Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Selfish Splurge

While drooling through the latest issue of Bead & Button magazine, I happened upon an advertisement for this super-cute box offered by Ann Benson of Beads East. It was love at first sight, a definite "must have."
Once I got my kit and saw the components I knew it was going to be more fab than I expected. And it included an instructional DVD, which, along with the ultra-detailed instruction booklet, was like having Ann in the room with me (yeah, don't I wish).
Just by coincidence the stones for the lid match the stone of my pincushion I had made a bit ago. Doesn't it resemble a turtle shell? Love it!!
With the lid complete, it was now time to work up the base - soft blue leather. Scrumptious. Just a wee bit more to complete.
Now, if I can just get Cloudy to leave me alone, I might be able to bead a little faster. He's soooo needy. Drives me nuts until I pick him up. I've had cats my whole life, and none of them have ever behaved like this guy. Don't get me wrong, I love it.
I had ordered a kit once before from Beads East called Papillion, so I was certain this kit would be well worth the time, money, and effort. And I wasn't wrong.


Carol said...

Your work is beautiful, as always...that cat is TOO MUCH!!

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful!
I have tried Ann's beadweaving but I am not very good at it. We published her books for years - she is an amazing talent!
My best

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

simply gorgeous!

Ralonda said...

I vow to never complain about the kitty on my pattern, fabric or on my bead mat. I thought I "was working with setbacks" That kitty takes the cake.

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh, we have the same taste! I have looked at that kit a couple times and the blue one was my favorite too! Oh, it's beautiful!!! I just LOVE it! Your picture is even better than Beads East! Ann Benson's designs are lovely, as are a few other designers there! ;-)

That is he cutest picture of you and Cloudy!!! What a love bug!

Papillion is gorgeous! Good for you to treat yourself and splurge a's good for the soul.

XO ~Lisa