I don’t usually post on Mondays. Most bloggers take the weekend off, and almost all post on Monday, so I try not to, figuring I’ll just get lost in the shuffle. But I’m posting today because I want to participate in Melissa at Adventuroo‘s Week in My Life project. I won’t be linking up every day, because my life is just not that exciting, and right now many portions of it are pretty depressing, which I don’t want to write about and you don’t want to read about. But here’s my Monday so far:
John’s out of school for Fall Break today and tomorrow, but he has a project due for school Wednesday. I have mixed emotions about teachers assigning big projects to be completed over breaks. I do think that families should be able to schedule out-of-towns trips during scheduled school breaks without worrying about schoolwork. On the other hand, it works very well for me since we can’t travel right now and it gives John time to do his research and work on the project without feeling rushed.
I posted the subject of his project on Facebook and Twitter (more to whine than anything else) and got so many fantastic suggestions it took John a while to decide which one he liked best! He decided on an ankh amulet that will be accompanied by an explanation of the design and symbols on papyrus-like paper. Here he is working with the metallic gold sculpey clay. We believe in multi-purposing around here, so the mat he’s working on is a Wilton fondant mat, and he rolled the clay flat with a Pampered Chef rolling pin 🙂
So I decided to do my own version, using smaller circles from book pages, an old thrift store chain, and some ink on stamp pads instead of burned edges. Here’s an “in the midst of” picture:
And then we had a wonderfully exciting diversion! My Dad called, and he was in town with his friend, Edie, who had two job interviews. He asked if we could meet them for lunch, and we ended up having a fantastic lunch break, during which we discussed everything from hair products for men to Steve Jobs to mathematical problems that “don’t really have an answer”. Geometry problems were solved on napkins and nobody cared that I’d forgotten to put on makeup or curl my hair. I laughed a lot, which I really needed to do.
Then it was back to work. John finished the initial work on his amulet and baked it, and it’s now cooling so he can stain it and glaze it. I finished my necklace, which I have to say I’m pretty pleased with:
No, the spacing’s not perfect, and maybe I’ll fix that . . . or maybe I won’t. It’s unusual, and it’s cute, and it’s light (no more heavy necklaces for me). I think what I like best about it is that I could cut out the circles from the book pages to include words that I like, that make me happy – look closely.
UPDATE: Sherry over at Young House Love is doing another Pinterest Challenge with her pals, and I’m linking this up since my last link-up there was such a dismal failure. After wearing this a time or two I did make one change – I cut extra circles from book pages to go on the back of the poster board and inked, modpodged, and punched those just the way I had the first ones. That way if the circles flip around (which they do, because they’re very light) you still get the same look. This would be a fabulous gift because it can be so easily personalized! Print out snippets from someone you know’s favorite books, books you know they love to read to their kids, favorite scriptures, quotes, whatever will catch their eye with just a word or two showing.
Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version on Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!