Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Year in Review

Greetings!  I've been a terrible blogger lately, but I don't want to be!  It's funny how living with another family has changed the way I structure my time.  Also - weekends leading up to Christmas were filled creating, and not leaving much time for blogging!

Above is a Word Cloud from this very blog. I get such a kick out of these things and I made them on a couple of sites.

 I was thrilled to see the word "bead" and "beaded" come up so big and bold on them! 

2012 was a bit of a chaotic year.  As I've mentioned (ad nauseum), we moved....twice.  While the year hasn't been without stress, it has also been fun and exciting.  

  • 101  number of posts in 2012
  • 3 the number of blogger friends I met this year:  Maryanne back in March, Therese in July, and Kristen in October.  How awesome is that?!  And I've got a few on my list to meet coming this 2013!
  • 2  times in a magazine!  Seriously - that was a huge thrill for me.
  • 2  number of times I've changed addresses this year.
  • 26  number of posts in one month for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  That was hard, but satisfying.  I plan to do it again in 2013.
  • 6348  the number of visits to my page because I mentioned Kumihimo.  Whaaaaa??!?!  That is so weird to me.  But it inspired me to buy a Kumihimo disk back in July.  And finally buy some cord yesterday so I can eventually give it a try!  
  • 2  the number of challenges I hosted this year.
  • 9  the number of challenges I participated in this year
  • 26  the number of beaded snowflakes I made in November & December
  • 13  the number of patterns posted on the Free Patterns page of this blog - 11 of which are flowers for the Bead It Forward Quilt Project.  Check it out - they are free to use and you will be helping a great cause!
  • 13  number of times I mention the day Friday in the title of my blog posts, 9 of those time, I thank God for the day.

 So what does 2013 have in store?! 

I have partnered with my most recent Bead Soup Blog Party partner to do another kit challenge.  I look forward to sharing the beautiful focal that Alenka has created!

If all goes as planned, I will be moving into our new home in two weeks.  What a process this has been - I can't stand the uncertainty and how the circumstances change from day to day.

I signed up to take part in the Bead Journal Project.  The idea is to create one piece per month for a year, same size and shape each month, with beads on the piece.  

I have a handful of other goals and plans for 2013, including: blogging more, beading more, participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party, completing at least five squares for the Bead It Forward quilt, creating color palettes, and there's more but that is just to name a few.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The post in which you roll your eyes....

....and say "enough with the snowflakes already!"  (I made about 30 - here are a few - sorry for the low-quality iphone pictures -  I need to recharge my camera battery!!)

I was on a snowflake making BINGE over the last week or so! Seriously - if you haven't had a look at Sandra Halpenny's snowflake patterns - you are missing out!  I only attempted three of the patterns, but I'm looking forward to doing more for next year!

It's a crazy time of year - I'm beading like crazy - but I don't want to put anything online because I don't want to ruin any holiday gift surprises!  But I played with a new craft that I'll share after tha holiday.
sneak peek!

It's also been a very emotional time.  While I am so unbelievably grateful to receive the generosity of my friend and her family for hosting us during this transition, I very much want to get into our own space! Last week's horrific tragedy hasn't helped my cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat state of being, yet at the same time it has reminded me to count my long, long list of blessings!  Emotional roller coaster!!!! 

We had a winter storm over the last few days - the snow was so pretty on Sunday and then it turned to ice...which was a bit hazardous, but just as pretty as the snow! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012


It's the holiday season...which means there is lots of extra stuff to do for all my clients (holiday giveaways, holiday card designs etc...).  But it also means, lots of beaded holiday gifts too!

Every year I swear to myself, I'm going to start doing my beaded Christmas presents when summer hits....this however, never, ever happens! So now I"m scrambling each night to finish pieces for all those on my list for beaded gifts.

What's hampering me this year, is my addiction to these charming snowflakes! 
I did a few last week and loved how they turned out. 

So I did a couple more.  Then I thought, how cute would these be if I used 15/0's and 2mm or 3mm crystals and made them into earrings.

Another hit!  Someone asked me where I got the pattern.  I remembered downloading this sweet little snowflake pattern off Bead and Button earlier in the year (see, I was thinking about starting some holiday crafts before December!!!).  But when I searched the name of the pattern author, Sandra Halpenny, what I ended up finding was a TREASURE TROVE of gorgeous, easy to follow, lacy snowflake patterns! I promptly downloaded and printed up several of her patterns. 
Now I can't stop making them!!!  I want everyone on my list to have one (or actually I was thinking a set of three, hung from silver metallic thread, with simple bow at the top!?)!!!!