Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Has Come In Like A Roaring Lion

Hello everyone and happy 2018 to you and yours!  I hope that you have all had a great year so far.  Mine has been testing for sure.  Many of you know that I was to have carpal tunnel surgery on the 2nd.  It went well, and for that I am so happy.  It is great to be free from the constant numbing, tingling pain.

Ten days after the surgery I got the flu.  YAY ME!  I ended up having to miss work and sit at home sick as a dog. I am on the mend now.  Not 100% but getting there.  But for now I am missing my beads.  I don't know when I will be able to start up but I am missing those small colorful glass beauties.

Every Inchie Monday is continuing on!!  YAY!  This year every theme is a country! There is some doozies on the list as well.  So I am again hoping to put my unique spin on the themes.  Since I cant yet bead I have decided to post screen shots of the patterns and will bead them up later on.  Not as satisfying as beadwork but as close as I can get right now.

 The first country that we visit is the Netherlands!  All I know about the Netherlands is there are A LOT of windmills and A LOT of tulips.  So that is what I designed.

Second country on our inchie road trip is the good 'ol USA.  Home of the free and the brave.  With so many things to design I was kinda overwhelmed, and decided to show off just that; the free and the brave!

Third stop on this inchie road trip is France.  I was going to say that I have never been there, but I have!!!  I forgot that when we came back from England that we had a lay over at Charles De Gaulle airport.  So, well, yea I have never really been to France LOL.  This is a bit of a cheat.  I used the pattern that I did as an honor piece for France after a terrorist attack. But this is what I think of when I think of France.

The current stop this week is in India.  I love all the ornate decorativeness that I see about India.  You know the Bollywood/Historical aspect of jewelry, clothing, fabric patterns etc.  All of that just makes my brain tingle!  I love it all.  But, how to add all that beauty and adornment into a beaded inch.  Well, I kinda went down to basics.  

Did you know that almost 80% of India practice Hinduism.  So that got me to thinking about the Om symbol and it's importance to those who worship Hinduism.  Om represents the unmanifest and manifest aspects of God.  Such a cool thing for a symbol to have such deep meaning.  

That is it for me this week/month.  Hopefully next week I will be able to bead again!  Until then don't forget to fly on over to EIM and see all the great places that everyone has been going to.  

Monday, December 25, 2017

Last Inchie is the GOAT!

Hey everyone, I hope this last post of the year finds you well, Merry Christmas.  I hope that you all get to spend this blessed day with your family and friends.

This is also the last inchie of the year, I am hoping that it will get picked up for next year!  But, Trillian over at Every Inchie Monday saved the best for last.  GOAT!  I know many of you are thinking, "Why is the goat the best?"  The truth is that the GOAT is the Greatest Of All Time.  Literally!

Did you see what I did there?  Well, if you are a sports fan you know who the GOAT is.  S/He is someone different for each sport and each team.  On my favorite team, The Chicago Blackhawks; the GOAT, or Greatest Of All Time is #88 Patrick Kane.

So for this inchie I decided to do his jersey number.

This inchie came at the coolest time as well since Patrick Kane just got his 300th goal!  YAY!  GOAT!!!!!!!!  YESSSSS!!!

Also, here is the year in inchies.

Hahaha, I just had to see if it would stand on its own and it kinda did.  I also finally figured out how I am going to be hanging them.  I will be taking a clip off of the duffel bags we have at work and beading a loop around then and hanging the inchies from them.  Now to just get 4 more of them from people at work who don't want their bags!  LOL

Just a side note, I will be having carpal tunnel surgery on January 2nd.  So just keep me in your prayers.  Thanks everyone and I hope that you have a blessed and creative Christmas and New Year.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright.....

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well.  Hard to believe that there is only 2 more weeks until 2018!  1 more week until Christmas.  Didn't this year just start a few months ago??  What's up with that!?! 

Well, before Every Inchie Monday ends for good, I am enjoying the last 2 inchies this year.  This weeks theme is Reindeer.  So of course who else would I bead up.  RUDOLPH!!!! 

