Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pandas in the Red

Hey everyone thanks for dropping by this week.  This last week has been a whirlwind.  Work has been busy and my son had his last day of school on Tuesday!  Sunday he graduated!!  I am sooo proud!  My baby has graduated High school and now he gets to jump into the real world!

I did get a small amount of time to work on my inchie.  I really loved this weeks theme.  Panda.  Did you know that there is a red panda???  There is!  I first learned about it when I went to an online bead store Red Panda Beads. It is one of my favorite shops.

Through Betsy, the lady who owns the shop I learned about Red Pandas.  Did you know they are endangered!  They also have a tail stripped like a raccoon.  Follow the link above and find out more about these beautiful creatures.  They are so adorable!!! Check them out!

Now, my take on a red panda is not as cute as the real thing but still I kinda like how he looks.


Here is what a red panda looks like, ADORABLE!


That is it for me this week. Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great makes over there and jump in, the pool is great!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Koalas in the Garden

Hey everyone, I would like to shout out a belated Happy Mother's day to all the Mommas here in America.  I know that it is celebrated on a different day in the UK.  My Mothers day was spent cooking and chilling out with my kids, and doing some beadwork.

To that, over at Every Inchie Monday the theme was Koala.  They are such cute little guys.  I would love to hold one of them.  I am sure he wouldn't like me to hold him though lol.  For this inchie I used 4 colors, I think I should have used a different color for the background as it really blends in with the greys.  I think he is still cute.


Also this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Garden.  Now, I do not have a green thumb, more like a black thumb.  I can almost kill a plant just by looking at it!  My kids know that I am this way so they don't buy me flowers, and I am ok with that just because, well...the black thumb thing!  LOL.

Back to my twinchie, I decided to go a way different route.  All the way to New Jersey!  The Garden State. I mean, why not!  On this one I did an outline of New Jersey with the Capitol marked by a blue dot.


That is it for me this week.  I hope everyone had a great Mother's day and hope that you are all having great weather right now.  It is starting to be warm and I am loving it.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great artwork over there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pink Birds on the Prowl

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by this week.  I only have 2 things to show off this week.  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Flamingo.  I have to admit I am not a fan of them, flamingos.  I don't know if it is because they are pink ( I am not a fan of the color)  or if its their funky legs.  Either way, I am not a big fan.  But, I did end up liking the mirror imagery that I did on this one.  What do you think?


Sorry for the shine.  I just can't seem to get a good pic without the shine.   Also this week I worked on a small project for the monthly challenge over at Seed Beads and More.   This month's theme is gifts for guys or Beadpoint.  So I chose beadpoint.  Beadpoint is beading on canvas or Aida cloth; like cross stitch.

I decided to do a small project while I am waiting for beads to work on my bigger project. I had some plastic canvas and decided to bead some crystals onto it in a heart shape.  On the first one I used 4mm bicones, as you can see it did not go too well.  The second one has 6mm bicones and was just right.  What do you think?  I really like it.


I am thinking of adding a string and hanging it in my window.  I wish this picture showed the shine that is on the crystals.  I can't win for trying!  haha.

That's it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM, and 2x2x2 and check out Seed Beads and More.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bees on the Ocean

Hey everyone thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  I am really happy to show you my makes this week.  First up is Every Inchie Monday where the theme is Bee.  So I decided to take a cue from a twinchie I did back in 2015.  This one only has 2 colors, and is the beehive.  It is a bit hard to see but if you squint you can see it lol.

 

This week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Ocean and I was really excited to make this one.  I did a mermaid and tried to make the surrounding water look like it is moving, but at the last minute I changed one of the colors of the water and it ended up not looking like I wanted it to but I still really like her, what do you think?


Also this week I did a few more pieces.  I made another mermaid.  She is adorable, but she was not as easy to bead up as I was hoping, lol.


Lastly this week I beaded up a Cardinal.  I am working on making some family charms.  This is the first one.  This and the mermaid above are not my patterns but I don't know who designed them.  If you know please let me know so I can give them credit.


That is all I have this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great works over there and jump in the pool, the water is fine!  LOL  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Butterflies and birds.

Hiya everyone and thanks for stopping by this week.  I am excited that I have been getting my beading groove back.  If you have been following my makes over the last many months you have noticed that the most I have been doing is my Inchies and Twinchies.  

Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme this week is butterfly.  Right now here in Arkansas there are a lot of butterflies around.  I only know this because our cat, who we lovingly call "Shatan" (AKA she-satan).  She chases and tries to torture err...catch the butterflies and moths.

For this Inchie I decided to make a plain geometric butterfly.  I like the look of it.  What do you think?


After making my Owliver last week I kinda got the buzz to make more little pieces.  They are addictive!  So this last week I made all of these.  I forgot to take down who the designers are so if you know who they are please let me know so I can give credit where it is due.


This little guy is the SMALLEST piece I have ever made.  He is about a half an inch wide!


This little guy is adorable!  I loved making this one, he is the 3rd owl I have made in a week.  I really need to STOP!  hahaha.


This lil mouse is the cutest thing!  The best mouse is a beaded mouse!  This and the 2 owls were patterns that were posted on Seed Beads and More, this months theme has been the Zoo.


