Sunday, October 19, 2008

I've been tagged

"Lost Pillow" a new 2-holed pillow bead, now in my Etsy Shop.

What goes around, comes around. I figured I was due for this again at some point.

Holly's Folly has tagged me on her blog, so it's time for me to come up with some random factoids.

Here's how the cyber-version of tag works;
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Seven things about me:

1. Oddly, while the sound of a Harley can sometimes irritate me, my favorite lawn and garden tool is my leaf blower. On blowing day you better hang on to something sturdy, or you're likely to go flying. Let's just say I'm thorough.

2. I buy one certain anti-aging facial cream just for the incredible fragrance.

3. I used to be a tom boy. Before I discovered beads.

4. As a child, I pierced my Barbie doll's ears and let her wear some groovy earrings. I guess they were copper as she got a bad case of Green Ear Lobe.

5. I make a mean Chicken Piccata, when you can tear me away from the torch. I love Jeff Smith's (Frugal Gourmet, remember him?) recipe.

6. I am having a TON of fun working on a top secret collaboration project with a wonderful jewelry artist friend for the ISGB's Convergence exhibition.

7. I LOVE the new e-Trade commercials with the little baby working his blackberry and talking about stock trading (while spitting up). Nearly makes me fall off the couch.

Now I have to tag 7 people. I hate this part. Here goes.

1. Nicole Valentine of NValentineStudio.
2. Susan Sheehan of SusanSheehan.
3. Jessica Harrah of JessicaSharrah (also on the Etsy Mud Team - go Mud!).
4. Tina T. of Tina T Polymer Clay.
5. Linda Jones of Wild Wicked Beads.
6. Laura Sparling of Beads By Laura.
7. Lene Piasecki of Profusion Art Glass.

Off to convey the good news to my tagees!

Tweet!

Good God, What Have I done?

Or was it chirp? I'm giving Twitter a try, since it seems to be a good way to keep folks up to date in between (ahem) blog posts. I promise not to tell you when I'm taking out the trash, or having my breakfast, or any of that dull stuff, but I *will* let you know when I'm up to anything artistic, or remotely interesting. If you're on Twitter, and want to follow me, click the link to the right.

So, along those lines, here's the latest.

"Lost Pillow" 2-Holed Pillow Bead, now in my Etsy shop.

Getting busy for the holiday season, thinking ahead to December and the Bargetto Winery Art in the Cellars show. If you're even 50 miles from Santa Cruz, it's worth the drive - tons of great art and wine, and a wonderful ambiance. My inventory has taken a hit lately, and it's time to turn my raw materials into wearable art. Stay tuned for some classic favorite designs, some new twists, and some very exciting work.

Lately I've been making fine silver chain and other metal components (e.g. for cha-cha bracelets), flowers flowers flowers, and ruffled focal beads (if it isn't nailed down, I'll ruffle it). I've been tidying up a bit as well - check out my new CLEAN torch table! I'm not sure this is such a good idea, as I found lots of inspiration and serendipity in design from my clutter. It was hard to throw away all of those hair-thick stringers in unidentifiable colors, but I did save all the little 2" and under nubbins to use inside of opaque beads. Why not? We'll see if my muse is gone - I did have a few hours to work after cleaning the table tonight, and tomorrow's kiln opening will tell the story.

In tidying up I cleaned and put away at least 3 separate shipments of (nearly untouched) glass I've received in the last 6 months. I had to laugh when there were duplicate items in the different shipments - I order it, forget I ordered it, and order it again! Apparently I didn't need it as much as I thought I did.

"Bright Future" encased, ruffled focal lampwork bead (SOLD).

My experiment on green packaging has suffered a small setback. Last weekend while we were out of town, some strong winds blew one of my control conditions away! I had two squares of bubble wrap outside - one biodegradable, the other traditional, and the sunlight control condition is gone. I'll be posting an update to the other conditions (recall there's one in the worm bin, one buried in the garden, one exposed to sunlight, and one in water) soon. Meanwhile, check out Karolen's great ideas for earth friendly packaging.

Enjoy the spectacular fall weather, and make your plans for election day. Every vote counts.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I've Been Storqued!

"Pink With a Twist" focal bead (SOLD) and featured in Storque ,
proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Well, one of my Think Pink / Tuff Enough beads has been featured in a Storque article on Etsy. Can you believe all the efforts going on to support this worthy cause? I was at Safeway today and asked if I'd like to make a donation to a Breast Cancer group as I was checking out. It's a good thing.

Got some new, really cool Nepalese silver beads (photo above) in my Etsy shop tonight. Get them while they last!
Nepalese Fertility Beads, now in my Etsy shop.

Oh yeah, got some new glass beads too!

"Belly Full of Fire" Focal Lampwork Lentil Bead, (SOLD).

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