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A brighter day…

First of all, apologies for yesterday’s little doom-and-gloom entry.  I have tried not to bring my personal issues into the blog, mainly because I wanted a space where my propensity for feeling sorry for myself couldn’t rear its ugly head.  I also don’t want to turn people off or bore them or make anyone think that I think my problems are bigger than anyone else’s.  I don’t.  I really don’t.  But I guess if it were that simple, no one would ever feel sad, or lonely or down-in-the-dumps.  Anyway, I’m sorry.  I’m still sad and feeling very low but I’m going to try and ignore it and pretend that the world is all sunshine and lollipops.  Which would be awesome because today is freezing and I could do with some warmth and sugar 🙂

When I got up this morning, I saw all the things I had created yesterday.  None of them were masterpieces but at least I had been creative and constructive and not wasted the day.  I think I ended up making about 10 sets of decorated bobby pins, a brooch, a pendant and about 10 rings.  Not bad.  And, not a bubble in any of them (I think I am getting better at using dimensional medium just by sheer determination and the amount of time put into them – eventually I had to get better at it, right?).  I wanted to get some cards done too but didn’t get round to it – next weekend maybe.

On Saturday I bought a couple of rings that were on sale for about $3.00, with the idea that I could alter them.  So here they are – before and after (and excuse the pegs…they were there for positioning!):

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They’re way too big for me to wear – I have dinky little fingers and hands – but I will add them to my sale stock.  I wanted to keep them fairly simple, but if I find some more of them I might do a bit more detail on them with some collaging etc.

I made a tonne of flower rings – I just ordered and received a lovely parcel of colourful cabochons in all colours and shapes and so I made a bundle of rings and bobby pins in no time.  They’re a good thing to make when your brain is in a bit of a funk and you just want something simple that doesn’t take too much energy or creative input!  I’m hoping the glue holds – I’m always a bit wary of some of the stronger glues (carcinogenic and all that not to mention the fumes and the danger that I may glue my fingers together!) so I use less toxic ones and sometimes fear they may not be as strong.  I “burr” the bottoms of the cabochons to give them a bit of key – something for the glue to adhere to.  Rather than just a shiny, smooth bottom.  While cellulite on our bottoms is a bad thing, I think you need a bit of roughness and an uneven surface when glueing! 🙂

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I used some map paper to make this crucifix pendant and brooch:

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I really want to make some different things – I’m in a bit of a rut so I need to have a creative purge and try some new things.  I have a bit of a hankering to do some cross-stitch.  I don’t know why.  I used to do it all the time but I guess I got bored with it and it just didn’t “do it” for me any more.  I think the cold weather makes sewing of any kind seem appealing.  Anyway, I’m determined to get my craft on and make some things that make me feel happy and creatively worthy.  If it happens to be sewing, be prepared for some swearing and a few tantrums (I’m rubbish at sewing).

So, it’s Monday again and time to settle in for the week ahead.  I’m so darn tired and sick of the cold weather but we’ve been lucky to have some gorgeous sunny days (chilly, but sunny) and so I can’t really complain.  I have a brand new window in my library space now so I can see the world outside as I sit at my desk – I’m no longer in a dark little box.  Well, my head is a dark little box at times but that’s no reason for me to work in one as well!

Thank you to everyone who posted comments of support and sent good thoughts my way.  I appreciate your kindness (and also that you’re still following me and taking the time to read my posts – even when I’m in a bad mood!).

I hope your week has gotten off to a bright start and that the coming week will bring you love and laughter, blessings and lots of little happy moments.  🙂

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