Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bead & Jewelry Linky Love

Hi, there. I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had an action-packed two days in our neck of the woods, visiting the Kohl's Children's Museum (our favorite children's museum out of all of the ones we frequent - the exhibits are great and they have plenty of staff on hand to ensure the exhibits are all tidy and in working order for the kids). The Short One ended up getting drenched in the water room by an older boy who created a huge wave in the sailboat pool, which was a little demoralizing for him, but it wasn't anything a grilled cheese sandwich, pickle and cookie couldn't fix afterward.

The Short One's grandmother, who is visiting, offered to babysit Saturday night, so H. and I ended up getting tickets to the Lifeline Theater's production of "Treasure Island". For the record, we love Lifeline productions.

A friend introduced us to the company back in the late 90's when they were doing the Lord of the Rings trilogy (before the movies came out) - we saw productions of "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" there. The adaptations were completely brilliant, making creative use of marionettes and miniatures (for the big battle scenes). The best part was probably the Matrix-esque fight sequences that used cast members in black costumes as sort of springboards off of which the actual members involved in the fight performed their acrobatics (it's difficult to describe - sort of like Japanese puppet theater, where the puppet masters perform in full sight of the audience but wearing black clothes to become "invisible").

Anyway, "Treasure Island" was entertaining, although bloodier and more amoral than I was expecting (I don't recall every reading the story as a child). (One scene where the doctor "bleeds" a patient made H. mutter about modern medical practices.) It did make me want to sing sea shanties and growl "arrr, ye swab" all evening.

We finished up the weekend with a trip to the Botanic Garden (why do I always forget to take my camera when we go there?). The roses were still in bloom in the rose garden and, even though I thought it would be too late in the year, we saw the most spectacular lotus blossoms in the reflecting pools.

On the bead front, I have a load of silver ready for the kiln and will actually have a few new items to show for it this week. After that, I'm down to my last 10g of metal clay, though, until the new shipment arrives.

Here are your bead and jewelry links for the week:

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
The pace is picking up for Andrew and his BIG SALE. Check out where he'll be next and celebrate his birthday with a special 15% off promotional code! Jewelry Making
Tammy is already thinking about and making Halloween jewelry so she can wear it next month. What about you?

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
29 Days of Giving starts with a Japanese book giveaway.

Art Bead Scene
Keep misplacing your ruler? Get one for free!

A Bead A Day
If you are "mousing" all day and still want to wear a bracelet, memory wire rubber tubing is a simple and comfortable option.

Beading Arts
So, what to do with all those left over seed beads...?

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Check out the beads and goodies Lorelei bought on her recent trip to London, England

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi discovers Free Trade Kazuri beads from Kenya.

Cindy Gimbrone
Cindy imagines a movie and writes a script.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done.
Jean reviews Big and Bold, a really pretty book of jewelry designs culled from BeadStyle Magazine

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie congratulates Jean Cambell and shares the beautiful piece she made for Beadwork Magazine using an Earthenwood face stone

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done.
Jean reviews Big and Bold, a really pretty book of jewelry designs culled from BeadStyle Magazine

Strands of Beads
Melissa shows off her new "Twilight" choker made with Swarovski crystal from

Thanks for visiting!

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