Monday, November 13, 2017

Goose Me!

Hey everyone, well, please don't goose me!  Especially after you hear the theme, see my inchie and follow me on the reason for my design idea.

Ok, strap in cuz there will be curves in this blog. The theme this week over at Every Inchie Monday is Goose.  I can tell you I am not a big fan of Geese.  When I was about 20, myself, my daughter, a friend of mine and 4 of her Nephews and Nieces went to a local pond to feed the ducks.  There were some geese there as well.  Every time we fed the ducks the geese would run up and steal some of the bread. Making the ducks angry.  Soon the geese would get greedy and want all of our bread.  When they didn't get it they would nip and bite at us.  My friend got bitten on the ankle and on the butt. My daughter got her hand bitten. As well as 2 of my friends Nieces!  Needless to say geese did not endear me to them!

So for this week I thought outside the box.  Pretty much like almost every week, right?!?  So here is where the curves come in.  When I thought about goose.  I did not want to do a bird or a feather. I wanted something that I could link up with the way my brain works.  Which is usually my first thought.  But for this theme there was no first thought.  Then I started working on an idea.

There is a vodka named Grey Goose.  Since I don't drink I don't know much about it but I do love the artwork on the bottle.  It is so pretty.  But then how to put that into an inch.  Then I thought about James Bond!  A martini, shaken not stirred!

Since vodka is in a martini and grey goose is a vodka I did a hop, skip and a jump to a martini!  A martini with a lemon wedge in it!


I thought that the 2 transparent colors would have worked good together but they did not give the effect that I wanted, but I do like it.  Hope you like it as well.

That is it for me this week, but before I go I wanted to say that at the end of this year, Trillian, who has been running Every Inchie Monday almost from the beginning has decided to retire from the blog.  If you think that you would like to take it over or maybe help out with it follow the EIM link and let Trillian know.

I have to say that I love the inchies.  They were the reason I started this blog.  Since I have been doing them for 5 years now I may have to figure something else out to do.   Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Owls and Art Invitationals

Hey everyone!  I am so super excited this weekend.  I have some exciting news to tell you but first I wanna show you my inchie.  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is one of my favorite animals, Owl.  I have done owl designs in the past, I named them Owliver and Owlivia. 

But for this weeks inchie design I designed a new one. I really love the colors I chose, brown and teal.  Which is one of my favorite color combos of late.


I designed this one to look like a owlet, a baby owl.  I do like how it came out.

Ok, deeeeep breath.  Today I was at River Valley Art Center for their Artist Invitational.  Where I had 2 pieces featured in the show, and well, take a look!


OH MY GOSH!!!  Can you believe it?!?  The first time I have ever entered an actual art show and I get 3rd place!!!!  I had my flapper amulet bag, entitled "You Gatsby Kidding Me." and the Egyptian themed amulet bag that I had made for my daughter when she graduated college.  The Flapper won 3rd place!  All the art that was featured was so beautiful.  It all looked like it was painted by famous artists!  I just can't believe that I won.

That is all from me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM to see some more art by famous artists!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spiders Away (Please!)

Hey everyone, I hope that this post finds you all well.  It is starting to get colder here and I am so not happy about that!  I don't like when the temps get below 45 degrees!  But it is what happens this time of year, so I have to accept it!  haha

This week's theme over at Every Inchie Monday is Spider.  Which is perfect since it's Halloween time and spiders are a Halloween staple.  We also have spiders here, A LOT of them; as I showed here.

I am glad that my inchie Spider is way less of a hassle!  Actually, he isn't even here!  LOL


Also this week I finished the bracelet that I spoke of last week.  It was so fun to do.


I am hoping to do more with this stitch.  If you are interested in this stitch just check out this Facebook group. Peyote with a twist-not crochet.

That's it for me this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy hearing your comments.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great artwork over there.  Have a blessed and creative week.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Two Weeks In the Forest.

Hey guys welcome back to the nest.  I missed last week, sorry about that.  I got my inchie done but just didn't have the time to post. 

So let's get to it.  I have a few pieces to show off and one thing I am super excited about.   Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme last week was bear.  So my original design looked like a honey pot dripping with honey, but when I went to bead it it just looked like a couple of brown and yellow blobs.  So I decided to run to something comforting for me; and my family.  Chicago sports teams. 

