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I hope you all had decent and unstressful holidays without any family conflict. I also hope you don't have any dumb old resolutions and just do the things you want to do whenever you want to do them.Delicate black necklace, rustic handmade by fancifuldevices “Love at Night”
Love at Night
There didn't used to be resolutions when I was little. Not to sound like a grumpy old ass by saying that, which I do. I just mean it's not like some ancient tradition, it's more of a trend. And since now people realize they don't work, it's the era of the funny resolution.

“If love be blind it, best agrees with night.”
—Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I got together with some friends and shared stories about New Year's when we were little.
Artisan necklace in dusty salmon by fancifuldevices - "John the Baptist"
John the Baptist
My friend's parents would put on the New York Times Square celebration on TV. Of course New York is an hour ahead of Chicago but the kids didn't know that. So they'd do the New York countdown all excited and then put them to bed.

This necklace is actually a remake of an earlier one that didn't sell but I think it really needed another more focal-y focal.

OK, this isn't a resolution but it's a good one:

Sterling silver hoop earrings with polymer clay art beads- “Seeking Surrender”
Seeking Surrender
I featured two of my absolute favorites from my Broken Rainbows series here with these sterling silver hoops SacredCake gifted to me.

Which brings me to my other humbug point: Christmas presents are a sucky concept, unless they're for kids under 10. Adult gift-giving is ridiculous. Unless it's a gift certificate to a store you know they love. After you've seen a two-year-old freak out over a hunk of plastic, everything else is such a let down. Not to mention how I cringe every time I have to open another well-intentioned present.
Addendum. Artisan earrings with polymer clay art beads and ancient Roman glass.  
Those are my rants. The above are a pair of earrings that I switches the lever-backs for long sterling hooks and I think they look much better.
Rustic handmade brooch in earthy pale orange- "Esemplastic"
Lots of remakes lately actually. Which I think is ok, you don't always need to get it right on the first try. Or ever. But this one was a necklace that is now a cluster brooch.
Artisan brooch with handmade rustic resin- "Naught but Love"
Naught but Love
Same with this one, which already sold so I'd call that a success. Unfortunately, I often consider success to be a sale. Not for the money but for the feeling that someone agrees with my vision, someone put their stamp of ownership on my work or something. Which is one reason why I always undercharge. But another is cuz the market seems to demand it oh well.
Victorian tribal lariat necklace - “Self Love”
Self Love
“Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

—Shakespeare, Henry V
Ladies, heed the quote. Especially the voluptuous, as pictured.

I like how the beads are perfectly graduated but also have a thrown-together look.
Mixed media necklace with resin pendant and chrome diopside beads - “A Conversation in the Garden”
Holy crap I listed this with the wrong name
Still using up my inviciti bezels. Here I put a shank through the top hole in one then a twirled ring through the shank. So clevah! (I say to myself in case no one else does.)

"Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

I meant to call it Eternal Life or something. I love the quote.
Golden lariat rustic art necklace by fancifuldevices  “Earthly Delights”
Earthly Delights
It took me a while to create this post so meanwhile many of these have sold, sorry.

Double shrine lariat. I learned from this piece that Myrrh melts in high heat so no summertime dashboards for you.

I've been getting into Instagram much more. I'm getting addicted to the immediacy of it. The immediate little comments, as short as they are, are a nice reward. Getting to write a tiny snippet mixing maybe a description of the item with my general sarcastic nonsense.

