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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.

 

The Bead du Jour

In Houston, anyway, the Most Popular Bead status currently belongs to any kind of gemstone briolette. I went to a church bazaar yesterday and there were at least three booths with beaded necklaces, and it seemed like 75% of them contained gemstone briolettes. They're pretty, yes, but it was kind of funny to see them EVERYwhere. I'm sure each artist thought they were being unique, and, well, oops. And definitely, for folks who sell, at any rate, gemstones seem to be the way to go. I didn't see any glass at all, except in imported off-loom seed bead work. I think it is because you can charge enough for the results that you can actually get your labor back out of it (gemstones, not off-loom work--I think you only get your labor out of the seed bead work if it's somebody else's labor!)

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