Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Going, Going, Gone

So, I sold another one of my favorites on my Etsy site. It’s exciting! Funny thing is, I miss some of the pieces I sell ... and some I forget I ever made. Not because I don’t like them, but because for the longest time I didn’t keep track of what I made. Etsy sort of forces me to take pictures of everything from every angle, so there’s always a reminder of what I’ve made. That’s probably not a bad thing, seeing that I’m starting to be forgetful in my old age ... ha-ha! I can only imagine what another ten years will do to my poor mind ...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Back to reality

This is where I’d like to be right now. Sitting on a cliff on my dad’s island watching the sun set after a day of doing basically nothing. Instead I’m back. Back home. My other home. And back at work. I’m blessed to have a job I love doing, I just wish I had had a little more time in Sweden and Finland. Oh, well! There is always next year or the year after that.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Going Home

So we’re almost off to Sweden, my youngest daughter and I. My oldest daughter is anxiously awaiting our arrival on Sunday, and I look forward to giving her a big hug. She’s been there with her Mormor (grandmother in Swedish) for three weeks. She’s been homesick in the evenings, but she’s been too busy to be homesick during the day. Her Swedish has improved, which was the reason I wanted to send her over there in the first place, and she has made friends with children who speak nothing but Swedish. It’s amazing how easy it is for children to just connect without even having a language in common. Somehow, a child’s play crosses the barrier and, when paired with another, they make up their own rules along the way. Many adults should take notes.

It will be great to see everyone again. My brother and his fiancée. My nephew and his [latest] girlfriend, whom I have never met. My niece and her little girl, whom I have also not yet met. My friends. My godson. I have one friend coming up from the south of Sweden so we can get together with some of our old classmates. THAT is going to be fun. Some of them I haven’t seen for almost 25 years! Is that possible? HOW is that possible? Some days I still feel like that very self-assured person I was at 18, but most days I am convinced I haven’t a clue. But, somewhere along the way I picked up a little bit of wisdom and a few life experiences that have made me the person I am today. Not self-assured, but God-assured, because without Him I’m sure I would have perished.

Keep me in your prayers, as I travel 4,655 miles with a very active, almost-4-year-old.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Bug is Back

So, honestly, I was getting a little concerned that I would never again want to sit down and make anything. But, yesterday I felt the need to go to the bead store. I guess it’s a need like someone else might need to feed themselves, or … well, basically, it’s an obsession. And an expensive one at that. So, I went to the bead store to look for anything with which I could make something quickly. I just wanted to be able to go home and throw some beads on a wire and call it … whatever it turned into! Well, this is the result of that. A bracelet that wraps around twice with a lovely toggle clasp that can’t be seen in this picture. It’s incredibly comfortable to wear, but I realize I will have to make it longer if it’s going to fit anyone besides myself. Thankfully, that’s not a big deal, though. I’m just very grateful that the beading bug is back and that I don’t have to figure out what to do with all my supplies!

Since I was on a roll, I also made matching earrings and a triple-strand necklace of yellow turquoise heishi beads, but that’s another picture for another day (or for my Etsy site).

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Flowery thoughts

Look at this gorgeous Thai silver toggle clasp I just bought at my favorite local bead store, KMarie Beads. Isn’t it fantastic! I have a really neat idea for it, just not the time to execute it right now. In a week, my youngest daughter and I fly to Sweden for 12 days. I haven’t been home in three and a half years ... it’ll be truly great to see everyone again. Busy, but great! And when we come back home again (yes, it’s “home” either way I go!), I will have a week while the girls are at their dad’s, so maybe then I can get some new jewelry pieces made and listed on Etsy.

Friday, July 6, 2007

I am Blessed!

I really am blessed. And for more reasons than the following: I just sold three more pieces of jewelry on Etsy! I am so excited! I also need to make a pair of amethyst earrings to match one of the necklaces (pretty obvious which one, huh?!). I’m sure I can swing that this weekend. Maybe I’ll even have time to finish a necklace I finally found the right toggle clasp for, and perhaps even make another necklace from start to finish ... but that sounds like a stretch right now. I do, after all, have to play Mommy all weekend also. Ha-ha!

If you click on the images, you can actually see them upclose. Don’t you just love the textures in the background? I owe a huge thanks to my friend Jack, who was so kind to lend me all the pretty papers for backdrops for all my Etsy photographs. His wide range of creativity can be found at www.pbjart.com.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Too much time

Some days there’s just not much to do but to play in Photoshop ...

Monday, July 2, 2007

Dentist and Sunglasses

I am all lopsided from going to the dentist. Well, he didn’t make my whole person lopsided, but I checked out my smile in the rearview mirror on my way to the office, and the right side won’t quite keep up with the left side. Of course, I noticed this after smiling at a motorcycle cop. Good thing I wasn’t trying to eat something at the same time, I’m sure that would’ve been a lovely sight!

I have also come to the realization that no matter how hard I look, I cannot find my $260 Maui Jim sunglasses. Last time I remember having them was at church last Wednesday, so I was hoping I would find them yesterday (Sunday), but ... alas. Now the question is, do I spend another wad of money to cover my sensitive eyes in style, or do I get a cheap pair that will give me headaches? The answer would’ve been much easier to come to, had I not just now spent $272 at the dentist’s. Sure, I’ll get the some of the money back through insurance, but what do I do in the meantime? Squint? Take Advil for my headaches? Stay in bed? Or just plain shut my eyes?

Thank God it’s overcast today! Makes me want to go with option three.