Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I came across a golfing visor in the closet the other day. It has some healthcare-related logo on the front, but was a really nice khaki color.
Then my mom bestowed upon me the remainder of her bead stash (she wants to concentrate on paper arts and needed the room and I was more than happy to take them off her hands -- love ya mom!). Some of the beads were old necklaces that I remember her wearing back when I was a child and so they brought back some cool memories.
I was drawn to these beads in particular and thought they would look great as a beaded band for that khaki golf visor I had just found. So I hunted through my beads and picked a color story. You can see the edge of the visor in the upper left corner of the pic.
Emotionally, it was hard to cut the necklaces apart. (Now I know how my sister Laurel felt when she was dismantiling my grandmothers quilt to make our angels.)
I'm just putting on the larger focal areas - this jade monkey asked to be put on next - :) and then I'll add something else larger and then I'll be ready to fill in the background areas.
It is very windy here today. My husband had to go into work to clean up two pine trees that had come down in the wind. Very sad, they were over 40 feet tall. I worry about him being out there too. I wish he would wait for the wind to stop. I know a lot of the country is rebounding after intense weather and I hope everyone is getting through it safely. Around here it is very warm (59 degrees !) and rainy and now we are experiencing flooding from the 3 feet of snow we got last week. Our back yard was a virtual lake. Yesterday we took Kyah and Rocco to Royalton Ravine Park in Gasport, New York. We got stuck in a downpour, but it felt good to be outside in the woods. The creek at the bottom of the ravine was flowing hard and fast - I actually watched as a fairly good size tree was taken from the edge of the bank. Most of the snow was gone so hopefully the waters will begin to recede soon.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Ever not notice something that's been in your house for a really long time, and then all of a sudden see it in a different light? When looking for a place to hang my beaded golf ball, I finally settled on hanging it here:
And then after I hung it up, I 'saw' all the bracelets and other whatnots that I have hung up there and then sort of overlooked. I took some pictures and thought I would share them with everyone
This is a bracelet that just 'made itself' - I had no planned design and before I knew it this is what emerged. I originally made it for sale, but then I realized I had quite a few outfits that it just looked perfect with and I couldn't part with it.
A beaded tea .....ummmm, what's the word?....... I can't believe I can't think of this.....you know what you put loose tea in to brew it. Making this was so much fun that I immediately bought a mesh rice cooker and, what do you know, never beaded it! Maybe this year......
My Turtle Rocks bracelet. Each turtle is made with a small pebble inside. I have a rock collection addiction. I have all kinds of dishes filled with pebbles, seed pods, bark and other things that I find in the woods.
I am a newbie golfer. Just started playing 2 years ago, which living in Western New York, means I've been out golfing maybe 25-30 times in all. I don't even keep score. I could care less how many times it took me to get the ball in the hole, I just love being on the course with my mom and girlfriends with everyone encouraging each other and sharing a few laughs along the way. OK, maybe more than a few laughs!!
This is one of the very first beaded projects I made. It was from a Bead and Button issue and I was so amazed that I was able to make it simply by following the instructions. It's a herringbone stitch with a spiral twist. I hate the colors, but it was what I had on hand and I never really thought I would be able to make it. I did wind up making another black, silver, and turquoise color that is very dramatic.
A Life Bracelet class. This class I loved. We were to bring small charms and beads to class and then we embellished our bracelets with our personal totems.
Some significant things in this pic are the kewpie doll: (I obviously don't know how to spell that!) signifying my love of babies (I am known as the baby hog at the office); the bee charm: a gift from my friend Stephanie and also symbolic of my mantra "Be"- whenever I see a bee, I always remind myself to just "be". Be what? you ask. Anything. Whatever pops into your head at that moment. I always start with Be Grateful. Be What You Are. Be Happy; the fish charm: for my love (aka my husband), not only is he a Pisces but he also loves to fish; the little green leaf paper bead: made by Ugandan women and available through Bead for Life, please take the time to support this group if you are able to.
The flower you see at the top of the pic is a 2-tiered flower. The solid pink petals are tacked to the base, but the top four petals (tipped in metallic beads) are a whole separate piece that is held in place by the large center bead. It's a really neat effect.
Another Bead and Button project. I think it was called a fuschia pattern.
Guarding over it all is a cute little doll made by the children of the Tuscarora Indian Nation.
Although I'm not a big drinker, shot glasses are always on my beading table. They are just perfect for keeping the colors separated as you work.
The flower is the same design I learned in the Native American flower board sampler that I posted about back in October.
Before I added the scallop edge it was really plain and I toyed with putting a random spinkling of beads all around or a border above and below the motif, but then that seemed to overwhelm the design. I'm glad I didn't add anything else - the border is enough pull it all together.
I've made a new year's resolution to work on Twigs at least once a week.
He seems very happy!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I love my sister!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This one is fashioned from an old quilt of my Gramma Toms.
Emotionally, Laurel had a hard time cutting the quilt apart. She consulted with a textile expert and they assured her the actual quilt was beyond repair. And this way we all have a bit of it, as she made not only one for me, but also her my other sister and my mom.
Old St. Nick
And lastly, always remember to . . . . .
This is a beautiful memory book my sister Laurel made for me last year. I will share more of that with you later - it's so special it deserves its very own post. But for now, I need to stay on task and keep working on a Christmas surprise. I have made fabulous progress on my socks too and I will bring you all up to date on that soon - it is so cool the way the pattern works!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is the vine on the back (I'm not sure why this picture looks so washed out). The leaf beads are so pretty - one side is olive green and the other has a gold finish. I wish I could remember where I got them.
I always try to incorporate my little signature bleeding heart stem. This time I placed it on the inside money flap.
I can't believe Christmas is two weeks from tomorrow. Where or where did 2008 go?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I still am not finished with Renee's wallet. I've got the pockets sewn into place and although the picture doesn't show it, I finished the leaf vine too. I finally got smart and rather than line the pockets with pellon and a satin-y material, I used ultrasuede which eliminated me having to 'hem' the lining. So much easier and faster too.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Rather than be productive, I spent my Sunday morning playing.
I made a video of my peach flower which was altered by using a kaleidoscope program. It took a really long time to load up, so I'm not sure if it will come over or not. And it looks a bit blurry. If you can't read the credits, the program is www.krazydad.com/kaleido it's so cool - check it out! But with a word of caution - it's highly addictive.
And the picture on my title is of the butterfly I made which is now living at Tracey's home, also altered by the same program.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I began with the pockets that will hold her credit cards and such. The beads are from ArtGems, Inc. and I just love the colors. The darker beads are called fancy grey color lined gold AB. I am assuming the AB refers to aurora borealis finish, but they really don't have the purple-y blue typical AB look. They are just beautiful. I accented with a fancy topaz color lined beige (also from Art Gems) and then edged the pocket in a metallic gold bead I picked up from the Historical Society here in Lockport.
All my wallets and coin purses have a vintage coin. Renee's features a regal looking lion and is dated 1950. Looks like it has Russian letters, but I really don't know where it originated from. I have it surrounded in peyote stitch and now I am finishing that off with the sunburst pattern using grey faceted rounds (I think 8 mm) and really pretty Miyuki beads from Joggles in 11 and 15.