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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Starfish On Time...Er...In Time.

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  I am sending out prayers for all of the people who have been affected by hurricane Irma.  I have family in Florida and I am glad that they are all safe.

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Starfish.  So to go along with last week's theme of Crab, where I did Mr. Krabs this week I just had to do Patrick Star.  He is so clueless and loveable.

This is what he looks like for those who don't know, and here is my very loose interpretation of him.


I think it sorta looks like him.  But not to much, lol.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great works over there!  Have a blessed and creative week.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2 Weeks is Becoming a Habit!

Hey everyone!  I hope this finds you all well.  First off I want to say that everyone who has been in the path of Harvey is and has been in my prayers.  God bless those who have been affected.

Last week I was not able to post as our internet was being a bratty little child, so I am glad that I was able to post this week.

Starting from last week, the theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Squid.  I thought about doing Squidward from Sponge Bob but I just couldn't get him to fit on an inchie.  So what I did come up with was a silhouette of a squid.  Hope you like it.


 Kinda cool that it was right after Seagull so it is setting under the lighthouse!  I love the squiggly lines on my squid!

Now, this weeks theme is Crab, after thinking about doing Squidward for the week before I decided to go with Mr. Krabs.  I like how he turned out.  LOL  If I could have figured out how to put money in his claws I would have!


Also this week I finished a necklace in the Ogalala stitch, this was the first time I ever did the stitch.  I messed it up a few times but you can't tell that so I am ok with it.  The cool thing about this netting typse stitch is that as you progress on the stitch it naturally curls!  I love that its so lacy!  I used green and purple 11/0 seed beads on the necklace.  I also made it long enough that it did not need a clasp.


Thanks to Marissa, my daughter-from-another-Mother, for modeling the necklace for me.


The necklace is long enough that it can be worn as a bracelet as well. Thanks to my daughter for modeling this one.

Thanks for stopping by the nest!  Please continue praying for the Gulf Coast as they are onto the clean up.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and see all the great artwork over there!   Have a blessed and creative week my friends.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipsing Seagulls

Hiya everyone!  How are you all doing?  Did any of you go out and see the eclipse?  I did!  Without the glasses it was pretty underwhelming!  But a friend at work had the glasses and we were all standing around looking through them.  Now that was cool!!

For those outside of the US check this out.

Now also this week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Seagull!  When I think of seagulls I should think of the ocean but here in Arkansas I always see the ring billed gull at Walmart and Hobby Lobby.  They are not too picky they just congregate where no cars are and seem to be together cawing at one another.  LOL

But for the inchie I decided to go with an ocean theme.  I designed a lighthouse with 3 seagulls in the background.  Hope you like it.


That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out all the seagulls.  I bet you wont have to worry about getting pooped on (let's hope)!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Frogs, Popsicles and Pencil Covers

Hey everyone, I am running a bit late this week.  But that is ok.  This weeks theme over at Every Inchie Monday is Frog.  Which is kinda cool since I see frogs everywhere around here.  I even when to a pet store with my son and we saw a frog for sale and I about fell over.  It was a pretty electric blue frog that was about the size of a nickle and cost $70.00!!!  WHAT!!!!  I mean really WHAT!!!!!

Well, my frog is way cheaper than that one but at the same time one of the most highly paid frogs in the business!  Check out my Kermie!  Kermit the Frog!


Also this last week I had to get my oil changed and I took my beads with me and made a cute little Kawaii-style popsicle.


One of the car salesmen saw me beading and we talked about how his daughter loves beading.  After I got done I gave him m little popsicle to give to his daughter.  I just hope that it inspires her to expand her love of beads!

Also this week I spent some time working on my pencil cover, to match the pen cover I did here.  There is only one thing wrong with my pencil cover, can you see it?


Well, I don't know how I did it but I did the pencil cover backwards!  LOL  I guess I am just that kinda good!  I do like them and I am glad I got them done.

Well that is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great frogs over there.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed and creative week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Beady Alligator Problems!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping but the nest this week.  I am happy that I had a small amount of time to do some beadwork!  YAY!!!  LOL

First off over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Alligator!  You all know me, I just did not want to make an alligator on my inchie, not to mention that I couldn't make it in an inch!  So I went with something that to me sounded extravagant.  An Alligator bag!  Check it out!


 I have to say I really like how this came out. Even though the green beads were a pain in the butt!  I had to cull a lot of them.  Culling means that you go through beads and separate the good beads from the bad ones.  Here is some of the bad ones.


Many of these are uneven on one side of the bead or they are just to skinny to be used!  This may not seem like a lot of beads but this was just what I found while beading just this inchie!  Sadly, a few got sewn into the inchie.  But I wont tell if you don't!

Also, this week I had time to bead a small bead tube.  I was wanting to bead a bunch of them but that did not happen. I also used colors that were near to me instead of getting up and getting pretty colors.  But that is ok, lol.  I was just happy to have a few moments to bead so I was not going to complain!


This picture doesn't really show the tube in all its glory, but this is beading that had been sewn together to make a tube.  I got the pattern for it from Carolyn over at Seedbeaders.  Wish I had a better picture of this one, maybe next week I will have more to show.

