September 27, 2009

Submerged and Extra Links

This past week has been quite busy and full, and I feel like so much happened! I fired some kilns and got completely caught up on my orders, which is amazing. It only lasted for a few minutes, but still! I listed a bunch of items in my Etsy shop (over 60 bead pairs and sets under $20!) and sent out a newsletter. I battled a cold and a terrible case of the monthlies all week, and feel pretty much all better now. I helped Alex clean out the garage (really, he did all the work) and set up the space for an outdoor studio space for metalwork and other fun stuff. I went to Runyan Pottery and bought some new Raku glazes and supplies. I finished the repair work on my scarab carving, which had an edge break off during carving, and started a new molding technique in rubber (shown above... the mold that Jeremy made for me) and I started carving the new dragonfly too! I also cleaned up my beading studio and did some beadwork for the first time in forever. I did ALL of that this week, AND I was a pretty social butterfly on top of it all, going out for dinner a few nights, to a party, and general hanging out with friends.

Since I am caught up on orders, I think this week will be devoted to making stock for the Bead Bonanza on Oct 11th. I also have some great press just starting to come out, so I want to make some stock of those items, in case people come looking for the beads that are in the magazines (fingers crossed). This weekend is Michigan Mud, and Jeremy and I are planning to spend the weekend being clay geeks in Grand Rapids. He is presenting a demo called Mold and Modify: Systems in Ceramic Casting, which I am excited to see.

That's what has been going on! Here are this week's Extra Links:

A Bead A Day
If you are "mousing" all day and still want to wear a bracelet, memory wire rubber tubing is a simple and comfortable option

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy is already thinking about and making Halloween jewelry so she can wear it next month. What about you?

Art Bead Scene
Keep misplacing your ruler? Get one for free!

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
29 Days of Giving starts with a Japanese book giveaway.

Beading Arts
So, what to do with all those left over seed beads...?

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi discovers Free Trade Kazuri beads from Kenya.

Cindy Gimbrone
Cindy imagines a movie and writes a script.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Check out the beads and goodies Lorelei bought on her recent trip to London, England

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done.
Jean reviews Big and Bold, a really pretty book of jewelry designs culled from BeadStyle Magazine

Strands of Beads
Melissa shows off her new "Twilight" choker made with Swarovski crystal from Artbeads.com

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
The pace is picking up for Andrew and his BIG SALE. Check out where he'll be next and celebrate his birthday with a special 15% off promotional code!

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