Sunday, May 26, 2013

If You Tweet, Tweet This!

I've been wanting to do a post for a while now on charitable or community organizations I care about.  Really, it's hard to pick just one.  But here are a few organizations I think are just great.

 I've worked with a wonderful organization, The Children's Inn, by doing a charity golf tournament each year at the end of April.  These folks do amazing work nurturing families who are facing unspeakable difficulties. Next up I want to see about getting a group together to do something for their "Thoughtful Treasures" program!   

I love the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project and have donated many bracelets to them (and hope to do many more!)


The Bead-It-Forward quilt project is also a favorite.   It's great to see so many beaders from across the world donate squares to this project!
 
Today I want to tell you about another organization and ask a small favor.

Two years ago, one of my high school classmates lost her son suddenly.   He was 12 years old and had a heart condition they were unaware of because he seemed otherwise healthy.  

Their story is so heartbreaking and frankly I can't even begin to imagine their pain. Yet it is inspiring to see the family honor Josh's memory with the work the are doing with the Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation. 

The Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness in preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in children and adolescents, and providing charitable assistance to individuals, families, and organizations.


Today would have been his 14th birthday.  His older brother has organized a movement today, to make this hashag: #happybirthdayjosh trend on Twitter, to honor Josh and to raise awareness of the Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation.

So if you have a Twitter account - won't you please tweet #happybirthdayjosh ???

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My life in pictures

I just haven't been beading as much as I WOULD LIKE!!!  Over the last few weeks, I've been basically only beading on the weekends...I picked up a new client where I need to be on site part-time (instead of working from home, like I was used to!)...and as would stand to reason my personal/beading/blogging time has taken the biggest hit....on the other hand..I'm grateful for more work...and the scenery isn't too shabby!


But now...I do struggle with my time....I've got work:


And I'm still homeschooling my son during this crazy year of transition....I decision I do NOT regret whatsoever!  I've never done anything in my life, that was so challenging, rewarding, informational, and wonderful.  I will miss my little guy when he goes back to 'regular' school next year!

 And then there's this....my growing pile of beadery I want to attack and complete!!!!!!!
 

 I've just begun working on a little beaded box.  It's so funny - because I began to learn beadweaving by creating amulet purses and little vessels, I feel like I am picking up where I left off on an old, old, old project! 


 And a few days ago I  finally completed the cellini spiral I didn't finish for the Time To Stitch challenge!  I ran out of the large bronze beads...so I replaced them with the pale pink beads....

...and then finally finished the piece with cream silk! 

Saturday mornings are usually my beading time...then I squeeze some time in, during another block of time during the weekend depending on what we have scheduled...but, in the next few weeks, I'm hoping to work in another night or two during the week!  


Friday, May 17, 2013

TGIF!

Happy Friday! 

I'm still working on my cellini spiral - but I think I only have a few more sessions of working on it before it's complete. 

In the meanwhile - I was also working on a necklace to go with a new shirt I picked up last week.  When I dropped the necklace on the shirt to make sure those yellows matched, I immediately thought of my good friend Kristen at My Bead Journey

At the beginning of Kristen's beading journey, she highlight many of her pieces that she created to go with her shirts.  I recently picked up a new client that requires me to be on site more frequently, so now I find myself racing to get jewelry together to go with my outfits! 

Without much else to report - I thought it would be a fine time for another color palette!


This is my new obsession - Salads in a Jar!  Look it up!  A bit of effort on a Sunday afternoon, gives you plenty of reward throughout the week.  They last for almost a WEEK!  Fresh and crispy!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Time to Stitch 3 • Reveal!

(Disclaimer - I'm sorry I didn't finish any of my pieces!!  I've been a very lame beader and blogger lately - but my schedule is just starting to settle down so I hope to get my *&^% together soon!!!!)

I love the idea of the Time to Stitch Challenge hosted by the very lovely, Therese of Therese's Treasures, and Christine of One Kiss Creations.  They are both sweet women who happen to be quite talented.  And they are the brains behind this very fun challenge!!!



This is a fun challenge to do, if yoiu have been wanting to try a new stitch, brush up on a stitch you know but haven't used in a while, or to participate in a fun hop using stitches you know well!

For this round of the challenge, I didn't have tons of time, so I only focused on the spiral stitches.  Specifically - I decided I would go for the Russian Spiral and the African Helix, since in my nearly 20 years of beading, I've never tried them!

 First up was Russian Spiral...how bad can it be right??


 
Well...apparently pretty bad!  This was my third attempt!!!!! I don't know what I wasn't 'getting' but I tried between 3-10 rounds on each try, and it was never quite coming together.....


It's quite possible, I need to be looking at a better tutorial...but I gave up!   Next up was the African Helix....this went better - but I have to be honest.....stitches that are held by threads between beads make me so uncomfortable (I'm lookin' at you too, Brick Stitch)!!  I think this could have turned out nicely but I was having some kind of weird beader anxiety about needing my thread to go through a bead....I just had to stop!  Although, here you can see a pattern was starting to form!



Finally - I went back to an old friend, Cellini Spiral.  I avoid this stitch because 'it's hard to start'....but the result is so gorgeous, I realize I should play with this stitch more often!   I'll finish this piece this week and hope to post the final result of a necklace!



Special thanks again to Therese & Christine.   Also - please check out the list of participants:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reflection on Blogging from A-Z

I've been meaning to write this post for several days now!!!  So here are my reflections:
The Blogging from A-Z Challenge is a CHALLENGE!  I mean seriously!  Blogging nearly everyday is not always easy.  I think more than anything, for me, it's a challenge to find meaningful content day after day. And to keep it on topic (which I didn't always do - I definitely veered off topic sometimes!) The writing part is easy, as long as I keep it conversational (I don't think anyone has ever accused me of being 'quiet').
But as challenging as it is, it is also rewarding.  For someone who blogs only about twice a week, or sometimes less,  making it through all 26 letters feels pretty good.   I met a few new people along the way too.  Which, when all is said & done, I've had the most satisfaction when blogging, from the connections I've made! 

Will I do it again next year? Probably!  Although the craft/beading topic was feeling a little stale to me this year, so I will think on something new, but try to relate it to the general topic of my blog!  Which is probably only 80% beading, and 20% life in general! :)

In the meanwhile, I recently treated myself to something I"ve been wanting for a LONG time - a rechargable OTTLITE!!!! 


I was also recently in my most favorite bead store of all time, Bead Soup, and was admiring a class example of Julie Pretl's Little Beaded Boxes...so I treated myself to her book too!  Making amulet bags and little vessels were all I tried to do when I first learned peyote...in hindsight I should have done a few straps and moved up to the vessels!  The book looks great and I can't wait to start on a box!

And for the fun of it...here's an epic fail I experienced yesterday.....dropped an entire tray of 15/0 pearl seed beads and a few scoops of other colors....little Bingo would have GLADLY chewed up that little box of beads if I didn't shoo him away!