Thursday, December 31, 2009
I decided I was lacking earrings, and what better way to remedy that then to make a few pair. But I did require quick and easy, so with the seed bead and crystal stash just an arms reach away, I pulled out the felt balls from Ornamentea and began the beading.
I'm quite pleased with the result.
Purple pair share Heather Trimlett and Michelle Goldstein lampwork and are finished with Blue Iris Design earwires.
I love the almost candy like confection of the aqua with crystal sequins.
The pink pair swing from a short silver chain (swinging earrings fill in the jawline nicely)
Oh the fun I've had! Mark even got into the act with a suggestion for an asymmetrical pair. He remarked 'They would be more edgy' and if you know my dear husband, it totally cracked me up that he would say 'edgy'.
Now which pair am I going to wear first?
Happy New Years to all, enjoy, love, and stay safe!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Green and Gold, well not so much green as a brandied olivine and a touch of dorado on top of that sparkling crystal ab briolette, lovely, a spring or summer freshness but also would be a stunning holiday piece
And then there is gun metal with just a hint of the mauviest pink, accented with purple haze, a rather romantic variation
Which color is your favorite?
I'm taking a holiday the first week in January, and I'll be beading these up...and when I do I'll treat you to more pictures, this time of the entire necklace.
I've shamelessly lifted this image off SwellKnits blogpost.....
mine is equally beautiful, but not quite so far along. Mine is an deep aqua/purple variegated yarn. And it is a beautiful knit.
But the whole knitting vs sky diving question kind of got me to thinking. I admire someone who enjoys life with such fullness (not mind you that beading and knitting can't provide a full life, it does) but I have visions of being that person who would skydive. I like the image of being that kind of adventurer.
But in reality I am an armchair adventurer. I love to read books extreme adventure books(One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare) The title pretty much sums it up for me, but the difference is the woman in the book actually did it. I enjoyed the experience as long as I was in my armchair, dog snuggled next to me, plenty of heat and a good glass of wine, but doing it, no way. I also don't like to ski downhill, fast and out of control, not really an extreme sports kind of gal.
Now Extreme beading, that I can get behind. This piece named Hawaii is one of Suzanne Golden's amazing pieces.
And this one is Rachel's
What's your extreme pleasure?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Jeannette is a good cook so we knew we were going to enjoy the elk meatballs in spaghetti sauce with an excellent Caesar salad. Coupled with nice wine, and good conversation.
Here is one of the many lighted vignettes in Jeannette's home. Isn't it gorgeous?
I just had to break out the new camera and see what it can do....and I quite like the results, thanks to Jeannette for providing the exquisite subject.
And Maya loves to visit as well!
Her friend Jasmine lives there.....next time I will remember a picture of Jasmine, they're a tad bit of an unlikely pair, but they seem to enjoy one another.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Images of Christmas taken with the new camera!
There was a Hummel time in my life, this is all that remains of the collection, bought in Germany during my first travels to Europe, I still love this charming boy.
Now I'm more of a sparkle girl, can you tell? I think this reindeer has regal lines
And I love my sparkly snowflake collection
I have much to learn. I am reading the manual in small doses with hopes of retaining the pertinent information.The automatic features produce a great result, but next is photographing the jewelry, which was the primary stated reason for this purchase......In the meantime, Miss Maya was happy to pose for a Christmas portrait.
May you all be enjoying the best of times!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It is my favorite 'accessory' knitting, (close your ears Susan) no gauge required. At least in my book, a shawl is a shawl, it will be bigger or littler based on my yarn choice. And I've chosen a hand dyed Schaefer yarn called Heather. It is merino and silk and so soft, a dream to work on.
