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Baking and the associated dishwashing were not my only activities today. There was quite a lot of coffee-drinking and snow-watching as well, seasoned by a large dose of

A few more active endeavors: I can easily get to my bookshelf for the first time in the past year. Business stuff in big plastic bins had been obstructing the path, but they’ve now been relocated to a home of their own that isn’t directly in my way.

Cleaner office

I also cleared off my only work table. The desk is for desk stuff, the smaller table now holds the cutting plotter (with no room for anything else), the heat press and the sewing machine are on the dining room table, and that pretty much takes care of available flat surfaces. This one unassigned table had collected the usual assortment of clutter, and I got that all put away.

Leaving the space free for other projects: today, painting beads.


I’m using alcohol inks on shell beads, a combination that gives a pleasing iridescence and depth, as the translucent/transparent alcohol inks don’t hide the shell pattern underneath. (Tamie made the bowl that is preventing beadly escapes.)


I’m not sure how well that quality shows in the photographs.

Changing the subject completely, Morgan is still the number one ferocious monster! I seem to have inadvertently created a googlewhack as well: I am the only person that Google lists as having used the phrase “valiant petunias“. The valiant petunias themselves, though, did not do so well with the last week of cold temperatures. There’s still some green, but not much. Still, an impressive run for a couple of pots of annuals.

2 Comments on “Beads”

  1. #1 Laura
    on Nov 24th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Pretty pretty beads! They are probably even prettier in “real life.” I’m sure I should get myself some alcohol inks.

    Yay for bookshelf access and increased organization! Yesterday I did a bit of that myself, and liberated a smallish box Princess hasn’t been able to curl up in for a long, long time. I filled it with bits of tissue paper. She found it very quickly, tested it tentatively, then got in and briskly pawed the paper all around and curled up, very pleased. It is a Great Spot. She slept there instead of with me!

    P.S. I like the new blog look.

  2. #2 Phiala
    on Nov 24th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Alcohol inks are remarkably fun. I played with them when I got them, to make sure they did what I thought they did. Which they do: coloring on impervious surfaces, but translucently. Then I put them away for several months; this was the first real experimenting. It took several tries to get effects I liked.

    Glad you like the rearrangement – I had acquired too many interesting things for a single sidebar, and figured that while I was adding another, I might as well update the whole thing.