Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thank you, Auntie's Beads!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins... at last!

As you've probably noticed, I've taken a blogcation over the past few months. So many things have happened since the last time I wrote, and I'm itching to tell you all about them, but today I'm going to focus on one of the things that brought me back.

I got an email from Clint over at Auntie's Beads, asking if I wanted some free beads. In exchange, I would do a blog post about my project, showing my readers where they could get the components I used. Well, this sounded like too much fun to pass up, so I accepted. I had a million ideas, because I always have a million ideas, but I decided on something Halloween-themed. Specifically, Monster-themed.

And then it was time to renew my website. This translated to a month and a half of frustration. During this time, Auntie's Beads was amazingly patient and understanding.

And now the site is back up! And the projects -- because there are two now -- have been photographed.

For Halloween, I made my Monster High dolls another room in my book case. And what better house-warming present, I reasoned, than a house plant? Of course, this couldn't be just any plant. It needed to be spooky. I took some inspiration from my bead creatures and used the acrylic flower and leaf beads I'd picked out.

"Bead me, Seymour!"

Needless to say, the dolls were thrilled! Of course, if you're not a doll person, you could always add some backing and brick-stitched edging and make a pin or a pendant. Just be careful! Monster Plants are harmless to people, but they have a taste for nice fabric. Nom, nom, nom.

By the time I was done, I had another idea. This one was a little more complicated and a little less spooky. It would be perfect for the rooftop doll garden I was making... and also a nice place for my bead creatures to hang out.



It's not quite finished, but the bead creature looks awfully happy in there, doesn't he? I used all sorts of acrylic beads from Auntie's Beads for this, including trumpet flowers, bell flowers, and heart-shaped leaves.  Some flower sequins also made a guest appearance. I also used some irregularly-shaped stone beads that had never made it into jewelry pieces -- a miniature garden is a great use for beads like this. If you don't have any bead creatures or dolls, you could always add some tiny benches or chairs and make a fairy garden.

I'm looking forward to adding new plants and bead creatures to the garden... and to making more. Maybe a big garden, with a stone walkway and a fish pond. And if this happens, I'll be sure to share it here!

Thank you so much, Clint and Auntie's Beads! And thank YOU for reading. If you have any questions on how I made either piece, let me know, and I'll share my tips and tricks in the comments. Until then... I have a few plants to feed.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waking Up.

Hey, everyone!

Today's Truthful Tuesday topic is a hard one for me to write about. But it's an important one because so many people are going through the same thing this year, so I'm going to push through all that fear and reservation and say what needs to be said. Ready?

Seasonal affective much?

This winter was hard on a lot of us physically. We went through what I affectionately call... Snowpocalypse. So much dark, freezing weather and evil sky dandruff! Snowpocalypse did more than just make us cold, though. It hit us emotionally too, sending some of us into a horrible downward spiral.

And I say us because it happened to me, and then some. Winter is always my hibernation time -- sometimes I think I'm part grizzly bear. I retreat into my own little bear cave, keep to myself, and eat a lot of comfort foods. Well, this time was really bad. On top of Snowpocalypse, I was feeling lost about what I want to do with my life. I also lost a dog walking gig with my favorite black lab, and since he'd become a best friend, I was pretty devastated.

I felt like a failure all around, and I wasn't excited about life. For awhile there, I couldn't think of a single thing to look forward to. I started doing less and less, sleeping more and more, and eating like crazy. I was honestly ready to eat and sleep my entire existence away. Welcome to Rock Bottom, population: me. It was the worst I'd felt since my shoulder injury, when I thought my body was wrecked for good.

Spoiler alert: I'm better now.

This all sounds sad, and maybe even a little scary, but while exploring Rock Bottom, I found something: that same person I found during my shoulder injury. The person who didn't want to give up, and who knew that all I needed to do was change something -- the tiniest little thing -- and I could begin to change everything else.

And here's how it happened.

So you know what I did? I started walking. I dragged my sad, sorry carcass off the couch and made myself walk for 10 minutes a day. And then twenty. And then thirty. I made it my number one priority, the one thing I absolutely had to do, even if I did it in 5 minute increments, and even if I did it at 12:00 at night. I became obsessed with stomping around the house. I wouldn't even let myself stop for back pain, for calf cramps. I just stretched awhile and kept going.

