I'm also excited about the new things I will be creating soon. I have decided to jump head first into the pool of polymer clay. I've seen such amazing things come from polyclay that I wanted to give it a go and see what I can do. I am in no way, shape, or form talented in the area of painting, so making amazingly painted face cabs like Beth over at Bellesanbeaus is definitely out...but, I think I can mix clays and techniques to make some pretty cool polyclay beads and focals. I'm hoping the birthday fairie (my daddy) comes this month. I have on my wish list a pasta machine that I saw at Hobby Lobby, an extruder, some little cookie cutters and, of course, lots of colors of clay. I bought a few blocks of clay about 2 weeks ago along with some tools and a bead roller. I learned one important lesson already. Don't use Fimo Classic! It is soooooo hard and is nearly impossible to get soft enough to work with. Fortunately I only bought one of those.
I have 2 books about polyclay beads on order at the library. One of them came in and I'm going to try to get hubby to take me to the library to pick it up. I can't drive myself....had a scare yesterday morning. I got up early and went to the corner store. I have no a/c so I was driving with the windows down. I heard a swoosh-swoosh-swoosh sound coming from my tire as I was driving along. I thought that maybe i need some air in the tire. They sometimes make that sound if the air is too low. Went home, got Sami ready for school and was headed out the door to take her to school. I decided to take another look at my tire. I bent over, put my hand on the tire as I started looking at it, and OUCH!!!! Something cut me!!! Holy crow...my tire is almost shredded! The wires are coming through and the tire is all cracked around the side wall!!!! I am sooooo lucky my tire hasn't exploded and come off already! Especially on the freeway or something. How dangerous is that?! So, to make a long story short, I will not be driving my car until we can afford some new tires and I will be depending on my DH to take me where I need to go (I don't drive his van). Sooooo I am excited about picking up the one book that came in and drooling over the pretties and learning whatever I can. I will keep you all posted.
Also, I have learned how to make PDF patterns for beadwoven pieces. I have made a pattern of my Wrapped in Red netted collar necklace and a pattern for my hematite flat spiral bracelet. If you'd like to take a look, they are in my Artfire shop here. And, I had some pros review my first patterns. They were gracious enough to take the time to guide me along, give some critiques and suggestions, etc. to make sure that my patterns are as professional as possible. Thank you Nicole from Beadwright and Kathy from England!!! You two were my angels these past few days, helping me with something new.
Ok, kids. I'm going to head off for now. I have been rambling today, haven't I? :) Don't forget...go to the previous post and enter the giveaway if you haven't already!