Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Current W.I.P Tuesday 8-30-2011

Sorry it's taken me so long to get this post up today. Its been a busy day of homeschooling and then lasagna making. I started making the sauce and then worked my way up to putting it all together. And I made four of them... three small ones and one large lasagna. One small lasagna will be for dinner tonight, one large and one small one will be frozen for future dinners, and one small one will be for the kids' golfing coach. She apparently loves lasagna and the kids have been bragging about my lasagna... So to thank her for all of her help and support with the kids and their golf skills the last four months, she gets a homemade lasagna.

So, here are a couple of photos from my current works in progress. I am making another Sugar Skulls Bracelet on the loom, the design is just slightly different than my last one, and I will be attaching it to either leather or suede. So far I've only done two rows, but at least its been warped and is ready to go. I confess I didn't get much done this week because I've been focused on the weather news with hurricane Irene. I have family on the East Coast and at first I thought my parents would be affected in Florida but then she changed her path and I was worried about my brother and sister-in-law up in Staten Island. Luckily they didn't have much aside from wind and rain. This time the people living further away from the coast got more damage with flooding and power outages. I hope for a quick recovery for them all.

The other works in progress are some beaded spiral chains (black and white) and then a paw print bracelet on pink leather and then just a plain beaded paw print bracelet in Peyote Stitch. I am trying to get a few doggie and/or pet bracelets done ahead of time because fall and winter seem to be popular for rescue groups to hold fund raising events. Oh and not pictured is the grey, black, white and red peyote cuff from last week... that's still waiting to be finished too. I am assuming that once we get into the regular groove of being back in school mode that I will get more time for bead weaving. And so long as there aren't major weather or news events that take away my attention... the last time I heard about the tropics was this morning and things are getting busy. I guess I am still fascinated with hurricanes and get a little excited from our time living down there, and one day I will be back on the Southeastern coast.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Eye Candy 8-29-2011

These are just two of the many wonderful free wallpapers offered at Art Jewelry Magazine's website. Not only are they good looking, but they are really inspiring for a number of reasons including; I want my photos to look that good - and one day they will. They offer a lot of ideas whether you work with metal or not. They take you on a little journey when you just sit and tune out everything but the wallpaper. You could spend a lot of time just analyzing the way they were laid out and photographed. I can just sit there and brainstorm ideas on how they made the pieces and then go do some research. Or I can just relax and let my brain take me away and then I will have an idea for bead weaving.... yeah, ideas are just everywhere. And they just look good! Oh, did, I already say that?

While you are there checking out the free wallpaper, you should definitely spend time looking at the rest of their site. They have project ideas, a how-to section, videos, and a community forum full of information. Sign up for the free newsletter, too. It always contains tidbits about what can be found at the site as well as the magazine.

I've only really ever dabbled in Metal work and Silver Art Clay, but they are definitely on my long range plans for really getting into. I would love a metal work station and small kiln for metal clay and glass and enamels.... Oh yeah, I could fantasize all day! This may be a good idea for If I Won the Lottery Thursday :-)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anything Goes Friday 8-26-2011

I've recently bought some new needles... Tulip Co. beading needles. I bought them from Fox Den Beads when I made my last order of beads (they seem to be my go-to place for all of the newer Miyuki Delicas and seed beads.) I ordered the size 11 Tulip beading needle and they seem a little thicker than the size 12 needle I am used to. Anyway, I liked them. I was able to bead about two dozen of my beaded paw prints without really bending the needle. When I use a regular English beading needle size 12, I usually end up bending the needle a lot. I probably wouldn't bend the needle if I used a shorter needle, but my favorite length is 2 inches because it is so comfortable in my hand.