And that obsession was the rope that helped me climb out of the hole. By focusing on one thing with a crazed, rabid weasel-like intensity, I didn't focus as much on what a failure I was. Because I was too busy following through. And then I was too busy surpassing my expectations (walking outside! Walking 30 and 40 minutes at a time! Getting a full hour of exercise a day). And now I'm too busy creating this new part of my identity. I'm not the girl who sits on the couch all day. I'm the girl who walks everywhere.

And no, my life isn't all the way back on track. I still miss that black lab like crazy; I'll meet a lot of dogs in my life and have lots of canine best friends, but he's someone irreplaceable and special. And I still don't know what to do with my life. But since I started walking, I've been enthusiastic about something. I get to explore the neighborhood! To go a different way every day. I've also started eating better -- skipping the dozen cookies every day and renewing my friendship with fruits and veggies. Hopefully this will get rid of the extra *mumblemumble* pounds I put on this year.

My advice.

The weather's getting nicer, but that's not all the way back on track, either. So if you're still down in the depths, I'm not going to tell you to cheer up. I'm not going to tell you that your problems aren't important or that other people have it worse -- yes, somewhere in the world there's a man whose butt is on fire, and it sucks to be him, but that doesn't take away from the fact that you're suffering, and that doesn't mean that you should paste on a great big scary clown smile and pretend everything's fine. 

(If you want to get that guy some water, though, I bet he'd appreciate it.)

I'm  also not going to tell you to make a gratitude list. Here's what I think about those.

 What I am going to suggest is this:


Pick one tiny thing to change. For me it was walking. For you, it could be something different.

Embrace humble beginnings. 10 minutes a day wasn't a marathon, but it was a change.

Keep going, especially when things get tough. I now have stretches for back pain, strengthening exercises for knee pain.

Increase slowly and steadily. I upped my walking by 2 to 5 minutes every few days.

Get obsessed. Right now I live for my walks. They're my rope, as I said before, and I hang on to them with all my might. I'm not overwhelming myself with lofty goals, but I do want to explore a different part of my neighborhood with every walk. I also want to be able to walk to the Co-op and back... and maybe not have to take the car all the time.



From there, I bet you'll notice some changes in other areas. Changes you never even expected -- like me and the veggies. Hang in there, and know that I'm right there with you -- and that if you ever need a safe space to talk about your problems, I'd like this place to be one. In fact, I absolutely ban any and all of the usual well-intended, but not-at-all-helpful things that people usually say to people in our situation.

And that's all I have to say on this subject, at least for now. I hope this was helpful!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins






Saturday, March 8, 2014

Guess what? I got published!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

If you haven't taken a look already, pick up a copy of the April 2014 issue of Bead and Button Magazine. If you do, you'll notice that the cover mentions something about a sequin bracelet. And when you flip to page... I think it's 77? You'll notice that the bracelet looks a wee bit familiar.


That's right! I got my very first project published. So if you've ever wondered how to make my Rainbow Bright sequin cuff bracelet, you now know all my secrets.

Some of you were wondering why I didn't say anything sooner. This is a fair question -- after all, this is a big beady milestone for me! For all the time I spend reflecting on failure and rejection, success is a whole new, unexplored territory. Honestly, I kept quiet mostly because I was in shock. Even though there's a copy of the magazine sitting on my kitchen table, it still feels unreal. Especially because of the way it happened.

See, I was feeling brave, so I submitted a photo of the bracelet, hoping they'd include it in the gallery section of the magazine. It was a long shot, I figured, but I really wanted to show the beady world what sequins can do. I heard back from the editor, asking if they could make it into a project, instead. And I said yes -- of course.

(Front view.)

So I wrote it up, which was a lot easier than I thought it would be, since the magazine has a lovely basics section that readers can refer to. And I sent in the bracelet for them to photograph. And they took all the step-by-step photos for me, which was excellent, because I didn't have to play Let's Torture My Photographer.

And from there, my work was done. It was an unexpected, easy, and pleasant experience. 

