Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Portugal, oh Man!

Hey everybody, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  I have had a very busy weekend.  My adopted daughter came in from Arizona and she and my daughter celebrated birthdays this weekend; 12th and 13th respectively.  We have had a great time laughing, eating, talking, and eating!  My sides have hurt from all the giggles!  If only that could make me lose weight!  haha!

I did take some time to work on my inchie this week, which ends up being very timely.  Since the girls are together they have had some bottles of wine with friends.  What does that have to do with the inchie theme this week?  I will get to that in a minute. 

First off, this week the world tour stops in Portugal.  My first thought was the rock band Portugal, The Man.  But I was not really sure I could figure something out for them.  So I looked into Portugal and found out that Portugal produces 50% of the cork in the world.  So without Portugal, the girls wine bottles would be very sad.  Even though I designed this pattern back in January before my adopted daughter even decided to come to Arkansas, I think it was really meant to be!  HAHA. 

So for my inchie I decided to design the top of a wine bottle with the cork still in it. 

I also have to say that even though I don't drink,  I love wine corks because I like to bead around them for Christmas ornaments. 

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Two Weeks and Counting!

Hey everyone, I am back!  Ha!  I have been taking time to make sure that I am beading again.  It is good to be back! 

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the world tour stops at China.  A country like China, with all it's rich history is hard to nail down to one inch but I decided to go to something that ended up changing the world.  Fireworks!! 

Fireworks were originally invented in 9th Century China.  Such a beautiful thing that ended up changing the world in many beautiful and violent ways.  Funny thing is, they invented fireworks to scare off evil spirits.  I just think that is ironic. 

Anyways, here is my inchie.  I do love the pops of color, pffft! 

That is it for me this week.  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, and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Didya Miss Me 2.0??

Hey everybody, have you missed me?  I missed you all!  Between being busy and hurt I have not had the time to do much of anything! 

Let me explain.  I have been going to a chiropractor for my shoulder only to find out that it is my neck that is the problem (again)!  I have bone spurs on 4 of my neck vertebrae, and my neck is curving so it all has to be straightened out!  Not sure if you all remember but back in 2016 I was going to physical therapy for my neck.  Well, it did not seem to take!  ARG! 

Because of going to the Chiro I have not been feeling like beading.  To add to that I no longer have a kitchen/craft table.  So I don't have a place to bead.  ARG!!! 

Despite all that I have managed to get caught up.  YAY!!!  So here we go, let's play a game of catch up, shall we!

Back on July 2 the theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Mongolia.  I was really excited for this one because if the story is true then I have to thank the Mongolian Horsemen for inventing ice cream!  God bless them!!!!  Ice cream is my go to indulgence.  (I actually ate some before writing this post lol) I love, love, love ice cream!  The story goes that the Mongolian Horsemen created ice cream when they carried cream in animal intestines as part of their food stocks and the cold weather mixed with the galloping of the horses created ice cream!!!  So this is my homage to Mongolia.  YUM!

 On the ninth the theme was Finland.  One thing that I found out about Finland that I thought was interesting was that Finland drinks the most coffee in the world!  WHAT, you mean America loses again!  Sheesh.  I really expected that we would have won that one.  I mean where else would people love coffee so much that they are willing to pay $6 for a cup of coffee?  Apparently the answer is Finland!

On the 16th the theme was Mexico.  In Mexico many people wear something called a serape.  It is a colorful blanket that can be worn like a shawl.  Many Men wear them and I have owned a couple of them in my life.  So I decided to design my inchie with the colorful lines of a contemporary serape. 

Last week was a great place to visit.  Norway!  With all the Norse Gods, Vikings and lore I just had to make a Viking ship.  There was a lot of detail on this one.  Glad it came out like it did.

This week's world tour stop is Brazil.  I was going to do the statue of Jesus but it just did not translate like I wanted to so I went with the flag of Brazil. 

Whew! that is it for me this week!  I do hope that I will be back next week.  I am glad that I was finally able to post these all.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends and take care of yourselves.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great works of art over there.

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.