Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Snowy Evening...

Congratulations, Ladies! What beautiful snowflakes you created on this last day of September! Starting with the top white snowflake is Sandy's, then continuing clockwise is Valerie's, Alice's, Rosa's, and class sample. I am sorry that we didn't get a photo of Dawn's before she left-it was also a beautiful snowflake of light violet with purple crystals! How many of these beauties can we create before the real thing is upon us? Thanks Cindi for the photo!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I just have to take a break from writing my handout for tomorrow night's class! No, it is not these wrapped bead earrings pictured above. These earrings were done this weekend along with other pairs that you may see posted this week...Back to tomorrow night's class--I designed a new snowflake for September and I have been working on re-creating the design and writing directions all evening since I got home from work. I much rather create a new design with each snowflake than try to reproduce the same thing over and over again. But alas, I must write my handout and stitch the various steps in order to come up with the very same design every time I write and test it again and again. I don't think most people realize how much time it takes to prepare, write, re-write, test and re-test a design. So many variables; for example the beads themselves may vary slightly due to finishes and or weight...the threads are many times tested to see what beading medium is the best to use for the project, the thread tension is tested to see what gives the best effect...etc. etc... Well, I best get back to the snowflake-I have a full class tomorrow- and I have, as Robert Frost would say in his poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", "....miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I have always loved Paul Newman, simply one of the very best.
Above photo: Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The above is an adjustable sized bracelet that I finished today. It features: one of Melissa's "Sea of Glass" Lampwork beads, Czech glass leaves, Czech faceted glass, Czech Glass donut beads that slide on the sterling noodle bead, freshwater pearls, and a single Austrian Swarovski crystal. Can you find it? Click on the pic for a close-up.
FYI: September 26-27, Marshalltown, Iowa - 6th Annual Bead Bash Best Western Hotel, Hwys 14 & 30.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This is a wrapped pendant that I just finished. I like these colors and the simple lines of the design. Less is more...

(I got a nice small oval shape, by wrapping the thick gauge wire around the narrow end of my steel wrist mandrel.)

By the way - it's now Thursday and Luka is 18 hours away.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh yes Luka, I am also counting the hours!
A little more than 24 hours till we meet again. It's just been too long.
Same time...9:00pm...same place...
The above is my "Chained Melody" necklace. (Thank you Cindi for the picture!) Chain and a vintage-look seem to be very popular these days, so I combined the two mediums in this piece. Double click on the picture for a closer look. Can you find 3 metal swirls, foreign money, vintage jewelry components, antique buttons, an antique Mother of Pearl buckle, a dime, and a partridge-in-a-pear-tree? (...kidding about the partridge.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Help, please...

I bought these beads last year because I just had to have them for "the coolest pumpkin pin" project ever -- of course I have forgotten what that project was or how it was put together! Can anyone out there please help me? It was featured on the Internet somewhere... Email me please, or post a comment if you can help...
I'm watching the 60th Primetime Emmys show-Tina Fey just won another. She is just too funny! Of course, here she is as Sarah Palin on the season opener of Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The above are two beautiful bracelets created by Mary Lynn. The top one is called "Falling Leaves"--today's Saturday class at Bead Haven. It is peyote stitch with size 8 Delicas and Czech glass beads. I'm sorry I didn't get a pic of Kelle's-it was also beautifully done. (Kelle, let me photo it when I see you.) The second bracelet pictured above was also done by Mary Lynn at an earlier time. The center is a great antique button used as a focal piece in a three-strand bracelet! Stunning work!

Friday, September 19, 2008

The above is a photo of Phyllis' crystal-crusted Caterpillar bracelet. The picture does not do it justice. I believe Phyllis said it had over 100 Swarovski leaded crystals! It's so sparkly, it glows! Click on the photo...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Alice started a stunning Caterpillar bracelet this evening! Do click on the above picture to see the beautiful combination of beads and the cool button closure. Great job, Alice! (Thanks for the photo, Cindi!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sidewinder bracelet beauties created by Sharon, Michelle, Rhonda, Phyllis, Marian (left photo) and Kelle (right photo). Make sure you click on the photos so you can zoom-in and see the colors and details. Really great job, girls!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The above are two beautiful wire-wrapped split cuffs done by Rosa (blue) and Jan (gold & silver) in tonight's evening class at Bead Haven. What a great job both did with their creations!

Monday, September 15, 2008

On this day...

The first issue of "USA Today" was published in 1982.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The above are some bead-utiful bracelets done this weekend. Starting in the top row are: Nancy's and Jan's, middle row: Leslie's and Mary's, bottom row: BJ's and Rose's. What beautiful work done by these gals! Make sure you click on the above picture to get a close-up look!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Here's a cute picture of Matt and Sara that I took last weekend. Later that evening they took me to Foster's Martini and Wine Bar-it was fantastic! Have you ever had a Dirty Blue Martini? What a great combination-the olives were stuffed with blue cheese...yummm

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This is a really nice Cajun restaurant in St. Joseph, Missouri called Boudreaux's Louisiana Seafood. My son Matt took me last Friday night. It had fantastic food and great atmosphere. It was a fun evening!

Monday, September 8, 2008

I had such a wonderful mini-vacation this past weekend in St. Joseph, Missouri. That is where my son is working now. More on my wonderful trip later! ...I got home this afternoon, took a nap and hurried to my class tonight. Look at this BEAD-utiful bracelet made by Mickey this evening in class. How fun it is! It is the same anemone stitching technique as used in the June 21 post. What a fantastic Halloween bracelet and so nicely done. Click on the photo to zoom in.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Luka, it's Thursday...
You know I'm waiting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The above are a couple of bead woven bracelets that I recently finished. A few days earlier you saw the Faux Crochet stitch, in beginning stages, that De Ann from Texas taught me. The Faux Crochet stitch is the blue one with the heart toggle. I have met some really talented beadweavers from the great state of Texas this summer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

On this day, September 2nd-1969, America's first automatic teller machine (ATM) made its public debut, dispensing cash to customers in New York. At that time bankers were not very exited about ATMs, since the cost of one machine was by about $8,000 higher annually than a human teller. Since first ATMs were offline devices not connected by a computer network with client's account, the banks were giving privileges of using money machines to card holders with good banking records only. According to Fortune magazine, today there's one ATM for every 284 American households.

Monday, September 1, 2008