Hello friends. How are you all? I'm really good, whiny me hasn't been around lately.
I remembered how to brooch a little bit! Not too shabby.
Rückkehrunruhe- n. the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness-Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Fitzcarraldo- n. an image that somehow becomes lodged deep in your brain-Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
So as you see, a lot of earring-ing happening.
Ubuntu- (Bantu) African philosophy roughly translated, "I am what I am because of who we all are."
These adorabuttons, a gift from Linda of TeapotsandTelephones.
Willowisp- also will-o'-the-wisp, or ignis fatuus (Latin: "foolish fire") is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers away from safe paths.
Those are my polies, I made 'em, that's right, me... I did.
Gotta keep churning these out, give the people what they want. Plus they're way fun to make, so.
Like these three pairs, I didn't even have a chance to list them before they sold. So I went to ebay and got the grungiest old ruined necklaces and when they arrived I jumped and squee'd while bits of their pearl finishes flew off around me. Sealing and waxing time, is what it is.
Mutalibun- (Arabic) treasure hunters
I love this thing. I just went and upped the price a few bucks when I remembered all the work that went into this.
Ambedo- n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details-Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
And look at this glorious bit of wrist candy! I know you know who made that focal. I know I don't have to tell you.
Barakah - (Arabic) a beneficent force from God that flows through the phystical and spiritual spheres in the forms of prosperity, protextion and happiness.
This sweet lariat has a Buddhist dorje/vajra and a Christian sacred heart and this pleases me.
Keta- n. an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past.-Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
This thing is simple and minimal and this pleases me as well. I'm easily pleased though.
Gigil- (Tagolog) The thrill that accompanies a strong urge to lay your hands on something, while possibly holding yourself back from doing so, such as the urge to pinch a baby's cheek.
OK, this is not little and dainty. It's a remake of a mess of a thing I had up a while back, but I am thrilled with it now.
I also have available two other special necklaces which I haven't gotten around to listing yet.
These two necklaces were featured in The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter and they're all about my ruminations about the universe as my conscious flits through the galaxies. They're chock-full of special bits that I'll eventually get around to explaining. Like the long dangle on the left here is a vintage Japanese printer's stamp with the word for 'rare' on it.
And this one which shows how within each of us is just a conscious looking out into the vastness. Kinda thing.
Someone sent me a picture of a glass case they have just to display some baubles they got from me.
OK, the image is super blurry but I just thought it was so sweet, especially considering the bracelet there is something I made, if I remember correctly, about 50 years ago.
It never stops surprising me that pieces I sold and sent off ages ago still continue to exist outside of my awareness. It's as silly to be surprised by that as it is to be surprised by the passage of time, which is the only thing in the universe that is 100% predictable. And yet we do that everyday. What's wrong with us? I think our brains were not made to last this long, seeing as how when we evolved we were meant to be dead by 30.
Cheery thoughts by fancifuldevices...
Palate cleanser- this awesome art show called Strike Away, Curated by Courtney Cerruti and Alicia Dornadic at Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids.
It's all matchbooks!!!! Squee-ing is not enough for this level of cuteness!!!
Click for bigs. If you search #strikeaway on Instagram you can see much more.
I'm having trouble picking just a few to show here. Also there's so many different kinds and I'm afraid I'm just going for the cute ones...
This closet one? All the little paper clothes are removable and unfold-able!!!!
OK, finally, check out this flight simulator:
And this obstacle course:
Coming up on our next episode:
I will drown you in a sea of bracelets.