(Baby got back view.)

And so that's how a very small action, taken in the spirit of let's just try this and see what happens, led to getting my first article published.


Lessons learned.

Here are some quick thoughts on handling acceptance. First, it's OK to be in shock. It will last as long as it will last, and until then, just keep reminding yourself of how you felt before it happened -- how impossible you might have thought it was, how much you wanted it.That'll help you put things in perspective.

Second, it's OK if it feels unreal. For those of us who struggle with artistic confidence, our successes come out of left field. Sometimes we don't tell anyone because we don't want to jinx it, or we have to touch it, smell it, taste it, stare at it with googly eyes to believe it. And even when we do see it, we still might need some convincing!

Keep it to yourself for as long as you feel comfortable, if that's what you need to do. Then maybe tell one or two really good friends, the way I did with Mr. Sequin. And when you can't ignore the success anymore, turn towards the support of amazing friends to get you excited. Because it's obviously real if your favorite people are leaving comments on your blog and Facebook, the way mine are.

(Thank you, by the way. Getting the project published is awesome, but hearing from all of you is what really makes a difference to me.)

Also, celebrate! Celebrating can take a lot of different forms. Pat yourself on the back. Buy yourself a present. Tell more people about your success. Collect little mementos like acceptance emails, or in my case, the packaging they sent my bracelet back in -- because I'm a dork. Take your spouse out for dinner and cupcakes. Make sure you do something, no matter how small, because cupcakes celebrating really cements the realness of a thing. Nobody celebrates imaginary events, right?

(OK, fine. I make up holidays and reasons to celebrate, just so I can have cupcakes. But I'm a really bad role model in this area.)

Next, don't belittle it! If you're like me, maybe you have a nasty little voice in your head that wants to tell you it's no big deal, or that you just got lucky. You have my permission to give a big old Dog Whisperer shhh! to that voice. Don't feel too bad if it does try to sabotage you, though. Just remind yourself that this is what nasty voices do for a living and make up your mind to treat them calmly and assertively.

And finally, keep going! I've said that the best way to deal with a rejection is to keep doing. This is true for success, too. So tackle that next project. Apply for that next show (or, in the case of yours truly, start to define what beading-as-a-hobby-not-business means to you). What I've come to realize is, the One Big Break that makes your career take off is usually a mythical creature. More often than not, it's more a series of smaller breaks that add up to something big.

And that's all I've got for today! Thanks again for all your wonderful comments and messages. You rock!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's Raining Kens!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

This blog post is going to serve two purposes today. First, I'm participating in Karen's Color Red challenge and blog hop. Our goal was to use red in one of our freeform pieces and to say a little bit about what the color means to us.


Red is Rad!

This challenge made me very happy because it so happens that red is one of my favorite colors, especially paired with black. I've felt this way since I was a wee one, and I realized that all the other girls were crazy for pink -- the first of many, many differences I would notice over the years. And while pink is just another fun color for me to play with nowadays, red is still a symbol of rebellion for me. A reminder that no matter how hard the world may try to slip that frilly dress over my head, inside I'm red and black and fierce all over. Grrr, baby!

Anyhoo. Because the dolls and I are celebrating Dollentine's Day, I decided to make a freeform doll necklace to go with some of their other jewelry. This came with a few challenges. First of all, for the sake of proportion, I was limited to size 11 seed beads and under. Second of all, I was limited in the size of my piece. It has to fit a tiny model, after all, so I can't go too crazy with the width.

Here's what I came up with:


I love the color scheme, and I love the tiny beaded clasp in the back. But the thing is? When creating freeform for a doll, it's better to create it around the doll if you can, not by yourself with the doll sitting on another couch. It's so easy to make a piece too big -- which is what I did. It practically slipped off my girls!


The Man Event (ha).

Luckily, I found another model! When brings us to the second part of this post, and the reason for the silly title. In a previous post, I promised that when Karen's Kickstarter was funded, I'd post some photos of my Ken dolls wearing some... ahem. Interesting items of clothing. Well, here they are!


