Saturday, August 30, 2014

I did stop beading long enough to photograph the chicken I am working on. I started him only because I found a white 11 bead that I thought would look good for his feathers. I had been searching for white, roundish beads with decent-sized holes. Here it was, on my table so I decided to strike while the iron was hot! or my mind had not forgotten.
I was pleased that I had the idea to make his waddle more rough looking with the three bead stitch. What you cannot see the left wing. It is nearly done but was on the shadow side. Was discombobulated by the coming holiday so did not work very long yesterday. Our fall weather has begun with sunny days so I was able to photograph later in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Found out today officially that "Frog Purse" did sell!
And there are photos on Facebook that anyone can see including this excellent one of
the Frog Purse. Mark Hansen, PR person for Gualala Arts did a really great job with the frog photograph! Thanks Mark! so much.
Thanks for sharing all the photos you took to get the best one.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So here are all the daisy necklaces I made in this session. Only the pink one used the too-tiny pearl beads. The other two used the better-made white beads which one can see are slightly larger. They were so much easier to use and actually were fun which is why I made the two extra strings.

Also today I got an email from a woman in the Bay Area wanting an elephant.She had seen my animals at CHAC in Point Arena. I searched everywhere for the many photos I know I have and then had to settle with pointing her to the blog. Thank goodness I did have the photos there. I will never forgive Windows 7 for being such a beast to find and use with photos.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Believe it or not, I am back to making necklaces!
When Harmony was here she mentioned that the daisy chain necklace she had gotten several years ago had sprung a leak. So I figured out a daisy chain that does not repeat passage through the 11s. This way I could use heavier thread. So the centers are 8s and the green leaves are 6s. Normally I could have made two or more such necklaces in a day, but instead this one took 2 days. I am making another in the same pattern with yellow centers. I am using some old white 11s and often the holes are too small so I have to take those out. This is taking much longer than the pink one.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I just wanted to report that the frog purse you have seen pictured here so often won a prize at Art in the Redwoods! It was given the "Beading Excellence" award of $100. and the scuttlebutt is that the purse sold! The check for the prize has already been received and the sale money should arrive soon.
Have gotten stories about it! How one of the arrangers of the show tried to pull the five dollar bill out and was shocked to find it sewed down.
One person asked me if the money in the mouth was a bribe for the judges!
So all and all it was a good experience! I would like to see the show before it goes down.

Friday, August 15, 2014

You can barely see the crystals here on the polar bear which is a good reason for NOT doing this animal. However I have so many crystals and they need to go somewhere. I am sure there are not enough to do the swan so I decided to put them on the bear. I am not inspired with this project so they go on very slowly. I do wish I could be fired up and inspired to bead something. I have what the Germans call 'null buck' which means no desire to do anything. Since it is hard for me to set aside any project I see myself slowly doing this one and as it grows becoming more interested in it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I took a good look at Gracie the swan and decided I would need a lot more beads for her and lost interest in the project. Still I wanted to use up those tiny crystals so started a small polar bear. Boring!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Finally started to work on Gracie the Swan. I had forgotten all about her until I was showing Harmony some of the animals in the cedar chest and found her. I am afraid the white crystals are too small (you can barely see them at the edge of the beak) but will add another day of trials. The black crystals are too small and the beak crystals are too big! I already have over $300 in these mistakes. I do not know if I can finish this in time!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Last evening I did get this frog done just as the sun was moving off the photo-shoot area. As I look at this frog I am not happy with the black metal clasp and chain. I was telling myself it matched the eyes, but looking at the piece as a whole the black looks heavy and out of sync with the furry fuzz. While at the table I looked all 5 frogs and still  felt the one for AIR was the best.
 So this one will go Sunday to Gualala Arts to get into AIR. Now to go to clean out my closet to see if I have anything to wear. I started to work on the crystal swan.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pro-Ana Braclets

These bracelets are made of coral dyed red with AB 8s in between. I got the idea from a pro-Ana website, made one and found it so helpful to wear a red bracelet to remind myself I am dieting (lost another pound today so my wedding ring fits!) It seems all my children are on diets so now I have made a good assortment of sizes so I can send one to each or to whoever wants one. I find the idea of wearing a "brace" "let" is a kind thought to support me on this journey. On my wrist it reminds to cut back on whatever I am eating. The big coral beads with the little 8s reminds me of the ups and downs of dieting. I wish for the help whichever anorexic person needs help, but they are the masters of losing weight and having been a fatty all my life I figure I have much to learn from them.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Here is the photo I searched for yesterday and couldn't find. So today I took it again. I can see the photo in my computer but evidently it is not ready to be moved. I am wondering if I am too fast?
I did put this credit card and money in the mouth of the larger frog
and surprise it is here. Now today blogspot is saying this is not my site being snotty about handling the photos. I will go back to beading! 
Ha! Then Blogspot insisted a new password and would not publish this. After much bouncing around I got to my drafts and was able to find this.