Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Love or hate?

I either love this or hate this.  Its a necklace and the center black/pink/gold piece is the middle and both sides will have 4 strands of seed beads going up and the green strand will have the gold flower caps you see here. 
You have to be totally honest and tell me if this is stunning or tacky.  Totally honest.

Friday, August 24, 2012

New life to an old favorite

So, I bought this bracelet (it's the pastel colored one I have pictured in this post) while I was in Washington DC in 2010.  I was at Eastern Market with my PA friends and this woman had a bucket full of bracelets- I don't remember exactly, but I do recall this specific bracelet jumping out at me.  You know those moments where you see something and you realize that is literally meant to belong to you?  That no one else in the world but you would ever love it as much as you will?  I had that moment.

I remember haggling with her and got her down from $10 to $8... and when I opened up my wallet all I had were $20 bills.  I was frustrated and I just wanted to have it on my wrist, so I handed her a $20, she handed me a $10 back with a sly smile and I walked away.

I wore the bracelet on each opening day for the CWF program for the rest of that summer.  My sister has worn this bracelet a few times.  My Mom wore it to Thanksgiving dinner one year and my Grandma actually complemented her on it.  My Grandma does have good taste.

Needless to say this is one of the pieces in my collect of bracelets (and if you know me, you know there are many in my collection) that I love.  It's been with me for so much.

I was heartbroken when it fell apart at the Fair this summer.  I was just walking along and I clapped or something and BAM! all the beads fell to the ground.  My friend Sam and Julian helped me pick up the pieces and I didn't start crying.  I held it together.  There is no time for tears at the Ohio State Fair.

So this evening I got out my supplies and pieced her back together.  This time I used beading wire instead of elastic cord (I prefer elastic, but heavy ceramic beads require something more sturdy) and a beautiful gold ring and bar closure I bought recently.  It fits my wrist perfectly.

It feels good to have it back again.

 I'm also working on a few pieces for an upcoming jewelry/art show/fair/sale that my supervisor's supervisor Janet asked if I would like to make.  I'm very excited, I'll make sure to post pictures soon.  One will be mostly black with a mound of beads in the center, and the other I've started has a vintage inspired center pendant with green/pink and gold beads.  I think they'll turn out beautifully.

Have a lovely weekend,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Last days wrapped up in first days

Just as I ended my internship with the Ohio State Fair this summer I was thrown right into training for my RA position here at OSU.  I really wouldn't have it any other way- I love keeping busy.  I just wanted some time to sleep after the Fair ended.  No such luck.

Now classes have started up, I'm finally getting settled back into my life here at Ohio State.  It's amazing to me that a year ago I was still finding myself after the mess I left back at Bradley.  What a difference a year can make.

Lindsey is all moved into OSU as well, and I hope she's finding her footing and enjoying her first few days.  I'm having dinner with her tonight, which is awesome to me- we're both right here in Columbus just a few hundred feet from one another.

I'm looking into my future- considering Graduated School, GRE, jobs/careers, the Peace Corps.  But for now I think I'm going to settle into my life at OSU and just be cozy for a little while.  My birthday is in one week, and that brings on a whole new set of emotions and things to deal with. 

I may complain a lot, but I live a charmed life.

More later, friends.