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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.

 

Fruit of the Day's Labors

I've finally admitted that I just don't "get" netting 'cause whenever I try to design a netted piece myself, it just doesn't work. Here is an attempt from a few weekends ago:

Great colors (really--I know you can't tell from the picture--it's carnelians and citrines with lime-green and rust-brown glass) but very stiff and weird. So I took that all apart and ended up with two single-strand necklaces that I really like.

Anyhow, since this admission, I've given myself permission to actually follow patterns instead of winging it, and now sometimes I end up with netted stuff that's actually good! Here is today's example:

This is a very-near copy of the "Lacy Loops" project by Lois Fetters (in the Vintage Style section of the April 2005 issue of Bead and Button). I used 13-0 charlottes instead of regular 11-0s, so I ended up with a more delicate net and more loops, and I didn't use an accent bead color in the net, but other than that, I pretty much followed the directions. And unlike my usual "I'm going to follow this pattern if it kills me" episodes, I actually finished it, and I actually like it :-) I'll be wearing it tomorrow, of course!

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