So, to my faithful email subscribers, every once and again (or just whenever the heck I feel like it) I will be posting something random for you get before the rest of the masses get my usual Sunday postings. It could be something like beading, crochet, food, some sort of get you over a barrel drunk cocktail recipe, or just something I feel you just MUST read, like it or not! Anywho, this time I am posting a super yummy, super easy recipe, that also happens to be halfway healthy. If you don’t like/eat pork then to heck with ya! Nah, you can just substitute chicken, seriously. I made these a couple of weeks ago, and man oh man, did my cheese loving taste buds go HELLO! So naturally, when my picky 5-year-old grandson decided he liked them too, I had to make them again a couple of nights ago. … Read more
Yup, I made a bracelet. I was beginning to wonder if I would even have anything to share with you this week. I got SICK, like 103+ fever sick, a whopper of a sinus infection and severe bronchitis, which developed into pneumonia, and well, suffice it to say, I’m still on breathing treatments that leave me shakier than a crackhead on withdrawal. Being that shaky I have a really hard time holding on to my beading needle to make anything, (not to mention the whole complete lack of energy thing), but my bead muse has been literally just SCREAMING in my ear! I have these new superduos from Bello Modo in my favorite finish of Picasso, so I just had to do SOMETHING with them. After all, they are just way too pretty and rustic looking to waste, right? I made a simple tubular rope bracelet in alternating Picasso chalk-white … Read more
Sarcasm comes naturally to me. It is something that I basically inherited and learned from my Dad, who would have turned 66 today. Sadly and suddenly, I lost him 2 years ago. For a long time after he died I had no desire to do anything, and definitely no desire to be creative. But with an amazing support system of family and friends, especially Cyn Wilson of The Enchanted Bead, I began to live my life again, albeit on shaky ground. I finally found my bead muse whispering in my ear that it was time to move on and create something beautiful. “Coming Out of the Darkness” This a 3 inch rose quartz heart my (at the time) 3 year old grandson found at the McWane Center Gift Shop while I was at a doctor’s appointment in Birmingham, Alabama. They have a lot of really cool geodes and cabochons for … Read more
My week has been a week of pure Gamma love. What is Gamma love? Gamma love is loving your grandbabies unconditionally at any given time. This week I had my 11 month old Doodlebug Adalyn for 5 straight days (and nights) while she was SICK, SICK, SICK! Only a Gamma can appreciate how to love a child when they are fussy, snotty, coughing, eyes infected, and running four straight days of fever. All of this on top of running a fever above 100 for 2 straight days. Yes, we went to see the pediatrician on the 3rd morning. By the time I took her home yesterday, she was well, happy, playing, and wanted nothing more than to hug on her “Bubba” (code name for her big brother, my 5-year-old grandson Jackson) and to kiss her mommy and daddy non-stop. It was a very sweet thing to see, yet made me … Read more
So every month for the last few months I have been participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color design challenge. You can find this month’s challenge here. They post a color pallete every month and you have to design something amazing using those colors. I love the challenge of finding something that will fit withing the color parameters, and they are generous enough to award a $50 gift certificate to their 1st place pick, and a $25 gift certificate to 2nd, to be used in their store or website. This month’s challenge was unique in that it was all one color family. Simple, right? Nooooooo. I had to make it difficult, and pull out every stinking green shade of bead, gemstone, ribbon, etc. that I owned and try and put them ALL together. Then, while checking out a newer beading technique I had been reading about over … Read more
Welcome back to another fun filled week of my boring life. No, just kidding. I have been really busy this week with some custom orders on bezeling some resin cameos sent to me to be used as pendants. What is bezeling, you ask? Well, you didn’t, or maybe even you did, but here goes: Bezeling with beads is the art of capturing an object such as a cabochon, button, rivoli, cameo, (just about anything with a flat back and not too steep in height will do) by beading around it either with bead embroidery or with tension peyote or right angle weave. I personally prefer peyote. The trick to it is knowing how many beads to start out with to fit around your object. You do not want it to fit perfectly, because then when you start weaving the next rows it tightens up and will be too small, … Read more
So, I have been trying to come up with SOMETHING to tell you people about the things I love to do (besides being sarcastic on Facebook and annoying people in general) like beading and crochet. Soooo, now I will tell you a little bit of both. Right now I am up to my eyeballs in yarn, wire, and beads trying to crochet a dress for my granddaughter, a lapghan for my grandson, a tank top for myself, a design color challenge with beading, a wire weaving tutorial, build up my inventory, yada, yada, yada. If I wine anymore I’m going to start hitting myself! Here is the most recent projects I have finished in beading: Flat peyote is not my usual forte, but I really enjoy doing the statement cuffs. The silver one I also handbeaded the clasp with size 15/0 seed beads. First time doing it, and gotta say, … Read more
Sooooo….I’m an Alabamaian who LOVES everything Auburn Tigers, beading, crochet, and MOST important, my grandbabies! I just wanted to share all the stuff that runs through my brain. I have one actually. It was confirmed by an MRI a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for viewing, and I hope you can get some use of some of the crazy thoughts that come out of my head!It’s just random stuff and tends to be a bit snarky at times, but it mostly involves, beading, crochet, food, and a little bit of family. I’ll be posting once a week or so, so be on the lookout!