As far as working at the down stairs table, it's okay. I get to enjoy the Christmas tree and be in the middle of all the things going on. One small draw back, there is cat hair all over my bead stuff. Oh well, today I finish the ivy leaves...
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Today is 10 11 12. I wonder how many times something like this happens. You always hear about numerology, I'm sure this must have some kind of story to be told about it. It feels like a pretty ordinary day to me. I've been working on a couple of new necklaces. I bought these most beautiful beads. A gorgeous strand Citrine and two exquisite stands of Labradorite. They inspired me, I love beads. I'm very partial to the gray tones and think that just silver and gold beads work well to show them off. Here are the necklaces I came up with to complement their wonderfulness.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
It's been a crazy couple of weeks.We've had out of town company so there has been fishing, beach combing and even gold panning. The bead table is in a controlled chaos state, three different projects going on at once. This is Coco, a dog portrait order. She has been a real challenge, she's brown with a brown nose, brown eyes, and even a brown collar. This is my third try, the first was hopeless, in the second one she looked like a yak, but this one is turning out okay. The second order is these Tlingit lovebirds for motorcycle gloves.The pattern is from the customers family so I don't have to sweat the design, just do the beading. Sometimes that easier.
Finally, I'm working on some more seagulls for my series. Found a old copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull that I've been wanting to re-read but can't seem to find the time. And it's a short book!
I'm so loving doing all the seagulls! It's fun to be excited about your projects. Of course it doesn't always correspond with how others feel about your work. I sent an application off to the Juneau Museum for a solo show there. I didn't get it, just can't seem to break into the museum scene. Maybe the beadwork doesn't fit the criteria. Oh well, I'll keep trying...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
I took a break from the beadwork and made some jewelry for the shop. Had some fun working with the abalone, it is such a beautiful shell, nature at it's best!
Met a new beader ( Miri Agassi ) via the web who is from Israel.This is her blog. She does some really cool jewelry and writes about all things beadwork. It really is exciting to be part of the international bead world. So weird how that wouldn't have been possible awhile back...http://beadwonders100.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 6, 2012
Here are some pictures of the gallery with the new decor for the opening in May. It's looking good with the new black wall. We put in some new carpet and I'm re-covering the chairs too, loved the old bright green but the new black and white paisley fabric will be cool. Crazy the cat seems to approve.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
So here is the finished piece. I'm pleased, the seagulls are a little meaner looking than my last ones, but they can get that way when they are after a fish head. I love the water color, and I have to thank my good friend and fellow beader Susan Anniskett because at Christmas time when I told her I was looking for dirty water colors she came through big time. She sent me some antique bugle beads that really make the piece! Thank you Susan!!! The little touch of whimsy in this one is the plastic shovel in the corner...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
When I took on this project I knew it was going to be a lot of work. But now I'm back beading more sand. I really feel bored beading the small tan and grey beads on the rather large area because I just finished doing that. I know it has to be done for the sake of uniformity but it's no fun. I liked beading the seagulls because they were a challenge and the fish head was cool because I did it upraised, but now the drudgery of the sand has got me down. Nothing to do but force myself to stay at the table and do the work. I took a break and beaded this seagull feather and made it into a simple necklace on a silver chain. It looks good.
It's a new idea, so I don't
know how well they will sell. Any how, it was a fun distraction from the endless sand. Sigh...
Monday, January 23, 2012
The year of the dragon, hope that's a good thing. Here's a dragon teapot that belonged to the grandmother of my husband and I thought it would make a good piece of beadwork. The color of the tablecloth is that periwinkle blue that I really like and use a lot. It's a little washed out in this picture. So anyhow the other day I found this vase ( at Salvation Army ) that is the periwinkle color, I thought that was unusual so I grabbed it. When I cleaned it up and got all the many stickers off the bottom, it said Yalos Casa Murano on the bottom. I know Murano is the famous town in Italy that is known for glass making. Does anyone recognize this vase or know anything about it. I bought it because it reminded me of a favorite bead color but now I think it might be a find! FUN
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I wanted to put a little whimsy in each piece so in this one I did the little seagull fisherman. It feels good to have one under my belt, I'll start beading a new one tomorrow...