Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

So today is Labor Day, doesn't mean as much now as it did a hundred years ago, not even 50 years ago, but it is a nice respite from the day to day... It is not inconvenient that shops are closed....unless you need to buy  the Band kit for school tomorrow, then you are out of luck. We, unfortunately, in the buying of all the other stuff that "Fang" needed for his 50 other classes (yes, I know it is only 7 classes) we forgot to stop by and pick up the kit... We do have the Cornet ready to go. The trumpet is a no go, it still isn't fixed, but maybe later on he will use it. So, I suppose he will be behind a bit? I don't honestly know what the band kit is. I would think it is the clip on music holder, which we have... and maybe cleaner? or who knows...
The first week of school went fine, the first two days were orientation, they went over and over what they wanted the kids to do, indoctrination at it's finest. Will my child obey? Yes, probably so, lockstep with all the other good little GT kids, and I will be happy that he has done so. I act like I am so wild and free, but I was one of those lockstepper as well. I was the good girl, and I just kind of expect him to be the same.... My daughter.... not as much so. She was a great kid, don't get me wrong, but she did have some backbone.

Awww, don't get your knickers in a twist... I would never tell my child to rebel.. but secretly I think I was proud of my daughter for standing up for what she saw as right, even if I didn't agree, she had her principles. My son does as well, but he probably won't say a whole lot.

Good news... he didn't poo in his pants, not once the whole week... lol... we had a good laugh when I asked him if he found the bathrooms and his locker and classes ok, he said yes, I asked if the bathrooms were nicer than his old school... he said I don't know.... why? I ask, ... he says that he didn't go in,..... me~ why? He says that he didn't need to go.... oh, good, then you didn't poo in your pants... LOL... we both laughed.

I made breakfast every morning, and lunches, which he didn't eat the first two days... He said he wasn't hungry, but I am thinking that he just was nervous. Most likely that was it, he said the first day he sat alone, the second his friend from down the street ate with him, I don't know about the rest of the week, he ate, but he didn't elaborate... I am so nervous for him. I want him to have friends, to be popular, to not feel shy... I was, and am... so shy. I know I don't come across as it, but... I am so awkward at making friends. I grew up at a time when bullies were everywhere, and I moved with my family to new schools and I was doomed.

 I was shy, kind of awkward, and I just didn't talk like everyone else.  Kids would "befriend" me just to make me talk to them, which I did, and they would make fun of my accent... or how I dressed, or how I looked... Junior High was wonderful/torture.... I had some friends that were great and  I am still in contact with today, and some 'friends' that were so mean to me. I saw one person on Facebook that I sent a friend request, since I remembered her so well, and she is friends with some of the other ladies that I am friends with... and then I thought about why I remember her so well.... she was so mean to me. UGH... I revoked my friends request...

I know I am over protective, but I want my son to not have those hard times... but.... isn't that what gives us character? I learned....ever so painfully.... how to deal with bullies. It took me a long time, and a lot of heartbreak... but I can deal with them, politely, efficiently, and with little pain now.  My son will have to face that in his own time... and this will be his proving ground.  Hard as it is for me to watch....
I don't think my mother noticed that I had problems in school... My older siblings were so different, they were strong willed and like my older sister, were pretty socially accepted... me, not so much... I was the nerd, the geek  in class... I had my nose in books too often, I was absent a lot, and when I was at school... I actually enjoyed learning ao I was not in the crowd with the kids that were 'cool' so much.... I skipped school with a friend in junior high, one time... it was rebellious I know... but I regretted it after a few minutes... I was ready to go back to class!!! That was pretty much it for me.
I always say that jr hi was hardest, but when we moved when I was in high school, it was  horrid. I was tremendously out of place, and it was pretty obvious that I would never fit in to that school... I had some really wonderful friends, that I am still in touch with, but for the most part, I was an unknown... My husband and I went to school together, and honestly, I remembered him, and he remembered me... How... I have no idea... It was a huge class, it was a huge school... and we didn't have classes together... We never talked...we never hung out at the same events... we never had anything to do with each other, but I wish every day that we had. After 20 years, it was nice to really meet him, to know him, to love him... I want my son to have someone that he has grown up with, that he shares some wonderful memories with to marry.... sigh.... my husband thought it would be wonderful as well, we talked about it when "Fang" was in kindergarten... Yes, we were already planning back then!!!

