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A bit of a day...

November 16, 2010

I woke up in the early hours needing to use the bathroom. Our bathroom is downstairs and about as far away from my bedroom as possible in a house the size of a peanut. When the need to use the bathroom arises at night sturdy footwear is required because one has to negotiate the slug-fest that takes place every night on my kitchen floor, they're big bastard slugs that really make a mess if you get one underfoot. I am half asleep as I  slide into my crocs and YOUCH! something stabs itself through the sole of my foot. Still, time is of the essence and gravity is not my friend, so I stagger on regardless. When I get back to bed I try to inspect my foot, this is tricky because...
a. it is early I am unable to focus
b. it's dark
c. it's on the sole of my foot.
d. it's transparent glass
e. it is early I am unable to focus

It took me over an hour to get it out with a pair of hemostats and a needle..
By this time I'm awake!

The rest of my day followed thusly..

It was a gorgeous morning bright, sunny and crisp. I thought I would take advantage and shoot some bead photos in the garden so coffee in hand I stroll out and..

 A random cat appeared to have had a nasty digestive incident and exploded in my garden, I couldn't navigate around it until it was cleaned up! Hazmat suit donned, Jeyes fluid at the ready. I didn't realise that what I actually needed was to change out of my crocs! into waders and source a high pressure water jet from the local car wash... basically I managed to swill it around, spread it out and get my feet wet in a truly disgusting fashion.. yay me!
bead photography- fail
operation catshit cleanup - massive fail..

Natalie was upstairs in bed with kidney infection I have been waiting on her hand and foot in a bid to aid her recovery, she has been properly poorly for weeks and we have been quite worried about her. She decides aroung 3ish she is a bit bored and needs to come down and watch tv but the living room is far too dusty (builders left 2 weeks ago) for her tender sinuses. She has a point, so I take her a bacon sandwich and a drink and I fill the bucket again, but the floor mop is beyond redemption so I get down on my hands and knees and start scrubbing. I'm nearly finished when she appears behind me coat on, bag in hand. She announces she is feeling sooooo much better she is going out, round to her friends house because they always have cheap pizza on Tuesday but she will be back tomorrow and she is sure that all the dust I have disturbed by mopping will have settled by then!!!!

Fortunately dear reader you will be relieved to know that my sense of humour is still intact although it is hanging by a mere thread..... 

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Bead Soup 7

January 23, 2013

I am on the horns of a dilemma... The sign ups for the 7th Bead Soup blog are fast approaching and I really, really want to take part again. I absolutely loved the last one, if you remember I was paired with Elaine Robitaille of Too Aquarius who sent me a package of her spectacular polymer clay beads. I loved working out how to use them and I only got slightly stressed about posting my final piece. I also loved visiting the blogs of the other particpants and seeing their bead soup ingredients, reading about their inspiration and process to their final pieces.

Selection of purple flower polymer clay beads
My delicious soup from last year

I am somewhat over subscribed at the moment...
I have several Facebook Groups which I signed up for in a flurry of new year enthusiasm but it's looking less and less likely that I have time for.
I am commited to my once a month blog circle, which doesn't sound much but I really try to take time over writing, reading and commenting on it.
I am already doing the Art Jewelry Earring challenge.
I have an exciting e-course starting in the next week or so
My mothers house is due to exchange and complete over the next 4-6 weeks, which means I have all sorts of packing and organising shenanagins to sort out.
not to mention various teams and forums that I am active in
and mostly not forgetting
I want to make some beads, I really want to make some beads and there just aren't enough hours in the day.

So I think that I need to scale it down a bit and work out what I can sensibly achieve. I am still undecided but it is looking unlikely that I will sign up for Bead Soup 7 however just because I can't doesn't mean you shouldn't. Lori is accepting all applicants this time with 3 different reveal dates so click on over to Bead Soup 7 and check it out. Sign ups are from 25-27th January that is just four days away so mark your diaries.

Oh and don't be surprised if I suddenly show up over there having had a last minute attack of the sod it, I just fancy a bowl of soup.

Purple floral polymer clay necklace
Soup is served

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Earring Challenge Weeks 1 & 2

January 20, 2013

I recently signed up for the Art Jewelry Elements blog Earring Challenge to make one pair of earrings every week for a whole year, the earrings have to feature at least one artisan component. Every two weeks there will be a reveal with some of the earrings being featured on the AJE blog. There is also a Pinterest board which is looking fantastic already with challenge participants.

Both my first and second pair feature gorgeous polymer clay beads by Elaine Robitaille of Too Aquarius. Elaine and I were partners in the Bead Soup challenge last year and I have been waiting for an opportunity to use these wonderful beads since last autumn.

Week 2/52

My first pair are Flower Fairy Earrings with Elaine's flower beads, gemstone beads and Swarovski lilac opal crystal beads wire wrapped with Bali silver headpins.

Flower Fairy Earrings

Flower Fairy Earrings

Week 1/52

My second pair with some of Elaine's daisy beads are simply wire wrapped with copper and copper beads. I wanted to make something simple but with lots of movement. I have to tell you it was a real test of my wire working skills as I am not used to working with copper wire or light weight polymer clay beads. Also I didn't have any copper ear wires so I made these myself. I clearly need to practice working with copper as it is much softer than sterling silver. I really enjoyed making these earrings and I'm looking forward to experimenting and practising my skills on my next pair.

Copper Earrings

Copper Earrings
Check out some of the other blog hop participants below there are some wonderful earrings out there.

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New Beginnings

January 17, 2013

I love the start of the year, a clean slate bursting with the of possibility of adventure.The start of this year finds me deep in family stuff. My 76 year old mother has sold her house and we are currently packing up the last 48 years of her life and all that goes with it. Layers of the lives of the people who lived there are being trawled through and sorted out. Tons of crap punctuated with bright sparkling jewels of memories, photographs, books, the occasional treasure which has lain forgotten about for decades, it's an emotional roller coaster, heart breaking at times.

I can't imagine how hard it must be to be leaving the scene of your entire life for nearly 50 years. The memories and ghosts of the people you loved most and other, bit part players you were rather less fond of. I do know mum, although sad, is really looking forward to finding somewhere smaller, easier to keep and cosy, her new beginning.

It's not just mum leaving, it's me too. When the removal van pulls away from the house where I lived from the age of 3 I will be leaving behind the house I left for school every morning waving to mum through a gap in the trees, the house where I experienced the highs and lows of being a teenager, the house I first I left for a bedsit in Dulwich at 19, the house where I set off for my wedding at 24, the house where my father and brother both passed away. It is a place packed with so many of my memories I know I will be overwhelmed with sadness.

On the other side of that though I can already see a gleaming new path, liberated from lifelong fears and expectations. It feels as if I really am throwing out the old to bring in the new by exposing things that have laid under dust for years and actually deciding I don't want or need them.

My new beginning is a big one it involves business plans, travel plans, new beads, new jewelry, lots of things I dreamt about for years. Finally, as Howard Jones once sang, I will be able to throw off my mental chains and I am beyond excited as to where it's going to take me!

This post is part of a "New Beginnings" blog circle, if you would like to step this way and follow the link the next blog is by Jean Wagner - New Beginnings


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