Hello Again!

It's shocking to think it's been 6 weeks since I last posted! Has it really been that long? 42 days? Yikes, that's a long time! Did you miss me? I certainly missed you.

Most of those 6 weeks I spent working on a contest entry. I know, that's a very long time to complete a single piece. I may have reached the end with only one, but I certainly designed far more than that. I went back and forth, tried new things, and threw out plenty of good ideas that just weren't perfect enough. What did I want? I'm not sure if even I knew. As usual, I was right up against the deadline. But I had to make SOMETHING. And finally I did. And I am really happy with it.

What!? No photos? Sorry, I can't show any just yet. But I will.

So what else did I do? As most of my creative time was spent dreaming up and throwing out contest designs, not to mention the actual making of the piece, I only got a few other things made.

A birthday bracelet for my awesome cousin.

A custom order dragon necklace.

Some new stamped beads with little butterflies.

And the first of my new favorite beads - a little "turquoise" pony with "coral" inlay.

I enjoyed a beautiful Luna moth in my window.

I thought about going riding. And then I thought about how hot it was and how much my horses would not appreciate me riding them and also how grumpy (and hot) I would get trying to ride a horse that did not want to be ridden. So I didn't.

I sorted through a jar of vintage buttons and found quite a few neat ones that you'll be seeing in new jewelry a little later.

I've been wanting to explore new color combinations, so I bought a book on color.

I went bead shopping on Etsy.

(Do you ever find when you have a project that must be finished, the ideas for other designs come so easily? All the ones that aren't at all right, but you'd really love to make them. That happened to me a lot.)

I thought about going riding again... still too hot? Yes. Definitely.

I celebrated the 4th of July with family and lots of good food. A firework show in town, more fireworks in the yard, and root beer floats.

I reorganized my work area.

On July 9th, two days before it was due, I submitted my design for the contest. Whew! Just in time!!

And now I'm happy to announce I'm back to work as usual! In the last couple days I finished shaping a batch of critter beads I had started back at the beginning of these 6 weeks, I started more turquoise horse beads, and made 3 1/2 necklaces, 2 bracelets, and 2 pairs of earrings. Woohoo!

The proof of all my work. What a mess! I'm wondering if there are as many wire trimmings as beads!

Happy Bead Table Wednesday!!! Boy, it's good to be back!

Bead Table Wednesday
Be sure to check out what everyone's doing today - I know that's where I'm headed now... I've got a lot to catch up on...

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  1. I love your turquoise ponies! It looks like you had a productive time!

  2. I second that...love those little turquoise ponies with the coral inlay!! Awesome!

  3. Your horses are beautiful! Really wonderful pictures of them. Its nice to see you post again. Your polymer clay is awesome. I REALLY tried to make some PC fruit, and watched a few good videos on Youtube like how to make lemon beads. And I was very careful too. (I looked for books how to and couldnt find any) But they just bombed out I was pretty frustrated bc I was so determined too and so this was a big disappointment. I was careful to make it like these people did. That was very annoying so Ive given up on polymer clay. I admire people like you who seem to have a real way with the clay!

  4. One other thing I forgot to mention happened while I've been away from blogging - the sudden problem with internet connection dropouts. It's driving me crazy! I can only get a sort of good connection super late at night or really early in the morning... all other times of the day it drops out every few minutes. So, I'm sorry about my late response to your comments...

    But I wanted to thank you all! I really appreciate you stopping by! I'm so glad you like my new ponies - I always know I've got a good thing going when others love it too! :-) This first one headed off to it's new home yesterday and I've got 5 new ones to show you - hopefully tomorrow.

    I hope to a better job at blogging from now on, but if I suddenly vanish again at least you'll know why. Thanks again!

  5. Real horses AND polymer clay ..... now I am completely jealous!