All will be right in the world.... school will pass quickly, college... career, family... it will all happen in the blink of an eye... and I will be happy. Happy that he grew up so well, and that he will be happy... with kids of his own to reminisce about his junior high days... and how miserable/happy he was.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Junior High School and my son's sense of humor

So it is off to school this morning... first day of Junior High for my baby boy... the last of the litter... sigh...
We started off really well, breakfast and teeth brushing and no wrinkles in the clothes... and hair ... perfect....
My son got ready for school an hour before time to go... I went over the fine points again... those things I have been drilling into him since Kindergarten... no running, write down your locker number and the combination... don't lose your id card... eat your lunch... don't share your locker... never give out the combination... don't just give a half smile and expect the teachers/staff/kids to just know that is your greeting... say hello.... be polite... talk to your friends... bu not in class...

OK, I'm nervous for him...

I told him again what the principle told us the other night, that they expect him to do what they tell him, when they tell him, and to do it the way they tell him...  We're not in elementary anymore, Toto...

Like I need to tell him 90% of this, but he is forgetful, and I am so afraid he will forget his locker number or combination, because that is the most important thing... and the most likely thing he will forget....

So, my friend Kevin drove him to school since I still can't drive. I asked to go along, since I am having anxiety and since the the school is further away than the elementary just down the street... and drop off is dramatically different... We can't walk to and from school now, and he will have athletics early at a different location except for the first two days of school..... sooooo.....
On the way I asked my son what he was going to do today, expecting him to recite what I had told him about the locker....
His reply..

... Not poop in my pants...

So he is OK... he has his humor in tact.... He got me to laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants.... Kevin is shaking his head.... and I am thinking that it is all going to be ok.

I have to go back to work today... earnestly try to catch up on my goals for the month, and try to keep focused on work and not on the clock...though I have the alarm set and will be ready to go back to the school early... not sure why early... but I don't want to be late.   I'll probably bake some cookies, not that he will eat any, but I feel like the first day needs something special... Maybe a toasted cheese sandwich?

So, I'll let you know if the day went well, and if the locker/ combination/ id card are safe... and how the dog reacted to him not being home all day... she usually paces down the hallway a few times to his room when he is gone.  This morning... meh... I think she is tired.  She has just been laying around.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

I've been neglectful of this blog, very much so.

I used to write in my blog nearly every day, but it got to be very sad and full of my own self pity... I quit writing pretty much.
 I at least didn't publish what I wrote...
now that blog is gone and I am really sad. I lost all that was on it.
 I didn't keep anything on paper, and my computer fried, quite literally... and anything I had on it is gone.  That poetry, the postings, whether they were pitiful or not... were mine.
What I wrote was me. What I was feeling, what I wanted to say, what I wanted to let out of my soul.

My husband died suddenly, and way too young. I hurt to my core... I can't even begin to say how much it hurt... there is no quantifying the pain....

It happened at a time that was extremely trying for me personally... after the loss of several loved ones... and at a time that I was very ill... to say the least, I was personally devastated. I felt lost and alone... and had to start my life from nearly scratch again... with a young child... I was terrified as well as heartbroken...

My daughter urged me to write. I did... my blog became a sort of lifeline... whether anyone read it or not, it was a way for me to cleanse my soul of the dark demons and the tears.... and it helped me some. I wrote poetry to my husband... I cried as I did. I wrote poetry to my heart... and I cried as I did... I wrote about what the kids did that day... and I cried.... you get the idea... I cried my way through a whole year...

After a year or so, I finally started to be able to not cry when I wrote anything. The quiet nights weren't so terribly painful... and I was starting to be the person that I had once been... not whole, but more intact than I had been since my husband's passing... and I was able to breath without the sobs...

 I was able to think more than one thought at a time without thinking of him....

 and I realized that I was going to go on without him... though I didn't want to... He was my rock... my foundation, my courage and strength... He completed my being...  We had not had enough time together, we had not done the things we had set out to do... to grow old together, to laugh and love more than ever possible... and... well... just to be together...

There I go again.... crying....

So, I quit writing when I started this blog... I kept it to more of my jewelry, but I just had to include what we were up to...kind of like it had to be written, I tried not to put too much personal stuff in, but it is me writing... and I just can't help myself...  I start writing and boom... there it is...

