I recently left my nice secure job as an instructional designer to work on my PhD in Chemistry. Yup, I'm pretty much insane... but I hope it turns out that I'm insane in a good way. Whenever I have time, I like to create pretty pretty things with beads, crystals, and found objects. My jewelry making lets me keep at least a little bit of sanity in the crazy academic world. I hope to open an etsy shop soon, and maybe a real store at some point. However, time is at a minimum right now as I try to pass my classes, teach labs, grade homework, and conduct research.
Recently I have found myself looking at the new laptops in the computer aisle. Don't get me wrong, I don't need a new computer. They're just so pretty I can't help myself. They're little and colorful, and some of them have cute little patterns on them... while mine is boring. So, I decided that the same skills I use to make pretty jewelry should be put to work to make my laptop pretty. I found a bunch of the sets of gems for cell phones for CHEAP, so I bought all the sets I could find. Then, I set to work deciding what I wanted to put on my laptop. I finally settled on elephants. They are my favorite animal -- they are just so gentle and kind. They also represent luck. So, I found a line drawing of elephants I liked (I didn't think I was up to re-creating anything more complex than a simple line drawing) and started cutting the jewels apart (I found out that cell phone jewels come stuck together on one piece of sticky stuff, so I had to cut them apart to use them). I personally like it. Everyone else may think it's silly, but it is special to me. Not to mention that I will always know which laptop is mine... no mixing it up at the airport! Hooray for simple projects!