Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Whats in a word

Ostentatious, that's what a woman said as she was looking at my beadwork in the Gallery. She did not know that I was the was just her immediate reaction when she walked up to my display. Ok so how do I take that? It means, flashy, trashy, garish, crass, flamboyant, pompous, highfaluting (my favorite), swanky, extravagant, and on and on. It has left me afflicted with doubt. I wanted to reply that she was afterall in a GALLERY. But I said nothing, and here 3 weeks later it is still leaving me in a state of doubt.  I guess maybe I should hang up my beads....but then what would I do?  Oh well, just keep plugging along I guess. Am I getting thinned skinned in my old age? That picture makes me laugh...I'm not sure why....I know living in a mainly fishing village that fancy beadwork is not on the "I want" list for locals, but the tourists seem to like it. Especially the ones that live in big cities or ones that are very socially inclined.
Well, I will leave behind a yard sale of items for my kids to get rid of.

So these are some of my beadwork in the Gallery.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Deleted 5 years

Well that just takes the cake. Somehow I deleted the last 5 years. If  anyone is reading this and can tell me how to retrieve those years I would appreciate it. Just one more reason I should not be doing this. So I will try one more time to add a few pictures. What will be will be.


Beaded lamp

Teresa's handbag

JACK'S  Bible Cover

Ce Ce's birthday gift

year of the woman barrette


Owl necklace
Just some of the things I have beaded that might have been deleted by stupidity.
Here are a few others.

A New Year

Well, 2018 is off and running. I pray that this year will be a good year for all in my family and my friends. Last year was a real trial at times, but here we are still going maybe not strong, but still going.
My biggest wish is for my Grandson Jasiah that his life will smooth out and be much better this year. He has emotional problems that at times can be violent. However I have found that the good days are just as stressful waiting for the other shoe to drop so to speak. Anyway, he is the main event in my prayers at night.
 Headbands for the Gallery

I have been staying busy with my sewing and beading and getting new things made for the Gallery when we re-open. Right now we are all working on painting, cleaning and re-arranging displays. We will re-open on Feb. 10th. I am loving all the aprons that I am making. I just love fabric to be honest . And of course beads, where would the world be without beads. I will try to post some pictures of what I have been working on. I do this mainly for my Sisters so they can see that I really am doing something once in awhile.     This first photo below is of a necklace I made for a friend to celebrate her daughters wedding this past fall. We walked the beach collecting shells, rocks, and small driftwood  pieces for decorating. I always pick up knarly twigs and such, which I incorporate into my beadwork when I can.
Try try again, my photo of the necklace disappeared on me. So here goes another try.
Mother of the Bride
Shari's necklace
Bride Emmy Lou

this posting is going to be a real mess I suspect. Hang in there with me. I can't seem to move the photos where I want them. The Bird box is a small jewelry box I sent to my Great Grandaughter Dahlia for her 10th birthday. I also made her a shell necklace which I included. Not sure where its going to show up in this posting but here goes nothing.......
A shell for Dahlia

Oh good grief, enough for now, I will try to post some more photos later.
Dahlia's Jewelry Box for #10

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Beautiful Friend Bea

I thought I should post a picture of my friend Bea in the jacket that I made for her. She is such a tiny little thing that its hard to judge size. Besides which she is such an amazing seamstress that its kind of scarey to do any sewing for her. She is one of the toughest Women I have ever known. She has terrible Rheumatoid Arthritis which has twisted her poor hands badly, does she complain..NO, she just keeps on doing her sewing and beading by learning to hold her needles a little differently. On this day she has on flipflops because her one leg and foot was so badly swollen from the Arthritis. She is such a character, I love her dearly.  Bea and our friend Karen have always been so gracious to share their families with me since our children and grandchildren all live in the lower forty-eight. Bea and I both miss Karen very much. The three of us had so many fun times together, putting on Teas and Luncheons at the Lodge, bumming around town together, (takes about a half hour to visit every store in town) and having our coffee and beading sessions. I made a jacket for Karen many years ago, I know I have a picture of her jacket somewhere, when I find it I will include it here. As I have said before....Time Flies......make the most of it my friends, make the most of it. Its cloudy but sunny today, and I am waiting for the tide to go out so I can go for a walk. Thank goodness for the beach..I can go there and walk and let the sounds of the water wash the stress and worries away...for a short while anyway. The grass is starting to green-up. Can't wait for things to bloom out so it doesn't look so darn drab! I am still working on my two beading projects..haven't had much time lately, don't know why..hope to finish up at least one today. Time to get moving................