So, I used Toho Treasures for these paw prints because they are a tad larger then the Delicas and they make attaching to things a lot easier. The size 11 Tulip needle had no trouble going through the beads multiple times using size B Nymo. I am curious as to how the Tulip needles will handle going through Delicas and hope to try it out sooner rather than later. I do know, however, that if the size 11 Tulip needle is too big for the Delicas, I will not order them again because they are a bit expensive. Yes, $4.95 for 4 needles and if I decide I need the smaller needle, then its a whopping $14 for 2 needles (for the size 13 needle)... for me, the price is a deal breaker because I would rather buy more beads and my regular English Beading Needles.
The needle in the middle is the Tulip Co. beading needle and the other two are regular English beading needles in two different lengths.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

If I Won the Lottery Thursday 8-25-2011

If I won the lottery I would want to go loom shopping for these;

This is the biggest JalaLoom available right now. From what I've read, it's like the Cadillac of looms. There's been nothing but good things said about this loom in a bead looming group that I am in. And it wouldn't be a bad thing to have more than one size of this loom. Click on the picture to go to their website.

Next is the Mirrix Loom..... I've always wanted one of these, if nothing else but for the aesthetics of the loom. Its made out of metal and these are great for bead looming and tapestry weaving. I've never done tapestry weaving, but like most crafts, I bet I would like it. Again click on the picture to go to their website.

I do want another loom from BeadLooms.com. I have the Delica loom and love it. It's made so well and for this second one I would want a customized one. Just a few changes including making it a bit larger than the largest one they offer on their website. Their website doesn't allow for using one of their pictures so here is a picture of my Delica BeadLoom.com loom in use.

And finally, here is a loom from Crazy Acres Wolf Ranch that I would so love to have.... I'd want two of them... the 8" wide by 18" long and the biggest one, the 20" wide by 20" long. It just looks extremely stable, comfortable, and I really would like to try looming on a loom that stands up. Its also very affordable so I may just be putting this one on by Christmas list.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Work In Progress Tuesday 8-23-2011

Well, I haven't gotten very far with the grey/red pattern... I like the pattern but one of the cats sat on my bead tray and now I need to sort the beads and get back to it. The Sugar Skulls Cuff is loomed and I finished it up this morning. I like my new pattern very much and it will eventually show up in my 3PeepsDesignsToo pattern shop. I plan to do another loomed Sugar Skulls cuff and attach it to leather. The paw prints are still waiting to be attached to leather or suede and made into a bracelet. And I am teaching myself some new stitches... the beaded spiral and the Cellini spiral aka peyote spiral. So many ideas, so little time.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New format...

I've decided to try something new to get me to spend more time on my blog.
Mondays will now be "Eye Candy Monday"
Tuesday will be "Work In Progress Tuesday"
Wednesdays will still be "Wordless Wednesday"
Thursdays will be "If I Won the Lottery Thursday"
Friday will be "Anything Goes Friday"

So, here's my Eye Candy for Monday......

This is a free wallpaper download from Brothersoft.com Yeah, he's still a hottie!

You are welcome and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What I've Been Up To

Here are some projects that I've completed in May and June 2011. Included are some newly designed cuffs (the "Henna Ink" and "Colorful Cats") and older designs like the paw print cuff and shells cuff. I also created some beaded Pasties :-) I gave the pink and grey "Colorful Cats" cuff to my daughter for her 12th birthday. The one with the blue background went to my sister and the cream colored background "Colorful Cats" will go into my 3 Peeps Designs Artfire shop. The pattern is available in my 3 Peeps Designs Too shop.

Here are projects from June/July... once again a new one (the "3 Bullies" Cuff) and some redo's of old designs. The "Lemon Drop" Cuff was redone and I call it the "Twisted Lemon Drop" and I created it for my Aunt Linda. I made the "Paw Prints" cuff (again in blue... such a universal color) to donate with the "3 Bullies" Cuff to Carolina Care Bullies and their silent auction in August. The "Colorful Cats" cuff with the gold border I did for myself.

This is a currunt UFO (Unfinished Object) or WIP (Work In Progress) started in July and I will someday finish it. I need to figure out how I want the ends to be finished for a cuff. I haven't named it yet either. Soon, it will get finished soon.

In the meantime, I am making paw prints.... seems like a hundred or so and I'm gonna get the loom out again. Stay tuned!

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