Monday, December 31, 2007
While great-niece has her head stuck in her books and my computer, I'm in the sewing room trying to cut out and sew up FIVE cotton, wrap-around skirts for her to wear on a missionary trip w/her dad to Africa next month!
We are afraid for her to go, but it's a trip of a lifetime; and she's really into helping/nurturing people, so it will be a good thing. Do join with me to pray for their safe journey, work, and return next month.............thanks.
I have no photos for you today, but will in a couple of days. I'll find out Wednesday what this tooth is going to cost me to keep it in my mouth!
I'm looking at a sure crown, and praying it doesn't also need a root canal.
Plus: we got THREE days/nights of rains to help our "severe drought" conditions here in mid-N.C., and for that I'm very thankful..........so I'm not staying up late tonight to see the New Year in, but hoping 2008 will bring better health; prosperity; and lots more creative endeavors! Happy New Year, everyone!!!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
This is a close-up view of my work on her upper chest/neck/and the pink sequins around her face oval....I added three pink flowers and green leaves as a "top knot"; I hope my friend Sammy won't kill me for putting those in her way! ( She has to bead this child some "hair" next, and then the doll will be finished. Sammy also did the beautiful, tight peyote stitching around this doll's face cabochon.) I'm still learning stitches from these ladies!
.........and here's Candy's back view; almost done! I did the upper back/neck area and learned to make a peyote "ruffle" finally! And the large areas of dark purple are shell-shaped sequins.......I never knew sequins came in so many colors, shapes, and sizes before getting into beading! I think if you click on the photos, they will enlarge for you to see the beading work close-up...........one more doll to go!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I'm thinking the canvas cloth is going to be resistant to beading; but will have to at least try a patch somewhere on her and see. Her hat is some sort of stiffened net fabric that's also been painted black. Hmmm......all sorts of possibilities........the hat and twine wrapped around her hips can all be removed........let me hear from some of you creative gals out there with suggestions as how to embellish her. Of course I could paint her another color(s); could try "dressing" her in a bohemian style; or even using a hand-held felting needle, add some wool rovings in gorgeous colors........so many ideas! Thanks for letting me hear some of YOURS!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
............remember this angel whose photograph we took and only used her top half on our Christmas cards a few weeks ago? Well,
Sunday, December 23, 2007
............oh, yeah! He just found the sugar sprinkle thingies at the grocery store, so now everything has those hard little balls of red, white, green on them to look "Christmasy", he says. I would show you the gingerbread, but I ate that!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Here's a close-up of the areas I beaded; you cannot see two rows of sequins under her hair; but I love the added pink flowers and green leaves. I also enlarged the little bugle bead "necklace" someone had put under her chin area, adding pink and blue bugles to brighten her up some.
And here is her finished back view: the green sequins w/pink seed beads around her neck don't show up well here, nor do the flower-shaped blue and pink sequins. (Should have taken another close-up....duh!) Then I used the bocce stitch to fill in around her arm/shoulder area with green seeds, and sprinkled some light green beads here and there around her body........her mama had asked all of us who worked on her to use: shades of mauve, blues, greens, and maybe cream. But when I got her, she only had one "cream" heart-shaped bead and a couple of green beads, so I tried to fill some little areas w/greens where the fabric was showing through and it brightened her up a little bit. Overall, she's rather dark, but when she gets home and is displayed in a well-lit area, she's really beautiful !
I do hope her mama likes all the freeform beading we've all done on her; she was a joy to work on! I've colored and stamped and written in the little doll's traveling journal, so after the holiday rush at the post office, I will send her on home!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I still can't believe I won (Amazing) Grace's give-away awhile back....she made this beautiful peyote piece and invited everyone to leave comments on her blog and then drew a winner's name............and here it is!!! It's a perfect fit; and the beautiful white button has a snowflake pattern chisled into the top of it. I've worn it for two days now since it came in the mail; might keep it on 'til New Year's! Love it, love it!!! Thank you, dear Grace, for your generosity............perfect for this Christmas time of "giving"!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
(who will drop me like a hot potato, since this is the week before Christmas and nobody has time for this!) who must (please?!) play "tag" with me, and list 7 thingies about themselves on their blogs; and also visit 7 friends of theirs and "tag" their blogs. This could go on forever!!!!!! Okay: here are 7 things about me that most folks don't know:
1. I drink a big jar of sweet iced tea EVERY day, year 'round!
2. At home or eating out: I MUST have my tea glass FULL of ice!
3. I "hole up" for DAYS in winter like a hermit, and read or bead or paint or sew or knit or quilt, etc. and see no one except DH! (and the cat)
4. I LIKE my own company!
5. I will move to an uncomfortable position in bed to make room for the cat's choice of HER place to sleep!
6. I am addicted to using Avon's "Care Deeply" lip gloss....year 'round!
7. I've never been in an airplane; and have NO intention to do so now!
Now: here are the 7 people who I am "tagging" to follow along and play this game:
Jo Anne O.