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Finished At Last!

I have finally finished the quilted jacket that I started LAST YEAR for my friend Bea. I started "collecting" black and white fabric for her jacket in 2011. How embarrassing is that. I knew that I wanted to make the jacket mostly black and white with just a touch of red, her favorite.  I am happy with how it finally turned out, I am not happy with my putting things off so long. Now, if it just fits her ok, I tried it on her before the sleeves were sewn on and it fit pretty good, just needed a slight adjustment in the shoulders. She was unaware that I was making the jacket until she stopped by one day and I decided to be smart and try it on her. Now that it is done, I hope it fits ok. She will be receiving the jacket today. I guess you could call it her Birthday, Christmas, Mothers Day  x 2 Jacket. Procrastinating is not becoming!! Now to finish my beading projects. Yesterday was beautiful, today is very very overcast but a good temperature, 43, and not much of a breeze, there may be a walk in my near future. Well maybe later, I just let our little step-dog out and its now raining. DRATS!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April Projects

Well, March sped by and now April is on its way out, where does the time go? I have been busy, doing what I'm not sure, but here are some of the projects that I have been working on. The first is the Maiden for April Bead Journal Project, the others are for the Watercolor corner at the Gallery. The RedPoll and Pussywillow is for the Spring show, and the Sunflower and Jugs were just for fun, they will go into the Watercolor corner in June probably. I really never thought I would like watercolor at all, but the more I do, the more I like it. Although, Oils will always be my first love. Nothing like an oil painting.  I have so much to learn in watercolor, and boy does it show sometimes. Worldwide this has been such an ugly month, we can only hope that May will bring something wonderful.

Friday, March 22, 2013

My March Madness.

 The tear drop shape was a bead, but had a flat back so it was perfect for a cabachon, and the oval above it was an earring in its other life. The strap is a loose spiral at the bottom and a smaller spiral at the neck edge. I used a "Vintage" look button for the closure. This photo does not show how beautiful the colors are. Should have taken it outside.
 I painted four pictures of the Chickadees, spring, summer, fall and winter.
 The picture of the geese  was a picture I had seen in an old Art magazine. I tore the picture out, so I no longer know which publication it was in. I do love painting birds .                                                                       The picture below is of my March Maiden. She is in pastel in keeping with Easter. Why is Easter Pastel? Just in my world maybe. Anyway, pink with flowers for SPRING!!!
We were supposed to get up to fresh snow today, thank goodness that did not occur, however the sky is still making threats.  Too much nervous energy lately, I WANT SPRING!!!!! Well, really, we have had some beautiful sunny days, COLD but beautiful. I have even been down to walk the beach three times in the last week and a half. Went to a different area of the beach to walk yesterday.....talked to a "Homerite" because she was determined to talk to me, actually I mostly listened to her life story that she was determined to tell me about. Thankfully her dog struck up another friendship and off she went to ....perhaps finish her story with someone else. Now I know why I rarely walk this stretch of beach, not that I mind visiting with others....sometimes. I have projects to finish, so I should get busy, besides housework needs to be done, back to work tomorrow.
I  also participated in the "Painted Plate" project for the Bunnell Gallery. This is the first time (and could be the last) I have participated in their fund raiser. Ceramics and I have not had a great relationship in the past. I am terrified that the 3 plates I painted will turn out terrible. Well, I won't know for another month. Then I may have to send them a "Sorry" card, time will tell.