Yep, it's raining, and in general I am a fan of rain, well of weather in general, but I prefer a little wind and some steady rain, this is just dismal and gray. But it is a good day to stay in and bead. I'm midway through a book project that I am loving, always nice. I've started kitting my Tucson projects and am finishing up the Beading by the Bay projects, and at the moment I don't have any knitting on the needles, how is that? Well I do actually, I have a bright pink lace scarf with sequins and beads, but I can't find the pattern....
For today I've added a really pretty lamp work bead. I love all my lamp work beads, but I have a tendency to fondle them rather then use them in beadwork. Part of it is the need for repeatability in designs. Something that is necessary when you are teaching classes, writing books and making kits available. So for now my lamp work goes unused so I thought I would share this fun piece. I am so sorry, it's been with me so long I don't recall the artist. Update! Kim f rom not Just Beads wrote to remind me the bead is by Robert Jennick.
I have paired it up with a pretty piece of shibori ribbon from shibori girl. It is a beautiful hand dyed piece of silk which can be sewn into a tube for a wonderful necklace.
As promised last week, The Rising Sun and the Bird of Paradise have both made it to the shop this week and there is plenty of inventory for both. I will only be able to ship through Wednesday of this week however, so if you need a Christmas present you'll want to decide today or tomorrow.
This is a whimsical bit of bead weaving I first designed for the Carribean cruise I did last March.
The Rising Sun was named by Mark, the first one having a bright orange button at it's center. The teal and silver piece doesn't invoke the thought of the rising sun as much, the rising moon perhaps. I love the offset textured bumps on this one.
Two more days for this giveaway! And then I'm off. We'll leave the house in the capable hands of our house sitter, and travel up to Santa Cruz where for the first time in two years all of my children and their families will be together!