Tutus, a tiara, and a freeform necklace! My boys went above and beyond. That's Sleazy Ken on the left, Sequintastic Ken in the middle, and Alex on the end, wearing a ribbon tutu from Dolloween.

(Isn't he handsome? He was a present to my girls. Very soon, I'll do a post showcasing all of their presents, including more jewelry... and more handsome male specimens.)

"Yay, Karen!!!! You Ken do it!!!"

Before this post gets any sillier, and before I can make any more Ken puns, I'll stop here and send you over to Karen's blog for a list of hop participants. Also, check out the Freeform Group and see the photos people posted there!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins

(And Kens)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fibonacci Sequins: Nina's Quilt!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

In all the years I've been beading and making jewelry, I've only taught a handful of times. When I have taught, I've always had a ton of fun. This was definitely the case when Mr. Sequin and I hosted one of our arty parties last Fall, and I got a chance to sit down with Nina Paley, quilter and cartoonist extraordinaire, and show her some basics of bead embroidery.

Nina was a quick study (she beads like she's been doing it all her life) and I knew that whatever she did with her new skills would be awesome. And when Mr. Sequin sent me the link to her Fibonacci Sequins quilt, I'll be honest -- I made this high-pitched, excited noise that probably disturbed every dog in the neighborhood.

Is that not the coolest thing ever? The pun alone is fantastic. But the really fantastic thing was, it turns out that she made two Finbonacci Sequins quilts. One went to a mathematician friend, and the other was in her studio when we paid her a visit.

And guess what?

And guess what?

And guess what?

She let us borrow it so Mr. Sequin could take some photos of it. That's what.



I don't have much more to say about this quilt, except that I'm a proud beady teacher -- and that I can take no credit for the rest of her awesome skills

Super thanks to Nina for letting us borrow the quilt, and to Mr. Sequin for taking the photos. And of course, thank you for stopping by and showing Nina some love. Be sure to stop by her site, and if you haven't seen it yet, you need to go watch Sita Sings The Blues.

Stay tuned for next week's post, where I tell you all about a tambour class I'm taking via Mastered. That's right! After two years of wanting to learn, I'm finally doing it.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Freeform Beading Resources!


Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

To get you even more excited about Karen's Kickstarter, here are some of the best freeform beading resources I've found. And because no post on beading would be complete without lots and lots of eye candy, I've included that, too.

 (Gorgeous example of freeform peyote beading by Karen Williams.)

 (Another example of freeform by yours truly.)


Books/Tutorials

Karen, as you know, wrote a book on freeform peyote beading. As I've mentioned before, it's one of my favorite beady books. She also has an Etsy shop with awesome kits and tutorials.

(Freeform cuff by Nancy Dale -- I love this one!!)

Nancy Dale shares the instructions for her Atlantis cuff in her Etsy shop. I have a copy of this tutorial, and it's amazing! The photographs are beautiful, the instructions are excellent, and what's more, it's a completely different approach to freeform -- she combines it with bead embroidery!

 (Another example of bead embroidery meeting freeform.)

Mandi Ainsworth offers a tutorial on her gorgeous freeform hearts.

(Fabulous work by Mandi Ainsworth.)

From Karen's blog, a tutorial on starting a freeform peyote bracelet!

From Cyndi Lavin's blog, a tutorial on creating a freeform peyote necklace! 


(Fantastic freeform necklace by Cyndi Lavin.)

(Sequined freeform by me.)

Beki Haley of Whimbeads shares a freeform bracelet tutorial.

Groups

Karen started a Facebook group all about freeform. This is a great source of inspiration and a wonderful community!

Projects


 (Beaded mini mannequin by Darcy Horn.)

Darcy Horn successfully funded a Kickstarter project called The Beaded Body. She's covering an entire mannequin in freeform peyote and brick stitch -- you have to see it to believe it! And yes, she used a Barbie body as a prototype. This makes me so happy. 


Blog Hops

Karen and Mandi's Choose Your Own Adventure blog hop.

(One of the pieces I made for the hop.)

(One of Debbie Rasmussen's hop pieces... one of my favorites ever.)

They also partnered for a Captured Objects blog hop.

(Karen's piece for the hop.)


 (Another piece of Mandi's... that uses safety pins!!)

