Hi, how are you? I hope you had a good weekend. We ended up having a nice weekend with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. My brother-in-law who, like the Husband, is an excellent cook, wanted to visit a well-known spice store that's in the town where I used to live when I was a single girl, so we took a little trip over there during the weekend. The store is so redolent with the scent of exotic spices that it hits you like a ton of bricks the second you open the door to the shop. I would have a hard time working in that environment without having serious sinus issues, I think, but it's quite pleasant to visit.
The Short One and I visited the local yarn and bead stores while the men were shopping for spices. (I worry about the impact of the spices on the SO's nose - they're that strong - so I took the SO elsewhere. It's just coincidence that we ended up yarn and bead shopping. No, really.) I'm sure a tougher man would not have been able to avoid the temptation of the ball winders and the shiny beads, either, so I wasn't all that surprised that I had to haul the SO out of each venue (complaining bitterly) after a few minutes. When the men rejoined us, they were carrying bags of epicurean treasure with such exotic names as "grains of paradise" (I love that one - apparently, it's a pepper substitute). The aroma that filled the car on the ride back was unbelievable.
On other fronts, I still have a troublesome, hacking cough, but otherwise seem to be on the mend. However, after a week of mild weather, the temperature has dropped again, and we even had snow this afternoon. The SO was sniffling suspiciously today - I hope I'm wrong, but I'm just bracing myself for yet another round of colds in the house. Arrgh.
This necklace was another piece I made as a contest entry. It's sort of an homage to my love of cyberpunk. The binary code in the piece spells out the Cartesian principle "I think, therefore I am", which in this context is my own little joking reference to artificial intelligence. The multiple strands of leather cording are intended to suggest bundled computer cables. I intended to make beads based on circuit board design, as well, to put in the piece, but ended up running out of time. I may try to work those up separately at some point, though.
In the meantime, I've done an 180 and am currently working on a piece with an Italian Renaissance flavor - ornate and over the top. It's probably going to take me some time to finish this one, but I'm sure it will show up here eventually, once it's done.
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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