Saturday, May 31, 2008
I used a light green felt for the lining, because that was on hand and blended okay with all my colors of beads.
And the light green edging took almost as long to do as the top of the whole thing! Three little beads at a time. I don't know why I love doing the beading except it's sort of like meditating.......and to see a design come together two or three beads at a time is VERY satisfying! I wish I had kept up with the hours this one took. Can't wait to start another soon, but one of the beaders in my online group suggested a different thread, so am waiting on that. In the meantime, I'm finishing up neat backings on the two-inch square pins and starting on May's square. Gonna be late with that one, but the muse has to move me!
Friday, May 30, 2008
This saying is fitting for ANY time of year, so here's your bit to meditate upon today! I've always loved it.
And this isn't what I intended to post today on the blog, but I'm determined to finish about two more inches of the edging on my beaded cuff bracelet today, so be prepared to see it here tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Harley's mom is 34 and fighting a battle with breast cancer; she finishes up her radiation treatments in two weeks! She has two daughters, four and thirteen, and they have done numerous things to raise money for their mom's gas for their daily trips for radiation; each round-trip is 90 miles. What a wonderful attitude they all have, even through the last Christmas when their mom was sick with chemo, and now seeing her bald and growing new "baby" hair! Harley rubs her mom's head and tells her it feels like a baby elephant's hair! Four is a wonderful age sometimes. Pray with me for my sweet cousins to be able to keep their mom around to see them graduate and get married like "normal" families. Thanks.
Here's Josh showing us how his scoop works; at 5 yrs. old, it won't be long before he's helping his grandad next door to us disk up the garden every spring! He already helps keep their tackle and bait shop open and can tell you which is the best lure for catching the best fish, in case you don't know!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I wish this "bigger than life" mannequin had shown up better, but the store here in town where she lives is very dark. Isn't she a hoot?!!! She was "nekkid" for months, but her mom put a vintage dress on her this spring!
This is our local vintage shop, "Catchpenny's" and where I find wonderful things to play with! I hope these photos will enlarge when you click on them so you can check out her pink "crown", too!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Above is friend Betty's wonderful Victorian bracelet with a pewter center-piece; two pink polymer clay hearts, and even a couple of pink dragonflies!
(Can you tell she likes lavenders and pinks?!) Betty's the fastest; give her a new idea and she's off and running.....um.....beading.......and always the first to finish! Love ya, girl !
And this gorgeous bracelet is being made by friend Deborah.......she loves blues! Hers has a centerpiece of a poly-clay button and also large round glass beads with little raised "dots" on them; then she's filling in the rest of the background with seed beads. "Dee" is left-handed, but always does meticulous work, whether we're quilting, weaving baskets, or any other of our fun Sunday endeavors! Thanks, Dee, for keeping me and Betty going!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Take a look at this detail work! It looks as if the lamp maker put soft, almost melted metal into a cake decorating tube like you put icing on a cake with, and proceeded to squirt on the leaves and flowers and other
designs! I wish we could remember where we got it and I'd also like to know more about it........when I find a bit of spare time, I'll check into ebay for similar hanging lamps. Oops! I'll post tomorrow a photo of the light
after installation in my kitchen.........it's amazing how MUCH light comes through the frosted glass! But then I have a 100-watt bulb in it; the older I get, the more light I require......surely it can't be yet another age-related
bugaboo, can it???!!!!!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
And the deer eat our caladiums as fast as we plant them, so I sneaked a shot of this pretty variegated leaf at my neighbor's house. We're all waiting to see which varmints go after her beautiful blooms this spring! None, I hope, but they will be sorely tempted!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
And here's my first attempt at beading a cuff bracelet! It's about an inch and a half wide, and the aluminum cuff you can see a part of in the left-hand top corner of this photo will be the insert. The backing will be some fabric like ultrasuede. My two "best buds" here in town are all three artists of different mediums, but there's not much we haven't tried and made in the last 15 years! (I didn't say we made projects "perfectly", but at least we've made'em!) On Sunday afternoon we gather uptown in the loft of one of the beautiful old historic buildings and paint or knit or quilt or weave baskets or whatever's on our "agenda" that week! A few Sundays ago I gave them a "beading lesson" (hee, hee!!!) like I know what I'm doing......
I've only learned to bead on dolls so far, but we made right pretty pins/ brooches from fabric-covered buttons. Sewed the beads on to entirely cover the front, and then covered the backs nicely with felt and a pin-back.
We had so much fun, we decided to tackle a beaded cuff bracelet next......
that's heavy duty Pellon we're stitching onto for the backing. Stay tuned to see what all our bracelets look like when finished......I'm telling you those gals catch on FAST!!! (But they're younger than me!) Heh, heh........that's my excuse when their projects turn out better than mine! But we enjoy the fellowship and have lots of fun...........I am blessed to have these GOOD friends. Thanks, Betty and Dee!
Monday, May 12, 2008
.........and this little purple cluster of flowers I can't identify; a friend gave me several of the bulbs years ago, and they've bloomed faithfully every spring! (Click on the photo to enlarge and notice the fuzzy/feathery stuff around the stamens.)
