Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Unspoiled Weekend

This past weekend, I hit the wall on my 80 hour weeks for the past few months. After doing a show on Saturday, I promptly melted onto my couch, where I pretty much stayed until Monday afternoon when I took my husband back to the airport. I barely worked on anything at all, shopped for a little polymer clay to use in some Halloween pieces, and read 300 pages into Twilight. I had popcorn, apricot toast, and a SlimJim and a pickle for dinner last night.....no kidding.
I haven't decompressed that much in months if not longer. At first it felt like I should be doing something, then my very wise husband says "Just sit here", so I did.
Here's a picture of the little table I had at the show, pretty much the only productive thing I did all weekend, for which I am proud.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blog Challenge: Still a Disaster Area ;)

This past weekend, I had a chance to tackle a little bit of my beadroom... mainly the huge table in the center of the room. Now It's no secret that I'm not a clean crafter, but what had started out as "I know what's under that little pile there" became a giant mountain of shiny that required a topographical resource map to find anything. I'm pleased to say that it's coming along nicely and, with only a couple of weeks to go in the challenge, it couldn't have come soon enough. So here's what it looks like now...I can almost see the bottom of the pile...er, I mean....I can almost see the table!

Hopefully I'll be able to find some time in my busy schedule soon to clean a little bit more. Wish me luck ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Movies to Bead by....

Having had a very hectic past couple of months, I have neglected to write this column, so, without further adeiu, here it is!

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
With the recent death of their wealthy father, and the estate entailed away from the female line, the Dashwood girls must learn to fend for themselves in a world where money and status are everything. This version stars Emma Thompson as the sensible Elinor, and Kate Winslet as passionate Marianne (and let's not forget Alan Rickman as Col. Brandon). The costumes are beautiful, the people are beautiful, and I think this will always be my favorite.

Sense and Sensibility (2008)
Taking a small liberty with the book, the main cottage is located along a beautiful seaside. Although this version boasts less stars in the main cast than the 1995 version, you will recognize many of the supporting actors from other BBC films. Included are Mark Williams as Sir John Middleton , and the incomparable Linda Bassett as Mrs. Jennings.

That being said, I found the main cast very likeable and believable. Elinor being among my favorite characters of all time, I am very picky about the part, and I really liked Hattie Morahan (whom I was unfamiliar with up until this point) in the part. David Morrissey as Colonel Brandon took a bit of getting used to, but he grew on me.

Both of these movies are available through Amazon.com, and the pictures should be clickable links to their pages.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dropped off the Radar...

Sorry that I've dropped off the radar the last few weeks everyone. I had some major deadlines to make for bead magazines, bead shows, show vending, and the list goes on.
To update you on the progress of my Bead Room Challenge, here's a picture of the disappearing mound on top of my beloved bead table:

I've got 5 weeks to go, and a big show to plan for in a couple weeks, so we'll see what gets done eh? Check back with me and see ;)