I don't take as many pictures of my jewelry lately... it has all been of the kids, since they are growing up too fast... I want to keep track of them, but I don't want to post here... but Lori Anderson had a blog hop that let you kind of do both... show what you made and write about someone that inspired you or that you wanted to remember with that jewelry... That was wonderful! I remembered my Mom, who is still with us, but is getting older and less present every passing day... I liked that... being able to feel free to post something about someone that I love... and not feeling guilty about it...

If you haven't read Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things... well, you have missed out... she has blog hops, and writes about jewelry, and.... she has been writing about her journey in the abyss of illness.... She is talented and funny and has a wonderful creative streak... and she has a heart...

Recently, she has been under fire by people who don't want to hear about illness... and, well, my opinion is.... if you don't want to hear about it... don't read. Simple as that solution.

I decided last night... that I am sad that I don't write. Not that I want to write about any illness... but I might... Not that I want to write about anything personal... but I might... Not that I want to write about my family, but I might.... I think writing is good for the soul. It is the last bastion for our creative/personal/soulsearching/gutwrenching/purging/gloriously satisfying outlet... And it should stay that way. If you happen to read a blog and don't like it... move on....

I have read blogs that remind me of someone or something... and I might write about it... I read someone's blog about their father... and it was ME!!! it was my father that she was talking about.. I don't even remember who it was... but I loved that it reminded me so much of my father... I wrote about him, and I am sure someone out there thinks... she is plagiarizing... but I wasn't.... it was my father... down to the T... and I put it into me... I am sorry if someone didn't like it... but... that was what I was thinking about.... Not jewelry... not creating.... but my dad.

Tonight, I am thinking about school....  Junior High to be specific... not from someones blog but because my son is starting to school on Monday morning.... and this is the last free weekend that we will have... I am afraid until he is out of college... Oh, I know, he will have tons between now and then, but will he? Will he want to spend them with me?  I feel like he is grown up... We had orientation on Thursday night... and the Principle told me that my son doesn't want me to come to eat lunch with him... and that he is going to be fine... and responsible.... OK, so she was talking to the group of three hundred parents (give or take a few) and not exactly to me... but that he is growing up and will be ok... I have to take that as true... and keep telling myself over and over again.. it will be ok... it will be ok....

My own Junior High experience still haunts me to this day... It was the general 7-9th grade experience that most kids have... with the crazy schedules... feeling awkward, sticky locks on lockers... running to classes through overcrowded hallways,... trying to stay away from bullies... trying to live through gym class... trying to figure out boys... trying to grow up... trying to fit in... wanting to be a kid/grownup all in the same minute...

I want to homeschool my son....

I want to build a cocoon around him and not let him out until he is maybe 30?

Sigh...

I suppose he will start school on Monday and he will love the experience... he will have fun and have tons of friends, and he will excel in his classes and golf and band... and will go on to High School and do the same... and then college... and then in his career... and marriage... and kids... and my heart wants that for him... I want him to be the best he can be... and to let the sky be the limit. He has the heart and brains to be what ever in life he wants to be... with a little effort, he will be great!!!

and I miss him already... but in a good way... He is growing up. He is doing what he is supposed to be doing...

sigh....

So...

For me... I am going to start writing again... for me... to help me over the anxiety... to help me over the bad days that I am not able to do anything .... for me on the days that I feel creative and just want to write...

Sorry, if you don't want to hear any of that... please move on... I will... And think a bit about how you treat each other.... kindness is a rare commodity nowadays... to give it is such a sweet gift...


Friday, July 11, 2014

I know it is last minute, but go by http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2014/07/calling-all-seed-beaders-book-giveaway.html and sign up for the free beading book giveaway! Lori Anderson is graciously giving away this book and it is a great one!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer at last!

If you are here for BSBP8---Please scroll down one post :)
If not...



