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Showing posts from August, 2012

An Unguarded Blogpost

I don't know if it's my Scorpio nature or a lesson I learned the hard way, but I'm careful what I say about myself in the social media world. I'm even planning a business-oriented blogpost called "Controlling Your Message."

Today, I'm just going to put out there what's been rattling around in my head more and more often these days: I am 57 years old and not happy about it. I worry more about death than I used to. I'm pissed that I've been struggling with new blood pressure medication for over two weeks. I'm tired of carrying around extra weight and hating it. Except for a few years in the eighties when I worked for Weight Watchers, I've hated my weight since I was six years old (way too young but learned it from Mother).

So there, I said it. Out loud.

No, I don't feel any better.

I know my obsession with death comes from having lost five loved ones in the last 18 months. It's been in my face, death that is, for the first time i…

Copper Patinas and Sugar Skulls

I'm working on a wall sculpture for a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) exhibit that's coming up. Switching from making jewelry which has rules about size, weight and materials to making sculpture is pretty exciting. Pretty much anything goes. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

Here are a few pictures of what I've done so far. Most of these sugar skulls will make it into the final piece, but I still have some pondering and lots of construction to do.

These photos are not edited in anyway. In fact, when a patina has just dried the surface is a little powdery. The final steps include spray lacquer and rubbing two coats of preservation wax and then buffing them after each coat. That's when the patina's colors gain depth and start to glow.

What are Kazuri beads and why are they so important?

It's Friday afternoon during the dog days of the Summer of 2012. I live in Texas, so when I say it's hot I mean it is H-O-T.

I'm brain dead from listing 17 new bracelets in my Etsy shop. They're simple, affordable and great for women and teenage girls. I call them adjustable hippie bracelets. Here are a few pics or you can make my day and buy them here. They range from $13 to $20.

All of these are made with Kazuri beads from Kenya.  Here's a picture of the original batch I bought at last year's BeadFest in Arlington.
I blogged about these beads last year because I feel like their cause is important and their story is moving. I love them because they were made on the property in Kenya that was previously owned by Isak Dinesen (author of Out of Africa) Read about it here