Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Working and Organizing

It’s difficult to get much done when I’m so disorganized. I keep clearing off my work desk and it keeps filling up. It’s totally irritating to try to work on a 1ft. square of space and ridiculous since the desk is huge. One of the drawbacks of cleaning up and putting away is losing track of where I put everything (even though I do label my bins). On the up side, I do discover treasures I’ve stored away years ago. I am a really good pack rat.
The first photo shows a few of the cards that I made (using my new rubber stamps) in between tidying up. I decided to make a bunch of thank you notes (not written in) to give to my sister as my way of thanking her for her hospitality while we were in Washington. The other photo shows a necklace and earring set I made to match a favorite blouse. I found the beads while shopping at the Bead Shoppe in Mapunapuna. The pink and black colors of the large beads and the faceted shapes give the jewelry an art deco look, which I really like. Combining the beads with copper findings and beading wire pulled the whole piece together. I will try to put the instructions for the necklace on the website so you can make it for your mother, grandmother, or yourself. This design is really simple and you can easily adapt it to other beads. Turquoise and copper would be a pleasing combination and very trendy today. I have discovered that the Bead Shoppe stocks a good assortment of glass beads (many extra large ones) at very reasonable prices. When I leave the Bead Shoppe I always feel that I leave with more jewels to put in my (organized) treasure chests!


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