Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Beading Frenzy

The cover of Beadwork magazine had the coolest bead woven bracelet by a woman named Glorianne Ljubich.  I decided to make one.  I changed the flowers around but I used her super design.  This is what I made.  I love it!  It was a PITA to make.  The frame was easy but those flowers....oiks. :(
And then I decided to use these carnelian beads I'd been saving.  I love carnelian so I thought I'd keep this one.  Not to be.  I got it all done and it's too short for me.  I'm bummed.  It was a brain fart.  I totally forgot to take into consideration the thickness and that I'd have to make it longer.  What a doof.   But the bracelet came out great for those with slender wrists!  6 1/2 inches is about 1/2 inch too short for me.  Boohiss.

Friday, May 25, 2012


I got myself addicted to those wonderful teas that B&N sells.  Harney & Co, methinks.  Best Earl Gray in the universe.  :)  Almost as good as wine!  I did NOT say that!  Anyway, the tea comes in these super aluminum tins which I have now recycled.  I'm just happy as a clam with how this came out.  just how happy do you think clams are, anyway?

And I finally found these super magnets so now I can make pins again without worrying about poking holes in clothes.  And I also got myself addicted to making stroppel canes!  I need help.  :D

Thursday, May 24, 2012

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

And so it came to pass that my pal Liz wanted some alcohol inks.  Ok, I have tons and don't use them much so I thinks... Self, be a good person and give Liz some inks.  I dutifully gets them all out then decide, oh, woe is me, to make sure all the tops are on tight.  What an idiot.  The sapphire blue bottle cracks and leaks all over me.  As you can see.
So, I run to the kitchen sink where I manage to get blue ink all over our very expensive Swanstone sink.  Yikes.  I am now terrified it won't come out of the sink and I'll have to go jump off a bridge.  Thank God for Bon Ami.  It worked perfectly on our sink.  My hand?  Not so much.

Then I saw a comment from my clay pal Anke Humpert who reminded me that if I go in public, people will look at me funny which immediately reminded me of a funny thing that happened to me about 25 years ago.  Speaking of blue hands.....

I was on a flight home to Honolulu from San Francisco.  My seat mate was a very nice kind of rough and tumble 60-ish woman who tells me she is a cattle rancher in Montana.  We chat very happily for a few hours.  Then, the meals come and they have given me some dead thing to eat so I offer it to my seat mate as I am a 35 year vegetarian.  She takes it then looks horrified and starts squirming and trying to back herself out the plane window.  I can't figure out what's wrong with her as she ought to be used to dead things on her dinner plate.  While I am trying to think of a nice way to say...WHAT is the matter with you? I decide I'll go shishi and let her eat her dead animal.  When I get into the lavatory I see that the palms of my hands are totally blue from the new blue jeans I bought in SF and didn't wash before I wore them home.

Naturally, these blue palms make me laugh hysterically.  So, I wash the blue off then return to my seat where I show my seat mate my hands and say, "Hey, ???, did you see my hands?  I bought these jeans yesterday and the dye has come off all over my hands."   She heaves this HUGE sigh of relief and stops trying to force herself out the plane window.  Then she says, "Oh, thank God!  I thought you had some weird disease from being a vegetarian!  I was afraid I'd catch it."  Oiks.  :(  I tell her that vegetarianism is not communicable and we spend the rest of the flight in harmony.  Why me?  :D

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spiral Mania

My friend gave me the directions for this new (to me, anyway) stitch.  It was so much fun I went a little crazy.  And a 3rd one is in the making.  :D  Anyway, here are my latest bracelets.  I'm having FAR too much fun.  :D

Monday, May 14, 2012

Kitty Updates

As you can see, Ipo (AKA Spawn of Satan) is looking her angelic best snoozing on top of the cupboard in my studio.  Got her own little bear rug, too.  What a spoiled brat.  :)

And poor little Allie was all nuha because I wouldn't pick her up.  She bangs her head on the back of my Merlin chair when she wants to be picked up and I have other things to do.  ;) This kitty is NOT amused!  :D

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Beading Frenzy

Here I was beading away and having a dandy time.  I found this great tila bead design by Marcia Balonis so I decided to try it.  My friend came over for lunch, took one look and said...that's mine!  Hooray!  So, here is Pat's new bracelet.
And... I finished my desert agate necklace set.  I think I'm in pink mode.  :D

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Beady Stuff

When Brian was in the hospital I started this beaded rope to keep myself from running screaming up and down the hallways.  I *finally* finished it.  Whrew.  I just love the beaded bead and the handmade clasp.

Then Nicole from Nicole's Bead Backing sent me this pink lava looking stone.  MS... what did you call it?  I can't remember its name.  Looks like pearly pink lava to me.  Anyway, I think it's a very cool organic thing so I used dark maroon crystals and seed beads and a real garnet to set off this stone.  What do you guys think about a rope for it??  I don't know what to make.  Heeeelllllppp!!!