Sunday, October 05, 2008


After a mostly relaxing weekend, my zombie feelings are gone and I think that when I wake up tomorrow, I'll be ready to conquer the world! Or at least my house. The house could use a good conquering.

I've got a nice vintage dragon cab all glued down, and by tomorrow the glue should be all cured and no longer producing headache-inducing fumes, and I will get down to some serious beading. This may or may not end up being my entry for the Etsy BeadWeavers' November challenge, "Ancestral Expressions." Given my heavily (ie, 100%) European ancestry, a heraldic-looking dragon fits, but I'm not sure if it's what I want to do. I might honor the Welsh side of my heritage. For that matter, my great-grandma Chapman claimed that we were from the same branch of Chapmans as Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman, so I could do something like that*. My English roots would give me a good excuse to do something Victorian, and I always like an excuse to do that. I'll probably avoid Irish, as several other people are already discussing that. I could even be silly and do something Elven, since I joke about being an elf or a faerie, but I do have enough of that in my shop already. The French and German/Prussian sides of my family call up no immediate inspiration, though I do have lots of nice vintage German beads.

I have almost a month to decide, though, so we'll see what the muse says!

*Due to this admittedly probably apocryphal bit of family lore, I'm always amused when I hit the part in American Gods where Shadow meets John Chapman. One can't help but be amused when one's possible ancestor shows up in ones favorite novel.


  1. Can't wait to see your dragon or your entry

  2. Possible ancestor in favorite novel . . . I'd be a bit disturbed myself.

  3. I love American Gods! Now I will always think of you when I re-read it.

  4. I don't think I'd want to do something with the Navy on it. Maybe a whale.

  5. Thank you, Marilyn! The dragon is coming along well, so I hope to be able to show her off soon.

    Lily, the way I see it, if you have a famous ancestor (or possible ancestor), chances are they'll show up in a novel at some point. It may as well be an awesome novel about gods.

    Melody, YAY for another American Gods fan!

    Marilee, you could do something in Navy blue ;) Or honor your figurative ancestors instead of your literal ones. Something with an engineering theme, perhaps?