It's the rarity of snow in the desert that turns me into a kid, running for the camera every time it happens. This was the most unlikely of reactions when we lived back East when February brought that slushy, messy snow and yearnings for the beach or other such warm sunny climates! But this was the scene that greeted me this morning as I made my way to the kitchen to start the coffee maker.
When I ventured out for a few photos, I was able to form a small snowball to bring inside for curious kitties.
This week-end also marked the deadline for the mailing of my contribution to the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer event run by Jeanette Shanigan from Wasilla, Alaska, who explains how she started this event in the mid-2000's as a tribute to her mother who died of breast cancer. For more details, please see Jeanette's web site.
This was the first year I participated in the event and created two squares. The first was my own design using a Carl Sandberg quote superimposed on an image of two hands and held in place by a beaded frame. The second square was a design offered on Jeanette's web site. The beaded quilts are sold in auction with the proceeds donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin. Kudos to Jeanette for her fine work!
The Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer and Jeanette's program is endorsed by Bead and Button Magazine. Click here to read a blog post for the 2011 program.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
This week-end, I made something just for the heck of it. No working on gifts or projects for the web site. I used beads from my stash and a pattern from BeadlingDaily.com. I had not done the mandala technique before and it's so easy. Stitching is pretty basic with circular brick and picot edges. I fell in love with these sassy earrings and am trying to decide who would enjoy them. They're a bit large and swingy so you need a more bohemian personality, I think.
|Magic Mandala Earrings|
Pattern from beadingdaily.com
Saturday, February 12, 2011
|Sandra Halpenny Heart Pattern|
|Nancy Peterson Heart Slider and Spiral Strap|