Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

I couldn't resist a Leap Day blog post!  Looking back on the last time we had a leap year, I posted on 2/29/12 for Erin (of Treasure's Found)'s Challenge of Music Blog hop.  Here is a link to that post, in which I created a pair of earrings, that ended up getting published in a pretty neat book, Jane Lock's Art of Beadwork (there is a link to the book on the sidebar).

No challenge today, but instead, a sample of recent activities based on the photos in my phone!

Winter break took place in Massachusetts, so we took a fun trip to the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.

Jackson did his best "Blue Steel" post in front of this piece of modern art that appeared to have a "J" in the middle! It was a small museum but had some some great pieces in the various exhibits, included artwork by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, and many other well known artists.

Did one more simple bracelet for my stepdaughter to consider for her bridesmaids' jewelry.  Finally sent the package off today.  I look forward to hearing her thoughts on everything!

I also made a lame attempt at the late and great Justyna of Eridhan Creations' "Dessert Rose".  This seemed to be curling improperly so I am sure I messed something up along the way.  When I tried to manipulate it, I broke about 15 beads!!

Finally - for an Earrings of the Month Club subscriber, I worked up these small disks!

Hope you are enjoying this 'extra' day!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

February Fun

Here is the second installment of items I am working on for my stepdaughter's wedding in July!

I'll be getting these off to here soon to review and select something for her attendants! :)

It has definitely got me thinking about all things 'bridal' and it inspired me to create this bracelet (from Ellad2's "Let It Shine" tutorial).  It's a very easy to read tutorial and I enjoyed working this up!

In Bead-it-Forward news, it's that time of year again, where I walk out of the post office with a pile of envelopes and a big grin on my face! haha!

Twice I've had people ask me 'what's there to smile about' (typically b/c we're experiencing not-the-greatest weather here in New England!)  But I do enjoy picking up these packages and wondering what kind of treasures they will bring! If you visit this link: you can see some of the squares that have come in so far for this year's theme: Space!

Other than beading, in my spare time lately, I've been heading out to see my favorite presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders!  

Historically  I have not been very political in my life, which may seem strange, given the 20+ years I spent in the restaurant industry in Washington, DC around so many politicians.  But I just didn't care. Or more accurately, perhaps, I didn't think there was much I could do as an average citizen.  That was the very subject of a recent TED Talk I heard by Dave Meslin about political apathy.  He perfectly summarizes the way our society is conditioned to believe there is nothing the average citizen can do to effect change in this world.  

Last year, when politicians began announcing their candidacy, I happened upon a site called and found I sided quite heavily with Bernie.  Then the more research I did, the more moved I became by his message, his integrity, and his consistency.  I proudly sport this magnet on my car because I really do Feel the Bern so passionately!

In fact, I got so excited during the last Democratic Debate, that I whipped up this peyote pattern!

And I started working on a cuff as a tribute to this great man!

Finally, I'll leave you with this picture I snapped last night, of my pup Molly, as she hijacked the chair at my beading table!