Sunday Afternoon

Hi there!

We had an early morning rainstorm today that was cold and nasty, but it blew away the humidity and the result was a perfect summer day!

I sat out on the patio after the rain storm passed and beaded while my hound dog snoozed. The flowers opened up and the clouds moved off. It turned out to be a beautiful day.

The birds were singing, the breeze was cool and gentle, the sun warm and pleasant.

It reminded me of an old song by the Moody Blues: (Substitute Sunday for Tuesday)

Tuesday, afternoon,
I’m just beginning to see,
Now I’m on my way,
It doesn’t matter to me,
Chasing the clouds away.

Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near,
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh.

I’m looking at myself, reflections of my mind,
It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind,
So gently swaying thru the fairy-land of love,
If you’ll just come with me and see the beauty of

Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, afternoon,
I’m just beginning to see,
Now I’m on my way,
It doesn’t matter to me,
Chasing the clouds away.

Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near,
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh.

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Remember that pendant I was making at the beading brunch? There were two more of these pretty agates left to complete.

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I finished one of them today. The stone was not symetrical in it’s cut, and as a result, it was really hard to capture in beads!

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 I had a lot of trouble getting the beads to fit right and stay tight!

 

This one still needs to be embellished, and I also plan to make the rectangular one into a bracelet.

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But, since it is getting late I guess I will have to save those tasks for another day!

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Sweet dreams everybody!

 

 

Beads and Brunch

A few beading friends got together today. We had planned to go to the Milwaukee bead show, but decided instead to use up some of the beads we already have!

First, I had to move my bouquet of Peonies off the beading table…

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Then, I fixed up a fresh rhubarb cake with coffee, and off we go!

Later, we stopped for lunch of deli sandwiches, fruit and veggies.  Once the edge was off our hunger, we went right back at it.

Today I completed a necklace that I have been working on.

This rope was woven with a variety if different sizes of Aged Picasso Czech seed beads and a brass chain.

Alice did some shopping at the beading table and we decided to swap the necklace for a beautiful shirt and dress!

I think we both got lucky today! (I love my purple dress!!!)

Here I am demonstrating my “technique” on making a beaded bezel. Some of the agates that I plan to use are pictured here. I will use the small one in a bracelet, and the two large ones in a pendant necklace with beaded rope.

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More cake, and then a brief and rather disgruntled discussion about the American political fiasco that is the current presidential race, and it was time to call it a day.

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(In our defense, my husband came home at noon and ate half the cake.  REALLY!)

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Happy beading everybody!

A Visit With the Fairies

Now that Spring has finally arrived it is time to go on a Fairy Hunt!

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Also, look up into the trees…

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 There you may spot a raven

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Deep in the woods….

 You will find the fairies!

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 And perhaps a unicorn too!

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A  druid lass may scamper past

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And she will be adorned with symbols of the earth:

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Pentagram

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check out the garden….     (look behind the roses)

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See them there, the little pixies hiding amongst the flowers?

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They await the queen of the fairies…

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I hope you have had fun in Fairyland!   Stop by any time!!

Spring Fever: Gearing up for the Art Fair Season!

Soft new leaves in pretty pastel shades of green, reds and purple have suddenly popped forth on the trees this week! I took notice of this event and was inspired to create some leafy concoctions…

 

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These leafy creations are ready to be finished with a clasp and fastened to your wrist!

Although I have not put the chain on it yet, I have already woven a matching necklace

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As the sun comes out a little earlier each day and warms the earth, I feel it’s golden warmth more and more each day. This sparkly creation was made in honor of the sun and it’s power over the earth!       HAPPY B’EARTH-DAY!

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April Showers bring May flowers!

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Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls 

 

A Penchant for Pendants

I love alliteration. Hope you do too! I also love to bead pendants by either using a brick stitch embellishment to a metal medallion, or, using Peyote weave around a cabochon.

Are you ready for some new stuff? Here are some new offerings of pendants, necklaces, and bracelets.

I have a lot of these golden trees, and I thought they could make nice pendants, be used as sun-catchers in a window, or even holiday tree ornaments!

Here is On I put on the tree this year…

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I love to embellish brass, copper and pewter pendants as well.

Here are some pretty gemstones I wrapped:

And now, for a bigger project. I started weaving a simple super Duo rope and just kept on going! I wanted to create a really long rope, like those long ropes of pearls that flapper ladies wore in my Grandmother’s day. I remember her long pearl strands and I wanted to make a woven rope long enough to twirl, or at least wrap twice around my neck.

Here is the result: a 42 inch black and gold woven rope that is long enough to tie in a knot, or double up.

And some bracelets…

 

Time to get back to beading. I have some more pendants to make and I just had an idea for a new rope!!

 

Weaving a Holiday Tradition

I Love the holiday season. I like how comforting it is to participate in familiar traditions and activities. Despite the inevitable dysfunctional moment, family gatherings are always delightful.

I have played many rolls in this saga. From eager child – dying to see far flung cousins and open gifts- to new parent, busy with holiday shopping and traveling to gatherings- to host and chief cook and bottle washer for huge family gatherings-and now, finally, to honored guest at the table of my offspring. Each roll has been fun and energizing. I am  getting used to the last one in a surprising hurry! Showing up with a pie and a bottle of wine takes me back to my college days!

What can I offer that is new and different? With all this spare time on my hands, I can weave new traditions, such as handmade ornaments and gifts.

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I can partake of delicious foods and treats without the stress of hosting large parties and elaborate dinners. 2015-12-13 17.08.482012-12-25 18.37.022015-10-04 12.37.37

I can make pretty bracelets and earrings in “all my spare time”.

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I can relax and visit with friends and family

Happy Holidays everybody!

Time to settle in for the winter!

I am done with summer and fall shows and I just did my last winter show. Now I can hunker down for some serious beading time!

My latest passion has been to bead borders around pendents to make pretty medallions. Visitors around here know to beware- If you set it down and leave it for too long, I will bead a border around it!

Here are a few examples:

Tree of life pendants

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Celtic tree of life

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Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

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Tree ornament and/or sun-catchers (only one shown of 4)

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Flower cabachon and Compass pendants

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Lest you believe that All I do nowadays is embellish pendants – allow me to show you some other work I have recently done:

 

Beaded blue dyed Druzy

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Poinsettia Czech-Mates/bugle bead Holiday Extravaganza!

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Snowflake Pendant Necklaces

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Also, a few new winding roads to travel down

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Now- I Gotta get going and make some new treasure’s for next year!!