Last year around this time the Cubs were going for the "W" in the World Series.  Which they did!  Go Cubbies!  This year, not so much!  My brother, whom we lost just before the "W" loved the Cubs.  So I decided to mix the Cubs logo and the Chicago Bears colors together and made my inchie.


This one was hard for me to do.  I thought about my Brother the whole time.  Also another reason that I had issues posting.

This week's theme over at EIM the theme is squirrel.  I knew I could not make a squirrel so I went to their favorite things. Acorns.


Now, I am so excited about this.  I was reading on one of the beading Facebook groups and saw this awesome bead crochet necklace, the poster was talking about it being peyote stitch and NOT bead crochet.  I immediately looked for the group, Peyote With A Twist - Not Crochet, joined and got to beading. 

After a false start (or two) I got into a groove and got about 2.5 inches done.  Check this out.


I know it may not look like much to many of you, but I have struggled with bead crochet in the past.  I just could not get the tension right.  But this here is a stitch that I understand.  I love peyote stitch and this makes me soo happy to work on.  Once I get this down pat then I am going to try a patterned piece!  Wish me luck.

That is it for me this week.  I am going to rest my arm, do some chores and then get back to the necklace!  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. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oh Deer!

Hey everyone, I hope that the weekend treated everyone well.  I had a good weekend.  I got a lot of housework done and got my inchie done on time. ON TIME!  How cool is that?  LOL

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Deer.  I thought about the deer emblem that I always see on trucks and that brought me to this design.  Hope you like it.  I used 3 colors of Delicas and did another play on the negative space. 


I meant to show off some pen covers I made for my Sister and Sister in Law, I just forgot to post them last week.  Both of the patterns are from Carolyn DeGroff from the Facebook group Seedbeaders. This one is a dream catcher pattern for my sister. 



This one is a snowman pattern for my Sister in Law who loves Snowmen.


Aren't they both cute?  I think so, and both of them loved their pens.  Lastly this week I just have to show you something that is just great for the month of October.  My neighbors came over and brought something that they found in their yard.  My son was so excited that he HAD to hold it. 


Yes, that is my son holding the biggest tarantula that I have ever seen in person.  No, we did not keep it!  We did give it to a friend of my son. 

Anyways that it is for me this week, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great artwork that the ladies have done.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Boas and Chameleon

Hey everyone, 2 weeks again this time.  But for good reason this time.  I spent last weekend with my family.  I drove about 1500 miles in 4 days.  When I got back home I was way too tired to bead or do my blog.  But, I am rested up now!

Last week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme was Boa.  I knew that I would not be able to design a snake in an inch so I decided to do a design of the Boa's skin pattern.


I really love this color combo.  I might have to design a bracelet in this design.  Also this week my son's dog, Delilah brought home a baby for her to love on; literally!


Yea, was a bit creepy to leave for work and see 2 hands and a foot sticking out of the dirt!  She has since brought it in the house and loves it!  I call it her headless baby.  Truthfully, it is adorable to see a 5 month old German Shepard loving on this.  I really hope that the neighbors daughter has not noticed that she is missing a baby LOL.

This week's theme at EIM is Chameleon.  Wow this one was super hard.  I again had to go with the skin pattern.  I used 3 colors again with this one, but I don't think I want to use them again. The silver lined crystal color is hard to work with.  But I do like the finished product, what do you think?


Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great art over there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.  Before I leave this week I want to say that my prayers and thoughts are with the people in Las Vegas.  Such a horrible tragedy.  May God bless and keep all those affected by this.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trout it Out!

Hey everyone, hope this finds you well.  I want to thank everyone for stopping by and leaving comments. You are all AWESOME!

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Trout.  A fish in an inch is not easy, but after researching trout I realized that there is a Rainbow Trout!  So that was what I did.


I used silver lined Delicas to give it the look of the scales of a rainbow trout.  That is it for me this week as I am getting ready to go on a short vacation with my son and his dog. Have a blessed and creative week my friends and don't forget to fly on over to EIM to check out all the great artwork.