Sunday, December 26, 2010

Project #1: Cellini Spiral

Cellini Spiral is a gorgeous stitch and is deceptively simple for such an elegant outcome. I started with one of the last kits purchased from Sherry Wayt's now defunct Ready to Bead site. The designer is Michelle Skobal and you can see the initial design below.

Michelle Skobal's Evolution Necklace
Now, no offense to Michelle, but the kit assumed a knowledge of the stitch, which I had never done, and it also didn't provide instructions for finishing it. So off to the web I went and found a great tutorial on the Need for Beads. Next up was an article on Bead & Button about how to finish a tube necklace. Thus armed with knowledge, I started the pattern. First I made the cabochon and then proceeded to the Cellini spiral when distractions got the better of me. The kit was put away while other beading fancies occupied my needles! Now months later, I look at the original pattern and it looks a bit formal to me. So back to the stash I went and lo and behold found a dichroic glass pendant purchased from who knows where. That might be just the ticket to make the Cellini a bit more current and wearable with office duds. So stay tuned and I'll show you the finished product hopefully within the next week or two!

44 Projects in 52 Weeks

It's the day after Christmas, gifts were wrapped and unwrapped, meals were cooked, eaten and put away with much more time spent in the cooking and putting away than the eating! Also put away were this year's Christmas ornament patterns making way for a clean slate left to my beading fancy.
Sandra Halpenny Snowflakes

My 2011 resolution is to end purchases of new beads while making a dent in my substantial existing stash. Of course, accommodations will be made for findings and other items needed to complete a pattern. After all, thanks to my wonderful brother John and his wife Paula, I have a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems that is burning a hole in my pocket! When compared to others, my bead stash is probably not as big as some but I sure have had fun spending money on it this year. So much so that I have a major attack of the guilts even considering adding to it. In the attempt to avoid being subject to an episode of "Hoarders," I did a count of projects and materials and found that I have kits and supplies for 44 projects, not counting the many cabochons purchased in a lovely lot on eBay. So I easily have one project per week for the coming year and it's doubtful that I will be able to complete such an endeavor unless I quit my job and every one of my other life obligations. But I will do my best to put a dent in this list and will feature each project as a blog entry.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Frenzy Makes For a Poor Blogger!

This blogging thing is a challenge! It appears easy - just sit down and write what has been consuming your time and thoughts. But it should also be at least somewhat interesting and therein lies the challenge. We have been busy with the same holiday activities that occupy just about everyone this time of year: shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts and making time for the all-important hand-made items. And, in keeping with the spirit of Cave Creek Beads, I should at least stay on the topics of beading or Cave Creek! So here is my current hand-craft for good friend, Holly, who is a (yikes!) fan of the New York Giants. I have made variations of this same design for Pitt and Steelers, much more deserving teams! (Just kidding for anyone tempted to write me a nasty retort!)
Holly's NY Giants Choker
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