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From Mole Hill to Mountain

I should know better than to procrastinate with this many sets to photograph and put up on Etsy. This happens to me every year after BABE- what is at first a mole hill becomes a mountain and so I continue to put off photographing 50+ sets of beads for the shop. So here is my first step, and you can be my witness 🙂 You can check out my flickr for more pics and size reference.

I think what is causing me the most angst is the thought of having to untie allll those sets to photograph them loose, and then retying them…so then the thought of ‘why not just photograph them tied?’. Although the rules of online selling recommends lots of photos, I’ll most likely err on the side of sanity and take pics as they are to save myself time. This way I know I’ll get them listed before Christmas, lol.

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Before Etching

This set has been a pain in the ass to photograph, the colors are so much more amazing in person, think I’ll post again after they’re etched. I was playing around with one of the fussy colors I have that is pretty shocky and managed to get some gorgeous russet, green, blue and aubergine/magenta from one glass.

Shop Update

Some quick pics of work that will going up this week on Etsy. Starting to get in gear for BABE! 2011 in Oakland, CA on Nov. 12-13th. Can’t believe it’s almost been a year since the last show, time has certainly been fleeting.

 This set is something I tried to re-do from a previous sale after having some requests..the only difficulty with this is that this style is obviously organic and free form which makes it hard to truly replicate, especially when there’s fuming involved. We’ll see if it goes over well on Etsy. AND I even left them shiny!

New Work

I’ve been in a metal etching fog the last few days and here are some of the beads that benefited from it:This first set will be going up on Etsy soon, I’ll post an update when it goes in the shop. The two little clear beads are solid but they look so sharp capped and cored, the beadcaps are out of Copprclay that I made ages ago and found them in a container and picked some beads to fit- voila!
This trio will be getting shipped shortly to somewhere special and I’ll list (or re-list in the case of the mustard bead) them on Etsy when I get them back.

Something to Sink Your Teeth Into..and a shop update :)

Had a consuming craving for bacon after our lovely bike ride but had no tomato (don’t really like them anyway) and had to figure out how to make it a little more well rounded rather than just snarfing the bacon right off the paper towels as they drained.

Luckily, I have some of those thin bread rounds- can’t remember whose, but mine had the 9 Oats or some such and was toasted and while still warm slathered on one side w/ goat cheese then warm bacon which helped the cheese become even softer.

Cut the thick bacon in half and do 3 layers, top w/ lettuce, roasted red peppers and a light swipe of Trader Joe’s Caesar Romano dressing on the other slice before topping the sandwich.

Oh, Yum!

Now onto what’s going into the shop shortly:

Still playing w/ the Pixie Dust. And the Z99..

Pixie Dust- not just for Tinkerbell

Planning another shop update momentarily, spent yesterday experimenting with Pixie Dust- a tricksy powder that lends a magical shimmer to beads. Don’t know why I’ve never used it before now, but so glad I finally took the plunge. They’re a little hard to properly photograph and convey the shimmery metallic look of the beads.