But really, isn't this babe the cutest little thing?
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
But really, isn't this babe the cutest little thing?
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I used the size 8 clear beads for the edge to mimic the heavy clear glass of the furnace beads. Speaking of the furnace beads......
Now on to the dreaded sewing of my Tuscarora Class Project. . . . . .
I found out the stuffing is called "Warm and Natural". First I had to cut it into strips. Yeah, lots of fun! Not.
furnace glass beads I got from Artbeads as part of their blogging partners program that I still hadn't done anything with. The beads are awesome - so so shiny and smooth and just saturated with color inside.
The theme was "summertime" and I was thinking that summer to me is being outdoors and hiking and collecting nature's beads (read: rocks). So I found a good rock that I could use and glued that to a piece of heavy peltex. (note that it is hanging off the table on the right.)
While that glue dried a bit, I hunted around through my stash and pulled out a little of this and that and messed around with the furnace glass and really wasn't sure what the heck I was going to do. And then by the end of the day, I had this:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
They get to a spot where they can turn around and by the time they get back, the guys are gone, but the object is still in the road and even worse as they are pulling into a driveway to get out of traffic, a car comes within inches of running it over. Sure enough, a cat scrambles out to the side of the road and crawls into a nearby shrub. Meghan tells me she thinks it is paralyzed or something because it was literally crawling with its front legs only. Oh my GOD!
I go flying to my car; pet carrier, treats and water in hand. I get to the girls and find the poor cat in the bushes, panting, cross eyed, salivating. Poor little lovey. I soothe it the best I can, trying to gain its trust. I slide it gently out from under the shrub and realize she is a female who might have just given birth. After making her as comfortable as we can in the carrier, we go back across the road to where the girls saw these assholes and looked all over for her kittens. Nothing. Drat.
I called my vet and of course they were closed, so I will try again this morning. There is definitely something very wrong with her hind legs. I watched her try to move around and there is no movement in her back legs. She made it through the night and actually growled at me when I tried to pet her this morning, so she must be feeling better. I'm not real optimistic on what the vet will be telling me.
Update: my vet did indeed confirm my fears. Spinal damage. She isn't suffering any more. But I still am. Mean People Suck.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
My class tonight went well. Finished up the first motif and my middle leaf turned out more like a feather, but I'm good with that - after all it's part of the bird nest motif, right?
I started my butterfly and am not really too keen on the red/green combo, but I will stick with it.
(it's toward the end of the post - past the insects)
Now, on to the real reason you are here-Tuscarora Tuesday!
Didn't get all my homework done for my class, being in the woods all weekend really kind of took up a lot of my time. Go figure, right? But I did get two full rounds of the straight line border completed and 3 of the bird nest motifs. Boy, those aren't easy. Mine are definitely newbies! I'll get some pics up hopefully tomorrow. I'll take some step-by-step shots of the bird nest so you can see the idea behind creating them. Of course, mastering the technique is something I've yet to accomplish, so be kind, ok?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
First of all, I know I have said it before, but I will say it again--thank you thank you thank you for all the love you have shown in listening to my tale of woe concerning Hannah. Every comment feels like a well-needed hug and I can't say enough how much you all mean to me. Really and truly. Ok then, with that said, let's talk beads!
I finished the Toho Ring Kit, and as much as I love the motif.......
I really love the design of the band. I just am so impressed by these kits. Does anyone know of any other Toho kits out there? I haven't looked for any, but I would have to believe they have put out other kits than just the rings.
Those faceted glass rounds I got from Artbeads turned into these:
The facets really catch the light and give so much visual texture.
I got the book from my public library, but it's now on my 'to buy' list. It's a great book - lots of different designs and projects from a variety of artists.
Well, my dear friends, I need to re-focus my brain and get into packing mode. We leave for my beloved Allegany State Park tomorrow to attend the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage and I haven't done a single thing to get ready. Although after having camped for years, we are fairly organized, I still need to take inventory of supplies and get my grocery list together, shop, and get the laundry done; not to mention I'm dying to see what all you have been up on your blogs. I guess I should have taken today off from the office........
But look at this latest class I'm taking!! In all the classes I've done (hmm, someday I should add them up), I have never done such a traditional Tuscarora piece.
So classic with the clear beads and those cylinder tube accent beads and look - I'm even going to learn the traditional "birds nest" motif!
The triple line edge around the entire pillow is also very characteristic of the designs of the Tuscarora.
So after 2 hours of instruction (minus about 20 minutes when I had to leave to go fetch up Hannah from the public library and drop her at home - did I ever mention how much I love living in a small city?), this is what I accomplished: