7.6.09

Not a lot to write about

Not a lot to write about - not because I haven't done anything, but because nothing I've done has been terribly interesting.
I've sorted beads all week and discovered that I have more size 6 beads than anybody could possibly use up in a lifetime. I've gone off the idea of transferring absolutely all of them into flip top containers. So, it's a mish mash of tubes and flippies. For now, I'm just fine with that.
I'm a bit stuck on the bead embroidery. The second half of the snap needs to be sewn on somehow but I don't remember how and am waiting to hear back from the instructor. My next bead embroidery project will most likely be a kit I bought from Beki - www.whimbeads.com - quite a while ago and never got to. Looking forward to it, though. I like kits - I don't have to endlessly agonize over choosing beads that go together.
There's been quite a bit of gardening lately. I'd put out lettuce seeds and the mesclun mix was growing beautifully. It was such fun to go out into the garden and collect lettuce for dinner - until I discovered most of the lettuce was arugula. And I really do NOT like arugula. I actually chucked it all in the yard waste and reseeded with regular lettuce. The artichokes are done for now, the second harvest in the fall is always much smaller. I still have plenty in the fridge, but, according to what I read just recently, they are past their prime. Could have fooled me, they still taste very good.
Yesterday, we went to the Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo. I was really hoping I'd find some cabochons. And I did - outrageously expensive gemstone ones. They were beautiful, but I don't need $85 tourmaline ones, no matter how great they look. So, I bought some inexpensive flat beads that'll work just as well and will try one of the Gem and Mineral Shows instead. I think I'll have a better chance there. The show was as empty (I don't mean completely empty, just nowhere near as crowded as it used to be) as it has been in the last few months. Still as many vendors, but fewer shoppers. And some of my favorites weren't there :-( I did notice quite a few more vendors selling "Bollywood" style jewelry. Many of the shoppers at this particular show have always been Indian women and the vendors are starting to cater more to them. As much as I like what I saw, it's not me.

8 comments:

mjlayman said...

I like all raw greens, but I can't stand them cooked. I wonder if some of the regular vendors at the show were at B&B.

(Heh. I just realized that for the first few weeks after I came home, I was afraid I would type slowly forever, and here I am rattling away again.)

abeadlady said...

Just got back from the San Mateo show last night. Four of us drove over on Sunday. What a pleasure to walk a show that wasn't wall to wall people. The vendors actually had time to talk to their customers. Since I was buying for the shop too, I was able to go back into the wholesale area and found a few cabs back there. Picked up some small, center-drilled keishi pearls in different colors. Love using them on my BE. We had fun, but boy was I tired.
Hadn't been to that show in years.

Katie B said...

Hey Doris !
you know, I like 6's and 8's for texture -- hang on to them and then dare to use them with the 11's !
We've gotten a lot of our cabs from ebay! and some from shows too!

Henrysmomsmusings said...

Marilee, I don't think B&B is the reason it was quieter. These vendors are very different from bead show vendors, here it's mostly jewelry (from high end to very much not high end) and lots of imports.
Your blog posts didn't give any indication of you not rattling away again - and I mean that in a very positive way.

Henrysmomsmusings said...

I'm glad you got to go to the show, Arline. And it really is nice when you don't have to elbow people out of the way, isn't it?

Henrysmomsmusings said...

Katie, I will definitely hang on to the bigger beads and will find uses for them. Probably not the originally intended uses because I don't remember what those were, but I'll find something.

Beady Zoo said...

The slugs and snails are eating our greens :-( usually right at the base so the entire plant dies. I've reseeded into smaller planters.

We should compare supplies of 6/0 and 11/0 beads -- I have more 11/0s than anything else and wish I had more of other sizes -- maybe a swap in the future.

I found some glass cabs at a bead show last weekend; not sure how I'll use them yet, but they're pretty.

Henrysmomsmusings said...

I have trouble with snails, too, and I use Sluggo. Learned the hard way not to use anything else. One emergency trip to the vet to have a stomach pumped out taught me that.