Monday, June 25, 2018

Quick one this week.

Hey everybody, welcome to the nest this week, I'm glad that you stopped by!  I have only 2 things to show off this week, but one of them makes me very happy.

First up is the fastest stop on the Every Inchie Monday world tour.  This week we find ourselves in South Africa. When I think of South Africa I think about the land and all the trees, plants and mountains; like Table Mountain.  It's one of the oldest mountains in the world.   But the one thing I am always drawn to about South Africa is that there was apartheid.  For nearly 50 years it was the rule of the land.   But the African National Congress fought against it.  Eventually causing its leader Nelson Mandela to be imprisoned.  He was in prison for 27 years before being released.  Once apartheid was repealed he became the first black president of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was a beloved leader and humanitarian.  So I decided to do him as my inchie.  I took an outline of his face that I saw a few years ago in a game on my phone and used it for my inchie.  I think it looks like him but you might just have to take my word for it lol.


I did mess up on this one and broke a bead. I means to put the visible thread on the back side but that didn't work out as you can see it above his ear.  But I still like how the colors came out.

Also this week I decided to show off my newest piece that I am working on.  I am really pumped about the design.  It has a lot of meaning to it which I will get to another time but for now this is the basic blue print idea that I am going with.  I can say that there will probably be a few panic attacks related to this project lol.  Mostly because it will be moving me out of my symmetrical comfort zone.  Many parts of this are asymmetrical and if you have followed my blog for some time you know I am all about symmetrical design.

Despite all that I am still super excited for this project to get started.  Take a look and let me know what you think.


This is going to be a big project the grey beaded outline is 11x16" and the colors represent a vague outline of where the beads will be going.

There are 5 ox bone cabs in this and 8 gemstone cabs as well.  I will get into more of it when I get more time.

That's it for me this week.  I also won't have any links in this blog as I am doing it on my tablet and not my laptop.

Have a blessed and creative day my friends and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great works over there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Did Ya Miss Me??

Hey everyone!  It has been a few weeks since I last posted.  So much has been going on!  We have had to have some work done on the house and I have had some pain from my shoulder.  Not to mention a few other things going on that I will talk about later on in this post. 

I have been so behind on my beadwork because of my shoulder pain that it has taken me just about all week to do my inchies.  By then it is usually to late to post them, or I have been so busy with the work on the house that I have just not posted. 

I am really behind on my temperature necklace.  I also have started to work on the "special project" that I am doing.  But that is going pretty slowly.  Here is the first piece to it.  This is the first time I have ever done Bead embroidery.  I am having fun with it for sure.   What do you think about my feather?


Now to get caught up on my inchie travels.  On June 4th Every Inchie Monday's world tour landed in Vatican City.  I do think it is pretty cool that a City is actually a country all it's own.  There are so many things to do for Vatican city, so many ways to take the theme.  But one thing that I did notice in all the pictures that I saw were the Swiss guards.  They have been protecting the Pope since 1506!  What a long standing job, and such fancy clothes!  I just could not stop looking at the colors of the clothes.  What brave fashion forward men!  So that is what I did for the inchie.


The next week's theme (6.11.18) was Ireland.  I really did not know what to do for Ireland and finally went with a clover.  Nothing really spectacular, but still, it could be used as an earring pattern.


Now, that gets me all caught up to this weeks theme.  This week EIM is landing in Japan.  From a design standpoint Japan is so rich with ideas.  Way to many for my brain to process.  So I went with one thing that I really think is cute and works great in beads.  Kawaii!  I have to admit that I really enjoy the design style of Kawaii.  The big eyes and cute faces, how can you not love them?!?  I decided to mix Kawaii with another thing that Japan is known for; Sushi.  I think this inchie is cute but also I think he looks a bit angry.  Probably because he makes me hungry!  Haha!