This will be my evening, beside the couch project, as there is much beading to be done! I plan on organizing that this weekend, picking pallettes and assembling the supplies. Pictures soon, and speaking of pictures, my new Canon Rebel should arrive this morning. I expect a learning curve, but perhaps by next week you will see pictures with the new camera!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It looks like a serious planning session is in order. Time to print out a blank calendar and organize the time. What samples need to be sent and when, what kits needed kitted, what supplies need ordered, what samples need beaded, what competitions will be entered, what collaborations will be considered.
It seems that the end of a year is a time for looking back as well as forward and as this year closes I remember fondly our many trips to Holland. It's been five years since we lived there and one year since we visited last Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite photos
Snow! Probably the last time I was in a live snowstorm (never happens in San Diego)
Never having heard of them, I immediately googled and was reminded as I am often am how amazing it is to have instant access to information. If I think back to 15 years ago I wonder how I would have approached researching the history of these beads. Now in 15 seconds I am informed. Hiroshima Glass Bead Industry was established in 1953 and the predecessor to today's Miyuki Co, ltd. which was begun in 1974. Which all means I have some pretty old beads in my possession! Thanks Michelle, I'll be making you something wonderful with your gift.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
And speaking of cameras, Grandma just ordered a new Canon Rebel and is pretty darn excited. It will arrive Christmas Eve day which will give me plenty of time to read up and practice its capabilities before some post holiday travel plans!
Monday, December 21, 2009
The entries are excellent. I especially love the shared 'muse' which truly shows the different creative directions that can be taken with one inspiration piece.
This is the first time I participated. The butterfly was a constant theme in my Mom's life. She passed away this summer and I thought it fitting that I dedicate the piece to her. Her favorite color was aqua, so I selected a few aqua's complimented by some copper beads and used freeform to set off the butterfly's flight.
I'm happy with the texture, the folds, the dangles and the butterfly focal piece. Thank you Scarlett for all the work behind 'Use the Muse' and your contribution to 'elevating the craft of beading to an art'
Saturday, December 19, 2009
A good night! Christmas is here early for us, our family celebration is tonight. Preparations are underway for a Turkey with all of the fixings, presents are wrapped under the tree (well mostly) and there is a German pancake breakfast plan.
My grandaughter Sam is here and given her choice, she would choose German pancake each morning of the visit. But we may persuade her towards waffles or french toast another day.
Hope you're all enjoying your Holiday preparations!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
There are many fabulous classes! I am hoping to take Christi Friesen's Steampunk Bird Focal. Christi taught at my home studio a couple of years ago and I made the cutest ever dragon (me, who was no way going to touch the polymer, uh uh, not me, too much to do, hey that looks cute, could I try?). Too late at the moment to take a picture, perhaps tomorrow, but suffice it to say I think it's a most excellent dragon.
I'm teaching Square medallion bracelet
I've confirmed my hotel and Liz will join me in the classroom as always. We're a good team, Liz and I. She's an accomplished beader who has made all the pieces AND she keeps me sane and amused all at the same time!
This cuff with orange and silver in the magical mirrored swirls feels wonderful on my skin all cool and supple and soft. Funny to think of glass beads as soft, but the fabric they create, especially in this three wide peyote cuff is indeed 'soft'.
Carol is a master of pattern and if you have a look in her etsy shop you may find your perfect pattern. Bargello Peaks and Punchinella Peyote and....well go have a look!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A visit to Jeannette's blog this morning and she to is screwting!
Yesterday a friend enamored with my screwted bail version came over for some screwting and I made this second version.
Last weeks double double screwt ended up as the bail for this fun 'little' bauble.
Not sure if I'm screwted out yet, there could be more, stay tuned.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Have you ever taken classes with these talented gals? If you have, then you know, they're tons of fun, and if you haven't, well this just might be the right time!
Have a look here for more details and consider joining us!
We would initial and date each of the choices and each year it is fun to unwrap and remember.
I always chose Santa's which made the selection easier for me
Thank goodness the kids provided diversity since we also have
artichokes and angels and pickles and such......
I loved the time spent throughout the years and cherish the yearly opening and memories of those wonderful times.