Beady TGIF

Beady TGIF

Thank Goodness it is Friday.  It’s been a long week.  My first week back at work after the Christmas holidays.  I was good the first few days and got up at 5:30am to go walking, feeling that this year is gonna be the year that I get back into shape, the year that I make exercise a habit rather than a chore.  Well, that lasted about three days.  On day four, after a particularly late night out with my Mum (it’s her fault – she leads me astray!) I slept in.  Until 7am.  And I leave for work at 7:30am.  Not good.  No early morning walk that day.  Or the next.  Or today either.  On the other days when I missed the morning stroll, I walked in the afternoons after work.  But today, I didn’t even get that far.  As I said, it’s been a long week and the excuses are already setting in.

I have, however, been busy making jewellery for one of the lovely ladies at work.  She knows who she is (Hi! *waves*) and she is my number one customer and cheer squad at the moment.  It is likely, with her around, I will get a big head.  But it is nice to have someone appreciating what you do and making you feel good about yourself.  In the meantime, I feel slightly guilty about taking her money all the time.  I have always had trouble with that part of the equation.  Taking money from people seems…wrong somehow.  Like, who the hell do I think I am, charging for the things I make?!  But, in all honesty, I need the money, so the guilt doesn’t last that long and in the end I am just very grateful I have a modicum of skill and talent which enables me to make some extra cash when I need it.  Which is now.

I was very happy with an anklet I made her (let’s call her “K” for now) and she was too (which is the main thing).  I like working with blues and turquoises and white so when she requested those colours I was more than happy to oblige
(please ignore my dry old lady’s hands):

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I also made some other pieces for K (see, I told you…she is basically paying my rent right now) and she has put in a request for others.  Which is fine by me 🙂  I desperately need to buy some new beads and findings because I have gotten very low on everything and I have a bit of an aversion to using the same beads or colour combinations more than a few times.  Thankfully, and perhaps slightly fortuitously, one of the other ladies at work was having a sort out of her old jewellery and so you just know I made a beeline for her desk when I heard.  K had already bolted down the hallway and snaffled quite a few nice pieces, but apparently there had been quite a lot more stuff there.  But I missed out.  But that’s ok. I cannot be on the scrounge all the time.  I did pick up a few bits though that will be taken apart very soon (including some that K decided would be better in my hands and then forwarded to her as finished products ha ha).  I got:

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…this anklet which I think looks like a tree or an underwater coral kingdom.  Can’t you just see it as part of a gorgeous mixed-media collage?  I am definitely going to do something with this and I don’t think I will alter it in any way.  It’s nice and worn and a bit rusty.  Lovely for a collage.  I am thinking some embroidery as well…

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…this piece has some lovely colours and shapes in it.  Also slightly “ocean-esque” so it may get utilised with the item above (as well as being turned in to lots of other jewellery pieces)…oooh, I am seeing a moon here too…hmmmm…

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…some nice pearls.  a bit on the yellow side for my taste but they will get used quite a bit.  It will take me forever to get them off the strands but hey, I have no life so I’m sure I will manage!

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…continuing with the sea theme I seem to have going on here, these necklaces look like fishing nets to me.
Albeit very pretty, sparkly ones.  Glass beads in varying shapes and sizes are always welcome.

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…more pearly delights.  Love the slightly odd shapes ones (even the rude looking ones to the left!).  Looking forward
to making some nice pieces with these.

So, a good day to come to work.  Even if I was really busy and had so much to do and had a slight panic attack by the end of the day because the work kept piling up and people kept requesting more things.  I never want to look at another journal article as long as I live.  Which is unfortunate as searching for journal articles for people makes up a large proportion of my job.

As well as getting’ beady this week, I have also been working on my 40th birthday invitations.  A classy High Tea for me and several close friends and family members at a lovely restaurant in the city.  I wanted to ask a ridiculous amount of people, but it was getting out of control so, with no concept of how I am going to achieve this, I am going to have several events over the course of a few days, to fit everyone in.  You only have one 40th birthday, right?  Although… I don’t look my age (supposedly) so maybe I could get away with another one…?  My invitations have cupcakes on them (naturally) made out of various scrapbooking papers.  I can’t show you the whole thing because it has my phone numbers, address etc on it.  As much as I do love over-sharing, there is a limit to what parts of my life I will publish on the internet.  So here’s a sample of cakes for you…

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So, that’s week one of the new year done and dusted.  Hope your week has been a good one and that the year is shaping up to be everything you hoped it would be (and if it isn’t – give it time…that’s what I am doing…it’s early days yet!).

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