Oops, only now realized I wrote "the black" and forgot to add "cords". Crap. And that's the bad side of immediacy. Sound just as dumb as you do talking. Plus for some reason iPad cameras are horrible, quite contrary to amazing iPhone ones. I'd do much more WIP posts if not for that. The above are in fact the best pix I've managed on it by far.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Beige Lover’s Eye
Beige Lover’s Eye 
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
~Pablo Picasso
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Red Lips
Red Lips
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Red Lips Bracelet
Red Lips Bracelet
“Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”
― Bob Dylan
Orange bracelet inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment
Orange bracelet inspiration kit
So yeah, as you can see a bunch more kits. Good lord it's nice to clean house!
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Mother and Child
Mother and Child
This has been helping me psychologically too. I haven't felt oversupply panic or oppressed by projects since I started making these. Yay!
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- silver
Plus the ladies seem to like them.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Pink Lips
Pink Lips 
What do you guys think of these asymmetrical lips? I think they'd look good like the doodle, right, but I only made one hole. But I already took the pics! Ugh life is hard.
Altered mop earring pairs with floral decals and crackles, double sided.
earring pair
I made another altered MOP earring pair. with leetle nail decals.

I'm going to Uruguay in March so for cousin gifts I just took a bunch of my beads and made some bauble earrings. Easy peasy. Ugh I don't know maybe I should make then so each bead is at a different length so they're a bit less clustered. Crap. I might have to.

Look at all the goodies InLumina sent me!!! All her handmade work!! She used to be RomAntiqueSoul. That is a real pinecone she electroformed up there!!! Also does anyone have anything the exact shape of that wide down-pointing triangle bezel lower left? I'll think of something I'm sure but meanwhile. Just in case you have something.
Look at these enameled earring hoops! Eep! and the handmade and vintage glass pins. And here's a cut-out feather. I'm crazy about the handmade findings. The bar chain makes me drool.

And a bunch of labradorite that my little niece tried to get me to give her over christmas. And this seashell with these goodies glued in as some kind of ornament? I popped out the left pearl flower cuz it was way out and low, making the whole thing wonky. Re-glued it closer. I think I'll add a resin layer. When will I bring out the resin again? It'll be a while.

Oh and these! So she made them but they were a but plain. Maybe these smeary sides were supposed to be the front but they looked a bit rushed. So I took the side I liked and added- you guessed it- tiny nail decals. Which is why I had them out to play with the MOP connectors. I think they look awesome. Look at the tiny eyelets she added to the top pair- squeee!  I could make them into earrings for cousins?

Oh I finally took a picture of the gorgeous bits Suzy Frank sent me. Those drops are all double-side of course. Very dimensional and cool.
Right now I'm nursing my poor uterus. Bad month. I keep thinking that so short ago this was a taboo subject even though PMS runs my life. So now I will tell strangers on the street, "I have crazy PMS right now please pity me!!!!" whereas before, what? I'd just be a mess with no excuse? When I'm already such a mess? I'd say, "female troubles" even though my period hadn't started so I'd feel like I was lying? I guess they still are female troubles.
In Uruguay people say "I'm sick," as in, "I can't go swimming, I'm sick"- and it's fucking understood! Or at least they did when I was younger. I'd be like "But what do you have?" and they'd be like "I'm sick." And I'd be like "But what are you sick with?" and they'd be like "I'm sick!"
Ah, cross-cultural fun! Still is extremely taboo in Latin America. Pisses me off.
Palate cleanser. Here's the funniest panda you or anyone has ever seen.

Wait for it.


Dainties, Inspiration Lots, etc

OMG, I just listed these and someone bought all of them.Earthy art beads- chunky polymer clay artisan elements- Carin Stones
Cairn Stones
I named them Cairn Stones because of a comment by autena saying that's what they looked like. Which thank you for saving me the trouble! Well, first I had to look up cairns to make sure I remembered correctly what that was. But because of that comment and that name, I ended up driving myself mental trying to balance these little stacks that kept toppling over, then photoshopping out the wires they were strung on to keep them up. Ah the life of an arteest.
I made another textile cuff that I'm pretty thrilled with:
Textile wrist cuff bracelet with antique fabric trims- “Tattered Hopes”

Tattered Hopes
It's the collage-ness of it all that I just love so much. I wish I had more really old rough worn out appliqu├ęs like the floral one you see left of the paisley bullion one. If you have any like that send me a pic on etsy, I'll make you an offer. A probably offensively low offer.
Also can I take a moment to bitch about having to photoshop my manly arm hair out of these bracelet pictures? Sometimes hair by hair? I don't personally mind cuz I'm macho and it looks good when I'm hefting logs across the tundra as I do, but my pix need no such distractions.

