Greetings. I hope you had a great weekend. We spent Sunday taking the Short One to the zoo. We tried to go last week, but it rained all day. This Sunday, the forecast called for thunderstorms in the "pm", so we decided to risk it, even though it looked a little gloomy out. It turned out to be the right decision - we passed through some showers a few miles from the zoo, but once we arrived, the sun came out and we had good weather right up until the time we left. Once again, a few miles from thee zoo, we not only had rain but hail, too. Very odd, but you'll forgive us for feeling smug that we actually timed our trip right, for once!
The SO saw his fill of lions, tigers and bears, and even a tank full of sting rays (which he loved). All of that fresh air, excitement and running around did the trick, and he promptly passed out in his car seat, as soon as we left the zoo grounds. All of this would have been fine, except that all of the fresh air, excitement and running after the SO made us want to pass out, too. Having had a refreshing 20 minute siesta on the ride back, the SO refused to take his regular nap at home, and we ended up flailing after him for the rest of the afternoon. Still, a fun morning was had by all.
My advance copies of Creative Jewelry arrived over the weekend. As promised, it is a huge issue with 135+ projects, including over 75 lovely necklaces. For anyone not familiar with it, Creative Jewelry is an annual publication put out by the folks at Interweave Press who publish Step by Step Beads. It focuses exclusively on simple, immediate gratification-type pieces - you will find no peyote stitch or bead weaving projects in this magazine. This issue represents another milestone for me, as it contains my first published project. It's a simple necklace using one of my koi buttons. Creative Jewelry also did me the honor of including a shot of my koi necklace on the main, full-page photo for the necklace section of the magazine, so I'm quite excited. Anyway, the magazine will be available on June 30th, so I hope you will check it out!
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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