Friday, November 21, 2008

The sounds of silence

No traffic noises. No workmen talking, joking, laughing, singing, whistling. No radio, blaring a mixture of pop, rock, oldies, techno and rap, all in Spanish. Nothing but the soft click of my keyboard.

I'm here, all alone, at our new house. The tile has been laid; tomorrow they will come back to do the baseboards, but not until 9:00 am. After a week of hauling my sorry carcass out of bed before sunrise, 9:00 am sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

They're not quite done for the day; they've gone to haul the garbage out to the dump. They'll be back for their tools, so I'm waiting here to let them in, and then I'll lock up after them. I've just been walking around, admiring the gorgeous new tile, and enjoying, nay, exulting in the silence.

This is a very quiet house. I'm going to like that.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Did I mention . . .

. . . that we bought a new house? Yup, we're moving again, but only a few miles this time. Our new house needed some tender loving care; it had been painted all sorts of wild colors, and the flooring was, shall we say, eclectic. A whole lot of paint has pretty much transformed the downstairs already (all four of us working together made the job go pretty fast) and this week we've got the tile installers putting down a gorgeous tile floor.

It's going to look so incredible when it's all done! I'm not looking forward to the moving part; that's never fun, and we just did it such a short time ago. But I am very much looking forward to the living here part.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yay Team!

I've decided to give selling my jewelry another go; and I've joined a brand new team of very enthusiastic Etsians as a way of keeping myself on target this time. So check out it out! The Starving Artist Team has oodles and oodles of goodies, just in time for Christmas shopping.

My own shop is a bit short right now; I'm in the process of moving, and I'm not as together as I'd like to be. I must confess that I'm really not quite sure where all my jewelry is right now. It's packed. That's all I can say. But I'll be listing more as I find it, photograph it, and get it set up ready to ship.

I'll be blogging here and at the team site; check in often for all the news that's fit to print. And, if you'd like to do a bit of shopping in the meantime . . . here's a link to our team's goodies on Etsy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Something for me

I decided to make up a bunch of lampwork earrings today; I wear the ones I have almost constantly. My lampwork bead collection has been growing lately; I just can't resist those beauties. There is something so amazing about them; they are little pieces of artwork.

I've given my beads simple settings; just a little silver to hang them from my ears. I've still got lots of beads in my bead box; maybe tomorrow I'll make some more. It's nice to make pretty things.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I've decided that sometimes it is fun to arrange beads in an orderly fashion. It's rather relaxing, actually. Oh, I doubt that I will go over entirely to the side of order; I'd miss the excitement of beading by the seat of my pants.

But it does have its place.

After spending so much time on Audrey, I wanted a project that required a bit less in the way of constant mental engagement. (Erm, that's doublespeak for "mindless.") Something that required no more of my brain than counting to three.

Coincidentally, BeAd Infinitum is having a contest on their new forum; all entries must feature the number three.

I've just spent a lovely day, stitching away and counting to three.