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I'm on a kick with the beading lately, using pretty much all of Stellan's naptimes to play some more. I should probably slow down, as I'm neglecting other tasks that need doing. But I'm having fun, and it's been a while.

I also never stop being surprised at my own competence. The things I've made, they look like they were made by someone who actually knows what she's doing. It's such a weird thought.

Anyway. D kindly took some photos of my recent work, so I can show off.

This is the first one I made, last weekend. The large beads are fossil stone, the reddish/orange ones are ochre quartz, and all the rest are fancy quartz. (Don't ask me why it's called fancy. It just is.)

The next one is what I think I'll be donating to a charity raffle, perhaps with some earrings. The large grey stones are polished marble. The green ones are olive serpentine, the black chunky ones are feldspar, the shiny grey balls are grey quartz, and all the rest is fancy jasper.

And then I got into playing with pattern. Here are two variations on a theme. The first is peanut jasper, fancy quartz, and garnet; the second is olive serpentine, grey quartz, and dyed marble, with silver accents.

And finally, this morning I decided to noodle around with green aventurine in various sizes and shades:

I'm starting to have this fantasy of setting up a table at a low-key craft fair somewhere, to sell some of this stuff. Because I really don't need this many necklaces, I just like making them. And it might be nice if my beading habit could support itself.

Date: 2009-01-30 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allzugern.livejournal.com
oooh, shiny! I'm really digging on the last three. You should definitely set up crafts booth. And while your at it, maybe a little on-line business with paypal? Because, damn at least one of those would make a great mother's day gift.

Date: 2009-01-30 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allzugern.livejournal.com
I was also going to suggest selling your stuff through www.Etsy.com, though I'm not sure what you have to pay to be part of that site. But if you did want to sell on-line *cough* I would definitely be first in line for the first and last necklace.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I kind of feel like I should have more than 5 items to sell before I go to the trouble of setting up an Etsy store. But I should think you and I could work something out, if you want these. (I'm seriously flattered, btw.) Is there an email address where I can reach you?

Date: 2009-02-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allzugern.livejournal.com
I was checking out their service charges and they don't seem like much, but yeah, you'd do best if you had more items to sell.

Absolutely! allzugern at yahoo dot com

I would love to have them, and they'd go to my mom in the States so you wouldn't have to do international mail or anything :-)

Date: 2009-01-30 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyscribe.livejournal.com
Very shiny! And happy birthday!

Date: 2009-02-01 04:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-01-30 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicagowench.livejournal.com
Happy birthday! And? etsy for selling your stuff would be muy easy from what I understand.

Date: 2009-01-30 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
I was just thinking etsy myself.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thanks! And I'm looking into etsy -- though I feel a little silly setting myself up with a 'store' when I have only 5 items to sell. Still, it's definitely something to consider.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicagowench.livejournal.com
I know, and there are certainly some bloody amazing stores on Etsy.

There are also the people who have 5 pairs of beaded stitch markers up and that's it, often accented with the most meretricious of cat beads. So really, your stuff is beautiful, and so much nicer than...a ridiculous percentage of stuff on there. A friend and I keep bemoaning there's no 'good taste' filter on Etsy. ;)

Date: 2009-01-30 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
Very very nice. I love the double and triple strand ones.

Happy birthday!!! :)

Date: 2009-02-01 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thanks very much! :-)

Date: 2009-01-30 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
Wow, those are gorgeous!

Date: 2009-02-01 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thank you! *beam*

Date: 2009-01-30 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-fremedon.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!

I also never stop being surprised at my own competence. Isn't that a weird feeling? I just finished knitting my first pair of socks, and I know perfectly well all the mistakes I made, and yet the results look like socks. Nice socks, even.

And these necklaces are lovely! I like the charity raffle one especially.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thank you! And yeah -- I've never been a crafty person before, so this idea of "person who makes nice things" just doesn't fit in with my definition of myself. I wonder how long it will take before I get used to it.

I believe you'll have a shot at getting that charity raffle necklace, as it's for an event in Boston this April...

Date: 2009-02-02 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-fremedon.livejournal.com
? I am doing nothing in Boston in April. What's the event?

Date: 2009-02-02 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
I don't know why I'm being so cagey. It's for Muskrat Jamboree, which I'd thought you were attending, but maybe I'm wrong...

Date: 2009-02-02 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-fremedon.livejournal.com
And I realized late last night that that must have been what you meant. I'd, um, forgotten MJ was in Boston. It's in Muskratville! Where everything is sparkly!

Date: 2009-01-30 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arianstarr.livejournal.com
These are absolutely lovely!

Date: 2009-02-01 04:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-01-30 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
Gorgeous! I was thinking Etsy too, but [livejournal.com profile] elisem sells hers through her LJ... (http://elisem.livejournal.com/1409631.html#cutid1), so that's also possible.

Also, happy birthday!

Date: 2009-01-30 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
Also, she has a beads-of-the-month club, and comm: [livejournal.com profile] botmo, which you would probably enjoy, if you don't already know about it...

Date: 2009-02-01 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thank you -- I'll have to check these things out.

Date: 2009-01-30 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osirusbrisbane.livejournal.com
Those are beautiful. I echo everyone else in saying get ye to an Etsy.com account. Also, [livejournal.com profile] the_star_fish sells crafts locally, so you might talk to her if you want info on doing same. The best way to do this is probably just to come over and join us for dinner at some point.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thanks very much. I'm definitely looking into etsy. And this whole dinner/finding-out-about-selling-crafts-locally idea sounds lovely. When might such a thing occur? (Or is this where I should get in touch with starfish?)

Date: 2009-02-01 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osirusbrisbane.livejournal.com
I believe this Friday would be a good time, but I'll ask her.

Date: 2009-01-30 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norwich36.livejournal.com
Ooh, pretty! I especially like the second-to-last one.

Date: 2009-02-01 04:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-01-30 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura-md.livejournal.com
Beautiful! It's really not fair, you know, all this creative talent in one lovely person!

Date: 2009-02-01 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Aw, shucks, ma'am. *shuffles feet*

Really, though, the great thing about beading is that it doesn't require that much brain. So when Stellan takes a 20-minute nap, I can sit down and play with pretty colors until he wakes up, and there's no worry about needing sustained concentration. It's the perfect activity to do in short bursts.

Date: 2009-01-31 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saltcod.livejournal.com
Those are so very pretty! You are making me really want to abandon all the other crafts I can't quite finish and play with shiny beads instead. :)

Date: 2009-02-01 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thank you! The beads really do have a siren call. They also offer the advantage of small, contained projects that can easily be completed in a day, even when one can only sit down to work on stuff in 20-minute bursts every couple hours.

Date: 2009-01-31 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanj.livejournal.com
Oooh, these are really pretty, and you tie off way better than me. ;)

Date: 2009-02-02 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thank you! And hey, happy birthday!

Date: 2009-02-04 01:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-02-05 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squirrelhaven.livejournal.com
Thanks! That's actually my favorite of the bunch as well.
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