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Sunday, August 31, 2014

She Made ~ She Made : August

I'm Back!!!!!  (I hope)

Blogging in summer is not my thing.  I don't miss writing my own blog nearly as much as I miss visiting all my favorite blogs.  But, it is the way I have always lived...I am "on" 10 months out of the year and need 2 months of down time.  The perpetual school calendar mixed with spending childhood summers in a different town left me in that cycle that I am not really interested in breaking. I see as few people as possible during the summer.  I just need to empty my head for a while.  The girls keep me busier than I would like, but that is probably good for me.  On top of my usual summer reclusiveness (spell check says this is not a word.  I say "screw you spell check"), my computer died early summer.  I sent it to HP and it came back still dead, so I sent it out AGAIN.  It came back and is seemingly ok, but with several blips, so I have zero faith in this now after LOVING it for a year.  The mid-summer July post on the blog was actually written up and set to post sometime in early June, when my chromebook and I were still were still passionately involved with each other.  So at least I got to participate in the last of the CC7A posts, thanks to my against-character early finish/photos/write up.  I apologize to anyone who left comments in June and July.  I like to e-mail replies to the comments and I just gave up trying to do it on my phone.  I still may get around to you yet! 

 I told myself all summer, I would blog again in September, but when Therese suggested a She Made~She Made on the last day of August, I figured, "Close enough."  She picked these beads, though the agates she gave me are more of a mustard color.  



I had no idea what to do with the mustard agates.  They were tough beads for me to plan around.  I fondled them and kept them in my pocket for a few days.  One day, I was sorting through my rocks from Lake Michigan (the one Therese chose).  I have a lot of them.  They are called Stink Stones, but they look like the moon to me.  I found one that had a hole going all the way through.  I got so excited that I didn't have to drill or bezel and in my excitement, I spilled a container of metal findings and beads.  As I was picking them up, I saw the bell beads.  I cut them off my bell hippie pants I used to wear when I would go to the polls each November (wearing my rag wool socks and Birkenstocks).  I liked the idea of mixing the polished agates, lake stone, and metal.  So I added a few seed beads and strung and knotted it all on an orange Silk Cloud Mini from Darn Good Yarn.



(button from my Gram's stash)


Maybe I can wear this to a concert and make a little music myself when I dance :-)  I love the sound these bells make.  
Thanks for reading and for coming back and for being a part of my world.  And Thanks Therese ~ you gave me the kick I needed to get back here again :-D 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists ~ July...the Finale

Today is the Seventh of Seven dates from January through July we are posting work we made with goodie bags other Bloggers sent us.  Alicia had the idea that we each send out six packages with beads or focals and on the 26th of each month we reveal what we made with a certain participant's package.
I am honored to be in this group of Seven...these ladies are a creative bunch.  
Participating in this Event and their Package Month and theme are : 

Monique of A Half-Baked Notion  :  January ~ National Gallery of Canada

Moi  :  February ~ Round and Round 

Sally of The Studio Sublime  :  March ~ Contrasting Colors

Therese of Therese's Treasures  :  April ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Alicia of All The Pretty Things (and the brains behind this lovely continuing hop :-D )  :  May ~ Seasons

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers  :  June ~ SomethingOld/SomethingNew/SomethingBorrowed/SomethingBlue





Emma of A Polymer Penchant  :  July ~ not sure if Emma picked a theme but I would say, Beauty!


So here we are ~ the Grande Finale.  Seven months...a brutal and seemingly endless Winter into a fleeting Spring into Summer Fun.  Today, we celebrate Emma's offerings.  She made the polymer focal and sent other beads to go with it.  It started out very light and airy and summery, with pink silk cord.  But it seemed too light.  And when I asked my daughters what they thought, they didn't have much to say.  SNIP.  And almost instantly, I started weaving a necklace I used to teach.  This version has a base of grey lined triangle beads that are ladder stitched, with picot edging with seed beads on one side and picot edging with tear drops and seeds on the other side.  Then I took the pendant and beads and had them drop off the necklace.  

Fleur is in desperate need of clothes and has been going au natural lately.  This necklace seems right at home on her gorgeous body.  






Thank you Emma ~ this focal is GORgeous with its folds and colors.
And thank you Alicia for being the leader of this small group of lovely women.  Without your idea to pull us all together, this would not have happened.  
And thank you Monique, Therese, Sally, and Cynthia for the packages you sent.  We created some mighty fine work these past seven months, haven't we ladies?

