Thursday, September 26, 2013

Challenges and challenges!

Well hello there!! It's been a few weeks since I've stepped into the blogosphere.  I haven't read any posts or even attemped to get on and write any posts. 

Lately my world has consisted of mostly this:


And this:
And this:

I'm loving it, but to be honest - between work, back to school groove, and wanting to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather...well...I have only picked up some beads twice this month!!! So it's been a challenge to get anything substantial to write about bead-wise. 

But I did sign up for a couple upcoming challenges.  I figure at the minimum - it will get me to my bead trays! First one up is Shirley and Sheryl's Seed Beads and Metal Hop.  I got my package last week and I can't wait to play with these beads!  Come back on October 19 for the reveal!

 I also tried one of the projects in the "Beading Babes" challenge this time around.  It was the ruffled earrings.  I like this pattern, but I didn't like the way it fell kind of floppy.  I also didn't have any petals so I used daggers instead.  I think I may go through some of the beads again to see if it will stiffen up.  Also - I only did one - and I"m going to use it as a pendant.  These would be bigger than I like to wear for earrings!  (P.S.  Beading Babes reveal is this Sunday on Facebook, but I will be surprised if I find myself near my computer for blogging in the next week!!)

More challenges are coming and I will update as they come along.

A couple weeks ago, I taught a class in Concord, and fell in love with a new craft! Paper Quilling!!!! Oh my gosh!  This is SOOOOOOOOOOO fun!!!!  I'll definitely be doing more of this!

Okay well that's all for now.  Here's to hoping I can find some beading time VERY SOON!  The holidays are around the corner and I have a long list of projects in mind!


  1. I've dabbled with quilling and I like the results but I got impatient making all the rolled up bits. Plus mine didn't seem to stick well to the paper...and then how do you keep it from getting squashed if you make it as a card?

    I love the earrings!

  2. Nice to hear from you! I'm sure you are super busy with the new job, which looks delicious, btw!!! Glad to hear you're doing well and having fun!

  3. So glad you are joining us for the hop! I only made one project for Beading Babes, I hope I remember to post Sunday! :)
    Your paper quilling looks so cool, I might have to revisit that craft again!

  4. Hi Amy, It is so nice to hear from you, your job looks yummy. I am glad that you are going to try to get back into creating when you can inch out a little bit of time I have always enjoyed seeing what you make. I did two of the Beading Babe's projects this time the bracelet and earrings that use the super duoes. Looking forward to seeing what you make with the seed bead and metal challenge pieces.

  5. Food shots are just as good as bead shots ;-) The earring/pendant is a beautiful pattern and you picked fantastic colors! Love those flowers you made with the quilling technique! very pretty!

  6. Wow, I love the earring I mean pendant. The daggers are a great sub. I will be posting the beading babes projects today. Ah quilling, it is so fun you have made me want to pull out my strips! Have fun with your busy schedule.


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