........thanks, girlfriends.........for being good sports! Aren't we a fascinating group of artists?!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
And in this doll's color choices for us to use in beading on her were listed shades of green and cream...........I don't see any of those color beads much, so will dig some out of my stash!
And this cute little doll to be beaded is pretty, too! Such light and happy colors! I think her name is "Candy"..........and I might do her hair, since there is one other beader to work on this one..........but I'll try to keep it up off her neck! Hmmm.........maybe a band/necklace of pretty sequins?! So many choices to play with!
Here is "Candy's" back side.........look at the cute little floppy "wings" at the top! She looks like she also might need some arms..........I'm off to pull out my bags of beads and lay out two palettes of colors to match/blend with these dollies and get to work. And to find some larger focal beads for more texture. Oh, I've enjoyed this beading group so very much since I joined them nearly a year ago....and the ladies are so generous with their help and encouragement for those of us new to beading on doll forms! Thanks, BAD ladies!!! I'm addicted to 100% beading on fabric now!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
And the weather is outrageously warm this week. Check out the temperature below for Tuesday:
Monday, December 10, 2007
ticked off! Of course it got her a treat and we settled down for a nap and a bit of reading my newest "Quilting Arts" and "Beadwork" magazines!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Even the back cover of the book is beautiful; Margo has a natural talent for putting together the most wonderful colorways! Also check out her web site and blog, listed at the right on my list of favorite blogs. Her gallery of finished projects will make your mouth water; the book is now released and available in book stores/quilt shops/online/ or from Margo!
Friday, December 7, 2007
My latest book is Nicholas Sparks' new "The Choice", and it is the same as all his other books.........one you can't put down until the end! And he lives in New Bern, N.C. I don't know why, and I'm not bragging about authors, but North Carolina has produced several VERY good authors. They write both fiction and non-fiction about our varied history of this state which has three definite sections: the Great Smoky Mountains; the rolling hills and pastures of the Piedmont; and the coastal beaches and small towns, which are my favorites to read about. In this new book of Sparks' I can just visualize the places they visit in Beaufort, at Fort Macon, driving over the bridges from Beaufort to Morehead City, and the bridge connecting Morehead to Atlantic Beach and all the wonderful little towns on the Bogue Banks. I'm a Pisces and was taken as a baby/child/teen/adult to the beaches of that area, and still go when able now. A part of my heart stays there year-round.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This is a close=up of Bindi's "porcupine" hair! I used a tribal bead in the center (just because it "looked/felt" right" when I held it up to her head);
and the hair took the better part of 3 afternoons running to sew on!
Here's Bindi's back side which the next beader will finish and mail back to her Australian home. I added this large clay "sun" face bead, and the surrounding green, gold seed beads; and the wonderful and bright square turquoise sequins! All the other ladies have used many sorts of peyote stitches and "bridges" and great focal beads to make her a really pretty doll. We all hope her mom will love her when she ends her travels. And in this week's mail, I received a box with the next TWO dolls to bead on for the month of December! So you all know where I'll be if I miss a day here and there on this blog................duh.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
When I tapped on the side of the box, this cute little face popped up to see what the heck was going on...........I wish you could see his little bitty toes on the edge of the hole! It's packed with all sorts of cozy dried grasses, etc. for his winter stay.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
A couple of months ago I participated in the "Pay It Forward" action here on my blog, and only had two responses; but I sent out three gifts because one woman's heart was in the right place, but she was having a difficult time then. I see that several of my fellow artist/bloggers are doing the Pay It Forward thing again, and since I signed up for them, I want to do it again also.
Here's the deal: the first three people who leave comments to this note will receive a handmade gift made by me............IF they agree to post the same offer on their blogs, and also to make and send gifts. In this way we are touching we know not how many lives and hearts; and the very best reward we get is from doing these "random acts of kindness"!!!
So: send in your comments, and after the holidays and early in the New Year I will contact you for addresses and send out your gifts. And just imagine how far and wide all of our small acts of kindness will go, and how many people they will touch! Thanks for participating!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
we will both be sore and "stove up" in the morning. And his blood sugar level will be up a little....but what the hell. We only go around once, and we were lucky enough to find each other as teenagers and have been together ever since. And to top off a great day, my online beading friend Grace just emailed me tonight that I had won her drawing for one of her beautiful hand-beaded bracelets!!! How lucky is that?! We are SO blessed. Thank you, Grace. Thank you, God.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
although the plastic bins above with drawers DO hold lots of larger sized glass beads! And tin charms. And little clay art doll faces.