And thank you for being here, reading my tiny blog.  I still love being here :-)  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists ~ June

Today is the Sixth of Seven dates from January through July we are posting work we made with goodie bags other Bloggers sent us.  Alicia had the idea that we each send out six packages with beads or focals and on the 26th of each month we reveal what we made with a certain participant's package.
I am honored to be in this group of Seven...these ladies are a creative bunch.  
Participating in this Event and their Package Month and theme are : 

Monique of A Half-Baked Notion  :  January ~ National Gallery of Canada

Moi  :  February ~ Round and Round 

Sally of The Studio Sublime  :  March ~ Contrasting Colors

Therese of Therese's Treasures  :  April ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Alicia of All The Pretty Things (and the brains behind this lovely continuing hop :-D )  :  May ~ Seasons

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers  :  June ~ SomethingOld/SomethingNew/SomethingBorrowed/SomethingBlue



Emma of A Polymer Penchant  :  July ~ not sure if Emma picked a theme but I would say, Beauty!




Something Old ~ Something New ~ Something Borrowed ~ Something Blue.
When I opened this package from Cynthia, all I thought of was Beach Wedding/Beach Boho/Beach Bum/Beach Beach Beach.  But the Sari kept tripping me up, especially since it is white.  Until I decided to go simple : choker with a little bit of sway.  I added some leftover flat rounds from Therese's Lucy in the Sky package.  This brought together a bit of wedding symbolism of you ~ me ~ us.

Here 'tis:











Thank you, Cynthia, for the awesome toggle, the push to use white, the blues.

And thank you Alicia, for putting this group together.

One more month, Ladies!  Hard to believe we are nearing the end.










Not good self portrait so you can see how it hangs ;-)







Happy Summer Everyone!


My reading, writing, and visiting blogs will be spotty over the summer.  I apologize for that and will miss the blogs I regularly follow.   But ~ it's Summer!!!  What can I do but swim/kayak/drive drive drive?! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Break From Tradition 5 Woman Hop : Come see our Spikes


Here we are!  Just a handful of us lucky ladies who are working with mega spikes Cynthia generously sent us.  Please go see what Cynthia, Therese, Bobbie, and Janet made.  I am darting over to their pages myself right now!




Therese (Therese's Treasures) http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/

Bobbie (Beadsong Jewelry) http://beadsong.blogspot.com/

Janet (Honey from the Bee) http://www.honeyfromthebee.com/

Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/





The little hop was just what I needed to get some finished pieces out of the spikes.  I started working with them back in the winter when we first received them, then let them sit, undecided and unfinished.  The day Cynthia announced a little hop, I went right to work!  I need that kick sometimes.  

First is Spike Choker, with ribbon, peacock pearls, seed beads, black ovals, spikes.  It looks great on Fleur!  









Next is a necklace made with seed beads, labradorite, and the spikes.  It bounces around between the boobs and sometimes sits with the spike looking up at me and sometimes with it looking out at the person I am across from.  It likes to bop around :-) 







This next one is rather stripped down.  Spikes, seeds, twins, silk thread.




The last one belongs on a WTFriday post...I am not sure it is quite there yet.  Maybe the proportions are wrong?  Comments?  I think maybe the hematite squares need to go. 




So there are my spikes!  Thank you Cynthia, for your never-ending generosity :-D  The spikes were so much more challenging then I thought they would be, but they were fun!  That first necklace was the last one made and not much time or thought was put into it.  I think it is my favorite out of the bunch.  As always, thanks for visiting!  
HAPPY SUMMER 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Time To Stitch 5, with a Special Guest Hopper


Welcome to A Time To Stitch 5!  The assignment for this hop was to use the same stitch, same piece (all bracelets/earrings, etc) but different beads in each piece the weaver made.  This would show how size, shape, or color changes the piece.  Some changes might be subtle and some might give it a whole new look.  
Thank you, Therese!  You really did all the work on this one.  It was a tough time of year for me to help co-host.  One of the things I love about co-hosting with Therese...when one of us cannot do as much, the other fills right in.  She is a great partner! 

I had every intent on making bracelets for this hop, but then decided to take care of two commitments and do earrings to be sent on to Ears to You.  I have committed to making 60 pair in the 2014 calendar year.  At last count, I had 40something pair made.  

There is so much more to come for this post, so let me get right to the earrings.  I made these first three pair using Ladder Stitch and bugles.  From left to right, I used 3mm bugles, 6mm bugles, and 6mm twisted bugles.  I used 11mm seeds, teardrops, and bicone crystals on all of them. 






On the second set of three pair of earrings, I used peyote.  At least, I think it is peyote...is it peyote when you are only doing two rows?  I used size 11 delicas for the first pair, 1.5mm cubes for the second pair, 3mm bugles for the third pair.  I added size 11 seed beads and crystals to them.   



It was a fun experiment and in my mind, I thought I would like certain sizes or shapes more than others but when all was done, that wound up not to be the case.  Interesting.  


