erzebet gifted me with a whole lot of awesome crafting supplies before she left for the UK, and I've uncovered several other stashes in the move, and so have been working through them, making things I like, teaching myself techniques, mostly just making gifts for friends, and for Omikuji lottery winners. It's peaceful and zen, and I think I'm good at it. There is a comforting quality to not having to worry about anything but where to place the next bead. It's nice to do something creative that isn't writing. Different brain cells. I spent most of my life convinced I was incapable of visual art of any kind, that writing was all I could do. So it's exciting on many levels for me to make something pretty that isn't a book. It feels like I am less of a one-dimensional person of lame.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, however you look at it, being on an island limits my projects. I can't just go to the store if I need something, and I can't go shopping for supplies often. So I'm stuck with what I've got till the next OMG We're Out of Everything Ferry Trip. I've not had much luck finding cheap lots of findings or beads online.
I also want to do some fabricky projects, and as I mentioned, learn to knit. All of these are waiting on supplies. Island living has its drawbacks. Though some of the craft night girls are pretty free with their cast off supplies from media they no longer work with. Which is of the yay.
Mostly I just like playing with pretty things, and making things with which to adorn my loved ones. tithenai, who got a gold choker for her birthday, (ask her for pics), asked why I didn't have an Etsy shop of my own. And the answer is because just about everyone I know has one and I don't think there's much room for yet another beading geek girl in the room, and it's ultimately just not a priority for me. Making it official would be a huge time suck, and maybe make it less fun and special. I could never do anything like what parrish_relics or qotcpcf or wyrding_studios does, so I don't see much of a point to entering the marketplace. I'd rather people give them money.
I just like being a small dragon in my living room, poring over my jewels.