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(Yes, I skipped Food Friday again; that’s not why I’m awesome. I think I’m going to try a THEME WEEK next week though!)

Remember over the summer, when I got that awesome special order for wire-wrapped earrings? Well, today I got a message from the woman who ordered them. See, she got them for her daughter’s wedding party. Everyone loved the earrings I made, and she sent me a picture!

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I am super in-love with the green necklaces they’re wearing (she said they got them on etsy also!). The color scheme is gorgeous.

I am so happy and proud to have been part of this event. 🙂

(Now, someone else go buy something from my shop. I do special orders!)


So. The Halloween Party. First off, I’ll tell you that everything turned out great and we had a lot of fun. 🙂 Now, for the whole story. I’m just scattering the pictures among the story. They’re not in any particular order. 🙂

Part of our outdoor setup. If you look closely, you’ll see one of the pumpkins is “The Black Cat” and the other is “The House of Usher” (before its fall, I suppose).

Friday was spent getting as many things ready as possible. The cupcakes and breadsticks and deviled eggs needed to be made the day of, but frosting and pesto and the like can all be made in advance. I don’t remember now what it even was, but something was going very very wrong, and I was frustrated as hell by the time Jonathan got home. I do remember that someone was being a jackass and trying to keep them all late, but someone else told that person to STFU and let the guys go home. Jonathan was too late to change into his costume, and I was too frustrated to bother, so Missy was the only one who went to the MWR party at Remington Park in costume.

I am so proud of this thing, there are no words.

It was a ton of fun, that party. It was cold as hell, but we got there as early as we could and the sun wasn’t completely down yet. We went on a “scary” hayride and then went through a Haunted Trail. Our daughter has no concept of being afraid of things, for real. No fear at all. We got some candies, played some games, ate cookies and hot chocolate, and made it home before too late. We all had fun, and both of us adults were in MUCH better moods.

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I’ve been simultaneously lazy and busy lately. I made several new items for my Etsy shop over the last few weeks, and had yet to post them. UNTIL NOW. (dun dun dun!)

Click here to go to my NEW ITEMS section!
I’ve got a set of four reusable bags (like Ziploc, but you don’t have to buy them every other week), a quilted book protector (for the book you’re carrying in your purse), a quilted pouch (originally for my daughter’s grapes when we go out, but useful for just about anything), and two pair of maille earrings.
There’s a maille choker in the works that coordinates with the earrings. I really need to finish it, since it is vampire-themed.
I had a lot of items expire over the last couple weeks. I feel slightly sad, but not too much. I’ve learned a lot about what I enjoy about crafting. I’ve learned some new techniques, and I feel like I grew a lot. I renewed some of the items that expired, but not all of them. The best part about my process is that I like all the things I’ve made – so if it doesn’t sell I can always keep it and be happy. 🙂

I’ve also been making scarves. Specifically, I’ve made two Doctor Who scarves for my husband and myself. I love them. 🙂 I might begin making and selling scarves on Etsy. Can never have too many scarves.
I need to get my rear in gear and get on our Halloween costumes. He is going as the Eleventh Doctor and I will be going as the lovely Professor River Song. We bought nearly everything we needed at thrift stores in town (including a nearly-perfect tweed jacket!). We’ve just got to get a shirt for each of us, lol. (Our daughter is going as one of the Backyardigans.) I’ve got a tunic to make for myself, though, as well as some overalls to paint for my daughter, and a flashlight to remodel into a Sonic Screwdriver. It’s gonna be awesome.

In other news, I made Challah and Honey-Apple Cupcakes last week. We’re not Jewish, but I was inspired by all the Rosh Hashanah posts around the blogosphere. I’m trying very hard to straighten my head out and get back into blogging like I always intended. I am hoping to start a sort of schedule like so many others follow. Maybe a Tutorial Tuesday (that one is nearly ubiquitous, isn’t it?) and a Cooking Thursday.
If I’m really successful, I’ll even finally go back to Textbook Leftovers and start with my review of The Odyssey. I don’t particularly want to read it, but I obviously should, since it’s been SO influential. And I don’t want to skip entries in the Anthology. So… be looking for that.

On the writing front, I should warn everyone within shouting distance that I’m planning to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year. Last year was the first year I fully participated, and I finished with nearly a week to spare. I’m hoping to go back and read that novel again before November rolls around. I thought I had decided what I wanted to write about this year, but now I’m not so sure.


Wow, I forgot how good it feels to blog. Now I remember how I was so prolific back in college.


Posted on: July 21, 2011

I started making chainmaille.

I’m addicted. 😀

I am happy to report that I have completed work on and listed the special order!

I had so much fun learning to wire-wrap and hope to be able to work with the wire again. It was also a great joy to work with this client. All the earrings she purchased from me are for her daughter’s wedding, and I am so honored to be part of it, especially so early in my “career” at Etsy. 🙂
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These pearls were actually finished over a week ago. I am so ashamed. First I was out of batteries for my camera. After I got the batteries, I landed myself in the hospital and was on medication for days. And then I was so far behind… Ugh, enough complaining. Suffice it to say that I am thoroughly ashamed of myself.

I truly hope, after all that fuss, these pearls are beyond all expectations! Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is a discussion of options for a special order I am working on for my Etsy shop. Please feel free to read along if you like! If you like (or don’t like?) what you see, please offer your comments and suggestions! And if YOU would like to place a special order, you know where to get a hold of me!

I struck out again at the supply store, and am grudgingly accepting the fact that the beads I used previously must have been discontinued. 😦
So I have rounded up some different options that we can explore to coordinate with the 3 other pairs of the Large Orbital Earrings (pictured below for the sake of comparison and having a good-looking-blog).
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