Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Some fear this day unlucky. For me personally, I look forward to Fridays that fall on the 13th of the Month. They've always been lucky for me!
For those of you who need some luck to come your way today, here are some beautiful butterflies -- said to bring luck then they land upon you.
Have a lucky day and may that luck spread throughout your entire life!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I really think that I have grown as a designer, comparing this piece with some of my earlier designs. I get compliments every time I wear this. I made earrings to match -- too bad I lost one at work the other day or I'd post a picture of those too.
Note to Santa (you never know who's reading): the best possible gift for me this year would be an IPod Touch. I've been a really good girl all year long!!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
I've always wanted to read this book, but somehow never have. This film is beautiful, and the romantic in me was very moved by Florentino's character. That being said, the rest of the characters in this story (perhaps it was just the acting) are very hard to like. There is plenty of eye candy in the cast, sets and cinematography however, and on that basis, I recommend this film. On a scale from 1 to 5, I give it a 3.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Embarrassed by his behavior earlier in the day, Robbie tries to write an apology note to Cecilia. One of the drafts includes a sexually charged declaration of his love for her. He then writes a more formal apology he intends to deliver to her. However, he accidentally slips the sexually charged note to Briony to deliver (because he believes it will be less embarrassing if delivered by way of Briony) when they meet in the drive on their way to the house. When he realizes what he has done, he calls out to Briony but she does not hear him. Back in the house, Briony reads the note and is scandalized. She gives the note to Cecilia but later confides to Lola that she believes Robbie is a dangerous sex maniac. When Robbie arrives at the house, he discusses the note with Cecilia and they admit their love for one another. They make passionate love in the library, but are interrupted when Briony walks in on them. At dinner, it is discovered that Pierrot and Jackson have run away. Everyone goes off to search for the boys. While hunting through the dark, Briony stumbles upon Lola being raped. Once seen by Briony, the man escapes into the night. Briony insists to first Lola and then the police that Robbie was the culprit and brandishes the sexual letter to Cecilia as evidence. Only Cecilia protests his innocence. When Robbie returns (with the twins), he is arrested for rape. Tried and convicted, he is sent to prison. Four years later he is released into the British army and makes up part of the British Expeditionary Force that is sent to northern France in an attempt to halt the Nazi advance.
In northern France, a wounded Robbie and two fellow soldiers attempt to make their way to Dunkirk, where the remnants of the BEF are to be evacuated after the Nazis rout their forces and the French. Several weeks earlier, before he left London, he saw Cecilia (who is now a nurse in London) again. She remained true to him for four years and begs him to “come back to me.” She reveals is estranged from family over her love for Robbie and belief in his innocence. She gives him a photograph of a seaside cottage near Dover that they can retire to. It will give him strength as he struggles towards Dunkirk.
Briony, now 18 (and played by Romola Garai) has decided not to study at Cambridge and is herself training to be a nurse. When Briony sees a newsreel announcing Lola’s engagement to Paul, she is wracked with guilt over falsely accusing Robbie of the rape. Briony goes to see Cecilia to admit her guilt and state her willingness to do whatever it takes to atone for her sins and clear Robbie's name. Robbie is in Cecilia's apartment when she gets there. Although they are angry with her, they tell her what she needs to do to make things right. She agrees, then leaves as Cecilia and Robbie are intimate for one last time before he is shipped to France.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"Sometimes new love comes between old friends. Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there."
The picture is of me, this very morning, taken by my son Jonathan, simply to record this day and my smile. I have always had every reason to be happy. It has not always been so. Lately, I am happy. Happy, joyful, bemused and blessed. Susan, I will always be grateful for that initial invite to join Facebook and for everything that your friendship has meant throughout the years. Whether you realize it or not, my dear, you have helped me to find this happiness. I don't know what the female version of a mensch is, but that is you.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hop on over to Heather's site for some wonderful polymer clay beads that are truly one of kind and visit Art Bead Scene for fun monthly challenges, gorgeous art bead eye candy and terrific tutorials.
Thanks again, Heather and ABS.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The beads I've posted here as an example of my early work in polymer clay. The three larger beads are hand-formed (the green beads, glass). The colors hand-blended. I had just started making beads when I made these fall inspired beads. The shaping has a lot to be desired. However, when I look at these beads, I feel proud and happy. My first beads ... sigh ... I believe I've really grown.
Have a wonderous Monday.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Stay tuned for the necklace that made way for the bead soup.
Stay well, my friends.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
So, instead of hitting the snooze button, I got up, got ready for work in record time (who needs mascara anyway...) and put these earrings together.
The donuts are Carnelian and I believe from Rings & Things the findings and seeds are brass from my LBS. Picture from Alyss and her trusty iphone.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I left a comment on one of my favorite blogs: Artsy-Fartsy and was very surprised to receive an email from it's owner, Cheryl. What a sweetie. You may have noticed the change in appearance of my blog, I couldn't have done any of this without the direction of Cheryl. Go visit her blog, it's very "caute" and she's a doll.
Thank you, Cher!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
when the risk
it took to remain
tight inside the bud
was more painful
than the risk it took
... Anais Nin
I made this pendant about 2 years ago and turned it into a necklace abundant with beautiful tiger's eye. I gave it to Anne, my biological mother at our first meeting.
Monday, October 12, 2009
December Boys is a coming of age picture set in 1960s Australia based on the novel of the same name by Michael Noonan. The film revolves around four orphan boys from a Roman Catholic orphanage located in the Australian outback who were all born in the month of December.
The boys (played by Daniel Radcliffe (Maps) of Harry Potter fame, and three unknowns (at least to me), Lee Cormie (Misty), Christian Byers (Sparks) and James Fraser (Spit)) are sent on holiday by the sea to stay with a middle-aged couple. While there, they meet Fearless, a man who claims that he is the risk motorbike rider in the nearby carnival, and his wife, Teresa. Having all but given up hope of ever being adopted, the friends are on a seaside holiday one winter when they hear a rumor that a seaside couple are looking to adopt one of the orphans, friendships are tested and new alliances made as the four boys compete for the chance to gain a real family.
I enjoyed this film, but I’m not sure why -- it could have been a number of reasons. The scenery of the Southern Australian coastline was breathtaking. The ensemble acting was good enough, and Daniel Radcliffe is well-practiced at playing an orphan. I think for me, it was that I could relate of all of the characters. There was just something in each of them that touched my heart.
December Boys is a feel good movie, with a melancholy twist. On the Movie Monday scale from 1 to 5, I give it a 3.5 and recommend you all add it to your Net-Flix list.
Friday, October 9, 2009
As a mixed-media artist, I just love free images that can be printed out and used in my art. This will be the first of many "Free Image Fridays" on Do Be Do Bead Do. These images can be used as transfers onto polymer clay, as collage elements, for scrapbooking or where ever your creativity takes you. Enjoy and have a happy weekend!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Here goes. I am (in no particular order): sweet, lovely, tall, smart, sassy, strong, brave, silly, warm, adventurous, loyal, kind, honest, handy, pretty, loving, tender, comforting, caring, artistic, and I am a helper, dreamer, idealist and a believer.
So, welcome again and stick around. I'm pretty cool!