Archive for September, 2009

This last week was hard on me.

Posted in beading, cats on September 29, 2009 by beadnfun

So I was a little unmotivated to bead.  I’m still where I was.

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But I did get a little better about riding my indoor bike.  The first few weeks of a semester for me is working my day shift, and then resting—getting off of my feet, resting so I don’t fall asleep at 8:00.  So I have a tendency of laying down after my shift for the fest few weeks.  So now that I am a little more used to it, I’ve been trying to stay awake at least for some of the days, and trying to exercise without being on my feet.  So I have a recumbent bike that I use.

Lately I’ve been watching some shows on Hulu and that way I can watch what I want when I want.  But after bicycling, I have to get busy with cleaning up, and making dinner, and cleaning up, and then resting before bed.  If I get busy after work, then I don’t sit down till 10pm.  And considering I’ve been on my feet for 16 hours if I don’t rest.

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See Roscoe understands.

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My glass door must be clean….I don’t see any fingerprints.

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Okay forget I said that.

My husband and I took a short road trip and I took some photos of some barns.  Pretty amazing when we didn’t stop to shoot these….I just pointed as we went past at 40 miles per hour.

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I mean these are not fancy barns….but in the county that we live in, there are not that many barns made of wood any more.  There are many tin barns, and Butler building barns, and metal, even Quonset hut barns.  But a lot of the old things in this county are bulldozed over.

Thanks for checking in on me.  Next time pictures of Roots and Blue Festival.

C

I’ve been taking photos again.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by beadnfun

Okay, there was a reason.  We had a heritage festival here this weekend at Maplewood off of Nifong.

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I did realize that the really nice macro lens I was using really brings things up close.  Here is how the house looked to me most of the time.

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But look at the quality of those shots, so crisp and clear and big!

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I tried to get the buggy in one shot, but couldn’t stand away from it enough to get it one shot, so I…..

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did the best I could.  I couldn’t stand far enough away to not get anyone in the shot.  I thought it was a little further away, oh I just didn’t do well on these, I tried better on the next conveyance.

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Apparently I learned something, I tried to do better with each shot.

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I was still standing a little bit away from it.  But there were people…..

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This gentlemen was talking to some folks about his set-up.

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This gentleman was there with his tinware.

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And this gentlemen above is making the stuff below.

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With this smokin’ hot forge.

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I also got to see my mothers cousin’s wife and her daughter  Marie and Cathey.

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Cathey is spinning some wool and later she will spin it into 2 ply or 3 ply skeins of yarn ready for knitting with.

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She uses the same machine to do both, spin, and ply. (I hope I said all that right.)

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So that is all for now.

Next time, I ran into an old friend at the Heritage festival, and He is now into beading and retirement.  Next time on Beadnfun

Thanks and happy beading

C

Some of the stuff I’ve been doing.

Posted in beading, hobbies on September 20, 2009 by beadnfun

Lately I told you I’ve been practicing my stringing.  Mainly I’m using up some old vintage beads, as well as some assortments I bought recently from Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby.  You know mixing it up.  So I didn’t want to put a lot of expensive beads on these strands, but still do something reasonable looking.  I definitely decided I wasn’t to crazy about those “unclosed” jump rings.  As a matter of fact I made this necklace.

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Okay, not the most awesome necklace, but the colors went well together, there just was too much “too much”.  I guess fate decided I didn’t need to be seen with that necklace, I was wearing it on my way to work, when I was walking to work though I realized I was not wearing it any longer.   The jump ring.  It has an opening.  Urg.   Lost that necklace.  Okay, so now I’ve looking at some of my stash and finding things to hook the clasp to that have solid rings.  I do not have any jump rings that are closed right now.  But even if I would have clasped it to the wire in front of the jump ring it would have saved the necklace.  I guess you just don’t use Jump rings on such a stressful area-your closure-or where you need solidity to handle the weight.  Duh.  But I learned.  Here are some more I worked on.

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This is made with old vintage beads-I think they used to have a finish, but I like the smokey glass look that they have now…I teamed them up with some 13 charlottes.  Or 3 cuts.

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Here is one of those czech glass mixtures stung with some “hematite look” seed beads.

