Saturday, May 24, 2014

Life is WONDERFUL

    ***If you are here for the BSBP- HERE is the link.***

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Time for my regularly scheduled overdue ramble... (I've been holding a lot in)

     No life is perfect... But all life is a gift to not take for granted.  Never let the toxic people in your life (current or previously) cloud your day.  You are as happy as you let yourself be. Have no shame or guilt in enjoying the simple things in life.   Most of all BE YOURSELF and be your BEST self!  OH and those fleeting moments when Karma gives you a validating glimpse of those toxic people's lives and actions-  acknowledge it and MOVE ON! Life is too short to give it a second thought. But know... Karma never fails, it's timing might not be what we want, but it all comes around. :D  ...and that's all I have to say about that. 

   Now that the BSBP is on the downswing and all the stress of getting the piece designed and posted on time is over. I can relax a bit more.  I've had house guests last weekend that left on Tuesday. My parents drove out from Missouri to see the new house and spend some time with my husband and I.  It was a good visit. We took them the Lemay Car Museum, which even if you are not a car enthusiast  (which I am NOT) it's an AMAZING museum.  I'm pretty sure my dad enjoyed it. He had a blast telling us which car he'd driven, his first car, his fathers first car, cars he had through the years...etc.  It's that extensive of a collection.  
     
     I think they also appreciated the quiet and the walk-ability of our neighborhood, sidewalks and variety of woodland trails. We even saw a deer one morning. I had seen them cross the roads, but hadn't been that close to one. Pretty sure the deer said  "OH CRAP! HUMANS!" . lol  The mountain even cooperated and came out the last evening they were visiting.   I had also taken them down to Dash Point Pier and we saw an Eagle, granted it was being chased by some crows but we still got to take in it's beautiful soaring. The tide was on it's way out and we saw a bunch of crabs walking around and starfish galore hanging on the legs of the pier.  It was a good visit. 
    
       Now to get back to the regularly scheduled things... my goal is to get my craft den back to blank canvas status...
   : cue the maniacal laughter...

it COULD happen....

seriously stop laughing...  (oh I'm talking to myself when I say that)

Happy Memorial Day a.k.a.  long ass weekend...


Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's Time for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Reveal!


    Welcome to the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party!!!!

     I'm so excited to reveal my bead soup! I traded beads with the lovely and very talented  Diana Shiraishi over at Jasmine Tea Designs.  She sent me some absolutely stunning and Spicy ingredients!  All beautiful pieces. Plus after viewing her work- makes me want to try my hand at Kumihimo!
   
   Here's a recap of what Diana sent to me...

      Let me start by saying- the gorgeous ingredients I received are the kind of stuff I always lingered over at the bead shops but never had the guts to actually buy and design with. I still qualify myself as a newbie.   Read that as waaaay outside my comfort zone.  However, the color palette in this soup was so enticing and beautiful and everything was so wonderfully coordinated, I couldn't help but want to create with it.  There were so many lovely ingredients- I can't wait to use up the leftovers! 


So without further ado... 






     What did I learn from this challenge?  Um- well-first off,  it's probably not the best thing to sign up for right during/after you close on a house and move. Even with the best of intentions I still have so much stuff in boxes in the garage, in a closet, in my den... it was a struggle to keep track of my supplies,and yes for the umpteenth time- it's now been 3 months post move. My den is still in disarray. But at least I have a dining room table now. WhooHOoo!

       My other takeaways from this challenge: 
1.)Balancing visual and physical weight of the various components is both art and science...ha ha ha now I understand it a leetle bit more. I definitely need to go back and tweak how it hangs, whether it's adding more, taking away, or just reworking it. I really learned A LOT about balance while working on this piece. I had never made a multi-strand piece before, not with wire, not with crimps and not with heavier weighted beads.  
2.) Using a multi-hole connector is not Rocket Science, but being the first time I used one was um... interesting, especially if you've never used wire or crimps... (please don't look too close) I think using a different connector would help a lot of issues.
3.).Crimps are not a guaranteed thing-  It's one thing to squish them and make it secure, there are pliers to help and they do- but finessing the stringing material, keeping it taught and not feeling like you are all thumbs is a WHOLE 'nother ball of wax!
4.) If something is twisted- it WILL drive you bonkers if it doesn't want to lay right.
5.) 18 gauge wire really hurts when you gouge your cuticle with it.
6.) I really want to learn to make a paddle head pin. 
7.) I now want to learn Kumihimo 
8.) I also want to learn more about Tagua nuts (those little turquoise triangles are just the tip of the ice er nutberg... ) ha ha and Shibori jewelry- Google Shibori ribbon flower... talk about eye candy!

What can I say?  It was definitely a love/hate process but in the end... Practice makes progress.

     I want to thank my lovely partner Diana for a stunning and inspiring soup. If you haven't visited her blog Jasmine Tea Designs-please do. Her work is absolutely stunning!
   
     I  also want to thank the dear person who first exposed me to the concept of Bead Soup- Bev at Country Frog Creations.  I was intrigued and awed by what you showed me you had created for last years Bead Soup Blog party and that inspired me to take on this love/hate challenge. 

     Last but certainly not least the talented Lori Anderson. All I can say is WOW! Lady! You are a true inspiration on more than a creative level. Thank you for all your hard work!

Thank you so very much for stopping by and be sure to head back over to the master list at:


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Phew!

   Honestly- didn't think I'd be at THIS moment. Only 3 days until the reveal and I finally got a creative leg up on my soup, not for lack of trying mind you!   Oh it's not finalized by any means, there's a few kinks that need to be worked out... literally. A couple of technical issues, I want to rework some of the craftmanship issues- let's just say- my first time using crimps and it's not too pretty. lol But as I was trying it on in the mirror- I came to the conclusion that I would in fact wear it.  I also came to the conclusion that boobs get in the way of certain necklaces. But that's another story!  So the next few days I'll be tweaking what I have and hopefully still have sunshine to shoot some photos.

   I can't wait!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Deja Monday

     Yep-I'm exactly in the same position I was last Monday. Good news is the Bead Soup reveal date was pushed back a week. *phew!*  Bad news is that my creative status has not changed.  I'm still majorly blocked. I've even ceased all of my beloved art charm swaps for a few months. That's partly because I need to get my art den in order and finish some unpacking and organizing. Also my parents are coming out in a couple of weeks and I need to get things in order so they aren't tripping over Rubbermaid totes. lol

      There is no denying I am Blocked with a capital "B". * sigh *

      This will pass... I need something... Something... ANYTHING to tap some creative juices.

      In other news, the most exciting thing this last weekend is that security saw a bear cub! (there is still new construction in various stages- so we have night security that patrols the area to deter thieves of course) He spotted it on the far side of the neighborhood Sunday in the a.m.  Honestly, I'm not too worried about encountering a bear or large cat. The furthest I go on my walks are just on the tip of the section that the cub was spotted in, which is closer to a denser wooded area with no current construction. Plus I'm not out and about THAT early. lol  It's just fascinating to know there are bears in the area.
     Our little section of the neighborhood is about to get busier- they are extending one of the nearby roads to new residential. Hopefully they will move forward with the dog park as well. Eventually there will be retail and dining and shopping, etc. We are a brand new community with a 20 year development plan. It's exciting, but makes me anxious. I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood that I could walk to the store and other places nearby, but I might be pushing 60 yrs old before that come to fruition. Who knows?

Happy Monday!