Saturday, August 30, 2008

Crafting 365 Day 15

Yesterday I finished loading the last of my backlogged Etsy items to my shop. Huzzah!!! It felt so good - I had no idea that was holding me back creatively. It wasn't that I didn't want to upload pictures, but a few weeks ago, I moved the furniture around in the living room and I broke the phone jack which had the DSL filter on it. Since then, our internet capabilities have been dwindling - pictures don't upload for some reason. *sigh*

Anyway, I decided to give my husband some of my time last night. He deserved it for putting up with endless bead stuff going on. He wanted to watch a movie and I worked on a folded book (the movie was dumb) during the thing. It felt nice to be creative.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Slow and Steady Gets the Prize

Slowly, but surely, I have been making progress on getting my inventory together. I stayed up until waaaaayyy too late last night reconciling my stock on hand with my etsy listings. I have no idea how I can make an item, put it in the shoebox (my very professional storage container) and then have it disappear when I look for it later. Maybe the jewelry fairies are at work. Jerks.

The reconciliation must have been very good for me. I went to bed last night feeling more jazzed about my etsy stuff than I have in months. I even woke up early, anxious to continue pressing forward with the listing of my backlogged items. I took all the pictures and have only about 12 more to list before I can start on the bucketload of new ones I want to get working on!!!

I am really excited to start on a set of holiday-themed changeable earrings. I'll be using toggle clasps to make them and I think they should turn out really well... *fingers crossed*

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lunatic Days

I prefer pictures when I blog. Unfortunately, I'm unable to load them easily for some reason (our Internet is a bit wonky with pics right now). That's why I haven't blogged. So now you know.

I've been working at getting my beads and other art supplies organized. Brian hasn't complained, but our bedroom looks like a construction zone - or the bedroom of a lunatic. There are piles of plastic bins to be sorted that are stacked in front of his closet. Boxes of assorted art supplies are in front of the sliding glass window. A large flat cardboard box is resting against his Wave Master (punching bag thing) and there are glass jars full of shells, acorns and seed pods all over every other flat surface.

There are magical days where my mind is focused and organizing is a breeze. Months' worth of detritus is cleared and put away in a matter of minutes. How do I help those days to happen now? I'm tired of the months' worth of detritus. I don't know where to put everything! Maybe it has something to do with living in an apartment...

Yesterday I took a small paint set (the one I've been carrying around since high school and is still the most perfect thing in the world) to work. I haven't painted in forever and have been spiritually slobbering to do so. During my lunch hour, I cleared off a spot on my desk and took out a small piece of watercolor paper. I tore it down to about 3x5 and used my favorite ink pen (black, waterproof) to draw a border around the edge. I divided the resulting box into sections (I love the concept of orthogons - don't know if it's what I'm actually *doing*, but I pretend...) and drew a house surrounded by seven trees. Since this is my first drawing in months, the house turned out too complicated, but I forgive myself. The trees aren't exactly what I want (they looked like corn dogs on sticks), but I also forgive myself for this. The proportions of the drawing are just right. At the bottom, I put a space to write words. It gives it a sort of illuminated manuscript look (without the calligraphy - just regular writing). I'll try to post a picture of it later. It felt good.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crafting 365/ Day 5

The Disneyland weekend was sweet and Brian got lots of good information for his Haunted Mansion book. I only had a few minutes to work on anything for myself, folding a few pages of a book while waiting for Fantasmic to start. The pictures I took to for my Crafting 365 turned out horrible, but they are proof for myself that I worked - even on vacation!

I've been spending what little time I have at home (Kenneth Calvin is really needy right now) organizing my beads for my Etsy shop. I invested in a few extra ink cartridges and reams of cardstock. I went through all of my bead files on my computer and printed out copies of all the different ones (more than 150). Now I've been making up folders to keep all the extra printouts in (so I always have some on hand), and I'm thinking about also keeping the actual beads in there, too. Not sure how that'll work with space, though.

Last night I got finished with labeling all my folders. Tonight I guess I'll put the printouts in them and maybe even put baggies of beads in there, too, just to see if it works.

I'm hungry to make jewelry, though. It's been too long! Maybe the kid will play by himself for a bit tonight...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Crafting 365 - Day 1

Today Brian (my husband) and I are taking a weekend vacation to Disneyland. Still, I wanted to make sure I started my crafting 365 thing so I hunted around for a portable project. Please understand me when I say I don't really care for Disneyland, but I do care for my hubby. He loves it and I love him, so here we are.

One of my favorite things to do right now is fold books. I saw this in a Mary Engelbreit magazine several months ago and it fired in my brain. I have done dozens of books (look at my other flickr site:, but I've been so busy lately that I've STARTED several, but haven't finished them. Therefore, I've brought one with me. I worked on it in the car a bit, but it was hard to keep my folds even with the car bumping over the 99South freeway.

Here's a picture of the project in progress right now. I'm taking it and a couple of other unfinished ones in a bag to the park tomorrow. Brian is researching The Haunted Mansion for his book (stories for each of the ghosts and an overarching backstory for the whole shootin' match). I'm not sure how many times I'm going to be willing to ride the ride and will need something to do while I wait. Yay.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Being Comfortable in My Skin

For a while now, I've been mulling over the idea of a blog. I've even started a couple of other blogs, trying to find my voice.
What aspect of my life do I want to talk about? My job? I don't really identify with being a librarian; in fact, I find that I spend a lot of time trying to be un-stereotypical. Yes, I know that's a waste, but there it is. My family? I am married to someone with a family background in law enforcement. Apparently, so I'm told, everyone in the world is a pervert and any mention of my family will target them for those perverts. I am not strong enough to fight against the family ill-will to talk about them (although since I DO have a family, they will impact my blog sometimes). My art? Hmm...
This confusion reminds me of when I was in college. I started out as a psych major and then changed to early childhood education. It only took two weeks for me to switch to graphic design and then back to psychology. I was still uneasy. Just so you know, it was my sophomore year (or was it my junior?) and I was fighting a time crunch. If I was going to decide, it had to be soon.
Now, something you should know is that all this time, I'd made room in my schedule each semester to take an art class. These were just the non-major classes, but they gave me time to be "me." I'd given brief thought to being an art major, but I had no desire to be one of those people who wore all black, spouted quotations from dead poets and, in general, creeped me out. But one day I was in English class and a thought came into my mind. What if I wrote a list of pros and cons about being an art major? So I did. I wish I could remember what they were, but the point is, the pros won. And I thought, why not? So, the next day, I changed my major to art and never looked back. It took me an extra semester (or two?) to graduate, but I got my BFA in watercolor and was pretty happy with my education.
This blog confusion seems to be the same thing. I look around everywhere but at the obvious - I love doing art/craft. So there. So now I will blog about it.