Wednesday, April 20, 2011

new things

Yep....number 7 grandbaby is here. Miss Aryelle Faye came into our family on April 14. She is shown here with her big sister Miss Belle. I can't wait to meet her in person...this is the thing that hurts the most when your kids live so far away...watching your babies grow up in pictures. My son now has 4 daughters...some days I feel sorry for him...he's so out numbered! He and my daughter-in-law touched our hearts so much..they named this baby with my Grandmothers middle name.

On other news...I am still trying to learn a differant stitch...I have 2 in mind so maybe I can catch up with my quoata of a new stitch a month for the new far I'm not winning this race, but, on the other hand...I may be ahead if you count that I know how to string, have done 2 needle RAW once (with good results) and at one time designed 5 differant beaded collars for Christmas ornaments. I am working my way up to peyote so I can bead around one of my own cabs!!! lol I think this last bracelet shown here is my favorite...maybe it's the toggle...but it just seemed to fly right together. Why is it you have to fight with some to get them done and others are just done so easily? I have fought so hard with a purple one..which is a shock...I normally love anything purple...then to find I can't finish it until I get a silver colored toggle only adds to the frustration with it. I wonder why this happens? I am trying so hard to build up a bracelet stash for a later craft show and am still fighting with how to set it up. A 6 foot table becomes a monster to fill when you have 2 inch cabs!!! lol. I am thinking of setting the table up as a vanity...I have a bracelet tree, a necklace tree and thought a cute little Easter tree I bought would look cute for the earrings to hang off of. I have 4 wooden jewelry boxes that I can take the drawers and open them to reveal the cabs hiding in...oh I just don't know...any ideas out there??? I think my kitchen table is 6 foot so maybe I should do a few trial runs on it and let you all vote!!! That means I better go make some cabs...or this sale will be only bracelets!!! Have a great day everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I think I need to learn a new stitch!

Yep....think I should learn a new stitch....this is what I have done with this stitch so far...have 3 more on the bead board in various stages of completeion. My personal favorite was the first one (middle on left) but it got quickly replaced by the very bottom one.

With very few additions I made my $10.00 bead allowance from Artbeads go far enough to complete all 3 of the bronze colored ones. I also have enough left over beads to make earrings to match the bracelets. I was at first concerned with pricing, with all the things I do with the cabs I really didn't want to tackle another expense. I am so pleased though to know that this might not always be the case but for my first time out it's a wonderful learning experiance with minimal cost.

The bracelet at the top is going in my daughters Easter basket. Bless her heart at her age she still wants to be a kid and being mom...well do they ever get to old to baby once in a while? Since she doesn't read my blog she won't know so's a secret!

We had such a beautiful day here yesterday...although windy the temps soared to the upper 70's. I was blessed enough to get out for a bit and enjoy it but it only made me greedy for more. Today is not's back down to the 50's with wind and rain...a perfect day to make more bracelets!

Hope you all have a wonderful week...big hugs

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mastering the mistakes

I cannot even begin to tell you all the mistakes I made to make this. First there was the one that turned to a ring, then there were several others that just bit the dust! Last night I decided to give it one more shot...everything was going well til ......oh no the thread was tooooo short. I have some bird wrists and it wouldn't even fit me!!! lol So I went to bed and dreamed of this silly mess!!! By now I have almost convinced myself I will never learn to bead. I kept putting it off, even doing some chores not on today's list ...just to not have to face disappointment again. Finally with everything else done and no where else to go with this boo-boo face I dug in!!! What you see here is my final attempt at flat spiral. Well at least for this bracelet...I am happy with the outcome and I think I have finally mastered the elusive stitch!!! Have an awesome day...big hugs

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Some times you really need lemons

Yep...some times you really need lemons to make lemonaid. I couldn't wait for my items from Artbeads to come in, I wanted to learn the flat spiral stitch. Here's what I know went wrong, my tiger eye beads were not the right size. So to compenstate, I used less seed beads. I started making a bracelet and it started going all I decided to make a ring!!! lol. Actually when you have it's interesting... that's me being kind to myself. The good news is I have no issues ripping it apart. The bad news is...I'm forced to wait for shipment from Artbeads to try this again.

The family has been fighting a nasty bug...don't know if it's flu or cold and they don't much care what the name is...they have been miserable. Thankfully I have not caught it hoping I won't. It's been a tight race to see who the real 2 year old around here is but thankfully husband is on the road again and kids have the weekend to rest.

I am thinking of entering my first craft show and need to get busy with everything that fell behind this past week. Not sure what I am getting myself into with this craft show...they advertise they are not a garden variety type show...they are edgy, on the fringe and Asian and tatoo inspired. Ok I know I'm getting older but I cannot wrap my mind around all those things!!! lol. I know one thing...this poor ring won't see that table!!! Have an awesome weekend all...and may you all have all the lemons you need for your lemonaid! Big Hugs

Friday, April 1, 2011


My newest calorie chocolate bunnies...not sure we would want to eat these poly clay creations...but I just had to make them! I became interested when I seen a fellow blogger have them in her home. And as all things I see I think I can make...I spent a couple restless nights trying to figure it out. Who knew the answer was candy molds! Go figure...I didn't put 2+2 together til about the third sleeples night! These are the baked version and heres what I did with them. They now sit on my fireplace ready for the Easter Bunny to bring his goodies...hopefully some reall chocolate bunnies for me! lol.

I got to work on some cabs and made a custom order for a very nice lady. I hope she likes them when she gets them. My grandson caught a nasty bug and I have been trying so hard to fight it day I feel human and the next is another story. I really don't like colds and such as they most often turn to bronchitis on me...and trust me it's no fun going somewhere and going into a huge coughing fit! So far so good...just tired alot lately. I could not believe we had 4 inches of snow Tuesday over the snow...where is my summer??? Well I am off to try and force myself into cleaning the house...I think I will do the 15 min method...I clean for 15 and rest for 30! lol Hope you all have a wonderful creative weekend! Big hugs