I had a tough time photographing this in a way that doesn't make it appear completely lopsided. Plus, the lighting today is terrible. Oh, well. It may be difficult to tell, but this is actually a birthday cake hat that I designed and knit for the Short One's first birthday (back in the days when I could cram a hat on his little head and it would stay there). As it happens, both of the men in this house are having birthdays in a few weeks. One of them is turning 40 this year, but I am far, far too discreet to tell you which one of them it is. I haven't quite decided the best way to rub it in, er, celebrate the big day (okay, it's been so long since I've used the strike-through function that I no longer remember how to do it, sigh), but I think I will at least be holding a giveaway to commemorate parental survival with the Short One for another exciting year. I'm in the process of making a little something for the giveaway. It's possible I will also hold a sale - I will keep you updated as plans solidify. At any rate, please continue to check back for more news.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. The Short One still isn't getting used to his Binky Lite lifestyle, and we are both still a little sleep deprived, as a result. I didn't so much as pick up a bead or piece of metal clay this weekend, and I have to say, it felt pretty good. Sometimes a break is necessary to recharge the ol' batteries, I think.
Oh, and I put together a new Treasury on Etsy, full of great stuff - knitted, beaded and otherwise - made by some of the talented artists of Etsy. It will be up for the next two days, so please check it out here. (I swear I'm going to buy one of those knit octopus patterns as soon as I have enough free time to knit one. Isn't it wild that you can find a shop on Etsy devoted almost exclusively to cephalopod knitting patterns?)
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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