Wednesday, July 26, 2006

My First "Serious" Bead Purchase

I just couldn't resist these gorgeous beads from GLASS WEAVER. Now I really have to get serioius with my beading.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Summer Fun With Beading

During the summer the grandsons take turns spending time here.

They are always interested in the projects I am working on -- and beading fascinated them.

What a plus that beading is something they can do pretty much on their own.

They love it when I set out an assortment of beads for them to choose from.

Here is a photo of grandson with a sports fob he made today for his back pack (fobs at their school are very popular and both boys and girls see how many they can attach to the back packs).

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

July 4, 2006 ~ Two more scissor fobs & Parrot

Amazing how many friends have birthdays in July and August.
And then there is the special occasion gift -- so, just when I
thought I was through with fobs for a while -- surprise -- needed
two more. I was lucky and found some wonderful little scissors on
eBay and purchased many pair -- so the fobs also have these great
little scissors attached.
Here they are.

I also made an attempt at beading a parrot. This is for a round robin block. I have a LONG way to go with this -- but it was fun.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Spirit Doll~Scissor Fobs~Beaded Beginnings

Recently I was charmed by the lovely beading a friend, Lynn S. from California, did on a crazy quilt block.
Her beading was so very lovely I knew sooner or later I would have to give beading my humble try.
My first efforts were simple enough, beaded scissor fobs for friends.
Pictured below are a few of the scissor fobs I have done.

The fobs were followed by trying the beaded buttons pictured below, and spirit dolls (thank you, Robin Atkins)-- I felt like I was all thumbs doing these tiny beaded items.

Maybe it will come after practice -- and I know having a better assortment of bead sizes, colors and shapes will certainly add to the dimension of these little buttons.

My First Spirit Doll

A dear friend just lost her wonderful dog of 14 years. Patti and her dog, Emma Rose - a bloodhound, were part of the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue team. I wanted to give Patti something to help ease her pain and still remember Emma Rose. I had been reading different beading books and had just received Robin Atkins lovely little Spirit Dolls book. It seemed the perfect thing to give my friend.

The green and yellow side convey my wish that Emma Rose will find only green grass and sunshine to romp in at her pleasure. The bead heart on this side -- to heal Patti's heart from her loss. The rainbow material on the other side, along with the multi-colored beads are a rainbow for Emma Rose. The charms are specially chosen" An angel to be with Patti and Emma, A bone -- for no dog should be without a bone, a rose so that the scents Emma Rose follows now are all Heavenly.
The heart charm on the rainbow side is for the friendship Patti and I have shared for over 50 years.