Check out the neat shallow shelving unit hubby made for my rubber stamps! And I need another one it seems; other stamps are all over the stamping table surface. Lots of bags/boxes, etc. for shipping underneath. And the carousel of scissors that all make different decorative cuts/designs for paper edges! The corner of the stamping room is filled with magazines like Quilting Arts; Belle Armoire; Stampington; Cloth, Paper, and Scissors........above the table-top cabinet, and below on the floor. The beautiful angel arrived with a broken wing! DH has since fixed it with epoxy glue, and she has the word "Peace" carved on the front of her base. Plastic bins full of vintage papers and old broken costume jewelry for beading and embellished wall quilts!
Can you tell another fetish I have is RIBBON?!! And I didn't even take a photo of the "ribbon shelves" behind the door! Sheesh! And oodles of nice plain note cards to watercolor on, or glue photographs. They are ivory with red or blue or green deckle edges. The shoe boxes are filled with old photos taken and printed from film; before we got "digital".
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The market basket underneath is full of hand-dyed wool rovings for machine embellishing/felting; and the shelving on the left holds felt sheets and fabrics from muslin to satins and silks and hand-dyed batiks.
And up on the shelf are some jars of my vintage button collection; another batch in a drawer. The plastic drawer/bins are wonderful for seeing through, so I can find stuff in a hurry! And you see the beading side of the sewing table with tubes of tiny beads that I recently bought on a half-price sale and they are too tiny for me to work with, even with my MagEyes! So thankfully, a beading friend online is buying them from me, or we are doing a swap of some kind.........her eyes are younger than mine! Thank you, Jo Anne! Way up top is quilt batting and my hoop for rug-hooking.
........more great see-through bins full of sheer things to play with, like netting/tulle; soft old silk scarves; vintage lace from old dresses, etc. And in the ugly wooden tower (DH donated it to me when he replaced his computer furniture)........I keep some skeins of yarns and the wonderful, colorful flat ribbon to knit and crochet with. Inside drawers are needles, threads, a collection of clothing labels cut out of various things that "died" over the years. I hope this furniture can "go away" after Christmas and I'll get more bins that I can see through. The machine to the right is my wonderful babylock Embellisher! And on top of the black/clear drawers is a box of rolled fat quarters of beautiful quilting cottons; and a box of sewing threads to the left.
This stack of fabric is mostly fat quarters.........you can see I now LOVE bright colors! Just can't get enough color and glitter and glitz.......the older I get, the more I love my sequins, Maggie! And this is a better view of the jars of vintage buttons........ I love to use them on so many projects!
Isn't this a great old wooden table?!! Still has its original red paint and a drawer. This is where I sit to read at night, and the bins underneath of course are full of ...........hmmmmm............I can't really tell. (I went to look......) I found ribbons, fibers and yarns; embroidery flosses, a gorgeous piece of antique white wedding gown w/clear sequins and pearls! (From the thrift shop). Also silk ribbon flowers and tiny thingies! (I also love to do silk ribbon embroidery), but am too busy this year beading art dolls and brooches!)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Can you see the six big, black vultures in this dead tree? Way up high; almost every cold day they come to sit/nap and spread their wings to get warmth from the sun. They're ugly rascals, but a necessary evil; they are scavengers and clean up roadkill on the highways and byways. And now that we have deer hunting season going on, I'm sure they find wounded poor deer here and there out in the country. There's nothing "sporting" about sending a pack of dogs into the woods to flush out deer, and when they run straight towards you, kill them with a rifle. Duh. Hunters nowadays should have to hunt like the American Indians used to hunt.....on foot, with bow and arrow. Without dogs. And hunters now should also be made to use and eat every part of the deer, and then tan its hide for later use. Such waste. Time for me to go tack up some more "NO HUNTING" signs around our farm.................
Friday, November 16, 2007
We actually had a cold front to go through here and got about a half-inch of rain; also the balmy 70 degree days have switched to windy and below 50-degree days. Looking for 29 tonight, so all the outdoor kitties have their beds on the porch with heating pads set on "low"........they like the beds so much, they are spending most of the daytime in them as well as night-time! And the birdbath has its heating element going so they will have water; and DH now is putting heating elements into the three goldfish ponds.........I'd say we're all set for winter!