Summer is finally here and with it come all sorts of surprises! Like…
We had a rattle snake in our back yard…
Tons of rain and hail all within an hour…
12 year old’s birthday party- ice skating and dinner followed by arcade…
Ok, so the birthday wasn’t a surprise, but the ice skating was… I hadn’t planned on doing much of anything for this birthday, it is sadly on the same day as it was 6 years ago when my husband passed away. My son asked to have the party at the house, but I used every excuse in the book not to have it here. In the end, we did bring all the kids back and they had a really fun time playing outside with the Nerf guns and then a quick football game, then it rained… and hailed…
Not much else on the homefront, I have been working bit by bit, doing some metal work, wanting to teach my son as much as I can but sadly he really isn’t that interested. I started him on chainmaille last December and thought he was really excited about it, but….
So, I have been cutting out earrings and pendants out of copper and brass, doing as many as I can  and then working on enameling them or maybe just putting a patina on them. I like enameling but I’m not that great at it. I just can’t seem to get the right temperature for the right amount of time with the torch and I have a small beehive kiln that is great, but… I am pretty messy, I got  a little bit of glass powder on the brick and fused my pendant onto the brick… sigh… I just don’t know how to keep it from shifting when I place the piece into  the kiln. Either placing it on the brick when it is open or using a little metal spatula… I just can’t seem to keep it steady or not bump it with my finger or drop it… ugh… I just don’t think I have what it takes to do enameling. Maybe I could swap out with someone that loves enameling and doesn’t like to do something I can.  I am getting better at sawing. I have been practicing a lot. I know I have a long way to go but it really is getting easier.
I don’t have a picture to post of the work in progress… well… OK , so I do, I am just too lazy to get up and find my camera.  I am so sleepy right now. I have had a headache all day for the past two days and the birthday party didn’t help. I haven’t slept well in a while and I am getting a bit cranky.
If I get up in the morning and am not as cranky, I’ll put a picture up with this. … don’t hold your breath!!!

I like the way the skulls turned out... they will be necklace and earrings
So.....here are a couple of pics...
Don't laugh! My first try with this enamel... on copper, one of my first sawed pieces.

I added silver dimensional paint to this for his collar

I was going for a orange and yellow color scheme here... more yellow here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party~~~~~ The Reveal!


First of all, I really would like to thank Lori Anderson, who masterminded this blog hop. She has been an inspiration to a lot of us and she deserves a lot of credit to have gotten this big side show off  the ground!  I say side show, it is more like a whole circus. We have clowns, like me, that play around with beads, and we have lion tamers that tame molten glass into submission and make beads, we have acrobats, like my partner, Skylar Bre'z,  that perform the daring feats with the beads. So sit back and enjoy the show!

the great soup that Skylar sent to me!
It's here!!!
The reveal for the 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party!!!!!!!!
Yes, I am excited. I have been since sign ups and I am so happy to have been partnered with Skylar Bre'z. She has great taste and knew just what I would love and I have had the most fun playing with the beads she sent to me.


