Project 1: Twisted Herringbone Cuff

Thus begins the diversification of my blog. Tomorrow morning, I shall rise (quite) early to begin the 13.5 hour trek to Raleigh, North Carolina for a wedding. I'm incredibly excited for three reasons: one, I'm overdue for a vacation; two, I've never been to North Carolina save for hopping over the state line on the mountainous Appalachian Trail (Tennessee, North Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina); and three, I finished the bracelet to go with my stunningly simple black, one shoulder dress.

My goal was to be "old lady sophisticated." The subdued colors remind me of my grandmother's earrings I would try on while playing dress-up. They also remind me of Neapolitan ice cream.

It was made using the "Do the Twist" pattern by Jimmie Boatright in the April issue of Bead & Button Magazine. I should have time in the car to make matching earrings.

There's a great line of handcrafted, Tudor-inspired jewelry at The Anne Boleyn Files. I think I may too draw inspiration from our favorite queens for my next beading project. I love the pearl and leaf combination on the Jane Seymour Turquoise Stone Necklace. Fabulous!



Being terribly neglectful and a most unsuccessful blogger, I've been thinking about this little slice of Internet I have carved out for myself. The problem, I have determined, is that of too many interests, hobbies, and ideas floating around. It's very easy to get lost in one thing or another, and I tend to flit about with much randomness from one item of whimsy to the next. I blame being a Gemini.

Originally, Marquess of Pembroke was created as a Tudor outlet, but far more than sixteenth century mysteries and romance percolate inside my brain. Thus, I shall be expanding my blog to be a place of amphigoric musing on whatever suits my fancy, which will no doubt visit Anne and her counterparts. I tried to snatch the name Amphigory, but it was taken already, so we'll go with Marquess... until something else pops into my head. Maybe I should just keep it? We'll see.

With the subject settled, only two things standing in the way of frequent blogging: work and access to Internet. I've had monument-sized projects that began shortly after my last post and have continued to this very day. After countless late nights and an unhealthy amount of espresso, they are finished. {And everyone cheers!} The Internet thing is still in the works. I just may be the only person who doesn't have the 'net at home. I'll catch up eventually.