Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Zebras, Tigers and Raspberries everywhere!

Hey everyone I hope this finds you all well.  I am doing a bit better.  Most of the last 2 weeks have been without the internet.  AGAIN!!!!!  ARG!!!!!!  They think that they know what the problem is (again).  So only time and the weekend will tell!  LOL  But while I do have internet I am going to post as quickly as I can.

Last week the theme over at Every Inchie Monday was Zebra.  So I just went with the pattern flow and did the black and white stripes, and again I wonder why I do this to myself.  While it looks easy compared to all the other ladies works, the non symmetrical part of the pattern drove me crazy!  I am gonna stand up to my first thought and tell it to be symmetrical or else!!  LOL well until then here is my zebra.


Nice and shiny right?!?  Also last week over at 2x2x2 the theme was Raspberry. I thought of all the things that raspberry could have been.  But since I couldn't figure out how to show someone giving a baby a blurbur on their belly, I went with the fruit.  When in doubt go with fruit!


I really love the red color of these beads.  They are opaque transparent.  When you hold them up to the light you can see thru them but they are not completely transparent!

Now to get to this weeks work!  Over at EIM the theme this week is Tiger.  Do you remember just a few paragraphs ago I said that I was not going to do anything that was not symmetrical??  Well, I think that will have to start after this week hahaha.


Tigers are one of my favorite animals.  As a teenager I told myself that when I became famous I was going to have a pet tiger.  Well, well.... lets just say I have yet to become famous... and I don't own a tiger.  Sigh!  LOL

Well, that is it for me.  I am typing as quickly as I can.  I am trying to out run the internet loss.  Lets just hope that we don't lose it but, if the past is any indication then I need to type faster!  Just don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great works from everyone, and join in the fun!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gorillas in the Midst?!?

Hey everyone how is it going this week?  I am a bit late this week because we have YET AGAIN lost internet.  Usually when we lose internet it is because a storm has interfered with it.  Resulting in us losing internet for 2-4 days!  This time we will be without internet until NEXT Monday!  They are supposed to be giving us the upgrade that was supposed to happen in January.  Let's hope so.  So right now I am in Starbucks sniffing up the beautiful coffee caffeine smell and enjoying some great Jazz.

Also, I just want to say that prayers are going out to those people in London and Manchester who have been affected by the terrorist attacks.  God bless you all and you are all in my prayers.  I worked last night on a pattern that I will hope to finish later tonight.  I know that a beaded piece of art can not change things but for me it is a way to show support and help to heal not only those who hurt who might see it but also to help me to heal and deal with my feelings on what has happened; as I am a person who feels things like this deeply.

I lived in England on September 11, 2001 and the love I got from the English people at that time made me feel so connected to them so when something like this happens over there I am impacted as well, again, prayers to all of those affected by these tragic times.   May God heal and change our hearts to love one another instead of hate.

Now, onto something fun and pretty.  I need some pretty right now, don't you?  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Gorilla.  This one was supper challenging for me.  How was I gonna get a gorilla out of beads?  Time to surf the net.  Did you know that some gorilla species have less than 1,000 left in the world? Including the Cross River Gorilla (300 left) and the Mountain Gorilla (720 left).  WOW!  Because of this I decided to design the logo of Endangered Species International


Simple and sweet, 2 colors of Delicas and I really like it.

Also this week I worked on 2 different pieces one for Seed Beads and More, this month the theme is loom work and I decided to make a bracelet using my smallest Delicas, 15's.  The ones I use for my inchies are 11's.  I don't have a lot of 15's but I worked them and took a cross stitch pattern of flowers and cut it down and beaded it up.  Then I had to add to the top of it since I was not taking into account that the smaller beads would make the length smaller.  LOL  The top flower and birdie are my design.  I will also be working on finishing it up and adding the clasp this week.  Check it out.


The best part of this flower bracelet is that I can't kill these flowers!!!  LOL.  Also this week I worked on another one of my Kawaii inspired patterns.  I call her StrawBetty Ice Cream cone.


With this one I found out that the design I put in the bottom of the cone to show the waffle look did not show up like I was hoping.  But I still think she is adorable.  She is just over 2 inches long and an inch and a quarter wide.  I adore the little purple bow!  Don't you?

Well, that is it for me this week.  I am hoping that next week I will have the bracelet finished and the tribute piece for London done as well.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM, 2x2x2 and Seed Beads and More to check out the great challenges and join it!  It is so much fun having the creative outlet and showing off your art.  I would love to see it!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do Kangaroos have Zippered pouches!

What an interesting question, right?  I always thought that kangaroos are pretty cool animals.  I mean they NEVER lose their keys!  How awesome is that?  Yea, yea I know they don't drive, but let me dream!

So what does this all have to do with anything?  Well, this week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Kangaroo and the theme over at 2x2x2 is Zipper.

