Well, this isn't a great photo, but I'm going to post it anyway. I'll try to update with a better one this evening. I'm in blog withdrawal! I can't believe I actually managed to stay away all weekend. When I started this blog, I envisioned posting Monday through Friday and then taking the weekend off. In actual practice, I think I do post at least one time during the weekend most weeks. Everyone in the beading and knitting blog communities is so congenial, it's hard to stay away for more than a day.
Anyway, I envisioned a cupcake pendant with the Marie Antoinette quote "Let them eat cake" printed on it. I made this one with a cupcake bead from Debi Cogwell, the Palm Tree Queen. Now that I've made a couple pendants, I'm itching to use one of them for a full necklace. I may still do that over the next couple days. I already have a design in mind for the snowflake pendant I posted a few days ago - I just haven't had the time to sit down and string it yet. I think I really do enjoy making the jewelry the most and not just the components. My next lot of items for the Etsy store will probably be finished pieces - bracelets, earrings and maybe one necklace.
I just received word that a shipment containing the black rubber necklaces that I bought for the store is in transit. It may just get here by Friday. Even though I doubt I will have the sterling chain by then, as long as the other necklaces arrive, I will probably go ahead and open the store. To be on the safe side, let's say Saturday morning for the store opening. If anything changes, I will be sure to let you know.
The Short One has come down with a nasty head cold. It seems he barely got over the previous one before getting sick again. He has been going around the house dribbling like a fiend and coughing. We've had a little extra cuddle time this past weekend, as a result. Poor little guy. I'm hoping this one passes quickly.
I've managed to cobble together a banner for the etsy store (the address of the store is www.melissajlee.etsy.com, by the way). It's a little crude, but I think it'll do, for now. I've also mocked up a business card that I will use for the time being, while I'm still debating what to do about the website. I have one more new pendant design to make (which is going to remain a suprise - you'll have to visit the store to see it/them) and then I'll be ready to start taking photos. Plus, of course, I still have to make the prize for the 100th blog post giveaway!
Speaking of giveaways, I entered one at Green Girl Studios website a while back for a necklace that Andrew Thornton designed, and I found out today that I won! Thank you Cynthia and Andrew! I am very excited. Green Girl Studios does such beautiful work. I wish I had the creativity that Cynthia Thornton has in her pinky - I would be so happy. I'll be sure to post a photo of the necklace when it arrives.
Oh, and it seems that the koi necklace I put together last week may be published in a book next spring. Cross your fingers! The bad news is that I now have to hang onto that piece for a while, just in case it needs to be re-photographed. I made another koi pendant over the weekend, and that one will go into the store.
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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