Category Archives: Beading

Life, Pondering, Carrying On

My last post was quite emotional and I ended up deleting it. I’m not a very good blogger. I am way too emotional and let it out in the wrong ways sometimes.

I will start to blog about good things only, as that’s what I want my life to consist of.

I haven’t posted about this on this blog (I do have a blog over on Blogger), but both of my dogs have been diagnosed with different but similar issues.  Evan had Calcium Oxalate bladder stones removed in May. He’s doing very well at the moment though recovery was rocky.  Gabbi had very high protein in her urine, leading the vet to put her on medication and she went back yesterday to get checked, and she too, is doing very well.  The last 3 months have been extremely stressful for me.  I’ve now decided that I will take each day as it comes and work the best I can to do the best I can by my dogs.

Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping busy inside because it’s so stinking hot outside.  We have had some crappy weather this summer.  First it seemed like it was never going to stop raining.  Days and days on end of rain, then, HOT and HUMID!  We did have 2 very beautiful, low humidity and temp days about a week and a half ago.  Boy, was that a spoiler!  The positive side of this is, I’ve been very busy with knitting and beading!  I have made several woolen hats – easy when you’re sitting in the AC! – and I’ve made some acrylic hats as well.

I have also been busy beading. For some reason, I’ve been binge making mutli-strand bracelets.

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5 woolen hats – all hand spun Blue Faced Leister yarn (spun and knitted by me)

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Wild and crazy – but you can’t get lost in a snowstorm in this hat! (acrylic) 

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This had was self striping – not sure how I did it because the next hat of the leftover yarn didn’t do this. I must have cast on just i the right way to get these cool patterns!

For some reason, I’ve been binge making multi-strand bracelets. I have a lot of beads from when I was weaving the flute wraps which I’ve not done in awhile.  I do like weaving the beaded bands, but I need patterns and making the patterns was quite time consuming and I lost interest in making the patterns.  The bracelets are fun and pretty easy, though a bit time consuming, but it is a good distraction when I’m stressed.

These are only a few of what I’ve made, and I sent 2 of them to a friend in CA and she seemed very pleased with them!  🙂 I have many, many more! I love wearing them – either singles or multiples – they don’t weigh a lot.

I also got into making a couple of Mala necklaces.  For me, they are sort of a cross between a rosary (Catholic upbringing but not practicing), and worry beads!  The first set is all black and I need to restring them because I don’t like the way I did them, and also because the thread has stretched. I don’t think I have a photo of them.  Trust me, they are boring.

The second one is one I really love – and I hope to make some more if I can find the colored wooden beads again.

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The beads above are very light even though they are wooden. I even made the tassel – my first one.  I had the blue and white beads in my stash, and they are wooden as well. I left this one out overnight during the full moon and I feel like it has a special vibe to it.

I’ve also been watching the hummingbirds – they have really been crazy.  At the beginning of summer, I put the feeders out, but they weren’t coming around.  A couple of weeks ago, I saw the hummers start coming around, so I made fresh food and put the feeder out, and they have been crazy busy eating and chasing each other away from the feeder.  I got some decent photos.  I still need to work on how to properly use my digital camera….

This is a series of photos that I was lucky enough to capture.  They are my favorite for this year.

 

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That’s enough for today.  I will be blogging about travel soon.  We’ve named our Class B Winnebago Travato van “Herbee.”  As in, HER BEE.  I am, after all, the one that is most excited to have this little comfy van……

We will be going away soon as well, and I can hardly wait. We’ll be going to my favorite place, and we’ll be gone a good while, so I will be fat with lobster, shrimp, cod, flounder, haddock, and probably some sweets along the way. The good news is, I’ll also be doing a lot of walking and working off all that wonderful food.  More on that when it happens.

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YIKES!

Where does time go???  I’ve been SO busy lately.  Lots going on with the flute circles, and also lots going on with flute wraps.  I currently have 3 custom orders which I NEVER thought I’d have, and have sold about 6 wraps so far.  I’ve bartered for a couple of wraps as well, for some turquoise jewelry that is being made for me.  Yay!

Some pics of what I’ve been up to:  Some of these are sold.  I have also finally listed them on my Etsy shop, and I’ve changed the name of the shop as well.  Heart2Hands4U on Etsy.

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I’ve also deleted my page on Facebook for fiber arts.  I’m moving away from that, at least as far as for sale, so I don’t want to keep maintaining it.

A new flute also made it’s way to me.  This one is from Wolfclaw flutes (on Ebay).  Great price for a very nice flute.  It’s very long for me but I can make the reach, so it’s okay.

This flute is made of Canary Wood, and it’s really lovely, in the Key of E.

Okay, time for me to get to work on the 3 commissions I have.  I don’t want to let people down!  More in a bit.

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My new craft continues.  I finished another flute wrap.  This one is…..different.  I’m not sure I love it, even though it came out fine.  I used gold glass beads, which I didn’t realize would be so transparent.

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If you look closely, you can see the leather wraps right through the gold beads.  The Phoenix or Thunderbird or Eagle (hey, it’s whatever you want it to be!) can be distinguished – how do I know?  Dear hubby said what it was right off.

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The red beads on the edge are a subtle mat finish and I really am starting to like the mat finish beads very much.  The black and gold are shiny.  Shiny is my default.

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Those strange gray threads sticking out are what bothers me the most.  I used a new to me thread, and I very much dislike it.  I won’t be using it again for warp.  It’s difficult to wrangle, and it’s quite feisty when it comes to handling.

 

This is a hand made bag, made by a Native American Indian friend of mine.  He made it as a “medicine bag” and carries his hand made turtle shell rattle in it.  It’s a very cool bag.  When my friend saw the beaded wraps, he asked me right away, if I’d take on a commission job – which I absolutely HATE to do because I never feel like I’ve lived up to the person’s standards – but I decided I’d give it a try.  The worst that could happen is he rips out all the beads.

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My friend wanted the green parts and the white part to be beaded, in very small beads. Because he had painted over the areas, the suede isn’t very forgiving, and I was afraid it would be difficult for me to get a needle through.  I went to a local bead store where I was helped by someone that is also part Native American, and who also happens to be from near the area in NY where we are originally from (both of us now living in VA).  She was very helpful in suggesting the beads to be used, as well as a needle that would be strong enough to go through the leather, but would still fit the bead holes.  Tricky!

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This is a VERY close up photo of the beads.  They are multi colored which gives the beads a beautiful, earthy dimension.  I really LOVE them.

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Here, I have the cream colored beads all filled in, along with several of the green leaves.  This takes FOR-EVER!  However, I’m finding that I’m enjoying it immensely!

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Close up of the cream beads.  Again, they have slight bits of color in them which makes them earthy and give them depth.  Look at the previous photos, and you don’t see the distinction – but pure white would not have worked.  It would have been too stark.

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This gives you an idea of the needle, thread, and bead sizes.

I have one more large leaf beaded, which leaves one large, one medium, and 2 very small bits left to do.  The 2 small bits, are actually on the front of the bag, and I will have a more difficult time doing them because I will have to manage the needle inside the bag.  The bits you see above, have all been done on the flap, which makes the back very accessible.  Not so much when working on the front of the bag, and have to grab that needle from the inside.  Since I’m working with pliers to pull the needle through every time, it’ll be interesting.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of my beading.  Just another craft I’m getting sucked into!