I like to make xmas ornaments for my family. I can only spend every other xmas with them, so I like it that they can (if they choose) think of me and remember me when they're setting up their tree.
And every bloody year I think I'm going to get very organised, so I cast about for a project in, say, June. And I pick out my project, and in my head it's all done. And now it's November, I need to have everything done in ten days and I'm all suddenly 'oh, now I actually have to make them!'
So I have spent the day painting matchboxes:
Don't they look cute? But not half as cute as they looked after they were engoldened:
I went down a few blind alleys with the painting, but I'm really happy with the way these are turning out.
So now I'm about halfway there on this project, and I still have to sew a birthday cushion for my mum. That freaks me out a bit as my mum is a hugely talented woman, and I can't help but feel that anything I give her, she could make better. And I don't even know yet what I'm going to do but hell, there's five days before I have to make a final decision.
And the Necklace of the Day:
crystal, silver, pearl, quartz crystal
was built around the quartz crystal pendant - something that I've had for a while but hadn't been able to work in to any of my existing pieces. While I quite like it I think it might be a bit too white for me to wear very often.