Thursday

New Life!












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The weather yesterday and today has been so beautiful! We even had a cool breeze last night, and I know the major heat is coming so I'm taking advantage of leaving the windows and doors open before the dreaded heat comes again. Putting together kits is what I've been doing this past week, and counting all the beads, making sure each has same number of beads etc..and all the 'fun' things that go with photos, patterns etc., has taken a lot of my time lately. Hopefully it will be worth it. My friend Maria agreed to put the kits in her store since she sells all the great stones that I use for them. If you're ever in the Selma, Fresno area I highly recommend visiting her store (Bead Central). I have managed to fit in making some cute little beaded beads that I'm now addicted to. They take a while to complete, but I think they're worth the effort. Haven't decided how I will use they yet however.














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In addition to all my beady things, I have a new grand-niece! Or is that great niece? My nephew and his wife have a new baby...! Peyton Elyse. Isn't that a pretty name? She is a teeny one, only 4 lbs. 12 oz or so, but I saw pics on facebook, which I shared on my wall, and of course her eyes are closed 'cause she needs her beauty sleep for her new life! Just wish I didn't live so dang far away, I miss everything. Thankfully we have email, facebook, for all those precious photos.

Wednesday

Oooops!


For the last week I have been beading frantically, and not on my bjp unfortunately. I'm still in my "Tudors" phase and worked on three beaded pearl and crystal heart bridal necklaces. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love component beading. That is making small beaded beads, or anything that is less than an inch in size, and then putting those pieces together for a finished jewelry piece. I'm almost finished with this silver rope bracelet using metallic charlotte seed beads. My charlottes are kind of a prized seed bead because they are not easy to find. I actually found them in a little shop in Albuquerque two years ago and have never seen them sold anywhere since. I save them for special designs for sparkle and when I truly want the look of metal in seed beading projects. The bracelet has three floating beaded bead components on it. I just need to put on the clasp portion. Beaded beads are my thing...just love them, and when I have leftovers from a project I try to make a teeny beaded bead with those leftovers and add it to my stash of beaded beads in waiting. In the evening I like to take my beading tray and put it on a tv table tray while I'm watching tv. Lots of baggies of beads, loose beads, seed beads and finished things etc... are in this little container on this convenient little tv table. Sunday night I managed to pop the tray just perfect so that it went flying up and on the floor, not a nice carpet area where the beads would at least stay, but a wood floor! Beads roll and roll and scatter they don't just sit there like on a carpet Nooooooo! Yeah, that was my response a loud echo-ing Nooooooo! Kind of a blood curdling Noooooooo! Everything seemed to be in slow motion like it is when you're in an accident. The dogs ears are up and afraid to move. People are staring, my arms are in the air and grabbing, and all I could do was look at my husband who had a "I knew this would happen someday" look and I started the non enviable task of picking up all the !@#!@! beads! I'm staring at teeny 15's everywhere, my prized metallic charlottes, still rolling and rolling now into the kitchen area..and last night, guess what, I did it again!! Two nights in one week! I think I got them all picked up except for the ones under the darn sofa, which will be there until I move the sofa. This morning I found more under the kitchen table...I know some of you have had this same experience and it is one of the hazards we have to bear isn't it? My response, Oops!

Thursday

Art Machine

Momma and baby bird a few years ago nested in my fake fig tree on the porch
Happy Mothers Day! Today Freebird (Timmarree) made a comment that struck a chord with me. She was commenting on my website bio and how I had cut class in high school so I could be in another class (which was art). Even though I never received a grade for this class, I loved it and took it whenever I could. During my 'independent study time class", lunchtime, and even cutting a bookkeeping class I enjoyed the wonderful world of art. One of those art pieces was making a small wooden loom so we could create yarn loomed belts. I made a zillion of them, (maybe not a zillion) but you get the idea. Timarree commented "I had to have it or I would quit school" referring to art or crafts class. I know that feeling all too well. She too had the passion for art at that time. Getting across the fact that my passion takes over my brain sometimes, is difficult to relate to a non artist. When I am not creating I really do get what I call creative overload. This is the sense that so many ideas and juices are flowing that they have to come out someway and if they don't, you don't want to be around me because I get a little grumpy. Working on beading, cooking, painting, stamping or whatever I can to release this energy is what makes me tick. I really feel that my 'defining moment' was in that art class so many years ago. How could I have known then that it would lead me to knowing what my true path in life would be. Does anyone else remember a defining moment in their lives that decided for them that they should be an artist, artistic, creative art machine?

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