That is it for me this week, except to mention that these last few weeks have also been hard because my little Chorkie has been getting sick.  She was over 10 years old when we got her back in 2012 and she was my little girl.  My Katygirl, I called her.  She passed over the rainbow bridge this morning.  I am really saddened but I know that she had a great life and she was very loved.  She has left a hole in our family.  She was such a shy dog that it was hard to find pictures of her, but here is a fun one where she is wearing a pink cowboy hat.


That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the artwork over there.  Have a blessed and creative week and hug your babies and furbabies!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day and Happiness!

Hey everyone!  Thanks for visiting me this beautifully HOT day!  First off, I would like to say Happy Memorial day and God bless all our military and all they do to keep us safe all over the world! 

Because of the holiday this will (hopefully) be a short post.  This week I started working on a new project.  I am not sure how it will end or what all will be part of it, but I am enjoying having the creative juices flowing and working out all the little details. 

I did take some time out of that to continue on the Every Inchie Monday world tour.  This week we land in South Asia in the Eastern Himalayas, to a small country named Bhutan.  For being a small isolated country they are one of the happiest in the world.  That is what they are best known for.  As a matter of fact the King measured the country not in "Gross National Product", but by "Gross National Happiness"!  How cool is that!  Wouldn't it be great to think about life in levels of happiness instead of finances? 

That made such an impression on me that I just had to smile.  Literally! 


That is it for me this week, (like I said a short post!)  I hope that you all have a blessed and creative week and that you all find your Gross National Happiness as well!  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great artwork over there.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lithuania and a Lost Pattern.

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  Summer is here and I am enjoying the warmer weather but not the ticks!  They can go AWAY, thank you very much!

So, before it gets too hot lets get this blog on!  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Lithuania.  Lithuania is in Europe and is one of the three Baltic States.  One thing I thought was really sweet about Lithuania is that the white stork is one of the National symbols.  What is sweet about it is that children still believe that the stork brings babies; probably because there are over 13,000 pairs of storks there!  How adorable!

To that end I decided to make a stork as my inchie.  Maybe he is standing in line waiting to pick up the next baby to be delivered!



Also, this week I searched my laptop and found the original pattern from the United Kingdom that I could not figure out from last weeks post.  Not only did I find the original one I remembered what it was supposed to be!  YAY!!  Here is the pattern first.


The black and white is a soccer ball, of course.  But it really took me forever to remember what the brown thing was.  I think I remember designing it as a trophy!  Not sure which one but I do think that is what it is supposed to be. 

Kinda anti-climactic I feel; am I right? 

That is it for me this week.  I have been trying to do more beading but it has not worked out for me.  I have started and restarted one piece 4 times and it is driving me crazy!    But I am hoping that I will have time to work on it this week. 

Lastly, this week, I just want to mention that there was a few more school shootings this week.  One of which hit a bit too close to home.  I am not going to be all political here; that is not what my blog is about; but I have been blown away by the numbers, there have been an average one 1 school shooting a week this year and there have been more deaths from school shootings then there are soldiers who have been killed in combat this year.   

Soldiers sign up to protect and know that there is a chance they might not come home, (God bless them for their service!).  Our children sign up for classes and know that there is a chance that they might get asked out to the dance.  They should not have to worry about dying.  Things need to change.  The US is sadly in first place in this arena.  So, say a prayer, go vote, voice your opinion, do whatever you have to do to make a change.  God bless all who have been touched by these senseless acts.  God bless our children.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the beautiful artwork over there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends. 




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Two Weeks of Busy Fun

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  I missed all last week pretty much.  There was so much going on that I did not have time to even bead! 

I did get my inchies from last week and this week!  YAY!  Last week over at Every Inchie Monday the world tour stopped at the United Kingdom.  I was pretty excited for this inchie, then when I got out the pattern I was stumped!  You may remember that I design my inchies at the beginning of the year then I get the yearly list.  Well, for the UK inchie I designed something that, months later I could not figure out!  I had  no clue what it was supposed to be!  It looked kinda like a soccer ball in the front but I could not figure out what was in the background.  In the end I just could not figure out what I was trying to do so I had to start over.  That said, I am not really happy with the new pattern.  But it is what it is and here it is!


