Wednesday, December 31, 2008
On the plus side, Max is helping me pack:
I think he wants to come with me. :)
In the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Step by Step Beads magazine, the editor Leslie Rogalski writes that she doesn't make New Year's resolutions. Instead, she makes "resignations", things she is resigned to accept. I hope she doesn't mind if I share a couple of my favourites:
"I will never have enough beads.
I will never have enough time to bead.
I will sacrifice sleep so I can keep beading.
My cat deserves credit for some my designs."
Happy New Year everyone. May 2009 be a year of health and happiness for us all.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
On New Year's Day, my friend Colleen and I are flying to Puerto Vallarta to join Kate McKinnon for a jewellery class. It seems like just yesterday I was in southern France with Kate, taking a week long PMC class. The sunflowers were in bloom, the sun was shining and France was ours to explore.
But that was the end of July and (zoom) now it's the end of December and I'm getting ready to explore Puerto Vallarta. Can't wait!
We'll be staying at a place called Hacienda Mosaico, beading by the pool, sipping margaritas. Sounds like there will be a little bit of PMC involved but mostly we'll be putting components together that Kate has gathered up for us and making things of our own to add to the mix. I don't know exactly what that will involve and I don't really care, because it will be warm, we'll be having fun making jewellery - as a way of starting off a new year, it sounds pretty good to me!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
We got sent home at lunchtime from work today due to the snow, for which I am very grateful. It's always nice to get a few extra hours of free time at this time of year. I'll be spending the time unpacking a few more boxes, starting to pack for Christmas in Calgary (hoping the snow stops before my flight next week!) and making just a few more pieces of jewellery.
I am even happier about coming home these days, because my commute to work is only about 10 minutes and even in bad weather, it only takes me 15-20 minutes max. to get home. Where I used to live, it was usually 45 minutes to get home and could be as much as twice that in bad weather or heavy traffic.
Here's what it looks like outside my window right now, complete with a mini snow drift up against the window pane:
Hope everyone is keeping safe out there on the roads and if you can, stay inside, cozy and warm.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I love making jewellery, so why exactly was I procrastinating? The only thing I can think of is the fact that it was because I HAD to do something. It wasn't a bracelet that I was going to sit down and make up out of thin air, the swirls in my brain and the beads on hand. Well, technically it was,but it was also tied up with, "can you make this for so and so in this general style and these colours for this price?" It was as if my creative muse was resisting the pull of practicality, or perhaps rebelling against the idea of someone else telling it what to do.
The good news is, once I forced myself to sit down at the table with the bead stuff and make a start, it was easy to get going and I enjoyed myself. The bracelet isn't quite finished but all the little dangly bits are made, all I have to do is attach them to the chain, add a clasp and I'm done.
As Scarlett O'Hara would say, "Tomorrow's another day!" I'll finish it then. :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Here are a couple of pictures of the bracelets I have made using these beads. So far, I've only made them in kids' sizes but it would be easy enough to make them for adults as well. And naturally, I've made matching earrings as well!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The snowflakes were very easy to make and quite beautiful when finished. Maria sells kits in three different sizes (small, medium and large). They are made using something called Soft Touch, a relatively new product of beading wire (or maybe just new to me!) available from both Beadalon and Soft Flex, that is thin like thread but strong like wire. It's very soft and flexible and you can even tie knots in it! You actually thread it onto a needle, which makes it very easy to work with, especially when making these snowflakes.
The pattern is very simple, a combination of overlapping "v's" with Swarovski crystals on the tips. It also folds up into a neat crown-like shape when not laid flat. (notice how the AB cut of the crystal reflects the light as a colour in the photo? cool!)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Steph now stocks a whole bunch of really cool shades in almost every colour of the rainbow. Here's a picture of just a few of them: golden olive, powder blue, lavender and turquoise.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
All of a sudden, I feel I am definitely running out of time and wondering how everything will get packed and ready by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, but I'm sure it will somehow get done. It might mean a little bit of sleeplessness tomorrow night, but we'll see. And I have a feeling that the last few boxes will be a little less organized and more of a free-for-all, just get it in a box! sort of scenario. Wish me luck!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
But let's get back to talking about beads.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
You could also take a class at Beadfx, taught by my friend Stephanie, The Dixon Chick. She has several coming up between now and Christmas but call soon, space is limited.
When someone compliments you on your jewellery, wouldn't you love to be able to say, "Thanks. I made it myself!"?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
...and one of my very special assistants:
Thanks also to my aunt Barb, who helped entertain the kids when they got tired of trying on the jewellery. :)