Sunday, April 26, 2009

Week in Review

It has been a relaxing week off, and I managed to get out and about in the neighborhood once the rain stopped. I've gotten in to the habit of taking the camera with me so I can capture random shots and am becoming addicted to taking these and posting them to Flickr.

On the beading front, my recently purchased lap desk has come in handy along with a lawn chair and a cold drink on my stoop. Here are a few things that I made and listed during my time off:

Wood and Lt Blue/Orange Glass Anglican Rosary

Anglican Rosary - Wood, Yellow Jade and Glass

Hamsa Talisman w/ Star of David Charm Bracelet

Cross Charm Bracelet - Yellow Jade, Smoky Quartz and Gold Glass

Anglican Rosary - Black Onyx, Silver/Blue Faceted Glass, Celtic Cross

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rainy Days and Wednesdays

I'm starting to wonder if the rain will ever end! Day three of vacation, day three of rain. Since I am dedicating my time off to crafting and trying to establish the business, it can rain all week...although it would be nice to be able to sit outside and work on my beading. I did manage to get out for a few hours to a couple of bead shops to pick up some colored glass seeds for accents, and of course ended up getting quite a bit more than what I went out for, including some great new charms that I made some bracelets with this evening (stay tuned!). Anyway, I am happy to report that two of the items in my previous post were sold within 24 hours :) Here are some things I worked on last night and will post to Etsy tomorrow morning:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rainy Days and Tuesdays

Some things I made last night and this morning, and managed to post in between laundry loads and cleaning. What else would I do on a vacation at home when it's raining outside?? Thankfully the sun broke through long enough for me to snap a few moderately respectful photos. Would love to hear what you think!

Rainy Days and Mondays

Just sharing some photos of work done yesterday - my first day of home vacation while it poured rain out:

Publish Post

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I bought my website!

It's official - I am not the proud owner of! For the moment, until it can be developed, it links to the Etsy store front. I kept hearing mixed reactions from people on the pros and cons of an independent website (mostly pros), and decided at $20 a year, I did not have much to lose. Living with a graphic design/web professional also helps the cause! Anyway, it's less expensive than, which is another online venue I am looking in to selling through. In other news, I am also now listing on and posted several items there yesterday:

If there is one thing I have underestimated on this whole venture, it is the amount of time spent promoting it on line, and the new website marks my SIXTH online presence for Divine String Theory. The next step is to reach the rosary and religious jewelry (and non-religious jewelry) market with all this - wish me luck!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

So, here I am on my first trip in to the blogoshpere - in any capacity. "Divine String Theory", in a sense came in to being about a year and a half ago, after I purchased a beautiful Anglican Rosary in an online auction. Upon receipt, my second thought - after "these are beautiful" - was "I can definitely make these, and it might be fun". Within a couple of weeks, I found myself in one of the countless beading supply shops in Manhattan purchasing tools and supplies to get started and try my hand at it. One night, I was half watching a Nova episode on String Theory (big mistake to try to half watch something like that, btw) sitting in the living room stringing away beads, near my partner Vincent who was actually paying attention to the show. I was just catching random words like "spectrum" "surfaces" "dimensions" "strings" "super-strings" and turned to Vincent and said "if this ever turns in to a business I should call it Divine String Theory". We both laughed it off. Shortly after that I sold several pairs to friends from church, gave some for gifts, sold a few on ebay. I never realized the prices I felt the rosaries deserved on ebay and just put it aside for awhile. Then, a little over a month ago, Vincent's mother told him about the Etsy website. Hmmm...Santa had brought me a slick new camera for Christmas, I had a box full of finished Anglican and Catholic rosaries sitting around in need of good homes and hands and some extra cash couldn't hurt so what the heck. And here we are. And here is some of my work.

Aside from here, Flickr, and Etsy, you can also follow my work on Facebook.