Monday, March 30, 2009

Today (March 30) is "Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day", a time to honor those who did not jump ship, did not quit, did not leave because things appeared to look better somewhere else.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Springtime Surprise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! This is a photo of the patio table on my deck this Sunday afternoon...and to think we had 70 degree weather last week!
Several inches of snow fell over Eastern Iowa overnight, but with temperatures reaching the mid-to-high 30s Sunday, the snow won't stick around for long. Below is a confused Robin hopping around in the snow at Jones Park today...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Springtime this week in Fosston, Minnesota!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Here is a bracelet I recently made for my sister. It is a Sidewinder bracelet made with brown and pink-gold luster Czech beads.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today is "National Puppy Day", an unofficial holiday designed to encourage the adoption of 10,000 puppies...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wishing you a nice Sunday.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Today I made several things. Below are the last two projects. The first is a strung bracelet featuring a large lampwork bead from Melissa Rediger's Sea of Glass. Czech glass donut beads slide on a sterling silver noodle bead for a bit of added movement to the bracelet. Below is a small "Zipper Swirl" pin that is bead embroidered. It features many different kinds of metal and glass.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here is a bead embroidered pin I finished this afternoon. I created the cabochon face from paper, applied several different color shades of paint and then clear sealed it. I have made several different faces that I hope to bead around soon. This beaded pin will be available at the Riverside Casino Women's Show this Saturday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day...notice her beads!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

So sweet...Bagel Ria, the beagle mix, 6 weeks old! See more pictures on today's (March 15) THE DAILY PUPPY. Hey Sara, I know you like beagles!!
I have not done a Caterpillar bracelet for probably over a year, so today was the day to make one. I have been making things to sell at the Women's Show - Riverside Casino in Riverside, Iowa on Saturday March 21, 10am-7pm.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I've used the Herringbone stitch to make these three "beaded beads" that are incorporated into this simple strung bracelet. Because of the lobster and soldered chain, it is adjustable to various wrist sizes. This type of closure technique sure beats any re-stringing, doesn't it?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Here is my finished Harlequin Butterfly Pin. It is approximately 2 1/2 inches long.
I am working on a new bead embroidered piece this morning. The centerpiece is a vintage hand made glass opal cabochon also known as Harlequin art glass. No two are ever alike. This particular color is vintage and quite rare. A metal butterfly bead hovers over the Harlequin glass.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Today is National Napping Day...did you get your nap? neither.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Today, while my sister and I were driving back from visiting our other sister, I just had to take a picture of this great barn. This painting of "American Gothic" is just west of Mt. Vernon on Hwy 30. Isn't it great? The colors are so vibrant against today's stormy blue sky...beautiful! Click on the picture to see detailing.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This morning a creative group of ladies made their "Goddess Bracelets" in a class at Bead Haven. We had such a nice time and the gals did a "royal" job! Starting at the left, are bracelets made by Sandy, Wendy(also the start of her necklace), Pat, and Jeanne. Click on the pictures to zoom-in on the detail... Goddess charms to complement the bracelets...Wendy stayed later after class and also finished a necklace. Here is her beautiful "Goddess" necklace & bracelet set! We hadn't seen Wendy in the store for a while so it was great seeing her and watching her do her beadweaving magic!

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's the weekend...

Can winter be over????
Here's another "Bad Hair Day" Pin just finished. She didn't photograph very well-she has lots of metallic Japanese seed beads! The seed beads that are three-toned (green, orange, black) are Czech.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Here is another bead embroidered cab pin that I just finished. I have used size 15/0, 11/0, and 8/0 Miyuki seed beads in this piece. I need a name for this one--any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bead Embroidery is one of my favorite things to do. I never know
what it is going to end up looking like. I think that's the real appeal
of it-creating it as you go and then the surprise ending. This is a new pin that I finished this early morn. It's very blue-lots of different shades. It just hit me that my friend Laurie's business is called "The Blue Butterfly Designs"...I think I'll call this piece-Blue Butterfly!