Oh I was gonna show you all the dainties I made.
Plum and pink assemblage necklace with vintage glass beads - “Courage”
An inviciti pewter bezel. It's a lot easier when the bezel's already made, y'all.

Look at the gem drop there. I don't even know what stone it is but drool, right? Also those two cabs are actually broken sugar beads. Instead of tossing them, I bezeled them cuz I'm clever.

I've been taking these pix from farther away. You get a better idea of the scale, even though my mannequin is super skinny and petite because society. No hairy arms on her I tell ya. She's so feminine she doesn't even have arms!
Mixed media necklace with resin pendant and chrome diopside beads - “A Conversation in the Garden”
A Conversation in the Garden
An eclectic trio of focals. You know I was tempted to call this one Adam and Steve.

This enameled headpin and the one in the previous necklace were handmade gifts from the lovely Suzy Frank who recently sent me a bunch of enameled gorgeousness. She just opened her own little shop!

Layered pink and gold assemblage necklace with rose quartz and vintage bell - “This Moment”
This Moment
Going through and removing all bullion out of things. Which is cool cuz like here I replaced it with swoon-worthy matte gold chain. Still lovin' the matte gold.

This one changes with the light because the profile is pasted right on the bare brass of the bezel. Metal reflects light etc. Bare brass bezel. Pretty pewter pendant. Large grit gold glass glitter. Ha.
Vintage beaded necklace with resin pendant and pom pom bead -“A Quiet Conscience”
A Quiet Conscience
Oh another reason I don't mind my failed bullion experiments is that I finally tried actually sewing with it and it was awesome! See cuff above. And not hard at all. So now I don't feel wasteful with the stuff I got even though it was only like a dollar for three meters. It's a mental thing. I have all kinds of mental things. I'm a mental thing.
Purple assemblage necklace with amethyst and vintage chain-  “Sigh No More”
Sigh No More
Here's another inviciti. I purpled it up so I could use some of my purple elements with it.

 I addd a tiny touch of Perfect Pearls but then I didn't like it and used chalk pastel instead. That way you get the color without all the reflection.
Resin pendant necklace with lampwork beaded chain - “Ever Young”
Ever Young
I adore this one but I think it might not sell because it's a boy and ladies want images of girls. Because we're all a bunch of lezbos. But no really, look how beautiful this image is, and how gorgeously it fits into this beautiful rectangular bez. I also made the chain using these amazing tiny lamp work jump rings omg look at them! Look at them more.

Also, see how differently cool it looks once you engage the extender chain? "Differently cool" and "engage the extender chain" are two phrases I'm going to try to get all the kids to start using.
Do you notice how often I get distracted by my own words? Like, what is that? Just the other day I read that grammar nazi-ism is a type of OCD. It's totally true!  Logically I know it doesn't matter if it's your or you're because everyone understand each other anyway, but it's like this impossible compulsion you have to just blurt out. So distracting and stupid. Also no one will thank you for correcting them. It doesn't matter but it's so distracting I can't continue unless I point it out I'm so annoying! I'm a mental thing.
Ornate cast brass pendant necklace with vintage chain and braided leather- “Come What May”
Come What May
Btw, most of these dainty pieces come with cool little quotes you can read in the listing descriptions, if you're curious about the names. I kind of discovered some lesser known Shakespeare ones I really dug.

OK ok. But that's not all! Cuz guess what I made a butt load of inspiration kits using brand new resin pendants. Oh yeah baby.

