The Roseman roses--Kyrsten, Katie and Kourtney--are absolutely adorable! In no time at all, they and Joyce were tangling away like a quartet of Zentangle professionals. Kyrsten even "invented" a few wonderful new tangles that I captured for my use later. Then I showed the girls and Joyce some of the things I've made from seashells.
In particular, I've had a lot of fun decorating jar lids--and reusing jars otherwise headed for the recycling bin. The white jar lid is one I covered with crushed jingle shells. You grind the jingles up with a mortar and pestle, which causes the shells to flake. I used a glue gun and glued the entire jar lid with the flakes to get that white sparkle effect. The finishing touches are a lovely piece of blue-green seaglass and a land snail shell that I bleached white by boiling it in a pot of water and Chlorox,
The second jar lid (black background) was much simpler. I glued a broken shell in the center and added others around it. The center shell looks like a rose bud, doesn't it?
The third lid is in progress. I think I'll cover most of the lid with paper and then add the shells as I've indicated. I liked the juxtaposition of the shapes, colors and textures.
Joyce and I played with various combinations of shells I've collected. I plan to turn some pieces of broken, polished shells into pendants. So today, I made a trip to Michaels to buy wire and supplies.
Next Monday, I'll share a post by Joyce. It's one of the most inspiring stories I've read in a long time. We'll also give away a piece of Strung Up Jewelry to one lucky commenter. I've asked Joyce to pick something special for one of you! Be sure to put next Monday on your calendar and plan to comment!
Even though I took the night off to be creative with my new peeps, I still managed to finish Death of a Schoolgirl: The Jane Eyre Chronicles. I've sent it along to my beta readers for their comments. The first of these, my sister Jane, really enjoyed it. There's always this sadness when I finish a book. My arms feel a little empty like I've given up a baby. It's really bittersweet.
How about you? Do you ever feel a little sad after you finish a big project?