Friday, September 28, 2012


Greetings!  I've been doing a bit of traveling the last week or so. 

This morning I am at the "E" destination.   And let me tell you - if you haven't been to Niagara Falls, you should definitely go some time.  It absolutely exceeded my expectations - and my son thought it was pretty amazing too!

On our way to seeing the falls yesterday, we stopped in Benezette PA to catch a glimpse of the wild elk herds.  (Who knew!?)  Actually we only saw about 10 all morning.  But it was still pretty neat.

I didn't get a lot of good shots, many of the elk were too far away.  But every time I looked at the series of pictures I took of this grand bull, I was mesmerized by the colors of the fern in the forefront!

Color palette time!

 I also rather enjoyed this lone little mushroom we stumbled upon!

In the meanwhile, I brought some beads along with me, and I've been working on my right-angle-weave piece for Therese & Christine's "A Time To Stitch" challenge.   This is just the beginning/base....


I'll be beginning the "F" through "J" destinations of my trip today, and am excited for all the friends and family I will see over the next few days!

And since it's Friday - here is a free flower pattern (for the 2013 Bead It Forward quilt).

   Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fun on Friday!

I'm back in Maryland for a work event (tomorrow), and scheduled a bit of fun while I am here.  

Today I had the pleasure of hanging out at my favorite bead store, Bead Soup, and shooting the breeze with Bead Soup's owner, Kathy, and fellow blogger & friend Maryanne (Zingala's Workshop).  These ladies are fantastic and I'm glad to know them! 

Kathy currently has a trunk show in the store of gorgeous semi-precious stones...some of which I couldn't resist!

And in keeping with my new obsession to incorporate my work with fiber, I picked up a few yards of this scrumptious ribbon.  I cannot wait to play with this and I already have a few things in mind!!

Here is a free pattern for Friday! More of these patterns (measuring 1.5x1.5 inches), are on the "free pattern page" as well!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

Currently, I am temporarily living in what is considered a "resort community"...or as the state calls it, a campground! LOL!  My point, is that the mail doesn't come directly to our little house by the bay.  It goes into a slot, in a little mail room shack on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. 

So on those days, my dog and I walk past there to check the mail.  Imagine my surprise and DELIGHT Saturday night, when I saw this stuffed into our little slot!

Several weeks ago, I signed up on the Kalmbach Facebook page for a chance to receive a bead soup, and well, I sort of forgot about it.  I've been excited to see all the fun bead soups posted on the Kalbach page, and I just didn't really consider I'd be one of the lucky recipients!!!!!

Kalmbach is hosting this promotion in celebration of Lori Anderson's new book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  It's available to purchase at the Kalbach store

I am no stranger to Lori's Bead Soup Blog Parties, having participated several times in the past couple years.  This is a very exciting project for her and I wish Lori all the success in the world with her new book!  I am looking forward to checking it out.

And so....without further ado, here is my bead soup, provided by Thistle Beads, located in Connecticut. 

It is a VERY GENEROUS soup filled with beautifully colored paper beads and a clear glass toggle clasp!!  There is also a dash of metal, ceramic, glass and some natural stones & pearls!  

I am very excited about these neat rolled paper beads.  They are big!  I am typically drawn to smaller beads, but I think these large beads are just gorgeous.  This soup embodies, what I consider to be the spirit of the Beads Soup Blog Party - which to me, is using beads you might not normally select or procure on your own.  Stepping outside your 'comfort zone'.  Playing with a type of bead you've never held in your hand before!

So I am thrilled to be a part of this special bead soup party.  Thank you Thistle Beads for this unique and generous soup!!!  Stay tuned for what I create with it!  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beading Babes Reveal!

Today is the reveal for Beading Babes' project 6, hosted by Karyn at Releases by Rufydoof.  There is also a Facebook page that has albums from all the past Beading Babes projects!

Here is a little background on the group: "Each month we choose projects from beading magazines such as Beadwork or Bead and Button and all create the same pieces. Along the way we share ideas, comments and problems we may be having with the projects!" 

For this project, I selected "Josephine's Collar." (found in Beadwork - June/July 2012 by Jill Devon

Working up the large bezel was a mostly a breeze, but I have to admit, towards the last several rounds, I was having a hard time getting my needle in and out of the beads.  When I started the other components I found I had the same problem.  I kept switching to smaller needles.  I guess my tension was too tight.  The truth is, as I got to the end of the second rectangle, I felt like this project was giving me fits!!! Broken needles and a lot of frustration led me to put it aside!

When I picked it up again, I was running out of time - not just for the reveal, but because I am giving it to a friend next weekend on the 22nd, and won't be able to do much beading for a while after Wednesday!

So I decided to modify the design (quite a bit) to save some time, and here is my final result.

This is for my friend who told me she was interested in 'big, bold, unique looking' jewelry.  When I saw Josephine's Collar, I knew it would be perfect for her.  I told her I found the perfect design for her and asked her if she had any colors she'd be interested in and she told me, how about turquoise or turquoisey-blue.

When I ordered the focal turquoise gem, I also picked up another in royal blue.  So in spite of my tension issues on this piece, I know I will try this bezel again in the near future!!! 

Thanks again to Karyn for creating and hosting this fun group.  I know for a fact that I work on projects I would otherwise not attempt, if it weren't for Beading Babes! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  It was a busy work week, and I can't believe we're in the middle of September already!

I'm still racing to finish my mom's bracelet.  And I can't tell a busy as I've been with work, and with homeschooling, it was 80 degrees and sunny here the last two days, so some of my spare time was eaten up with this:

But...just as I am moving along with the bracelet, I suddenly realized that this Sunday was the Beading Babes reveal day and I put that aside so that some other projects cut in line to be finished first!!!
Yikes - I have a bit more to do on this one!!

So I know now how I'll be spending my Friday night and weekend!!
Here is a free pattern for use for the Bead-It-Forward quilt project for 2013!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Look at me posting more than once in a week!!

These days I am racing to finish this bracelet.

It's a request from my mom, and a likeness to the logo of the company she works for.   Next week she is going to be at a huge convention and requested I make this cuff.  Which of course, I am happy to oblige, but I forget sometimes that I am a very, very, slooooooooooow peyote stitcher!

I am still finishing up my bestie's necklace, but we decided to exchange b-day gifts when we see each other in a few weeks.  So I won't be in such a rush and get frustrated when this happens:

(When will I learn the actual amount of thread I can use without having these issues!!!)

Homeschooling is going well.  Preparation was a bit of a struggle at first (read that: I didn't realize how much time preparing for the school day would take).  But now that I'm into a groove, I can honestly say it's going great.  I love the flexibility.  For instance, today, it was so beautiful out, I pulled a zoo scavenger hunt off the internet and off to the zoo we went.  We both had a lot of fun, and both learned a lot!!!

I saw so many gorgeous colors at the zoo today, I thought I'd play around with a palette!
(Victorian Crowned Pigeon - if only our pigeons looked like this!)

Today is Patriot Day and a day of remembrance.

I was in D.C, eleven years ago today, with my newborn starting his second day of daycare, only a mile or so from the Pentagon.  It was terrifying to say the least, but I am grateful we came out unscathed.  My heart is with those who lost loved ones and of course my gratitude and respect go out to those who serve and protect!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Free pattern

Really - another whole week and I haven't posted!!!  But I HAVE been beading - I just can't post my project's progress because it's a special gift for my best friend and I believe she lurks here occasionally!!!

I think I'll have to do some kind of challenge to get my blogging back up to a little more regular.  But in the meanwhile - I've promised each Friday to post a free flower themed pattern for the Bead-It-Forward quilt project and here is another:

 Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!