March 27, 2011

Before and After

I love stones.  So when I had the chance to go to a bead shop that I had never been to before, I got as giddy as a kid in a candy store.  Well, when I was a kid, I loved stones and books, but you get the analogy.  I picked out quite a few individual stones, as seen below...


Some stones in the picture above were already in my collection (the moonstones, prehnite chip, raw tourmaline nuggets, moonstone marquise-shaped stone, and the citrine briolette).  However, the rest are new--I got so excited that I purchased a few more of some stones, rather than just one!  I even stayed within my budget. 

Last night, I spent the entire night creating pendants from these stones.  Sorry, husband!  It was quite a laborious night, but well worth it.  Here is the "after" photo:


I am currently taking pictures of these exciting new designs, and will be adding them to my shop within the next few weeks.  Being the perfectionist that I am, the pictures need to be "perfect"--good lighting that showcases the stone's actual shape, color, striations, etc.--so it may take awhile for me to physically post them online.  For my blog viewers, I can reserve these yet-to-be-listed pendants for you.  Please convo me for this option.  I truly appreciate those who care to read my blog and visit my shop, however few and far between you are.

Lastly, I have created a few deeply personal collages this past week, one of which is listed for sale in my shop.  Collaging is a constant past time that I have enjoyed for many years--I can spend the entire day collaging, without paying any attention to time's constraints.  Each collage was created from cardstock, magazine images, and Paper Mod Podge (acid-free decoupage sealer, finish, and glue).  I have yet to decide if I want to sell the ones not listed for sale.  Here are their images...

For sale in my shop:

Imagining the Past--Collaged Cardstock


Not for sale

Not for sale

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Be good to one another.  I've been thinking a lot about the cyclical nature of life, and the only thing that I can come up with is that phrase.  Be good to one another.  A simple phrase, something that we learned as children; but as adults, we oftentimes overlook this tried and true deed.  Goodness begets goodness...positivity, positivity.

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