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Happy New Year!

Now that the hysteria of the holidays is over I can get down to business and start seriously working on my spring collection – or can I? Just when I thought the coast was clear, this handsome little guy shows up and adopts us…Image

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So I have been busy crocheting beaded wrap bracelets. They are so much fun and really durable! My two year old has tried her best to stretch the daylights out of one that I made for myself and all she got was frustrated! Anyway, they are fun to make and can be used for all kinds of adornment purposes – love em’! Here are some pics from my summer collection –

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Getting ready!

So tonight is the premiere of the new season of project runway and I have all my supplies ready:
1. my latest project on the hook
2. popcorn – no butter or salt (joyless I know, but I need clean fingers to work!)
3. one or both of my non – sleeping children
4. Popcorn with salt and lots of butter (there is no way I can work on anything with my rambunctious munchkins flanking me on either side of the couch so I might as well enjoy my greasy popcorn…)

I just love the drama of this show – the impossible time constraints (design a couture dress with stuff from a hardware store in 10 minutes!…), the clash of personalities and the inevitable elimination at the end of each show (was it fair?). The contestants on this show have my utmost respect – would you be willing to bare yourself as an artist on national TV and work and live with people you might cross the street to get away from, then be told that the garment you just slaved over and really love is a total piece of crap? I couldn’t do it. I mean really – these people whip up original patterns in almost minutes and manage to create garments that in the real world would require a team of at least 10 people! As a former dress shop owner I know how hard it is to create garments that are original, wearable, commercial, and pretty in a tight time frame – God bless these people and I wish them all luck!

Meanwhile here a some more hats –

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Wait…what?!!

So I know this is old news now, but i’m kind of slow on the draw with these things – I’m sitting at my kitchen table threading some beads and watching my kids fight over a little piece of plastic something that neither of them really wants while watching that annoying Nancy Grace (please don’t ask why…) and I hear the verdict for the Anthony trial and I thought I had gone deaf for a moment – NOT GUILTY! Seriously! No, surly I heard that wrong. I’ve been listening to really loud music lately and I figured I must have busted an eardrum or something. I have to admit that I have barely been following the details of this trial because its just to horrifying to fathom, but from the little I’ve absorbed (mostly unwillingly) I was sure that she would be found guilty, then hung, shot, drowned, reanimated and then beheaded. But I guess not. Wow…

Meanwhile I know its hot as the devils balls almost everywhere state side, but here are some hats I just re-shot for my fall winter collection…

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Summer fun…

So, my self imposed two week break from crafting was a bust – I lasted about a day before my fingers started itching and I heard little voices coming from my yarn bins calling me to make something (my husband was like “who are you talking to?”). So in between backyard water sports with the kids and combating prehistoric, man-eating mosquitoes, I wiped the curtain of sweat from my brow and made these fun pieces –

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Grateful…

So, thankfully we managed to avoid experiencing any tornadoes or massive hurricanes here in Mobile – they were close, lots of scary wind and rain, but they passed us by. My heart goes out to those families in North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and Massachusetts who suffered the wrath of these deadly natural forces. Every day is a gift and should be treated as such…

I know this little guy is glad that’s over!

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Blog remix…

OK, so my original blog was somehow deleted so I’m startin’ over – but that’s OK I’m a big fan of fresh starts…
Speaking of which, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and product shuffling the past couple of months to see just where my items will sell best and what I need to chuck or remake and I think I’ve figured things out for the moment – we shall see…
I’ve started working on some really fun summer earrings to offset the intensity of my beaded cuffs – a pair of them are in this really nice treasury:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4ddbb05ab7c58eef239a91ae/bohemian-summer-vacation#4ddbf0c878878eefc5edf155

Here are some more pics…

I’ll be adding more colors and simple bracelets to match.
More to come…