Saturday, September 24, 2011

Silver Earrings

More and more these days I'm wishing that I still had pierced ears, as I am thoroughly enjoying making earrings. Nice little projects, they give you more time for creativity without all the time for finishing. It's very zen.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Seed Bead Section

Loooooook, isn't this fun? It's an "oooh" moment every time I look at my neat and organized seed bead section. Just a wall of inspiration - and it's quite easy to take any of them in and out by sliding things up, though I am still debating wether they are better standing on their tops or bottoms. I've decided not to worry about it. For now.

Something is well organized. Hooray. Though a special narrower wall cabinet would be the ideal solution, and I'm sure they must make such things .. this works pretty well for now, and I find the "at a glance" capability for the majority of small beads, the easiest way to put projects together. This shelf gets good light, so I can just bring my larger components in and see what wants to join in the project. Most of them fit here, and the yellows and oranges that I seldom use live somewhere else.

Because such available space on a shelf would be like a flashing mouse beacon to several of our cats, I fill the space with two easy to remove storage containers that hold beading wire and other beading things (read beads that haven't found a home yet).

I love these containers. I use them for all sorts of things both for permanent organization and just to ferry things around. They're also great to turn over and cover up small things on-the-go that you don't want wee beasties getting into.

Speaking of wee beasties, I should introduce you to the seldom photographed Hermione. 'Minnie' seems to approve of the organization going on - HER table is now clutter free and she has really taken to hanging out in the craft room - which is welcome and new. It's a great spot for sunbeams after all.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Boxed Sets of Christmas Cards

A friend of mine suggested selling my home made cards on Etsy, so I thought I would have a go with putting together some assorted box sets.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like ...

My husband isn't too thrilled to see the first signs of Christmas appearing around the house ... but as I explain every year ... it's not too early if you're making things. Of course, I have been known to say this even in the month of January so I think September is completely respectable.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


When I got this pretty cloisonne pendant, it seemed obvious that I needed to do something asymmetrical with it. I'm not entirely sure why, perhaps it was merely that the design allowed for this possibility.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Goodbye beautiful Quincy

Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight.

I am at peace, my soul's at rest, there is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed, for all those many years.

There is no pain, I suffer not, the fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts, in your memory I live on.

Remember not my fight for breath, remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death, But celebrate my life.
~ Constance Jenkins

Goodbye beautiful Quincy. You were amazing. xoxo