Thursday, September 29, 2011

Laura McCabe Book Giveaway

Nicole at Beadwright is having a Laura McCabe Book Giveaway "Embellished Weaving".

If your like me and enjoy beading and making sparkly things, then stop by Beadwright and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jewel of the Sea

At the Ohio Beaders retreat we also have a gift exchange.  Names are drawn and kept secret until the actual exchange.

The name I was given belongs to a woman who spent a good part of the summer on a tropical island so I wanted to make something to give her a fond memory of her delightful summer.
I tried to capture the color of sea to sand and the waves flowing into the beach.
Here is what I came up with.  I've named it Jewel of the Sea.

I made her a ring to go with it - just for fun.  I have no idea what her ring size is so I can only hope it fits one of her fingers.
I liked it so much I made a second one but I used different sparkly beads so they are not identical - I will be posting it on my Etsy site as soon as I get a chance.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Goodie Bag Treats

I'll be going to the Beaders Retreat soon and have my treats ready for the goodie bags.

22 women that have an obsession with all things beady will join together for a weekend and have no other distractions but to eat, sleep and bead.
We will each get a goodie bag - each woman will bring a treat to add to the goodie bags.   There are no expectations on cost of the treat we are to bring, just bring something to add to the bag. 

Vendors have also made contributions to our goodie bags and we totally appreciate every item.

Here is my treat all wrapped up and ready for giving.
a little closer look shows I made each one a flower out of seed beads, a ceramic butterfly and a ceramic heart.  Each flower was made using different color beads - no two are alike so it was as much fun to make as it will be to receive.
I am so excited for this mini vacation I am ready to burst.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One Bad Apple

We went apple picking last weekend.  The weather was slightly cool, the sun was at an angle that you just knew it was Autumn and perfect for the task at hand.
We started early enough in the morning that the sun had not yet dried up all the dew.

 The orchard we went to is large so we had to take a wagon ride to the location where the apples were ready to pick.
Trees were bursting with apples, 

of course we had to sample to make sure the apples were perfect.

but you had to pick carefully.  Many of the apples already had been chosen by unwanted visitors.
If you look close enough you can see the little worm working his way in.
Can you imagine not paying attention to the little hole in your apple and taking a great big BITE.  YUM

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Create Your Own Clasp Challenge

Every 2 - 3 months the Ohio Beaders Group I belong to have a group challenge.  The July - Sept. challenge was "Create Your Own Clasp".  The only guideline was
The entire clasp must be made by you.  No premade parts such as buttons.

I took my inspiration from the Bead & Button Magazine Book - Creative Beading Vol. 6. The selection is called Floral Inspiration.

As you can see the flower is the clasp !  It was my first try at St. Petersburg Chain and I really like the outcome.
Our challenge winner is going to be decided by Art Beads employees.
I've got my fingers crossed, but honestly, Ohio Beaders is such a talented group of artists, I don't stand a chance. lol.

I will post the link to all the entries - and the winner - as soon as it is up. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Last Days of Summer Bracelet

This is a wrist lariat.
It just loops over the lampwork bead to close around your wrist.
I love the colors in this. It feels so summery - my last grab at summer's colors for this year.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Go Cart a Go Go

We went on go carts the other night and had a blast!
Here is what it looks like from the drivers seat.

That is Gary up ahead of me - you can see him peeking his head around. 
He kept trying to bump into me on the track so I had to keep going faster which was scary but thrilling!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Tea Cup

My sweet sis gave me a small china set of the darling pattern.

Isn't funny how tea can taste so much better when it's in a proper cup.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cleansing Necklace

I just listed this on my Etsy site recently but I'm not sure anyone will understand it enough to like it.
The black dots slowly fade away to the right.
My idea was of a cleaning or clearing out of the negative.
It doesn't translate as well as I expected.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Putt Putting around

We played another round of putt putt and I beat Gar by 2 strokes AGAIN! 
it just makes him crazy.
I love it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Locket and Key

I've made a few new pieces for my Etsy site.
I love the little locket in this necklace, and the big key that goes with it.

I've been working on my gift exchange bracelet for our Beaders Retreat but I don't want to show it until after the retreat since it's a surprise.

Friday, September 09, 2011


We went to the Octoberfest last weekend.
I have to admit, I drank one too many beers and didn't feel very well the next day.
I was having so much fun, I didn't realize I was drinking too much.

They have this human german clock that goes off every hour and the humans go around and do skits and dances.  Then they throw out prizes.  We got a t-shirt last year.
  We were under the big tent listening to the World Famous Cleveland POPS Orchestra and it started pouring rain.
So we started chatting it up with the people around us and every once in awhile someone would run out into the rain and bring back more beer.......

 We finally made it to the big hall and listened to a great band called the Stone Ponies... and it kept raining but we didn't seem to mind.  


We finally had to walk to our car in the rain, but by that time, I didn't care if I was getting wet. lol.  (I wasn't driving)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Gorgeous Wall Art

For my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner, we ate at Moe's.
It sounds odd, but Moe's restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls has wonderful food and great service.
Our group was put in the upstairs rooms that used to be an apartment.

There was a wall hanging there that was beautiful.  It had bright colors and plenty of sparkly sequence.  I would have liked to take it with me.  Someday, I'll make one like this for myself.

I already posted the other photo's from the rehearsal on Monday. 
I missed putting this one up on the blog.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Olmsted Falls Heritage Days

The Berea Grindstone Knitters Guild that I belong to had a table at Yarn Knits by Sue for our town's Heritage Days.
We rotated 2 hour sits at our table.  We sold raffle tickets for the group afghan we knitted together - 20 out of the 38 members each knitting a square.

We also encouraged everyone that knits or wants to knit to join our group.
It's a fun bunch of women.  The more I knit, the more I enjoy it.