In a word, SLEEP (see Macbeth, I believe it's Act 2, Scene 2, if you're confused). I got some last night, and I'm feeling much better - funny how that works. This isn't a great shot, but here's an impromptu process photo I took a few days ago. I love working with metal clay, but some nights, I love not working with metal clay, I have to admit.
I've been having this urge to redesign the blog lately (read: for the last six months). I see everyone else looking so sleek and professional (or quirky and iconoclastic), and I'm feeling more and more dumpy and without. Of course, I cannot deny the truth in the advertising, as I run around in my soccer mom sneakers everywhere. Still, I'm thinking that making over the blog would be a good start. I'll have to see if I can get off my posterior and at least learn about all of the function upgrades Blogger has developed over the past two years. Sigh.
On other fronts, we introduced the Short One to Hayao Miyazaki's work last week. The Husband and I are huge fans - "Spirited Away" is still my favorite and H. likes "Princess Mononoke" the best. Our local Borders had a 40% off DVD sale, and they had "My Neighbor Totoro" in stock, which none of us had seen. Needless to say it came home with us. We loved it. (Okay, I also snuck back and picked up a copy of "Howl's Moving Castle", too. Shhhh - don't tell H.) I love the female protagonists in all of his films - they are such well-realized, well-rounded, strong and engaging characters. We are really forward to seeing "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" when it comes out in the US (this year, I think?). Anyone else here like Miyazaki's films? Here's the trailer for "Spirited Away", in case you haven't seen it in a while:
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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