First up, Kangaroo.  This one took a looooonnnngggg time for me to figure out something.  How to portray a kangaroo in an inch of beads??  Then I remembered there was a thing called a kangaroo pouch, it is a sling kind of thing that a person can wear and carry a baby in, keeping them close to you.  So, with that in mind I designed a pink and blue design of a Mommy and a baby.


Doesn't scream Kangaroo but it was all I could think to make.  Also, this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Zipper.  This one was also another hard one for me.  After wracking my brain, and searching the internet I finally got it!

Did you know that there is a spider that makes a web that looks like a zipper?  Well now ya do!  Here is what it looks like.


Well, this is what it looks like in beads!!  That is it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out all the great artwork that the amazing ladies have done  this week and maybe just jump on in yourself!

Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pandas in the Red

Hey everyone thanks for dropping by this week.  This last week has been a whirlwind.  Work has been busy and my son had his last day of school on Tuesday!  Sunday he graduated!!  I am sooo proud!  My baby has graduated High school and now he gets to jump into the real world!

I did get a small amount of time to work on my inchie.  I really loved this weeks theme.  Panda.  Did you know that there is a red panda???  There is!  I first learned about it when I went to an online bead store Red Panda Beads. It is one of my favorite shops.

Through Betsy, the lady who owns the shop I learned about Red Pandas.  Did you know they are endangered!  They also have a tail stripped like a raccoon.  Follow the link above and find out more about these beautiful creatures.  They are so adorable!!! Check them out!

Now, my take on a red panda is not as cute as the real thing but still I kinda like how he looks.


Here is what a red panda looks like, ADORABLE!


That is it for me this week. Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great makes over there and jump in, the pool is great!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Koalas in the Garden

Hey everyone, I would like to shout out a belated Happy Mother's day to all the Mommas here in America.  I know that it is celebrated on a different day in the UK.  My Mothers day was spent cooking and chilling out with my kids, and doing some beadwork.

To that, over at Every Inchie Monday the theme was Koala.  They are such cute little guys.  I would love to hold one of them.  I am sure he wouldn't like me to hold him though lol.  For this inchie I used 4 colors, I think I should have used a different color for the background as it really blends in with the greys.  I think he is still cute.


Also this week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Garden.  Now, I do not have a green thumb, more like a black thumb.  I can almost kill a plant just by looking at it!  My kids know that I am this way so they don't buy me flowers, and I am ok with that just because, well...the black thumb thing!  LOL.

Back to my twinchie, I decided to go a way different route.  All the way to New Jersey!  The Garden State. I mean, why not!  On this one I did an outline of New Jersey with the Capitol marked by a blue dot.


That is it for me this week.  I hope everyone had a great Mother's day and hope that you are all having great weather right now.  It is starting to be warm and I am loving it.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great artwork over there.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pink Birds on the Prowl

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by this week.  I only have 2 things to show off this week.  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Flamingo.  I have to admit I am not a fan of them, flamingos.  I don't know if it is because they are pink ( I am not a fan of the color)  or if its their funky legs.  Either way, I am not a big fan.  But, I did end up liking the mirror imagery that I did on this one.  What do you think?


Sorry for the shine.  I just can't seem to get a good pic without the shine.   Also this week I worked on a small project for the monthly challenge over at Seed Beads and More.   This month's theme is gifts for guys or Beadpoint.  So I chose beadpoint.  Beadpoint is beading on canvas or Aida cloth; like cross stitch.

I decided to do a small project while I am waiting for beads to work on my bigger project. I had some plastic canvas and decided to bead some crystals onto it in a heart shape.  On the first one I used 4mm bicones, as you can see it did not go too well.  The second one has 6mm bicones and was just right.  What do you think?  I really like it.


I am thinking of adding a string and hanging it in my window.  I wish this picture showed the shine that is on the crystals.  I can't win for trying!  haha.

That's it for me this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM, and 2x2x2 and check out Seed Beads and More.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bees on the Ocean

Hey everyone thanks for stopping by the nest this week.  I am really happy to show you my makes this week.  First up is Every Inchie Monday where the theme is Bee.  So I decided to take a cue from a twinchie I did back in 2015.  This one only has 2 colors, and is the beehive.  It is a bit hard to see but if you squint you can see it lol.

 

This week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Ocean and I was really excited to make this one.  I did a mermaid and tried to make the surrounding water look like it is moving, but at the last minute I changed one of the colors of the water and it ended up not looking like I wanted it to but I still really like her, what do you think?


Also this week I did a few more pieces.  I made another mermaid.  She is adorable, but she was not as easy to bead up as I was hoping, lol.


Lastly this week I beaded up a Cardinal.  I am working on making some family charms.  This is the first one.  This and the mermaid above are not my patterns but I don't know who designed them.  If you know please let me know so I can give them credit.


That is all I have this week.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great works over there and jump in the pool, the water is fine!  LOL  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.