Oh, we got a new kitten! His name is Virgil (to go with our other male, Dante). He's a spunky one who never seems to sit still. He thinks our dog is his momma. :) He also has a crush on Caprica, one of my females. He's being neutered next week.
I've also got a few new designs in the works for other tutorials. My "to write" list is long! Inspiration comes to me in great, huge spurts and I can barely keep up with my ideas. Sketch pads litter every surface it seems... if I don't sketch my ideas quickly I lose them forever. They go into the ether, never to return. My head is like Swiss cheese, hah! :)
I've revamped and re-illustrated one of my favorite tutorials, Corona! I've always loved that design and since I now use better software, I decided to remake it with prettier diagrams. Eventually, I plan to redo all my embarrassing older designs with my fancy, schmancy illustration software.
In August, I also made my mom a pendant and I think she really likes it! It's in her colors- cobalt and crystal. I've also made it in another colorway. I will be illustrating that tutorial very soon and I hope to get things moving- these I'm working on finished- so I can write more.
I've also made a cute little pair of wreath earrings using St. Petersburg stitch and Peyote stitch. I may or may not write the pattern. It's fairly simple but cute.
Hmm, what else? Oh!!! August was a great month for me tool-wise! I've gotten a new bench vise, a new anvil (with horn and hardee hole), a new pair of Wubbers graduated cylinder pliers (I call them cone pliers) and the new Wubbers Artisan's Mark hammer set! Oh, let me tell you: When I got those hammers I felt just like a kid at Christmas! They're so beautiful and so neat! I plan to get in my studio soon to play with them and work on wire working tutorials! That's right! Soon I will have a few minor wire working tutorials, both in my shops and on the Wubbers University website.
The last few months I've done a lot of reading. A. Lot. :) I mean, more so than usual, and I pretty much read anytime I can get free time. Lately, I've been slacking on my duties and reading every single night. I do this when I get overwhelmed so it's pretty normal for me to go months with books and maybe a few weeks without books- lather, rinse, repeat. It's a sickness, I tell you! :)
I've recently had a chance to beta read a book or two, and I do love it! I'm considering signing up to review more books. I'm reading them anyways so why not? :) Do you think it would be odd for me to start reviewing books? I love to read, so I figured why not? I don't know what kind of things to expect in the book reviewing world and I don't really have time for politics, snark and drama with other reviewers, but I wouldn't mind reading some books and giving an opinion on them. Like I said, I mow through books anyways. :) I'm thinking on it and I'll get back with you.
That's all for now! I'll have more projects to showcase in the September blog post- I'm working on a pretty neat birthday present for my friend and I can't wait to show you! So, what are you up to? Are you getting ready for the Holiday gift season? Are you already frantically beading up a storm?