Sunday, December 26, 2010

"A Wonderful Christmas Day"

I was expecting this Christmas to be a sad one because none of our girls were going to be with us.

My husband's sister and her partner prepared a delicious steak and fresh lobster dinner which the four of us enjoyed along with some really lovely wine.  We managed to talk or skype with all the girls on Christmas Day.  One daughter is in Sydney, Australia, one is in Vancouver, B.C., one is in Montreal, Quebec and one is in London. 

This was not a traditional family holiday for us, but in the end it turned out to be a really nice day and I enjoyed it immensely.  Our family is getting older and along with that comes different time commitments, the girls being in different parts of the world and commitment to their own families and boyfriends, which certainly changes the dynamics of our immediate family. 

This Christmas has made me mindful that families are no longer as insular as they used to be.  The world is becoming a much smaller place than when I was growing up.  Even though I don't like this, I'm understanding that this is the way it is and I'm grateful that all our daughters are enjoying their lives and that they are moving ahead with support and encouragement from us, with no guilt attached.

Therefore, in my little part of the world, I had "A  Wonderful Christmas Day".  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

I wish for you peace and happiness during this holiday season.
See you in the New Year.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A side benefit of beading

Just a real quick post. 
The lady that I gave the Cellini bracelet to (post below dated November 10th)  here at my office wore it today and I was just so tickled to see her wearing something I've made.  It's a really nice feeling.  I'm sure all beading artists have this feeling; it's brand new to me and I love it.
That's it for now,
Signed... happy me

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Project and Nerves

I realized recently that I am always slow to start on something new and I wonder why that is.

I've been thinking about it and I believe I am nervous to begin something new.  I play games on my computer, I write down ideas for future projects, I surf the internet, basically I do anything to procrastinate, however, during this I am anxious to get to work.  It's like a tug of war.

Once I get into my project I'm happy.  The whole time I'm beading I feel a wonderous sense of excitement, it's really odd.  Frequently I stop and look at my work just for the joy of looking at it, turn it in the light, walk away from my table and come back to it and be thrilled with how pretty the beads look.  It's amazing to me that the beads that were in the container and individual join together to become a piece of jewellery.  It certainly isn't any great piece since I don't have the skills yet, but I am pretty much in love with whatever I am working on at the moment.

Since I get such joy out of the doing, it's weird to me that I'm nervous to begin the project.

How do you feel before you begin a project and during a project, I'd love to hear?

.... and yes, I'm over the nervousness now and have started another project, a necklace this time.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cellini Bracelet/Undulating Peyote Tube

Here's my first Cellini bracelet.  I followed the instructions in Carol Huber Cypher's book, Mastering Beadwork.  I have seen bracelets like these on the internet, some people call them Cellini; Carol calls them Undulating Peyote Tube.  Carol's instructions were for a necklace which then had numerous fibres passed through the tube to finish it.  The instructions were very clear and very easy to follow. 

I would highly recommend Carol's book to new beaders.  As well as these instructions there are instructions for many other stitches and designs.

What I learned while making this bracelet 
  • The tension must be very very tight.  When this bracelet was finished I felt it was a bit loose, even though I was pulling the thread tight, it wasn't tight enough.  I was going to take it apart and redo it, however, a lady at work loved it, so I sized it for her wrist and gave it to her. 
  • Carol points out in her book that it is very easy to pick up a bead the same as the one you are going to pass through and I found this to be so true.  I discovered if I pick up a new bead exactly like the one I just passed through, before I pull my thread all the way through the bead I just passed through, and just hold it on the needle, continue then to pull my thread, then I have exactly the right bead on the thread when I pass through the next bead.  Once I started doing that I never picked up the wrong bead again. 
  • It is unbelievably easy to just keep beading and beading, it was really crazy and I made a bracelet which would have fit... I don't know, perhaps a WWF wrestler.  I had to undo a fair bit.  I suppose that's what mindful beading means. 
I really enjoyed making this bracelet. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010


These are some rings I made with black Delicas and mother of pearl Delicas.  I was just playing around and I'm pretty happy with the result.  The black one with the white horizontal band is going to be worn by a young lady when she renews her vows on the beach in Mexico next weekend.  Her dress is a beautiful soft flowing cream colour with a black band around her waist.  Very simple, classic and elegant.  While I was making it I thought it might work with her dress, I showed her and she agreed.  I'm so pleased she's going to wear it.

These are a group of rings I've made, I have given away others I've made without taking a picture, I need to remember not to do that.

Dolly Bracelet

This bracelet is made with olive size 8 hex matt, size 11 dark bronze, size 11 olive matt delicas and size 15 dark bronze.  I was thinking of my mother-in-law while I made this.  She passed away years ago and I loved her dearly.  She would have loved this because of the colour and just because I made it, so I named it in her honour, "Dolly".

First Cuff

This is the first and only cuff so far.  I really loved making this.

Friday, November 5, 2010

In the beginning...

I'm not even sure if I should be blogging.  Perhaps it's only people that have knowledge to share that should be doing it.  Artists that give us something to aspire to.  Ah well..... I certainly have no knowledge of "how to" but I do have knowledge of "oh oh, shouldn't have done that".
Some artists have very kindly shared with me that sometimes (I'm assuming not often) they attempt their designs 3 or 4 times before they're happy with it.  That was a lightbulb moment for me, it gave me hope, if the really amazing bead artists occasionally start and stop a design, then perhaps I can learn.  I have hope.  Anyhow, the point of this blog is to share the whole learning process.
Tomorrow I'll be making earrings for a young lady to wear while she renews her wedding vows on the beach in Mexico; I made a sample of one earring and she liked it.  She has faith in me, so... me too.  I'll try to remember to take pictures of the process, if I don't get too entrenched with the whole process.