The advance copies of BEADS2008 are now available apparently. I haven't received mine yet (it's all I can do not to jump on the mailman when he arrives, these days), but a friend received hers yesterday, and I found a pic of the cover on the Interweave Press website. BEADS2008 is an annual magazine put together by the folks at Beadwork magazine, highlighting new beads and jewelry components for the year. I have three types of beads in the magazine - the koi (both single and double), a fortune cookie and a skull. My friend kindly put me out of my misery and told me (and you can baaaarely see them in the tiny photo above in the bottom left hand side) that both of my koi pendants made the cover of the magazine. The fortune cookie also made it, apparently, but even when I squint, I can't make it out from the photograph. Needless to say, I'm quite thrilled and even the Husband is impressed by this (okay, okay, there are a hundred beads on the cover, but still!). Anyway, it hits the stands on April 22nd, so please do look out for it at the end of the month!
Shameless self-promotion aside, noses are still quite drippy and hacking coughs are in the air chez nous. H, who is still healthy, is becoming increasingly paranoid and has been trying to ward the germs off with the evil eye. We'll see if that succeeds. He has a better record than I do with managing to avoid catching the Short One's colds, but even he has succumbed from time to time. The SO, for his part, has reached that uncomfortable stage of his cold where he is definitely getting better, but the congestion in his nose is becoming increasingly irritating. This has manifested in periodic (say, every five minutes) squawking on his part and, if I fail to produce a tissue immediately, a dive for whatever part of my body is closest to wipe his nose against (knee, arm, shoulder, ear - this last was particularly unsettling). Still, I find this preferable to the alternative - when I'm not close enough, he resorts to using the furniture, windows, floor, etc. (I feel very sorry for him, but it does get a little hard to clean up after him after a while.) At this point, leaving a tissue box within his reach simply results in an empty box and a glorious flurry of tissue all over the room (sometimes I think there are marked similarities between toddlers and puppies - what is this obsession with tissue and toilet paper rolls?) I am hoping he will show marked improvement from tomorrow, although experience suggests we may have another 2-3 days to go...
I should probably try to get to bed at a reasonable hour, so I'll close now. Thanks for visiting!
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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