As mentioned in my last post, I gave up Facebook for Lent this year. Anyone who knows me is aware of my propensity to banter and muse at an alarmingly frequent level and I am often told by my friends that they look forward to my posts for a good chuckle if not a split in the side. The good thing about Facebook is that in it's own capacity it keeps me connected with people who are genuinely near and dear to me - cousins, siblings, uncles, old friends, new friends - but what happens is you go on for one thing and it just spirals from there. I guess for me it's kind of like being the compulsive shopper who walks in to a store for one thing and leaves with enough for three people. Anyway, I decided to give it up all together except for Sundays (which are feast days in lent and exempt from your fast), going on only to update the DST fan page. I love the sense of peace that the free time has brought to me. I write in my journal more, read more, seeing friends in person more, and of course beading a whole lot more. My last post mentioned being in a better place to concentrate on my business and I am feeling better about it every day. Over the past two weeks I was lucky enough to have five sales - two of which were custom orders. And, a friend of mine from High School (re-connected for almost two years via...Facebook) has ordered two custom first communion pieces for her son and goddaughter and also passed on my information to a friend who's son is in CCD class with her's. All of this is certainly encouraging and I am looking forward to continuing the momentum. I took some of the money from the recent sales and ordered some great parts from some of my favorite sites, and will be posting some new work soon. For now, here is some work made over the last week or so (I've been busy!).
Anglican rosary - brown/gray mottled jasper with orange painted wood and copper accents
Anglican rosary - black onyx and black/blue blown glass with black stone cross
Catholic one decade pocket rosary - smoky quartz and desert jasper
Catholic one decade pocket rosary - blue/gray labradorite
Anglican rosary - brown mottled jasper with carved animal bone and wood Celtic cross - a personal favorite!
Anglican rosary - wood with red glass