I was re-reading my post from Wednesday about the chicken necklace and I realized how whinily pathetic it sounded which is not really what I intended. I think what I intended to say was that there seems to be some kind of disconnect happening with my jewelry that I do not understand.
I get zillions of compliments on it (which usually include the "oh, you should sell your work" and "oh, can I get your website address" variety) but those compliments do not translate into actual sales. I am trying to understand that disconnect because I would like to fix it (if that's possible - which it may not be).
Anyway, in my head there's a difference between being all "oh poor me I didn't sell my necklace" and "I can't figure out WHY this necklace didn't sell and it's frustrating me not to have an answer to that question." And THAT's really what I meant to say yesterday.
In other, random and completely unrelated news, saw a coyote on the way home last night. Was driving the kid home from school and saw what I thought was a stray dog on the sidewalk. I slowed down in case he decided to dart across the street, but as we got closer I realized hey, NOT a dog. A coyote. And he just flashed me his "yeah, so what're you gonna do about it" coyote grin and ran up the hillside and into the bushes.
I should mention that this was on a busy street, with cars all around and people out walking their dogs and houses and stuff. I just hope everyone kept their housepets inside last night or there are going to be some "Where's Fluffy?" posters showing up in that neighborhood.
It's not that I didn't know that we had them in the area. I've even seen them before, but this was the first time I'd seen one in such a busy, well-traveled neighborhood and so early in the evening.
So, that was my big excitement for the week.
And now for the bead porn:
Mykonos greek ceramic washers - I loved this bronze color and thought it would work well with my darkened brass chains and beads.
And, if I'm going to have bronze and dog kib...er...brass, I might as well have copper, too, right? Yeah, that's what I thought, too.
And these I got, well, just because they're purty colors.
Cute little pewter charm from Mamacita Beadworks.
Another charm from Mamacita.
Etched lampwork nuggets from Blue Heeler Glass on Etsy. I loved the color and the organic shape.
Some nice big and chunky rondelles of Black Gold Amazonite. The strand I got has an amazing array of colors in it and is going to be lots of fun to play with.
Got some faceted blue lace agate rondelles from teh same vendor. They have a really nice sparkle to them.
Long faceted ovals of olive jade. These are unlike anything I would normally buy so I thought they would be a good creative stretch for me if I can figure out what to do with them.
Faceted rondelles of pink rhodonite. This is another stone that I didn't have in my stash so thought it would be a good addition.
Lastly, some dyed faceted rounds of pink jade. These I bought just because they're so bright and cheery. They make me happy.
And, really, isn't that the highest purpose a bead can aspire to? Making someone happy?
I think so.