Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I'll have some more beaded beads in my store later, and another Vetrofond ODD set in orange!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Later, I should have my first beaded bead that's good enough for sale in my etsy store! It's a really pretty blue one - when it's ready, I'll let you know!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Here are two other items I purchased while I was on vacation! Lynn Davis, of Expedition D on etsy, makes these wonderful polymer clay creations! I have collected many of them. I love the hearts - I make earrings out of them, which is of course the obvious thing to do! But I do have a charm bracelet for sale in my BellaHannahJane etsy store that makes use of a heart as a charm. Very pretty! I also love the Prairie Leaf Oval that I just bought - love love love it! It's textured and lovely and earthy. I can't wait to make myself a necklace with it, with some of my own lampwork beads, of course!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
As you know, I bought some great beads in Hilton Head and Savannah while I was on my spring break! I did some etsy shopping while I was away, too. I will just show a couple of things each day, since I can't figure out how to do the darn corel draw mosaic thing.
The first things I will show you are some polymer clay pendants from Sharon of LiveWireJewelry. She's located in PA, too, and just recently opened up her etsy store. I have been following her and she has been following me in blogland, and we each purchased from each other - which is really cool! I really like the pendants - I can see my earth-toned lampwork beads with the Red Tibet one. I also know what I want to do with the Tree pendant, of course including my own lampwork beads as well! Sharon also makes jewelry - you should check out her shop!
I also bought a really great set of porcelain buttons from LeeAnn at Summers Studio. She makes beautiful things, but I did have my eye on these buttons for a while, so finally decided to buy them! I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. I still don't knit (even though I wish I could stand it - it kind of drives me nuts!) so they won't be gracing any handmade sweaters. I do like the big one for a focal piece on a necklace, with my lampwork beads. That's probably what will happen to it. The others will tell me what they want to do when they are ready!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
(1) You really need to have all your supplies laid out in an orderly fashion before you start on this project! Just a really good idea for about anything in life, I'd imagine, but especially when removing little bitty seed beads from the thread - they tend to go all over the place if you don't manage them ahead of time!
(2) Don't do bead weaving while you are making dinner, paying attention to three kids (clearly being outnumbered 3 to 1) AND trying to watch the news that you haven't seen for a week. Oh, and having that much needed glass of wine. Strike that - have the wine, don't do anything else!
(3) While you can leave a cross-stitch project and come back to it with no problem (I know this because cross-stitch is an art with which I have a lot of experience), you just can't leave this project to go flip the burgers or settle a dispute!
(4) You CAN improvise. I used size 11 seed beads and it looks fine - it might look more polished with size 15's, and I'll find that out when I get home to my order of size 15 beads that I can't wait to get, but 11's look ok!
Finally, thanks again to Cristi from 2ifbysea for sending me the pattern I used!
BTW, the engineer gets back tonight!!!!
Tomorrow we may go to Savannah, or we may stay here and see what time the girls get up - yesterday it was 1pm.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
When I was young, we went to Florida all the time because my grandparents owned a hotel there at Clearwater Beach. Sometimes we went to the beach and you could always find great shells there - I knew the names of all the shells! I even had a book, that's how interested I was in them. But I had to find them - it wouldn't be the same.
I'd love to go to a beach where I could find sea glass - I love the idea of it, and would like to be able to incorporate it into my jewelry designs. I would drill a hole to make a pendant, or earrings, or just dangly beads. I know, I could buy it, but it wouldn't be the same. Right, engineer?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
It is so windy on the beach, the engineer shot this 4 second video just so you could see how windy it actually is! He had to leave for a few days, to go home to teach and do some consulting. He'll be back, though, to help me drive back home. He's having dinner with my parents tonight, so he's in good hands! In the meantime, I have three kids here to entertain - not that it's too hard, they get up late, watch tv and swim or go to the beach in the late afternoon. We just got back from the beach, and the water is so warm in the pool, they are going to go for a little night swim! See you tomorrow with some new beach finds. I'm heading to a little bead store tomorrow, too, after my bike ride with my son, so maybe I'll find some good beads to show you!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Ok, up above you have your before and after shots of the Irish Beef Hand Pies. They turned out pretty good - took a long time to cook from frozen. I can't say I recommend that. Also, I would add a touch more worcestershire sauce, myself. However, as far as Irish cooking goes, these can't be beat! Pretty original. They would be much better with handmade pie crust, though, just as a suggestion!
I'm going to be travelling the 12 hours or so to Hilton Head tomorrow so most likely I will not post! By the time I get there, I will need some wine and advil! I will be back on Thursday, assuming my inherited-from-my-daughter-laptop decides to cooperate!
Top o' the mornin' (afternoon, evenin') to ya as my friend Henry Clougherty says when he calls! I hope you Irish are having a great St. Patrick's Day, and even those o' ya who aren't - I made Irish Beef Hand Pies for the first time for my family to have for dinner tonight. I will take a photo and post it later, when it's all cooked up. In the meantime, here's the link to the recipe. Yes, it's a Martha Stewart recipe. What's wrong with that???? Please, don't take her perfection seriously - she has a staff!!!! Oh, yes, and I'm Irish. O'Kearney was my mom's family name before they came to the U.S.
