Monday, January 2, 2012


More than a year ago I attended the Intergalactic Bead Show and made a thoughtful, but nonetheless impulse, purchase of five pieces stunning slab turquoise.  Okay I was in love.  Each slab measures about 1.18 (30 mm) wide by 1.5 inches (40 mm) long by .25 inches (6 mm) thick. 

Strand of turquoise slabs

I have had a necklace design in mind since the purchase.  This necklace is going to be for me.  Thus, the cost of contents and time is irrelevant.  I will, however, keep track just in case I have the opportunity to sell it.
Close up of slab turquoise- click for larger view

Another close up of slab turquoise
A few weeks ago on A Beader’s Blog the writer posted an old draft about why she blogs and why blog readers do and do not read blogs.  I posted a rather lengthy reply.  I started this blog to drive me to get my Etsy shop up and running and to start doing more shows.  In my reply, however, I admitted that I am really blogging to drive myself to produce.  Everything else follows from production.  I am really good at being accountable to myself; even so, broadcasting my goals is an added prod.  Keep an eye on this space for continuing developments in 2012.


  1. The turquoise slabs are gorgeous and will make a fantastic necklace.
    I do agree with your logic, a blog can be a great incentive to encourage one to create whatever it may be that they have a passion for and I look forward to seeing your future jewelry creations.

    It has been ages since I've attended a big big show, had to stop for awhile to let my bank account recover. lol They are such fun but so dangerous to the wallet. :D

  2. oops ... I meant big BEAD show ... typing too fast and thinking too slow and then not taking the time to proof read. :)

  3. LOL I can't tell you how many times I have had to add a follow up post because I made a typo- usually due to cut and paste. It always tickles me to know I am not alone!

    I love this turquoise. The necklace I have in mind is going to be a LOT of work which is why I am not planning on selling it. I hope my plan works. Turquoise to the side, three strands, and then a single strand to the back. I think I have the bridge between the three strands and the single strand figured out on the side opposite the slab. The next step is picking out beads.

  4. KJ - it sounds like it will be lovely. I do hope it will turn out just exactly the way you envision it.

    Oh yes, cut and paste has foiled me many times. :D

  5. I know exactly what you mean about blogging to help hold yourself accountable!

    But I think that another reason I blog is its the modern version of letter writing and a chance to reconnect with family and friends, old and new.

    Can't wait to see what you do with the turqouise. The slabs are gorgeous!

  6. Thanks Karen. Holding myself accountable worked this past weekend, otherwise I might just have read a book.


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