So while I was on vacation I bought a metric asston of charms related to the move I am planning to make next September. I'm still trying to get used to the idea of the whole thing, so I was going to make a bracelet to replace one I'd lost in August.
And I did...but honestly, putting it on was like wearing a freaking porcupine. Memory wire bracelets probably should not be massive charm bracelets. So it didn't seem right to me, but I didn't know what else I wanted to do with all of those charms.
"As part of a religious ritual or an act of devotion, milagros can be offered to a saint as a reminder of a petitioner’s particular need. They are normally placed by worshipers onto altars, religious shrines and on sacred objects. They are used to assist in focusing attention towards a specific ailment, based on the type of charm used. They are also offered as thanks for answered prayers, so that others can receive the benefits for their own ailments or needs. Milagros come in many shapes, each shape representing one or more needs or prayers."
That sounded about right.
So I went to the dollar store, where I found a small wooden oval with a hanger attached. I cut out some fabric and sewed it to the wood around the edges (note: you can't do the usual "sew it inside out and flip it" with wood), then ended up sewing lace around the edges to cover up my bad sewing. And then I sewed my entire freaking charm collection to the new portable shrine.
I found a metric asston of awesome resin flowers at about three bead stores in Arizona (I'm on vacation and doing tons of bead shopping), and HOLY COW THAT WAS AWESOME. I last found/used up a stash of these in 2004 or so, so I'm very excited about this. I love to layer flower upon flower, like this.
But how do you get this awesome layered garden effect in jewelry? I found a solution...
I did THIS out of memory wire and beads.
About 9 inches of green is between each layer of flowers.
It's rather complicated to put on, but looks awesome.
My show is down, sigh, but at least it lives on online.
The peacock jacket is maybe 70% done, which is awesome. I have about 5-6 more inches to add to the back feathers, then I'll start in on the crochet bits. However, the project is too darned large to haul around in public to work on any more, which means I am not getting much done on it. Even worse, I now have a giant online problem (I have a billion posts saved in Bloglines) that has to be taken care of by October 1, so every single moment at home is saving documents before they get deleted....argh. So I'm not even working on it at home now either.
As for my "portable" project, Version 2.0 of the Saturday In The Park Dress.... I am going to have to utterly frog it. Not because the knitting is not going well, but because the yarn I bought for it on vacation is just fucking awful. People gripe about my usual Caron Simply Soft sagging a bit--and it does, don't get me wrong-- but this Dark Horse stuff? I tried the dress on and the neckline had sagged down to the bottom of my boobs. WHAT THE HELL? (Also, the gauge on it was so weird that I had to make it in really large needles, which were making it even floppier, I swear.)
Now I am debating whether or not to go back to making the dress in the old yarn I bought it in, which is firm and pretty, but unsoft and not suitable for warm weather. (Not that we have any of that any more after this summer, so does it matter any more?). *sigh* I am so irritated. I don't have in person access to Quality Yarn (except on vacation, and guess how that went), plus that costs a bundle when you like to make stuff that needs 1200+ yards, but... DAMMIT.
I really suspect that those two projects (this one and the #12 skirt) are just so cursed that I shouldn't bother to try to make them, somehow.
Though I have good news: Beadstrology.com exists, and I have gone out and bought the supplies to make an astrological necklace now. Something to cheer me up in the days of crafting gone bad...
I read the book Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and then was inspired to make key jewelry a la the book. This one has a plastic purple key that came with a key chain doodah (I bought it for the key, not the keychain), then wrapped wire and beads around the key.