Whilst I realise that I have been neglecting my blog, what I have been doing instead is making lots of new jewellery. After a busy run-up to Christmas at the end of last year there have been times when I have not felt inspired or indeed enthusiastic about my jewellery-making. Until now!! Just in the last week or so I have begun trying new ideas and producing some pieces which I am very happy with. I have used chain maille for the first time to produce bracelets and have been able to find some great new beads to work with. It is becoming increasingly clear to me that I would benefit from returning to work in some capacity as I am beginning to miss the dynamics of a working environment and feel that I am in danger of losing my motivation at times. What I have gained recently though is a great group of people with whom I Twitter on a regular basis and these people have kept me sane!! Sometimes I feel I know my fellow tweeters better than I probably do but I hope that they gain as much from me as I do from them.
Well I have to admit that my jewellery production since Christmas has not been great.After so many fairs I really felt the need to step back for a while and plan my next moves! Sadly my friend and co stall-holder has decided that she no longer wants to come to jewellery fairs but would like to investigate other crafts and is busily sewing and embellishing at the moment. Good luck to Sue with that but I would rather you came back and helped me!! LOL We do have one last venture planned together however for later this month. Sue has a beautiful daughter who was adopted in China and we are going to be selling jewellery at a special weekend get-together involving many other families who have adopted and their wonderful daughters.
At last the March edition of Prima magazine has arrived in the shops and I have been able to see what they made of the interview with me and I wasn't disappointed. The content is more or less accurate but anybody who knows me would agree that the tone of it isn't very "me"!! A big thanks to my friends and Crafts Forum supporters who have taken the trouble to have a look and to my new found friends at Twitter too. I must confess that Twitter has become a large (and disruptive!) influence in my life but I love every moment of my time tweeting. If you decide to give it a go then come and follow me by going to my profile page and clicking on the follow box, go on you know you want to!
It's not easy to get going again after Christmas and New Year but now its time to really get going again. So to show that I really am working on my jewellery and not spending all day long on Twitter (though I find it hard to resist checking in on a regular basis) I thought I'd share what I've been up to this morning.
Well here we are on the 15th January so it is high time to get creating and sharing the results with you. I have been a little distracted by Twitter - in a good way - where I am having a lot of fun tweeting with my followers who include Jonathan Ross, Will Carling, Stephen Fry and Philip Schofield. Hello to all tweeters if you are reading this! I haven't been entirely idle as I have not only been making jewellery but I entered a writing competition judged by Alexander McCall-Smith (he of the No1 Ladies Detective Agency) and my short story was shortlisted. Also coming soon will be my interview by Prima magazine for the March issue due out beginning of February.
Ok so this comes courtesy of Swirly at www.swirlyarts.blogspot.com and I thought it would be fun to complete.Anybody else wanting to join in and compare notes?
Things you've already done: bold Things you want to do: italicize Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font
1. started your own blog 2. slept under the stars 3. played in a band 4. visited Hawaii 5. watched a meteor shower 6. given more to charity than you could afford 7. been to Disneyland/world 8. climbed a mountain 9. held a praying mantis 10. sang a solo 11.bungee jumped 12. visited Paris- many times for business and pleasure 13. watched a lightning storm at sea – 14. taught yourself an art from scratch 15. adopted a child - no but looked into it 16. had food poisoning - don't recommend it! 17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. grown your own vegetables- 19. seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. slept on anovernight train - the Mavi trainfrom Istanbul 21. had a pillow fight 22. hitch hiked 23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. built a snow fort 25. held a lamb - and bottle fed it 26. gone skinny dipping 27. run a marathon 28. ridden a gondola in Venice 29. seen a total eclipse – 30. watched a sunrise or sunset – 31. hit a home run 32. been on a cruise – not for me 33. seen niagara falls in person 34.visited the birthplace of my ancestors 35. seen an Amish community - while visiting a friend in Pennsylvania 36. taught yourself a new language 37. had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person – 39. gone rock climbing 40. seen Michael Angelo's David in real life - simply awesome 41. sung karaoke - its not big and its not clever 42. seen old faithful geyser erupt 43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant 44. visited Africa 45. walked on a beach by moonlight – 46. been transported in an ambulance 47. had your portrait painted 48. gone deep sea fishing 49. seen the Cistene chapel in person 50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling - no way 52. kissed in the rain 53. played in the mud 54. gone to a drive-in theatre 55. been in a movie 56. visited the great wall of china 57. started a business 58. taken a martial arts class 59. visited Russia - no interest in doing so 60. served at a soup kitchen – possibly 61. sold girl guide cookies 62. gone whale watching 63. gotten flowers for no reason 64. donated blood – and I should do again 65. gone sky-diving - oh no 66. visited a Nazi concentration camp 67. bounced a cheque - it was a misunderstanding honestly 68. flown in a helicopter 69. saved a favorite childhood toy – 70. visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. eaten caviar 72. pieced a quilt – 73. stood in Times square -and watched the ball fall at New Year 74. toured the everglades 75. been fired from a job 76. seen the changing of the guard in London -many times 77. broken a bone 78. been on a speeding motorcycle 79. seen the grand canyon in person 80. published a book 81. visited the vatican 82. bought a brand new car – 83. walked in Jerusalem - just after 1st Gulf war, it was awesome 84. had your picture in the newspaper 85. read the entire bible –no chance of that happening 86.visited the White House 87. killed and prepared an animal for eating - don't eat meat so no chance 88. had chickenpox 89. saved someone’s life 90. sat on a jury 91. met someone famous - many in my publishing days 92. joined a bookclub - I have set up and run two bookclubs 93. lost a loved one - several 94. had a baby- just one 95. seen the Alamo in person 96. swum in the great salt lake. 97. been involved in a law suit 98. owned a cell phone 99. been stung by a bee - well a wasp actually - does that count?
So let me know if you take part and don't forget to check out Swirly's answers!
I'm married, one son, two stepsons, a grandson, one crazy German Pointer and two cats (all male). I love making jewellery, especially knitted and crocheted wire necklaces and bracelets.Before having my son I ran my own publishers' representative service, selling English books into Europe. It was really hard work but great fun and I got to see a lot of Europe and North America. These days I am happiest when I am close to home.