Beyond The Bead

I took the kids to the bookstore before dinner and grocery store yesterday (GEEZ – teenagers eat a lot!) and picked up this book for me, Beyond The Bead, by Margot Potter. I really like it. There’s so much information, if you want to invest the $22.99. I needed some eye candy and some boredom busters and some new ideas, so I bought it. I like the I’ll Fly Away – Creating Faux Enameled Jewelry section the most, I think. It’s the bird earring and necklace set on the front cover. I have a lot of stamps from my life BK (before kids) so I think I have at least one thing on the list of things I would have to buy to make the project!!! I can say I recommend the book, if you are looking to expand your creativity beyond the typical beaded necklace/earrings! You may have to invest in some supplies, but if you are looking to take the jewelry you make and sell to a different level or in a different direction, then this book is for you!

Book Review – Lost On Plant China

Last week, I had the great fortune to have the time to read four books (!) and this was one of them. My friend Jill and I have read all three of his books (J. Maarten Troost) – they are quite funny! I have to say, while I laughed the entire time I was reading this book, it really reinforced my idea that I really have no interest whatsoever to travel to Planet China. My boyfriend/partner travels a lot in his line of work, and I get to go along with him if my schedule and wonderful parents allow (paying my own way of course, for you know who you are). I have been to some great places, and he knows that someday, he will have to go to China – but I think when that trip comes around, I will just say no! I feel I’m a pretty competent traveler these days, and while he is busy working or professing, I spend quite a bit of time alone sightseeing, etc. I don’t think I have the inner fortitude to handle China alone for a day! This was, as I said, a great book, and you should definitely read it. You’ll get a great insight for what is Planet China, but you’ll also laugh your way through the entire book, when you’re not shaking your head…