Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Changes to blog 1-9-2018

Well, seems the excitement over my Freebie Friday Patterns has died down and so I am only going to do one a month. So, later this month, you can expect a new Freebie Friday Pattern from 3 Peeps Designs. 

The holidays went well for the most part. I didn't get everything made that I wanted to because I ended up getting sick twice and it's been slow recovering from the second bout of flu. The second flu ended up getting everyone in the house sick and our New Year's Eve plans were drastically different than what we had planned. The good thing was that it happened over our break and so no one missed work, school, or exams. My daughter did excellent for her first semester of college... she got a 4.0 and she was invited to become one of the 24 members of the veterinary tech positions. This is always great to hear and pass along to the family members who doubted our home schooling.... yup, validation is nice, although I shouldn't care. Of course, that same family is now worried that my daughter isn't having any fun at college, that it is all work and no play. You just can't win. And my son has been invited to bowl for our local high school... of course it will have to wait until next school year because the coach was a little slow in letting us know what he needed to do to get on the team.... he's bowling so well that now she and the players on the team are asking him.  Not too shabby. Of course, he wants to get a job and who knows if he will have time for bowling.... I think he will.

Anyway, look back in a couple of Fridays and I will have a new Freebie Friday Pattern for you.

I hope you are having a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year is very good to you!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Freebie Pattern Friday 12-8-2017 #7


 
This is Freebie Pattern Friday #7 and it is of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Ghost. I created this from a vintage prayer card. It took a couple of months to bead up in my spare time. The finished piece measures 12 3/4" by 9 1/4" and I am very pleased with the way it came out. One day I will bead up another one, as this one is in its new home hundreds of mile from me. It uses all Miyuki Delica seed Beads and will come as a Word Document in PDF form... please don't ask for a color chart because I will not be creating a color chart version because it is so large and you just might go crazy trying to bead it from the color chart.


If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it. The comment form is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for peyote stitch are not included... there are plenty of sources online for that by people who are better teachers than I.
  • Color chart of the pattern is not included.
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Dana Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun ie funding my beading habit. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it. 

****If it's your first time to my blog or you haven't been here in a while, take a look at my past posts because there are a lot of free patterns and other suff.

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Freebie Pattern Friday 11-24-2017

Happy Thanksgiving! 

I've been keeping busy around here with non beading projects and since tomorrow is going to be a very busy day, I thought I would get the Freebie Pattern Friday post today.

This time I am sharing my Christmas Ribbon Cuff Pattern. Christmas is quickly approaching and this is a quick project to help get you in the holiday spirit. 





Okay, here are the dirty details:::: It is 2-drop Odd Count Peyote, it uses 2 different colors of Delicas, it is a repeating pattern so you can make it as long or as short as you want. 

If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it... it is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for peyote stitch are not included 
  • Directions for finishing the cuff are not included, i.e. picot edging, attaching to leather, adding loops and toggles or buttons, or creating loops and toggles.... a simple internet search will lead you to the plenty of help for that. 
  • Word chart of the pattern is not included (I like to cut down on the use of paper and these bracelets really aren't big enough or complex enough to really require a Word chart.)
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Joe Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it.  Anyway, I plan on starting this on Friday, September 15th, 2017 so please come back!

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Freebie Pattern Friday, 3PD Patriot Cuff 11-10-2017

This week's Freebie Pattern Friday is my Patriot Cuff! In honor of Veteran's Day, I thought it would be fitting to put this pattern out into the universe for free. I'm an Air Force Brat and the sacrifices our veterans make for our country, the land of the free, will always be important. I'll always be thankful for the men and women you give up everything for this country.



Okay, here are the dirty details:::: It is 2-drop Odd Count Peyote, it uses 3 different colors of Delicas, it is a repeating pattern so you can make it as long or as short as you want. 

If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it... it is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for peyote stitch are not included 
  • Directions for finishing the cuff are not included, i.e. picot edging, attaching to leather, adding loops and toggles or buttons, or creating loops and toggles.... a simple internet search will lead you to the plenty of help for that. 
  • Word chart of the pattern is not included (I like to cut down on the use of paper and these bracelets really aren't big enough or complex enough to really require a Word chart.)
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Joe Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it.  Anyway, I plan on starting this on Friday, September 15th, 2017 so please come back!

