Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Butterflies and birds.

Hiya everyone and thanks for stopping by this week.  I am excited that I have been getting my beading groove back.  If you have been following my makes over the last many months you have noticed that the most I have been doing is my Inchies and Twinchies.  

Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme this week is butterfly.  Right now here in Arkansas there are a lot of butterflies around.  I only know this because our cat, who we lovingly call "Shatan" (AKA she-satan).  She chases and tries to torture err...catch the butterflies and moths.

For this Inchie I decided to make a plain geometric butterfly.  I like the look of it.  What do you think?


After making my Owliver last week I kinda got the buzz to make more little pieces.  They are addictive!  So this last week I made all of these.  I forgot to take down who the designers are so if you know who they are please let me know so I can give credit where it is due.


This little guy is the SMALLEST piece I have ever made.  He is about a half an inch wide!


This little guy is adorable!  I loved making this one, he is the 3rd owl I have made in a week.  I really need to STOP!  hahaha.


This lil mouse is the cutest thing!  The best mouse is a beaded mouse!  This and the 2 owls were patterns that were posted on Seed Beads and More, this months theme has been the Zoo.


Lastly, here is a lil Geisha.  I have had this pattern forever and just decided to finally bead her up.  Again, if you know who designed these patterns please let me know.  I always want to give credit to these amazing artists.

Thanks for stopping by, it blesses me so much.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the art and jump on in!

Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Blog Hop, A Key and A Ladybug Walk Into a Craft Room.....

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by this week.  I appreciate your comments and your visits.  I have a lot to cover so I will try to make it short.  This week I am excited to post my finished pieces from the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop!  I am running late so please forgive me.

A Swap N' Hop means that we get a partner and swap beads and then hop to everyone's blogs and check out what they make.  My partner is Becky Pancake.  She has amazing taste in beads and is super generous with her sends.  See what she sent me.


 AMAZING!!! WOW!!!  I think I spend a few days just drooling over these beads.  Do you see that amazing pendant in the middle?  It is so beautiful.


I was so overwhelmed by the beads that it took me some time to get myself together and make something beautiful with them.  I mean, when you are given something special you want to make sure that you make something special with it, right?  Right!

Here is what I came up with.  I took some of my 15's and made a herringbone necklace for that beautiful pendant.  I used one of my clasps.


The rest of those beads just would not talk to me.  I had an idea to bead around a few of the beads.  But that was really all I could think of.  Then it hit me, instead of making another bracelet why not make something that I don't have a lot of.  Pendants!

Once that was settled I got to work on the beads.  I started out using Becky's 2 colors of delicas that she sent me and added a grey to that and made a peyote tube.  The rest just fell into place


I added the 8's as a bail and the lampwork bead at the top.  The fire polished beads dangle from the tube with sea glass drop beads at the bottom.  2 of which have been embellished with the 8's and 11's.  Here it is hanging from my necklace.


I love how this one looks.  I am going to keep the rest of the beads close to me on my craft table to see if they speak to me again so I can make something with them.  Thanks again Becky, it was great getting to know you.

Now, over to Every Inchie Monday the theme is Bug/Lady beetle.  So this is my ladybug.  She is a bit bigger than most of the ladybugs I normally see but I think that is ok lol.


This week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Keys.  I took this opportunity to design some vintage ornate keys.  This pattern feeds my design OCD.  I love it!


Now, lastly I beaded up another animal for the Seed Beads and More Zoo Spotlight.  This is one of my patterns and I call him Owliver.  He is dressed up as a proper gentleman!  Isn't he cute?!?


Phew! So much to have gotten through and I DID IT!  LOL. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the artwork and maybe join in!  Below is a list of all of the Swap N' Hop blogs so fly on over and check those out. Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson   http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com

Catherine LaVite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Barbara Price   http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/

Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Linda Raggo http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_

Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Rachelle Walker http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog

Gloria Allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Ally Asato https://instagram.com/purplemosspal

Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Naomi Knafla     https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/

Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Dana Phillips   http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Beth Blanc       https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/

Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Kari Asbury   https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/

Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Betony Maiden http://beadwenches.blogspot.com

Inge van Roos     http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/

Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com

Rosantia Petkova   http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/
Erika Price     http://erikaprice.co.uk

Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Rachel Mallis http://www.sharpthingsblog.com

Deb Fortin   http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com

Joanne Bell https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com

Sam Waghorn     http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/

Robin Reed   http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Faye Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com

Karin King http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Divya     http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Penny Houghton http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Krafty Max   http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/

Heather Canepa http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Katy Heider     http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Pawass https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com

Mowse Doyle http://www.midnight-leopard.com/
Tami Norris https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/

Minnette Miller   https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/
Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com


Monday, April 10, 2017

All Caught Up!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by! I am BACK!  LOL not like I was really gone but something about the seasons changing and the time change messes with me.  I spend about a week unable to do much of anything.  I am so tired and worn out.  But this weekend I made up for it!  I. MADE. UP. FOR. IT!!!!  YAY!  lol

Before I get to last weeks pieces I want to get to this weeks pieces.  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is an awesome one, Crow.  If you think I am a bit excited then you are right!  Everyone knows I love hockey, and one of my favorite hockey players is nicknamed "Crow".  His name is Corey Crawford.  So I used his number as my inchie.


