So, jumping in the Wayback machine, it looks like I hit 400 posts around July/August of 2008...kinda skipped right over ol' 2007 there. I definitely wasn't posting quite as frequently as I was still in post-divorce recovery mode, dealing with an incredibly demanding new job, and taking on 100% of the parenting responsibility as my ex kind of crashed and burned in the whole single life and needed to go off and pull himself together without impacting Ryan so much with all his problems.
I was also getting ready to launch Ryan into kindergarten in the fall so it was the first time to buy a backpack and a lunch box and school supplies and new school clothes. Very exciting! It's hard to believe he's about a month and a half away from graduating elementary school (our elementary stops at 5th grade...6th grade is part of middle school). Where on earth did the time go?
In beady news, I hadn't discovered Etsy yet and was still buying my art beads (mostly lampwork) on eBay. I had taken a silver clay class at Brea Beadworks and had every intention of doing more with it, but never really got around to it. I'm currently using the torch, fuel and firebrick to patina metal LOL! I was also going nuts for Swarovski rivolis and had made a bunch of seed beaded earrings with rivolis at the center. Ahhh...the days when my eyesight still worked...I remember them fondly...
Here's what the winner will receive:
"Seed Bead Stitching" from the publishers of "Bead & Button" magazine - this book is a great intro to a lot of basic seed bead stitches and ideas for what to do with them.
This is a strand of pretty pink and green lampwork, a full strand of vintage German Lucite shell beads and two large carved rose quartz flowers.
Some wide sage green organza ribbon and a full strand of sun/pumpkin dyed silk ribbon.
Large iridescent aqua ceramic beads.
A whole mix of wood and colored plastic rings in various finishes and some covered with ribbon plus a full strand of emerald green silk with a twisted needle already attached.
A full strand of silver ball chain, two silver plate padlock charms, an etched brass hook clasp, green ceramic dragonfly pendant, wavy aqua ceramic pendant and section of silver and bead chain.
A hand-painted polymer clay egg and disk bead, a wood disk with a bird print coated in resin, small glass grape and raspberry charms and a Jade Scott copper and resin bracelet bar.
This is a beautiful ceramic flower pendant, two brushed silver branch dangle charms and a black and red lampwork glass focal bead.
This is a Czech glass mix, some teal flatback crystals and a handpainted wooden pansy pendant.
And the winner is: Dyan Cantrell. Congratulations and please email me with your address so I can get your package out to you!.
Next winner will be announced this Friday, April 25th.