Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kit Review: Lisa Peters Art Mini Flower Ring

I am a fan of Lisa Peters, creator of beads, buttons and other fantastic art works. After following her blog and hearing about her mini ring kits which often sell out as fast as she can stock them in her Etsy store, I thought I’d give one a try. Lisa offers these kits in conjunction with Grace Daniel who developed the pattern.

The kit itself is super-comprehensive, and even includes an adorable tiny tube of E6000 glue AND scissors! I don’t think Lisa will mind my borrowing this photo from her Etsy shop showing the kit materials.

And, if you are looking for a quick, accessible bead weaving project, this is the one for you. It could be completed in one long sitting if you were really motivated.

And best of all is the lovely focal flower bead that serves as the ring’s centerpiece. Below you see my finished project.

To cap it all off, a portion of the proceeds from each ring kit are dedicated to a charity chosen by Grace. I’d call that a well-spent $20!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Focus on Life Week 4: Create Art!

Mom and "Pop"
My Mom is the focus of the Week 4 Focus on Life subject: Create Art. This is one of my very favorite photos of her as a young girl with my grandfather. I focus on my Mom because she and my grandmother were my creative role models. My mother was a very young bride – 17 years old – and her wedding was soon followed by my arrival on the scene! In a way, we grew up together. She was a stay-at-home Mom and out-Martha’ed “Martha” with her love of cooking and sewing. She made almost all my clothes and ventured into other art forms like dolls and ceramics.
But the most memorable was my wedding gown. The year I was married, two of my brothers also had weddings and I capped off the year by asking Mom to make my wedding gown. No wonder she looks a little too happy in this picture. She’s probably ready to run down the road screaming for joy that it’s all over! Thanks, Mom, for all the creative skills you modeled for me and the many wonderful hours we spent together.
Me in the Wedding Dress by Mom, Looking Very Happy It's Done!

Here is the recap of Week 4 entries from the other fantastic 52-Week participants.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Focus on Life Week 3: Take Time

When I think of taking time, I think of spas, manicures, pedicures and -- what else -- beading! A nice long soak in bath salts is the next best thing when you are pressed for time and I found just the right brand!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Beady Travel Stops

There is a tipping point in every beader where you know you have gone over the edge. One sign of this tipping point is stalking bead stores during travels away from home. I have spent some of my most enjoyable travel hours in bead stores far, far away from home. This past week, I traveled to Hagerstown, MD for work and although we had a busy work schedule, I found an hour to venture into downtown Hagerstown where I visited The Potomac Bead Company. This is a franchise bead store and not one I have come across in my travels in western US. But they have a fantastic inventory and below you see my purchases.

The metal heart pendants were $5 each, which I thought was a great bargain! I just loved the turquoise 3mm crystals - notice their extra little sparkle. And you also see a tube of long magatmas - just because you never know when you might need them!

I definitely give Potomac Bead Company in Hagerstown a big thumbs up for great inventory, friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Week 2 Focus On Life

Focusing On Life: Week 2 Blog Roll

As part of my 2013 Beady Resolutions, I signed up for Sally Russick's 52 photos in 52 weeks challenge. Sadly, I missed week 1. Happily, that was the self portrait! But for week two, we are to select our word for the year. This exercise resonated with me since I had selected an inspirational word last year (Mojo). In keeping with the letter "M" theme, I selected the word......

Why Momentum? Namely for the sense of forward progress that I would like to achieve in several areas of my life. And as a protest against inertia. And lastly because of its relation to momentous, which is what 2013 will be!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My beady resolutions

As 2013 unfolds, I hereby resolve to:

  1. Complete one project in my UFO pile for every new design that hits my to-make pile.
  2. Improve my photography skills.
  3. Actually have inventory in my Etsy shop.
  4. Qualify for the Etsy Beadweavers Street Team. (See #3 which is a prerequisite!)
  5. Resist beader's ADD.
  6. Participate in more beady challenges. I completed 2 in 2012 so let's go for 3 in 2013!
  7. Add comments and words of encouragement to all the fabulous blogs on my subscription list.
  8. Spend one exercise hour for every 5 beady hour! :-) (Actually, it should be 1:1 but I am taking baby steps!)
  9. Re-read the numerous books and magazines purchased over the years and try projects that were too advanced for my skills when I made the purchase.
  10. Attend at least one beady conference so I can meet some of my beady blog friends in person!
Best wishes for a bead-u-tiful 2013!


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