Quiet at last

It has been a funny few weeks here in the Johnston household... the building work ran late and overlapped with the damp proofing work in the living room and hall which caused a level of chaos previously unknown to me and as you know I consider myself to be the queen of chaos. However the kitchen is done and looks lovely, despite the indoor waterfall inside the new window when it rains, oh and the lack of cupboard knobs. The bathroom and upstairs bedroom are also lovely and we have a newly waterproofed spot in the lounge which previously hosted a multi-cultural mould fest. We still have to have all of the render hacked off the outside of the house and re-done and the water feature at the window is a symptom of a much bigger (read expensive) underlying problem which will have to be located and repaired but the weather is against us (or for us depending on your perspective) so we have a temporary fix until spring rolls back around - hurrah! Rob has a great new job in the North Laines in Brighton, he seems to be getting on really well too - hallelujah! Which means after 4 months I finally I have the house back to myself. It looks like a tornado picked it up, shook it and dropped it on its head but I don't care about the mess, the silence is just bliss. I have been struggling a bit with my energy levels so this week I am spending some quality time with my sofa and really wallowing in the quiet. I am hoping I am just worn out from having to make countless cups of builders tea or the stress of hearing two radios playing different songs in different rooms in the house both accompanied by appalling singing and/or tuneless whistling rather than my thyroid gone rogue again. My last visit to the Dr he cheerfully informed me that I would probably have to up my dose of thyroxine again quite soon but, and I quote "the good news is you will only need to take one pill" really? oh well that makes me feel so much better.

Last week before I wilted I actually made it back into the shed and managed a couple of encased floral beads, they are not quite back up to par but I was really pleased with the way they came out. I used to love making floral focal beads, I used to make a lot of floral focal beads, big ones, round ones, long ones, pressed ones, ones with silver, ones with dichro, ones with cubic zirconia, I couldn't stop, I must have made hundreds over the space of a couple of years. Then something happened, I just couldn't get them right no matter how hard I tried, I mulled over the problems for a while but couldn't for the life of me work out why I had gone from one extreme to the other. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I just didn't have the right energy either physically or mentally. Each bead takes me at least two hours, often longer, I need to be absolutely focused on that one bead with no distraction or interruptions and I just had too much crap going on to pull that off, so I stopped. I was really happy when I felt moved to try again and even happier when these came out of the kiln.

Complete with bubbles and all...

Electric blue glass bead with aqua flowers
Electric blue glass bead with aqua flowers

Blue lampwork bead with aqua flowers and cubic zirconia

Purple glass bead with orange flowers.
Purple glass bead with orange flowers.

Purple lampwork bead with orange and yellow flowers and cubic zirconia.