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bead Table Wednesday 11-8-2017

It's been a little while since I last posted pics of my bead trays.... I'm keeping busy with my beads, but also with things around the house and outside of the house. The fall color peaked around her last weekend and we did our best to enjoy it in spite of the kids coming down sick.

Anyway, here are my bead trays...


Continuing the #wip.... I am really liking the way it's turning out.


I completed the paw print cuffs for my daughter. Go Tigers!


And some stars I learned to make this past week. I used a bead tutorial by Seed Bead Bliss on her YouTube Channel.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fourth Freebie Friday Pattern 10-27-2017

It's that time again... Freebie Friday Pattern!

This time, I've picked a pattern that just seemed to evolve on it's own and isn't really based on a holiday or occasion... it's just something nice to wear. Of course, someday I would like to get around to changing the colors, but right now, I'd settle for seeing one of you come up with different colors and beading it up. Anyway, this bracelet is called "Marjorie" and it is just fun and light, nothing serious, just easy going.


Okay, here are the dirty details:::: It is 2-drop Odd Count Peyote, it uses 6 different colors of Delicas, it is a repeating pattern so you can make it as long or as short as you want. 

If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it... it is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for loom or square stitch are not included 
  • Directions for finishing the cuff are not included, i.e. picot edging, attaching to leather, adding loops and toggles or buttons. 
  • Word chart of the pattern is not included (I like to cut down on the use of paper and these bracelets really aren't big enough or complex enough to really require a Word chart.)
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Joe Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it.  Anyway, I plan on starting this on Friday, September 15th, 2017 so please come back!

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Third Freebie Pattern Friday 10-13-2017

Here is my Third Freebie Pattern Friday post. As with the others, you need to go down to the end of the post and comment on THIS post and whatever other Freebie Pattern Friday post you want the pattern to. So if you want three patterns, then you need to leave 3 different comments on the relevant posts. AND then you need to contact me using the Contact Form on the side of this post so that I have your email address to send my free pattern to. If you have questions, please ask.

Anyway, here is the pattern!! I'm celebrating my 20th Anniversary this week and so I decided I wanted to share a fun pattern with you... it was inspired by olives in a martini glass. I don't know what it is about a martini glass with olives and alcohol... I've only ever had one in my life and it was terrible. I assume it was because it was made with cheap gin, but who knows. The idea of a martini evokes celebrating to me... I guess because it isn't something that would be had every day? I don't know. I don't drink very often.


So, the cuff is made with Odd Count 2-Drop Peyote Stitch.... probably my favorite stitch. The pic is from a few years ago before New Years Eve... it was made for celebrating. I hope you enjoy it.

If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it... it is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for loom or square stitch are not included 
  • Directions for finishing the cuff are not included, i.e. picot edging, attaching to leather, adding loops and toggles or buttons. 
  • Word chart of the pattern is not included (I like to cut down on the use of paper and these bracelets really aren't big enough or complex enough to really require a Word chart.)
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Joe Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it.  Anyway, I plan on starting this on Friday, September 15th, 2017 so please come back!

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Monday Musings 10-2-2017 Huichol Beading

In August I participated in my first bead-a-long with one of the FB beading groups. The main subject was Huichol Beading. The patterns presented were from a couple of different sources and one I found while on Pinterest. I had been interested in this style for quite a while, but hadn't done any beading in August because I wasn't in the mood. We had to say goodbye to one of our dogs.  She had been with us forever and has left a big hole in our hearts. Anyway, now is not the time, otherwise I'll just start crying and not finish this post.


Anyway, here is a pic of all of the ones I did over the last couple of days of August. One of the flowers is from Kat Adair. Notice I did one in size 11/0 Czech beads,  then did a couple in size 13/0 Czech Cut Beads and then 15/0 seed beads (mixed brands.)  The other was done using a couple of videos by BeadingByMiroslavo, I cannot find the specific videos anymore because Youtube removed all of the videos. The lady that translates the videos is doing it all again and getting them uploaded again when she has the chance. Just do a search and all kinds of patterns come up.


