Happy Mother's Day! I hope everyone had a nice one (those among you who celebrate today's holiday here in the States, that is). This morning when the Short One woke up, we went into his room and H. whispered, "Say 'Happy Mother's Day' to Mommy." The SO thought about this carefully for a couple seconds, then raised his arms to me and said "I have to go potty." Yes, indeed, a sound statement from the one responsible for turning me into a mother, after all.
Anyway, we don't tend to exchange gifts on these holidays - my gift was supposed to be enough free time for a trip to a Chicago-area bead store I hadn't previously visited (more on this later - it was a lovely store), so I was quite surprised when H. gave the SO a flat box to present to me. Guess what were inside (okay, okay, the photo sort of gives it away)? Lindstrom RX pliers! My old reliable $7.00 pliers have been perfectly serviceable, but I've heard such wonderful things about the Lindstrom RX series. I had mentioned at the beginning of the year to H. (who is an engineer and appreciates fine tools) that I was thinking of upgrading my tools at some point - who knew he was actually listening? (Really, that in itself is a wonderful present, eh?)
Here are your intriguing bead and jewelry links for the week. Myself, I'm off to try out the pliers...
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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