Saturday, December 24, 2011

End of year projects

one of the joys of academia is having long breaks between semesters! I get 3 weeks off and soon I'll be anxious for a bead project. I have several unfinished things to do: make a small hide bag & attach a rosette for a student; finish the baby moccasins; restring a coyote claw necklace for a doll and make his little moccasins; repair a peyote stitch beaded pen that broke apart; and probably several other odds/ends! I also need to start some new projects too: something (maybe a purse or coin bag) for a friend who recently retired; a beaded checkbook cover for myself; and...I don't really know. Hmm.

Usually I make several Xmas gifts including small ornaments, but this year I didn' was a difficult fall and I was in a fog. My craft supplies were almost inaccessible and disorganized, so I cleaned my home office a bit and put things away. Having a cleaner space has cheered me up and allowed me to see possibilities. Maybe after the holidays I'll treat myself to new beads; a friend traveled out west this summer and bought some in South Dakota (pretty red, white & blue translucents but not sure of the size, maybe 13/0). Its always nice to get a box of supplies from Wandering Bull, Noc Bay, or Crazy Crow!