe version with the dvd, although I haven’t watched the dvd yet. It’s ok. To be fair her albums usually take some time to grow on me. And by time I mean a year or two. Which is strange because I really love her music. She went through a divorce, so there are a lot of songs about relationships ending, which I find depressing. I do like Rivers of Love and Loving You is Easy. This album seems more “rockin'” (if that’s ever a word to use for Sarah’s music!) – it just seems more solid-sounding, louder, not so ethereal. I may stop listening to it and pick it up again later.

Mozart – I bought my first non-opera classical music – Mozart: Violin Sonatas K. 310, 304, 376 & 526, with Hilary Hahn and Natalie (unfortunately I cannot find out what Natalie’s last name is right now – I’m having Itunes issues!). I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but the sonatas are light and pretty-sounding. That’s a pretty weak description – I know nothing about classical music, but I’m learning little by little. I love the piano and violin together.

Audrey Assad – I bought her new album The House You’re Building. I’ve only listened to it twice, but I like it a lot it so far. She has a beautiful voice – one of the reviews compared her to Sarah McLachlan, and I can hear some similarity. I had never heard of her before I bought this album. I like the “quietness” of her songs – they are gentle, subtle, and honest. I look forward to getting to know this album.

So that’s it for the music. Now on to…

a little bit of creativity
I’ve picked up my Polyshrink again – I had started some pieces I’m embarrassed to even say how long ago (a year!). I’m working on more of my “fragments” components, and I’m trying out the black Polyshrink as well, which I’ve never used before. I’m still in the process of punching out the shapes and holes – and one of my punches broke in mid-punch! It’s disappointing because they are not inexpensive and I haven’t had it that long, but I guess I’ll just have to get another one. At least I got a bunch of shapes punched out with it before it broke. My goal is to make some jewelry to submit to Belle Armoire Jewelry – it’s one of my short-term goals over the next three months.

And finally, after years (years!) of desiring to learn how to solder, I purchased all the supplies I need to get started. I am so excited! I decided to make things simple and purchased the Simply Swank Simply Solder Creative Art Kit, by Lisa Bluhm (I got it from Stampington). I have her book, Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories, which is excellent (you can read a review of it on my Librarian page), so I figured that her products would be excellent as well. The kit comes with all the basic supplies you need – soldering iron and stand, clamps, solder, flux, copper foil tape, glass. I bought some extra glass too for practice. As soon as I am done with the Polyshrink I will be happily diving into the world of soldering. Yay!

Not sure if I mentioned before that I submitted a few pages of my Sweetie Darling book to Somerset Digital Studio. Wish me luck!


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In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

rainbow outside our house

rainbow outside our house

The weather has been crazy the past few days – sunny and warm one minute, cloudy and cool the next, then it rains for ten minutes, then it’s sunny again. This evening it was sunny, cloudy, and raining all at the same time, and we were lucky enough to have a rainbow as the result. It was beautiful; there were two rainbows, but one was quite faint. The other one was so bright though it was amost glowing. We stood out on the porch and took pictures, and Lily called them me-mo, and the rain was falling very gently. It was lovely.

In one of the Beading Daily newsletters from last week there was a discussion of music and beading – what kind of music beaders listen to while beading and how music can provide inspiration for beadwork. I always listen to music if I am beading in my studio. My favorite music artists are Rasputina, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and my absolute favorite, Tori Amos.

Listening to music is like being in another world (a much more pleasant one, sometimes!). There’s passion, drama, love, joy, sorrow. When I sit down at my worktable and put in a cd and pick up my beading, I turn off the regular world and I can be, for a short time anyway, an Artist. It’s my time. And the rhythm of the music definitely influences the speed at which I bead – songs that have a lot of energy get my fingers flying!

Music also offers inspiration – I get ideas for jewelry and collage pieces from the songs. I have some bracelets in mind that are inspired by a couple of Tori Amos’ songs, and I have a book in mind based on a Rasputina song. I always thought maybe it was a little strange to want to turn a song into a bracelet, but several readers in the newsletter showed their works that were inspired by music, so I’m not alone. I guess inspiration is everywhere.

My mom recently bought a cd from Digital Imagery Plus that contains thousands of vintage/antique children’s photographs. They are mostly girls and most of the photos are quite lovely. She lent the cd to me so I started going through all of the photos and copying the ones that I like best. Of course being the obsessive person I am I have to look at every single photograph because God forbid I miss anything. Here are a couple:

vintage photo of little girl

vintage photo of little girl

These photos are just what I need for my above-mentioned book idea. I got this idea from the song “Girls’ School” by Rasputina, from their Frustration Plantation album. The song is about a Victorian girls’ school where the staff is severe, the girls are taught dancing tips and scorn along with math, and several girls make a daring escape. I want to turn this story into a book, using the vintage photos for the students and teachers. I plan to write a little story about each person, while incorporating the song’s lyrics as well.

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