This entry, which I thought I would be able to throw up here (well not "throw up", but "throw up in a casual manner", if you get the difference), has been a long time a'comin'.
There have been good things and not as good things happening today. Mostly good, but there has been much work going on here. Here is how today went down and what I have been learning about life, work, and jewelry making.
First of all, diary, (may I call you Celeste? because I just got an offer to review something by Celeste and I can't wait to get it...it is a serum which is going to make me look like I am 25 or so, praise be!
Anyway, Celeste? I got up at 5 AM. I couldn't go back to sleep...so I got up again at 5:30 AM. This was not so great for my state of mind...as I also had to get up at 6 AM, and then chose to get up at 6:30 AM and at 7 AM.
CELESTE! THIS SCHEDULE OF MY devising IS UNACCEPTABLE.
how the heck am I supposed to look "dewey" (not the president) and youthful if I have to keep such harsh hours?
I bet none of you READING THIS had clue one what Dewey looked like. Here he is.
Passable in appearance actually, unless you do that thing where you look at the left side of his face (OK, looking) as you look at him, and then split his visage and look at the RIGHT SIDE. (OMGOSH!!! I think I have said enough!!! Serial murderer city!). Or maybe it is the other way around!
So Celeste, I got up at 5, 5:30, 6:00. 6:30, and that was all she wrote--I stayed up. I was tired by 7 today!
In total, in preparing for cleaning the house, I took approximately 12 bags of garbage out, which I spun out of thin air,like magic. I was not kidding around.
I got Dylan off to work, and stuffed Jim and Ian in Jim's and my bedroom, where they both slept, as our dear friends Ophie, Jose, Erica and I cleaned the heck out of the house.
It was great! It was a spring cleaning in February!
I am not THE ONE, as far as loving cleaning, normally. Jim is. But Jim felt sick.So I became the chosen one today, and it was actually very rewarding, It felt as if I were spring cleaning my mental state, and that was good, because here comes the point of this laborious post: I have been learning a new jewelry technique. In fact, I have to rush to make 5 bracelets which are good... no... perfect!, by Monday of next week ... and after that, I will be making 50 more.
Hey Celeste, hahahaha, jean doesn't make 50 stuffs. But for this one thing, she DOES. And at the bead store where I am getting the components, they already know that I am going to be making 50 of their bracelets (it is their design, and I will expose all when I have completed one well enough, but not yet).
The thing is, I am ambidextrous and a left handed person who makes my jewelry with my right hand dominant, even though I write and draw left handed. It really mixes me up a bit when I study jewelry instructions. Yesterday, I even went so far as to say to my sister that I am "dyslexic". She argued vociferously in favor of me not being dyslexic, but she really can't understand what it is like to not be able to "see" what other people see...
I must remake things, such as chain maille, up to 100 times if I need to, and I HAVE. And weaving these sweet bracelets is very similar in learning style to when I learned and finally mastered chain maille.
Here is the reason: there is a right way and a wrong way to make a piece of chain maille, and there is a right way, and a wrong way, to weave macrame. I was never able to knit because of this. You goof when you knit; you have to rip it all out.
Same with chain maille. Same, I am learning, with macrame.
When you see the photos I am about to show you, you will see that I am beginning to get it after a really deliciously awful start where it couldn't have been worse if I had PLANNED IT.
THAT IS WHY I AM SO ANXIOUS to get the house in shape, clear the decks and just work intensely on these bracelets, and make 5 by next Monday. I am going to a "cousins' reunion" and I can't wait to make my cousins and my sister and myself some cute and pretty bracelets.
I know I can do this by Monday.
The next fifty (hahahahaha) will be due in June for a school reunion. I think I actually have the dress I wore to my 10th anniversary school reunion up in our attic! If I can find it, it will be 1979 style Talbot's, and as I recall it is ditsy printed blue and white. I will wash it and wear it! HAHAHAH, Here it is 2014...I think going to my reunion bearing 50 perfect bracelets and an ancient dress from 1979 ( I was class of 1969 , Celeste!) is going to be beyond fun!
Mine wasn't cool like this. It was very
conservative. You can get this one here
if you like it.
Come to think of it, if I can't find my 1979 dress up in the attic, maybe I will go back in time to 1969
, my actual graduation year, and get a mod dress from one of my all time fav decades, the '60's! Yeah!
So here is my jewelry progress so far: try not to laugh...
first attempt at a bracelet: 4 hours
this cord is peridot and the beads are silver and there is no, repeat NO, discernible pattern.
Yes this is pretty excruciating but the worst part of all is that I literally couldn't understand what I was doing AT ALL, and why it didn't look like the video for the four or five hours I toiled at this
People, if you haven't seen the actual design, maybe this looks OK, but wait.
Here is attempt number two...let's call this, "jean is beginning to get it but later this week when
you see the real thing you will see that this, too, is NOT RIGHT".
attempt two: 5 HOURS
I even changed colors to get a fresh perspective...
even if you have never knotted cord or woven macrame...the balance not quite right.
It is wide; it is thin...and so on and so forth, I suppose if all my friends were stoned it would not matter but not a one of the class of 69 and certainly not my cousins and sister sit around and smoke weed,dang it. Wouldn't you just know it! They would all be loving these if they were stoners. Heck!
This last photo uses a flash as the sun was setting (why was I torturing myself by chronicling my mistakes???), and I still
had not completed one bracelet.
This is my hand posing with the incomplete bracelet
. I title this one,
"Not Even Clooooose"
I am looking forward to beating this, Celeste.
I have sufficient time...and more importantly, as one of my
mentors in photography always discusses...I have the commitment
To have the commitment is far more crucial to success than wondering if you have the time or not.
I truly believe this. Unless you have no time at all. Then you are--well, why are you doing what you are doing? Good grief, that is just so wrong.
So yeah, these are pretty awful, but the second one is a LOT less awful than the first one, and the third one, which I haven't yet made...well just you wait. That third one, which I will make tomorrow, is going to be perfect
. It is called learning by doing.
And that one will be able to be worn on the wrist of someone other than me.. That is how good it will be. :)
So that is it for tonight.
This was the day I got ready to get ready for making it RIGHT, Celeste.
See you tomorrow!
Labels: Dear Diary by your friend jean. the great jewelry struggle, the process of learning