Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
You get the picture... It's been a BUSY week! Papers to grade, papers to write, PowerPoints to watch, lesson plans to create, jewelry to promote, bridal showers, concerts, (Carrie Underwood; hate country, but love her), dinners, etc. All a part of this busy week before Thanksgiving. Let's hope next week is a breeze! I'll fly home next Wednesday morning to spend the Holiday (sans husband) at my parents' house. Okay, at my Dad's house. That seems weird to say. I'll just call it home instead. :)
I've been really emo this week about the passing of my mom over the summer. I think it's a combination of how busy I am, (leaving little time to reflect on grief), the dreary weather, (although it's sunny this morning), the onslaught of the Holidays, (this is a year of firsts without Mom), or if I'm just drained and overwhelmed from the combination of it all. I'm still fairly happy, productive, excited about life, etc. But at the same time there's this small little nagging feeling in the back of my mind, no, the back of my heart, that just wants to be sad. At least ignoring this feeling isn't turning into anxiety. Instead, it's turning into making me want to cry over just about anything. Like watching Grey's Anatomy last night and the little girl who wasn't sleeping so she could take care of her dad. I look over at my husband with tears in my eyes. It's ridiculous. I also talked about this with a friend at dinner the other night. It's like a GD sappy commercial can have us both in tears. Anyway... sigh, breathe, move on... I'll give myself time to cry later this weekend and will feel much better.
So for now I'll use art as a coping mechanism. I absolutely LOVE the colors orange and turquoise, (our entire bedroom is plastered in this pairing), and I've recently found a lot of beee-you-tee-full Koi items on Etsy, all kinds of oranges, blues, teals, tangerines... mixed together with a bit of Asian influence. Another love of mine. Hopefully these items will end up on a treasury in the near future. For now, here they are. :)
Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and a good weekend.
Oh, and DUH, the story Steph did about me and my jewelry collection airs tonight at 5pm on KGW, Channel 8 in Portland. Check it out if you can. For local friends -- I'm so DVRing! :) Yay! I'm hoping for a boost in sales as a result... we'll see. :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
So, that's the inspiration, and that's the creation. More to come, (I have martini charms, too). I think these will be great for Christmas gifts. Easy to make and fun to use! I'm quite happy to incorporate this new stuff into my otherwise all-jewelry store.
In the meantime, another thought on Shakespeare and wine. Here's some trivia: In which Shakespearean play is wine most often mentioned? Think about it... here it comes.
Yes, that would be Antony and Cleopatra. There are eight references to wine in the play. However, in The Tempest you'll fine seven, as is the same for Othello. Wine and its effects permeate the very fabric of Antony and Cleopatra. You could even interpret the work as a struggle between the forces of sobriety -- Octavius Caesar -- and the champions of indulgence -- Antony and Cleopatra. FYI, I don't just know this. I happen to be sitting here with a box of "After Dinner Shakespeare" cards. Fun stuff. Now I'm off to study! :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Aside from being a wannabe curator, I'm also a wannabe pinup girl. It's so hot! Not trashy, classy pinups. You know, Bettie Page style. She inspired the chopped bang job I pulled a couple of months before Mike and I got married. She inspires the fishnets I bust out on a semi-regular basis. She inspired this blog. Clearly. :)
That last one is my favorite. In fact, I have a bathing suit just like it, you know, with less skirt. If only I had lived in the retro days of pinup girls... I could wear my bleach blonde hair in pin-curls, rock red lipstick on a regular basis, and wear flowers in my hair every day. If only.... As of now, all of the above happens just once in a while. :)
Cheers to a rainy Wednesday night! I'm going to tear myself away from the computer, (where I spent six hours yesterday), in order to make jewelry, clean, and have a glass of wine while I'm at it!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
They're not going in my Etsy store, but they're going up on the blog! These pearls are a wedding gift for Sonya, Anthony's fiance, so let's hope she doesn't see them yet! :) They're a mix of new freshwater coin pearls and round pearls, in addition to two strands of pearls from Anthony's recently deceased grandmother. The tiny pearls at the clasp were also hers. Something old... plus something new for the bride! :) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this necklace!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Today's lesson was about Shakespeare's sonnets, all 154 of them, to be exact. Students were asked to do a "Think/Pair/Share" activity in which they respond to the essential question, "Why are Shakespeare's poems still so popular today?" Then, I lead students through a PowerPoint presentation about sonnets and iabmic pentameter, before students began making their own couplets. I think they had fun with that. Here's the PPT presentation I put together: