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28 June 2004 @ 08:22 pm
beaded earring making  

beads & wire & earring pins

the scan isn't very good but it didn't seem worth uploading digital pictures. this is the first pair of earrings that i made tonight after a visit to the city to pick up some beads and findings, and rediscovering an old bead jewellery book from about 10 years ago. i haven't made earrings before and i kinda like these {especially as i don't own many pairs of earrings since i never could be bothered to change them}; but mainly it's fun being inspired and experimenting. they're not great but it's a start, right? i am simply in awe of this lovely; i'd buy all her jewellery if i could afford it. but there's something fun about making yr own too.

i am interested in doing too many different things and there is never enough time to focus on anything in particular. but i would hate to be uninterested in new projects and learning; i couldn't imagine a life being uncreative.

outsidetherain on June 28th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
They're beautiful!
    scarlet's walk: [crushedviolet] never stop dreamingkisstheviolets on June 28th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)

aw thankyou !
drink meroseinyrteeth on June 28th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
those are lovely! i love those colors :) i think it's so important to always be learning how to do new things :) although i do get distracted doing just that all the time, but oh well.

& thank you so much for all your kind words about my lame site (where i can't even get the images to work properly...grr) you are the sweetest person evere ♥ (i mailed off your letter *finally* this weekend - I wish i'd read this before, i would have tucked in something sparkly also :) next time, i guess!)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 04:13 am (UTC)
oh i can't wait to get your letter ! *is excited* and your site ISN'T lame, SO THERE ! :P
{love you !!}
amesfabuleuxamelie on June 28th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
jade darling, they're fab! i've totally gotten into jewellery making in the last few months too, strangely enough. my new hobby came about mostly because i have the rather irritating habit of always losing one of my favourite earrings - i figured, if i started making my own, i could make three of the same design in anticipation of the loss & thus still have a pair. so far so good. i've found some great beads on ebay, the aussie site, and they are superduper cheap, compared to the bead shops in sydney, anyway. i managed to get myself a whole stack of those gorgeous swarovski crystal beads from ebay sellers for a tiny fraction of the retail cost. post some more pics when you make more earrings, darlink! inspire me! xx ames.
    scarlet's walk: [crushedviolet] never stop dreamingkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
i shall have to have a bit of a peruse on ebay.com.au, i think ! plus we should swap ideas - you can inspire me ! well, you already do, my dear :) i'd love to see som pictures of yours also :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
perhaps we can inspire each other -- i'd love to see what you've been making too !
and ebay -- yes, i must check that site for some bargains! there are some wonderful online stores, but the prices quickly add up, eep... sigh, jewellery making is such a good stress relief too :)
coda_withbellson_ on June 28th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
jade! you talented strong womancreature, you! you are going to sell these and loads more like them, right? i know several people who would wear them frequently, including myself....and i am so looking forward to you being in my book. i have a whole section on women who dare to create, women who use their bodies as instruments, etc...you fit these bills and more quite well.
good day!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)

i think i need to send you a present ;)
you are the sweetest thing ever; your words are so uplifting, thankyou <3
Fleenfleen on June 28th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
oh wow they are gorgeous!

and i wouldn't normally bother commenting on a picture of earrings :-) but they're stunning!

If only i didn't pass out and have an epileptic fit while getting my ears pierced at age 12 and then put tiny little studs into them months later that caused them to embed themselves in my ear and require surgical removal that led to the inevitable healing of the holes.

if only...

fleen xoxo
_tomorrow on June 28th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
they're gorgeous. :)
i have four million and one things i want to do, but i can't decide where to start. but you're right, being interested is the best bit.
Miss Worldbrokenbabydoll on June 28th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
They're so cute!

A friend and I just started making beaded jewelry a few weeks ago and we've started selling them at flea markets/swap meets/whatever-you-call-them. We do earrings $3 bracelets and anklets $4 and Necklaces $5. We went yesterday and made $60, which is great for us because last weekend(our first) we made $3!!! lol. Maybe you can sell too when you have enough made.
    scarlet's walk: [icontasia] petal lushkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)

oh i would love to see some pictures of the jewelry you're making -- i bet it's gorgeous !
{goodluck selling them at the markets too ! <3}
underwater thing_happy_phantom on June 28th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
i know what you mean-- new projects= yay.

those earrings are really really pretty!
indriya on June 28th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Those are sooo nice... WANT!
ex_snowcanwa171 on June 29th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)

Hello love,

I was just wondering if you could help me with some info about doing the competency based driving test in South Australia. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's getting to the point where I can't face doing another practical test here again. It's so frustrating when I know that I can drive well but I'm forced to sit through a horrible 1/2 hour with an examiner. I'm starting to get sick with panic at the thought of it.

