I haven't flashed my bead stash in a while, so I thought I'd go ahead and show off a recent acquisition tonight. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know that I love skull beads. Anyone who's been reading this blog for the past couple weeks will know that I love unconventional Valentine-themed beads. So, you may not be too surprised to learn that I snapped this bead up the minute I saw it on Etsy. This witty Queen of Hearts skull was made by Joan Miller, one of my favorite ceramic artists (with silver work by Penny Michelle). I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to string it yet, but I have the impression it will be a slightly gothic, over-the-top kind of piece.
On other fronts, my binary code pendant has been featured by Jamie Kuli McIntosh on her wonderful blog, Twisted Textiles. Jamie contacted me last week for permission to use my photo and link to my Etsy store for her blog entry on Valentine's goodies. I am extremely flattered to be included in this talented group of artists that she's put together. Please go here to read the blog entry. And while you're there, be sure to check out her cool Crop Circle Quilt.
I can't believe it's already February 15th. I feel as if I've accomplished nothing this month, except indulge in a couple sneezy colds. I'm in the process of writing up two beading projects that are due in a couple weeks, but even with those I've been unduly dragging my feet. I've sketched out my project for Ornament Thursday (which will be posted at the end of the month), but I haven't made or fired the components for it yet. I don't know why, but February always seems to be a relatively unproductive month for me. I think that by February I feel that the winter has dragged on long enough, and I'm looking for a little spring fever. We've had an unusually wintry February where I live, too - lots of snow in just the past couple weeks with more predicted this weekend. It's interesting for the Short One, who is determined to get to grips with all of this strange, cold, white stuff, but I'm definitely ready for a little more sunlight and warmer weather.
I suppose that instead of writing about how little I'm getting done this month, I should actually go do something. As usual, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!
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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