Sunday, August 6, 2017

Actually Beading

Well its been a long time since I rambled on so here I go. I have actually been beading believe it or not. A friends daughter is getting married this fall and I was busy making up hair combs and headbands, necklaces and earrings for her to choose from. She has made her choice and I have taken the rest to the Gallery.
I finished the bead embroidered piece for my Grandaughter Tisha's handbag. Now to attach it to a bag. It was her design so I hope it turned out the way she wanted. I will try to post some pictures of the beadwork. I also finished a piece for someone special which I can't post anymore about right now, but soon. I am very happy with how it turned out. Now I am going to start on Grandaughter Zoe's handbag. Still need to make some decisions on colors but hopefully that will come about soon.
My friend Kate Boyan and her Niece were the featured artists at the Gallery last month and what a beautiful show it was. Check out Kates blog and be blown away by her beautiful handbags. Kate is an internationally known bead artist and a simply wonderful person. Her husband isn't a bad guy either, being the leather bag maker and swell fella. Kate's blog is Kate Boyan's Gallery. You will be amazed.
Well, now I will try to work on adding the photos. Stay tuned.

This is one of the pieces I made
using the very expensive (for me) but beautiful stone I purchased in Tuson a few years ago along with the shibori silk, freshwater pearls and seedbeads.

Here is a picture of the bag I beaded for my youngest Sisters Birthday. She actually received it the day of her birthday. She is a lover of crows as I am a lover of Ravens so this bird fits the bill.
One of the acrylic paintings I have been doing with a collage of seashells at the base.
 Saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it myself. I like it. Here is a second one from a photo I took off my front yard looking toward Augustine volcano.
And here is my latest watercolor of a tiny redpoll in the alder bushes.
Ok enough for today. I have also been working on hair pieces for brides but discovered that I lost the photos, so I will take some again tomorrow at the Gallery. A friends daughter is getting married and I made some for her to choose from and it inspired me to do a few more for the Gallery.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Took my friend Geri out to lunch today for her 89th Birthday. We went out to the Restaurant at the end of the Spit and had our favorite Halibut fish and chips. We were joined by three other ladies that have been Geri's friends for many years. Geri now lives in a Senior Care home and is not very happy with the situation but has no choice. She has to have someone with her at all times because she falls down a lot. It was cold and a little windy out there but the sun was shining.
It was a pleasant outing for her, I took her for a ride after lunch and then to her eye exam which was great again. She only needs her glasses when she reads. Lucky Lady. I took some eagle pictures while we were out there. I hope to turn them in to watercolor paintings at some point.
Our days are getting longer now which is wonderful, the dark days were hard on me for some reason this year. I am looking forward to spring and summer and getting my yard back in order and the outside of my house. A lot of work to do but TJ and the boys are looking forward to helping out, at this point anyway. You never know with youngsters. Summer means fishing which we are all wanting to do, just hope we get it all done and enjoy the doing.

Well, I need to make a few shell necklaces for the Gallery so I best get busy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I keep trying to get back to the blog but for some reason I can't seem to get here. I haven't been doing much beading lately, I have several ideas floating around in my mind but just can't seem to settle down and get busy. I did make a couple of hair barrettes and I will try to post a picture if I can figure out how.
Ok, so here is one of the barrettes, the center piece I found on line, can't remember where darn it, the red nail heads are from my stash of vintage beads which I love,  and I found a picture of the necklace I made using turquoise and cinnabar and a couple of vintage cabs.

I might have already posted this one, if so, Sorry. Both the necklace and the barrette have sold.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

New Necklace

This is the new necklace for the Gallery, using a vintage 50's era cab for the center and vintage nailheads in the design. I love the vintage pieces. It has been a costly summer so far, a new roof, new very large picture window, heating stove and washing machine repairs, now the deck. I had hoped to repair it a section at a time but found out it was to far gone to save, so the work is underway on that now. I have also been trying to get the pickup in working condition so my daughter can drive it and I can use the car. So far we have been managing with just the car, but it gets a little crazy some time for all of us to get to work. Fortunately my youngest grandson rides his bike to high school, so that's one less worry. Anyway, I will now try to download a picture of the necklace...
I can't figure out why this is on its side, it isn't that way in my photo folder..... Oh well, if I figure it out someday I will fix it.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Computer

I am having such a hard time with this new computer, I can't find things like I could on the old one, I know in time I  will get better, maybe.......anyway I am going to try to post a picture of the two plates I painted for the Bunnell Gallery fundraiser, called likely enough the "Plate Project". This was the third year that I participated in their fundraiser, however I did not get to see the plates after they had been fired, I hope they came out ok.

They had a Mandela theme in mind for this year.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New necklace

 Finished a new necklace for the Gallery, I am pleased with how it turned out. It wasn't quite what was in my head, but as it turns out it was what was in my hands. I believe the beads have a mind of their own. I will try to post a picture when I can figure out how to get it from my phone to the computer.

It truly feels like fall is here, we've had rain for the last two weeks with more predicted. And the fireweed is now going to seed..way to early for me. However when its rainy I do get more things done. I want to get up to my sewing room and get a few things done in there. 

I had the opportunity to visit a local treasure the other day. One that I have passed up several times in the past. What a wonderful "Comb Museum" they have in their home. And her collection of hair combs is outstanding. They are all so beautiful it would be hard to choose a favorite. She also had wreaths made out of hair...kind of creepy and yet really beautiful, a craft from yesteryear. She was a hairdresser until they retired to become snowbirds. You can google this however when I figure out how to get the pictures........I've said that before, but I will try to have my grandson show me how. Anyway, she has some of the most beautiful combs I've ever seen. Collected from all over the world, and some gifted to her from her clients when they traveled.

Well, enough for tonight, 5 o'clock comes early.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July has come and gone

Well, its the last day of July and the Fireweed has reached the top already, saying goes, when the fireweed reaches the top its only 6 weeks until winter. What a bummer. This has been an incredible summer. The weather has been beautiful, and I've had visitors, which has been a long time coming. My Grandson Ryan and two of his very dear friends came up and spent 10 days, what a joy they were, I hope they come back again soon. Then my youngest daughter and her youngest son moved up and one day later my Grandaughter Tosha and her family came up for ten days. We had a great time. Tosha's oldest daughter Dahlia stayed on for another month after they left. She is eight. The same age her mother was when she came up and spent a month with us. I still had her mothers rubber boots that I had bought her to go fishing in and they fit Dahlia so she was able to wear them fishing, so fun. At the end of that time my oldest daughter Kathy and her husband and son came up (Tosha's mom) and stayed for 10 days and then Dahlia went home with them. It was a busy month and a half, but fun.

Now its my son's turn to come up with his boys, if only. And none of my Sisters have ever been up to visit, I always go down there, but this year I had home repairs to do that has taken up my time and money. A new roof, finally, and a new window, and next week the stove repair man is coming ..I hope.. I had planned on repairing the deck around the house, one section at a time, but instead, I have to tear it all off.  Seems all the under pinnings are as rotten as the boards on top. It comes in bunches doesn't it. Some friends have volunteered to come in September and help demolish the deck and build me a porch on the road side and re-do the deck on the water side. I consider the water side the front of my house anyway, and we never sat on the road side of the deck anyway, so by just putting on a porch it should save me some money. I hope anyway.
The view on the water side.
 Why would I want a deck on the road side when I spend most of my time enjoying this view.