Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Anyone Tucson-Bound?

Just curious if anyone is planning to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year? My last visit was 2010 and I still have items that are sitting in my stash awaiting beading splendor!

A friend and I may make a power trip and since we are only two hours away, that is a doable feat. With such a limited time, I have to be a savvy planner..... No time for dawdling over frosty beverages (shucks!).

There are many great show resources but I like this one sponsored by Visit Tucson. Each show has a nice little summary with a hyperlink to its location on the map so you can plot your most efficient path to beading bankruptcy.

Since we are considering just a one day junket, I selected only five venues and I think that is probably pushing it. But here are my hot prospects.

A Bead Carnival

Kino Sports Complex

To Bead True Blue

The Tucson Bead Show

The Best Bead Show

I think ending the trip at the Best Bead Show is a great finale. And here's my handy-dandy map.

I'm not sure which will go first - my feet or my wallet!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Focus On Life Week 4: Words

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Focus on Life Week 3: Self Portrait

You knew Sally would have to include this one!

I took the easy way out and just plunked myself down in front of my computer. I took a couple pics and couldn't help but think that something was missing -- a prop! So howdee-do I found my hat which had the added benefit of hiding my bed head. Then I applied an oil paint filter.

Here's one with a sketch filter:

And here's the plan old regular one:

Here are some more of our blogging beauties for the week:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Time to Stitch #4: Featuring Net Stitch

Thanks to our hostesses Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller for organizing A Time to Stitch #4. When Therese first posted about the challenge, I was just in the early stages of my holiday beading. So my projects have a definite holiday theme and look a little weird now that it's January 15!

The first is a self-design with a netted base to hold the tiny red and green bells, which I purchased at a craft store for next to nothing. I love how they look on the strap!  Finishing the necklace strap is 3 inches of herringbone on each side.

The netting is a little easier to see in the photo below.

I was on a holiday roll so decided to add a bracelet to the ensemble. The pattern is called "Coco Chenille" and is a Nancy Cain design from Beadwork magazine.

And for more fabulous work, please visit the following participants:

5.  Paula Kramer (that's me!)
6.  Kim Hora
10. LizE
15. Alenka

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Focus on Life Week 2: Silhouette

I always seem to have trouble spelling silhouette..... anyone else have that issue? I went through some old photos looking for something that lent itself to a dramatic silhouette and how much more dramatic can you get than the Grand Canyon? This photo is from a visit with my nieces last May and I was captivated by the starkness of the tree below.

Grand Canyon Tree 
But it didn't start out that way. Here is the original photo taken in color.

I converted it to black and white in Photoshop and here is the interim photo.

Then, to pump up the intensity, I used a Picasa edit called Lomo-ish. I probably could have done this in Photoshop but it would have taken a lot longer.

Please take a moment to check out some more fantastic silhouettes:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Week 1: The Minimalist Photograph

What can be more minimalist than a simple knot? Nothing fancy -- just a square knot.


But somehow this basic item takes on an air of enormous complexity when surrounded by connections of St. Petersburg stitch as they are in Jane Danley Cruz' pattern, St. Pete Squared.

This was my second project of 2014 and I was amazed how easy the knot was to integrate into the design yet how deceptively ornate it seems when it all came together!

The knot is made by stringing 7" strands of 4mm rounds and 8/0 seed beads between the two sides of St. petersburg stitch. When the necklace is all done, you just tie a knot.

For more minimalist photos, visit these fine contributors:

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