That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great work there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Two Week's AGAIN!!!

Hey everybody!  Thanks for stopping by this week.  I tell ya, working 6 days a week reeks havoc on my bead addiction!  But I did work on the inchies of last week and this week.  So let's get down to it!
Last weeks inchie theme was Camel.  I am not a fan of animals that can spit at you or step on you.  But camels are kinda funny ones.  They seem to be hams for the camera, at least on TV they seem that way.

When I was about 9 I rode a camel.  It was pretty interesting.  Not something I would want to do on a daily basis.  LOL  Also this theme was the hardest one for me this year.  I really could not get the pattern right.  I like to go with my first thought on a theme, because usually it is the best one I can come up with.  BUT, this time was not the case.  I wanted to do a camel up close (like he was looking into a camera) and behind him was the pyramids.  But no matter what tweaking I did it just looked like a deformed pile of poop in front of 2 triangles!  Not the best one, for sure!

So I went with something that I thought about but decided against; that is until I hated what I came up with LOL.  I decided to make a take on the Camel Cigarette Logo using just 2 colors. Here it is.


This week's theme over at EIM is Rhino.  This week I took a page from my camel (or the camel took a page from my Rhino!) and made him in silhouette.  This time though I only did the rhino's head.  Check him out.


That is it for me this week(s).  I hope to be able to make it on time next week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the great art work over there and join in the fun with us!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2 Weeks At A Time!

Hey everyone,  I am so happy to have a moment to be able to post!  I have been working a lot lately and when I have not been working I have been sleeping!  When I have been awake I have been too tired to bead.  So this weekend I tried to catch up.  I had about 20 minutes to myself and my beads and I was able to catch up on my inchies.

Last week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme was Fly.  Since making a bug would just not show up like I would have wanted I decided to go with my second thought.  An airport icon!  Let's FLY!  I enjoyed making this one.


This week's theme is Buffalo!  Well, since I just had to be different I decided to think WAAAYYYY outside the box and make a peace pipe that might have been smoked by Chief Buffalo and Benjamin Armstrong.  Too bad this kinda thing wont work nowadays.


The green background makes it a bit hard to see but it is there with smoking wafting up from it.

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Hippos and 4th!

Hey everyone, happy 4th of July for those of us in the US, and happy July 4th to the rest of the world!  LOL.

This week I only have 2 things to show.  This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Hippo.  I love hippos, they are so cute and such a gentle giant.  But don't piss them off! They can charge at you and for sure those 2 big teeth can put a damper on anyone's day!  Anyways here is my hippo.


I really don't like that it looks like he has a rhino horn but I was afraid he would look too much like a grey dog if I did not have that.  What do you think?

Also this week over at Seedbeaders the "bead along with me challenge" is a pen and pencil cover.  I have always wanted to do a pen cover but have never sat down to do it...until now!


This is a G2 pen and it seems to be the only pen that you can do this on, since the pen clip is up enough for the beads to be under the clip without being squished.   This pattern has 5 colors in it.  Teal, brown, orange, silver and white.

The cool thing about this pen is that when the ink is gone you can either take the cover off and put it on another one.  Or, you can just replace the ink cartridge and keep going.  I have a feeling this will not be the last time I make one of these.  My brain is already working on patterns for them!  haha.

Well, that is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the challenges and join on in.  Have a blessed, safe and creative week my friends


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lions, Turtles and Volcanos??

Hey everyone, thanks for visiting the chaos here at the nest.  We AGAIN lost internet and they said they would send their "best technician" out to fix the problem once and for all!  Guess what?  HE DID IT!!! (for now!)  So here's hoping that the issue is fixed!

Also this weekend he had SO MANY people at the house.  My son had an early birthday weekend sleepover with all ALL of his friends.  You know how much fun it is to be in a smallish house with 6 teenage boys.  Trust me, not too much fun and no silence to be had!  Not to much time for beading either; but I did get some done.  What else would I do since we had no internet?!?

Well, to start off I get to show you something that I made last week for my Niece's graduation.  Actually, she is my niece by association.  She is my best friends daughter and as such she is my Niece.  I know that she loves turtles so I made her some earrings.
 

Here they are with the hooks on.


I had to wait until she got them before I could show them off.  I am glad that she got them and loves them!

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Lion.  A few months back the theme at 2x2x2 was Lion so I had to make this one different than that one.  So since the Lion is the King of the jungle I made a crown filled with jewels.


This inchie has 8 metallic jewel tone colors in it.  A very pretty and expensive looking crown, if it were real!

Also this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Volcano.  I had visions of this one being clearer looking than it came out but the colors kinda blend together more than I wanted to.  What do you think?


Well, that is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great art and join in the fun.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Zebras, Tigers and Raspberries everywhere!

Hey everyone I hope this finds you all well.  I am doing a bit better.  Most of the last 2 weeks have been without the internet.  AGAIN!!!!!  ARG!!!!!!  They think that they know what the problem is (again).  So only time and the weekend will tell!  LOL  But while I do have internet I am going to post as quickly as I can.