If you haven't already, I hope these resources inspire you to give freeform a try and to support Karen's project! And if there are any resources I've left out, let me know. I'd be happy to add them.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Karen's Kickstarter!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I have some exciting news to share with you. My very good friend Karen Williams is working on an expanded version of her book on freeform peyote beading -- which happens to be one of my favorite ever books about one of my favorite ever beading techniques.


(Sample cover designed by Karen.)

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Karen is a superbly talented writer, beader, and instructor. This project promises to be seriously epic, and I've already become a backer. I think you should, too. If you need convincing, here is a link to her Kickstarter.

Also, here's a link to a Featured Friday post, all about her work.

And of course, here's a link to her blog with more information about her project.


I hope you'll support this project! Sequintastic Ken hopes so, too. In fact, he told me that when Karen reaches her goal, HE WILL LET ME PHOTOGRAPH HIM AND THE OTHER KENS WEARING TUTUS AND POST THE PICTURES ON MY BLOG.* TUTUS!!!! How's that for extra motivation?

(*The other Kens have not officially agreed to this. Boy, they're going to be surprised!)


Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Time to Stitch (IV)!

Hello, everyone!

I'm a little late getting this posted today, but here's what I made for Christine and Therese's A Time to Stitch blog hop. The challenge was to create a piece using a netting stitch and one (or more) of three additional stitches.

For my netting piece, I decided to make a necklace to go with a beaded doll purse I'd made last Fall.

 (For reference, here it is.)

I used horizontal netting stitch and matte teal seed beads to make the necklace. And it was a very nice match!


I have to say, I'm definitely a horizontal netting kind of girl. I tried vertical netting to make a similar necklace, and let's just say... it wasn't pretty. I'd show it to you, but the dolls refused to try it on.

(Divas, every one of them.)

For the next stitch, I chose spiral rope stitch. I'd never tried it before, but I found a tutorial online, and it looked fairly straightforward. And it turns out? It was! Here's my very first spiral rope in the same colors as the necklace and bag:



I'm not sure how I feel about this stitch, to be honest. I will say, though, that it goes by quickly. Also, it helps to use a very thin needle when you're going back through all those beads. For that reason, I don't know how it would work with, say, size 15 -- if I try it out, I'll let you know.

Still, it's nice to have another beading stitch under my belt! I wouldn't have tried this one if it wasn't for Christine and Therese and all the people who suggested it. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!

(And my dolls, too -- although they can't help it so much. Pointy feet and all.)

Now that you've seen my pieces for the challenge, hop on over to Christine or Therese's blog for a list of participants! I can't wait to see what they made... and to see if anyone else has the same spiral rope ambivalence.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Quick and Easy Doll Collars!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I've had doll jewelry on the brain this week. Specifically, I've been wondering how to make doll jewelry that's to scale, elegant, and... different.

I love my continuous bead strand necklaces, don't get me wrong. They don't need a clasp, they can be any length as long as they fit over a doll's head, and they can be wrapped around the doll's neck -- or wrist, come to think of it -- several times for a multi-strand look.



(See?)

But variety is the spice of life... and any doll's jewelry box! And today, while I was looking through the broken jewelry pieces at the IDEA Store -- which happens to be my favorite source for doll and dollhouse supplies -- inspiration struck me like a dozen flamingos falling from the sky.

I found a filigree hoop from an earring -- the kind with the loop at the top. I took it home, and I measured it against the doll. Then I used my wire cutters to snip a small section out of the top, including the bit with the loop.

At this point, I probably should have filed the edges down so they weren't so sharp, but I was impatient. I tried it on my model, the lovely Katie, and since it was such a thin piece of metal, I pressed it down in the back so it was perfectly formed to her neck. 

And here's the result!


I'm really happy with the result. In the future I'd file it, as I said before, and maybe I'd add a coat or two of Renaissance Wax (or maybe even clear nail polish?) to make sure the gold color stays put.

And if I happen across any more of these filigree findings, I'll play around with some chain, jump rings, and itty bitty sequins. Because I could see a funky version of this with the classic Little Black Dress.


(Imagine the possibilities!)


