Monday, June 18, 2012

Eyes bigger than my stomach..or something like that.

I'm back from my week long vacation!  The last blog post I left you with detailed the zillion things I planned to accomplish.  Hmmm..Riiigght.  Might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew ;)

For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from "eyes bigger than my stomach" type behavior.  In my mind, I always seem to be able to accomplish an infinite number of things in a finite period of time.  Sadly, in practice, things move a little slower.

However, I did get an excellent jump start on things and, more importantly, got a plan in place to work from.

Here are a few highlights from my week:

I FINALLY got my tattoo :)  I've agonized over this for years (I tend to be mercurial about certain things, and I was terrified that I would make the wrong choice, or choose something I wouldn't love forever.  The permanence scared me.)  However, I sketched this design, which was vastly improved upon by my friend Bill who did the beautiful work you see below.  It's about 4.5" tall on my left shoulder.  Beyond the obvious "Snow White" reference, it means several other things to me as well.  The bird represents a free spirit and happiness, the apple is symbolic of wisdom and Aphrodite (Goddess of Love), and the "Once Upon a Time" ribbon is a nod to my love of literature.  All in all, it's pretty perfect.

This was taken just after it was done, so still a bit red and swollen ;)

I also started work on a number of projects.  I found a giant bag of dominoes at a yard sale and am using them to create a new line of jewelry for the shop.  Here are a few pendants and brooches in progress.

I did a lot of "studying" this week as well.  In addition to researching few things I plan to bring to the blog, I did a lot of research on figure drawing, hoping to design some jewelry/accessories and maybe even fabric inspired by the Pin up Plan.  Take a look at the wonderful books I purchased below.  They are real treasures!

The illustrations in this are amazing.  All from the 1940's.  Amazon
Barnes and Noble

I also had my scanner repaired, so keep an eye out here on the blog for some vintage magazine and pattern scans!

Hugs and Smooches,


  1. Eeee first tattoo! Nice work! The domino / key jewellery looks fantastic too :)

    1. Thanks :) I can see why people say they're addictive! I'm already thinking I'd like to add a little bird with a needle and thread in it's mouth on the other shoulder ;-)


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