I love the way he looks. With his nose so bright!  Also this week I finished a piece I have been working on for a few weeks. I am so happy that I got it done before I have to go have surgery!  I gave a sneak peak last week and I finished it early today.

This is a Burberry-style Christmas puffy star ornament. This is from a monthly challenge over at the Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  I enjoyed making this, it was my first time to finish a star.  I started one last year but it got put to the wayside when I found something else to work on!  I stuffed this star with kleenex.  I just did not know what to fill it with but I do like this.  Even if I made so many mistakes on it.  But I really like it.

That is it for me this week. Next Monday will be Christmas so I will prolly be late in posting so free me and mine I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out all the great artists over there.  Just 2 more to go! 

Have a blessed and creative week my friends. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

This Wolf Pack(ed) of a Year is Almost Over

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  Not a lot going on here this week.  I have been working on a special piece that I am hoping will be done before the end of the year.  I will give you a peak at the end of this post. 

I am racing against the clock though since I will be going to the Dr. in just over a week to find out when I will be having surgery for carpal tunnel.  I will then be away from my beads for a few weeks!!!!!!  To say I am already going through withdrawls is an understatement!

But for now, as Every Inchie Monday is winding down, the theme this week is Wolf.  I knew immediately that I wanted to do the typical wolf silhouette.  It is a bit of a stretch to see it but you will get it when you see the inspiration picture; the picture I took the pattern from.

And here is the inspiration picture.

Makes me think of the call of the wild!  How about you?  Now for my special piece that I have been working on.  It is for one of the Facebook groups.  I am hoping to get it done in time, we will see!  Here is a bit of the piece.  Just a teaser though! 

Well, there it is!  Some of you might know what this is, others can try to guess. 

That is it for me this week, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the wolf artwork over there. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Don't Be A Boar!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  This is going to be a quick one (hopefully!) LOL This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Wild Boar.  I live in Arkansas where college football is KING.  And college football in Arkansas means calling the Hogs! 

This is how it is done here in Arkansas

That is it for me this week.  Take care everyone and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and checking out the great boars over there.  Now, I did not mean IT that way! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Turkey Day Arrived!

Hey everyone, welcome to the nest this week.  Wanna hear a funny story?  Last week when I named my post I forgot that this week's theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Turkey!  LOL  So it is gonna be a turkey themed blog 2 weeks in a row!

I am enjoying the last few weeks of EIM. I can't believe that it is going to be ending soon!  Let's hope that someone takes it over and the inchie fun keeps going!  But for right now let's keep the Thanksgiving going.

I really love turkey.  I could (if I was not so lazy!!) bake a turkey about once a month!  But I settle for turkey lunch meat and ground turkey, which I really love in everything!  My favorite is turkey chilli!  If you have never made it you have to try it.  YUM! 

But for my inchie I stuck with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.  Hope you like it and hope it makes you thankful, lol.

Well, that is it for me this week.  I think I am going to go raid the fridge to see if there is any turkey leftover!  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out all the turkey's over there!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hedgehogs and Turkeys

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  This week here in America it is Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates the first harvest in the New World.  Nowadays, however, it is more to celebrate great deals on electronics, automobiles and mattresses!   I am happy that it is Thanksgiving this week.  I will be celebrating it on Tuesday as my daughter will have to work on Thursday.  I have already made an peanut butter, pretzel bark and PB & Graham cracker sandwiches covered in chocolate.  LOL so desert is covered.  My daughter is going to be doing the turkey and we will prolly share the duties on the sides.  YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!  I am excited, I love Thanksgiving!

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is hedgehog.  I have never been face to face with one but I would love to!  They are soo adorable.

For my design this week I went with something that I saw when I was shopping for dog treats!  Yea dog treats.  Next to the dog treats there are toys, these fuzzy flat animals stuffed with plastic bottles, bubble wrap or plastic sheeting.  One of them was a hedgehog!  So when I designed this weeks inchie I designed it flat, like the toy version.

Hope you like it.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the beautiful hedgehogs over there while I am getting ready for the turkey coma that I will be getting in a few days!  I hope that you all have a creative and blessed week, enjoy your turkey and LEFTOVERS!