I'm afraid I still don't have anything new to show you of my own work, so I thought I'd show you a favorite piece from my own personal collection. Anyone familiar with Sarah Moran's work will know right away that these boro beads were made by her. In fact, however, the whole necklace is Sarah's work, including the signature "S" lampworked button that she uses on many of her finished pieces (all of her finished jewelry incorporates a signature "S", but sometimes it appears on a bead, rather than a button). In addition to beads, Sarah very occasionally sells finished jewelry. I fell in love with this necklace the minute I saw it. It is one of the few finished pieces made by a beadmaker that I own. (I also have a small collection of Navajo and Zuni jewelry - I love Native American jewelry - but that's for another time.)
On other fronts, the Short One has been going gangbusters with crayons recently. He's been so prolific with his artwork, I'm really at a loss as to what to do with it all (they do make nice art for notecards, though). Like most mothers, I always carry a few crayons in my purse for dining out and for emergencies. After the nth time searching for crayons that had rolled under the table at the SO's favorite Japanese restaurant, the Husband and I were determined to find a set of square, non-rolling, crayons. I remember that they were available during my own childhood, but I really hadn't seen them around recently. After hunting around for a while, we finally found a set of triangular crayons (made by Melissa & Doug - love that company) at a local art supply store. They are simply fab! The SO finds the new shape intriguing, and the triangular shape seems sturdier and less liable to snap than the conventional round ones. The amount of time we spend searching the floor for stray crayons during meals out has dropped by 80%. I highly recommend them for anyone with a little artist in the family.
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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