Sigh. A couple days ago, a friend kindly told me about a call for entries closing today. I've spent the past 48 hours writing up projects due in at the beginning of October, firing new pieces and frantically trying to make a few new jewelry designs to submit for this call. Last night, I had everything set out to get to work designing when the Short One woke up from what was evidently a bad nightmare and started screaming. Poor little guy. By the time he calmed down and finally fell back asleep it was already 3am, and there was pretty much no way I could work and still get enough sleep to function today, so I had to bag my plans. I managed to string one very simple project this morning in the kitchen (the counters are the only things high enough to prevent an interested party from getting to all of the components) while drinking my morning cup of coffee, but that's pretty much it.
I think I have to sit back and be more selective about deadlines and just recognize under the circumstances that I can't do everything. Obviously, the SO comes first in my list of priorities. I just have a hard time letting things go. Also, with my background, I'm used to last minute projects and working overtime, so I think I overestimate what I can do and still take care of the little one on the morning. (I never pulled an actual all-nighter as a lawyer, but I did have nights where I worked in the office until 4-5am. I still remember one of the junior associates in the office down the hall who would show up at my door in the morning dunking a tea bag in his coffee to try to get a little extra caffeine in his morning pick-me-up. I'm not sayin' this is a good thing, I'm just sayin' that he did it.)
Anyway, sorry for whining! I will have some new work to show you tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a photo of the pendant that I used in the project in the November issue of BeadStyle. It was inspired by Ray Bradbury's book The Halloween Tree.
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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