Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Quick One Will Petunia

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by!  This one is gonna be a quick one.  I started physical therapy and I have it in the morning.  Lets hope that it works so I don't need surgery!

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Petunia.  I am glad to have any reason to bead up flowers.  I used to not like beading flowers because everyone loves to make beaded flowers (I don't like to go with the crowd!).  But they really are fun and you get to play with colors that you might not get to usually.  Mother nature has awesome taste in colors!

That said I was happy to jump out of my color zone and use purple.  Everyone seems to love purple, but not me.  So when I use it it is out of my color comfort zone.  But I do love the colors I used.  It just looks really pretty.  I hope that you like it.

Thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great flowery art over there this week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dolphins, Poetry and A Finished Piece!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I am glad I was able to post today.  We have been without internet (AGAIN) for the last few days.  But, I think it is finally fixed.  Fingers crossed.  I have some exciting news.  I finally finished my amulet bag.  The one that was supposed to be done back in July for the Facebook group Beadwork Mentoring.

I have been working on this when I had time and even when I did not have time.  By that I mean I was beading it in my sleep and in my mind while I was at work LOL.  I am really excited, can you tell!  So here it is.

Well, here is the necklace first lol.  It is done in herringbone stitch using 5 colors of 11/0 Czech seed beads.  After attaching the necklace to the bag I realized it was too long and had to be cut down.  So I cut it in the middle and had to sew it together.  Which was something that I was a bit worried to do.  You see, this is a 3 sided herringbone rope and if you ended up attaching the third side to let's say, the second side then there will always be a kink in the rope, and it will not lay proper from the bag.  Luckily, I got it right!

Now, when this amulet bag challenge came up I originally wanted to make something Native American since we are part Native American. But I could not find out what tribe we descended from so I decided to go with  Chief Blackhawk.  There is a statue of him near where I grew up.  My Mom had a painting of him in her living room.  Me and my brother both have a small statue of him in our front yards. We really like him, lol.  Even though I really love Blackhawk nothing was coming to me so I went to my favorite sports team. The Chicago Blackhawks.  So here it is (finally! LOL)

 This is the front of the bag with the Blackhawks Logo on it.

This is the back with the tomahawk logo on it.  This is the shoulder patch on the jerseys.  The fringe is made with black twisted bugles, black and white 8/0 seed beads, red bicones and small dragon scale beads.  The bag measures 4x7 including the fringe. I really love it!

This week also over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is dolphin.  For this one I did a dolphin playing with a beach ball.

Also this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is poetry.  I had a hard time with this one.  I thought about doing a raven but did not like the look of it so I went with a hand writing with a quill pen.  I don't think that it really looks like what I wanted it to, but still.

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and leaving me comments, they always make me happy.  If you want to participate in EIM or 2x2x2 jut follow the links and enjoy the fun, you're welcome!  LOL  Have a blessed and creative week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Built Fjord Tough!

Hey everyone thanks for stopping by and I want to thank those who leave comments, it really brightens my day.

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Fjord.  What a strange and interesting word.  For those who don't know what a fjord truly is this is the definition that I found here.  A fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion.

All this said, putting that into an inch was not easy.  So I decided to go the route of a play on words.

Ok, well, so they are not EXACTLY the same, but close enough for my tastes LOL!!   Hey guys, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out some pretty awesome fjords and if you think this looks like fun, then please join in!  I would love to see what you come up with, in any medium you choose.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Whale of a Navajo Weekend

Hey Everyone, thanks for visiting this week.  Over here at the nest we, my kids and I have unilaterally decided that the cat must have gotten rid of the needle without us catching it!  Because it has been almost 3 weeks and no sign of it, but she is back to her chasing and attacking, bitchy self.  Now don't get mad at me for calling her that!  She is a bitch!  She is mean and attacks at will (poor Will!).  We all call her that almost as a term of endearment.  LOL.  

So now, over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Whale.  I got the idea for my inchie from an insurance commercial that shows a huge whale jumping out of the water.  This is what I came up with after translating that into an inch.

I used 4 colors of Delicas and decided against adding an eye on the whale.  I am not sure that was a good idea or not but I went with it.  

This week is also the week for 2x2x2 and I have been waiting for this one.  The theme is Navajo.  My family is part Native American, I don't know the tribe but I think it has watered down by time it got to me, cuz I don't look like it but my Mom and sister both look Native American.  Or maybe the only part I got was the love of beading.  After all the stitch I always use for my pieces is peyote stitch.  Which is widely used in the NA community for beadwork and jewelry.  

I decided to take my cue from a Navajo rug.  I really loved the look of the design that had 5 Yei Females holding Sacred Eagle feathers.  I just really like the geometrics in the rug and that it translated so well to the beads.  I may save this as an idea for a bigger piece later on.  But for now, check this out.  This is just 2 of the Yei's 

This one has 6 colors of Delicas, 2 of which are matte.  I love the depth that the matte beads give the piece.  I am not sure why I don't use matte beads more.  I may have to look into that with some matte beading projects LOL.  (not like I need an excuse to bead!)

Lastly, if you have been following me you know that I was working on an amulet bag that was supposed to be done by July 1st.  Well that did not happen!  But I am still slowly but surely working on it.  I have both panels done and attached, which I am not ready to show.  Not yet anyways.  But I did want to show you what I am doing for the necklace.  I decided to do it in a herringbone stitch and after a few trial pieces, that did not do what I wanted, I decided on this.  

These are the colors and the pattern I will be using.  I can not wait to get the necklace done so I can work on the fringe, then I can reveal the whole thing!  

Hey guys, just want to say thanks for stopping by and leaving me a message.  I really enjoy the comments and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great work there.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Feeling Sheep-ish

Hey everyone, I hope this finds all of you well.  I also want to thank all of you for stopping by and leaving me a note.  It really makes my day.

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Sheep.  There is so many ways to go with that theme.  But the one that I liked the most was counting sheep.  I mean who has not tried to count sheep before?  I know I have.  They are such a popular thing to count that they even have their own commercials.  But how to translate that to beads?  This is what I came up with.

For this one I used 5 colors of Delicas.  I love the look of this one.  You get the illusion of there being many of them without there being "many".

This is going to be short and sweet this week.  Mostly because I have a bad headache, stemming from my neck pain.  On the Kitty front; she STILL has not passed the needle.  I am beginning to think that she got it out and maybe the dog ate it!  UGH!!!!

Also don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out what the others have designed.