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):
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:
…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…
…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…
…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!
…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.
…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…
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!).