I'm sorta brooding today. Hence the darker theme of the collection I put together for my inaugural west treasury. But even so, I can't help but seek out the light! I started this treasury looking through my favorites for the gloomiest things I could find (a bit pouty, I know), but as I continued to work on it, my focus shifted to those items with interesting splashes of light. I don't think this was an accident, or even a conscious thing on my part. I think it was a little nudge from above to reassure me that everything's gonna work out just fine. But, we all have our dark days, don't we?!
What a luxury to be able to take this week "off". For the most part, Andy and I have been taking it easy in this week after the close of the semester. A week to relax and rejuvinate. Next week we'll get back to business (I expect).
Today, after a morning of some etsy "research," I took Lola and Sita and a little walk around town. While it was rainy today (and a bit cooler than it should be this time of year), I thought to bring my camera along and snapped some shots of the new growth around my house and in the neighborhood. The shot above is of one of my favorite plants in the yard--it was the last plant I photographed before we headed indoors. I just love the purple, red, and green hues in this plant.
Just after snapping this shot, I walked back in the house, tackling our two large dogs to the ground so I could wipe off their muddy paws (how do they manage to attract every speck of grime from the streets?!). Before heading to the shower, I checked on Etsy and found two great surprises. Firstly, my luisa bracelet had been featured in a gorgeous tomato red treasury (by lingonberries)--hope it makes it to the front page! Here's a screen shot of the "red delicious" treasury--it is fabulous! It's such a thrill to be featured by someone with an obvious talent for curating!
Secondly, the treasury I had curated a few days ago (girl from ipanema) was featured on the front page! I hadn't been getting a lot of comments on that treasury, so I was pretty sure it was going to go unnoticed--happy to get the attention!
Graduation was yesterday, and we were fortunate enough to enjoy warm, sunny weather for the ceremony. But today couldn't be more different. We woke up today (very late!) to find a rainy day already in progress. Not just rainy, but cold! It's one of those days where you'd rather not leave the bed, with its cozy duvet and blankets, but Lola and Sita weren't having that--they wanted breakfast! So, after an hour or so of checking out the goings-on at Etsy, I decided to hunker down and experiment with some polymer clay flowers (this is not as industrious or admirable as it may seem as I am totally putting off grading that last stack of finals. I'll get to them right after this post, cross my heart!).
Here are some of the flowers I made--they definitely brighten the day! There are a few daisies in the bunch, but mostly roses in various colors, including a crazy yellow, black, and pearl number. Can't wait to see how they look in my new corsage bracelets!
Polymer clay is rather new for me. I started using it just a few weeks ago when I was getting frustrated since I couldn't find beads that I wanted. I decided to try to make what I was looking for. The first batch didn't turn out that well at all! The sculpting part was okay, but the cooking part was disastrous (even though I followed the baking instructions of 10 minutes at 350 degrees). The house was soon filled with smoke and the flowers I made had turned to a burned and melted blob. Ick! My new system is a bit more gentle! I seal the flowers in an aluminum foil packet and heat them for an hour or so at 250F (the pic above was taken just before they got baked). No smoke, no char, much better! Stay tuned on etsy to see how they turn out!
Okay, as promised, back to the grading!
I must admit that recently, I've had some pretty amazing timing when it comes to treasuries. Today is Monday of finals week, the only day I do not have a final, so I checked out the treasuries just as they were turning over. Yay!
This treasury features some of my new friends from Ruebee, a for Christian artisans started by Amy Larson on ning. Since I joined the group about a week ago, I have gotten more support and encouragement than I could have hoped for. And it is so lovely to read the testimonies of other artists in addition to seeing what they make with their very talented hands!
I've been blessed by Ruebee and this is my little way of giving back. I hope those featured shops will make some sales--and that those who don't already know Ruebee will check it out!