Sunday, April 29, 2007







Here is the latest bead I've been working on, a flying castle! Its really rough right now, but the next step is to sharpen up all the straight edges and smooth out the walls. I like the idea of tiny
worlds that travel with you. I like to imagine that if you look into one of the windows, you could be transported into another world. I know I was talking about new clasps...its just a pain to design, they have to be absolutely secure, or theres no point. Ive purchased several lovely bracelets (by reputable designers) and found the clasps less than dependable. Which is irritating and the main reason I like making my own. So Im still sketching.


I just got a new sewing machine (a little Singer 7442) and I have to say, why did I suffer my old garbagey machine for so long? Had I realized that most machines don't bunch your thread and sew utterly wonky stitches I might have done it sooner, but I thought this was normal. I am a novice. My mama can sew anything and is completely annoyed with my skill level, she says "I don't know why you can't sew - you see me do it all the time!" which is like asking someone why they can't drive when they've been riding around in a car for half their lives. Anyway, I love it and plan to make Azalea and I all kinds of strange clothes. I've already mended two skirts!

Friday night Azalea, Steve and I went downtown to join the weekly drum circle. Steve is amazing on the drums and we had fun watching (me) and dancing (baby girl). We walked down to the Chocolate Fetish and picked up some fleur de sel caramels and a variety of truffles. My new favorite is the dark chocolate basil pistachio - absolute heaven! The aztec pleasures (cayenne and cinnamon w/ dark chocolate) is pretty amazing. I feel chocolates add happiness to almost every occasion and a drum circle is no different. It was a lot of fun to watch Azalea playing with shakers and chasing other kids. Being surrounded by so much music inspires me, I feel more productive. Maybe Greg will teach me to play the guitar ( in our spare time :) ).






10 comments:

Andrew Thornton said...

Oh, how I love the Chocolate Fetish. I still think about the time that I almost got a job there. Perhaps now that I'm a rootless tree, I'll see if they have a job opening.

I think the next sewing machine that I get will have to be an industrial one. Mainly because with what I use mine for... I really need the extra power to have a needle go through hundreds of layers of paper that have been slathered with medium.

Christina said...

I love the castle! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Jenny said...

Please tell Steve I said hello and I hope he's doing well.

Jenny said...

I also love your castle bead...very cool.

whimsymoon said...

How beautiful Cynthia! You always amaze me with your ideas! So cool!

Andrew Thornton said...

I have an idea for a class that we could teach with this new bead in particular. It'll be called, "Story Necklaces."

Basically you select a grouping of beads, and create a narrative about what the necklace depicts. For instance, you could dangle this bead with a cluster of pearls or moonstone or opalescent glass, making a cloud and use the bird toggle and the flying heart bead to write a story about a maiden who lives in the floating castle who speaks the language of birds and can only send messages through spells and incantations. Or something like that.

Anyway, it would be an exercise in creative writing and stringing.

Jean said...

I really love this future bead. I want to see it on your site!

Gaia said...

How clever and beautiful!
I love this castle bead and I'd love to have one to wear... :)

Gaia

Serena said...

I love this bead! It makes me think of the anime movie Howl's Moving Castle. Do you know this Dutch themepark 'De Efteling' ?
There is one attraction called 'Dreamflight'. During the ride you see wonderfull forests with elves, trolls, fairies, but also planets with castles and houses on them. The whole ride is one big fairytail! i think you and your family will love it and will also give a lot of inspiration. So..if you're ever passing Holland, you know what to do! Kind regards, Serena Verbon (from the netherlands)

Cynthia Thornton said...

That sounds like the best kind of park! Right up my alley! Yet another reason to go to holland (besides the flowers)!