Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Finally, a new post

I know that all my friends out there are tsk, tsk, tsking about me not posting for two weeks.  I love blogging and once I sit down to the keyboard the words just seem to flow.  It's just that I have been such a procrastinator this spring.  First off we have had the craziest weather and when it's overcast and chilly I just don't want to do anything except kivver up and read. 

I had great plans to take pictures of all the pear trees that blossom in our area.  I mean they are everywhere and usually look so billowy and white that I just knew it would make for a great photo.  For some reason this year, they looked a bit defeated so I changed my mind on that.  I did have time to grab the camera when I saw a horizontal rainbow above the school nearby.  The colors were much more vivid in person but I didn't want to manipulate the photo to prove it. 

I have been in an artist slump this spring, not even wanting to paint anything.  Recently I got the jewelry making bug and decided to make some jewelry.  At my house, I have a stash of everything, so to make jewelery I needed to get out my stash and go through colors, etc. to find just what I needed.  I don't know if this would ever happen to you, but for me it went like this... "I think I could find exactly what I needed if all my beads were reorganized according to color, certainly that shouldn't take long".

Basically, this is what I ended up with.  I've often heard that sometimes you need to make a mess to get things organized and that is what I did.  I have now organized my beads into like colors, then separated plastics, metal and handmade beads into separate categories.  The only problem is I kept coming across clear plastic shoeboxes that were marked "stuff from table". Hmmm, then I had to go through all of those types of boxes and pull out needles, threads, seed beads, findings, and even tools and play  a memory game to find out were to put them.  You know the drill, I'm sure.  At some point, actually quite early on I gave in and started filling jars with bead soup.  Jars that look something like this...

Ok, I've realized that I can't keep doing that, so I regrouped and started putting little bits of left over projects in smallish zip lock bags.  In any event, it is seemingly a never ending project.  I will probably finish today and then I'm going to make a couple of pieces of art jewelry and get out my polymer clay supplies.  There is something about working with polymer clay that is very therapeutic.  It's just fun to mash clay around in you hands and make stuff with it.  I guess that why kids love working with clay. Any hoo, that's what I have been doing for the last two weeks. When it's all done and spruced up, I'll take an after shot and post it.

Speaking of polymer clay jewelry, I found Donna Greenberg's site.This artsy chick makes some jammin jewelry.  Might be a bit too big for some tastes, but I think I'd like to implement some of her techniques into my next series of art jewelry. Go ahead and check out her website, it's very nice.

And last, but most certainly not least, please check out my friend Nezzy's blog, called Cow Patty Surprise.  She is one funny gal and hard working to boot.  She can make anything sound like fun.  Her current post on the men in her life is one of my favorites, so stop by and catch up with Nez.  She is something else, to be sure.

Well, the skies are dark and ominous and it's not even noon yet.  We had 80 plus degrees here yesterday and already it is so muggy you can't breathe.  Over the weekend, about two hours from us they experienced multiple tornadoes and are trying to recover from that.  It's been a wild and woolly Spring and it's not over yet.  Keeping all that in mind, enjoy your week and stay safe whilst you do something fun.

And by the way, I ordered my sissy's birthday present this week, so as soon as she gets it I'll show it to you. Something different for her this year, but I think she'll like it.

Take care and let us hear!


Nezzy said...

Thanks for the shout out sister!!! Just think how wild and crazy I am in person! Heeehehe!

I bet your room is gonna look amazin'...for awhile. All those little beads have gotta be hard to keep up with.

I designed and hand beaded my weddin' dress, train and veil. I did much of the beading at the Sorority house. The next year they were still findin' beads in my old room.

God bless ya and have an amazin' day sweetie!!! :o)

Nezzy said...

Yep, it think it's great...the more the merrier!

Thanks! :o)

Crafty Gal Linda said...

I totally get your organizing routine. Have fun making jewelry and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tina said...

Thanks for the links. I'll check em out. I've been lax about blogging myself and reading anyone elses blog. I'm just now sitting down to catch up on your blog and some other ones. It's good to catch up.

Peri said...

You think you have a mess? Have you seen my place? I have some many different hobbies that I am running out of places to store them all.
I am glad that you, at least, are getting organized.
Love Nezzy's site..read it frequently! She is too busy too.
Got to go..have to think up a good present for MY sister, whose birthday is the 25th of April.