Sunday, October 14, 2012

Facebook just can't compare to our Blogs

Facebook has taken a huge place in the world, but it's not the same as blogging.
I rarely update on facebook, but I use it to keep connected to family and friends.  Facebook tells me where they are and a 20 second insight to what they are doing.

Blogging is our form of journaling.  Our blogs go to a deeper level than facebook ever should.

Being on hiatus from blogging also meant for me that I was on hiatus from blog hopping.
Sunday morning was my favorite time to hop around the blorld (blog world) ... (I just made up my own word -- maybe lol)

In celebration of my return, here are some great Sunday morning blog hops:

Bleeding Espresso :  Always a fun blog to read but today she has a great review on a book "The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie".    I have put this book on my 'Read' list.

Eva Sherman Designs :  One of my favorite jewelry artists!  Eva's designs are gorgeous.

Gingerbread Snowflakes :  Making a darling Elf Forest.

Ms Misantropia :  Part of the Bewitching Home Blog Party (something you can't get on facebook!)  with wonderful photos and a great recipe for

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hiatus is over. Back to the Adventure called Life

    Finished knitting this bowl at the Beaders retreat.  loft wool yarn felted beautifully.  I love my bowlie.



  This is a test after a very long hiatus.

I blog with BE Write


  This is a test after a very long hiatus.

I blog with BE Write

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Frogging my project

I've been working my way through the book "Little Bead Boxes" by Julia S. Pretl.
I'm attaching photos of the first 2 boxes I made.  They still need feet and a finial.

The 3rd box I'm now working on has a pattern that is much more detailed.
I was almost finished and took a good look at the little box and noticed I had a flaw in the pattern that was TOO obvious for me to ignore and be comfortable with.

I just ripped out at least 5 HOURS worth of bead stitching!! UGH. But I couldn't let it stay.  It would have bothered me FOREVER.

Lesson learned - keep a close eye on your pattern while your working. :(

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Catching up on Year of Jewelry Project

I just realized I haven't updated my posts for weeks 9 - 13 for the Year of Jewelry Project.
Since I like my Week 13 bracelet best, I'll work backwards. :)
Week 13 - Complementary colors

Week 12 - Using copper

Week 11 - Irish Eyes Are Smiling - I used the Celtic Cross for an Ohio Beader challenge but it also worked very well for Week 11.
Week 10 - Just for fun

Week 9 - Take a Leap
My leap was trying RAW - right angle weave.  This is my first time working with it and my tension was a bit loose.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Bead Journal Project - February Completed

I completed my February beaded square on time.  I am just a little late posting it to the blog.  Here is my post:

Once again I created a fusion of textile fabric and beads and February was created.  I've kept it simple and understated to get my complete message into my design.
The lace and tulle begin to create a crown fit for a princess.  I beaded the tiara over the lace.  Then I beaded the heart and arrow as the centerpiece.  Worthy of a 4 star general, I set in a four heart epilet to complete my design.

If you would like to see more entries from some great artists go HERE

Friday, March 02, 2012

Week 8 - Year of Jewelry Project

I just posted my week 8 entry to the Year of Jewelry Project website.
I used last week's suggested theme "Irish Eyes are Smiling" by surrounding a Swarovksi rivoli with Swarovksi bicone sparkling beads.

If you want to see entries from some great artists go here: Year of Jewelry Project

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Celtic Trinity knot

I created this pendant for the Ohio Beaders February Challenge.  The challenge was to create something from ancient civilizations, but I couldn't find anything that attracted me going back further in time than the Celtic knot.
Celtic knots started appearing in history after about 450 AD;

The Celtic knot or the Triquetra symbol is also referred to as the mystic knot, or the endless knot. The more esoteric or spiritual meaning of this symbol eludes to beginnings and endings. Celtic knots have no beginning or end, reminding of the timeless nature of our spirit.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Knit A-long

The Berea Grindstone Knitters are doing a mystery knit a-long together.  So far we've been given part 1 & 2.  The pattern is turning out darling.... but..  see my progress below?   It has taken me 5 tries to get it right.  That includes trying 3 different yarns and 4 rip outs. 

My guess is it will be a cowl.  I can't wait for the set of instructions.  Knit alongs are a lot of fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Estate Jewelry Fun

My sister goes to auctions now and then and the last time she bought a 'Lot' of jewelry from an estate sale.  She let me help her sort the lot.  It was so much fun looking at all the jewelry.  some good pieces - some not so good. 

I did get to take some home.  I'll try to incorporate these bits and pieces into either my Bead Journal Project or to re-use and create some new jewelry piece from the old.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Basic Diamonds Dishcloth

Here is another dishcloth pattern from the knitted dishcloth book I've been working through.
I forgot to take a photo of it before I mailed it out as part of a birthday gift to a fellow Ohio Beader and friend.  It's 100% cotton with a great striping pattern.
Here it is as a WIP

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Year of Jewelry Project Week 7

This week I used the theme Violet (which was meant for week 8) so I'll flip my weekly themes for this time.

It has a peyote stitch base then I loaded it with lucite flowers, Swars, glass leaves and beads. It has a lot of color in person, but my camera can't capture the purple as well as I hoped.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wonderful, delicious PINK

Wicked Faerie Queen has a fantastic post on PINK today. 
Take the time to look at all her pictures.  If you love pink, you won't be disappointed.  I had quite a few favorites.

