And of course it has to be something where I can see at the end that 30 items - 30 items that otherwise I would not have been made. It would be too easy to string 30 bracelets or necklaces, even though it is easily doable. I want my 30 grocery miniatures at the end of June, and they are all supposed to be perfect.
Wonky cube, finished from the night before. I’m very underwhelmed by myself, and know I will have to try out different thread, different beads to get the result that is as perfect as the instructions.
After undoing yesterday’s start, and another failed start, this is as far as I’ve got - after four solid hours of work. This will also be undone because it is wonky (compare top line with bottom line), and it just won’t do. Maybe tomorrow I will be stringing a bracelet.
Finally! The beads are doing what I want them to do. What have I learned? It pays to count right and undo if necessary. Moreover, these things speak to you, loud and clear. Listen and learn, and stop wasting your time. Note to self: Must take better photos.
Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind. Annette offered to display my jewellery with her clothing at the market stall on Sunday (for a fee, of course), and I have to drop off my display to her this week. Rugby always catches a captive audience at the Stadium Market, a pair of earrings with rugby balls must be made in time. There was this new free pattern with easy wire work, perfect, must try that for a rugby bracelet. After having done it, in all honesty I prefer my wire crochet, and it's just as easy (can't find the You Tube video anymore, just ask me if you are interested). Ah, and this pretty necklace - has always been far too ambitious for the uninitiated onlooker - is now built separated into two, both closing on the side for easy access. There. What a prolific day, and I have not even started on what I had prepared for today.
Burst of activity, resulting in a few pairs of earrings, colour matching some stock that goes to the Otago Art Society tomorrow. Then, finally, getting into the project that I had been planning for yesterday. As I am pulling the miniatures out of the box almost blindfolded, they are still in their original wrapping, and I don't prod them before I decide which one is next. Luck would have it that I had another egg carton. Here we are, this time a brooch and a different colour scheme. They do get easier once you done one.
Matthew mentioned this nerdy joke to me today. With my latest pick of the box, and assembled with a mirror this could be made into a nice brooch. The nose of the smiley face is this beaded mirror, ready to go. This is going to be fun.
Done it! very proud that I managed to finish this one today. And I like it! It took me the better part of ten hours, two yesterday and eight today. Which brings me to the eternal question on how do we adequately price our items. At the moment I am thinking of pricing all of my grocery items the same, to group them, to even out hours and materials. However, there is more material and more hours in this cheese than in above egg carton. Would you price accordingly? While you think over that question I'll reveal the title of this piece: What Cheese Is Made Backwards.
All I have time for today - there is a new blue bangle draped over the bell. For the rest of the day must clean, sing and entertain. Laters!
I never set out to post cliff hangers, but this is another two hour start on the next project, which will be progressed - maybe even finished - tomorrow.
This is becoming an interesting exercise in valueing the time it takes to create my little gems. After another four hours today I am not even close to where I intend to be.
Another two hours finally brings it closer to the shape it is meant to be.
Another two hours on - and here it is! Now, shall it be a necklace or a brooch? Let me know what you think!
Lucky for me it is Friday the 13th, and I have just the thing: Two fantastic lampworked beads by Nikki O'Brien. Two little earrings, that is all I had time for today. Nikki made these beads for me last year. When I asked for Halloween-themed beads she came up with some wonderful designs, these two - pointy hat and cauldron - are only what you see here. Even better, Nikki is basically just down the road, in Oamaru. Much better than ordering beads from the USA, which were made in China.
One grab into the box of miniatures and the winner is - a sack of potatoes! Just the other week I put one aside, hoping I find another to make a pair of earrings (who doesn't want a sack of potatoes dangling form their ear?!). And with a little time to spare I might even finish off those diapers from the other day.
The start for tomorrow's grocery project. Move along, nothing to see here.
After undoing yesterday's start I and starting all over again, here it is. Finished in one day, very proud of it. However, the necklace still needs to be added it. That will happen in July.
