Wednesday, April 18, 2012

4-18-2012 More - What I've Been Up To on the Beading Table

Here's another update about what I've been doing... I have a few that still need photos, but hopefully I will get to that soon. Anyway, here we go!

I made this Colorful Cats cuff for my friend, Pam. I added a beaded edging to take it up a notch and am glad I did this as I think it gives it a little extra oomph.

The following cuffs are not total re-do's, I just switched out the toggle for a more suitable button. Also, hoping to give them an extra oomph.

Like I said, I still have photos to take of more recent work. I've also added to the number of patterns I have listed in my Zibbet shop. I have more items in the works, a couple of experiments and gifts and I need to make some more of my Paw Print cuffs for my shop. I'd also like to get a couple of my Pit Bull Cuffs made up to have on hand for rescue groups and silent auctions. So, I am keeping busy and I hope to learn a few more techniques this year and do a bit more experimenting.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

4-4-12 What I've Been Beading

I can't believe it's been so long since I have updated my blog!! I've thought about it, but haven't actually made it here til now. I've been beading and training the wild child, Sage, for life in our house and of course homeschooling and managing the kids. This is the first day of our spring break.... the public school had their's a couple of weeks ago, but it was also the same time we had a bunch of rain so I postponed it. The kids just took their skills test (yesterday) and I figured it was a great time for all of us to have our break.... I think I needed it more than they did. Whew!

So, anyway, I have been beading... for friends (like the cuffs above), for my shop, for donating, and now for myself. I have also updated both of my shop listings and they are coming along quite nicely. Here are the pictures...

My fascination with beaded ropes continues.... the above was made with Czech seed beads in a spiral weave chain with copper finished chain and ribbon. I like it a lot and need to make one for myself... in fact, I've already ordered the beads.

Here are two versions of my loomed Sugar Skulls Cuff. I completed this for a Facebook group I am in called Bead Looming Intervention. I used the warp management technique taught by Erin, the group's creator. I like the pattern on the right the best, but the bead edging on the ribbon crimps on the left for finishing it up.

Here are two cuffs that I donated to The Cats House On the Kings and their silent auction. I love being able to help organizations like this! One of these days I will learn to make some ahead of time, before they are needed, in order to always have some on hand. I do like to be prepared in case I can help out.

This is my first attempt at bead embroidery on a bracelet or cuff. I think it came out pretty good, I love the mirrors on it, although when wearing it, I'll have to remember to check that the mirrors stay clean. I look forward to doing more bead embroidery in the future.

And here is another spiral beaded rope... this time using some large shell focals. Considering the colors I used in both of these beaded ropes, I guess it's not hard to figure out that I am missing the ocean... a lot!

And I have more pictures to share of what I've been up to... another day :-)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Busy and Not Very Beady Motivated 2-9-2012

Hi! Life sure has been busy in the Ahleman household... we've got a new foster after having a little over a week off from getting Hootie adopted. This time - and for the very first time, I might ad - we are taking care of a little chihuahua. She is adorable, about 6 months old, 4.9 lbs and her name is Twinkie. She's been in the shelter pretty much since birth, she and her littermates ended up with Parvo and she is the only one who survived. She's gone between the shelter to the shelter manager's house and now our house. She was a bit scared on the drive and a bit timid the first couple of days but she's getting confident and we are seeing more and more of her wonderful personality. I have to admit, I was both scared and excited to foster her. Excited because she is so cute and who wouldn't want a little dog that could fit into a purse? Scared because we have 2 big dogs (almost 80lbs) and they get excited - especially Apple, she loves little dogs but doesn't know how to play calmly with them. But Twinkie is doing well and our 2 dogs are doing very well with taking it easy with her.

Charlie is happy to resume his nanny duties with Twinkie and I think in a few more days he will have her playing chase with him - they've already started a little bit of tug of war (he lets her win and just stands in one place) and she's having fun stealing his toys. She plays a lot more than I had expected and she doesn't care if its a big toy or a little toy... she likes them all. Charlie doesn't mind sleeping with her and even lets her sleep on top of him on his couch. At night, Twinkie sleeps in her crate (Yay! She was already crate trained by the manager at the shelter) and doesn't cry. That's a big plus because I would be scared of her sleeping on the bed with anyone but my daughter. Why my daughter? Because once she falls asleep, she doesn't move! She isn't a crazy tosser and turner and she doesn't sleep so deeply like the guys that she isn't easily woken up if something is going on.

She's still barking at the cats, but they are a bit sneaky and unpredictable, but it's nice to see that the cats are not nervous around her. She is also now feeling confident with exploring the house and that has helped with her barking - at first she would bark at noises and her reflection in the window. Now she only barks at sirens on television and the cats. She does talk a bit... it's something inbetween a growl and rolling her tongue - it's very cute!

So, she's 6 months old, she's teething and will be getting her adult teeth in, she's recently spayed and up to date on shots. Again, the shelter we are helping out is the Madison County Pet Shelter and the adoption fee is $65. We are looking for someone with another dog who's calm and well-balanced to continue Twinkie's development into a well-rounded dog. She is both paper trained and will potty outside (we are working on getting her totally outside potty trained, but so far she doesn't like going outside at night - can't say I blame her as on some nights, the coyotes are very loud.) We've got her on a schedule for feedings and this helps out with her potty training. She has the potential to become possessive but we've been good about rotating people with her here in the house and we've taken her for rides to get used to the car and to get used to being out with other people.

