Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year Post

Well a Happy New Year to you all!

Now that December is over I can come out of hiding and share a few thoughts. In case you don't know me well enough, I fear December. Mostly because of x-mas. I know, so many of you can't believe someone could dislike such a joyous holiday, but I do. No explanation, just take it at that and when you don't hear from me in December you will understand. I am actually enjoying myself securely locked in my home with books and crafts and my family. Avoiding all of the joyous celebrators on the internets and out in the 'real' world.

What I did like about December this year though is that I got to play in my first 12" snow fall! I even learned how to use a snow blower!  Here is a shot of my building's courtyard the day after.

Today I have been going through my blog reader deleting blogs that have not posted in a year (so I can only assume are not going to return) and reading a lot of posts about goals and resolutions for the new year. Some personal and many professional. I read these every new year and get inspired and excited and write my own list that I of course lose and forget about. I get busy doing other things and never follow through. I am excellent at this. I have a terrible memory as well (especially when it is convenient). What I do have is a journal that I write in frequently and I tend to remember what I wrote in it for at least a day, which brings me to this years one and only resolution. I am not going to make a goal for an entire year and I am not going to try to reflect back on an entire year when so much has happened and not all of it pleasant enough to reflect on. Instead I resolve to use my journal to reflect back on each day and make a new goal or resolution for the next day. One day at a time. Makes for more obtainable goals and far smaller mistakes to degrade myself over when one is not met, ideally making for a happier me.

I hope that you all stay happy this year and have an excellent tomorrow! What will you do tomorrow?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Woo hoo! Black Friday is over. I don't mean just the day after Thanksgiving, I mean an entire month of appliance and kitchen sales at my '9-5' (which is anything but). Lucky for me I had the foresight to take a week off after that mess. Today is day one of that vacation and although I am sure you are all dying to know what my plans are (heh, heh). Well, it is a bit of a secret right now but much of it will certainly be spent regrouping.

In the meantime here is a picture of the latest listing in my shop. In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those lost to hate crimes and raise awareness of and educate people on Transgender issues.
I recently read a discussion that posed the question 'How can someone who is heterosexual and knows no transgender person help in this effort'? The answer given was that wearing this symbol strikes up much needed conversations because not everyone knows this symbol or understands why it is important. I encourage everyone to broaden your understanding of what it means to be transgender to help make the world a better place to live for those who are transgendered.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Circles and Squares

Once again it is that time of the month when I ask you to head over to the Etsy Beeadweavers Blog to vote for your favorite entry in the monthly challenge. This month's theme is Circles and Squares.

Once again I have entered a piece into the challenge.

I designed the pattern on graph paper, true to my love of needlepoint patterns. I am a sucker for old, musty smelling, stiff paged, needlepoint pattern and how to books that I find in thrift shops and basement library sales. Bargello is beautiful.

The color choice was not intentionally seasonally festive when I picked it but as I began weaving I decided I liked it and so it was. Since these colors were already on my bead mat and I had actually been willing and happy to bead a red and green pendant I figured a pair of earrings to match were in order.

These are finished now and will soon be listed in my shop as soon as ear hooks are added and photos are taken. 

In the meantime, don't forget to go vote for your favorite bead woven entry!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Treasury Pleasure

So every time I sit down to curate an Etsy treasury I immediately go to my favorites for inspiration. Whether I already have a theme in mind or not I know there will be several items there that fit the bill. This time, with no theme in mind, I came across a few colorful works of art that inspired my initial idea and then realized that there were enough in there to create my entire treasury from my favorites alone.

'Wonderfully Colorful, Simply Beautiful' by jess2bead

My favorites list is full of these bright and beautiful works of art so I thought I should share. Enjoy!

