Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Never mind how it happened

It's been a while since I last posted. I was sick last week and E was sick the week before and it threw everything off. I think I'm finally getting caught back up, but since this is one of those times when we get paid mid week, we're rapidly running out of food so we have to go to the store tomrrow night, which means no serious blogging until the weekend most likely.

One odd little thing that has come up recently is that I've sudden gotten the urge to buy several pieces of art. One of them I understand why I like it so much, it looks like Scooter. The others aren't quite so straightforward. One is because the juxtaposition of elements is silly and just strikes me the right way. The third one does that as well but there's a bit more to it. To explain it I'll need to link to the picture which is here. It definitely stikes the silly side of me, but the more important part is that I identify very strongly with the hamster that is tangled up in the toaster cord. Why? Well I'm a klutz and I seem to have a chaos field, and I can completely see that happening to me. If there's money left after the bills are paid and groceries bought I will have to get that one

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Observations on cats II

Cats are not much help when you are trying to take pictures of the jewelry you've made. (This picture is an improvement over the one where Whiskey had her whole head in the way.)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Cold and snowy

The forcast for today said snow and the weather actually paid attention for a change. It ended up alternating between really fine flakes and huge, fluffy looking flakes, but it did snow most of the day. The dog seems a bit irriated with the fact that we got her trimmed last month so she can't lounge out in the snow, but in the end it's a good thing. (She is a Husky/Shepard mix and her undercoat grown much quicker than the top coat and tangles and mats as it goes. )

My big excitement for the day was the fact that my latest order from Lands End came in today so I get to try out my new winter coat tomorrow. Like any other coat it makes me look a bit bulky but it seems like it is going to be nice and warm, plus it is a bit longer which will save me from ending up with a cold wet butt from sitting in the snow that fell on the seat of the truck when I opened the door. Another one of the items I got is a corduroy cardigan style jacket which will be nice for work since they seem to have decided this winter the office will be cold. I'm not complaining too loudly though because I would prefer it over how warm they had it last year. I never ended up wearing any of my sweaters, and I had almost forgotten that I had them. I can tolerate dressing for a cold office if it's also cold outside, it's hard to get the right balance then it's freezing outside and inside it feels like summer.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The first sign of the holiday season

I picked up the mail today to discover my portion was made up of 7 catalogs and one piece of junk mail. That's what tells me we are coming up on the winter holiday season, the annual catalog avalanche. I know I only have a short period of time to get the shelf I keep catalogs on cleaned out before I get completely buried. I do the majority of my shopping online so I only need 3 to 4 catalogs from a given company in a year just so I get notified of new products each season. There are a couple of companies that seem to send me catalogs every week. It's just crazy.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Can you be a jewelry geek?

I'm just wondering because I get excited about getting jewelry related stuff the same way a gaming geek gets excited about the latest book or a computer geek gets excited by the newest computer gadget. This time I'm excited because my jeweler's loup came in. It's not top of the line, but it does what I needed it to do. In the process of doing some research on mahjong tiles last month I came across several discussions on how to tell bone tiles from ivory tiles. Apparently a lot of old bone mahjong tiles are passed off as ivory and there are pretty specific ways of telling the two apart. This got me to thinking about the pieces of a bracelet Mom had given me years ago. She had gotten it as a gift from someone who had bought it in Hawaii and had told her that it was made of ivory. She had worn it up until the elastic in it broke, and then the ivory ban came into effect and she left it in her jewelry box. At some point she gave it to me, and I had held onto the pieces not sure what to do with them so they got stuck in a box and put in the back room. I dug them out and took a closer look at them using the criteria I had found and wasn't able to tell for sure, so I ordered the loup. Using it I am now sure that those are high quality bone carvings rather than ivory which means I can actually use them in pieces. I guess that means I better get my act together and start working on stuff again.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

October already

Wow, how time flies. And how behind I still am on my list of projects, plus I have two jewelry commissions, one of which has to be done byefore Christmas. E and I went up to Blackhawk at the end of last week and stopped by Tandy on our way home so I now have the buckle to work on the belt I promised A some time ago. I also ended up getting a belt cellphone case for E so which pute me a bit more behind project wise, but it's an easy kit and something I should be able to get done in a weekend. The commissions I have worked out for the most part in my mind so I just need to sit down and work on them. Of course there are other things I need to get to work on like sorting through all of my craft supplies in the back room and decicing what is worth keeping. I already started this weekend with some of the old beads I had, the only problem is that they are small so I didn't gain a lot of room. It's a start at least and it will get easier when we get the door for the closet. I also need to get both E and I motivated so we can go through the food storage area and get rid of the old stuff and get him going on moving his computer down into the basement.