As the title promised, there is a Special Guest Hopper today...Take it away, Sunshine Girl!!!    




So it's official. 7th Grade zipped by, and Friday is the last day of school! I decided about 2 weeks ago, "Why not make some bracelets for my teachers?" After all, they're wonderful teachers who had to deal with some not-so-wonderful students. They deserve some kind of reward!

I told my mom about my idea. She said it was very kind and thoughtful of me. A few days later, when I was picking out the beads, she told me about this hop. She asked me, "Do you want to do it?" to which I replied, "Uh, YEAH!" And then I started jumping up and down giggling, "I'm gonna do a hop! I'm gonna do a HOP!" My mom always tells us about her blog hops, and we comment with a "cool, I like it," and a smile. (I mean, we mean it, we really love her jewelry.) But now that I'm doing a hop, everything is different.

These bracelets are for my diligent teachers in 7th Grade Math, Science, Reading, English, and, my favorite, American History. They are flat spiral stitch with cream colored seed beads on the sides. The differences:
1.) The beads going straight down the middle
2.) The clasps (but some are still the same)





These are the same bracelets, they're just "posing" differently.





I want to give some credit to my mom. She allowed me to use her materials and helped me whenever I needed it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this extra special hop! Maybe I'll be back.

Back to you, Mom, to finish it off!



I am so happy to have Sunshine Girl here in my blog space.  She loves the flat spiral and it shows ~ she does it so well! 

And now the list of all the participants...go see what they have made!  I am extra excited about this one, since we have no idea what stitches everyone used.  Thank you to Therese, once again.  Thank you to all you ladies who continually sign up for this hop...there is no hop without you!  And to Sunshine Girl for always having an open mind and an open heart.  










Monday, May 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of Seven ~ May

Today is the Fifth of Seven dates from now through July we will be posting work we made with goodie bags other Bloggers sent us.  Alicia had the idea that we each send out six packages with beads or focals and on the 26th of each month we reveal what we made with a certain participant's package.
I am honored to be in this group of Seven...these ladies are a creative bunch.  
Participating in this Event and their Package Month and theme are : 

Monique of A Half-Baked Notion  :  January ~ National Gallery of Canada

Moi  :  February ~ Round and Round 

Sally of The Studio Sublime  :  March ~ Contrasting Colors

Therese of Therese's Treasures  :  April ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Alicia of All The Pretty Things (and the brains behind this lovely continuing hop :-D )  :  May ~ Seasons

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers  :  June ~ SomethingOld/SomethingNew/SomethingBorrowed/SomethingBlue



Emma of A Polymer Penchant  :  July ~ not sure if Emma picked a theme but I would say, Beauty!


Alicia, the brains behind this hop, sent out cabs and rounds.  I have worked so much with cabs lately but am woefully uncomfortable doing so.  But I am super proud of what I made here.  I had it completely finished back in February, eagerly awaiting the May reveal.  The whole time I was working on it, this poem kept looping though my head.  It was a comfort and offered guidance and fit the Seasons theme perfectly :


Nothing Gold Can Stay 
                         by Robert Frost


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.




("Stay gold, Pony Boy.  Stay gold."  who remembers that?!)









Full Frontal of absolutely lovely agate beads and cab.





The rope is chenille stitch.  I made it as a bracelet for the ATTS hop in January, but there wasn't enough there there so I pushed it aside for a undetermined future project.  This wound up being just the right project.  The colors were just the right green/gold understated look I wanted to quietly support the cab.  


Netted Bezel. 




 On the back of the cab, I made a peyote/brick swatch to hook the frontal netting onto.  Worked perfectly!  I will be implementing this technique much more often :-)



Sweet button closure.



Thank you Alicia, for the goods to make this happen...and for the wonderful idea of pulling all seven of us together!  



Friday, May 23, 2014

WTFriday?!!? Gaia the Goddess Continues to Give Me Grief

But really, is that any wonder, given the winter we have had?  And Spring hasn't been much of a joy either.  But I am not here to talk weather, I am here to ask for opinions about what you think of the necklace in this post (i accidentally just wrote "pissed"...Freudian slip!).   I posted about Gaia and how she came to live with me here .  We have had a bumpy ride together so far.  She gives me fits!  In the midst of a uber fit, I ran into a box and the lid popped off and this necklace was inside.  I had one of those "your peanut butter is in my chocolate/your chocolate is in my peanut butter" moments.  What if I took apart the bouquet and the flowers became a part of Gaia?  What if I did?  So I did.  Here is a rough draft.  What do you think?


Large eyes, large lips, ginormous thyroid, nice boobs, nice round belly...I am not attracted to her as a whole, but each individual part of her I love.
























Thoughts?  Observations?  Comments?