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Here is very pink silver lined 11’s mixed with vintage white glass beads.  I used some fishing findings as a hook on one side, with a starfish as my “button”.

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This one is vintage pearls, or faux pearls strung with 15’s shiny blacks.

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I also made two of these little buttons.  This was from an old issue of Bead and Button..about 2001.  The little blue one was made according to the directions, with 15’s and 3m czech firepolished beads, but the other one was made with 11’s and 4m firepolished beads.  The directions though were a little flawed, but by looking at the pictures I was able to figure out the right way do do them.

This is what I’ve been making lately.  I hate to say, I keep going back to things I love to do, which is just stitch some beads together for the love of stitching.  I can’t help myself.  I don’t like to get too bogged down with patterns.  I do try to pick the proper colors that go together.  But I find myself making peyote bands, and then dressing them up in different ways to see how certain beads hang on the band….here is my example.

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This is not the best quality of beads around.  I have a lot of those as well, but I use up these not so perfect beads as a base for something great.  Might not win me a contest, but is great for using up some of your stash.

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Here is what I’ve been trying to do with this band.

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Surprisingly it is working out better than expected.  Now I have to figure out what to do with the upper part, another row of these shell beads?  Or do something with the 15’s silver beads?  I have to ponder on this.  Sometimes I do not plan, I just create for the love of creating.  Silly I guess.

Thanks for checking with me.

C

Family

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2009 by beadnfun

Okay, on Labor Day we had a family reunion.  I’m still a little disappointed that I only took 96 pictures. Hello. I could have done better.  Here are some of the highlights.

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There were a lot of tomatoes.

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This is how we spend our Sunday of labor day. I have more photos of other folks there, but I didn’t take some good shots that I should have….oh well.

I’ve been beading again lately, I haven’t uploaded the photos yet, I only have a few photos to upload right now….I need to get some stuff happening, and take some photos.

Take care and See ya soon

C

I’ve been stringing lately

Posted in beading, hobbies on September 8, 2009 by beadnfun

Yep, I keep trying to get my skills better and better.   The more people ask me “Are you selling?”, the more I feel I need to keep upping my game and keep learning new skills.

Well stringing for me was never very good, wrong materials, etc and so forth.  Now I have a few more tools and a few more rolls of tigertail, or Beadalon wire strand product.   So no more thread for me when it comes to stringing.  I bought a bead crimper to try to crimp a little better, then bought some crimps that match the bead crimper.  Now I can pull my opposite end tighter and have less wire showing. That was one of my challenges.

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First time I ever used one of these, it was helpful especially with the round beads!  Okay so I made it and…

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I strung it, I wore it, and I lost it.  Hopefully some student found it and is enjoying it right now.  It was a little gaudy though, I even put bells on it.  But I guess my duffel bag that I carry to work just made it come off.  I know one thing too, no more jump rings.  Dang those things just don’t stay on the clasp.

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Okay, so I’m not a master….I’m just trying to string up some vintage beads I have, or recycling some strings that I had and using some of the beads and adding some fresher ones.

I also took this photo that night.

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Love my camera!

Sorry I’ve been lagging on the posts lately.  I do actually have a few photos still to talk about…

Next time, Family reunion.

Later,

C

okay i can finally type normally…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2009 by beadnfun

if there were not one, but two kitties in my lap!

so no caps for now.

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I just wanted to show you some of the more fancy beads I’ve been buying.  At first with my buying sprees I went with price and quantity, but now that I have stocked up on some of that I have ventured in to buying small lots of rivolis, and grosses of Swarovski bicones.  I’m still small potatoes.  Since I mainly just fabricate my pieces for myself and some special friends, I am not turning around my projects for money much right now.  Hopefully some day, but I am trying to learn my craft.  I want to be like Laura McCabe, or Sherri Serafini, or Micheal Chatt.

Lately though with my hurt hand I’ve been practicing stringing.  I’ve never been really good with making the 2nd end tight enough without some loose wire.  I also need to work with Fireline so I understand how to use that a little better.

I’ve been busy updating my computer and my phone, so I will post some new photos tomorrow to show you what I’ve been making.  My stringing skills are like my beading was three years ago.

bye for now

C