Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's Time! Virtual Craft Show!

70 shops!  70 chances to win free goodies!

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And, in celebrations, BrisingBeads is offering 25% of all necklaces in the Etsy shop.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Finding Balance

I had a productive week, jewelry-wise.  Several new creations have been added to Etsy.  Here is one of my all-time favorites, the Field of Dragonflies.

Last night, I laid out and glued a bunch of new designs and organized my work drawer.  Some are really simple pieces, some more elaborate.  I've got several pieces planned around the art glass cabs I've been putting together.  So far, all of my Etsy sales have come from art glass pieces.  By setting up what I plan to work on during the week, I don't have to think about it when my brain is so clouded up with school responsibilities.  And, since I'm headed into a marathon two week research/writing mode, this is really important. 

I'm so much happier when I'm doing something creative.  I love teaching and researching and writing.  I'm excited to work on my thesis topic (Women's History Month) but I need that shift in creativity in the evening, when I can work with color and play with beads.  Ahh, balance.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Feeling inspired

Best bead  embroidery book on the market!I have over 100 papers to grade and all I want to do is play with beads!  The projects and tips in this new bead embroidery book have my mind going on overtime. (link below)  New stitches, new ways to do bezels.  I have a pile of projects sitting on my desk, pieces I want to get done before the end of the month Virtual Craft Show.  

Sigh.  Duty calls.  Must read critical responses on entitlements and abortion.  Have a said how much I love my students?  They are all so individually brilliant!

Glad there's an extra hour in the day, today!