Wow, November 1st and I’ve already got all of my Christmas shopping done. Despite my constant warnings of “Santa won’t bring you any toys if you don’t drop that attitude, Missy!”, my children will in fact be getting Christmas presents this year. I have to admit, this super-organisation wasn’t because of an undying enthusiasm for the holidays, but rather a desire to get it over and done with, so I don’t have to spend the next 7 weeks worrying about it. That’s right folks SEVEN WEEKS. Horrible isn’t it?
Custom made necklace, black with Heliotrope Swarovski Rivoli pendant
So now that you’re reeling from that bombshell, let me take the time to remind you to think about the women in your life. Your mothers, daughters, aunts, (yourself) and friends who deserve something extra special. There is still time to order custom made jewellery for Christmas; one of a kind gifts for one of a kind people. To enquire about custom jewellery, email me at email@example.com. Ready made bead woven jewellery is available in my online store and less elaborate jewellery, made from basic assembled components are listed on my Facebook Sale album.
In other news, the Halloween Giveaway has been drawn, congratulations to Andrea L. I hope you love your new necklace, it was a joy to make. There are more giveaways coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled. The Facebook page is close to 300 likers so I will be having a draw when that milestone has been reached and of course, a Christmas giveaway is also on the cards.
I love Halloween, I love the crisp Autumn leaves, the beautiful colours that are all around us, the fresh pumpkin ready for harvest. I love the symbolism, a time to honor and reach out to our dearly departed, when the veils between our world and the next are like gossamer. I even love the novelties, the ghosts, witches and zombies. But what I really, really hate is that we celebrate it in spring. What. The. Hell? Ok, I get it, Halloween is a Northern hemisphere tradition, so we (or rather our purveyors of cheap sweets and Scream masks) jump on their pumpkin cart at join in their celebrations. But it’s all wrong! Halloween is meant to be seasonal! As in the season of Autumn. It is symbolic of the dying world slipping in to Winter. It should not be celebrated when lambs are prancing and birds are chirping, that’s Easter dammit!!
But one cannot fight the masses without looking like a lunatic, so I must accept it. I will give to those kids who come to my door each year, no costumes, plastic shopping bag thrust toward me and a mumble of “got any lollies?”. I will dress my kids up as dinosaurs and give them too much sugar and popcorn. While they eat, I will explain to them that they will not be knocking on strangers doors and asking for food while I still respect myself as a parent, miser that I am. I’ll introduce my darlings to the magical world of Tim Burton with a screening of Corpse Bride and all will be well. Then perhaps we’ll pick flowers and decorate eggs.
Anyway to show that I’m not a complete ghoul, I’m going to have yet another giveaway. I didn’t intend to do a Halloween giveaway, it didn’t occur to me until someone mentioned it last week. Why not, I thought, so I’ve been madly beading trying to get this beautiful netted necklace completed. Orange, purple and black always look fab together, Halloween or no Halloween. Enter using the rafflecopter app here. Entries are open worldwide.
Before I began this earring episode, I had another play with wire. I re-created my “Beginnings” necklace in silver wire and a beautiful Swarovski rivoli in medium vitrail. I mainly done this because I wanted to play with liver-of-sulfur. I’ve never tried any antiquing before, but I’ve admired it for a long time in the works of other artists.
After weaving the necklace, I found that so much bright silver looked quite tacky, like a gangster rapper – all bling and no class. I prepared myself before opening the bottle of liver-of-sulfur, I’d read all over the internet that the smell was straight from the sewers of hell itself. Clearly the people who thought that have never been to Wai-O-Tapu. It was an ever-so-slight whiff of Rotorua, nothing more – harden up guys!
Anyway, the wire didn’t darken as much as I would have liked, but it was enough to dull the shine, and make it more like a beautiful piece of jewellery and less like Lil’ Waynes teeth. The steel-like colour lets the rivoli really sparkle too.
I’m in the process of making custom ordered New Beginnings necklace too, a gift for the customers wife (take note husbands, happy wife, happy life). It’s deliciously gothic in black and purple, and makes me think of Disney’s Maleficent .
Earrings are a largely neglected item in my repertoire, I’m not really sure why. Every so often to get to feeling guilty that I don’t have enough earrings in stock. I sort of wonder if the few earrings that I do have, get lonely. Maybe they’re jealous of all the bracelets hanging out being cool together, and they huddle together in the corner of the box like Emos in a school playground. My mind is a strange place sometimes. In a bid to alleviate the suffering of this minority group, I’m on a bit of an earring bender. See some of the bead-woven earrings here.
Next month I will be attending the Hawera Ladies Night, which is a two-and-a-half-hour, evening shopping event. A gold coin donation will grant you entry, supper and drinks will be provided and spot prizes will be given out on the night. The entry fee will go toward a yet-to-be-decided charity or cause. It’s in it’s third year, but this is the first time I will be attending. I’ll have plenty of earrings ready by then. Make sure you come and say hello!
The manrobe belonged to my dear Nana. It’s blonde oak – not a wood I’m particularly fond of, but it was Nana’s so I love it anyway. It has six drawers up one side and a big cupboard. The drawers are empty except for the occasional toy – things of importance can’t really be kept in drawers that toddlers have access to. Last year the drawers were used as stairs for my little boy to climb to the top of the manrobe. I removed them and stacked them in my bedroom, along with all of the other bits and pieces that I try to keep from his busy hands. But he outsmarted me anyway, the gaps left by the drawers were now the perfect ladder.
The cupboard is where I keep my beads. It’s lockable and big, but not big enough. Finding the correct bead is difficult in this lost game of Tetris, the one I want is often at the back and on the bottom. My wires and completed pieces no longer fit and room has been made for them in the increasingly cluttered bedroom. The thin hardboard that comprises the back of the manrobe is losing it’s grip; the tiny nails that tack it into place are giving up the ghost. I will have to replace them soon before all of my beads go spilling out of the back.
My perfect world includes a room solely dedicated to my jewellery, complete with a display area for finished pieces, a large work table and an extensive and organised storage area for tools and components. I’m fiercely jealous of artists who have studios in their homes. One day I will too, but probably not until the kids have grown and abandoned us. In the meantime, I can dream. Dreams of longing, of workspace and storage solutions.
No, I’m not selling my memories, although, some of them I would dearly love to be rid of! Like falling over in front of my entire school during prize-giving, among others too embarrassing to share here. I’m have a sale on my memory wire bracelets. Memory wire is awesome because one size fits all, you don’t need to mess around with any fiddly clasp and they never lose their shape.
I usually sell these bracelets for $NZ22 but for this weekend, you can order yours for just $NZ15 including postage in you’re in New Zealand. If you’re international it will be an extra $NZ6 postage. These bracelets are made to order so let me know which colours you would like on your bracelet when you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSO, because I’m having an extended weekend, the sale will be extended too, until midnight Monday 7 October. Have a great weekend everyone!