Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Friday!

I have a confession. I am addicted to Grey's Anatomy. I only started watching it about two months ago when I discovered that Hulu has all seven seasons available to watch. The good news is I have my computer set up in my bead room and tend to get lots of beading done while I'm watching....which any time I think I can sneak away for 45 minutes, I dash up there to see what happens next!!

Here is what I completed while watching the two part season finale of season 4.




Last night as I was starting up some earrings during the beginning of season 5, I realized I really, really love the 'canvas' of starting a new project.

I get such a feeling of happiness and excitement at this point! Of course completing the project is a great feeling too - but there is something special about that moment when you've decided on a project, selected the colors and laid out your materials. (That cab up there from Lori, is on deck for my next project!)

These whipped up quick - just one episode!!!


And in the meanwhile - my son was making me hysterical all day yesterday when he happened upon a birthday gift of fake mustaches!!!


And finally - if you are so inclined - the What's It To Hue reveal will be this Tuesday. There will be a chance to win these beads:


All you have to do is:
1. Create something (anything!) with these colors:

2. Blog about it on August 2.
3. Add your link to my reveal post on August 2.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you around on Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Bye Week

Ususally on Tuesdays I like to post regarding What's It To Hue....but this week will be a "bye week" sort of.

Next Monday is my birthday, and traditionally my husband takes me to Innovative Bead Expo that takes place the weekend before my birthday for some beady treats. I had to unexpectedly travel this past weekend however so I had to settle for using my bead money at a bead store in Pennsylvania. But I'm not complaining!

Beadweaver's in Luzern, PA wasn't in the fanciest part of town, but the store was so cute. As far as I can tell, they carry every single make and model of seed beads ever produced! And they also had a gorgeous selection of jewelry on display. On my way to Luzern, I thought long and hard about how I wanted to use my pre-birthday bead money, and realized I couldn't find the exact shade of tealish/aqua-y blue that I was using for this month's What's It To Hue.

I found what I was looking for almost immediately upon entering the store. And I found some other great colors to add to my seed bead collection!! It may not have been a bead expo, but it was still a nice treat!

So anyway I had to travel to Massachusetts again. The past week has been a trying one. I haven't blogged about it much because it makes me weep, but last weekend I lost my uncle - who, at only three years older than me, was more of a brother.

We grew up together. And although I knew he had an incurable form of bone cancer, it was still a huge shock to me that he died so quickly. Really, I was expecting a couple more years. I do feel blessed however, that I got to visit with him one last time when I was in Massachusetts last month.

So to make the road trip less arduous (flying was just not in the picture financially), I picked a half way point in PA to stay over on the way up and the way down, thus breaking my driving into four hour blocks.

My son, happens to love staying in hotels. He thinks they are the greatest thing! So even though he had to sit in the car for 16 hours in a three day period, the hotel stay made it worth it for him! LOL! And in the quiet city of Wilkes-Barre, I was able to get a lovely 3-star hotel at a bargain!


In the two nights we spent at the hotel, we just chilled out, watched movies, ate yummy take out, popped microwave popcorn, and played with beads(well...I played with beads, he played his DS):


And I had a particularly glorious moment yesterday morning when I woke quite early and while Jackson was still sleeping, I spent nearly two hours relaxing on this comfy chair, reading blogs, surfing the net, flipping through magazines, sipping a cup of tea and well...just enjoying the quiet.


And speaking of glorious moments...on our way back to the hotel on Sunday night, a couple hours after the memorial service, I snapped this shot of the clouds....maybe I was under the influence of hoping that lost loved ones were now angels among usl...but don't those clouds next to the sun look like wings....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Beading To Beat Autism

Just about two weeks ago, I came across Sig Wynne-Evans' blog post about Michala Riggle's efforts in Beading To Beat Autism. Michala Riggle is quite an amazing young lady in what she has already accomplished. Check out this compilation of some of her appearances:



Here is a link to her site: Beading To Beat Autism.

It is heartbreaking to see the frustration that victims of autism have to go through. Life is not easy for them, or their families. If you are a parent with an autistic child, or know someone who is, than you know the lengths many of these parents go to, to help their children lead normal lives.

So when I also saw that Sig had graciously provided this pattern for anyone to use as long as they used it to help in this cause, I had to do it!





I have the item for sale in my Etsy shop and all proceeds will go directly to Beading To Beat Autism!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday - Orange

Another Tuesday, another What's It To Hue? This week we are talking about ORANGE. Although orange is one of my favorite colors, I don't have any strong associations with the color.

Orange is the 2nd chakra and it is associated with creativity and sexuality.


When this chakra is blocked, we experience guilt, stiff lower back, restlessness, confusion and lack of pleasure.

I'll have more on orange next week, but I found these quotes and really enjoyed them:

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange." ~ Vincent Van Gogh
"Orange is the happiest color." ~ Frank Sinatra

Also - don't forget if you participate in the reveal on August 2, you will be entered in the giveaway for this orange-y bead package:

And all you have to do to participate is create something (anything! it doesn't have to just be beady), using these colors:

...blog about it on August 2, and link it to my reveal post! So easy! (also - if you would like an email reminder, please go ahead and sign up on the right on the mailing list)
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In other news, I am uber-excited for the Bead Soup Blog Party coming up so soon! Sign-ups are August 1-3 (which I will easily remember because August 1 is my birthday!). It's an awesome time where beaders from all over the world exchange a "Bead Soup" and create something and blog about it. The Bead Soup must contain a focal, coordinating beads, and a special clasp. Click here to read more about it and join in the FUN!!!!


