Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday night, I had a bachelorette party to go to for my friend Melissa. She is getting married this Friday and I am doing a reading at the church. I also made her bridal jewelry. I feel too old to be going bar hopping though! The smoke, loud music, people checking you out, Ugh! I absolutely reeked when I came home and had to take a shower before going to bed and washed my clothes right away. Don't get me wrong - I love a tropical drink at a beachside bar or savoring wine with a nice dinner - just not into the bar scene. She had a good time though and that's what's important. Here is a pic of her riding the bull!
We met at her place first and played a game where everyone brought a pair of underwear to give to her that matched your personality. I found a pair of peacock feather printed underwear online and ordered them. I don't know what is going on with sizes sometimes. Are manufacturers really trying to make women feel terrible by producing things that only fit a size 2 when they are labeled a large? Craziness - okay, that's my rant for today. I can't believe Sunday is almost over. I didn't get as much done today as I wanted. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.....
Friday, September 26, 2008
My other recent find has been a wine rack from Pier One. We've looked at wine racks on and off for years so it wasn't a totally unnecessary purchase.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Since I am on the subject of GGS, I thought I would showcase the pieces I have from them from my own personal collection. I know what you are thinking - this lady posts pictures of jewelry that she keeps for herself! But I will have you know that I have sold 4 necklaces over the past few years that featured GGS pieces. I do let go sometimes....
Here is my "Owl Collection" necklace with the two small pewter owls being from GGS. The large owls are from various sources and they all hang from a chain that is further strung with brown cotton cord.
And then here is my GGS dragonfly bead strung simply with some tiny metal beads and Swarovski crystals. And my GGS fairy clasp that holds a strand of fancy jasper faceted donuts.I must say, I am loving my new studio! It feels like walk in closet for jewelry! Every morning after I get dressed, I wander in there to pick out what necklace I am going to wear. I guess necklaces are my favorite and what I wear most. I am not much of an earring person, personally, because I have long hair. I feel like the earrings not only do not get shown off under the hair, but they also get tangled in the hair at times. If I wear my hair up, I will wear earrings. I am a firm believer that less is more so I very rarely wear both a necklace and earrings at the same time unless they are really simple. I love bracelets but very few are comfortable to wear to work when one has to type most of the day, so I try to wear them as much as I can leisurely.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Until I get this figured out, I am on Etsy under username peacockfairy.
Monday, September 22, 2008
1. needing a bath after rolling in something smelly in the yard.
2. us being scared wondering what you might have eaten in the yard to cause you to act like you were going to throw up for an hour.
3. chewing a hole in the rear end of Dad's pants that you pulled down off the hamper. We know the distressed look is in, but this just makes them un-wearable.
4. deciding to walk on the winter pool cover as we are putting it on and then Mom having to come rescue you because the water flowed through it too fast.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
It's Jon's 34th birthday today! Me, Mocha and Jon are all Virgo's - poor Biscuit is not part of the club since his birthday is in June. We just got done enjoying a last hurrah in the pool. The weather is beautiful here, but the water was cold! Jon has requested I make him lasagna for dinner and then he wants to go watch the Sprint Car races at our local dirt race track. Jon has raced Sprint Cars since he was a teen, but has sat out this season because it is so expensive. For his gift from me, he asked that I buy us tickets to the Opera, Tosca, in November. Hmmmm, this guy gets dirty and greasy with cars but then cleans up real nice to enjoy some culture. He truly is one of a kind! What more could a girl ask for! (The picture is one of my favorites from a trip to Florida about 4 years ago).
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
About a month ago I made the decision to actually create a permanent, organized space. My original thought was to get a cool wood desk that would like nice in the sunroom, since it would always be seen through the french doors. I got a lot of push back from Jon and more and more issues/questions of my own were raised during the process. Such as: it gets really cold in there in the winter - and that's where we always put our Christmas tree, house plants and outside plants during the winter - and even with the blinds drawn will I still have to worry about sun damage to certain things - etc. So our solution was to sell the futon (not comfortable for guests to sleep on anyway) to make room for my space. We setup our folding table - not the prettiest thing in the world but it is roomy and I don't have to worry about damaging a nice wood surface. I have storage tables and files on each side of it. I've had my funky printed chair and ottoman since forever and it's one of those pieces that never seems to go with anything but I love it and will never get rid of it. It's very comfy to sit on for a long time and you can even snuggle a chihuahua behind your back for support and warmth! The walls were already blue and I knew a major renovation - not even painting - was not an option with our busy schedules right now so I just went with a blue and brown color scheme. I found the cool necklace prints on each side of the window at Hobby Lobby and some cute brown valances that have beads dangling on the edge!
