Remember when my week of vacation was some 30 to 40 days away? This time tomorrow I’ll have nearly a full day of work behind me and my summer week off will be something to dream about for next year. It’s crazy how time passes. Damn that Steve Miller for identifying so correctly that time keeps on slipping into the future.
Anywho, it’s been a busy couple of weeks — busy enough that I’ve been too lame to make a post.
Because there are still many things to do before I call it a day today, this will likely be another visual-heavy post, which, I understand, is not the right approach to blogging.
First: Keycaps. Morgan and I went to the meet-up at the Living Computer Museum on the 22nd. I was backwards and shy and didn’t want to talk to people. I even sat off to the side and read while he checked out keyboards. Morgan walked around with some of my keycaps in a small box, and got some great feedback. A couple of photos/mentions even ended up on Reddit. I still feel like a phony (or outsider), but I keep plugging away. We’ll see what happens.
Second: Art-o-mat. I got my 50 pieces ready by drilling holes and adding string. Then I packaged them up and they’re on their way to North Carolina. Yay!!
Here are some of my favorite flowers-in-resin pendants.
Third: Just making jewelry. In addition to keycaps and Art-o-mat pieces, I made some jewelry. I was the shut-in I dreamed of being — at least for the firsts three days, and it was amazing. How can I make this my regular life?
Anywho, I need to read a book to prep for an interview on Tuesday. I also need to finish a birthday present, and I want to bake some banana bread with some Skippy Peanut Butter Bites mixed in. The question is, do I throw a few chocolate chips in for fun?
Every year I keep in my heart the notion that summer will be lazy, easy, languid. And every year, it’s a ridiculously busy season. This year is no exception. I think that once this month is over — marking the halfway point of the market season — I’ll have a little more breathing room. On the bright side, my week off is less than two weeks away, and I’ll have a Saturday off from the market to kick off that week.
I will, however, be attending the mechanical keyboard meet-up on that free Saturday. Apparently someone who has come up with a kit for making a keycap mold will be there. That is something I’d like to see — and maybe purchase. And some cherry-profile caps are on there way to me. Some more keycaps will be in the works soon.
In the meantime, I embellished/enhanced/”made” a few more keycaps this past week. For precision, the toothpick is my friend.
I also had fun with more bead embroidery this week.
Today I popped into the Value Village in Redmond and hit pay dirt! I’ve been searching for a copy of that since last year. The two journals I made with the first one were attention grabbers.
After that score, I wandered into Ben Franklin looking for some fun scrapbook paper to use on the inside of the “Crazy Cat Lady” journals, the “Puppy-opoly” game I found last week and the Seattle Monopoly game I’ve had at the ready for awhile. I think these end papers will really make a big difference.
Lastly, I am pleased to say that my artomat submission was mailed last Wednesday. I hope to hear from them this week.
As I mentioned last week, my dad was here for a visit, and there wasn’t much time to work on too many projects. It was a great visit, and I only wish he would have been here longer. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with to-dos right now, so this post will be a quick show-and-kind-of-tell.
After Pop left, I worked on these two journals to replace the ones that sold last week.
I made two more lucite cabochon bead-embroidered pendants. I love them both.
I also got in a little work on key caps. These two feature crystals embedded into an epoxy clay. There’s so much more to say about key caps. In fact, there are more with Morgan that he’ll be photographing this weekend. All I know for sure is that a mechanical keyboard meet up is in our future in two weeks.
Plus, there’s always time for pouring resin!
I should work on better lighting for my photos. I should work on updating my Etsy store. I should get things ready for the Artomat. I also kind of want to finish a collage I started a few weeks ago. And then there’s just chilling out. What I will do, however, is head to Goodwill and see what kind of treats might be in store.