Friday, March 29, 2013

Daggers and Spikes

No, I'm not planning the costume I'll be wearing for the season premiere of Game of Thrones...

I'm celebrating the wonders that were contained in a tiny package that arrived from The Best Bead, all the way from the Czech Republic.

Aren't they fantastic?  I've been wanting to try out the new spike beads, and couldn't find any around here.  What did we do before the internet?!?

So in between drooling over the eye candy in the first BSBP reveal this weekend, and freaking out over finishing my pieces for the second reveal, I'll be fondling these little lovelies and plotting what they might become....

Monday, March 25, 2013

Harbingers of Spring, and Maybe A Challenge?

How do you tell it's springtime in your town?  Daffodils and tulips blooming in a blaze of glory?  The warmer rays of sun shining through your window?  ANY rays of sun shining through your window?

Around here, you can tell it's spring when the stores bring out the Derby hat displays -- here's what I spotted while out shopping this weekend...

The photo's a little blurry because the salesladies always give me the
stinkeye when I take pictures among the racks...
If you've been here for a while, you know that moving to this area of the country brought out my fascination in hats, as chronicled here and here, and here, among other spots.  I'll be honest - I got a little giddy when I saw these today.

I've entertained a fantasy of hosting a Triple Crown Bead Challenge (okay, so the name needs some work)  -- jewelry inspired by the awesome art of millinery.  I'd post some photos of fantastic, beautiful, and/or wacky hats that have been spotted at Derby, Ascot, or other famous races, and participants would choose one as an inspiration for a beady creation. It would be after the BSBP, probably with a reveal in May/June... What do you think?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

She Wasn't Lost, She Was Just Hiding

Please excuse the unidentified stuff on the beads to the left.
The Muse apparently forgot to dust.
The other night I was griping because I couldn't get the beads to work.  Instead of the lovely designs I had in my mind, what was coming off the needle was a bunch of truly tragic crap.

My muse wasn't actually gone -- she was just hiding.

After a good self-pity party and a few hours away from the bead tray, things started falling back into place.  So it looks like I may get things finished for the Time To Stitch challenge after all.

Whew!  Do you ever have those moments (days, weeks) when you think the bead muse has gone on permanent strike?  And what do you do to lure her back?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Will Not Curse. I Will Not Curse. I Will Not Curse.

Y'all, some days the beads just do not want to play nicely.  Apparently today is one of those days.

I've been sitting here, trying to get something - ANYTHING - to work for Christine and Therese's Time to Stitch challenge, and it just ain't happening.

All I seem to be able to make is butt ugly blobs 'o beads.  That was not the title of the challenge.

So before I start hurling around the kind of language that would've made my grandmother blush and sailors chuckle, I'm gonna set things aside and watch some basketball.  As Scarlett would say, "tomorrow is another day"!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Is Why You Should Read the Blogs Every Day

If the blogs I had neglected reading over the past couple of
days had been printed out, this would have been the stack.
Y'all have been very busy people!  Work and family obligations have meant that I missed reading my blog feeds for two days.  When I finally got a chance to sit down with the computer, it took me a long time to catch up on all the beady goodness you've been posting.
Now I feel like a slacker - gotta find time to pick up the beads, needle and camera!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birthday Dinner and Bead Shopping

It was only after seeing this photo that my husband finally admitted that
he's finally been outgrown.
My baby turned 21 this past week.  (Imagine me, fainting dramatically onto the sofa.)

We drove up to visit him on Friday, to take him out to a proper birthday dinner and celebrate.  Much good food and great conversation ensued.

And then on Saturday, I visited two bead stores in his city that were new to me. Don't worry, sweet husband got to go to a couple of stores that interested him as well.

The haul from store #1 vintage lucite rings, Swarovski cubes, rhinestone chain, wooden discs, dyed jade and a rockin' cool mermaid in carved resin

The mermaid's back
Store #2 yielded some seed beads, which aren't that interesting to look at, so I'll spare you the photo.

So it was the boy's birthday, but we all got some new goodies!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

At Least The Decorations Looked Like Beads

If you're looking for my Freeform Peyote Challenge reveal, please go HERE!

They were made for a fundraising event, so there are no calories involved, right?
 Good cause = guilt and  calorie free, right?
We had an Irish-themed event at work yesterday, and I decided to make some food to add to the spread.

This was my first Pinterest-inspired food venture - chocolate covered pretzels, sprinkled with green nonpareils to make them appropriate for St. Patrick's Day.

They were delicious.  Thank goodness other people ate most of them, so I have half a prayer of continuing to fit into my jeans...