Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Guess what my most wonderful husband got me for Christmas!!! Yup! A new camera!!! And not just any camera - it's a camera that a) I can use; b) can take pictures of beads and c) is sexy sweet!!!
So I went to That Bead Lady in Newmarket (Ontario) and shopped for beads at discount prices!!!! Here are a few pictures of some of the beads I got! Check out the new cubes - aren't they cute? I'm going to enjoy some wonderful herringbone with those!
My goal for 2010 is to learn how to learn how to use my camera and you all get to benefit from that!!! I'm going to have so much fun playing with this camera, reshooting some old beadwork and posting it on my blog!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This necklace is my attempt to try and capture the beautiful colours of fall that I enjoy every fall here in Ottawa. It’s amazing really, but Ottawa is one of the best places to see the full gamett of autumn colours. Those spicy reds, yellows and oranges are framed with the stable greens and browns that capture me every fall. I love those warm russets and bright reds. So I tried to capture it here. I am sitting on the tree branches with this one, so let me know what you think. I can see me wearing it with black or perhaps the orange sweaters I have.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Last year we found that the best way to get the word out about the bjp was to mention it on your blog. Whether you're continuing or not, if you can let readers of your blog know that the project is continuing, it will be greatly appreciated.Important info:The Bead Journal Project starts in January, 2010.Registration starts October 15, 2009 at beadjournalproject.com/reg.htm.
No experience is necessary! The goal is to create one visual journal piece a month for a year that includes beads.Participants work can be seen at beadjournalproject.com/bjp.htm
Are you playing? I'm thinking seriously about it, not sure what I want to do though,
because I really liked working in a theme (I know, not done yet, but working on it!)
So, are you ready to bead? Are you?
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I bead embroidered a dolphin for a friend who is being operated on for breast cancer. I wanted to provide her with a smile and I think I did that. It is a fully beaded teeny beanie baby that came out from McD's just recently and I started beading it in light blue, crystal white and clear beads before I became aware that light blue/turquoise was her favourite colour. Good luck? Serendipity? Knowledge tucked in the back of my brain? Who knows why it was this way, but then who knows why we work so mysteriously sometimes? She loves the dolphin and my prayers, happy thoughts and healing vibes all go with her next week.
Then I beaded two herringbone bracelets. They were for a bride and a groom. Both herringbone, but very different. As a matter of fact, if you weren't a beader, or you didn't recognize the versatility of herringbone, you wouldn't know they were from the same stitch. This, my daughter pointed out to the happy couple was a good metaphor for their lives together - how they could be so different, and yet the same. Cool eh? There is hope for pictures!
And then I beaded a pair of earrings for my sister - the mother of the bride. She loves that I can do this and loves going to the bead store to pick beads and then says things like - Can you do that?
The earrings were perfect for her dress and she looked wonderful!
I am inspired by two trees in the neighborhood that have started to turn colours and I am beading a bracelet in those fall colours. Pictures to come soon!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here are 7 of 8 Goddess pages. The eighth is in the works, it just needs it’s border before it can be photographed. Then I’ll be able to add them to the BJP website. My daughter took the pictures outside in the garden – she had an eye for picture taking and it only gets better with practice.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to do this again in 2010. I haven’t got an idea for a theme or a inspiration yet. I would really like to display last years pages and the idea for that just isn’t happening, probably cause it’s kinda boring bead work. So I might find another way to display them!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is Amaterasu and she is all about Beauty and the Sun. She helps crops grow. The green is a rice paddy.
Pele is Divine Passion and hearts true desire. She is a volcano. Those are crystals at the top which made them hard to photograph.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
So that's what I am doing and it's not easy since I'm a move forward, take action kind of person. I think this is the hardest thing for me to do and I'm trying really hard to be cognizant of the lessons I'm being shown!!
Bring it on, I'm ready!!
To Be Patient!
and there's the irony.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I've just finished the conference. There is nothing quite like being the hostess to 400 people from across the country. It truly was a huge, exhausting gift.
So, no bead work, not mixed media art. Just the art of doing a job well and enjoying the presence of so many people whose lives have been focused on making the lives of children and youth better in Canada.
I'm so very sleepy.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I will have some beading to show you in the next few days too. My darling husband will be back from Australia tonight! I wonder how jetlaged he'll be after a 2o odd hour flight!
Monday, February 09, 2009
So, having said that, let's get on with the show!
Here is my new project! I have decided to build myself a tree. I had been collecting wire for a while and had purchased a scrap piece of copper. My dear husband had brought home wire for me also. It was all in my art room waiting for me. Then I saw this http://speediebeadie.blogspot.com/2009/01/ice-things.html . Dot is an amazing bead artist and she got my juices flowing. I went down to my art room and got out the wire.
I started bending and twirling and before I knew it, I was making a tree!
Then I wanted branches and so I got out more wire.
Here is the tree wrapped in felt. Next is the material. Watch for more progress shots of the tree, I've ordered the beads - that was neat! I'll show you to them as they come in!
This is my oldest daughter, smirking at me. It seemed to stick to blogger too.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This is Rhiannon. She represents manifesting your clear intentions into reality. She is in a forest and she sometimes rides a white horse or transforms into one.
Truth be told, I don't think I did that great a job with her, but I left her the way she is.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am in a position of flux because I have finished school and I am looking for my place in employment. His empowering speech was an opportunity to reflect on where I can take my education and what I can do to become the best person I can be.
Thank-you President Obama.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here are a few pictures of our holiday’s. Haley, my middle daughter got a new camera for Christmas. She was in picture mode – taking over 2000 pictures! Needless to say, many of them are the same, similar or just plain weird.
Here we are, getting ready for out airboat ride. We had a great time here, taking the boat out to a fresh water lake and river to see the alligators and the birds. We also had a chance to see a cypress bayou with orchid buds growing in the trees. The spanish moss is amazing!
The alligators were so calm in their natural environment.
We had a wonderful dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. The family surprized me with a wonderful gift to celebrate my completion of university! They made me a card and Drew gave me a family ring. It’s absolutely beautiful! I’m a very fortunate woman!
I’ll show you a picture of it when it gets back from the store – where it’s being sized right now. My family stones are emerald, two blue sapphires, a diamond and a blue topaz. It makes for a very beautiful ring!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I finished school!!! I am so happy to have finished after 8 years. My final term was amazing and I really enjoyed the classes I took. I am going to look for work now. Well, now that I am finished it's time!
I will go to convocation in June with my family and have a party I think, to thank everyone who was so supportive during the long process!
For now, as I look for work, and care for my family, I am going to get some beadwork completed and start a bead project that has been brewing. Stay in touch for that.
I was away for the holidays. We all went to Florida - to Disney and Universal Studios. We played hard and my middle daughter - Haley, took a ton of pictures. I'll post some in the next few days.