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I haven’t been making as much lately. I think it’s a variety of factors. I’m very busy at work, and so I do a different kind of relaxing when I am home. I’m still working on cleaning my messy studio. And the largest factor I think is that I’m working on some other things during the times I would normally be creating. Yesterday I put together a bed. FYI – don’t put together a bed alone. But it’s done now, and I’m glad. But here are a few things I’ve made in the bits of time I’ve found.

Bracelet made of metal, glass and gemstone beads.

Here is a bracelet I made with a kit (and a few beads from my stash) from Green Girl Studios. It will stack nicely with other bracelets. I’ve also been trying some photo props and tricks. This isn’t the most successful, but you can’t learn if you don’t try.

After watching a video of what people made with their Soft Flex #loveislove kit, I was hankering for a rainbow necklace. I had missed the kit, but I ordered a rainbow array of crystals from Candie Cooper. I think the necklace turned out great.

Necklace with crystals in a rainbow of colors and silver chain.

I have ordered several inspiration kits from Allegory Gallery recently. I used some of the beads from one to make a necklace.

Necklace with enameled cat pendant and glass beads in brown and bronze.

The pinch beads and sparkly rondelles are from the inspiration kit. They are perfect for this fun cat charm from Spurwink River Arts. I will be putting this in the Artists for Animals Auction coming up November 7 – 13, 2022. My sales will support Madison Cat Project (MCP).

I got my own cat, Daniel Tiger, from the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). Madison Cat Project partners with organizations like DCHS for cats deemed unadoptable. MCP uses an extensive network of fosters to get these cats ready for adoption or find other situations (such as an appropriate barn cat location for cats who don’t want to live indoors around people.) I’ve always really loved the mission of MCP. When I looked through the adoption paperwork for Daniel Tiger, there was a notation near the beginning that said “possible candidate for MCP.” They thought he was feral and was not responsive to people early on. I want to support an organization that would have had the time to help my baby become the wonderful kitty he is today. He just needed time and attention that DCHS doesn’t have. (I also support them. They do a great job!)

It has been raining all day here, and will continue on Monday. We’re under a flood watch. I look forward to sunny days again after that. I hope you have a wonderful week.