All her photos came from PINTEREST .  Take a stroll through PINTEREST and you might find more favs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day and Week 7 of YOJP

I was happily surprised with flowers when I got home today.
Plus, these flowers SMELL fantastic.  I was amazed since many times in the past flowers have had little or no scent at all.

I finished a choker necklace for Week 7 for the Year of Jewelry project.  I stayed with last week's theme "Amore" since this week does have the love day in it. 
I think it has a very romantic look to it.
That's Amore. :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Year of Jewelry Project - Week 6

This weeks suggested theme is "Amore".
I wanted to combine the two hobbies I love - knitting and beading.
I used a linen stitch to knit the bracelet, then I added some little glass flowers.

Adding chain to knitting is something new I've been wanting to try, and I'm please with the look on this piece.

Earlier while playing with polymer clay I had created the green heart,  I covered it in glitter and then a two part epoxy resin to shine it up.
It's very fun to wear.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Year of Jewelry Project - Week 5

The suggested theme for week 5 is Down and Dirty.

 Every time I thought about “down and dirty” I kept coming up with the image of dirty slushy streets when a big snow starts melting. Then I thought of a little fairy falling down in the dirty slush and so my Down and Dirty fairy was born.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Rainbows in my Kitchen

Every year for Christmas, Mr. G gives me a Swarovski Snowflake.  They are each 2 - 3" in diameter.

I hang them in my kitchen window so the sun can shine on them.

When the sun hits them in the afternoon, I have a kitchen full of rainbows.  The camera has a hard time picking up the rainbow colors in each dot you see on my wall and ceiling, but the room is colorful.

It makes me smile every time I see them.  I feel energized and renewed :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hidden Hearts Dishcloth / Washcloth

Just finished #4 dishcloth today from "Kitchen Bright Dishcloths" booklet.

This stitch is called Valentine but I prefer to call it Hidden Hearts.
I was hoping the pink/white striping would change more often, but it's still pretty  colors.

If you look closely, you will see the row of hidden hearts in the middle white stripe.

100% cotton.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Week 4 - Year of Jewelry Project

The theme for week 4 is icy.
Here is my rendition of icy.  Blue ice sparkling over an icy sparkling crystal.
It's hard to tell in the photo, but the crystal has a gorgeous AB glow that captures as much light as possible.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Year of Jewelry Project - Week 3 - Wonderland

The theme for week 3 is wonderland. 
I've created a bright and happy bracelet filled with all sorts of pretty flowers.
I used both glass and lucite flowers and glass cube beads for the bracelet.
Swarovski beads add a bit of sparkle.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elfin Lace Washcloth

Just finished another washcloth today from "Kitchen Bright Dishcloths" booklet.

This stitch is called Elfin Lace.  It was a fun, quick piece to make.
I love the yellow color.  100% cotton.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week 2 - Year of Jewelry Project

The theme for week 2 is "Let's do it again".  Since I my first week used black, pink and white I decided to use the same colors again.  This week though I made a tubular pendant and used a 30" black chain following this year's long necklace fashion.

I was surprised and pleased to find I had black chain chunky enough for the look I wanted and thin enough to go through the tube.

The black in the tube almost looks like it's part of the chain. 

I am pleased with how it turned out.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crocus Stitch Dishcloth/Washcloth

I finished another dishcloth/wash cloth.  again using 100% cotton yarn.
I actually didn't complete the entire pattern but finished the piece early.
I did NOT like the stitch, too much purling and cross overs.  It just wasn't fun.

So here it about 2" smaller that it should be - works for me!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January - Bead Journal Project

I've finished my Bead Journal for January.  I considered added more, but sometimes more isn't always better.  I like what I've created so far and don't want to lose the look by adding more beads.

My January theme is ice and snow, white with touches of blue.  You can see snow flowers poking through drifts of snow under a blue sky.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Week 1, Year of Jewelry Project

This first weeks theme is 'New Beginnings'.
Beading a stone into a pendant is something I haven't tried on my own.  My only other experience with creating pendants was in a class I took.  This pendant I worked on my own, a new beginning for me.  My first thought was to just created a necklace for the stone, then I realized I was ready to create a pendant.
I love the white stripe across the stolid black stone.  I used pink and silver to create a strong impact that the black calls for.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Knitting Bees

The name of this pattern is the Bee Stitch.
This is a 100% cotton dishcloth or wash cloth.  I love the colors.  In person they have a bit more hint of sherbet colors. 

I have a knitting book called "Kitchen Bright Dishcloths" that I'm working through that has 10 dishcloth patterns.  This is the first one.  It was fun to do and worked up fast.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 - what will you do for yourself?

I belong to the yahoo group Ohio Creative Women and rather than make the standard resolutions to lose weight and exercise more (things we should do whether it's Jan 1 or not) we are challenged to resolve to try something new this year, something that we have never done before.
 I love this idea. 

For 2012 I resolve to:

  • Cook at least one dish a month that I haven't tried before
  • Visit a city I haven't been to before
  • Learn how to take manual pictures using a digital SLR
  • Begin beading with cabachons
  • Knit a pair of socks
  • Complete the Year of Jewelry Project
  • Complete the Bead Journal Project

These may sound simple but are definite challenges for me.
And yes, I also have resolved to:
  • Eat healthier - walk away from sugar and bad carbs
  • Take more pictures
  • Blog more
  • Complete all my reading challenges which amounts to 100+ books

I love new beginnings.  I love fresh starts.
January 1 just seems like a good place for starting again.