Monday, July 30, 2007

Guesses, part dieux

It's more than the last picture......

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Loomatics continue to meet in Michigan

A nice Friday evening in Dearborn Heights! The Loomatics study group of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild continues another summer. In this picture are: Diane, Madeline, Sue, Linda, Sandy, Liz, Jeanette and Sharon. Once a month we meet for a nice evening of beading, socializing, man bashing, ghost stories, truths, lies and everything in between. Tamaya, who is also a member, was unable to attend this night - (but with a little baby - has a good excuse for missing the fun) and Deb was off probably photographing Rick Springfield!

Guesses, please?

This is the start of a project in orange and purple right angle weave. What is it?

Urchin bead

Following instructions from Marcia Decoster's lariat, I have a sea urchin of unusual colours living at my home. It will end up hanging from a silver chain. I used lime green, peacock blue seed beads and tourmaline 3mm swarovski crystals. It's yummy!!

Bead Journal July - finished

This is my finished square for the month of July - it's the Big Dipper and the North Star in a field of the Milky Way. I was inspired by all the stars that my husband and I see when we go camping in Northern Michigan - away from the lights of Detroit, you can actually see a lot. I used shades of blue and silver size 15 seed beads for this month. The "stars" in the dipper are pearls. The finishing touch will be a 3-bead picot around the sides. I like the flow of the sky, the whorls of the dark sky, so very typical of a July night.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Bead Journal July

Working on it slowly, but I have managed a couple of hours over the weekend. The milky way is giving me a headache, but the majority of the people that I showed it to knew what I was doing.

Busy, busy, busy....

....I haven't even done my housework (which won't surprise any of my friends), but I have been beading. Working on my July piece for the bead journal, finishing the previous piece (Urchin by Marcia Decoster), and the current piece - Crayon Colours. The beads are Bellisimo beads that I learned from Marcia - and tubular netting over a plastic tube. The spacer beads are from Trudy E. Barnes - Trudy's Colour Creations ( which I purchased at Bead and Button in Milwaukee, WI in June. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Good Wednesday to you......

....I haven't been working on my BJP, but still have a good headway on July's page. I hope to get back to it over the weekend. At this time, we have no weekend plans (and would like to keep it this way, but you never know).

I have had time to finish a Marcia Decoster Urchin Lariat - and I think it's wonderful. I think with enough time, I might actually become a fan of RAW....

The weather has improved, it's been in the 90's, and today, the upper 70's with a great breeze. Tonight, I am off to my friend Sandy's house for several hours of beading bliss.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Alas, no progress pictures this time

What have I been working on? I have been making components of a Marcia Decoster lariat, that are looking pretty good! I have been working on my bead journal piece for July, it's just over half done and I like the look of it. I've ideas for many more of them and have been writing them down so that I can remember what I thought about.

I was out on Friday with my Loomatic buddies in Ypsilanti at Stony Creek Bead and Gallery for our monthly hang out. Sue Schwartzenberger offered the classroom at the store to hang out in, have dinner, do some beading. She has a really nice store - and it's closer than Ann Arbor, and might be closer than Pam's Bead Garden in Plymouth (in these days of $3.00 or more a gallon of gas, that is important).

I've been doing a lot of gardening - I do like being out there in the sun and just hanging with the girls and working on my skin cancer (just kidding, I take precautions - my father's skin cancer taught me that). I harvested a ton of bamboo stakes this year, I must have 30-40 of them. It's nice strong stakes that I am getting now. Some of the bamboo is over 18 feet tall. Wonderful!!

It's been a nice summer - good temps, good sun factor, almost enough rain. Let's hope it continues.....