The soup that Skylar sent to me was really a wonderful array of gems. There are pearls, howlite, copper, glass, and a vast mix of crazy pretty beads. Then there is the hank of yarn, that beautiful bound bunch of beauty!  I had so much fun with it, and will for a while, because I used it sparingly. A snippet here and a snippet there... wanting to use it in every piece, but not wanting to overdo it!
I took pieces with me to work on when I went to Beadfest Texas, but honestly, I didn't have time to work much, but I did find some beads and stuff to go along with the soup. Of course I couldn't pass up the pretty hank of hand spun yarn to make the necklace with the copper shell bead and then I found the nautilus shell at Sonoran Beads and little odds and ends that, well, just screamed for me to add to the array. So what I ended up with is a mix of things I had, things I thought were perfect, and things that I just really needed to buy, like the crazy acrylic coral that just set off the set...
Here are my pieces, in no certain order... I made several, I guess I thought I needed to do justice to everything Skylar sent, but really, I didn't. I didn't do the beautiful pieces justice. I just had fun with them, and I didn't get around to finishing everything... I still have a mostly finished "memory" necklace that I just haven't had time to finish up... and a bracelet that I really wanted to get done, but I had other obligations, but will finish soon... and then the glass cabochon with the white daisy in blue and black.I have all the beads set aside and will work on that as soon as school is out   
Earrings to match the Nautilus necklace
The nautilus shell in copper is probably one of my favorite beads, it is really pretty and goes well with my love for shells and all things waterborne. I found the glass Whelk shell and little octopi, along with the glass nautilus shell at Beadfest Texas at the Sonoran Beads booth. I think they went perfect with this. The yarn as well came from that show, from Bernadette Fuentes, who sells this beautiful yarn and also has gorgeous glass beads. She was so sweet and showed me some of her samples and let me ooh and ahhh over her work!
So this necklace was born. It started out with some knitted wire as well, but I decided that it was just a little too much, and took it off, though I used it in the crocheted necklace with the silver focal.      The earrings were just fun!
The lady smelling roses cabochon from Skylar just needed to have a pretty bunch of beadwork around it, I liked the look of the copper oval beads and the reds and oranges to pull out the color of the picture. I used more of the yarn, kind of loosely knotted around the beads. I made two sets of earrings to go with it, and then did a watch as well… what can I say, I’ll probably wear this necklace some!
Purple People Eater
Then there is this one! The purple people eater as I like to call him! It is so cute, it is one that I wasn’t sure how to use, I don’t normally use pendants like this, it's so cute and funky! It reminds me of something that my daughter would do, and that is fun! The painting is great; I am ashamed to say that I have lost the card that came with it identifying the maker. I am so sorry. Maybe Skylar will fill in that blank. I used chain out of the soup and the bar part of one of the clasps and beaded the rest of the clasp. I had these great hex beads that I really wanted to use, but I didn’t like the peyote chain that I made, nor did I like the right angle weave chain, the piece just needed a few beads to make it stand out.
The blue spiral is my favorite I think, though it didn’t come out very well, I used the beads I had on hand to do the bead embroidery, and they were for the most part, pretty crap. I didn’t take the time to sort them, just used what was there, and they show it. But even at that, I like the pattern and will probably take it apart and do another one just like it, using more even beads, and maybe more of the yarn. There is just a bit of yarn on this one, in the ‘chain’.
The crocheted yarn necklace is the one that came first, I just couldn't wait to do something with that beautiful yarn and thought about that focal, the only thing I could think of was to use part of the yarn that was turquois-ish and wire wrap it as the chain. The clasp is one that I had
                                  Then there is the large glass bead, I wanted to use it so bad that I couldn't hardly stand it! Several tries and I didn't like anything that I made. Silk just didn't look good, bead weaving didn't look good, beads alone didn't look good... I thought about just clear line and the bead as the only visible component! It ended up that I did like the silk but it was really bare, I thought about crochet, using the ribbon of silk like thread, but it was still too bare. and the thought of having some wooly thread came to mind, well, I do have tons of wool... and... well, I liked the silk so I just added some roving to the ribbon and crocheted it into the chain. Adding jump rings and some beads, well... it was just right. The earrings are as daring as I will go at asymmetric, I used matching beads and added wool 'beads' and love them!

By the way... did I mention that Skylar sent some yarn?

 Ok, I guess you get it that I love this stuff!!!

Go by Lori Anderson's page (Pretty Things) and see the rest of the list for the other blog party members... SO MANY beautiful designs I am sure... I'll be spending the next week ogling and awwwwing over the  work of so many great designers!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

wonderful weekend so far

We spent the weekend with my daughter... what a fun time. My son and my daughter are funny together, they laugh and cut up even with the difference in age. My son likes to give her a hard time, picks on her and really would have loved to have been just a few years apart in age.
As always, we romped around with the dogs, they don't get along, well, her dog loves our dog, just not the reverse... but they played together pretty well. I just had to post this picture... not of my daughter, that would be normal... me, I'm not so much normal!
My grandpuppy... he's such a big sweety!


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop~~

There is a slight hiccup with the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal that is set for this weekend, nothing major, but it is delayed by a week. There are a bunch of people sighing with relief right now! ha.
I have several pieces done but haven't had the chance to photograph them yet, other than the process. We have had wind and more wind, I know I should build a light box, but hey, I love natural light.
Anyway, I am kind of sighing myself, this will give the weather here a chance to settle down, and for me to either photograph outside or find a reasonable place to do it inside.... I haven't written the blog yet, I know what I want to say, I just procrastinate and I finished the cloak I was working on, and I need to clean house, run errands and do a million and ten things... so this is actually a good thing!
Lori Anderson is quite upset with herself, having to postpone, is hard for her, but we are all big girls here (sorry if there are any guys in the hop) and we can roll with whatever comes. Really. REALLY! If you can't deal with a delay, then you might not have a good grip on reality. Things happen, life happens, we all have times when we are overwhelmed with it... so no big deal!
The new reveal is set for May 10... I am so excited, like Christmas morning coming and I have presents under the tree!!!  I want to tease and pique interest in the event so here are a couple of pictures that will give you an idea of what I have for the blog hop....
Come back next week to see what  else there is... oooooo I can't wait!!!