Once sitting at the table, if you look to the right I have 2 trays hanging on the wall to store necklaces in. Jon helped me adapt regular wood serving trays by screwing several hooks into the edge and then attaching hangers on the back. Also, my awesome geode torch lamp that I love - but like the chair, difficult to decorate with a Male with a pink and purple theme. It's refreshing and surprising that Jon wants so much input into our decor - sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it's a battle. That's what I meant before when I said this spare bedroom had a lot of "other crap" in it - meaning all those bits and pieces that don't have a place in the rest of the house. But all in all, I think this look came together and works - I love it. If you look to the left from the table I have more shelves that hold neck displays, peacock frames I use for advertising, a wire peacock that has been used to hold business card and now earrings, and a handmade wood display my Dad made that was too short for necklaces but perfect for bracelets. If you turn around from the table to the other wall, I have a painted hoosier cabinet there that is great storage and on top of it several mini-bust displays. I have also shown my view out the window to our backyard. Very calming and far away from that leaky dining room mess that is stressing me out.
The only downside to this is Jon does not have a "man space". He has quite a collection of car memorabilia - posters, models, books, etc. - and has longed for a pole barn. Over the years we have kicked around the idea of building one or moving to a house that has one but it always seems to get put on hold - economy, real estate, job worries. So I felt bad as I stuffed the back of his already full closet with the few totes and boxes that had remained in this room. I did it on the night when he was in class. It's too bad we don't have a finished basement to display it all. I even tried to sell him on the sunroom studio idea by telling him that I would help him decorate this room with his stuff. He didn't seem interested. And let me know if you agree that the little loft space above our current garage would make a great rec area (with some work) - another option he is not interested in. Hey, it was even an idea for my studio if we ever had the chance to insulate/drywall/heat and cool it. Anyway, I know he'll get his own space someday.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As for the rest of the weekend, it has never stopped raining - the aftermath of Ike. We woke up on Saturday morning to find our bay window and ceiling there leaking - what fun! We have been in our 80+ year old home for 5 years now and this is the first time for this new problem. Our roof is fairly new and we can't figure out where the water is coming from. Have to wait until Monday to make some calls. I know, how silly of me to complain about my leaking roof when a hurricane just swept through other people's homes, but still I am sticking my tongue out at the fact when you own a home, you can never seem to get ahead. I was so excited to complete my studio (which I will post pictures of later) and now this happens. Speaking of the hurricane, I spent all day at work on Friday reviewing over $1 million worth of food orders for a customer of mine who is working with FEMA and the Red Cross on the hurricane(s). My heart and thoughts go out to all of those affected by this crazy weather!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Next, I have been a fan of Anne Choi for many years and have finally gotten around to purchasing some of her pieces.... I bought her 2 new owl beads! I used components from a necklace from the Express (that I had for years) and a necklace from Kohl's (recent find) to pull it all together. I knew I wanted different colors and finishes of metal on it. The part that is from Kohl's is the strand that is beaded. All of the other parts are from the Express necklace, and then I added some hematite stars as well. I wish my pictures would turn out better, but I will still keep experimenting with the best "techniques" for photographing jewelry. At any rate, I love the combination of silver, brass and copper and the rhinestone circle is unexpected and feminine in a look that I think is very "industrial".
I have also been itching to get creative again, but have been spending all of my time recently in organizing a new "space" for all of my stuff. My "studio" has moved several times over the years between our 2 spare bedrooms, sometimes our sun room, and sometimes our dining room table! I am focusing on creating a more permanent place and always looking for new ways to organize. I made a lot of progress last night so I think it will be done by the weekend. It better be because I am having some friends over on Friday night to finish up some wedding jewelry for one of them. I will plan to post pictures of the room too!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So blogging..... I have been moved away from my family and lifelong friends for 5 years now, and it's sometimes a bit hectic to stay in touch with everyone. Especially when I try to attach pictures to emails and my parents still have dial up (hope this works better for you Dad!). Also, since renewing my interest in beading and making jewelry, I have come across some very interesting bloggers and thought, "hey, I should get my name out there too". It's uncanny how I have many of the same interests and good taste as they do!
So there you go. Most often my blog will entail my latest shopping adventure, most recent project, or what I did on the weekend. Nothing fancy, but just a quick way of getting a peek into my world each day!