These next two photos show what happened when I used Protecta Clear on the beads to stiffen up the beadwork. The opaque beads are a-okay, but the transparent ones bled a bit. I don't really mind in this instance because it just made the white beads pink. I will have to keep this in mind, though, when using the Protecta Clear in the future. This was my first time using the Protecta Clear and I had purchased it from Amazon. It did a great job stiffening up the flowers and now I just need to put ear wires on them.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Second Freebie Pattern Friday 9-29-2017

Here is the Second Freebie Friday Pattern.... I present my Loom/Square stitch Sugar Skull pattern. Again, October is nearly here and I figured why not? Sugar Skulls are so popular and not everyone likes to do Peyote stitch. I really like this pattern.... the Sugar Skulls in the background are almost ghostly.


If you don't like Sugar Skulls or want a pattern I offered for free a few years ago for the Halloween season, please go see my post about a spider and a web. 
 
If you want the featured free pattern, you just have to do TWO things:
  1. Comment on my blog (... a little more than just I want the free pattern, please :-)) - You can find the spot to comment down at the end of this post.
  2. AND send me an email so that I can email the PDF to you... the comments form on my blog does not give me your email address... without your email address, I cannot send it... it is located next to this post or at the top of the page under "copyscape"  or on the right as you are looking at the screen.
 
What Is Not Included:
  • Directions for loom or square stitch are not included 
  • Directions for finishing the cuff are not included, i.e. picot edging, attaching to leather, adding loops and toggles or buttons. 
  • Word chart of the pattern is not included (I like to cut down on the use of paper and these bracelets really aren't big enough or complex enough to really require a Word chart.)
  • Adobe Reader for viewing the PDF file
*** If you use my pattern, please be kind and give me the credit as the designer, ie beaded by Joe Shmoe and Designed by 3 Peeps Designs.  I don't mind if you sell your completed project for bead money, but I want design credit. Why do I want design credit? Well, I do still sell some of my patterns and I use the money to buy beads. It isn't a business, it is for fun. Seeing my designs in your shop (or anywhere else) without the design credit takes all of the fun away... and I will take steps to have the photo removed.. This is fun, I'm trying to be charitable, and I design a lot more than I have a chance to bead... and I know there are others who don't like to design, but do enjoy beading. As soon as Free Pattern Friday stops being fun, I will stop doing it.  Anyway, I plan on starting this on Friday, September 15th, 2017 so please come back!

 *** And just because I am offering my patterns for free does not mean you can just pass it around to your friends. Please, have them come to my blog and comment, etc in order to get their own copy.  * I know most of you don't need to be reminded of beady etiquette, but some of you do and I'm just trying to keep it real.

I apologize for not having some sort of automatic download of the pattern on the blog, but I don't know how to do it and I don't want to learn right now. I like the interaction that commenting and then sending an email requires. If you're on Facebook, send me a friend request! I'm trying to fill my FB feed up with beadwork rather than anything too serious. 
 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bead Table Wednesday 9-27-2017

Today is just an update of what I've finished on my bead boards... it's never as much as I want, but it is progress. 



The first two photos are of my finished box! It was designed by Julia S. Pretl and beaded by me... it took a little longer than it should have due to the weekend... I never get as much beading done as I would like. Anyway, beading the box was fun and took me out of my comfort zone just a little bit. The hardest part was the hem, but by taking breaks to digest the directions really seemed to help. This project was part of a Facebook group bead-a-long for a box called Wildflowers. I don't normally participate, but it looked like fun. And, Julia S. Pretl has a book (well, she has many books,) which I've had for years and just never made the time to make any of the boxes. It is called Little Bead Boxes.


This third photo is of the finished rosaries. I completed five and those containers contain the beads and findings for 9 more rosaries. They will be a forever ongoing project. It's always good to have extra on hand and I usually end up giving some away or I find more beads that would make great rosaries.  If you're curious about praying the rosary, go to this link.