It was 5am and the alarm went off. We had organised with a German friend to watch the football world cup, Germany vs. Portugal, which had started at 4am. Only later we found out that it was free to air and we need not have bothered her, made her dog bark and wake up the rest of the household. Anyway, my existing German coloured earrings weren't good enough, new ones had to be made. There, ready for the next game on Sunday!
In the background I am working on the next grocery item. Since I was unable to finish it today I wanted to come up with something to show you. I have a drawer full off beaded components that wait to be brought to life. Here is one of them - a beaded donut - flanked by two acrylic beads (covered with netting), strung with matching colours, et voila. Strange though, making lots of stuff has never been a challenge for me. I'd love to be able to sell it faster than I can make it.
The next grocery item, I will call it Toploader. There is a lot of work waiting for me after this June challenge, since most of these items still need to be made into necklaces, brooches etc. And after that the glamour shots.
At this point I will point out that I do not receive any endorsements from the grocery companies which products I am adorning with beads. I will also say that I prefer butter to margarine. By now I am getting somewhat bored with this 30 in 30 idea because I don't seem to be actually finishing anything since I have to have something to show for at the end of the day. This item took four hours so far, and it 'isn't' anything; no brooch, no bracelet, no necklace. Another day apparently.
Autumn Apples bracelet. This is remarkable in so far as I don't rate this very highly in my achievements (relatively simple bead stringing) - yet it sold within 90 minutes of posting this rather unfocussed photo (thank you, Ruth!). Shall I keep stringing beads because they are popular? I love beadweaving (see the previous projects) but I do need to sell things. Selling makes me happy and it pays the rent.
This pair of lampworked apple earrings is made with sterling silver findings throughout, as requested by Ruth. Though it makes the resulting product noticeably more expensive it feels nice to have done something in sterling silver. (This is the quick show piece, while in the background I am working on making my beaded grocery items into something wearable).
Against all expectations this has been a productive day. Adjusted yesterday's margarine bracelet (with the nice green, remember), made some earrings to match - see photo -, and set up for a funky bracelet. Yellow, since I have nothing to wear with my yellow jumper.
The earrings have been a nice experience. I made myself stick to sterling silver findings, normally I am too stingy for them. Feels like I created something of value.
I'm not telling you how many yellow jumpers I have, that would only invite prejudice. Not that long ago I made myself a nice long necklace to go with them, and much to my surprise it sold very quickly. Again, here I am with nothing to wear. Therefore I have to make myself some sunshine for the wrist to go with yellow jumpers. I like!
I dislike unfinished business. I promised earlier I would make a matching necklace and earrings to the Autumn Apples bracelet - et voila, here it is. I like it better than the bracelet.
And here a necklace going with that yellow bracelet you were oohing and ahing about. Can't think of a name, 'Tribal Yellow' maybe? Let me know what you think!
That's all I am showing you today. I am actually working on the ice cream necklace, so I can have a nice final shot of all finished works.
This pair of earrings is already at the Otago Art Society. It's a complementary colour to the piece of abstract art for the exhibition starting next week. Sterling silver hooks with lampworked glass beads.
The necklace for the ice cream tub is finished, ready for the final on Monday. Here a pair of matching earrings, lusciously worked with sterling silver as the only metal.
There was no time for beading at all today. Lucky I had this hairpin stashed away. Attache a couple of dangly beads, and here is today's result. Tomorrow I need to finish off the necklace for the toploader, as I need to be free for July's project.
As for today, tried a new type of rope for the toploader necklace; most likely to be finished tomorrow. And I've had enough of this blue now.
As for the last 30 days, I experienced challenges that I would not have otherwise, and I have a pile of goodies that I most likely would not hot have had this close to finishing in this short amount of time. Thanks to Facebook I have made real and virtual friends, and even a sale. Most of all, my thanks go out to Ruth Reid. Without her past experience and vision for the future none of this would have happened in this lovely supporting way that she made possible. Thanks again, Ruth - you rock!