That lingering scent…

Why is it that every time I go to Subway for lunch, I can still smell the place on my clothes hours later? And while the smell inside the store is nice (mmm… fresh bread!), the after-smell doesn’t smell so great? (it’s like a sour bread-going-bad smell)

It’s like walking into a restaurant or bar that allows smoking and coming out smelling like cigarettes later even if you didn’t do any of the smoking.

Blech.

What I did during part of my weekend

Here is what I spent some of my weekend trying to figure out how to make:

It’s not a great picture, I took it with my camera phone.  But if it’s hard to tell what they are, it’s gingerbread men.  The first one on the left is a dud, I made the clay too thin and attempted to correct it by adding some clay to the back, but quickly found that wasn’t very astheticaly pleasing and trying to blend the seams without squishing the rest of it was more work than I was willing to put into it.

The two on the right are about 2/3rd done in the pic, I finished by adding eyes, smiles and rolls of white clay on the feet and hands for icing.  And a holly berry & leaf on their heads.  Then I made four small round beads that will go with them.  I’ll take more pictures after they’re baked, which I am going to save for when I have more beads to cook – energy conservation and all that. 🙂

So what do you think?  Are they cute enough?  These are merely testers since I still need to test them out after baking to see how much abuse they’ll take on a bracelet before I would consider selling them.  I wouldn’t want one of their little bodies to fall off and get lost somewhere (the thread hole is drilled sideways through their heads).

That makes me sad

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.  Just didn’t have the posting itch.

Anyway.  What kind of crazy state makes a law where in order to hold a contest, you have to register it with the AG’s office?  Seriously?  Oh yeah, the one where I live.

Even if the host of the contest is in a different state, if they want people from MY state to be eligible, they have to register it with the AG.  How annoying is that??

So it makes me sad on two parts – I won’t be able to enter all these contests that are going on at various blogs unless they registered with my state’s AG office (and most have not and probably will not), and second, I can’t hold any more contests myself unless I want to run the risk of getting into trouble.

It’s just plain stupid.  I think we need to move away.  Because that will probably happen a lot sooner and be a lot more likely than that stupid law getting changed. :bored:

Thank goodness for Akismet

It’s been catching quite a bit of spam.

Inappropriate spam.  And if you post inappropriate comments, then you know who you are.

How do you like the spam purgatory?  It sure isn’t lonely there, you’ve got company for sure.  Enjoy your stay! :dlaugh:

Contemplating bead making

I have a bunch of polymer clay sitting around from when I did sculpting (of dragons, primarily, if you’re curious) a few years ago.  Once the kiddo was born, my interest in it kind of waned because it was a bit of a challenge to try juggling work, caring for her in the evenings and trying to do any kind of sculpting with her in the room, especially once she became mobile.  Now that she’s a bit older and can either be entertained by a DVD or with playdoh, I have been contemplating pulling out my stash of clay and trying my hand at making beads.

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Requesting constructive criticism please

Ok, this is aimed more specifically at those jewelry makers who bounce past my site from Entrecard, but anyone can offer input if you wish.

Please go to my jewelry e-commerce site, Positively Charming, look at my offerings, and provide your thoughts on what I have there. What is crap? What are my best pieces? Do you think I am over or under pricing anything? Any other suggestions or critiques?

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Pretty rings

There is a blog I came across using Entrecard that I marked on my favorites on the EC toolbar.  It is a gal who makes rings with wire wrapping, and it looks really neat.  She also has an Etsy store, and has a LOT of rings up for sale.

Here is one that caught my eye, simply because it happens to be my favorite color – and the skull bead makes it badass:


Catherinette Rings

Catherinette Rings



 
I’ve always wondered about wire wrapping and trying my hand at it, but strangely I find the few times I’ve tried simple stuff, I am quite clumsy and end up putting dents or ugly unwanted bends in the wire. I can do simple wire looping to connect beads together, but the wrapping like above? Pshaw, I think I’d have a mangled mess!  So I give her props, she has some pretty fine looking wire wrapping there!

Anyway, here is a link to her blog, too:

Catherinette Rings blog.

Go! Go check out her rings!

The Uh factor

On the way to and from picking up lunch, my husband and I listened to a few minutes of the press conference that President Elect Obama was holding this afternoon.  And we both noted something that annoys us both and elicits much mocking – his incessant use of “Uh” or “ah” when he speaks off the cuff.  He also does it during prepared speeches, but it’s not as frequent as when he is answering reporters’ questions.

We lost count of how many times he would say “uh” during ONE answer to a question.

Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind on this discovery.  We didn’t watch any of the debates, except for a few excerpts.

I guess there is debate as to whether he does this because he stutters.  Not personally knowing anyone who stutters, I have no idea whether this is true or not.  I do know he did do a few stutters and stammers during some of his debates (heard about second hand), but really anyone can do that when they get flustered.

Anyway, if he is not actually a stutterer, then I hope his advisers try to wean him off the “uh” habit.  I’d rather hear a moment of silence and natural pauses than a bunch of uh, um, err, and ahs.

Have you started your holiday shopping?

I sure haven’t.  *eek!*

I have a general idea of what I may be getting for hubby and the Kiddo, but that is about it.  Oh, and maybe for my parents too, since there is a company that is giving employees at my workplace a pretty good discount, and they have stuff my parents (especially my dad) like.  So I may do my shopping for them thru this place for the 25% discount. 😀

Otherwise, I do kind of know what I will probably get for my siblings.  Let’s see… for my sister, I will probably get her family a W@l-M@rt gift card so she’s restricted to getting groceries and such (rather than a Visa card she can use to blow the money anywhere).  And maybe some handmade soaps.

For my brother… probably handmade soaps, and a visa card (he is a bit more responsible).

My other brother… I may think about finishing a scarf I was *going* to give him last Christmas until he landed his butt in jail for a domestic fight with my mom & dad.  And some soap.

Yeah, I’m probably going to do soaps again this year (buying them, not making them myself).  Everyone on my side of the family seemed to like them, and handmade soap is supposed to be better for you anyway since it doesn’t have all the harsh chemicals that manufactured soap has.   I did most of my shopping for the soaps on Etsy.

As for my husband’s side of the family… I have no idea yet.  I originally thought I may make the ladies some jewelry again, but I have few – if any – ideas of what to make just using the supplies I have on hand, and I don’t want to spend the money just getting supplies for jewelry just for them.  I think last year I spent right around $200 just on supplies, which isn’t that bad I guess for six people, but I don’t know if I want to do it again this year.  I may stick to their lists this year and go off-list next year.

So anyway.. how’s your shopping coming?

Now back to our program

Anyway.  What a way to start my day.  Damn mystery divs!

So, I voted yesterday.  I voted for the other guy.

Congrats to Obama I suppose.  I just hope he doesn’t screw things up.  And if he does?

 

Remember… I voted for the other guy!