Friday, July 26, 2013

Free Pattern

It's Friday so I thought it would be fun to bring back "Free Pattern Friday"!  I can't promise it will be every Friday - but definitely more frequently on Fridays!

I tweaked these patterns I worked on last week, a bit and they should work up just fine.  I made this for free use to create squares for the 2014 Bead-It-Forward quilt.

Here is a sweet little mermaid!

I already worked on up and the flesh tones were a little close to the hair color, and the hair color a little to close to the flesh tones...but I plan to work her up again with a darker background and maybe black hair!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summertime Beading

Saw the prettiest dragonfly land on the deck yesterday and don't you know, the little fella just sat there while I snapped a million pics!  I didn't even edit these photos...

Since this is so pretty I decided to do a color palette only pulling from the body of the dragonfly:

I beaded up another fish from Karen's pattern.  I LOVE THESE LITTLE FISH.  They really do work up fast (once you get how to do the increases, special and regular).  This fish is heading down to Virginia this week for a friend of mine.

I'm seriously doing more of these!

I also started one of the pieces in the Beading Babes Project 7 challenge.  I decided to wrok on the 5. Yafa Petal Earrings by Penny Dixon .  I do not have the pressed petals so I decided to use daggers.  The reveal isn't til September 29, but here's a sneak peek!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thinking Ahead

After learning about the theme for the 2014 Bead-It-Forward quilt (Turn the Tide on Cancer), I got right to work on some patterns.  Creating peyote patterns isn't as easy as you may think...there are some great programs out there (I use BeadTool)...but no matter how great your image, there is always some tweaking to do when the image is converted to a pattern.  Sometimes the edits are obvious, other times you need to actually bead up the pattern to see if there are any issues!

I worked up a few patterns over the weekend and am mostly happy with the results, but still have a little bit of editing to do before I can post the patterns!

Also - in spite of the fact that I have read umpteen books on color theory...I haven't learned the importance of contrast..note how difficult it is to see the poor little turtle's paws & tail! I guess I was dying to use those lime colored delicas and the off-white lined a/b finish for the background!  I really should have stopped a few rows in!

And the mermaid's flesh colored arm pretty much blends in with the white background and some of the orange hair.  

If you think you would like to contribute to the 2014 Bead-It-Forward quilt project, I should be posting lots of patterns soon!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fish are Friends Reveal and Blog Hop

Gosh - I had fun with this one!!!

I first saw this little fish a few weeks ago, on Shirley's blog, and made a mental note to myself that I'd have to get that tutorial and give it a try.  It sat in my 'cart' for a while and finally I bought it.  Then this past week, Karen, the designer of this tute contacted me to see if I wanted to be a part of the hop!  So I put the projects on my trays away and put this fish on the top!

So glad I did!!!

Karen's directions are fantastic, and this fish will whip up in just a couple hours.  Seriously - if I'd had more time before knowing about this challenge, I can't imagine how many more I would have made!  There will definitely be more of these in my future and I can't wait to try more color combinations, bead variations and core variations!!!

I first did a "large" fish.  I liked it so much at this stage, I practically wanted to stop. *I want to note here, that I didn't have any of the correct oval flat beads for this projects.  I improvised with a flat-ish bead, and also added a couple of 6/0 beads in the narrower part of the body.  It wasn't ideal, but for my first try, I was still enjoying the shape. 

I kept going, but again, I liked the shape I didn't really want to cover it up with the side fins! LOL!

Next up was a "small" fish.  This time I used some felt glued together for the core.

Love, love, love this little guy!!!

If you like little fish, and want to learn more about creating with Right-Angle-Weave - you should give this a try.  Be mindful of the core bead - if you don't have the flat ovals, you will want to be sure you have some felt or something to use in place (as Karen suggest in her directions, I was glad to have some on hand!)

I am looking forward to seeing all the participants' fish!  One thing I'm especially curious about is to see if/how everyone is planning on wearing the fish.  I added a beaded loop to one of the dorsal fins of the pink fish, but I think I will add a jump ring somewhere on the green fish!

Check out the other participants here!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bingo wants to Bead!

Haha - okay - maybe he doesn't want to bead!  Bingo's favorite thing to chew is anything made of hard plastic.  Usually we know when Bingo is up to something when we hear the "Bingo's being bad" noise of that hard plastic crunching! 

I'm not even sure how he got that spool of Nymo, but it cracked me up, the way he was holding it!

Tune in tomorrow for the Fish are Friends Reveal and Blog Hop!
(These fish are seriously addictive!!!)

Friday, July 5, 2013

ZnetShows Partner Picks Summer Challenge and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of being paired with Becky Pancake for this great challenge.  We each had to select beads, which ZnetShows would send to our partner.  Our requirements were that we select some sea glass, Chinese crystal, natural stone, pearl and base metal (plus two free choice.)  I received this awesome package from ZnetShows, which had a beautiful selection made by Becky.

When I received my invitation to join this challenge, I was just about to get started on another little bead I decided to go ahead with it and work some of these great beads into the vessel...

 After finishing the small vessel, I admired the pile of beads in my package, and really felt that a free form beadweaving necklace would be a great way to show off some of these pretty beads...I felt that the free form nature of the necklace gave it a real feel of finding little treasures among the sand at the beach...and how cute are those alligators!!!!????

I still had many beads left so I made a 3-strand bracelet....

And a pair of earrings! 

It was so fun to take part in this challenge.  I got to use more of ZnetShows' great selection of beads, and also make a new beading friend!  Please visit Becky's blog to see what she made...and the ZnetShows' blog to see a list of participants and their creations! ALSO - be sure to go to the ZnetShows' blog because they are hosting a giveaway with a ton of great prizes!!!  Thank you Becky for picking such wonderful beads, and thank you to Bill at ZnetShows for including me in this challenge and for the generous package of beads.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Been a while!!

Jeesh!  It's been so much longer than I realized since I've been on here!
So today was the big day that Google Reader closed down...but I wasn't fact, over the last month or so I've fallen in love with  The interface is much nicer and cleaner and in my humble opinion all around better!
Have you had to switch to a new reader?  If so which one? has been keeping me boy just turned stepdaughter came to visit from North Carolina...I've been working on my projects for the Znet June challenge....I scrambled to get to a doctor who would give my son a camp physical as his previous year's physical was to expire two days before he was to go to camp...I had a custom order that I had a heck of a time finding the right, quality supplies for....and more!!

So in lieu of more are some pics of what's been going on in my world!



Selfie of me & my hubby
Cute Rockport house
Loved that orange house!

Kids playing in a fountain in the center of Salem
The blocks in the fountain are actually a map of Salem!

I had to take a picture of this because it was the third of three bracelets...and there were EXACTLY enough seed beads for me to complete the final one!!! WOW!

Sent this boy off to a week-long overnight camp! WHAAAAAAAT????  How did he get old enough to do that!?

Oh! And I have been working on some patterns for the 2014 Bead-It-Forward quilt!