December 28, 2009

Post Holiday Disorder and Extra Links

A scattering of Steam Bits that I made for Fusion Beads

I had a wonderful Christmas! There was much time with family and friends and good food and lots and lots of delightful gifts! I feel really spoiled this year, with all the great presents I got from my parents and brother and Alex and his family. Wow! There was a lot of celebrating and fun, but I needed to return to work today. It has been hard doing this today... I am pretty deeply in a vacation momentum, even though it was a short one. I feel pretty disorganized, with the studio in shambles from the cleaning I did to make way for entertaining, and along with the addition of the aforementioned new gifts to find homes for, and I am left feeling rather scattered. But I made a start, and got out the clay, and am feeling more motivated tonight. I have been making the clay bits that I need for my kits for the Bead Cruise, which is coming up very soon! It's good to have a specific goal with a deadline to get my butt moving. Anyway, this post is mostly a bit of rambling of what is in my scatter-brain, but I needed to post it to get back into the swing of it.

Also, I missed posting this week's Extra links yesterday, so here they are!

A Bead A Day
There is still plenty of time to make some New Year's Eve jewelry! Lisa shares an eye catching bracelet using velvety hearts and chandelier-like egyptian crystals.

About.com Jewelry Making
Yellow faceted CZ fan pendants become gorgeous earrings with just a little chain.

Art Bead Scene
It's the ABS annual 12 days of Christmas free projects. Twelve days of last minute holiday gifts!

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Eco Friendly Gift Wrap

Beading Arts
Sweet, simple, and silly! Make a barrette that will delight a young girl in your life.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi makes huge resin baubles from an ice tray.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy shares her favorite things this week. You might be surprised to find out what they are!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie makes a chunky, funky necklace with some unusual wooden chain and findings

Jean Campbell
Jean shares a free sparkly necklace project, just in time to whip up for your New Year's Evening wear

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei goes back in time to remind fellow Etsy sellers about Heart-o-Matic!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean offers a project called Supercool which features a great focal by Dustin Tabor!

Strands of Beads
Melissa shares some whimsical lampwork artistry by Debi Cogwell.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Using a drilled resin piece from Lynn Davis and some filigree, Andrew creates a necklace paying homage to the faeryworld sanctuaries.

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