Now it's your turn: Do you have any interesting ideas for doll jewelry? The girls and I appreciate it!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins 

(And dolls)


Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013: Beads, Books, and Barbies.

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I wasn't sure if I was going to do a reflection post this year. I was wondering, in one of my neurotic and insecure moods, if I'd really done all that much. But then I was looking through past blog posts for inspiration, and I discovered a strange and unexpected theme that I just had to share.

That theme? Well, the most significant things in 2013 were, to steal a phrase from Sesame Street, brought to me by the letter B.

Beads

Even though a lot of 2013 was marked by a case of beady burnout that bordered on beady paralysis, I managed to create three of my biggest, and most fun, pieces to date. There was my piece for Sequintastic September, which is still a work in progress. There was Mysterious Morning Sea.

And then there was the Bead Creature Necklace. A necklace that my friend/idol Nina Paley called the weirdest thing she'd ever seen. Which, if you know me, is the best compliment I've ever gotten.



I also took a class with Laura McCabe in December. And may I just say she's as awesome, patient, and approachable as she is talented?

Books

Because my beady paralysis was also a business paralysis, I wrote an e-book all about how I trudged through it. It took me about a month of solid work, and the result was called Run Screaming! I sold a total of 6 copies, which is a pretty modest number, but still -- I followed through with an idea, which is kind of awesome. And I got feedback from some amazing people.

I started to think about writing other nonfiction books, but wimped out. But that's a story for another time.

Barbie

During my beady burnout, I started sewing clothes for the dozens of naked Barbie dolls in my closet. There were early experiments with felt and hand-sewing, and then there was my epiphany... that I could make an easy, patten-free, snap/velcro-free dress to fit any Barbie doll. And from there it was a snowball effect. 



I made friends with my sewing machine! I sewed enough clothing for every doll in the closet (and every new doll I bought). I made bags. And bracelets. And necklaces. I started dyeing hair, styling hair, touching up makeup, and doing total re-roots again for the first time in years. I even started a Pinterest board just for doll inspiration with hair, fabric, and makeup examples for future projects.

And I tried really hard to tell myself that this was my hobby, my way to de-stress. But then I saw a video all about how Sharon Zuckerman designs for Barbie, and I found some old fashion sketches of mine from high school/college, and I started to think... hmm. 

Business

This one was oh-so-complimacated. 

I'd say I made a half-hearted attempt at the jewelry business. I did a few craft shows. Entered more contests. Submitted one article to Bead and Button Magazine. But even though I love making jewelry, trying to sell it and to promote myself was often like being pecked in the rear end by a flock of angry flamingos.

(It's so hard to admit this. I tried so hard to make it not true for so long. But I think jewelry is my leisure activity, not my vocation.)

I'd say there isn't a marketing bone in my body, but I noticed that when it came to my pet-sitting business, I was more than willing to pimp myself to anyone who'd listen. So maybe I do have a marketing bone... it's just shaped like a doggy bone.

And I'm hoping I have a dolly bone too, because I've come to realize that designing for fashion dolls would be the absolute perfect job for me. That maybe one day, I'd like to design for Mattel. Or Integrity Toys. Or any of the other amazing companies out there. It's a pretty crazy dream, but I'm going to respect the dream by putting it out there.

Blogging

My blogging reflected my business/creative life. Starting with the confession that I'm in a blogging slump, and ending with my realization that this blog is starting to head in a doll direction. Maybe for good, or maybe for just a little while.

There will still be sequins -- so many sequins! There will still be beading, and I am sure there will be jewelry. But Corrie, Rachel, Lagoona and the others will be making more appearances in outfits I've made, and in the tradition of Dolloween, there will be... Dollentine's Day.

And that's all I'll say about that. I find that if I do too much planning, I rebel against myself. To continue with the B-theme, I'm Bullheaded that way.


So that's what happened in 2013. Laying it out like this, B-words and all, it was more eventful than I thought. And that's not including the time I got food poisoning at the library or the fact that Mr. Sequin and I watched all eight seasons of Magnum.

But enough about me! Did you notice any themes, strange or otherwise, for 2013? Curious sequin enthusiasts would love to know.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins