The New Year

Another Year

Yep, I notice I missed the new year. In fact the whole first month. But we’ll gloss past that and onto the whatcha-been-up-to bits. My new years always begin with a little too much new stuff to find homes for and a little much cold weather. This year was no exception. Shortly after that adjustment we have the kidlet’s birthday mid-month and this year she turned 15. Which means, where we live, she can now get a learner’s permit to drive (which she did). I’m not quite sure how I got from the sleepy little pixie of Way Back Then to the current version but I suspect there’s magic involved somewhere.

Monarch Cane

In the crafty world, the post holiday season is always oddly busy for me as folks come load up on the beads and goodies they’ll need for spring designs and their own collections. This means I am spending a pile of time making new batches of the Big Canes for the year. The monarch-style butterfly above is one of the first up. I got smart this time around and cajoled the kidlet into helping out so that I could photograph as we go and I could use the resulting photos to write up the tutorial, finally.


  1. Michi says:

    My older one got 15 too. last September ;0). And she also wants to make a driver-licence ….
    Nice to read you here again!
    xoxo, Michi

  2. Elaine says:

    Where does the time go Michi? And: I will try to keep up the blogging better! Sometimes it gets away from me in all of the other things going on.

    Monique, thanks! The kiddo is motivated to help me in the studio – she’s not lusting after a car yet but buying herself a better computer. She has an old cobbled together one but we told her if she wants something improved, she’ll have to figure that out. Same with the car!

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