I'm so excited

02, October, 2009

I have been whingeing and moaning about the slow demise of my Nikon Coolpix camera for a good few months now. I really count on quality photographs to help sell my beads, customers need to see what they are buying, so when I started getting blurry photographs on the macro setting I was not a happy bunny. This camera has been a workhorse, photographing my beads since 2002 so in all honesty it has done it's time and then some!

I started researching a new camera, I went round and round and then round some more. I don't need a digital slr, I would love one but I don't need and can't afford one. How about a Canon G10 or should I wait for the G11 to come out? I like the G11 better (well duh!) but it is so much more expensive and it's not out yet, but I like it better but it isn't out yet etc. etc. etc. I still needed to find a way to pay for it so the decision was made, G10 because it was available and it was a lot cheaper.
I came to the conclusion that my best bet was to sell one or more of my 6 lampworking torches and other lampworking ephemera to fund the impending camera purchase, so the Cheetah was duly put up for sale and it sold, quickly - hoorah - Actually, if you must know, I admit it, I went completely de-stash crazy.
More time spent researching, running the same circles around myself until a furrow had been well and truly ploughed then....finally, finally...... back to the Canon G10. I know there is a new model coming out any minute but the site I want to buy it from has a live stock monitor and those G10 puppies are selling like hotcakes.....I take a breath......I brandish the credit card.....I lose my nerve......I search some more to find out when the G11 is out..I can't find a date.....the G10 stock has dropped from 11 available to 2 available in a couple of hours...I put the order through - HOORAY! It's done, now I can stop.

Half an hour later the phone rings.
It's the
camera company: "with regard to your order for a G10"

me:"ummm yes, what?"

cc: "the soopah doopah new bells and whistles tap dancing G11 is arriving this weekend, we can upgrade your order for only 100, yes that is JUST 100 of your finest English pounds more and still get it to you by Tuesday"

I pretend to think about this for all of about ooohhhhh maybe 2 seconds before breathlessly panting YES! YES! YES! down the phone.

I am such a tart, I'm a pushover, I reckon he could have sold it to me for so much more.

I am, however, stupid excited. I can't wait for Tuesday. I just hope after all this I can operate the damn thing!



This was taken on macro in good light on a tripod using the timer
HOW UNSHARP?





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Bead Soup 7

23, January, 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



But....
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
lampwork!
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


Earring Challenge Weeks 1 & 2

20, January, 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.

New Beginnings

17, January, 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