Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Hmm, what's this? Addressed to me. I didn't remember ordering anything. And then I saw the return address and smiled from ear to ear. Grace, an amazingly talented bead artist was sending me one of her fab creations-just because she likes me!
In the envelope was the nicest card and an inspiring poem (sonnet?) called "Imagine a Woman." As I read each line, I could just feel the tension release and my breath become slower. Cool. The power of the written word. Magic.
Now onto the Grace Creation. I was so excited, I just knew it was going to be wonderful! As I peeled through the bubble wrap, my anticipation mounting-a hint of purple peeking through and then - ta da! LOVE IT!!!!
Pinned that baby on my shirt and couldn't remember why I was so frazzled less than 3 minutes before. Bead Magic. Can't beat it.
Thanks Grace - You're the best!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Ironically, my newest iris bloom is similar in coloring to a purse I made a few years ago in an Iroquois raised beadwork class.
The freshwater pearls were meant to represent water droplets. The stem is made of porcupine quills, which are really neat to work with. You actually insert a very long, thin, needle right up through the center of the quill. A seed bead at the top and bottom of the quill prevents the thread from being cut by the sharp quill tips.
Here's the reverse side - just a bud.
Both the full bloom and the bud were beaded first on poster board covered in pellon, edged, and then sewn on like an applique.
Like every other purse I've made from a class, it's not very practical. I think I've used it only a few times. The wool felt from a distance looks just like leather. It's lined with a cotton print in the almost identical colors of the beadwork.
Here's my newest iris-I swear it smells like orange to me. Yum.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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 ....
Monday, June 1, 2009
Here it is opened - its huge!
Just one of the 4 compartments - this one is all earth tones and black/white. Awesome.
. . . . . Of course I will - just as soon as I get better at it.
I worked up this pair from an earring pattern on Auntiesbeads.com. The directions were very precise and easy to follow and all the earring supplies needed are listed right under the instructions.
I am really bad at the whole loop making wire wrapping bit. I love the earrings themselves, its the workmanship that could use some help.
Luckily my mom told me she's not in any hurry, because it may be awhile until I get the technique under control.