Sunday, March 29, 2009

How Not To Get Taxes Done

Is anyone else like I am? When it comes to organizing all of my tax information, I'll look for just about any excuse to divert my attention. The fact that I haven't updated my blog in a while was today's perfect excuse, so here I am. But first, let me go put my CD player into sequential mode and get some tunes going.

Done! I've got an eclectic mix in there - "Hot Swing" by Mark O'Connor, "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Organ Grinder Swing" by Jimmy Smith (with Kenny Burrell and Grady Tate), Vivaldi - Greatest Hits (with Pinchas Zukerman and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein), and "Leyenda" by Karin Schaupp. That'll keep me entertained for the rest of the day!

First of all, I've added 4 new beads to my Etsy shop this week. It's about time - seems like I've been spending all my time either teaching bead making classes or doing fiber work. Not that that's a bad thing - but with 2 bead shows coming up rather quickly, I really do need to spend more time on my torch.

Here are the beads I added this week.

Clearing Storm

But of course, I can't leave the fiber alone. No sireeeee! I've been working on the "Milky Way" vessel and I thought I'd give you another update. I added some fiber embellishment and started the bead work. It's looking more and more like Pam's Milky Way bead. I just have to bead the rim, add Pam's bead, and it will be finished! Then I can get some really nice pictures for you to see. This is the first vessel I've created where I've let the focal bead dictate the design of the vessel. I'm already excited about the next one I'll do like this!

That will have to do for today - mom and the fur kids are really wanting to go to Starbucks. Ah yes, Starbucks... another excuse to avoid working on taxes. Tsk tsk tsk! If I disappear for awhile, you'll know that I'm buried in spreadsheets.

OK Niki & Peanut - I'm coming! These girls always know where to find me when they're ready to leave.

Have a wonderful and creative day!


Ginga Squid said...

Love your beads - but really LOVING that milky way vessel. It looks big - how tall and wide is it? Did you wet felt it over a resist - or do it around an object? It is looking absolutely fab and can't wait to see it finished. How many hours so far on it?

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Wow, lotsa questions! :-) I wet felted it over a resist. I haven't kept track of my hours on this one, but I'd say about 9 hours so far. It's between 6 and 7 inches tall and about 5 1/4 inches wide. I can't wait to get good pix of this one, the beads on it really pop! Thanks for such nice comments!

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

The beads are lovely, but OMG Shirley!!!! That vessel is AMAZING!!!! Wowowow! I love it, and not just because me bead is a part of it. I think this might be my favorite of all your vessels!!!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Thanks, Pam! Your wonderful bead provided all the inspiration for the vessel.

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