Friday, January 02, 2009

2009? Already?

It's 2009? How did that happen? I wasn't done with 2008! I didn't finish all the things I was going to finish, and in a few cases I didn't even start the things I wanted to finish. I think there should be a recount. I don't believe I received my full 366 days in 2008, and I would like a refund.

Okay, okay. I know it's 2009. I even managed to stay awake on New Year's Eve long enough to watch the fireworks on TV. I made no New Year's resolutions, though. That's just asking for trouble. They're hovering there in the back of my head (do more beadweaving, finish the projects I have started, clean up my Etsy shop, work on my website, clean up the house, pack and get ready to move (!), plan more vacations, exercise, yadda yadda yadda). But you can't listen to the voices in your head or you'll just go crazy, right? So, no resolutions. I resolve to make no resolutions. There.

For those of you who read my previous post, I'm a fast healer. My thumb is still sore, but I've stopped wearing a bandage on it (it's too difficult to do stuff with a bandage on there). And I'm being vewy vewy careful with the utility knife now.

Since I've pretty much caught up on custom orders, I had a chance to make some stuff I'd had in my mind for awhile. This bracelet was inspired just by the color of the beads. The official color name is "champagne," and I thought that was just perfect for a New Year creation. I like asymmetry, so I decided just to run a row of polka dots down one side of the cuff. I wasn't sure how the closure would work if it wasn't centered, but it works great.

The piece I listed today is one of my favorites. It's really simple... just an ndebele rope with some fringes at the ends. But I made the rope to go with one of Lisa Peters' gorgeous raku buttons. She makes so many fabulous beads, buttons, and pendants that it's tough to resist the urge to just keep piling them into my cart (and it's probably a good thing Etsy doesn't have an "add entire store contents to cart" function).

Anyway. I love this heart. I wanted it to be the focal piece for a necklace, and initially I couldn't figure out how to do it since the heart is a button (there's a shank on the back). I finally came up with the idea of making peyote tubes and attaching them to the back of the heart, so now the heart is like a little bolo. It makes the necklace adjustable, and I think it makes it fun. In fact, it's so much fun that I think I'm going to make another one for myself. It's a good thing there were THREE buttons in the listing I bought from Lisa. :-)

Now the second day of the new year is gone. Poof. 363 to go. Time sure flies.


GraceBeading said...

Your champagne bracelet is so pretty and sparkly, I like the design. And the necklace with a button by Lisa is brilliant, very clever use of the button - I love her stuff!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

As always - I love looking at your pieces!

Sweetwater Designs said...

Very creative use of a button..what a vibrant piece!

Jean Hutter said...

Love the heart button lariat - very clever and wonderful piece. Happy 2009.

bikudesigns said...

Great pieces.
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MySweetThree said...

You make such beautiful jewelry...just... wow.

And I wasn't done with 2008 either.

Laane said...

The champagne bracelet also has an african feel to it...well for me it has.

Time flies. It's the 5th already.

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Your pieces and your photos are lovely :)

Deronda designs... said...

I love the pieces, but have to say the champagne one really caught my eye.


Your items are so unique and beautiful! I love seeing what you will come up with next.

Christelle said...

WOW the 1st piece is stunning!
Always love your work.

Christy DeKoning said...

Amy, I love the champagne cuff bracelet - christelle has it right: stunning!

Christy DeKoning said...

oops MaryLou I shouldn't have yours and Amy Lilley's blog open at the same time. Name confusion lol.

sorry about that!

Deb DiSalvo said...

ooooh, champagne is exsquisite! So lovely. I like the heart necklace also. Hope you're having a fabulous start to the new year!

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