Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I Love My Job

Look what I made at work today:


It's a shawl pin made from copper wire, coiled and hammered and wire-wrapped with beads. Here's what it looks like in use:


Soon I'll be teaching a class on it.

Working in a bead store is the best job ever. (After crochet design, that is.)

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Credit for this idea goes to Ingrid the Crafty, who graciously allowed me to photograph her beautiful coiled pins at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival last September, and encouraged me to try making some of my own. (Click here to find links to more of her amazing work.)

Inspiration pins by Ingrid the Crafty

What's the best job you ever had?

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31 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were working in a bead shop! At one point that would have been my dream job too.. but now as a retired person.. no job is my dream job.. and I'm living it. :-) I love your shawl pin, bravo to you!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa! I'm glad you're living your dream job now. ;) Hope January is treating you well.

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  2. Teaching, it was like having an acting gig.

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    1. Interesting! Now that I think about it, many of my teachers probably felt the same. It probably lent spice to their efforts.

      What did you teach?

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  3. It's beautiful!, my dream job would be to own a yarn/tea shop but it was always just that a dream. I took over the running of a Nursery from the UN when I lived in Syria and I loved that my youngest son was only 2 so he could come along, it was fun and very rewarding. :) x

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    1. Wow, anything UN-related sounds very important!

      The yarn and tea shop is a dream many of us share. We'd probably have to serve coffee too just to keep everyone happy. :)

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  4. Awesome. You are so talented. Wishing you a great day sweet friend. ((hugs))

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  5. Really beautiful! Lucky you getting to try new things like this on the job. I worked for Kelly Temporary Services in the 80s and enjoyed going to all the difference offices for work. It was when computers were just being put to use so every time I'd go someplace I'd learn something new. It also taught me to be very flexible and adaptable. Like Linda, my dream job would be to have a yarn/coffee shop. But then again, staying home has been great because I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. :) Happy New Year!

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    1. I didn't know you were staying home now - lucky you! Happy New Year to you too, Tammy! :)

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  6. I like that very much, you clever old thing. My ideal job was when I had my own small business making and decorating cakes.

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    1. Ooh, that sounds fun. Though I imagine it could have gotten stressful at times, depending on the customers.

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  7. That pin is simply stunning. Hard to say what my best job was. Working as a vet tech was really interesting and fun. How can you beat getting fuzz therapy all day? I also loved working as a bio tech in the Everglades. I got to run around in an airboat and helicopter and collect specimens from the marsh then identify them under a microscope back in the lab. Much fun for a geek like me.

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    1. "Fuzz therapy" is a great phrase. :)

      You and Dennis have had more interesting jobs than almost anyone I know, Amy.

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  8. I love the shawl pin. I may have to give that a try. I enjoy hammering copper wire. I was so excited when I learned it would hold its shape after being pounded.

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    1. It's like magic, isn't it? And I was fascinated that it stayed shiny even after being hammered and textured. I didn't coat it with anything so it will probably develop a patina, but right now it just sparkles. :)

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  9. How beautiful. What a lovely thing to give a class on, Sue!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! I'm looking forward to it. Have been making extra samples and writing up directions for the project. Sometimes I can't believe I get paid to have so much fun. :)

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  10. Oh, that's beautiful! I'm glad you enjoy your job so much and that you get to be creative at it :-).

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    1. Thanks Ginny! Me too. It's really the most fun I've ever had on a job, except perhaps for the years I spent babysitting. That was pretty fun too. :)

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  11. Tough to say! i love the shawl pin.
    Jobs i've loved: I had so much fun at Mcdonalds when I was 16 . I love working at the barn with the horses as a volunteer. I loved being a kitten foster.

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    1. And here I thought nursing might come into it somehow. Being a kitten foster sounds pretty cool. :)

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  12. Beautiful pin!! I have had some very crazy jobs--but the best was when I was a teacher in Italy. I used to bike to work and get out late and walk by the lit up lamp posts outside the theater. Pretty remarkable.

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    1. Okay, now I'm officially jealous. That sounds wonderful. I'll bet the food was great too. :)

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  13. Gosh it is brilliant! Just so beautiful. I wish I lived near as I would attned that class in a heartbeat. Happy 2018!

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    1. Thanks Mere! I wish you did too. I'd love to have you walk into the store any time. :)

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