I only noticed the other day, quite by chance, that I had reached an interesting landmark. It was four years ago on the 3rd of October, that I made my first bead sale on Etsy. (and probably about six months before that, that I had encountered my first bit of polymer clay) The beads in the pic were the ones I sold, and the buyer (from the West Coast USA) rejoiced in the rather wonderful surname of Carefree Buffalo. . . Not the sort of surname you get in the UK ;-)
It only occurred to me later that this might be a native american name, but the image of a carefree buffalo skipping over the prairie, probably wearing my beads, still makes me smile.
Well, my Etsy shop is still chugging along four years later, on about 1200 sales now, and making beads has become a important part of my life, from being something it would never have occurred to me to get involved in. . . Life huh? ;-)
Well, I've long ceased to worry about how I got Here from There.
Embrace the randomness is what I say!
On the domestic front, I have been planning our living room makeover for a while. We are going for some fancy wood panelling on the wall round the fireplace, complete with some fancy wooden corbels and bits.
The trouble is that even when you know the dimensions of the things you are ordering, it still comes as a surprise just how flippin big they are sometimes. The wonderfully ornate one in the middle is 10 inches by 11-1/2, which is pretty impressive. It will look amazing, if somewhat over the top.
Still, us pretentious arty types with high falutin ideas aren't afraid of going over the top on occasion. . . It's going to be at the faux baronial end of the Georgian scale, if you get my drift, All dark wood and knotty grain. . .
Still on the domestic front, it's a big front. . . Here is what we did to the bathroom.
The tiles were made by me with my heat press etc. The image is a copy of a William De Morgan tile design that my wife painted very large. I photographed it, sorted it all out on Photoshop to result in a three by three, nine tile design with single tile width edging. The tiles even have a crackle glaze effect, done in photoshop using a photo of a crackled dish of my wife's superimposed over the individual tile images.
And I did the tiling too. . . I impress myself sometimes! Not too often, mind.
Staying with the bathroom for a further moment, here is my digital fractal based shower tile design. It's a continuous image representing water in an abstract way. That was another learning curve.
Before I actually got round to tiling the shower we made do with bubble wrap stapled to the plasterboard wall. . . nice. . .
|Boudicca or Boodie or Boo|
The three cats we adopted as kittens about a year and a quarter ago are in fine fettle. Now the weather has started to get a bit colder and wetter (we don't half need the rain! It's chucking it down as I write) they spend a lot more time indoors. I sometimes think they are too confident and well adjusted. There are three chairs round the kitchen table and the selfish little beasties are far too relaxed to worry about where I'm going to sit, fah!
Actually they are joy. Happy, affectionate cats. We love 'em to bits ;-)
|Cleopatra, or Cloppy or Clops|
|Hereward, or Hairy Boy or Himself|
|Two big turned look beads with a couple of resistors|
My supply of unemployed beads is still going strong, although I am looking forward to the day when I start making some new polymer clay things instead of sparking ideas off already existent ones. I'm still experimenting and learning, and people still like what I am making, so I am happy.
|A pair of textured charms with shaped wire bails|
Wiggly wire is a new departure
Image tiles and looped wire 'flowers' is another
With it's subtle variations
|Distressed image transfer beads with wiggly wire|
|My last pair of 'shards'|
And the idea of hanging shapes from bent wire constructions was another one I liked.
So, as you see, life potters along in an enjoyable and satisfactory way. What could be nicer? ;-)
Until next time,