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  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 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 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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eye See You!

Hey everybody, how's it going?  I am doing well.  We are all safe and sound here.  There was tornadoes here but luckily we were spared from them.   The other side of the state; not so much!  There was a few tornadoes.  One biggie that was so big it actually had tornadoes inside of itself!  OH. MY. GOSH!

Besides the weather, (Mother Nature needs to get it together!!!), I got to go to a handmade Craft fair.  I went by myself and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  I saw many awesome looking, smelling and tasting things.  I even bought a few fun things.

I also got to travel on the Inchie World Tour!  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the current stop is Egypt.  What a great place to be visiting.  So much history and beautiful archaeology.  Some of you may remember back in 2015 I posted an amulet bag that I made for my daughter for her college graduation.  It was Egypt themed, as she loves everything Egypt.  For those who have not seen it check it out here.   It was a labor of love and she really deserved it.

That being said, I just knew what I was going to to when Egypt came up in the lineup this year.  I did the Eye of Ra.  Super easy design and fun to do.

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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Do You Peru?

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the world tour stops in Peru.  I am not really into Peru.  Especially since last year I somehow magically bought a ticket to Lima, Peru!  Luckily, after changing all my passwords, filling out fraud paperwork and waiting 10 days I got my money back!  Phew!!! 

But since we are here in Peru why not sample a bit of the local cuisine.  Did you know that in Peru they really, I mean REALLY, love their Guinea Pigs.  Especially baked or grilled!  I think I will turn vegetarian for this trip!  LOL  That said I decided to make a cute little living guinea pig for my inchie.

Isn't he cute?  Too cute to eat I think, lol.  Well that is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great art.  I do feel a bit hungry.  I think I will go find something to snack on!  ;) 

Have a blessed and creative week!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Got Pretzels?

Hey everyone, thanks for flying on over here.  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Germany.  When I think of Germany I think of many things but my favorite is the pretzel!  I mean who doesn't love a great pretzel?!?  Lately the pretzel has gone mainstream by being turned into pretzel bread for restaurants, and I am SO GLAD!  Because it is amazing! 

When I think about pretzels I think about when my daughter was little and we used to go to this mall and buy triple threat popcorn (cheddar cheese, butter and caramel popcorn all mixed together) and a pretzel with cheese.  By time my son came along we no longer went to the mall, we just went to Walmart.  They did not have the triple threat but the pretzels were fantastic! 

So, of course, I had to make a pretzel for my inchie.

This one is not as tasty as the ones I love but almost as pretty.

Also this week I finished 1/4 of my temperature necklace. If you don't know what that is, it is a necklace that shows in colors the low and high temps of each day.  I really am loving the look of it.  I had to change the original design that I started with.  It was just not working out right.  So after redoing and getting 3 months into it, I love the color flows in it all. 

The darker colors are January and the lighter colors are March.  If you can look and see near the end you will see a small flash of orange, that is an 80 degree day!  I think this is going to look so cool when it is done. 

Well, that is it for me this week, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the world tour.  I would love to see you all join in!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.