Everybody handles illness in different ways. My husband likes to relax in his chair and watch old Star Trek episodes and really old horror films. Normally I end up watching those with him when I should be doing something else. We are both big Star Trek junkies. When I'm not feeling well, typically I like to stay in bed and read and drink tea and nap as much as possible. Well, I've been out of the loop for about a week now dealing with some illness I've never had before and finally, finally I'm starting to feel better after nights and nights of sleeplessness, new symptoms arising with each sunrise, and "medication time, medication time" (who knows what movie that quote is from?) that I so do not like to take. But I was not in a place where I could concentrate enough to read or relax enough to nap or do most anything that I would do during a "normal" bout of sickness.
So I'm going to spare you the horrid details and just tell you that at least this sickness gave me a chance to do a little beading over the past two days, which I haven't done in a long, long time. I sure didn't have the energy to paint or to do scrimshaw, so beading was a good choice because it's rather relaxing and I can easily walk away from it if I need to. And no cleaning of brushes... the cleanup that accompanies painting is not such a fun task.
I began by doing repair to someone else's work. I have a friend who keeps me supplied with repair jobs, and this one has been hanging around for too long, so now it's done! Shown below are a few photos of my own new creations from Friday and Saturday. I may list one or two on Etsy, but I'm thinking that my Etsy shop will be foremost devoted to my paintings and piano key necklaces and an occasional unusual or interesting beaded necklace.
Arches of the Desert:
This necklace reminds me of Southwestern Desert colors and the movement in the enameled pendant reminds me of those Arches in Utah. The pendant is recycled/upcycled from an old pair of earrings. I love this piece with its ambers and browns and pinks and blacks. It contains coral, shell, copper, mookaite, red jasper, and oilslick rondelles.
Created with hematite rounds and freshwater pearls for the strand, this is a different kind of piece for me for two reasons: it uses only two stones where I normally use a variety of stones, pearls, crystals in one piece, and its pendant is removeable, so you can wear it with or without. The pendant features a glorious piece of agate that reminds me of the sky at night when the moon is almost full and the atmospheric clouds are lit up with its brightness. Surrounding the agate are tourmaline and a beautifully pale citrine.
Roots of My Soul:
Here's a necklace that features a wonderfully rustic and unique pendant by Etsy's claynfiber, a member of Etsyveg, one of the teams I'm a member of. I'm not sure if I'll list this piece or keep it myself. The pendant reminds me of tree branches and I've included earthy beads to accompany it. There are pietersite, white turquoise, Russian Picasso Jasper, hematite, moonstone, and copper. I think this is an elegant little piece in all its rustic goodness.
And finally, Sonoran Sundown:
Ah those desert colors again! Well, they're here too on the east coast during the fall and winter... the colors of grain growing wild in the barren fields, hay against a dark sky, fallen ash leaves mixed with the browns of oak leaves on the forest floor. This is a long necklace so that the gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, lampwork glass focal bead nestles in the right spot of cleavage. This focal bead was created by R. Andrew Glass Studio on Etsy. It's large... 22 mm across and long, and it's full of beautiful ambers, creams, peaches, pale greens swirling throughtout the borosilicate glass. I've had it for about a year and waited for the right time to use it. It hangs from a 48 inch strand of a mix of gemstones, pearls, swarovski crystals, and fabulous sterling silver beads... all put in place to complement the focal bead. And sorry, folks, this one is MINE!
All of this to say that I guess you have to make the best of whatever is happening in your life while it's happening. Of course, that's not always easy, but it's often worth it.