Well, the Short One is finally asleep. (I gave up worrying after he said "Maaaamma" for the nth time from his room and, when I arrived, started trying to show me - in the dark - that he could pat his head and rub his tummy, sort of, at the same time. Nevertheless, it's a fact that it took him quite a while to actually fall asleep tonight.) The chores are more or less finished (are they ever really finished?), I've resolved not to even peek at the Etsy store tonight again, as I'm driving myself crazy over it right now. So I thought I'd come back and write a real blog post.
One of the things I fret about is my blog entries getting increasingly, shall we say, pedestrian, as more of my free time is taken up with Etsy matters. I really only have a couple non-Short One hours a day to devote to beading, blogging and such, and I know that I have been spending a lot of time getting the store in working order. Thanks for sticking with me during this period. I will try to be a little better about focusing on the blog moving forward.
At any rate, I'd like you to meet Jungle Monkey No. 2, whom I've dubbed "Junior" (we're very original about names in this house, you may have noticed). Yep, after spending all of that time cleaning milk off of Jungle Monkey No. 1 ("Senior") while the Short One wailed about his monkey-less state up in his room, I decided to order a back-up, who arrived today. Although he is just as cheerful and good-natured as Senior, Junior is, now that I've unpacked him, clearly shinier, cleaner, much less smelling of milk and generally just newer than Senior, unfortunately. I'm beginning to think I will not be able to pull a fast one on the Short One and sub Junior in as needed. I suppose it was an extravagance on my part to buy a second one, anyway, but even the Husband, who is much less sentimental than I am, agreed after the milk incident that we needed a potential stand-in for the Jungle Monkey. I suppose that we'll just have to see how it goes.
Curiously enough, I've been thinking of knitting tonight, and how little of it I've been doing this year. I surfed the 'Net and came up with two of my favorite projects that I've been meaning to do but have never started. They have a little something in common - they are both patterns for wigs. Yep, knitted wigs. I don't have permission to show the photos on my blog, so I'll just provide the links here and here. They are well-worth visiting, so I hope you'll take a second right now and go peek. I'll wait.
Fabulous, aren't they? I'm a "Star Wars" geek from way back (it was the first PG rated movie my parents allowed me to see), so the Princess Leia wig gets me every time I look at it. The Hallowig, too - with the ribbing, it looks as if it might actually stay on, as well.
Oh, and on a final note - remember, Ornament Thursday, during December? Well, the founders and a few of their colleagues got together and decided to make it a permanent thing. I've been invited to join the group (I said "yes" in a flash, obviously), so from now on, the last Thursday of each month, plus each Thursday in December, will be devoted to Ornament Thursday. Despite the name, projects will not be limited to ornaments (except for the December projects). Each month will have a theme around which participants will design their projects. I'm really excited about this - I think it will be a lot of fun. I'm only obligated to participate every other month, but I have a feeling I'll be doing more. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about please go here to view one of my Ornament Thursday projects from December.) Moving forward, the first Ornament Thursday will be the last day of January, so look forward to it!
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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