Studio Musings

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My other life

Between taxes, an unexpected vacancy at one of my rentals and jury duty, I feel like I've been stuck in my 'other life' for the past week and a half. Usually I manage a little better balance.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! As of yesterday I've found a new tenant for our studio apartment (after two marathon sessions with 10-11 showings each). I have completed my jury obligations - spent the days trying to get work done in the jurors' lounge while waiting for a call that never came. And, with a little luck (and pixie dust?) taxes will be ready on time.

In the meantime, I've managed to create one bracelet and three earrings. (plan to create earring #4 today). The bracelet is a simple cuff made from random right angle weave.  Sticking with one bead color allowed the open, lacy effect of the stitch to stand out. 

Finches and Bamboo, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Emperor Huizong (1082–1135, r. 1101–1125) Chinese
Yesterday I showed my husband the painting for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge. He agreed it would be an interesting challenge and wondered what I'd come up with.

A little later, he returned from running some errands with this 'bouquet' for inspiration.

So, all I have to do is make it through this week and I get my regular life back.

Anything is doable for a week or two.


  1. Karen, What a great hubby! I love the inspiration piece. And the lacey bracelet is quite delicate. What a wonderful design!

  2. Well the other life does come first. What a great hubby helping with your challenge. I look forward to what you create.