Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lacking a witty title...

The above bracelet is titled "Misty Isle" and is hanging out over in my Etsy shop, waiting for a good home. This is what I was talking about when I said I was going to use the seafoam beads with something else. The tube of seafoam seed beads was sitting next to the flippy box of shadow crystal Swarovskis, and I was struck by how pretty they were together. Hopefully, someone else will agree.

I didn't end up listing anything on Etsy today, because by the time I finished all the other things I was doing, I was feeling kind of beat. I'm used to spending my Saturdays having fun and gaming, but since both of our GMs are in Phoenix for work, I stayed home and got things done. Important things, like advertising, networking on Facebook, and writing BFAC stuff.

Speaking of BFAC stuff, some of the auctions are still sitting at only 24.99. We can't have that happening! Go forth and bid, and be ready to look at next week's auctions tomorrow afternoon! As for myself, I'm not bidding because I'm saving my money for a couple of items that I love and suspect may result in bidding wars.

Last night I started reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, and that's what I'm going to do when I finish blogging over here. I've been warned that not much happens in the book, but so far I'm enjoying the writing and the weird setting. Haven't decided yet how I feel about the characters, I'm only four chapters in. I picked up the book because I saw it on a list of steampunk novels, and I'd already been considering it because I liked Mr. Mieville's short stories that I read.

I've actually been doing a lot of reading over the past two days. The latest issue of Simply Beads arrived in yesterday's mail, and it had cool interviews with Anne Choi and Green Girl Studios. I purchased the latest Bead and Button, and it has some rather neat looking projects in it, though I've found the quality of non-project articles in there to be lacking. I don't like their current trend of having non-beader freelance authors write the beadmaker interviews, because they often spend too much time telling me things I already know. And my other bit of reading material was a book on making broadcollars by Julia Pretl. This book snuck in like a little book ninja... I hadn't seen it advertised or reviewed in any magazines, and this was the first time I'd seen it on a shelf anywhere. It was hiding surreptitiously between two other beading books when my infamous eagle elf eyes spotted it. The copyright is 2007, but I suspect it probably didn't see distribution until the last couple of months. Anyway, the book has great illustrations and lots of cool-looking projects, nicely ordered by difficulty. I'm going to have to invest in a lot of bugle beads, as I've wanted to make a collar for a loooong time.

I think that's all I had to say today. Don't forget to go read my Pay it Forward post and sign up if you'd like something handmade by me!


  1. Oh, the Misty Isle and Rose Tea are both very nice! What kind of real tea with rose petals do you have? Jo Walton is saving the last of hers, maybe it's something she'd like.

  2. Thank you, Marilee!

    My favorite tea with rose petals is the Gothic Green Tea blend from SBS Teas (I think their website is They have several others with roses in them, too.

    There are also a few Teavana flavors that have roses in them, I think the one I have is a black tea blend and it's called Rose Marzipan Delight.

  3. No problem! I found another SBS rose tea in my cupboard... Vanilla Blush. It's a white tea with roses and vanilla.

  4. Cool, I'll pass that on, too.