Please excuse the absence of jewellery at the mo' - I am psyching myself up to order a load of sterling silver - wire, beads, headpins etc and need to have a good think about what I want to make, what gauge of wire etc. So I thought I'd write something to do with the "etc" bit of my blog title.
I am a bit of a bookworm (or Reading Rat, as it is in German!!) and these are the last couple of books I've read:
"The Shadow of the Wind" was not the kind of book I usually read - I love my chick lit - but it was brilliant, really gripping. I finished it on the plane back from Barcelona in December and that was really fitting, as the novel is set in Barcelona. "A Weekend in Paris" was a lovely light read and made me laugh. Thanks here to my Uncle Brian who passes loads of books on to me and had added some humorous comments in the margin for my deliberation...
I always have to read a few pages in bed before going to sleep, to switch off my mind, I suppose. Poor hubby - reckon I'm going to buy him one of those visors people wear in a casino (?) to stop my reading light disturbing his sleep. It's worse when said husband is away on business and I have free rein to read for as long as I like and end up reading until the early hours and am well and truly shattered the next day. Sigh. Will I ever learn ? Probably not :)
Of course the other type of book I love to read are jewellery-related books. Here are my 2 favourites:
The Linda Jones book, "Creating Wire and Beaded Jewelry" inspired me to try wire work and I was truly amazed when the things I tried out looked exactly as they do in the book. The pictures and instructions are brilliant and I still refer to it often. The "Stringing Style 2" book, by Jean Campbell was a Christmas present to myself and I love it. I find myself dipping into this book in the daytime (cripes), when I've got 10 mins to spare and the children are amusing themselves instead of bickering. Many of the pieces shown in this book are truly breathtaking and inspirational. The book is aimed at the more experienced jewellery-maker, so the instructions for each piece are not particularly graphic, but perfectly clear and the list of components is great.
BTW, I do all my reading in English. Being surrounded by German all day for the past 20 years has meant that my English is not as good as it was, which sounds ridiculous, as it is my mother tongue. For example I have already had to check the spelling of several words in this post - I had got them wrong:(
This has turned into rather a long post, so I will leave it at that. Back soon.