Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Playing Catchup

Nope, not playing WITH catsup. or ketchup. Playing catchup. You see, I have a "system," whereby I create new work, take pictures, list items in my Etsy shop, upload pictures to my flickr photostream, and then blog about my new stuff. Then I move the files around on my computer, and voila - I'm done. Sounds like a good system, eh? It is, when I keep up with it. When I don't keep up with it, I have to play catchup. So here I am.

It's been busy around here lately, so that's my excuse... I've had some custom orders that needed to be finished (hooray!!), getting ready for new carpet in the living room (which means moving furniture and all sorts of other fun stuff), packing for the upcoming move (July?), listing stuff on craigslist (and dealing with some rather flaky people who don't bother to show up when they say they will), taking a bunch of stuff to the Salvation Army, trying to get ahead of the weeds in the yard, and about a bazillion other things. As always, I'd just like to request some more hours in every day. :-)

The Luscious Lavender and Pearl custom oglala necklace was finished and sent to its new owner. I don't know if she's received it yet (maybe today), but I love the way this turned out. She asked for it to be fuller than is usual, so this wound up being an incredibly lush piece.


I made a black/white/silver version of Maelstrom. I think this is my favorite one, although the purple and orange versions are cool too. I think there's going to be a multicolor version in the near future...


I also made an ultra-wide (2") version of Bright Right Triangles, this one using gorgeous grape-colored lined delicas and ab finish crystal delicas. It's much prettier in person (it was also a custom order, and I don't know if the customer has it yet). I HATE photographing purple!!!


I've been working (playing, really) on some new designs, too. I was really happy with "Pods," and I'm sure there will be more versions of that one; but I'm also pretty happy with this one called Playing with Blocks. This version is all done in blues and greens, with a little yellow thrown in for some pop, but I'm anxious to see how it'll look in other colors. I love geometric designs, and lots of my doodles look like this -- overlapping blocks.


The other new design was modeled after part of a pattern I saw on a piece of fabric (part of the fabric stash I'm packing away in boxes to prepare for the move). This one, which I named Bends and Bubbles has a really retro look, so I decided that the first version of it would be in retro colors. I used all silver-lined frost beads in gorgeous shades of red, purple, aqua, and white. I LOVE the way this shimmers!


Part of me wants to make a version of this using white, yellow, and reddish-brown... No matter how many times I look at it and see "retro," I still see bacon and eggs in there. Or maybe I'm just hungry.

Okay, now I'm feeling a little more caught up, so I'm off to move some furniture. What an exciting life I lead. :-)

8 comments:

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Beautiful new pieces!

Hot Rocks said...

OMG..I am drooling...they are all so gorgeous! Such lovely designs.

Melody Marie Murray said...

Beautiful new pieces!

Waterrose said...

Beautiful creations as always...did you catch up? A quail just walked by, but it was to fast for me to take a picture.

storybeader said...

love your boxes! and the swirls and such are so fluid. Good jobs!

Nancy said...

Love that fabric inspired design!

Karen Gill hidingplacebeadery.etsy.com said...

Love the Oglala! The others are great too!

urban craft said...

wow! such amazing bead work. I love them!