thanks for getting excited with me :)
in the meantime, i've been busying myself with one of my favorite hobbies: jewelry making. i don't do anything too fancy but i always enjoy picking out materials at michael's and coming home to sit in front of the tv for hours tinkering around and ending up with bracelets and earrings i can share with my friends - they're always kind enough to say they love them!
here's a sampling (i hope you can enlarge them and tell something about them - sorry, they're not the best photos):
this one says "we will not know unless we begin - peter nivio zarlenga"
this one has three little charms that together say "be here now"
this one says "where there is love, there is life - mahatma gandhi"
i made more yesterday (including my take on a betsy johnson necklace with multiple chains and charms) but i haven't taken photos yet. last night's project was making something to hold my earrings. i've collected gold frames from the thrift and decided i'd staple some embroidery mesh (plastic kind) to the back. easiest and most effective solution yet - probably cost me $1.50 for the frame and .79 cents for the mesh! you should try it - just be careful with the staple gun!