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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photos of Beadwork (I hope)

I am going to try again to post some photos of my most recent beadwork, I have a new computer, (wireless) and haven't quite got the hang of it yet.  So here goes (maybe nothing)...



Beaded cuff with Shibori silk



Jasiah's first beaded bag for his Mom.


Oops, not beadwork, one of my watercolors.




Beaded necklace with Shibori silk

Ok, I think this is going to if I can figure out how to download the rest of my pictures we night be in business. Its a rainy day today but looks like the sun may come out yet. I am going out and help my friend Mavis put together some framework for a weaving she is going to do in a week up at the McCarthy mine area. She has quite a tour going this summer with her basket weavings/burnings. She has already had one up in Fairbanks and after McCarthy I believe she will be going to Cordova. I may have missed a venue in there somewhere. Then there is Salmon Fest and in the fall, the burning basket here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Try try again.....again

So much time has passed I hardly know where to begin. Our Grandson Ryan is coming for a visit with two of his friends. They are in Anchorage now and will be coming down this way tomorrow.  I have really been looking forward to this visit. He has only been here once before and I think he was only about five or six years old. I was so hoping the weather would stay beautiful, but this is spring time in Alaska. 

I have not been idle but with my daughter moving up I have been "re-locating" things here in the house. I definitely have way to much "stuff" and plan on getting rid of a lot. I have been using my sewing room as a "holding pen" ...well enough said about that....that's a headache for another day.

My beading is now in my bedroom and if I can get my lighting right, it should work out fine.....I hope.  With this new computer I hope to get some pictures downloaded to the blog soon.

Definitely feeling my age.