|i didn't sleep last night, as you may have guessed. the cramps were bad. i took a couple of baths, lay on my vibrating chair pad thingy, which does help, and the cats all fight for pole position next to it, as well. this morning, i had a fire under my ass to start the paper beads and buttons. so. i worked on them from about 10:30a until jake got home, so about six and a half hours and then, took the stuff up on my little lap desk because i had all the paper cut already and did a bunch more, so a few more hours. because i am insane. i feel crazy, due to the period, lack of sleep and my right hand and arm are really really hurting all the way up to my shoulder from the damn beads. and i wish i could do more. too sore. ay! they aren't finished, but here are some photos of the first stage of them... i took this photo with the new camera which i absolutely love love love. that fuji finepix peice of poo is not even in the same realm. it is so easy to use and takes amazing amazing photos. i cannot say enough about it. ok. so these are made with origami paper as well as a really pretty gold leafed rice paper and i also have some other ones using sheet music that is probably about 150 years old. and those look amazing, too. i am eager to do some more to-morrow, although i really need to start working on my wholesale orders. here is a copper bracelet that is awaiting a button to close it that i photographed with the new camera. woah! i loaded the new photos onto flickr, if you are interested. |
i called my local art supply because the embossing pad seemed like a crap idea for these delicate beads. it seemed like a better idea to paint it on and then roll them in the embossing powder and heat em up. i called to ask if there is a way to make the fluid or i can buy it as a liquid and the youngest sister who is normally in florida answered and said she is in town for a while! she was excited that it was me (she said, "this is NATASHA natasha?") and i said, "eileen? from florida? you are here? what?" so i am going to stop in to-morrow to exchange my stuff for the liquid and make some plans. she is a fantastic artist just like her sissy, ceci and loves to hang out and do crafty stuff. and they own an art supply, so she always would offer to hang out and do art projects. so i am so jazzed. fun! anyway, i am hoping to have the first batch of finished beads to show to-morrow. there are so many options with these things, especially with the embossing stuff because it makes it hard and waterproof and you can put fiber underneath or anything you want. i am going to do some big beads as closures for necklaces and scarves, etc, and i know i can make better ones than i can buy, you know?
my hand is killing me, so i am going to go and put my splint on and sit here like a wounded nerd. which is what i am. it was a gorgeous day, though, and i sat on the front porch on a big pillow with all of the stuff i was working on. so it was a nice day. really nice and peaceful.
i talked to my mom and we have been really getting along well (knock on wood) and we are able to actually talk about what is happening in our lives more like friends would, which is a new thing for me. i hope it continues. i made her a crocheted belt and a bracelet when she was here and she got the belt's fringe caught on something so one piece is longer than the rest and she is afraid to try to fix it. i told her to go to the knitting store and just ask them to retie it for her. i am glad that i have found something in common with my mom. it makes me feel really good to make things for people that they really like. it makes me feel like i can communicate that i care about them, whether i knit or crochet something, or make a collage or spin yarn for them, and it is nice when the sentiment is understood. sometimes it seems like you give a friend some handspun yarn that you know they like but can't afford and then they don't care about it. and that always bums me out. i really put my heart into everything i do. my work is who i am. the good part of who i am, anyway. the capable part. the non-sick, non-tired, positve and energetic part.
i am so out of it. off to take a bath. or something.