Monday, July 30, 2012

Sneak Peak

My display table is almost done.

     ...the tablecloth has been sewn.

     ...the fabric bookcovers have been made.

     ...the mod podge has been cleared from the bottom of the oven (long story).

     ...and just what have I been doing with paint?

I guess you'll just have to wait and see!

I suppose now I should start working on the inventory I'm going to be selling on this table.  Heh.  Fun times!


...And, of course, during all of this I have been trying to develop a true writing schedule.  So I've been working on Landus Fantasticus with fabric glue on my hands, paint in my hair, and random beads on the floor.  Never a dull moment! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday's Table taken up with all sorts of preparation!

Preparation for what, you ask?  

Why, for my August jewelry display!  Hurray!  Indeed, for the month of August I will be setting up a table at a local bookstore to sell my wares.  This will be the first time I have ever done something like this.

I'm so excited!  :D


...and I am also ridiculously busy, so please pardon me for not posting much here.  Hopefully there will be pictures once I'm done putting everything together--both my display AND the things that I'm going to be selling.  I am basically building up everything from scratch--and, knowing me, nothing is simple.

...and now to clean up the mod podge from the bottom of the oven...

Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday's Table

What I've been doing: the extended mega-post edition!

1.  Watching birds at my bird-feeder

Stylistic shot of the bird-feeder.

I really love the design--it reminds me of a lantern.
Look!  It's a goldfinch!  ...It's a lot clearer if you can maximize the picture.

I have been ridiculously happy with this bird-feeder--and the plethora of birds that come and use it.  Apparently watching birds has the same effect on me as watching small furry pets--I become completely excited and enamored and act like I'm four.  

So far, I've identified: chickadees, cardinals, tufted titmice, house finches, goldfinches, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a mating pair of bullying blue-jays (who want the entire thing to themselves).

2.  Knitting!

Look, look!  Blanket panels!

The top-most one is rainbow colored, while the middle one is made
using: red, rainbow, yellow, pink, pink/blue ombre, orange, and purple.

...This means that I am now finished three panels for my blanket!  And I have one more that is literally three inches from being complete!

I have a few more panels started...  my most current one has stripes based on the Fibonacci series.  Whee!

And, yes, this is rapidly becoming the Blanket-of-Doom.  Based on how things are going, I think it's actually going to be big enough for a California King bed.  Yeah...  I guess I can always fold it!

3.  Working on Custom Orders

Woo for shiny swarovski bicones!

Several months ago, I was asked to make a pair of custom earrings for a lovely friend of my mother, using pretty little swarovski crystals.

The first iteration of the design was not quite what she was looking for--too long, not quite the right look--so I've been researching and experimenting with other ways to do what she wants.

Currently, I have come up with seven more designs, and am excited to see if she likes any of them!  :D

4.  Writing!

I am so glad to report that I am actually writing.  I am currently ping-ponging between three main projects:

I carry a notebook with me wherever I go--always prepared!

Landus Fantasticus
This is the story that is connected to my Etsy store.  It is also not anywhere close to being finished.  I am currently doing two things: writing new material, and converting what has already been written from first person to third person.

Dry erase board in action!  ...Believe it or not, that's a map.
A map that needs major work, but a map nonetheless.
Also, "Boo" = the Haunted Forest.

Out of the Cold
This story is the closest to a straight-up novel as I apparently get.  It is also rather close to being completed--as long as I don't get carried away.  I am, however, rewriting it from third person to first person.

The Telling
A collection of short stories!  I'm working on these to remind myself that I actually can finish writing projects.  I have currently finished two of the stories, and am working on a  third.

Yay for actually getting a chance to put pen to paper, and creating worlds!


Of course, there are a lot of things I missed in this post.  Such as: 

--knitting a baby blanket for my sister-in-law who is due near September
--making new hairsticks to post
--getting ready for a jewelry show in August
--teaching a good friend how to sew from a pattern
--reading, reading, reading...  I honestly don't remember the last time I have read this much!

...Have you been working on anything creative recently?