Thursday, January 21, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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!