..............these purple iris DH says are Russian Iris; I thought someone gave them to us years ago and told me they were Dutch Iris. So. Take your pick; they bloom faithfully once in the spring but have no fragrance either! (Can you tell I like my flowers to SMELL NICE?!!!)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I finally finished beading the 2" square for April; I used our beloved dogwood blossom (which looks a durn sight prettier on the tree than on my pin!) Now on to a new square for May............hmmm.......anyone have any ideas? My time's flying by; half the month is gone!
..........and finally the bluebird babies hatched! This little family is in the backyard birdhouse, and those parents are feeding the hatchlings all day long! I'm sorry for this cold wave and rain we're getting today, and hope the mama birds are sitting on these naked babies to keep them warm!
It's only 55 degrees outside today.............but we need the rains.
Friday, May 9, 2008
And here's a heavy metal hummingbird "head" with glass eyes, and a pair of screw-type earrings that are very intricate flowers. The two rhinestone pins "needed" to come home with me to join my small collections of rhinestone jewelry. Heh, heh........oh, how I love to shop in my little hometown stores!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
It was a labor of love for the lady who made it by hand, and then so generously donated it for the cause!
......and check out these wonderful bits and pieces of old lace and dainty old embroidery scissors and a collar, buttons and a pair of pale pink girls' socks/hosiery that someone had lovingly crocheted an edging of lace at the tops and run pink silk ribbon through the pattern! A dear friend of mine generously gave these things to me when cleaning out the old "home place".........knowing that I treasure these kinds of goodies, and I will very likely use them to embellish an art wall quilt or pillows or purses! I think the dark-aged oblong piece of lace/crochet will make a gorgeous wide band bracelet, with old ivory pearls and beads added, don't you?!!!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Everything had to be blue for her also 'cause she is and always was a "tomboy", and loved blue. I, on the other hand, with my plain old hazel-brown eyes and love of dollies, ruffles, and tea parties, loved all things pink. So I'm assuming the pink banded teapot here is mine and the blue banded cup is sister's. I surely wish the other parts were here; I'm sure there was a sugar and creamer as well as cups. I remember many a fun tea party with friends and neighbor girlfriends in the side yard..........we used the stump of a huge old tree for our table, and Mama loaned us dish towels for our tablecloths. I'm blessed with so many wonderful and carefree childhood memories..........at least the ones I can remember!!! The 40's era was a great time to grow up in our family.........even with our maternal grandmother living with us. I wish now that I am old for her to talk with some days.
Our local animal group recently had a dogwalk in order to raise monies for the spay-neuter program, and trying to adopt some puppies presently at the shelter. Click on the photo above to see what's printed into these cute dog biscuits one of the members made to sell.....
And these two pups wanted to all get together and play OUTSIDE the pen instead of walking one-at-a-time! Some cute ones.........I hope they all got great new homes!
........and this great huge van was recently acquired; it does a great service, especially for a poor rural county like Warren. The name of the local animal group is on the side: Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). About every two weeks this van travels "up north" to New Jersey and carries our local puppies from the shelter that haven't been adopted out to another rescue group there who have wonderful people wanting to adopt them.....and even pay $$$ for them!!! It saves so many dogs from a death sentence...........we hope someday to be a "no-kill" shelter; so far I think the CAP group has worked with the local animal shelter to move them out for adoption here or away before their time runs out! Of course now we have the additional burden of the rising cost of fuel for the van to make runs up north.........the group has more ideas planned locally this summer to raise more funds. Pray for our little group and our cats and dogs!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
........and this is a thin (wool?) "Indian" blanket in gorgeous colors, with one small design in the center. It's been packed away in a cedar chest for more than 50 years, so it's in wonderful condition. I wish I could tell if it was handwoven or machine-made. (I also can't decide whether to give it for a gift for a dear one who loves western things, or to sell it here in our local vintage shop!) If anyone reading this could give me more information about it by seeing a photo of the entire blanket, please let me know!
Friday, May 2, 2008
But she's our last "indoor" cat and pretty special..........only other "cat" people can understand that reasoning!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
and in a different place! Mother Nature is full of surprises............
This photo taken at the corner of our house shows way off in the background white dogwoods; closer up is the pink "redbud" tree, and in the foreground is one of DH's three goldfish/koi pools with the yellow water iris beginning to bloom. (Remember to click on each picture and it should enlarge to see details!)
.......and this shot I took from the driveway with the pink azalea blooms waning in the foreground and daylily greenery growing fast and thick to the left. The wonderful old dogwoods that I planted as 6" babies 25 years ago are still blooming, in spite of the drought in this area; we only lost two so far. I hope you enjoyed today's stroll through our yard! I'm hoping for more beadwork to show you by the weekend. And we're preparing for tomorrow night's local Relay for Life.........it's always an emotional walk for us cancer survivors in that first lap; and after dark walking around the track with the luminary candles burning with names of loved ones both here and lost. Stay tuned for photos of that event!