well, you don't have to say that twice!!
chinese new year.
i was born during the year of the rooster (1981) and decided to incorporate that into my design.
side one features a bezel set septarian cabochon with veins that glitter in the sunlight.
side two features a pierced rooster.
the necklace is competed with a strand of wire-wrapped river stone and a strand of wire-wrapped jasper.
i am so excited to have finished my necklace on time (with a couple of hours to spare) and really want to continue to participate in the rest of this years challenges.
each year our family makes a new star to top our tree.
this year ryan thought it would be fun to make it out of legos.
when a family member told a part of the christmas story, they got to add a couple of lego pieces to the star.
we came up with quite the exciting star.
thank you star wars lego kits!!
i have been the most negligent etsy shop owner this past year.
between church, school, and sports i have had a difficult time sitting down and cranking out completed pieces.
even when i am able to work on a piece from start to finish, i do not make the time to properly photograph it and list it on etsy.
over the next week or so i will be trying to create listings for the pieces i have been able to complete over the past 6 mos. or so.
i was an alternate in charm swap #7 and got into the game later than others. i had such a hard time trying to decide what i would make.
i usually send out a polite 'sorry i can't, blah, blah, blah.'
i really can't justify trading very often, especially for a custom piece.
rewind a couple of weeks.....
machel of wavyshell asked me to construct a custom mushroom pendant and mentioned that she was also open to trading.
so, i took my sweet time and finally checked out her shop.
oh my gosh!!!!!!
she works magic with her camera!
i love flowers for their tiny details.
machel has captured each mushroom with such detail and finesse....
i am now thinking of ways to add itty bitty mushrooms and fungi to my stones instead of just flowers.
to top it off, she doesn't use photoshop for anything other than cropping these fantastic images.
i am blown away by her talent and i am excited to have several of her prints on their way to my house.
here is her etsy shop
here is my post featuring some of her images
the new year is always such a convinient time to think about new goals and changing directions.
i have been hiding out in my own little cave lately.
i venture out to help with school projects and church activities, but otherwise i stay tucked inside.
i need to get out.
i need to expand.
after coming across several posts of '30 before 30' lists, i have decided to compile my own.
i turned 30 in january and wrote down a '30 while 30' list.
some of the items on the list will be fairly easy to accomplish....read at least 1 book per month.
other items will require more planning.....paint 1 large watercolor (seeing as i have not painted in months and months...)
i also hope to write more in the form of journaling or blogging or both.