Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A month until I get to see my bead friends in Milwaukee, and learn all sorts of new things, and laugh, and try not to shop too much!
42 more positive feedback on eBay and I will hit 10,000! Whee! Not 10,000 uniques though, as a lot are from repeat customers, so it will still be a long time until I get the fabled and elusive shooting star. Still, I have worked hard for my good rating, and I'm proud to provide good customer service.
And five minutes until supper. I love leftovers!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm quite a non-self-promoting hermit, so this will be very nice exposure and I feel very honored to have been accepted. The show will be on display during the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. Last year the work was really amazing so if you happen to have the chance to see it, don't miss it. There were spectacular pieces in all the categories.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The "day job" is eBay, right now 100 auctions, 160-or-so eBay store items. This entails laundry, ironing, repairs, cleaning, photographing, measuring, researching, writing descriptions, listing, invoicing, packaging, and shipping. Then, start all over again. Oh, and find the stuff to sell in the first place. Since I specialize in vintage items, there is no wholesaler to call!
The "night job" is jewelry, and beadmaking, building inventory for shows and etsy and the studio tour.
Then there is all the day to day business of life. Laundry and gardening and tidying up our messes and paperwork . Stuff. But I need to have some fun too, right?
So just look at this delectable yarn I bought yesterday:
Noro Blossom. I knit because I love the process itself. It's so relaxing, and meditative, and at the end, you have something to show for it. I used to knit incredibly complex Fair Isles and stuff with 40 different kinds of yarn in one piece. Now I keep it super simple and have quite a remarkable collection of scarves! This yarn will be made into a tapered cowl with finger fringe along the bottom. I think. Probably! All is subject to change. The lovely fine cashmere yarn I bought last fall to make into a lace knit cowl morphed into a soft drapey rib knit cowl which can be wrapped around the neck twice, or three times around the head for an arty hat. I kept making mistakes in the lace pattern which meant having to rip back the incredibly fine yarn, and finally said "To hell with it, just knit". Much healthier.
I spent some pleasant time selecting bits for a new Magpie bracelet. The theme for this one is something like "Silk Road" or "Chinese Market". All the bits are vintage, except for the turquoise glass beads which I think are probably only about 20 years old.
There are vintage carved cinnabar beads, cloissone, wonderful old Czech molded glass elephants and Buddhas. A vintage jade elephant. A 1930s celluloid peacock. 20s Czech amber colored satin glass. Carved Peking glass. Speckled green Peking glass. Some precious rock crystal beads, heavy and icy. Some vaseline glass. Amethyst colored Peking glass. A carved ivory elephant. Carved bone beads, and a few bone colored hollow carved celluloid beads. Some old Asian silver. 2 1930s celluloid "Immortals". I know I have some Chinese coins somewhere, they'll turn up. And I'll find more goodies to add. Perhaps I should make some tiny glass teapots for this one too. What do you think?
Still playing with the "Prismacolor Patina" concept and Indian 3-D holy cards. I find the colored patina to be very delicate so maybe I need to put more layers of sealer on them when they are done. The Kali one lost a bit of the finish as I was riveting it together. Two views of the same pendants:
That reminds me of a taxi driver I had a few years ago. I was waiting at the main, front entrance of my building, but he, unknowing, went around the building to the back entrance. After waiting for a while, he decided to come around to the front, and I hopped in. He was a very nice East Indian gentleman, and he apologized in his beautifully accented English, saying "I am very sorry, I was looking at your backside"!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Blather of the day:
I love the radio feature of iTunes. It's easy. It's free. There are lots of really great radio stations. And there are some very, um, odd ones. Now I can't say I'e had time to listen to all of these, so maybe some of them are excellent. Some of these I'll try out, some just gave me a giggle.
At Chanteurs.org, you can listen to "French songs since the 1890's of the dead artists".
DEEGAY Classic features "The Songs Who Gay People Love-Italy".
Digdheadradio has, what else..."A non-stop playlist of music featuring the digeridoo".
Grimeonline is the "world's first internet station dedicated to grime music". Should I know what that is?
AHawaiianRainbow.com , all Hawaiian music. How can you not love this?? I actually quite like this one!
IranianRadio.com-Dance "The Persian Dance Party-The hottest DJ mixes of your favorite Persian dance hits"...huh? Dour regime + dance party? Does...not...compute...the music is great though.
How about a little "Crime Time" : "Old time radio featuring Detectives, Cops& Robbers, Murder & Mayhem, Guns & Ghouls, Danger & Dames!". They talk funny.
There is an entire section of "just holiday" music in case you get a hankerin' for some Frosty the Snowman in April.
The "Golden Oldies" section is fun...lots of bachelor pad and lounge, think Esquivel! Zoom! Zow!
Though "Malt Shop Memories" is the goofiest ever name for a radio station. I'm listening to Balinese Bongos" right now!
Go listen to something. Let me know what you find.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
What would you be?
A hill so steep you'd throw your thoughts against it?
A decider who never had to fight?
Without advance imagination
the people perish.
Would you be a grandmother who keeps hands warm
no matter where they're from?
Or would you be a moth-like hat
on the head of a singer
lifting her higher and higher?
Would you be a newspaper soldier, easy to burn?
Would you choose to be something you can never
Or would you hold up your arms
during the metamorphosis?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I don't know whether to giggle hysterically or run out to the studio and make a bead that looks just like this! Cris, Gail, Stacey, shouldn't we each have one of these beauties? Different colors, of course. Maybe we could wear them with different colored shoes.
Now this just makes me smile with podular delight:
On a fun note, I've started a series of mixed media pendants. This one includes copper, sterling and fine silver, and a great 3-D Indian holy card. The front has a pink Prisma patina, the back has a heat patina, both sealed for their protection with a dainty spritz of spray sealer. The next ones will have pieces of Victorian postcards under mica. Fun! I wish I could be in the studio every minute. Right now I have more ideas than time so I am being careful to make sketches. ..otherwise, I forget stuff!
Wouldn't you like to dig through this with me?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Am I not lucky?!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Some nice glass bits and fossils and stones with holes.
I am in love with this marble, I felt like I had found a prize!