A Chronicle of Things I Love and Things I Make

Things I Love and Things I Make

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Carey Agates, Smokey Quartz, Pyrite and Gold

Working on new pieces for Spring

The coolest person I ever met.

When I was in 5th grade, we travelled to Norway to trace my father's roots and I encountered the coolest person I'd ever met. I remember her bright yellow mini skirt, clean white shirt, great haircut, and tanned skin. We had the last name of "R√łkke" in common, but not much else. Her name was Gro: she was a natural beauty, she was kind to a starry eyed 10-year old, and she was wearing a beaded necklace she had made herself. As a parting gift, she gave me a box full of multicolored seed beads, which I have to this day. It was the start of my love affair with beads.

Still saving these for something?!

Thanks Gro! (I’m still aspiring to your level of cool…)

Graphics Necklaces in the shop soon!

Walnut Shelves Part II

Shelf. Installed. In love.

Friday, January 27, 2012

As seen in Portland...

Tiny trees etched onto paint on a telephone pole. 
Do you see them?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Answer to #6, and #24 on the Survey:

Custom made 8' long, 3" thick, cantilevered, walnut shelves for our bedroom. A work in progress by my talented husband.

(Also a late birthday present which I have not stopped whining about since August.)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Good Place to Start.

Every year, my husband and I fill out an "End of Year" survey. It's the perfect combination of goals for the new year and remembrance of the year past. After we're done, we read them to each other, which is the best part. We are always surprised at some of the other's answers.

I've reproduced the survey here. You can copy and paste it and fill it out for yourself or for sharing with a loved one.

Part of my answer for #2: Start a blog for maeflydesign.

End of Year Survey

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

2. Did you keep your new year’s goals, and what are your goals for this year?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What places did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

9. What was your biggest failure?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Where did most of your money go?

13. What did you get really excited about?

14. What event will always remind you of 2011?

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder?
– thinner or fatter?
– richer or poorer?

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

18. How did you spend your free time?

19. What was your favorite TV program?

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

22. What was your favorite meal of the year?

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

26. What kept you sane?

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.