Sunday, June 19, 2016

More Beads, More Birds

There are a few weddings on my calendar in the coming weeks and that means plenty of custom beadwork to match dresses!

I recently completed the jewelry for my stepdaughter's bridesmaids:


I need to get some jewelry ready for my dress for that wedding coming up in only three weeks! Yikes!!

But before that, my best friend's daughter is getting married! (How is that possible that I am old enough for this to be happening!?!?!)  Her wedding is next week.  The dress I'm wearing to her wedding has a beautiful print (bohemian? Indian? I'm not really sure what you'd call it!!)


I was inspired to create a peyote cuff to match the pattern.



I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the pattern worked up with the Delica beads, and created a full pattern booklet for my patterns shop!  This is done in champagne gold, navy, and white pearl, but I think any contrasting colors would look really cool!



As referenced in the title of this post, I've also been doing quite a bit of birding lately as well.  In trying to make exercising a priority, I've been heading out to our local trails nearly every morning and the birding has been sensational!  Although one my recent favorites was from the farm of this ridiculously adorable killdeer chick!!!  CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT!! Those fuzzy tail feathers!

There is another nest on the farm about to hatch too!  I didn't even realize I was coming upon the nest and unwittingly came upon a very angry killdeer adult!

And it seems I have a knack for stumbling upon active nests...I became a little fearful of this osprey mama who started dive bombing me even though i was several hundred feet away!!!



Here are some more, gentler birds I've seen over the last few weeks!





Happy Father's Day!



Friday, June 10, 2016

Where does the time go?

Anytime I decide to write a blog post, I dutifully start a folder in my computer to drop any photos I"m planning to use for the post!  So....that happened on May 21!!!!!


And somehow time just slipped away every time I wanted to get to the post!  But I did fill it with a bunch of pictures!


via GIPHY

Yup. Well........what is that phrase about good intentions!!

So ever since the A-Z blogging challenge ended, things have been busy for sure in my life! Again I want to give a shout out to all the wonderful friends who stopped by my blog that month of April!  Here's a little beverage tease from May! 


SO.....back to those pictures in the May 21 folder....

About a month ago, I participated in Muckfest MS Mud Run.  Wow!! What an incredible experience. My best friend of 40+ years (yes, you read that right we've been buds since before I was even in kindergarten!) was diagnosed withe MS  20 years ago, last fall her sister was diagnosed as well, and this year her daughter was diagnosed.  Joining their team was a true honor.

It was very challenging and I tackled a few of the obstacles with some very serious trepidation, but was so proud to meet each challenge. You can see though, there were a LOT of smiles and laughs.
It was a great day!!! So now, I prepare for next year!

There has been some beading in my life this past month as well.
Etsy order! 

Playing with wire-wrapping rings

Having a super huge blast with polymer clay. 

"Polish Pottery" cuff bracelet.  Click here for the pattern.

Pendant fun!

Peyote owl bracelet.  Click here for pattern.

I also received this great haul from Znet Shows of beautiful Cultured Sea Glass and 2mm & 3mm Chinese Crytsal Rondelles! Stay tuned for the summer issue of Creative Spark to see how these lovelies transform into beautiful jewelry!

Otherwise, it's mostly been work, and hiking, and kayaking, and birding! And oh, the birding this spring has been spectacular these last couple weeks!

Here are a few birding shots from early & mid-may!

Tree swallows


Great horned owlets

Cedar waxwing

Eastern towhee

Prairie warbler

Now I'm off to catch up on my blog READING!!!