Have a Happy New Year ANYWAY.

I'll be on hiatus for a bit, what with the end of year paperwork for the day job and our only vehicle getting stolen. You can read about it HERE.

See you on the other side, and really. Things can only get better from here.




A Brief Intermission From the Mission

I've been looking at the next few projects in the book, "Creative Bead Weaving" by Carol Wilcox Wells and I have to admit defeat here. I don't like big earrings. I don't like big round earrings. I really don't like big round fringed earrings. That being said, I still wanted to try my hand at circular peyote. So I followed the instructions for the 8th project, Double Mandala Earrings (designed by Carol Wilcox Wells) on page 56. More specifically I did Step 1, creating the base. Okay. I get it. I only made the one, and now I can't find it to take a photo. It wasn't much to look at anyway.

I previewed the ninth project, The Hollow Beaded Bead with Tubular Necklace, also designed by Ms. Wells.


Just. No. I don't have enough cylinder beads laying around for this one. I don't care for the shape of the hollow bead, and I just can't work up the oomph to express this one any differently.

I promise I'll do the next project in the book, the Black and Gold Beaded-Bead Necklace, designed by JoAnn Baumann. Just not in black and gold. And I'll have to find my stash of wooden beads. I know they're around here somewhere. They're bound to turn up. Probably after the holidays.

All my holiday preparations are complete. Half a dozen loaves of orange/cranberry tea bread, another half dozen loaves of gingerbread, and two dozen loaves of chocolate chili bread have been baked. Two pounds of peanut butter-filled pretzels have been dipped in chocolate, as have a pound of almonds & cranberries, one box of cinammon graham crackers and two bags of animal cookies. Our tiny apartment REEKS of chocolate and most likely will for several days, but at last the kitchen is clean and I have a few moments to myself. I've opted to do some meditative beading.

I received some wonderful Yule gifts, one of which is this:

I am now insanely in love with making right angle weave rope bangle bracelets.

A bit of red and green for the season - well, brick and khaki to be more precise, but you get the idea.

Cheers, and Season's Greetings to all!


Here Comes Another One

And I have not been idle - I've been doing a lot of jewelry repairs and reworks - here are two examples:

Now it's time to do the holiday baking.

Yoikes and away!