Anyway, here's the final result. Not real crazy about the colors, but I think it would look really cute with jeans and a white shirt. I kept the two sides somewhat symmetrical, which is something I don't usually do.
And now for something completely unrelated to beading: My ORCHIDS ARE FINALLY BLOOMING!!
Two years ago my mom and I went on a bus trip to the Finger Lakes region of NY and stopped at a yarn and iris farm. I was really along for the yarn and knew nothing about iris. It was $5 for a clump of iris, so I plunked down $20 and walked away with a plastic bag full of plants.
I put them in the sunniest spot I could find in my yard, which is not really all that sunny thanks to the 100+ year old trees in my yard and hoped for the best. Last year, nothing. But I was happy the stalks were still alive and let them be. A week or so ago, I was heading back to the shed and barely even looked at the iris on my way until something caught my eye. Wait! Could it be? A --- BUD????
Are you kidding me? I was thrilled! Patiently I waited day after day; checking morning, noon, and night for the first sign of color. My gosh, iris take a long time to burst open. And then -- viola -
a little bloom. So sweet. Just one of about a dozen that are now in full bloom. I couldn't be happier!
And then another stalk started to bud. This one really tall and larger than the first. Amazing!
The blossom is huge - and there are at least 6 ready to open.
And now I see yet another clump is getting ready to show me what she's got. Its so much fun to see what colors they are and the blooms smell fantastic. I which I could bottle their scent. I love the way each variety is opening at a different time. The yellow ones are just about done, and now these periwinkle ones are all showy and who knows what's going to be next. Oh! That reminds me--I made a purse with a beaded iris on it. Hmm, I'll have to get some pics of that piece ....