Presently I have enough money to be able to go to South Australia for 2 - 3 months and get lessons and try to get my license that way. This sounds so desperate, but the very thought of doing another test terrifies me. I'm so scared of failing again.

My question is, do you think that someone like me with pretty good general driving skills could do the log book assessment in 2 - 3 months? How difficult is it to do?

I still need to find out whether I'd be OK driving with a provisional license from another state here in QLD, but this is an option I am seriously considering.

Any help would be great sweetie.

Love you lots
    scarlet's walk: [icontasia] petal lushkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 10:17 am (UTC)

aww darling *gives you big hugs* i'm sorry this is stressing you out so much :\
i think you could do it easily in 4-6 lessons, depending on the instructor. i had a friend who got his in 6 lessons; some instructors limit the number of "items" they tick off in the book though. my friend took lessons with the same instructor i did though, so if you were looking to come here, i can find out if he still does driving lessons.
the main thing with the "log book" as we call it is just demonstrating that you are capable of doing all the things in the book - and you obviously can, just that in test situations you become anxious (which is perfectly understandable!)
i honestly think you could easily get your licence here in under 2 months doing the log book, because you have already had the experience driving and know what you are doing and how to do it - if you had a lesson every week you could probably do it in a month, but don't quote me on that ;) you already know how to do it all, like i said, it'll just be a matter of going through it with the instructor in a lesson and having him tick off that you can do all that stuff.
if you went with my old instructor, Peter Jones, i reckon explaining to him about your experience with lessons in qld etc will speed things up too - i mean, he will know then that you haven't just had your L's for like a month, but that you have already had loads of lessons and that if in qld they had the log book, you'd easily have your licence by now.

i hope that has been of *some* help to you, my dear... if you have any other questions, please feel free to email me {jade.court@zurich.com.au} or call or sms me (sms me during work hours and i can call you from work}, or if you need any other information...

*big hugs* i hate seeing you so stressed and discouraged by your driving tests (not to mention it would be AWESOME having you in adelaide for a little while!!!)

love you loads honey xxxx
ex_snowcanwa171 on June 29th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)

You've been a huge help already hon. :) Thanks so much for the info.

I have booked another test here, but I'm not confident. I just seem to make silly mistakes - mainly judgment calls - under pressure. It's just so hard - the hardest thing I've ever done, and having to sit there and be stressed over and over is just killing me. If I don't get it the 3rd time, I'm definitely going to look into going to Adelaide. On another level I think it would be a good growing experience for me, getting out of my comfort zone etc.

Just some questions for you :):

1. Yes, if you could talk to yr old driving instructor and see if he is still teaching, or if he could recommend someone, that would be fantastic;
2. When you are going to be overseas? I REALLY want to see you & spend time with you while I'm there. :) I'm not sure of when this is going to happen, but I do have to be back in Queensland by January 12 because I'm going overseas then (to New Zealand with my family), so I'd probably be looking at spending early November/December/some of January there.

Maybe if I rang you on Thursday, would that give you enough time to talk to your old instructor? Let me know whatever is convenient.

Love you heaps
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 29th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)

sure -- i'll look into it tomorrow if possible {June 30 = worst day of the year because it is the end of the financial year so we'll see how it goes; if not i'll do it first thing Thursday morning}, i'll call him up and find out :)

and november/december would be *perfect* -- i leave for england on sept 25 and get back on november 2. it would be *so* awesome to have you here - let me know if you want help looking for temporary accomodation or anything like that.

love you !!
{psst: don't give up - you WILL get your license and we are all proud of you anyway. xxx}
ex_snowcanwa171 on July 1st, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
Tomorrow is fine. :)

I've been looking into getting my license down there, and the only problem I can see so far is that I would need to produce some kind of document to show that I am a resident - and that's the problem. It would need to be a rental or a lease agreement at the very least, and I'm not sure if I'd be able to get that. It's not impossible though. And I'm not sure if I would need to sit for an S.A. learner's permit, or whether I could use my Qld one - maybe that is something you could ask your old instructor for me. :)

My parents want me to keep trying for it up here, and I'm OK to do that for awhile, although I'd much rather just go to S.A and do it via the log book. Maybe I'll get it here within the next few months and come and see you for a holiday instead. :D

Love you
her garden of lilies & secrets.starlightrayne on June 30th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
pretty earrings.
and yes lunamoth jewelry is exquisite.