Anyway, she's a ton of fun and a lot of people have already commented that she looks like she has found her forever home already. I don't know about that, LOL, but I am definitely going to take my time finding her a forever home. I'd love it if a family member were to adopt her rather than a stranger, but who knows.

Hootie update! I've heard from Hootie's family and he is doing great!!! That is so nice to hear! Hootie's new name is Achilles and he still fits the sweater Danni made for him :-)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fostering 1-26-2012

Sorry I've been so slow with updating my blog... I have a good excuse... actually a few :-) We've been fostering some dogs... 1 adult dog and 3 puppies since the last week of December. The nice thing is that, aside from the fun we've had with all of them, we've found them all homes too. We are working with a small shelter in the next county that is filled to the rim with dogs and cats. Their county is very rural and they are the only shelter. It's called Madison County Pet Shelter and they are about an hour away from us. We first became aware of them when we saw their group having an adoption event at a local store. After speaking with them, well, I hadn't been able to get them out of my head. It was clear they needed more volunteers and foster families.

Well, not only are we helping them out with fostering, we are networking and I hope we can teach some of the other volunteers how to harness the power of the internet (especially FB) and network these pets to get them adopted. This area isn't exactly on the cutting edge of the internet. There are so many stores and restaurants that don't even have a website - it's rather crazy, especially coming from an area where everyone has a website! Anyway, they have a couple of their pets posted on petfinder and only a handful on their FB page, and I find that sadly lacking. We've even participated in one of their adoption events, which I didn't think I would like, but turned out to enjoy. So my family and I are doing our part and hopefully even if we do this for only a short time, we make an impact. I mention that we may only do this for a short time because the last puppy we fostered, we really started getting attached to and it was very sad to see him go even though his new family loves him a lot. And even harder than how we feel is to see my dog, Charlie, pouting and moping around because he misses the little guy. Charlie is really a good dad and has had a good time playing with and teaching these puppies. Anyway, here are some pictures.....

This is Lola, she's a Corgi/Chihuahua mix between 2-3 years old. She's a lovely little girl, she'd been at the shelter for 4 months (brought in with another dog, listed as found) and was clearly eager to get out of there. She was spayed the day after we took her home, we took care of her during her recovery and got to know her. We found her a family with 2 kids, a dad and a grandma, so someone was home with her all day. She was with us for 2 weeks.

These two little guys are the Italian Brothers... Mario and Luigi! They are Dachshund/Lab mixes (best guess) that were found in a ditch. They are adorable and we had a good time with them. They were adopted quite quickly and their families are enjoying them a lot! They were with us less than a week!

This is Hootie... he's a 12 week old English Pointer/Lab mix and is incredibly smart. We had him for about 2.5 weeks and in that time he learned to sit and lay down, learned the word "no" and was doing well with learning bite inhibition. He was also doing great with potty training and rarely had an accident. Crate training was the hard part, he didn't like it. But with perserverence and the right rewards for him and after 9 days, he would sleep peacefully in his crate all night long. The rewards he required were a big raw hide bone and a big stuffed monkey to sleep with, other toys and a kong filled with peanut butter didn't appeal to him at all. Oh and a loud ticking clock on the top of his crate also helped... now that he has been in his new home for 2 nights, I think I need the ticking clock to help me sleep at night LOL. Anyway, Charlie and Apple both loved him and had a lot of fun playing with him. Charlie really took to him right away and was doing a good job playing with him and watching over him.

So, now that Hootie has been adopted, we'll be going back to the shelter this weekend and hopefully finding another dog or puppy that will fit in our household while we try to find him/her a home. We are trying to be smart and only bringing home puppies or dogs that we know get along with other dogs and cats.... Our cats liked Lola, didn't like the Italian Brothers, and liked Hootie... I would foster cats, but I have a proven history of bonding with them, cats take longer to adjust to new environments, and my daughter is proving to be a bonafide cat lady.

Friday, January 06, 2012


Well, I've decided to close my Artfire shops. I have noticed a significant lack of traffic to the site and have not seen any advertising by Artfire - just individuals doing to the promoting and whatnot to drive traffic to the site. It's disappointing, but what broke the camel's back was the new assurance program and the rude and disrespectful manner in which it has been handled by the Artfire staff, namely Tony.

So, my 3PeepsDesigns shop is open until Jan 10th and you have a chance to save a significant amount of money on my beaded jewelry and keepsakes! I lowered the prices a little bit on most items at the beginning of the year and now I am adding to that 25% off storewide!!!

My 3PeepsDesignsToo pattern shop will stay open until Jan 31st. So I am offering a Buy One Get One Free (pattern of your choice) until my shop closes!

After they close, I hope to have a new venue set up to sell my wares. If you have any suggestions, I sure would love to hear them.

First Freebie Pattern Friday!!

As I posted two days ago , I am going to start posting on my blog again... on a regular basis. *Gasp* I know, I know, but my schedule is ope...