~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
I really enjoy getting back into beading and this Bead Soup Blog Party have really thrown my creativity into high gear along with the Bead Table Wednesday posts.
So here is my sneak peak:
My swap partner, Shannon @ For My Sweet Daughter bead soup really has stretched me outside my usual zone. But I have been having so much fun playing with these beads. Now, I just have to finish in time… hahahaha!
As you can see, this necklace is very much about Spring `;~)
Seriously, I try to live simply and mind my P’s and Q’s. Stop laughing, seriously people… I really do.. where does that saying come from anyway???
I line my ducks in a row
just to know them over and see how they fall. I like things neat and tidy so I can see how the chaos flows .
I really like it when my plans fall together just right and everything works. And it drives me crazy when the plan in my head does not match up to reality. I don’t plan things out very often. I’m so seriously not a planner! I buy planners and calendars all the time
so I can see how neat and pretty all the boxes and check marks line up. However, I never end up using them for more than a month cause I don’t like having to cross things out or leave messy blotches on it.
My plans constantly change, almost as soon as I would write them in a planner. Plus, I don’t like to be tied down, I like to go wherever the wind blows. I am a gypsy at heart and cannot stand standing still `;~)
So, I devised a plan. A good plan. An Excellent Plan. I even talked to a trusted friend who doesn’t bullshit me and reviewed my plan… Made sure I wasn’t blowing smoke out the wrong hole… and we really wouldn’t want that. I don’t think we need a discussion on smoke holes…
The plan? Get my herb and jewelry business going… There are several things I need in order to do this:
1)Herbs duh… I have herbs, but not in quantities that will provide a decent stock of products. Herbs aren’t especially expensive in quantities for home or personal use, but it starts to add up when buying for product stock. So, no problem, I’ve got tax refund money to use…
Products are ordered and
have been awaiting pickup by UPS since Saturday!!! just picked up by UPS!! YAY!!!
2)A working computer that can connect to the internet…
My trusted no-bullshit friend, kindly offered me a used MAC G4. It’s not fancy-shmancy, but I just need it to be reliable, handle making labels, fixing photos, getting products uploaded to etsy/ebay, etc… It is perfect for what I need. And of course, it is a MAC, so no problem with getting things set up….
3)A Printer/Scanner… Said friend made recommendations and the reasoning was sound… His recommendations jived with exactly what I wanted…
So, Sunday, I head up the road to pick up the MAC and do a
little shopping after my coven workshop… Due to a brainfart miscalculation of location, I end up missing my coven workshop 😦 So I head to the next stop and pick up the computer. Everything is ready to go, so easy peasy, I’m set and take off.
On the way back home, I realize that it’s President’s Day Weekend which means LOTS of sales. So, I decide to stop in Best Buy and check out the recommended printers. There is a nice sale that puts the printer I wanted way below what I expected to pay, so I decide to pick it up, along with extra print cartridges and paper supplies…
And happy me goes on my way excited to think I have everything I need to get started…
On the long drive the rest of the way home, I’m planning and thinking of where I’m going to set up the computer and how I’m going to do this and that and do a couple test runs with teh printer/scanner…
So finally, I get home and I’m totally exhausted. Once again, I didn’t get any sleep the night before and I’ve been running non-stop all dang day and it is like 5pm… And now, I have to make about 5 trips up and down those damn 19 steps! I’m so glad I decided not to put the PC in the studio upstairs…
Finally get everything inside and start get everything unpacked…
I CAN’T CONNECT TO THE INTERNET
I try a few things, but nothing is working. So I have to wait until the next day to talk to my wi-fi share person for deets.
Okay, no problem, I can still get the printer set up and test out some stuff there…
I DON’T HAVE THE PASSWORD
Friend is out of town, so I try to think like him, which is literally impossible… But I do come up with a few ideas of what the password would be based on the ‘password hint’ but no such luck 😦 Sent email, friend will get back to me on it eventually…
Okay, I totally give up for the night… Watch some TV and veg out for a couple hours.
Thank the Gods, I got some decent sleep last night!!!!
I was up all night into the early morning beading away. I have to say that the beading and making jewelry are one of the few things that bring me absolute piece where my mind is given over to creating and thoughts, fears, and emotions do not overwhelm me.
After last night I realized that I SERIOUSLY need a better beading table/work surface 😦 I lost mine in a previous move 😦 Hopefully, this weekend I’ll be able to hit up the flea markets and junk shops around and find something that fits my needs.
I also realized that I cannot get my studio organized or find half of my stuff because I can’t unpack until I have an actual work station set up. AND I need to get rid of that damn weight machine taking up a quarter of my studio space. *grumble*
I have the perfect chain to go with the project I’m working on but I CANNOT find it anywhere and it about drove me crazy last night.
But once I put aside all these frustrations, I had an excellent time and my creativity abounded!
I have to say that I am very happy to be single rather than in the wrong relationship. I have had many relationships and each one has brought me to a greater understanding of who I am and what I need in a partner. So I give thanks for each relationship and let go of the pain and hurt within me that I have unnecessarily held onto.
I do not know if I’ll ever have another “Great Love.” For years, I dreamed and fantasized about that “Great Love” that transcends all that I could imagine. Being so complete within that “Great Love” that nothing could shake me.
Instead, this sweet journey of love has lead me to the greatest love I could ever find. The “Great Love” with myself- for myself and others.
Sure, I will occassionaly get shaken up, but my roots are firmly planted.
My Heart is as clear and open as the Sky
This is the lovely handmade pendant I recieved from my BSBP partner, Shannon over at For My Sweet Daughter. She sent some absolutely gorgeous pieces.
She handmade this beautiful Rabbit in a technique she called ‘etching.’ I find the results fascinating! The detail is quite amazing to me `;~) I also love the handmade birdsnest which I think I will be combining with the flower and leaves for a beautiful gift for a friend.
The Zebra Jasper is beautiful and I love how they are threaded on the diagonal, but not through the middle of the bead either. The larger pendant size jasper are lovely too.
The Vintage Emerald Swarovski crystals are such lovely drops! I’m not sure wwhat do with the pearls as they don’t have any holes in them and I’m afraid wrapping would break them. I’m going to try something tonight and see how it works.
This year is starting off quite busy! Got lots of projects on the fire! 2 swaps, 2 book groups, kits to make, and degree work. *loving it* oh, and of course my Saturday dance class!
I am so excited about the swaps! The Secret Sabbat Swap is with my local group and the Bead Blog Party that I’ve mentioned on here a few times. I recieved my beads today and I am in awe of how gorgeous they all are!! I can’t wait to go home to play `;~)
The Book groups are still in the works. I’ve offered to facilitate a book club for my local group on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I’ve also been thinking about joining their 365 Days of Wicca book group. While it is extremely basic, I always think it is a good idea to go back to the basics!
I’m working on some ideas for different kits. I currently have two in mind, a Bless My Home kit and a Harm Me Not kit. Both Kits will include incense and all the goodies necessary.
I’ve got at least 3 books to read for my degree, two projects , two classes/presentations, a ritual, and learn several techniques…
I think it is time to break out some organization time management skills! LOL