Archive for December, 2007

Sometimes life just sidetracks you

December 15, 2007

hpim0445ed2.jpghpim0438ed1.jpghpim0438ed1.jpgI am officially finished with Chrismas drapes and they are sold. I did get another order from another shop for at least 50, but for next Christmas. I’ll start in a few weeks on those because they will probably want more. I’m having trouble getting started on the turquoise drop necklace for me, so I decided to make some earrings for the holidays. Silver lined gold and silver lined clear seed and bugle beads, a little over 3 inches long. They have got the greatest movementĀ to them. I made a black pair too. I don’t have any pictures yet because I’m making a necklace to go with them. I started playing/learning a stitch called St. Petersburg stitch and have sort of modified it to the way I want it. I probably have about another 4 hours work and it will be done-if it works for the beaded focal I want to use. Sometimes I have a hard time getting the beads and my hands to create what my muse is seeing at the time.

I usually have the halls all decked by now, but kind of have a bah-humbug thing going onĀ . Our only offspring moved to London about 6 weeks ago and I’m having a hard time with the holly jolly part of Christmas this year. I’m not even going to move every stick of furniture in the living room to make room for the tree. I’m going to clear off a corner table and just put the top of the tree up-a Charlie Brown tree. First major empty nest holiday and I’m not dealing with it too well. I’ll be glad when the holidays are over.

I thought I was finished……

December 5, 2007

with ornament drapes. I took 22 to a shop yesterday and she bought 10. Today, she bought some jewelry and gave me an order for 20 drapes. She was very specific about what she wanted, so maybe 6 out of the dozen she didn’t get will help fill the bill. Then I only have to make 12 more! She wants them by the 10th at the latest. Some of them have already sold and I think that surprised her. She is new to the country and the jewelry business. So this blog probably won’t be updated again until at least the 10th because I will be beadin’ my brains out and fingers off. Thank heaven for good no-line bifocals. LOL!

Bead break

December 2, 2007

I’ve been making lots of holiday ornament drapes lately and I am finished with those-till next year at least. I got a wonderful turquoise teardrop from a friend and I am going to create a necklace for me out of that. Even though I wear a lot of my jewelry, I seldom make things for me. Selecting the beads and deciding on the chain style will be the hardest part. The actual making of the piece is easy-usually.

I’ve been making jewelry off and on for many years, but last year, I discovered the wonderful world of seed beads. The colors are endless and I think that is one of the things that enthralls me about them. The patterns are endless, too. Limited only by your creativity. Creativity is hardwired into my DNA. I come from a long line of creative, crafty people in all kinds of mediums. I got my first bead loom when I was 10 and used the beads up really fast. Back then, it wasn’t easy to find more, so on the shelf it went. I have a loom my husband made for me now. I haven’t used it much lately, but it’s beginning to call my name. I may use it to create the chain for the turquoise drop. There are so many design ideas in my head and scribbled on bits of paper, that sometimes I don’t know which project to start next. I will tell about the creative journey here-both the smooth paths and the rough ones.

Stuff done-stuff to do-it never ends

December 2, 2007

We are short handed at work, so I’ve been working 10 hour shifts and beading, too. Got a gorgeous cherrywood burl cab beaded. Now I just need to get it on it’s way to get sold. I think I’m done with the ornament drapes, too. That all depends on if I get grabbed by a color combo next time I’m going through my beads. I had a helper the day I was taking pics of the drapes. This is Skits-he was Red’s cat. He has decided that he will be a photographers assistant when he grows up. He works cheap-a few pats and the occasional belly rub and he’s happy. Here are a couple of drapes actually hanging on an ornament. It’s not a good pic of the cherrywood cab, but it gets the idea across. I’m going to make a necklace for me next-out of a gorgeous turquoise teardrop that was a gift from a friend. I just have to figure out the details-that’s the hardest part.