Yesterday I spent the afternoon catching up on my blog roll, and was secretly happy to see I'm not the only bead blogger who hasn't posted in a while! Hah!
But I have been beading a lot. Many people received beaded gifts this year from me, including my son! Which is unusual because...well....he's a 14yo young man who isn't much into accessories! Anyway - he received a handful of paper books this year, so he had to put his Kindle aside. I joked about how he needed a really cool bookmark. He rolled his eyes (impressively so for a boy). But I appealed to his current obsession, Doctor Who, and made this double sided charm and attached it to a book mark! Total WIN! He love it.
Also - not in the beading arena but also a win, were the infused bourbon and vodka for holiday gifts. Cranberry Lime Vodka and Orange Vanilla Bourbon (super delicious!).
Post holidays I visited my cousin, Abe, who is an artist/fisherman on Martha's Vineyard. No trip to the Vineyard (yet!), but he was peddling his beautiful artwork at a hunting and fishing expo close to my house so we stopped by and picked up some Lure-Fish t-shirts (extremely popular fashion amongst the men in my house!), and he sweetly gifted me with this gorgeous print! Is he talented or what?!?!?!
I also had the pleasure of visiting with one of my stepdaughters at the end of the year. She is getting married in July and I am going to make jewelry for her bridesmaids! I'm super excited to be able to contribute in this way.
I promptly ordered a sample of the material from the dress shop.
Amie, my stepdaughter, had some ideas in mind and even hopped onto Artbeads.com and picked out some rivolis she liked!
I headed to the local bead store and picked up some of the prettiest matte gold delicas I've ever seen!!
And now I am having a ball working up samples for her to review! Here are just a few samples and there are more in the works!
In other beady updates... my cyber-friend, Cynthia, of Antiquity Travelers, gifted me with Amee Sweet-McNamara 's book, Soutache & Bead Embroidery!
Yikes! This craft/technique is harder than I thought. Here's my first attempt...it's a little wonky, but I'm not super discouraged (only a little....), and I definitely will be trying again soon! THANK YOU Cynthia!!
Made this rusty-topazy-browny set to go with a sweater I love to wear!
And have been working on this pretty flower too!
Hoping this year will bring me back to more beading and blogging! It's so fun to be in a community of other bead folk!