It was a beautiful weekend for me, and I hope it was for you too. It was the first time in quite a while that I did “me” things. “Me time” is important. I have had so much going on lately, from bead shows to house guests to filling orders, that lots of things have fallen by the wayside. Important things, but not top-of-the-list things. I love taking the weekend to clean the house, do laundry, walk Finn, and let my mind wander. I love mundane tasks that need to be done, but don’t require lots of thought (that is, I love them when I have time to do them). All of these tasks that I’ve been ignoring for a month or so, I’ve finally tackled this weekend.
Yesterday, I started the day with a massage at Chakra Salon Spa in San Francisco. It was quite luxurious and pampering. Here’s a little peek at the waiting room on the massage floor. This picture doesn’t do it justice; if you are in the Bay area, you should go see for yourself.
I had accumulated enough Aveda points to get a gift certificate, and it was about to expire. I decided that was just a total waste of a good opportunity, so I made an appointment for an Aromatheraphy massage with an add-on head, neck, and shoulders massage. It was truly blissful. I am sore today, but I figured I would be. My masseuse was excellent, and she honed right in on a knot in my right shoulder that did not want to go away. It hurt, but she got rid of it. So my whole body feels much more limber and relaxed now.
Then I walked around the city a bit and took in the sunshine. After that I went and got my hair done. Cut, color, wash, blow-dry. I feel like a new woman! No bright colors this time; I’ve toned it down a bit, but it’s still a fun ‘do. Just shades of browns and reds.
And to finish of the day yesterday, I completed the remainder of my UncommonGoods order. I’ve been working on this one for a while. Here’s the last bunch of necklaces that I strung lastnight while I watch the Olympics and ate pizza (please excuse the poor photo quality; I took this with my phone at night :
Today has been a day of cleaning house, organizing, and practicing the accordion. I still have a few more necklaces to string, but I am really coming down the home stretch here in terms of things that need to be done before I vamoose for 2 weeks. I’ve done all of the laundry and am now pre-packing my suitcase for Italy! I don’t believe it, but I think I am actually going to be able to come home from the office tomorrow night and go to bed at a decent time. Usually the night before a trip is frantic for me, and I only get a few hours of sleep. Wouldn’t this be a nice change?!
So I’m off to do the last few things on my list, and then go for a stroll with my precious furry friend. I got a really cute picture of him this morning that you know I can’t resist sharing:
And it’s time again for the Beadblogger’s Skidamarinkylinkydink. See what all of these crafty ladies are up to this week:
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Art Bead Scene
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Art Jewelry Magazine
Robert Dancik’s work is featured in the September 2008 issue of Art Jewelry magazine. Check out his project in the magazine, then watch the video on the Art Jewelry web site.
Barbe Saint John
Barbe talks about the new Naughty Secretary Club book.
Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi turns an embroidered hankerchief into a bracelet.
Carter Seibels for Divali Glass Jewelry
Carter shares some of the inspiration behind her creativity, and invites you to do the same.
Jennifer Jangles Blog
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Jewelry & Beading
Whip up a simple square stitch bail for that stone donut you want to wear. In fact, whip up a whole batch of them!
Naughty Secretary Club
Take a tour of the Naughty Secretary Club studios to see where the magic happens.
Strands of Beads
Melissa reviews Tammy Powley’s new book, Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry