Monkees have been sighted in the blogosphere again. For anyone who is a fan of monkees but who hasn't yet heard, Monkee Maker is back from her three month hiatus, and she has a new website. As we house two foreign exchange monkees in our own house, we are all quite excited by this new development. (It does seem as if the plan for world domination is proceeding apace, too.)
For anyone who has not yet discovered MM and her Monkees Made of Knit (and hasn't the faintest idea what I'm talking about), I highly recommend a visit not only to the new website but also to her old blog archives, which can be found here. A more charming group of knit primates are not to be found anywhere.
On the beading front, I have this new strand for show-and-tell:
I agonized for about a week before I finally bit the bullet and purchased it. This is a strand of petrified opal - green and common opal that has formed within petrified wood. I've never seen anything quite like this (I'd be interested if anyone else has experience with this stone). These rondelles are huge - about 31 mm in diameter, the size of a silver dollar. I'd love to string them all together for a simple necklace, but I don't think I (or anyone else) would be able to lift my (or their) head from the floor after putting it on. I find it quite hard to buy stone like this from the Internet - there's really no comparison to being able to see and touch it in person. Ultimately, I took a risk and purchased it, anyway, and am very glad to add it to my stash. I'm sure individual stones will be popping up in my jewelry design pretty soon.
Thanks for visiting!
ps. The SO will pick a winner out of his hat for the Giveaway tonight before being hauled up, complaining, to bed. I'll try to post the winner's name tonight, but latest tomorrow. Thanks!
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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