Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Necklace for the Red Hat Society

It didn't start out that way. I was digging through my bead stash and pulled out some size 11 beads in a beautiful lavender, and then I came across some bright red size 8 beads. I had them both in my hand and thought how nice it would be to make one of my twisted ndebele ropes from them. I really enjoy making these ropes, watching the twist develop as I add the beads, and I love the way this one looks.

So where does the Red Hat Society come in? Well, I was poking around on the internet trying to figure out a good name for the necklace, and when I typed "red and purple" into Google... well, pretty much that whole first page of links had to do with the Red Hat Society. Hmmph. Maybe it's my subconscious telling me I'm getting older. I do have a birthday coming up. However, although I like purple, I doubt anyone will ever see me in a red hat.

Oh well. I still like the way this looks. I decided to name it Phaidra, which means "bright." That name fits it well.

I've had a few more nice surprises this week, too. I use Google Alerts to let me know when someone mentions me in a blog or something, and that's how I found out that my Obama mini notecards were mentioned on the Shift blog on Presidents' Day. Yay!

Then just yesterday, I found that Deb had included a note about my Serpentine bead crochet lariat on her blog, Storybeader. She's going to be trying out bead crochet for herself, and I can hardly wait to see the results. It's great fun!

Remember my mention of using the EtsyHacks scripts to save yourself some time when you're doing Etsy things? Well, Ian has added two new time-saving scripts, and they're great! One is the Fast Tagger script I mentioned before. I tried it, and it makes adding tags sooooo easy! In addition to being able to add new tags easily - you just type them all into one space, separated by commas - you can also use it to delete all the tags if you're relisting something and want to retag it or if you're copying a listing, which is one of the other scripts he's written.

The other new script I like is the Bulk Image Uploader. It's so much easier to be able to choose all five photos at one time and click the Upload button than it is to have to pick each one separately. In my case, I sometimes have ten or fifteen photos to choose from, and I forget which ones I want to use for the listing. I've even accidentally uploaded the same photo twice! No more, though. Now I'll use this script and save myself some time.

What to do with all these extra minutes... hmmm... I think I'll have an extra cup of latte!


laane said...

Yep, I'll take one too.

Lovely bracelet!

lisa winter said...

love that bracelet, what a great color combination, perfect for the red hat's society. and thanks for the google alerts info, i'll have to check it out.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Love the new piece!

Christine said...

I love the color combination. But I can't quite figure out what it would look like on a person. You must model it. :) Or recruit a friend to model it.

:-) MaryLou said...

If you'd like to see pictures of it worn as a necklace (not on me, though!), click here:

I like the way it looks as a bracelet, so I chose to put that photo here, but it's really quite long and looks great as a necklace!

Deb DiSalvo said...

Love it! Of course, purple is my favorite color!

Anonymous said...

I just love this! The colors are great, but the shape and design is just fabulous!

Sarita said...

Those colors go great together! I really like this bracelet and I agree that the name suits it.

Marlaine said...

Love the colour combo. Not one I'd have thought to use!

Amanda said...

The colors are so bold and vibrant! I love it