Archive for January, 2008


Rose Quartz – NOLA, originally uploaded by Soasa Designs.

As you probably already know I’m very involved in the SUNY New Paltz chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This spring we’re participating in the Collegiate Challenge, which offers us a chance to fundraise like mad and take a trip down to New Orleans to do some building during spring break. This is a wonderful opportunity for us, and we’re coming up on our deadline very quickly. If you check out my site you’ll see that I’ve listed some items as “NOLA” items. For each of these that I sell I’ll be donating 50% to our trip. Please consider helping us out! Any purchase of these items will earn you a postcard from the group while we’re there! If you’re interested in any of the fundraising events we’re hosting on and around campus, or otherwise getting involved, please feel free to e-mail me!

For those of you local to me, some of my work is now available at Trudy’s Beauty Shop behind the IGA and across the way from the Hillsdale House in the center of town. She’s got some super cute Valentine’s Day earrings.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day! It’s coming up quickly, and if you’re looking for something special for your someone special I’ve got all kinds of pretty things, and new pieces on the way! If you’ve got something particular in mind I’m open to working with you to design the perfect gift!


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I’m back at school, and being a silly girl I left my computer home when I moved back into my apartment. People are saying I did it on purpose so that I would have an excuse to go home again. Needless to say I’d rather be home than here, and people know it.

For the most part my classes seem good, I’ve got some really, really heavy reading courses, and we’ll see how long that lasts. At least they don’t start out easy on us!

I think I won’t have a lot of time for making jewelry, but I’m hoping that my Enameling class really pushes me forward in that area. Right now I’m making small things, mostly to benefit New Paltz Habitat for Humanity. We’re fundraising for a trip down to New Orleans to rebuild over our spring break. It’s challenging and frustrating and exciting all at once!

I’m reading:
Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey for the YA Challenge
Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol for Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education
This Land Was Theirs by Wendell H. Oswalt for Indians of North America
The History and Tradition of Jazz by Thomas Larson for History of Jazz
The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty for Enameling

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Book: The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
Pages: AudioBookEntertainment Rating: 2/5
Snooty Rating: 2.5/5
Total Rating: 4.5/10
Books Read Total: 7/50
Pages Read Total: 1630/15,000

This book was hell. So violent, dark, angry and depressing. Somehow I couldn’t stop listening, despite the anxiety it caused me. I think had I been reading it myself I would have put it down a long time ago, but having paid for it and spent the time downloading it I felt like I had to hear it out. The storytelling is pretty good, not as wonderful as Ender’s Game, but it’s fairly well done. I just wish it wasn’t so unbearably oppressive. There’s a bit at the end from the author about how the book came about, and how it’s a collection of stories he wrote when he was first beginning. It’s a very angsty, fire and brimstone collection.

I really don’t recommend this one at all.

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YA Challenge 2008

So I was browsing through Nymeth’s various (and awesome) blogs I came across the YA Challenge and joined because I needed another challenge, obviously. I just couldn’t resist! (Do you see what results from a couple comments in a blog?)

And so, from Thoughts Of Joy I bring you The YA Challenge 2008.

This is really just a glorified excuse because I love quality YA novels. I’m being careful to read new ones (only a couple of these are nostalgic re-reads). I’m going to link each to my comments on it as I read them.

1. The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
2. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
3. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
5. The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum
6. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
7. Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing by Various, including Avi, Peterson, Alexander and some other favorites
8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (I’m finally breaking down and going to read this)
9. The Secret School by Avi
10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
11. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
12. Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey

Super excited, and these are bound to change.

I’m subbing The King of Ireland’s Son in and taking out The Book Thief.

It’s just occurred to me that the reason I didn’t like The Book Thief was because I was looking for The Thief Lord (there seems to be a lot of thieving on this page). So maybe I’ll replace something else with the book I was really wanting to read.

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For the What’s in a Name? challenge: A book with an animal in its title

Book: The Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Pages: 240
Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Snooty Rating: 3/5
Total Rating: 7/10
Books Read Total: 6/50
Pages Read Total: 1630/15,000

There’s something very quaint and comforting about Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. The writing is simple and the story line is straightforward and to the point. The characters are lovable and sometimes surprising. I never feel frustrated or like I’ve wasted my time when I read these books, and yet there is nothing about them that is exceptionally striking. Read them on the beach, on a rainy day, or in the bath (if you’re prone to reading in the bath, as I am).

P.s. I thought it was fitting to put “Marginalia” one of my favorite poems, in the margins of my blog. (Haha, get it?) Check it!

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Whimsy and the Lily

Whimsy and the Lily, originally uploaded by Soasa Designs.

From my new line for 2008, Whimsy. See more on Flickr and for sale at SoasaDesigns.com.

I’m having a grand old time with these gorgeous, rich colors! I’m in love with Vintaj and pearls and green!

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Goodies, originally uploaded by Soasa Designs.

All my orders are coming in this week! It’s a blast:) Here are some goodies from Vintaj.com, Off the Beaded Path and The Beady Eye. Agates, Jades, Carnelians and pearls. Yum!

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