Mixed Media Fabric Collage "The Daisy Trot" - FluttersandMane
Pattern Play ... Necklace . Bracelet . Bead Crochet Rope . Multicolor . Colorful . Festive . Opaque Colors . Stripes . Great Gift - time2cre8
Flow, Abstract Figure Oil Painting, 8x10 Fine Art Print, Free Shipping - thetyrellcollection
Wearable Art - Night and Day Halter Top - MooseCarolQuilts
4 Mazes Bead Art - TheCraftyCuban
Tutti-frooti Rainbow Beaded Bracelet Queen-size - BeadEnCounter
Macrame Flower Pendant - FLORIKNOTURE
Rainbow beaded necklace metal free - EsmerldasStudio
Abstract rhythms (1) beaded bracelet - daxdesigns
Rainbow Amulet Bag - dreambeadweaver
Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Climbing the Bargello Rainbow by randomcreative on Etsy - randomcreative
Somewhere over the rainbow beaded macrame necklace colorful red coral beads - MammaEarthCreations
Rain Romance 22" x 28" Gallery Quality Giclee Print on Museum Archival canvas of Original painting by Karen Tarlton fine art - Karensfineart
Soutache earrings in Blue, Red, Green and Silver - MiriamShimon
NEW DESIGN- Contrast - 8 Handmade polymer clay  beads - barrel - Sigaliot
Needlepoint Canvas 14 or 18 count, Bird From Above, By Lori Everett - LoriEverettsShop 
 Coincidentally, one of the artists I featured (Dream Beadweaver who made the rainbow amulet bag) had featured a couple pieces from my shop  in her treasury just hours before.

'Gifts of Warmth!' by dreambeadweaver

It's time to start thinking about those Christmas gifts. Why not buy handmade; and spread some warmth this winter!

Autumn Leaves photograph 8x10 fine art print red on blue nature decor - KneeDeepOriginals
Orange Fused Glass  Lizard Wind Chimes - RedDragonGlass
Ceramic Cookie Jar Treat Jar Stash Jar with Clay Mosaic, "Eye Candy" - CrazieHappy
Hibiscus - Life Blood, Red and Yellow Hawaiian Flower Bloom, Contrast Black - elinay
Tangerino Flower Tutorial -PDF - daniellart
Carnelian necklace with peach pearls N564 - FleurDeIrk
Baby You're a Firework Necklace - beadn4fun
Tangerine Spice Bead Embroidered Cuff Bracelet - beadsandblooms
FIRE salamander necklace - KrisDesignFSP
Beaded Bead Necklace - Colors of Summer - by Sharri Moroshok on etsy - peach orange copper amber white cream - TheBeadedBead
Red Red Roses Beaded Macrame Bracelet Micro-Macrame - KnotJustMacrame
Beaded Bracelet with a big bezeled wooden Bead - annamei
Beads embroidery brooch ,vintage style with red jade cabochon ,beaded jewelry ,red accessories, red jewellery - RebekeJewelryShop
Red and Brown Autumn Earrings - jess2bead
Rustic Bird House made of wood and decorated with birds - ShopOfCraftsByMyrna
Card Trick Beaded Quilt Block Necklace - jess2bead
Treasury tool by StylishHome.

 And just because I love using this treasury tool, here is the treasury I listed last week...

'It's Gonna Snow Today!' by jess2bead

I am so excited because I now live in an area where snow is forecast in October! I am watching snow fall as I post this! Anyway, for everyone else here are some beautiful items to share my excitement with you.

Misty Bead-woven Cuff - Crystalstargems
Glass Locket  Blue Jay Bird Necklace Art Hand Painted Pendant - ArtMadeByTammy
Pearls in ocean waves - AnnaCohen
Blue Art Glass Bead Pendant on Blue  Silver Spiral - Davianna
Arabesque in Blue and White: OoaK Keshi Pearl Earrings with Lapis Lazuli Gemstones - Beadmatrix
Misty Morning Walk Bead Embroidered Cuff OOAK,  "Misty Winter's Dawn" challenge, grey, silver white, green, brown, black - AngelqueCreations
Brimmed Beanie with Embroidered Tree - Baby Blue and Cream with Brown Tree - Made to Order - LoveFuzz
Bluebird Gift - Olgaterranova
Art Doll - Christmas Eden - for Winter and Christmas - MissMillificent
Pastel Blue Cable Knit Mitten Necklace - Smitten - blockpartypress
Weather Or Not wall quilt - tinacurran
Jean Genie Cotton Crochet Bell Bottom Pants / Flared Leggings - Size XSmall - onceovertwice
Blue Paisley Cuff, Bead Embroidery, Mehndi Inspired - windyriver
Snowflakes - beadwoman3
Navy Blue Alpaca Hat Felt Wide Brim Hand dyed natural wool waterproof - Alpaca4US

It is not snowing and has not snowed since I made that but the temperature is supposed to drop again next week so here's hoping!
Have a great weekend everyone!

In case you are wondering about my 'Home Cooked' posts, I have some project deadlines to meet and am falling behind so look to see them back up Sunday Nov. 11. Until then, eat well and have fun!