I hope it gets easier!

Today is day six! I’m still craving a cigarette, but it’s getting better. Sometimes I wonder why I decided to quit, but I think I’m really committed to this. Everyone I’ve told has been very supportive- which I’m glad to see since people have been really rude about smoking. I’ve been told that for breaking a habit (or forming a new one), it takes three weeks – after twenty one days the likelihood of the habit being broken (or formed) is much higher. So, I have a ways to go. But again, I seem really committed to this.

An update on the NAMI convention bead selling project: the second day I sold more pendants – in total I sold twenty of the twenty two that I brought. So I was very happy and pleased about that. Pictures of all the landscape beads can be found here. I’ve tried making a couple of landscape beads since I got back, but they didn’t turn out well. I guess I’ll have to try again – maybe today.

My ‘dud’ to ‘keep’ ratio is going up as I try new things. Most recently I’ve been trying to get my lentil press skill up – it takes a while to learn to judge how much glass to put on for a particular lentil size. I find that the ends are especially difficult. But, I’ve been practicing a lot! I have all these little nearly lentil shaped beads that I’ve made. Some I plan to make into a bracelet for myself – I’ve been using my $100 a pound glass to practice with! Oh well, I’ll enjoy the wonky lentil bracelet.

Flame Tree Glass is hosting a Beads of Courage (BOC) day in July – focusing on making hearts. I want to go, but I can’t make a heart. So, I set up a lesson with Diane Kovach to learn how to make hearts. I’m looking forward to the lesson, and the BOC day. I also signed up for a workshop at Flame Tree with Patti Cahill. I’m looking forward to that class too. Wow, I have a lot to look forward to – not forgetting the Gathering. What a change from a little over six months ago when I was spending a lot of time wishing I was dead!

For the Gathering wine stopper contest I was going to make hollow beads with raised stringer decoration, but the deadline is very soon, and I don’t think I’ll master this skill before then, so I decided to change my plans to hollow beads with raised dots. The dots I can do. I’m not giving up on the stringer, but I think I will need a lot of practice in order to perfect that technique. I get so many complements around here when I show people my beads – I tend to forget how new I am, and how far I have yet to go.


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