My bistek was still simmering on the stove when I started writing this. I began the post while waiting for the onions to cook and the meat to tenderize just a tad bit more. We had a relaxing dinner in front of the TV, all warm and toasty at home. It’s been crazy windy outside — I could hear the gusts hitting the walls violently. I’m also looking forward to writing letters tonight before turning in. We’re off tomorrow because it’s President’s Day. More three day weekends, please.
It’s been a rather productive Sunday as I took out a bunch of thunder polish glass crystal and other earrings I had crafted months back for a craft fair. They never really made it onto the etsy storefront, but I decided to pull them out of the box today and embellish them further. Two years ago, I was very strict with myself in ensuring that I used the same color crystals in my pieces, but today, I was bold and daring and mixed them up. A lot of them were rather short so I extended them for more drama by adding a bead or two. Not quite shoulder dusters, but long enough to present some sexy swagger when you turn your head or when you walk.
I also wanted to take advantage of the sunlight and took photos. I’m hoping to post them in the shop tomorrow.. or starting tomorrow. These days I’m going either ‘tiny’ or ‘long’. When I watch my favorite shows, my eyes tend to focus on the earpieces worn by the ladies — and I noticed that tiny simple earrings looked as fab as the long and elaborate pieces. I’m still keeping away from the ‘big and bold’, though. Just not my style. This freshwater pearl and aventurine cutesy is a current favorite of mine. I am going to make one for myself one of these days.
I also finished a batch of my glass domed pendants featuring Marian images. (Thanks to bebs1 aka Lou for the idea and the inspiration.) I’m trying to create a necklace based on a design she showed me, and while it is not an exact replica, the idea is similar.
I currently have four images in three sizes, and I’m working on getting an additional two in this same format. The idea is to use one of the larger pendants as the focal point in a 5-pendant charm necklace, using other religious metal charms. I am still trying to see if it will work to have five of the smaller pendants in the same fashion. Might be a bit too much, so I’m sticking to the original idea.
I did get my LIFE 4×6 in the sleeves (!) and am now in the process of completing as much of the journaling as I can. I am hoping to photograph and finally post about it before the week is out. First month done! And here we are in the middle of the second month of the year. Where did the last couple of weeks go, right? Time flies by so fast..
It would have been nice to have gotten away to somewhere — but work beckons. New York State had reduced the winter break to two days instead of the usual week-long stretch to make up for the days lost during Hurricane Sandy’s onslaught and after, so he goes back to school on Wednesday. Add to that the fact that Angelo had been afflicted with the flu the previous week, so we’re just resting and recharging on a “staycation”. Besides, it’s back to work for us on Tuesday.
Long weekends are precious for working moms like me. Work and motherhood equals a double job, literally. Even now, in the middle of my long weekend, I’m here in front of the TV watching a favorite show, The Mentalist, and I’m also thinking of the leftover bistek I need to put away. At least I get another day to “rest” tomorrow. They let me sleep til closer to 9am today, then we all remembered the boy had a haircut appointment at 10am. (Even I forgot and I set it up…) More time to just sit and hug my boy.. and laugh.. and just be mother and son.
I feel like I accomplished a lot. At the end of it all, I might even have an art journal entry in..