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Category: For fun

Playing with pearls

I’ve just sent out a newsletter. If you missed it, you can see it here and maybe sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out in future. I try to keep the newsletter news and the blog posts a bit different, though not all the time, of course. The newsletter was to give people a sneak peek of my new cover for MARRY IN SCARLET, and because Berkley jumped the gun and have popped it on some sites already, I showed newsletter readers the draft of the cover and the final result.

I also announced that I have a new contract and am playing with ideas for a new series. My editor wants to talk over my ideas with me in January, so I’ve been writing snippets and brainstorming ideas. I don’t have a shortage of ideas — that’s never my problem. The difficulty is in deciding which ideas to go ahead with, which ideas excite me most, and which ideas will hit the spot with readers.

Often when I’m pondering writing or story issues I fiddle with beads, making things, and often experimenting with techniques. I really enjoy making jewelry and ornaments from beads, pearls, semi-precious gemstones and fimo — all kinds, in fact.

The ones in the picture on the right are what I came up with yesterday — trying out a new-to-me technique. The pearls on the black cord are real pearls, mostly leftovers from past projects, and the ones in the ball shape are glass pearls. 

I’m trying to decide whether to make the round ball a Christmas ornament, or a dangly pendant to wear on a chain or a cord. It’s about 5cms (2 inches)  in diameter. Oh, decisions, decisions . . . 

 

Here’s a necklace and earrings I made a few weeks ago. The beads are stone, a kind of jasper — I think they were labelled  “blue sea sediment jasper”.  I’ve had them for ages, but hadn’t decided what to do with them. Then I realized they would go really well with a new top I had, so out came my beading tools.

You might notice that the little earrings in the middle don’t have hooks on them — just a loop so I can pop them onto my sleepers. When I make earrings for other people I attach them to hooks. But not if they’re for me. In the days when I used to wear hooks, I lost so many earrings — usually only one. Now, attached to my sleepers,  I rarely lose any.

Getting Dressed in 1816

Below is the link to another fun video of a woman getting dressed, this time in 1816, which is more of less the time my books are set in. In addition, there’s a little bit about Mary Shelley, who at the tender age of 19, penned the immortal story of Frankenstein. So it’s perfect timing for Hallowe’en.

But I’m back to having trouble embedding the video into my blog, so you’ll have to click on the link, (and put up with the ads, sorry.)

And here are two images of  gorgeous black regency-era dresses — mourning dresses — embroidered black net over white muslin (probably), just to get you in the mood.

Eating together

I shared this on my FaceBook pages but thought I’d like to post it here as well. In my shared household days we often combined with neighbors to share food and company. It’s a good reminder to us all.

And after so many attempts to make a video show up on the blog page, I finally seem to have cracked it. 
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.