Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Miscellany

I think Monday posts are the hardest to do. I guess I'll just take a page from Modern Literature class and do "stream of consciousness" - although I think this is more organized than most of the stream of consciousness writing I read way back when.

Although I have a new goodie bag to work with from Rings & Things, I did just use the Indian Pink Swarovski's I got in the last pack in this necklace - aren't they the perfect color to go with the rhodochrosite heishis I got recently from Lima Beads? This is very petite - just 16", the heishis and eight of the Swarovski's are 4mm, so it's quite delicate looking when on.

Below is a piece I worked on last Saturday night, still have some finishing fiddly work to do on it, but (I think) the design is done. Necklace is around 16", the center detail is around 2" long. Swarovski pearls, Swarovski crystals from Global Beads, gold fill wire, gold vermeil daisy spacers from Artbeads. Took about 4 hours to complete. *whew*

Of course the center bit was the first thing I added to the basic strung necklace, then I decided it needed even more bits, and just like Topsy, it growed. I finally resisted all temptation to do anything else to it Saturday night, which is when I took the picture above.

I have Thursday and Friday off this week (yay!). Thursday I go to the Rings & Things Bead Tour (that psychodelic-y banner has me flashing back to my youth and I never even touched LSD...really!) and get to visit with a new friend of mine while I'm there, since it's about midway between where I live and where she lives.

I met her at the SF convention, Potlatch. She's also someone I know online at Live Journal. She asked me if I still had a pair of earrings I'd shown but she didn't buy there -she called them "those orrery looking earings" and you know, the way they move, it is kind of like an orrery. Anyway, I told her they were still available and we're going to conduct that transaction, see the bead show and have a lovely time. I'm really looking forward to seeing her, as well as the beads.

Friday I'm going to have lunch downtown with another friend who I met through work and lives in the same town I do. She's not at my company any more, so I don't get to see her in person as much although we found each other on Facebook, so we try to keep up there. I am so glad for places like Live Journal, Facebook and Twitter helping me stay in touch. I'm terrible at writing chatty letters/emails or making phone calls so those sites are great for letting folk know I'm thinking of them or for sharing little bits of news.

Then it's work work work on my pieces for Bay Con. Tags, display, new stuff - next weekend will be very busy.

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Blogger Hilary said...

"rhodochrosite heishis," "Swarovski," "orrary." It's a bit like walking into a Berlitz classroom in here. But one thing transcends this beading language which is so foreign to me.. they sure are beautiful pieces.

And I knew the word "psychodelic!" ;)

May 11, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

:-D I do try to link to stuff I think might be problematic...but yeah, there's always jargon no matter what you do. Thanks for overcoming the language barrier to visit!

May 11, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi there! Congratulations on your inspirational award from Tish, I agree!! Your pink necklace is adorable and I LOVE the intricate "lace" work on the pearl necklace! I'll have to come back and study that one a little more!! :)

May 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Lisa - I was gobsmacked when I saw what she'd posted! But I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for many supportive online and offline friends past and present who inspired and encourage me. I look forward to spreading the recognition around!

So glad you think the pearl piece is worth a second look! I really like how it turned out. Am forcing myself not to fiddle anymore with it!

May 11, 2009 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

Good idea for a Monday post, Dawno. I'm still swimming ustream in my own consciousness to figure out a good place to start ;)


May 12, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

thanks, Dave - necessity is the mother of panicked creativity under deadlines and all that...

May 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

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