I have a few suggestions to make in case you decide to go ahead and spend the inordinate amount of time that it actually takes to make this recipe! Doo not be fooled - prep is NOT 15 minutes. First, do not buy the pie crust that is already in those little shells all frozen up. Buy the kind in the box, in the refrigerated section. Believe me, they roll out MUCH easier. Second, this recipe makes more than you think. Putting a 1/2 cup of filling in your 1/4 size pie crust is way too much! I made a double recipe, thinking to freeze the second set of pies from the second box of pie crusts. I had enough to actually use up the awful second set of already-frozen-in-little-tins-pie-dough and make an "irish pie". Third, it takes a bit longer to cook up than Martha suggests - unless you really dice the red potatoes smaller than I did. But you don't want them to get mushy either, which is why I diced mine over 1". Red potatoes smell so good cooking, did I mention that? And the cabbage cooks down so much by the time you are done, you don't even see it! You don't even know it is there!
OK, having said all that, when I post the photo, I'll tell you how they actually turned out. The only problem I am having is that I don't have green beer... Be warned, they don't look as pretty as Martha's. Thank goodness I'm not a perfectionist...
Monday, March 16, 2009
More like two favorite beads - or really, one favorite bead and one favorite set. Anyways... The first picture is a set I made with a glass called Cosmic Storm. It's an Oddly Odd from Vetrofond. On it's own, it is bugly. To me. But I encased it in clear and I really like it. It gets these swirls and earthy colors and maybe that's what a cosmic storm looks like, I don't know. All I know is I love the effect and the colors that come out.
The second bead is my redo of the bead I blogged about earlier - the one that dropped on the concrete. The engineer took this photo, so it was taken inside and of the wrong orientation (I like the ruffle to be on the right side, I guess since I'm right handed. So is he, so I don't know what the deal is, but, whatever.). My son's school has an annual fundraiser called The Great Event - this year, it's at the aquarium at our zoo. I am going to donate a canape knife/appetizer fork set with a slumped recycled wine bottle cheese tray for the on-line auction. The beads will be like this, but without the ruffle so you can actually hold them! Wish me luck!
They are both going in the etsy store right now. I'd get the Cosmic Storm ones, if you really like them - I'll be gone for a week and wont' be able to make any on the beach!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
My New Favorite Bead, OR Why Not To Take Pictures Outside On The Concrete Patio Just Because The Sun Is Shining!
Oh well. The bead was made from a base of sky blue, and wrapped with aqua and marine wave. I striped it with silvered ivory, made the nice light blue ruffle on the side, and dotted it with cobalt. I guess I will make another. It will be better, anyways!
I made buttons yesterday - to be specific, small shank buttons. Whenever I try something new, for some reason, I am thinking small and that's how they come out! I think it's because the creative process is somewhat hard for me at times - to go outside the safety of what I usually do, and do something different. I think they are probably too small to actually use on a bracelet, I'm not sure. That's why I am showing you and asking your advice! They measure approximately 12mm. Maybe they aren't too small? I think the shank part is too thick, and I think the button part needs to be larger, to be able to be caught by whatever you would loop it with. Most likely it would be strung seed beads, I guess, or maybe silk cord or leather or something like that. And who knows why the first photo turned out and the second one is somewhat blurry - and why I can't seem to edit my photos unless the engineer is standing right next to me...
Some are made on a 1/16" mandrel, which would be great for beading wire, and some are made on a 3/32" mandrel, which would work for leather or cord. Does anyone have an opinon on them? This is NOT a quality question!!!!!! It's the first time I made them, so I know they aren't that great! Rather, a comment about the size, the mandrel size, the shank size, etc.? I would really appreciate any constructive comments you could provide!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Another busy day, have to take the boy to get a haircut and then karate and the girl has a sax lesson tonight. I am making bread in my bread machine right now. Maybe I'll actually take a photo of it when it's done - it's just a simple white because the directions and book can't be found!
Oh, and the travel fair was great! The 5th graders love it, and so do all the other students. I had some very good food from all over the world, so I was actually glad I didn't have time to eat breakfast this morning!
Monday, March 9, 2009
On Wednesday and Thursday, my daughter has her 8th grade Operetta - this year they are doing Guys and Dolls. She is playing the saxophone for the music when the girls sing. She's a bit nervous - she was the only musician asked to play (yep, she's that good!). But I think she'll do fine! She's been taking saxophone for years. She also plays piano! Then, of all things, it will be spring break here. Oh my - two weeks of both kids home so they can fight. Actually, we're supposed to go toHilton Head so maybe they can fight outside!
In the beady meantime, it seems the poll indicates an even need for beads made with 1/16th inch madrels and ones made with 3/32nd inch mandrels. So I guess what I'll do it try to make some more with the 3/32nd inch mandrels! I added a few things to the etsy store, and I did a trade with a really cool artist that I will blog about when I get what she is sending me! I really like trades! The photo up above is of a set of earring beads (or really, whatever you want them to be!) that I listed in the etsy store! If you like them, you can get them for quite the reasonable price! Have a great Monday!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Forgot to add my Inuit piece to the keep your sanity post, here it is!
Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month. But not just any hearts - b...
I really didn't have a lot of creative time this month as I had a bunch of concrete work done at my house and, I don't know about yo...