Based on a True Sweater

Jul. 2, 2007

A Satisfying Distraction

I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. It seems like there are a lot of things, large and small, that have to be done in the next couple of days. Today, I needed a break from stressing about them.

I called my mom and sister, and while I talked to them, I made a couple of necklaces. This first little one is for my sister, Shawn.

A Necklace For My Sister

A Necklace For My Sister

It looks vaguely Egyptian to me... I really like the bone and copper beads combined this way. I think I need to play with this combination some more.

This one is for me. I have been admiring the work of Natalie at Pashupatina for a while now, and in this necklace I used some of the ideas I've picked up while poring over her beautiful work. I am definitely a beginner when it comes to beading, but I want to learn more!

Mercury Necklace

Mercury Necklace

Except for the large circular bead, all the beads in both of these necklaces are from a bunch that Zak gave me for our wedding anniversary this year. It was our eighth anniversary, and he gave me eight strands. He took his time choosing them, and chose based on colours he has either seen represented in my yarn stash, or that I have been obsessing over lately. The strands are each made of a different material: there are beads of bone, carnelian, copper, coral, garnet, glass, peridot, and turquoise.

We're not always that good at buying gifts for each other, but sometimes we get it right. When he gets it right, he really gets it right.

Jul. 1, 2007

Silent Night

I was at a noisy party tonight. It was a good party held by beloved friends to celebrate their Canadian permanent residence status. Now I am alone in my silent house. Why do I feel depressed and crappy after going to parties? This happens so often, even after the best parties.

I'm reaIly not up to writing right now, I just wanted to write and say I'm sorry, I don't have the pattern for the summer sweater ready. It will be a few more weeks. June has been eventful.

When a decent blog entry is not forthcoming, form demands a photo. Here is a photo of the very, very second-hand Coach bag I bought via eBay and received in the mail on Friday. I adore abused, broken-in leather. No photo can adequately convey the charms of this bag. Click for big.

I have been having exciting ideas about leather lately. If any of my experimenting is successful, I will share.

I hope you're all having a great weekend. My fellow Canadians, happy Canada Day!