If at first you don’t succeed….

Recently, after a long day at my “regular job”, I decided to try making a bracelet from scratch without using a pattern to follow. I knew that I wanted blue diamonds surrounded by a complimentary color. I started out with blue and violet ESO beads. As I went along, I figured out how I wanted to add the beads to make my geometrical shapes. In the end, I was glad to be done (designing is harder than it looks!).

The next morning I looked at the work I did the night before, and found three glaring errors!! The horror!!! I was also a little disappointed in the color combination I used. The blue did not “pop” against the violet beads.

SO –  I bit the bullet and took apart the whole thing! I replaced the violet beads with a yellow gold and paid closer attention to the pattern (NO MORE MISTAKES!!)

In the end, I think I am pleased with the result, and like this better than the original. Sometimes, you just gotta keep on trying. And also, I now have a nice pattern to make more of these bracelets.

I am not kidding myself that this design has not already been done before! It is a simple pattern that I have seen in Native American beadwork for example. However, it was a nice adventure into the unknown and a good learning experience in designing a woven bracelet on my own.

Perhaps in the future I will make something really complex and special, but this will do for now!

Happy beading  –  Betsy

The In Between Time (Looking Backwards and Forwards)

Here in the Midwest we are experiencing that special in between time. It’s that time of year between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “Puddle of perspiration”.

After a rather slow start, I think that warmth may finally be returning. I spent a great afternoon at the dog park with my husband and hound on Easter Sunday.

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My first walk of the year without a coat!!

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His first spring buds in the woodlands!!

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Winnie’s first smell-a-thon at the park!

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Not to mention these fine spring flowers I found in my beading room….

Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

I have been trying over this long winter to learn at least 2 new weaves every month and to make at least 1-2 bracelets per week.  It has been challenging and fun. After completing them, they go into the treasure chest. It’s getting pretty full!

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Here is a quick review of my work since the new year began:

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Brick red and green Tilas with green/gold Superduos. Handmade brass toggle clasp

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Peacock Purple Passion

Peacock blue fire polished crystals and Tila squares. Blingity Bling Bling!!

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Short, 6 inch bracelet with parallelogram shaped2-hole beads and gold Super duos

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Leather wrap bracelet with beaded beads, copper clasp and dangles

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Seahorse shapes in Caribbean colors

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It has been a long and busy winter, and now I look forward to a warm and pleasant summer, going to craft fairs and selling  these beauties to all of you!

By the way, if you see something you like here, and it is not in my Etsy shop, just message me. I don’t post most of what I make, and it could be available if you just ask me!

Happy springtime!