Final photo shoot!

Jenna & I just finished (what we hope is) the final photo shoot for my book. Yes!

Here we are finishing up the penultimate step of the final project. Notice the grey card that had to be in all the photos. We started referring to him as “Waldo” after the first couple shoots. We have a love/hate—well, mostly hate—relationship with Waldo.

If you think it’s cramped in our photo room, yes, you’re right. Not only that, but hot! It makes me sweat, just looking at how close Jenna is to the hotlights….

We probably spent about 80 hours like this—Jenna on her tippy-toes, and me squatting or on my knees…and we won’t miss it one bit. We are so looking forward to developing a better photo set up, with more space, for the second book. Even if we only get a couple feet more, it’s gonna seem luxurious!

Beaded Celtic Dawn bracelet

A good friend recently lamented the sad state of my online gallery.  Since the supplies part of the business took off, and especially since I started writing my book, I haven’t had time to cultivate the gallery like I used to.  This year I am devoting more attention to my line of finished jewelry (and cannot wait for my website redesign, which will make online ordering so much easier!) It is my personal goal to update the gallery at least once a month this year, and hopefully twice a month beginning in September.  Unfortunately, February flew by without an update.  But, um, today could technically be February 31, right?  :-)

Here is a bracelet I created last summer.  The weave is Celtic Dawn, with an edging of 4 mm crystals.  I’m considering developing a tutorial for it–but that’s a long time away.  After my manuscript is finished I think I need a breather from tutorials for a few months!