Lately, I increased cat cuteness by at least 60% with a homemade bandana and have been making clay beads for kicks. A year ago I was telling a friend in New York how badly I wanted to make ceramic beads but it was too complicated without access to all the proper tools, and she suggested using polymer clay. I thought, “The beads we made as kids for hemp bracelets?? Ew.” Cue a few months later when Jennifer proved me wrong about my thoughts on the clay. So I’ve been experimenting, trying to stay far, far away from any hippie flower patterns and making interesting textures and color combinations. My next goal is to save up for the means to make beads with metal clay, which would require a mini kiln. We shall see.