Monday, November 28, 2016

Is it Time to Question the Ice (or lack of it)?

Hey everybody, I hope that you are all enjoying your after Thanksgiving tryptophan glow.  I know I am..err was.  All our Thanksgiving food is gone!  But besides the food of Thanksgiving I am kinda missing (not really) the colder weather.  I was surprised that it took this long to get cold.  Makes me hope that when winter does come around that she doesn't do it with a vengeance.

This all leads me to this week's themes over at Every Inchie Monday and 2x2x2.  Neat how they kinda went together.  For Every Inchie Monday the theme is Question, as you can read I started this post out with questions...and answers?  Maybe some Q&A??

For this inchie I used 4 colors of Delicas and I hope that you can read the Q&A.   It was all that I could think of for Question theme.

Also, this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Ice.  I felt this was the perfect time for me to work on a pattern that I designed a few years ago but never beaded up.  The thing about "untested patterns", or patterns that you design but haven't beaded up yet is that the colors can clash if you are not careful.  That is why many bead pattern designers have "bead fairies", or people who bead the patterns up and test out the colors to make sure they are cohesive.  Well, I am my own bead fairy so I get to my patterns when time and my shoulder allows.  But how could I resist making one of my favorite patterns?  I love the look of the Kawaii designs so this is right up my alley.  Check it out.

For the theme Ice I did an Ice cream cone next to my favorite word when eating ice cream, lol.  remember me talking about testing the colors?  Well, I had to change the color of the pink outline to one that showed up better.  I have 3 colors on the cone but you can only see 2 of them.  I was hoping that the difference showed up better but it doesn't.  The 3rd color is a basket weave on the bottom part of the cone.  I also had to change the color of the hair bow because it was too similar to the pink and did not show up very well.

All that said I really love the finished product of the cone.  I will take time later on to do her again as a shaped peyote design.  I am looking forward to that.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 and check out the lists for next year.  Join in and have fun with us.

Until next week, have a blessed and creative week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Time To Turn the Lighting On Early?

Hey everybody, thanks for stopping by this cool and dark Thanksgiving week. It seems like winter decided to stop by and enjoy Thanksgiving with us.  This will be a quick one this week.

First off, I would like to give thanks for my family we have been through it but I am thankful for them.  I also am thankful for everyone who has visited my blog and left comments.  Thank you!

Another thing that I am thankful for is my beadwork.  There has been many times that it has helped me get through the tough times.

Up North during the funerals and emotional times of late I worked on a challenge from the Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  It was a September monthly challenge but I worked on it a bit late.  The challenge was to do a Beaded Scarf.  I used Silver 11/0 and Rainbow metallic peacock 11/0 seed beads.  I used a Rainbow blue Button as a clasp.  I really love it and it was fun to make.

This was a lot of fun to make as I mentioned before but I don't know if I will make another one any time soon.  Mainly since it just takes so many beads.  

Also this week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Lighting.  At first I read it wrong and designed a pattern for LightENing. But luckily I caught myself before I started beading it and redesigned the pattern for a light bulb.  Kinda simple but I like it.  

Well, that is it for me this week.  Since we had our Thanksgiving dinner on Monday I am going to go and get me some leftovers.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 nd check out the challenges over there.  Both blogs have also posted next years list so check it out and jump right in!

Have a blessed and creative week and enjoy the turkey!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Wormhole Filled With Yarn!

Hey everybody, I want to thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts.  Means so much to me.  Just like with anything, time with help me get better.  Until then my beads are therapy.

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Wormhole.  I kinda went the obvious route but after seeing some of the other ideas I wish I had gone their way.  But all I could think about was a wormhole!  So here it is just 2 colors of Delicas.  But I tried to capture the colors of the night sky and what a wormhole would look like.

Over at 2x2x2 the theme this week is Yarn.  One thing that I am not good at is crochet.  I wish I could do bead crochet but I still really suck at it.  But those people who can crochet always blow my mind.  They do it many times without looking and it is always awesome.  I mean who doesn't love a homemade Christmas sweater.

Weeelllllll!!!  Even my love of the Blackhawks could not withstand this.  LOL  But for 2x2x2 I decided to zoom in on a close up of someone crocheting.

I am not really happy with the crochet needle and how it looks but beads are not always forgiving on angular designs.  But it was too late when I took time to really look at the design.  Oh well!

That is it for me this week.  I do have a piece that I finished but I have not had the energy to take a picture of it.  When I do I will post it.  But for now, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great artwork over there and maybe jump in the pool with the rest of us!  Until then, have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

O Freebird, O Freebird, Wherefore Art Thou?

*** WARNING: Emotional post ahead! ***

Hello my friends, I am sorry that I have not been around.  There have been far too many tough things happening in my space right now for me to have been here.  But I have caught up.

On 10.24.16 the theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Pirates.  Here is my take on the theme.  I used an Emoji pirate.

 Then on 10.31.16 the theme over at EIM was Coastline.  I used an overview of a beach and a star fish.

 Also this week on 11.01.16 over at 2x2x2 the theme was Tangled.  For me it was a pretty elaborate one.  One I was excited all year to do.  I did enjoy the pattern but never again.

On 11.07.16 the theme over at EIM is Cloud.  This one is a nice clear sky.

I debated this post for quite some time.  Was I going to explain whats going on or not?  But I know that CStocks mentioned me and I am forever grateful for her prayers and beautiful words.

On October 21, my brother passed away.  He had cancer but cancer never had him.  He was an awesome man and I am so glad that I got to be a part of his life.  Mine is better for it.  The memorial service was beautiful and amazing.  My brother touched so many people and changed so many lives by just being himself.  I miss him tremendously.  I also would like to say to everyone reading this that if you have siblings that you don't get to see enough then change that before it is to late.  You can't get back missed opportunities.  

On the way up north to go to the memorial service with my daughter I hit a deer.

After getting back home I found out that the damage was more than the car was worth and it got totaled.  So I got a new car on the 27th.

Then, that Saturday, the 29th.  My mother passed away.  She also fought the good fight with cancer and it never owned her.  She fought until the loss of a second child (her first son passed away in 2012) was more than she could bear.  She and many other family members are all sitting in glory enjoying each others company without pain and suffering.  Praise the Lord for that.

I am feeling sorrowful joy.  I am in so much pain because I love my mom and brother but I am joyous at the fact that I will see them again.

One immense blessing was watching my brothers favorite team, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.  It was like he was there watching and cheering on the loudest.  If you watch videos from the game and listen real hard you can hear him cheering on.

My Mothers funeral was beautiful and painful.  But out of the mouth of babes comes comfort.  My great-niece saw my pain and just calmly told me, "Don't think of her like she was and remember that she is not in any more pain.  She is in heaven and happy."  These words helped me get through the day and days to come.  What a sweet blessings she is.  

Lastly, cancer is an evil disease that takes way too many people from our lives too soon.  So please get yourself checked out and endure the uncomfortable tests with the knowledge that you can complain about how you hate the tests and how it isn't fair that men have it easier than us in that respect.  Remembering that you are alive and cancer free to be able to complain.  If you want click here to find out more info, donate or volunteer.

Thanks for stopping by.  I know it might not have been the normal uplifting post but God bless you all for reading this.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends and hug your family.