Lastly, here is a lil Geisha.  I have had this pattern forever and just decided to finally bead her up.  Again, if you know who designed these patterns please let me know.  I always want to give credit to these amazing artists.

Thanks for stopping by, it blesses me so much.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the art and jump on in!

Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Blog Hop, A Key and A Ladybug Walk Into a Craft Room.....

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by this week.  I appreciate your comments and your visits.  I have a lot to cover so I will try to make it short.  This week I am excited to post my finished pieces from the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop!  I am running late so please forgive me.

A Swap N' Hop means that we get a partner and swap beads and then hop to everyone's blogs and check out what they make.  My partner is Becky Pancake.  She has amazing taste in beads and is super generous with her sends.  See what she sent me.


 AMAZING!!! WOW!!!  I think I spend a few days just drooling over these beads.  Do you see that amazing pendant in the middle?  It is so beautiful.


I was so overwhelmed by the beads that it took me some time to get myself together and make something beautiful with them.  I mean, when you are given something special you want to make sure that you make something special with it, right?  Right!

Here is what I came up with.  I took some of my 15's and made a herringbone necklace for that beautiful pendant.  I used one of my clasps.


The rest of those beads just would not talk to me.  I had an idea to bead around a few of the beads.  But that was really all I could think of.  Then it hit me, instead of making another bracelet why not make something that I don't have a lot of.  Pendants!

Once that was settled I got to work on the beads.  I started out using Becky's 2 colors of delicas that she sent me and added a grey to that and made a peyote tube.  The rest just fell into place


I added the 8's as a bail and the lampwork bead at the top.  The fire polished beads dangle from the tube with sea glass drop beads at the bottom.  2 of which have been embellished with the 8's and 11's.  Here it is hanging from my necklace.


I love how this one looks.  I am going to keep the rest of the beads close to me on my craft table to see if they speak to me again so I can make something with them.  Thanks again Becky, it was great getting to know you.

Now, over to Every Inchie Monday the theme is Bug/Lady beetle.  So this is my ladybug.  She is a bit bigger than most of the ladybugs I normally see but I think that is ok lol.


This week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Keys.  I took this opportunity to design some vintage ornate keys.  This pattern feeds my design OCD.  I love it!


Now, lastly I beaded up another animal for the Seed Beads and More Zoo Spotlight.  This is one of my patterns and I call him Owliver.  He is dressed up as a proper gentleman!  Isn't he cute?!?


Phew! So much to have gotten through and I DID IT!  LOL. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the artwork and maybe join in!  Below is a list of all of the Swap N' Hop blogs so fly on over and check those out. Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson   http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com

Catherine LaVite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Barbara Price   http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/

Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Linda Raggo http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_

Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Rachelle Walker http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog

Gloria Allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Ally Asato https://instagram.com/purplemosspal

Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Naomi Knafla     https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/

Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Dana Phillips   http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Beth Blanc       https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/

Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Kari Asbury   https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/

Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Betony Maiden http://beadwenches.blogspot.com

Inge van Roos     http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/

Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com

Rosantia Petkova   http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/
Erika Price     http://erikaprice.co.uk

Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Rachel Mallis http://www.sharpthingsblog.com

Deb Fortin   http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com

Joanne Bell https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com

Sam Waghorn     http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/

Robin Reed   http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Faye Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com

Karin King http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Divya     http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Penny Houghton http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Krafty Max   http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/

Heather Canepa http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Katy Heider     http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Pawass https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com

Mowse Doyle http://www.midnight-leopard.com/
Tami Norris https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/

Minnette Miller   https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/
Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com


Monday, April 10, 2017

All Caught Up!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by! I am BACK!  LOL not like I was really gone but something about the seasons changing and the time change messes with me.  I spend about a week unable to do much of anything.  I am so tired and worn out.  But this weekend I made up for it!  I. MADE. UP. FOR. IT!!!!  YAY!  lol

Before I get to last weeks pieces I want to get to this weeks pieces.  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is an awesome one, Crow.  If you think I am a bit excited then you are right!  Everyone knows I love hockey, and one of my favorite hockey players is nicknamed "Crow".  His name is Corey Crawford.  So I used his number as my inchie.


Honestly, any chance that I can mix hockey and beading together is a goal!  (see what I did there!)


I mean check him out!  Goalies get all the cool equipment!  #crOwMG

Also this week I made time to do a cute little beaded robin in honor of my Mom; who would have been 81 last month.   I made it as part of the monthly challenge over at the Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  She is not my own pattern, she was designed by Pauline_eline, I do love how she came out and the fact that she was dimensional peyote stitch.  It has been a while since I did that.  Check her out. Isn't she cute?


So thats it for this weeks pieces and here is the real pieces from last week.  Over at EIM the theme was parrot and here he is.  This is a bit of a blurry picture but I like the colors of him.  


Over at 2x2x2 the theme was coin and I hate to say it but my pattern picture was so much better than the finished product.  I used 2 colors of grey but they are hard to tell apart and the 2 colors of gold coins are hard to tell apart as well.  But maybe if you squint real hard you can tell the difference.  lol


Also, I joined a bead swap over at the Facebook group Bead Peeps, but with the issues I had recently I am running late one it and have only had time to make 1 item so I am hoping to finish the rest of my pieces this week.  

That is it for me this week everyone.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the art and upcoming word prompts so you can join in!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.