Thursday, September 25, 2008

Neuschwanstein Castle - fertig?

I'm pretty happy with it.
I've been there at least 7 times, maybe more.
First time was in 1981 when I traveled with my friend Tricia.
Then when I lived in Stuttgart between 1984 and 1987, I was there
with friends and family who visited.
I followed the Lone Beader's lead with painting a canvas and
mounting the beadwork on it.
I really like it.
Now, I have a crewel embroidery castle, a lace version,
a cross stitch version and a beaded version.
The public debut will be on Sunday, October 5th at the
Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild Bead Bonanza in Southfield, MI
Now to continue on my Bead Journal project
that I put down a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Galveston, TX

It's not often that I have recently been to a news-worthy place. Last January, I was in Galveston a couple of days prior to leaving on a bead cruise. My hubby and I walked around the beach and took some pictures. Char, who lives in Texas just emailed me a slideshow of the devastation in Galveston - oh my goodness.
One picture really caught my eye because I was there - I know that I was there. We bought bottles of water because it was warm, January and we were on a beach!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Neuschwanstein Castle - seite seiben

It's been a while since I worked on this piece as much as I have. Here's the current view of the castle. It's moving right along. Tonight, my friend is coming over and we are going to bead boxes, if we can figure out the instructions......

Monday, September 15, 2008

2009 Bead A Day Calendar

The Bead A Day 2009 at or 2009 Bead a Calendar at Amazon.comis now available to the public! What a great source of inspiration this has been for me in the last year. I keep one on my desk and when I don't have a good day - I look at projects. Kudos to the editor and publisher!

Here is the link on the publishers web site:

p.s. Yes, I do have a couple of items in it - thanks for asking!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday morning.....

....just a nice Sunday in Detroit......

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labour Day Weekend 2008

I had a really nice, quiet weekend camping with my husband and dogs in Monroe, MI. This wasn't the skunky campground - this is the one that is just 28 miles from our home, but feels like we are very far away. What a great feeling. Alan and I took Friday off work to make it a nice long weekend. I spent a good amount of time this weekend with needle, thread and beads in my hand working on month one of the Bead Journal Project.
I originally was going to have a hawk as my first month, but I really love this owl. For some reason, when my mother visited me in Germany (while I lived there), she learned the German word for owl: Eule.

From Wikipedia: Owls are an order of birds of prey. Most are solitary, and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g. the Burrowing Owl). They are classified in the order Strigiformes, in which there are over 200 extant species. Owls mostly hunt small mammals, insects, and other birds, though a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament.

I also worked quite a bit on Neuschwanstein Castle. I finished work on the castle towers and started some of the trees in the front. I hadn't really worked on this since April but I do like how it's coming along.