Self-Referential? Why, Yes. Yes, I Am.

In 2007, this was my very first blog post -> HERE.

Reading this I realize I never resolved that first issue. The bead embroidered cuff I thought would utilize the black agate stone never worked out. The stone is still sitting in my cabochon tray. And it's been THREE YEARS.

In 2008. this was my first blog post of that year -> HERE.

I sold the featured piece within a week of displaying it in the gift cabinet at the bookstore. I intended to make several like it in different color schemes, and I have a handful of completed leaves in a project box, but no progress has been made there. I enjoyed being a member of Etsy Beadweavers group because of the challenges - when I started beadweaving, there were so few inspirations out there and now it has absolutely exploded. I loved being a member of the Bead Art Originals team as well and for the same reason - the challenges and the inspiration of the group. Here's the thing, though - I'm crappy at group participation when it comes to the marketing end of stuff. I have an unpredictable work schedule that makes my beading time (and output) very uneven, and I never know what my personal availability will be so I can't make any time commitments (like chat room trunk shows and what not).

Now here's my first blog post for 2009 -> HERE.

I broke all those resolutions except one: I did not beat myself up over it. I managed to drop about 30 of the 90 pounds I needed to lose to help my energy levels and overall health (and shut my doctor up), but I think that's because I never made a resolution about it. And I won't this year either. Of all those beaded bead necklaces I made, only ONE of them sold. I'll keep them up for sale on Etsy and in the gift cabinet a while longer - maybe through Valentine's day - and then cannibalize them.

I've also figured out I don't need to post a picture with each and every blog post. I've got some stuff laying around that I've finished and should photgraph, but nothing original or noteworthy. I gotta get to the day job - in fact, I'm running late.

More later, as always.

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