Friday, April 25, 2014

This Doesn't Count as BSBP

This past month, or maybe a little more than a month, our lives have been turned upside down and over again, and then some. I've tried to pretend that we are ok here, and that there isn't any need to panic... but.... PANIC!!!
Events happen that you don't plan for, even if you plan, they are not always going to go the way you planned. Like death.
Like illness...plumbing, wiring, dishwashers...
Like old age...
We have had a series of events in the family, and in friends and well, just the day to day  running of our lives that make me stop and scratch my head and say ... what next.  You know my Father-in-Law passed away, well, that seemed like the beginning, well, nope, it was after several other events.. but that was one of the toughest events in recent history. Then we had illness, trips, more illness, my Mother, and more illness, and well... the bumps in the road just seem to keep coming.
I have neglected most of my work, hoping for a break in the action, but it seems that I just don't catch a break.
I suppose everyone knows that I don't put a lot of planning into my work anyway. I pretty much work on a whim. I figure out as I go, and I don't do much more than a sketch of what I want something to be when it is finished... and usually it doesn't even turn out to be what I sketched... and sometimes I sketch out really detailed-down-to-the-bead and seem to not ever be able to finish those. I'll put them away and just never finish them, because I feel constrained to not change the thing. I feel like I can't go outside the box so to speak.
Heaven help me though if I don't write something down... like an idea, a way to work out a problem, or that solution to a tricky math problem that just pops into my head... because if I have to stop and do something else and come back to a project... I have probably already forgotten what I was doing.
I do that all the time.
I was working on a cloak for a lady when my Father-in-Law passed away, then I had a trip, then illness, and by the time I had a day to work on it, I had forgotten how to insert the pockets and leave an opening a well on a reversible cloak... I know how to do that. No... come to think of it, how do you do that?
The same with my jewelry, if I have an idea.. .I can pull the beads and findings, attach a little note and will probably remember what the concept is.  If I don't sketch it down and kind of show myself what I was thnking of, I will never get around to working on the project.
I have some beads that have set on a shelf for a few years now, because I can't remember what I bought them for. But then again... isn't that restraining to me, to keep them thinking that I will eventually know what I bought them for in the first place? Shouldn't I just use them and get it over with? Yeah, I probably should. I just leave them though... thinking it will pop into my head like that math problem.
So just to be fair, I took some beads off the shelf and made myself use them. I have had these for a while now and I can't believe that I am using them  for a project that isn't what I had planned on... And to be fair, I wouldn't have except that I wanted to use some of my BSBP beads... I thought they would be pretty with some green... and they are.
This is not a project for the BSBP.... but maybe it is? I am after all using some of the pearls from the stash that Skylar Bre'z sent. I love them and will have enough for a few more projects. I used them sparingly. That's why I say this isn't really the BSBP project... I just felt good today and thought to keep myself busy and somewhat out of trouble... I'd make myself a necklace and matching bracelet. I can't physically do much right now, and I'm having another bout of problems with my eye. Sooo....


I haven't yet gotten back to the cloak, My mind has been on it, and I figured out how to finish it, and I wrote it down and sketched it out so I can't forget! ... but just haven't been physically able to be up and do the work. Probably will have my Mom again this weekend and it seems to wear me out worse and worse every visit. She isn't that big a problem, but it is like having another kid in the house. I feel like I can't just sit and work and ignore her. She has to have her medications and needs help to get dressed and I still keep an eye on her if she needs to go to the bathroom. I am always afraid that she will trip over the dog, the rug, the threshold, the bathroom rug... sigh...
I guess I worry too much.
I am hoping to be able to get back to work in earnest the first of next week, and to finish up my BSBP pieces. I have several in the works, and yes, I will use the rest of the pearls on one of the pieces and if there is time... will make a matching pair of earrings and maybe a bracelet with the leftovers...