I set out tonight to make only the focal for the piece I'm putting together for Maria Grimes' Designer's Challenge, but it came out so well (I know, I'm so modest), that I got all excited and ended up finishing the entire necklace. Now, I'm sitting here too late at night, while my eyes slowly cross. On the other hand, this was one of the five pieces I'm supposed to finish before the end of the month, so it feels good to get something done, finally (except for photographs, which I will take tomorrow). I can't show you the necklace until the Challenge closes, at the end of the month, but I have to say that it really is one of the more unusual necklaces I've made (at least, the focal is unusual), so I hope you'll come back again to see it.
Many thanks for all the good wishes for the Short One's recovery. Obviously, this was a pretty minor procedure as these things go, but I tend to fret over stuff like this. The SO, on the other hand, is continuing to take the situation in stride. It was all I could do not to guffaw yesterday, when the podiatrist told us that we would have to apply warm compresses to the SO's feet, twice a day for twenty minutes each time. The SO tends not to sit still for more than five minutes at a time and then only if there's a particularly gripping episode of Sesame Street playing. However, much to my surprise, he sat still very nicely for his compresses today (and he was otherwise reasonably active - his toes do not seem to be hindering his ability to get into things). Of course, as a precautionary measure, I did go out to the local party store this evening to stock up on stickers and coloring books, since we have to follow this procedure for a full week. The SO is, after all, a toddler with a toddler's instincts. (I figure that the Husband and I will learn to come to grips with his toddlerhood sometime within the next ten years, at which point it will be far too late to do us any good.) On the whole, though, his toes don't seem to be bothering him at all, despite how they look right now, for which I'm quite grateful.
On other fronts, I received good news in the email box today. I have had my first project accepted by Simply Beads Magazine. It is a holiday-themed necklace and will appear in the December 2008 issue.
Okay, I must go be bed before I fall asleep on the table. Have a great day, everyone.
ps. The photo is of another focal I did last year - this was one the first bezels I ever made from PMC. The "shells" in the bezel are actually ceramic beads from Earthenwood Studio.
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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