Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Nose. This one was an interesting theme. I don't particularly like my nose; I don't know many who do though; lol. I had to have surgery on my nose back in 2001 to straighten out the deviated septum. The Dr swore to me that it would fix my breathing problems. So along with this surgery he did some other bits and pieces to make the airways more open. After 2 weeks of having my nose packed with gauze and being in so much pain the Dr took the packing out. I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head from the suction. Luckily, I still have both eyes, lol. But the Dr gave me strict instructions to not touch my nose so it will heal. Within a few hours my nose started inching and without thinking about it I rubbed my nose. The sound of my septum breaking again was pretty awful. Mostly because I was not going to go back to the Dr and have him do that to me again. ARG!
For those people who get "nose jobs" on purpose, I feel you might be a glutton for punishment. Worse part is, the surgery was unnecessary. I still have breathing issues and I still had to have a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea.
But now for my inchie, I thought about doing a clown nose but, ya know, clowns! Not everyone likes them and I knew that I was not going to get it to look like a clown in an inch so I went with my 2nd thought. A Nose icon of sorts. Looking at the nose straight on. I hope you like it.
2x2x2 the them is Squirrel. I know that many people; my Mom included; hate squirrels. My Mom loves her birds and hates that the squirrels eat the bird food. But for me I will always love squirrels for the simple fact that when my daughter was a toddler she adored the squirrels in our yard.
An elderly neighbor used to set corn cobs out in our yard on a tree for the squirrels so that he could watch them. Fav loved seeing the squirrels run in the yard. So much so that I started to set sunflower seeds on our porch so that they would come on there for her to see. She would get so excited that she would bang on the screen door and scream "Quirleys!"
Of course, the squirrels would run away in fear. But not for long, they figured out that she was not a threat and they would set there and eat as she giggled and squealed at them. It was so sweet to see her excitement.
For this twinchie I used 11 colors of delicas and went with a grey squirrel eating an acorn. The acorn is a bit hard to see but I still like it. Hope you like it as well.
Also, I wanted to end this post with a beading tip. Many times we do things in our crafting and don't think about them being a tip someone might be able to use. This is one of them I believe. Sometimes you have a pattern with alot of colors in it, like my squirrel. Keeping track of all the colors and how much you need and when you really need them is always an issue. The program that I use for my patterns is BeadTool. This program tells you how many beads you will need, which is a very important thing. But, knowing when you need them during the process of beading is something you have to figure out yourself. I figured out a way to do that that helps me to know when to get beads out and ready to be used and when to put them away when I am done with that color. Check this out.
This picture might be a bit hard to see but on one side of the pattern I have a "+" symbol. The other side of the pattern I have a "-" symbol. What this does is tell me when a color is starting to be used, ("+" side), and when I am done with that color ("-" side). This is a good thing to know especially when there is alot of colors, and a small area to bead on. Also if a color isn't going to be needed until later in the pattern there is not a need to put them out and possibly spilling them.
I hope that made sense. It was alot of words to explain a simple idea, lol. I hope this will help someone when they are working with many colors in a pattern (I have a pattern that has 65 colors in it so there can be alot to keep track of)
Lastly, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out all the great artwork over there, and have a blessed and beady day.
Loooooooooooove your squirrel! Oh, had a nosejob myself ages ago. Been there, done that, see the movie, know what you're talking about.ReplyDelete
Thanks Zoe, sorry to hear that you had to go thru the same thing :(Delete
Fantastic bead work as always--love the squirrel and the nose jobReplyDelete
LOL thanks ChrissieDelete
Wonderful bead work, the nose is fabulous and I love the squirrel.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much HazelDelete
Funny little nose inchie :-)ReplyDelete
But your squirrel is adorable! I love it and I like squirrels so much ;-)
Thanks Sandra. I like them too, as long as they stay away from my Mom's flowers lolDelete
Wow, that squirrel is brilliant, and the inchie super as well.ReplyDelete
I love your squirrel but could never get a nose job!ReplyDelete
Thanks Elisanne, I will never do that again. The pain was not worth the end result.Delete
What a fun read your post was :) I love the story of the squirrel as it reminded me of my dad and I who battled over who was more important, the squirrels or the birds. So, we each found different ways to feed them. Love both your beaded pieces.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jean, That is great that you and your Dad were able to come to an agreement over them.Delete
Love your beading as usual. Sorry to hear about your nose problems - I, too, have a CPAP machine, but I am so terrified of the mask that they eventually gave me a diffferent machine that allows me to wear only those little things you put in your nose. Just as noisy, though. And puts out tremedous amounts of heat. Love the squirrel story too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kia, sorry about your machine. Last year I got a new machine. I love te full face mask that I have. I dont think I would like the canulas that they use, like the ones for oxygen.Delete
Dear Freebird, thanks for participating in the TwobyTwo--your squirrel is fantastic and I love the story that you've shared. You've done a fine nose--they are hard to draw let alone bead. Sorry to hear about such health issues that persist even upon help from the professionals. I pray for healthfulness. Have a brilliant day! cReplyDelete
Thanks C, I cope pretty good with the apnea, I am hoping now that I am on a journey for weight loss that I will soon not need it anymore.Delete
A fab inchie, my nose feels sore at the thought of what yours went through tho! I hate that the squirrels eat the bird food but I also really love the red squirrels that we see in our garden. Your beaded squirrel is beautiful:-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Sally, I would love to see a red squirrel!Delete
Great nose inchie! I thougth that one was pretty hard to do. Your squirrel is cute!ReplyDelete