Honestly, any chance that I can mix hockey and beading together is a goal!  (see what I did there!)


I mean check him out!  Goalies get all the cool equipment!  #crOwMG

Also this week I made time to do a cute little beaded robin in honor of my Mom; who would have been 81 last month.   I made it as part of the monthly challenge over at the Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  She is not my own pattern, she was designed by Pauline_eline, I do love how she came out and the fact that she was dimensional peyote stitch.  It has been a while since I did that.  Check her out. Isn't she cute?


So thats it for this weeks pieces and here is the real pieces from last week.  Over at EIM the theme was parrot and here he is.  This is a bit of a blurry picture but I like the colors of him.  


Over at 2x2x2 the theme was coin and I hate to say it but my pattern picture was so much better than the finished product.  I used 2 colors of grey but they are hard to tell apart and the 2 colors of gold coins are hard to tell apart as well.  But maybe if you squint real hard you can tell the difference.  lol


Also, I joined a bead swap over at the Facebook group Bead Peeps, but with the issues I had recently I am running late one it and have only had time to make 1 item so I am hoping to finish the rest of my pieces this week.  

That is it for me this week everyone.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the art and upcoming word prompts so you can join in!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Cheat Week

Hey everyone, I hate to admit that I am calling it in this week.  There has been a lot going on with me this last week.  I have not been able to bead at all this last week.  But I did not want to miss Every Inchie Monday or 2x2x2.  So because of that I am posting the patterns that I have and not the actual beadwork.

For EIM the theme is Parrot.  What a beautiful bird!  The colors are so vibrant and rainbowy!  Here is my parrot.  What do you think?



Also over at 2x2x2 the theme is coin.  How is the world am I going to do that in beads?  Pretty much everything I can think about is not working and then it comes to me!  How about a pot of gold?  They are all coins aren't they?  So that is what I did.  Check it out.  What do you think?


Well, that is it for me.  I do hope that I can get out of this funk and get back to my beads.  Until then don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great art over there.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't Get Your Peacock Feathers in a Ruffle!

Hey everyone.  I hope that you are all staying dry and safe from this crazy weather.  We are well and dry.  This one is going to be a quick one as the weather has been unkind to our internet!  Imagine that!  So while I have the internet I will write quickly and post fastly.  pfffft!

This week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is Peacock.  Peacocks are kinda special to me.  Because they were special to my late husband.  Because his mothers maiden name was Peacock.  I also like peacocks just because they are beautiful.  A neighbor down the street has/had 2 of them.  One of them was an albino peacock.  Sooo pretty!!!

My peacock inchie is not as beautiful as that one, and, by the by, way WAY, WAY quieter than the real thing.  But my inchie has 5 colors of Delicas.  I also went the way of semi-metallic peacock-ness.



Hope you liked my peacock feather inchie and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the rest of the beautiful birds.  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birds, Soup and Alphabets

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  I love hearing from you all and reading your comments.  I hope that this finds you all in warm (hopefully pollen-free) weather.  I am working on morphing my allergies into yet another cold!  BLEH!

But before that happens let me have some alphabet soup.  Over at 2x2x2, our awesome blogstress Cstocks is celebrating 3 year anniversary with the theme Alphabet!  You would think that would be an easy theme.  But I had to work really hard to figure out what I would do.  I think I was sick with a cold when I designed this one as well!!


 After I designed this one I started watching these cute little videos from my favorite hockey team The Chicago Blackhawks, entitled "Soup and a Sandwich".  For those who don't follow hockey; Soup is Brian Campbell, nicknamed Soupy because of his last name.  Sandwich is Artemi Panarin, nicknamed Breadman because of his last name sounding so much like Panera Sandwich Co.  So this video is the 3rd one and I liked it because it has some jokes in it.  One of which was about ducks which was our theme 2 weeks ago at EIM.  Check it out.  BTW, check out that awesome sweater?!?


 Also this week over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is woodpecker.  We used to hear woodpeckers a lot around here but I think this weather has them all confused.  But I decided to make a red headed woodpecker.  At least I think that is what this one is.  LOL


Whatcha think?  I like him.  He is the quietest woodpecker EVER!  LOL.

That is it for me this week.  I have been working on my designs from the beads I got from the bead swap from the Facebook group Bead Peeps.  But it is slow going for me on that one.  I will show something next week, hopefully.

Until then don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great work over there.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Come Heron or High Water!

Sheesh, thinking up titles for the posts kinda gets cheesy, lol.  I have been waiting for this one since I researched Heron, the theme over at Every Inchie Monday this week.

Being one to not just bead up a skinny bird (funny, that, coming from freebird!) I went a different way.  Also, beading a heron in an inch is really difficult!  I started researching Heron and found a place called Heron Foundation.

Heron Foundation helps people get themselves out of poverty by investing.  Here is their logo.  I just love that swoosh of the R


Since even this Heron is so big I had to use a partial design and here is what I came up with.  


Forgive the shine from the camera.  I like how it came out either way.  

That is it for me this week.  I have been working on a beading project from the Facebook group Bead Peeps.  But I have nothing to show for it right now.  Maybe next week!  Until then, don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out the heron artwork.  Until next week have a blessed and creative week my friends.