Soul food

Tangent

Came across a post today about the death of Turntable.fm, a website that’s supposed to combine social interaction and new music experiences. I suppose it must be the equivalent of meeting people and hanging out at a music festival.

It got me thinking about music and the role music plays in life (my life in particular as it’s the only one I have any authority writing about). In my experience life is pretty drab without a kick-ass soundtrack. I can say this is pretty much fact from all my scientific research working in media. Just think about what it would be like to watch movies that have no music in the background. I know, right?!

Shiny and new

Craft, Photography

A lot has happened since my last post… way back before Christmas last year. In short, I’ve finished up my year’s internship in Samoa and have returned home for an extended break because there was a very real need to spend quality time with my family while making sure the rest of the plan is falling into place.

There is much to say about my time in Samoa, so I’ll keep that for a separate post.

T’is the season

Craft, Work

It has been a hectic few months trying to keep my feet under me & my head above water (where the heck am I?) but I have survived the first ¼ of my internship.  And the new year is already looking good!

But, for now, the festive season is upon us and the once bustling campus where I spend my weekdays is now sleepy and hushed.  Also we have a Christmas tree.  In the front office.

Paper beads in action

Craft

Since that package arrived in July, I’ve been having another go at making beads. I have to admit the roller does make it easier because it gives you that extra little bit of room you need to do such a repetitive motion comfortably. But what’s really got me going is that glaze. I’m sure there have been glazes and glazes since the invention of papier mâché, but I have this glaze. And it is good.

So good that I was moved to make a set of earrings almost immediately my first batch was dry.

paper bead hoops

Package arrived!

Craft, Tangent

Hooray!!

I had a wonderful kaicolo moment today when the very first (physical) thing I have ever bought online arrived in the mail. It was really awesome for some reason. I was giddy as a schoolgirl. Couldn’t stop grinning. Had to open it up and use the stuff straight away!

Since starting to make paper beads a while back, I’ve been wondering if I was doing it right. Also, I wanted this glaze stuff so I didn’t have to varnish my beads (coz its a total pain in the ass). But the glaze wasn’t worth buying on its own when I had to consider shipping so I searched for what else I could package with it to make it worthwhile.

from Aubrey's Beads