wandering spirit designs

the ugly truth

 This is what I’ve been tackling this weekend as a birthday present to myself. I thought about getting a manicure since my nails are actually long enough for once, but figured cleaning up my workspace would give me more pleasure. Besides, I can always paint my own nails 🙂

So here’s looking at you 31- may it be a fierce (and more organized) year. Pics of finished space tomorrow..

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!

life in general

Life regularly gets in the way of best intentions, here’s a recap of the last couple of months:

-hubby is home safe- yipppee!
-been scrabbling to get work ready for the Louisville Gathering for the ISGB.

-attended the Gathering for the first time, although I’ve been a member of the ISGB for 5 years.

-had a table at the Gathering and sold my work, how wonderously fabulous it was although I felt like a chicken running around w/o its head getting set up..it was a tragic comedy of errors that probably had my booth mates shaking their heads at this frenetic and weird woman talking a mile a minute. (special thanks to Cherine and Hannah..and Mary and Barb, lol)

-met so many people I’ve admired for years and can’t wait to attend next year’s 20th Anniversary in Seattle.

-my baby boy turned 3!

-visited with my family.

here’s a few pics:

(blogger is fighting me, so this is all for now)


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.