Last week the theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Zebra.  So I just went with the pattern flow and did the black and white stripes, and again I wonder why I do this to myself.  While it looks easy compared to all the other ladies works, the non symmetrical part of the pattern drove me crazy!  I am gonna stand up to my first thought and tell it to be symmetrical or else!!  LOL well until then here is my zebra.


Nice and shiny right?!?  Also last week over at 2x2x2 the theme was Raspberry. I thought of all the things that raspberry could have been.  But since I couldn't figure out how to show someone giving a baby a blurbur on their belly, I went with the fruit.  When in doubt go with fruit!


I really love the red color of these beads.  They are opaque transparent.  When you hold them up to the light you can see thru them but they are not completely transparent!

Now to get to this weeks work!  Over at EIM the theme this week is Tiger.  Do you remember just a few paragraphs ago I said that I was not going to do anything that was not symmetrical??  Well, I think that will have to start after this week hahaha.


Tigers are one of my favorite animals.  As a teenager I told myself that when I became famous I was going to have a pet tiger.  Well, well.... lets just say I have yet to become famous... and I don't own a tiger.  Sigh!  LOL

Well, that is it for me.  I am typing as quickly as I can.  I am trying to out run the internet loss.  Lets just hope that we don't lose it but, if the past is any indication then I need to type faster!  Just don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great works from everyone, and join in the fun!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gorillas in the Midst?!?

Hey everyone how is it going this week?  I am a bit late this week because we have YET AGAIN lost internet.  Usually when we lose internet it is because a storm has interfered with it.  Resulting in us losing internet for 2-4 days!  This time we will be without internet until NEXT Monday!  They are supposed to be giving us the upgrade that was supposed to happen in January.  Let's hope so.  So right now I am in Starbucks sniffing up the beautiful coffee caffeine smell and enjoying some great Jazz.

Also, I just want to say that prayers are going out to those people in London and Manchester who have been affected by the terrorist attacks.  God bless you all and you are all in my prayers.  I worked last night on a pattern that I will hope to finish later tonight.  I know that a beaded piece of art can not change things but for me it is a way to show support and help to heal not only those who hurt who might see it but also to help me to heal and deal with my feelings on what has happened; as I am a person who feels things like this deeply.

I lived in England on September 11, 2001 and the love I got from the English people at that time made me feel so connected to them so when something like this happens over there I am impacted as well, again, prayers to all of those affected by these tragic times.   May God heal and change our hearts to love one another instead of hate.

Now, onto something fun and pretty.  I need some pretty right now, don't you?  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Gorilla.  This one was supper challenging for me.  How was I gonna get a gorilla out of beads?  Time to surf the net.  Did you know that some gorilla species have less than 1,000 left in the world? Including the Cross River Gorilla (300 left) and the Mountain Gorilla (720 left).  WOW!  Because of this I decided to design the logo of Endangered Species International


Simple and sweet, 2 colors of Delicas and I really like it.

Also this week I worked on 2 different pieces one for Seed Beads and More, this month the theme is loom work and I decided to make a bracelet using my smallest Delicas, 15's.  The ones I use for my inchies are 11's.  I don't have a lot of 15's but I worked them and took a cross stitch pattern of flowers and cut it down and beaded it up.  Then I had to add to the top of it since I was not taking into account that the smaller beads would make the length smaller.  LOL  The top flower and birdie are my design.  I will also be working on finishing it up and adding the clasp this week.  Check it out.


The best part of this flower bracelet is that I can't kill these flowers!!!  LOL.  Also this week I worked on another one of my Kawaii inspired patterns.  I call her StrawBetty Ice Cream cone.


With this one I found out that the design I put in the bottom of the cone to show the waffle look did not show up like I was hoping.  But I still think she is adorable.  She is just over 2 inches long and an inch and a quarter wide.  I adore the little purple bow!  Don't you?

Well, that is it for me this week.  I am hoping that next week I will have the bracelet finished and the tribute piece for London done as well.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM, 2x2x2 and Seed Beads and More to check out the great challenges and join it!  It is so much fun having the creative outlet and showing off your art.  I would love to see it!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do Kangaroos have Zippered pouches!

What an interesting question, right?  I always thought that kangaroos are pretty cool animals.  I mean they NEVER lose their keys!  How awesome is that?  Yea, yea I know they don't drive, but let me dream!

So what does this all have to do with anything?  Well, this week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Kangaroo and the theme over at 2x2x2 is Zipper.

First up, Kangaroo.  This one took a looooonnnngggg time for me to figure out something.  How to portray a kangaroo in an inch of beads??  Then I remembered there was a thing called a kangaroo pouch, it is a sling kind of thing that a person can wear and carry a baby in, keeping them close to you.  So, with that in mind I designed a pink and blue design of a Mommy and a baby.


Doesn't scream Kangaroo but it was all I could think to make.  Also, this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Zipper.  This one was also another hard one for me.  After wracking my brain, and searching the internet I finally got it!

Did you know that there is a spider that makes a web that looks like a zipper?  Well now ya do!  Here is what it looks like.


Well, this is what it looks like in beads!!  That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out all the great artwork that the amazing ladies have done  this week and maybe just jump on in yourself!

Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

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.