Ugh, sorry to be MIA all week. I did manage to complete a project by my deadline (sort of - I didn't actually complete the project I set out to make, but I completed something - it's a little complicated), but it was a completely miserable experience. I ended up bawling in front of the Short One this afternoon, I was so stressed out. He came over, gave me a big hug and said he would kiss my owie, if I told him where it was. IS THAT NOT THE CUTEST THING EVER? Ahem. Then I spent an hour tonight vomiting in the bathroom (I'm presuming from stress, although I also have a bit of a cold). I don't think I'm going to be doing this again. I like what I made, but the resulting chaos, lack of sleep and angst is just not worth it - and it causes the family to worry.
Anyway, here's a super-interesting shot of me mixing epoxy adhesive on the top of an old baby food container cover. Yay. I have to admit - I hate taking process photos. For one thing, I usually need an assistant cameraman (aka, the Husband), and we always squabble over camera angle, lighting etc., etc. (We can't cook together, either, for the same reason.) Also, my hands are in terrible shape - they are awful looking right now, not suitable for publishable photos at all. Fortunately, I got to wear gloves for this one.
And, with apologies for being a day late with these, here are your intriguing links for the week:
About.com Jewelry Making Tammy has some tips for branding yourself and your jewelry product while also putting together some awesome packaging.
Art Bead Scene Feeling out of step with the trends? Here's some inspiration for the fall 2009 season!
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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