Can you tell what this is?  Yea, I know it looks pretty gaudy!  It is supposed to be an ornate tea pot.  Yea, a TEAPOT!  Oh well!  LOL  Now on to this week, quickly!

This week over at EIM the theme is Andorra.  I have heard of the place but not really heard of the place, if you know what I mean?!?  That said, I looked up many things about Andorra I found one really cool thing about Andorra, the last time they went into war was over 1,000 years ago!  How interesting!  Wouldn't that be nice to not know what war looks and feels like, am I right?  Check out my inchie.


I wanted to mention that I finished my first virtual race from Yes.fit.  I have to thank Cathy for introducing it to me; I am hooked.  I have already started my 2nd race!!  Here is my Medal from my first race.

 
I love the little card that came with it!  It makes me laugh so much.  The ribbon and medal are both so pretty.  I was also really surprised at how heavy it is.  I can't wait to get further into my next race.

That is it for me this week.  I hope that everyone (in the US) had a great Mother's day.  Mine was great.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the world tour, and have a blessed and creative week my friends.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Greece and a New Charm

Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the nice weather.  Enjoy it while you can because it is going to be bad for the rest of the week!!!  ARG!  WHY! 

Ok, now that that is out of my system, I have 2 pieces to show you all.  First off, the world tour over at Every Inchie Monday has stopped at Greece.  Did you know that Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization.  So many things have started in Greece.  Democracy,Science, Math and the Olympics; just to name a few things. 

But, you all know me, I never go with the flow.  I don't go the obvious route.  My brain just never works that way, lol.  For me, when I thought about Greece, I thought about Michael Symon.  He is an Iron Chef and co-host of The Chew.  He is part Greek and he many times cooks with olive oil.  Olives are delicious and even though I am partial to black olives my inchie is made with a green olive and a pimento.  Check it out.


Also this week I redid my brothers family charm.  He was a river boat captain on the Mississippi River.  He worked on the river for decades and it was his passion.  My doing a small little sail boat really did not do justice or show my love and respect of him.  So I did this one.  I really love it and feel better about it. 


That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great works over there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Bones About Kenya

Hey everyone, I hope that you are all doing well.  Mother Nature is still up to her old tricks and trying to get everyone sick with colds and allergies.  But I think we will all prevail (in the overbearing heat of the summer!!).

Well, onto something non-allergic.  Inchies!  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the world tour stops at Kenya.  While looking into Kenya I found out that Kenya is the place where Scientist believe that the earliest known human fossils were found!  How cool is that!  So I decided to make a skull on top of the Kenya flag.  The red eyes are kinda ominous!



Also this last week I joined Yes.fit and joined a race!  I have been waiting to do that for a while now.  Ever since one of the Inchie bloggers, Penstrokes by Cathy posted about joining Yes.fit and winning 2 races, I have wanted to join.  So I finally did that last Thursday.  I joined Shake your tail feathers.  It is 78.5 miles and the award looks like a Peacock.  I am pretty excited about it.  Thanks Cathy for introducing me to this awesome site.  I have even gotten the nurse at work to look into doing a corporate event for us at work.  I will keep everyone up-to date on this race.

I also did alot of beading this weekend.  I finished my family charms.  Something that I have been wanting to do for a long time.  Each charm represents someone in my family.  Liverpool bird is for my son, the black cat is for my daughter.  Chicago Cubs is my brother Toms.  The Navy anchor is my dad.  The motorcycle is for my late husband.  The 4 feathers is mine.  The camera is my sisters.  The cardinal is for my Mom, and the boat is for my brother.  But to be fair I am planning on redoing his to be more like the boat that he was a captain of instead of a sailboat.


I designed all of these charms except for the motorcycle and the cardinal (I don't know who designed the cardinal, if anyone does please let me know so I can correct this, thanks).  I really love these.  I will work on the new tug boat this week and hope to have it next weekend.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great work over there and join the world tour!  Until next week, have a blessed and creative week my friends.