Thursday, June 24, 2010

Destruction Bead Porn

Well, add another household disaster to the kid's growing tally. During the 15 minutes I was in the shower yesterday morning, he decided to wake up early (sure, do that on the first day of NO SCHOOL - why couldn't you do that during the school year???), go into the backyard and retrieve the bottle of bubble juice and then spill it all over the new area rug in the living room.

Have you ever tried to get bubble solution out of a carpet? It just makes more soap bubbles. And if you keep scrubbing - you get actual foam. A carpet full of foam. The only thing I could think up was to take it outside and try to hose the soap out of it.

So, there I was, in my nightgown, with wet hair, standing in my driveway at 6:30 AM in the morning hosing off my new rug. Have you ever tried to handle a wet, 8' x 5' rug? No easy task, lemmee tell ya!

Also...I wanna know the thought process behind "I know, I'll get up early while still in my PJ's, bypass the TV and my DS and the Wii and all the really cool stuff I COULD play with to go outside into the frigid morning air, get the bottle of bubble juice which I've only ever been allowed to play with OUTSIDE and bring it in the house. With the lid off. 'Cuz yeah, that'll be a really good idea."

Sigh.

Oh, and did I mention that the night before that, he knocked my beading tray off the table and flipped it upside down sending beads EVERYWHERE? Yeah, so, no birthday present for my Mom yesterday - because I'm still looking for half the beads I was using to make a necklace for her.

And he's only 7. By the time the teen years roll around, I'm picturing not only my house, but the entire neighborhood looking like Beirut or something -y'know, with like burned out vehicles and blast craters everywhere. Think I'm kidding? Last night he told me in the car he wants to design an infrared laser system for our house that will automatically scan passing cars for "bad guys" and, if said bad guys are detected, the system will blow them up.

Evil genius in the making.

All this mom crap is making me tired. So, here's some bead porn while I go lie down with a cold cloth on my head.







Sterling silver flower links from LilysOffering.








Also found these lovely sterling silver "water droplet" charms at the same store. I'm picturing them hanging from various lengths of silver chain in some long, dramatic earrings.






Sunshine copper and resin pendant from Jade Scott.








This beautiful pewter lock charm is from Lynn Davis.






And so is this one. Because why only have one when you can have two?






Gorgeous blue metal patinated and hammered squares from Atlantis Glass & Bead.







Cherry butterfly resin and metal clasp from Amanda Davie. Maybe one day I can get over my fear of metal and fire and make my own bezels to fill. I've already got the resin part down!








Rainbow fluorite rectangular beads from Artmooie. I have other pieces of rainbow fluorite, but they tend more towards lavender, green and aqua. I liked the more autumnal colors in these beads.








Faceted seafoam quartz rondelles from Uncommon Beads. I've already used some of these beads in my "Coral Gardens" bracelet. They're so pretty and delicate and they look fantastic with pearls!










Big and yummy tourmaline rondelles are also from Uncommon Beads. I love tourmaline, but usually when I find a strand I can afford, the beads are so tiny that I don't see them having much impact in a design and I end up not buying them. Also, the cut is usually quite poor. Not this strand! These are a very nice size and I got them at a "won't break the bank" price!









Gorgeous blue fire crackle agate beads from Uncommon Beads . Can you tell I like this vendor?












This incredible "Mariposa" polymer clay pendant is from Lynn Davis's OTHER store (yes, this woman is so talented she needs TWO Etsy stores!) ExpeditionD.














This summery, earthy ceramic pendant and coordinating beads are from Mary Ann Carroll.









With my strong Southwestern roots, I couldn't possibly pass up this incredible desert sunburst pendant from Tracee Dock at The Classic Bead. The colors in this piece are just phenomenal and I can't wait to work with it. I've had such great luck using Tracee's materials - am expecting a necklace I made with one of her flower pendants to appear in a magazine sometime this summer!







Deep, dark and mysterious purple hollow lampwork beads from Alisha White. Indoors, these almost look black, but take 'em out into the sun and purple just springs to life. They are gorgeous.







These little lovelies are from Beeboo. The colors are much more delicioso in real life - the picture doesn't do them justice. They happened to arrive on the same day as some blue enameled beads from Barbara Lewis which just turned out to match the blue in the lampwork PERFECTLY (and you know how I love when colors match!) so I'm thinking this is gonna be a project pretty soon here as soon as I get my backlog cleared off my desk. Maybe that's what Ryan was trying to accomplish by flipping my bead tray? Poof! No more backlog!






How can you not want these beads for summertime? Such incredible turquoise with the olive greens, sandy browns and sunny yellows are just made for this season. Beads are from MyLampworkGarden.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by as part of the Bead Soup blog hop and left such wonderful comments! I really appreciate the feedback!

AND! New followers! Woo hoo! I'm up to 182...that 200 mark is edging ever closer and I will HAVE to do something to celebrate that so stay tuned.

Hope everyone enjoyed this week's drool-fest. Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday.

KJ

10 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Is it time for that drink? It must be 5 o'clock somewhere...

Such AWESOME stuff this week. I love the Amanda Davie clasp. I want one. But I am holding out. And I would really like to make my own. But there is that whole time challenged issue I suffer from.

And that last lampwork. Is so YUMMY.
And now I have to start finding Uncommon Beads because that fire crackle agate is TO DIE FOR.

And that mariposa? I have it! Great minds think alike. It is one of the pieces destined for my gallery exhibit!

Hope you can get a respite from the evil genius for awhile. Laugh or cry. It's all good.

Enjoy the day!
Erin

lunedreams said...

"mom crap." har har! (or maybe not so funny. only funny 'cause it's you and not me.)

LOVE the porn--that fire agate is just amazing, isn't it? Now I guess I better go heart Beeboo too.

Paige said...

What lovely bead porn this week! Those tourmaline beads are amazing....and the rainbow fluorite--I've never seen those colors before! Beautiful! And I must say I absolutely love the mariposa pendant. Stunning!

SummersStudio said...

OMG, you have me absolutely drooling over the BP, to the point where I almost forget the mum stuff. You know? He won't be 7 forever. Think of it as creative thinking, a good thing. Seriously, my son had a bent for thinking outside of the box at that age. In fact, I really, really, wanted to ship him off to boarding school. But he's turned out well. And the challenges did not last forever!

Copper Diem said...

that post was a riot!

also, thanks for pointing out some of the cutest beads on esty. When my hubby opens the visa bill i'm blaming you :)

Elisabeth said...

I have a 10 year old and a 7 year old - so I have been there - your post cracked me up!

one-eared pig said...

So sorry about the rug. Love the bead porn! And you are not alone, check out the site sh*tmykidsruined. It is chocked-full of pictures of situations similar to yours. :)

quiltingjewel39 said...

Your bead porn is the best - I so look forward to it. The kid is only 7 - trust me - you will long for those days again - it was only soap!! I can say that because been there - done that!! Hang in there.

dining room table said...

That fire agate is just amazing indeed. I agree to tesoritrovati it is such an awesome stuff. I do want one of those. All design are stunning.

Marie Cramp said...

I spent about an hour scrubbing foundation out of the carpet on the stairs!! I get what you are going through! {btw, I don't wear foundation!!} Love the new beads! You always have fantastic taste! :)