There’s our perky little Christmas tree all lit up and cheery! Some years I grumble about the work of decorating (even the small amount I do) but the kidlet’s eyes light up and she makes cute little awwwww noises every time we turn the tree lights on so there we go. Plus, let’s face it, these days she can do most of it herself which makes it easier for me to pitch in.
Our 2012 wrapped up with the usual crazy flurry of family visits, last minute colds, abundant feasting, generous gifts and winter weather. Today is the first day with the family back at school and their day job and I am spending the day taking stock.
First order of business will be cleaning and counting and organizing – finishing up the year end papers and setting up for 2013. One of the resolutions I stuck with in 2012 was greatly improving my filing which has made that task so much simpler. Herding the random clay, beads, finding and other inventory back to their homes? Well, that’ll be more work.
I’m a little slow this year on deciding what I want to focus on for 2013 but I have a feeling it’ll be more technical things. In my world the clay and the computers and the electronics and tools all mix and mash into wonderful chaos so this mostly just means I’ll be exploring a lot of the tools and geeky aids for my crafty empire. It always helps me tolearn if I have a project to apply the lessons to and I’ve been lucky enough that my polymer clay job has always given my techy side lots of projects to use.
Anyone else have goals, projects and resolutions they’re planning on tackling for 2013? I always assume most people aim for the basic self improvement – be a little more happy, healthy, kind so I always try to make specific goals above and beyond that.
Welcome to the Art Bead Scene’s ornament blog hop! We were all challenged to pick from our art bead stash and make ornaments. I went with my birdie and house beads to make simple little ornaments:
Both ornaments were fishing expeditions in the bowls of bead soup in my work area. By this point in my beady life, there are plenty of bits of ribbon, wire, stone and everything else to make some cute little things!
Make sure and check out my fellow Blog Hoppers:
Art Bead Scene
Modern Nature Studio
Suburban Girl Studio
Jen Judd Rocks
Island Girl’s Insights
Life By The Seat Of My Pants
Tooaquarius (you’re here)
Shelley Graham Turner
Charis Designs Jewelry
Harrison Hollow Designs
Silver Nik Nats
Bead Soup Mix
Toodles and Binks
Play Sculpt Live
BeeTree by M.E.
Billi RS Rothe
A Half-Baked Notion
Kimis Jewelry and Gifts
Because of the industry I’m in, I hear a LOT of talk about buying handmade items for gift giving. And because I’m crafty even outside of the work I do, I’ve ALWAYS made some of my gifts. This year was going to be one of the years that wasn’t the case, where I didn’t make any of the gifts I was giving but turns out I’m wrong!
Not exactly traditionally Christmassy but they definitely qualify as merry and bright! Like my wishes to you all, for the whole season (heck, all the time): be merry and bright. Floral is optional.
This weekend is the Fall Into Christmas Show, the biggest local handmade market, and I spent the week finishing up preparations for that. It seems odd to be cranking out Christmas items when it’s been in the high 20s all week, just like summer, but that’s just what I did.
These are all versions of my tutorial. Some of these use 8 parts. I have some that DIDN’T get finished in time that will be other variants as well. I have an awful lot of ornaments here to use up!