Pink Lover’s Eye
Almost messed up and called this one Pink Eye. Ew. Anyway- aren't these cool?
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup lot assortment- Dark Woman
Dark Woman
I think this is my very favorite. Look at this awesome chick. Even the sections of body I was able to frame: gorgeous- and without showing any naughty bits! I even like this collection of items the best I think. Maybe. They're all my babies and I love them all of course.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Winter Dancer
Winter Dancer
A close-up of the face of Degas' famous ballerina.
Middle right you can see these cool-ass beads I got. They're old lampwork that someone had the brilliant idea of sand etching for a cool-ass dusty finish. I have a bunch so I added the girlier ones to the kits.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Dark Eye
Dark Eye
I had some really large art to work with, ergo really large bezels. Here I tried using some bullion in a sort of frame because of a comment by Lisa Bommarito. Of course she suggested to unravel bits into corkscrews and add that which I still have to try. I do like this along the edge though cuz edges can be tricky. Sometimes you can see where the paper meets the brass wall. I don't mind that at all but I always thought it looked kind of meh in pictures. So this is a way of taking care of that. I think I'll try one where I add the bullion at the bottom before the first resin pour so I can get it right up against the edge.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Shush
I learned that if you add a third pour to make a very domed bezel you end up with a magnified image and that also takes care of the edge, as you can see here.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- The Sultry Sleeper
Sultry Sleeper
You can kind of see some edge in this little one. Not actually ugly in any way. The square beads are pressed glass from the etched lampwork lot, a really cool mustard color.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup lot assortment- Sparks
And here's the biggest kit. Really has some special things in it, including dat fat druzy oh man.

Here it is on its side so you can see where I gold leafed it. Also these fibers cuz I thought they went so well with the colors of the lot. They're holographic, wow.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Shush
This one's special because it has matte brown chalk pastel dust blended into all the layers of resin around the edge. In real life you can easily tell it's in the layers of resin and not down at the bottom where the picture is, so it looks super cool and ghostly.  I wanna try this again.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment in warm pale yellows
Warm pale yellows
I just re-read all this and I sound like such a spaz. In reality a substitute dance teacher at the gym kicked my ass today and I'm barely conscious.
Rustic resin inspiration kit- bead soup junk lot assortment- Romantic Profile
Romantic Profile
Ok now I'm going to tell you my "metida de pata" for today. That translates to ... like when you stick your foot in it. So Mr Devices and I have decided to go to Uruguay next March and I was talking to the Uruguayan lady who makes our reservations. I've never met her, only talked on the phone a couple times but. See, she has the exact perfect Uruguayan voice. I never hear that accent in the US, the Spanish people speak here is nothing like it. And it's more than just an accent or dialect, it's a whole ... it's a whole soul in that voice that is so familiar to me. Cuz who do I ever hear speak that way? My parents, and then when I go to Uruguay, all my extended family.
Polymer clay bracelet connectors with crackle. Rustic jewelry elements, your choice of three.
So it clicked something in my brain where family lives and as I was saying bye I said, "un beso."  Which means "a kiss". Which is the equivalent of how here we say "love you" when we're saying goodbye in English.
I said "love you" to a lady I've never met. She kind of laughed and after disconnecting it dawned on me what I'd just said and oh the horror. This is why people hate learning languages, you always sound like a fucking fucktard. I'm always sticking my foot in it.
Well, its' not as bad as the time in Uruguay Mr. Devices kissed a total stranger but. Did I ever tell you about that?

Lover’s Eye
OK, I just listed this last eye. It's a pain cuz in most of these I've been meticulously describing every bit in the kit and that takes so long but then I don't want buyers to think it's just whatever here's a bunch of junk. I want them to treasure each bit as much as I do. On the other hand they have eyes don't they? Idk. I'm trying most of them with meticulous itemized lists and a few with "everything you see here" so we'll see if it makes a difference. Probably not.

Finally,  lovely customer sent me this dragon and asked if I could make it into a necklace. I said she might be disappointed because it really didn't need much of anything. I offered to get one of those turkish crescent things to beef it up but she was like Noooo it's perfect I love it, so I was happy.

OK one more story- My little niece Marcela in her letter to Santa she asked for finger food for her baby brother Marco. Cuz he loves the little cereal he can grab then shove his whole fist in his mouth in hopes the piece will stay when the fist is removed but I guess they're always running out? So she asked Santa for food for her brother!!!