Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring is Springing

YYYYYEEEESSSSSS!  The crocuses have burst from the earth!   The robins are back singing to me in the morning and evening!  The snowbanks have all but disappeared!  I love the transitional time between the seasons.  Every day I notice something different. 

Sweet Liss gifted me this adorable (really adorable) paper clay cabachon that she made. 

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I'm using it in a 5" x 7" bead embroidered picture which is not coming together as easily as I wish it would.  I've spent more time ripping out and starting again than I care to admit.  I know, I know, I can hear Nicole telling me that she never rips out -- I just haven't reached that level of expertise yet.  Some things are just plain hideous!

Using a piece of Nicole's super-duper-how-did-I-ever-bead-without-it BeadBacking, I placed these little cabs all around the focal (I don't know why).  It reminds me of those candy dots I used to get as a little girl.  Do you know the ones I mean?  They came on a long strip of white paper. 

The next morning I was heading out the door to work and it was a hateful windy cold day and I thought "ugh, definitely time for spring."  That's it!  Time!  Time for Spring -- that's why I put those cabs around.  I must have been thinking of a clock.  When I got home from work and took a look at the placement again, I thought, NOPE.  Didn't put them in a clock formation.    Great.  Now what do I do?

I started encasing the focal and realized when I was done it look like I had made a little nest around it. 

I came across this spring-looking mix of seeds in my stash and wanted to use them somehow.

I encased all the inner cabs and the outer most cabs became flowers.

Then, because it was raining outside, I thought I would do little umbrellas in each of the corners.

I started out making a line of cylinder beads

another row and some seeds


So bad I didn't even take any pictures of the finished umbrellas (I actually made two of them just to make sure they were as awful as I thought -- they were!)

Now I'm making some of the inner cabs into flowers too.

The jury is still out.......

 ~ * ~ Bead Happy and Often  ~ * ~


Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

you're so funny lynn. i kept smiling and giggling through the whole post. this juror likes it!

Anonymous said...

I love it and that little chickie cab is sooo cute!

LissC said...

I love what you've done with it! It feels like a spring piece for sure :)

mandapanda said...

Well I like it!! I think you've done a simply wonderful job!!!

Robbie said...

Lynn, this is a beautiful piece. It does remind you of spring!! Your work is beautiful...and who doesn't rip out now and then!! HA

Plays with Needles said...

You'll figure it out Lynn...and it will be gorgeous!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The cab is adorable! I guess every once in awhile we all struggle with a piece--but we are our own worst critics--I like it!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Ditto! I like it!