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Over the weekend I had the pleasure of trying out an easy new pattern, compliments of Mariposa's Treasure Chest...which I heard about from Mandy over at Beads for Brains (you should check out her blog, she's fairly new to the beading world, but she is in the middle of a create something every day challenge and it's pretty neat!).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create 2011



Where Bloggers Create 2011, a blog hop hosted by My Desert Cottage where bloggers "share their creative space". Thank you for clicking on mine and letting me share my space with you!

I love hops like these, and after every event such as this, my blog reader list gets longer and longer. That is the one of the beauties of blogging. "Meeting" like minded folks, making a connection, and like this very blog hop intends - sharing your creative space. So many of my blogging friends are also beaders. It's so fun and inspiring to share in that with them.

This is my actual, physical creative space...but this blog is definitely where I share it!


This is the view from my window these days:

....and it is not secret that I like to share stories about my favorite creation of all! ;)


So much of my blog is composed of sharing pieces I have worked on for contests and challenges. Here is a sampling of some of my challenge/contest pieces from the last year or so:










Earlier this year I also became and Artbeads Design Partner which also comes with some fun challenges.


And since I love doing these challenges and hops so much, I also started my own little hop a few months ago called "What's It To Hue?".

One of the biggest challenges about a wonderful hop like this is attempting to visit every participan's blog. But I am challenging myself to visit them all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday + giveaway!

Another Tuesday, another What's It To Hue? When saving some photos today, I was delighted to discover, the acronym for What's It To Hue? is "WITH". Not that "WITH" really has any relation to What's It To Hue?, but I get a general delight any time an acronym makes an actual word.

Last week in my color queries, I found a very cool site, www.colorsontheweb.com, that I think I'm going to start using for What's It To Hue? It is a site intended for web site designers, and you 'spin the wheel' and it gives you three random colors. I think it's a perfect way to start selecting colors for What's It To Hue?! Or frankly - a fun site to use for any beading project.
The site also has a very neat Color Wizard that is a great alternative to a color wheel.

So in my very first spin - here's what came up:


So the challenge this round will be to create something with these three colors.

I usually do the reveal three weeks after I announce the color(s), which usually falls on the first Tuesday of the next month...however, this is a long July and to stay with the pattern, I'm going to still stick with our reveal being the first Tuesday of the next month - so the reveal will be on August 2.

What would you call these three colors?

At first glance I would call them orange, light orange and muted teal. For any color essays I'm going to focus on orange, but I'd love to hear what you would call these colors? Apricot? Tangerine? What's It To Hue?

Now for the fun stuff! A GIVEAWAY! On August 2nd, when I do a reveal, anyone who participates will be entered to win this package of beads:



All you have to do to win, is participate in the blog hop on August 2. Make anything using the colors noted above, and link up your blog to the reveal post. Make sure you wait until August 2, come back here and I'll have a Linky Tool at the bottom of the post - all you do is click on it, add the info for your post - and voila! - you are entered to win this little package of orange-y, copper-y fun!



In next week's installment of What's It To Hue, I will talk a little bit about orange!

Friday, July 8, 2011

CSA

So...have you ever heard of a CSA? I did about a year ago and tried desperately to get into one, but they were all sold out.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, you buy part of a farm, and once a week, you go to your predetermined location and pick up your share of what was harvested.

Let me tell you what.....IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

My CSA is through Breezy Willow Farm, about 28 miles from my town. My pick up location is about 15 minutes from my house.

I get excited with anticipation each week wondering what has been harvested for my family! It's different every week, and four weeks into it, I haven't been disappointed yet! Here was my take this week:




Everything has been so delicious. This week I splurged on some goat cheese gouda. Oh my gosh: Divine!!!!

The day after my CSA pick up I baked some of the kale and enjoyed some of the Everything Sour Dough Bread, and some of the scrumptious goat cheese gouda. And this was my farm fresh lunch:


My body was effusively thanking me for the local, nutritionally dense fare. I've been frequently traveling up and back from Phillie & Cape May over the last two weeks to work on stuff for my FIL, and all the travel does not bode well for good eats. But it sure feels good to eat food so fresh!

In beading news....I am still going to keep working on What's It To Hue? Tuesday. I am getting some nice numbers on the back end, but not a lot of participation....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I think I will have to kick it up a notch and do a giveaway in conjunction with the hop. The timing on this will work out well, because I'm just about finished with my Pay It Forwards and should have them in the mail next week. Then I'll be ready to put together a bead package related to What's It To Hue? Tuesday. So be on the lookout this Tuesday when I announce my color or color combination and giveaway!

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday - Reveal!



Welcome to the July reveal for What's It To Hue? Tuesday!
I really enjoyed playing with purple. Over the years, purple has always fascinated me with it's strong tendencies towards red or blue...and how you can have a couple of purples together that just don't match! When working with these rondelles below, I loved the way their A/B finish showed off all their red and blue glory.






I've mentioned in a couple of previous Tuesday posts how when I think of purple I think about what someone once said to me about "in the metaphysical world, purple doesn't hold any negativity"...also about Grimace from McDonald's fame...about the purple Gremlin car we used to own when I was a small child. In addition, my first bike was a deep purple with a white banana seat. And I also have very fond memories of going to a store called Purple Panache at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Purple is definitely a good association for me! I like it!

How about you? How do you feel about purple? What's It To Hue?!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Margie & Me Challenge - SoBe Style!

I loved these summery colors and I'm so glad I had more time this month to work on this challenge!!


At the moment I don't have a copy of the Margie's book at home, so I just 'eyeballed' it for the colors. The beads I selected I think are in the right color family but not quite as saturated as they are in the picture. I'm happy with the result, although it isn't as bright as I had hoped!



Make sure you head over to Marcie's page to check out the other entries!