It's been a beautiful day here at the beach...cold, but then it is winter...so we're all taking it nice and easy...
As you can see, the cats are sending off the old year with their usual enthusiasm....maybe I should have given them a catnip cocktail to liven them up a bit...or not.
I finished december's bjp at my mom's house in washington....the two bluebirds were a gift from her that I thought the piece needed as the winter solstice is when we start moving toward summer, just as the summer solstice is when we begin to move toward winter...or maybe that's just me...
I finished my mom's presents and they are in their little gift bags ready to go with us up to Washington to her house...the brooch/pendant MOP cameo is surrounded by fw pearls and then some rose colored charlottes in size 11 and 13...the tibetan turquioise has a beaded bail...I've got a silver chain to hang it on...hope she likes them!
Now it's time to finish that december bjp!
I've added some earrings and two of the bracelets to my etsy shop using these gemstone beads I just purchased....the color was too wonderful to pass up. I made both a bracelet and earrings for me too and just love them, so thought someone else might like the colors as well....the little scarab beads are african jade and the heishi are indian jasper.
That's the title of my december bjp (and one of my favorite barbra streisand songs) which I started today...on the 6th, my husband and I celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary...sometimes it seems like it's been a lifetime and sometimes it feels like it's gone by so fast...I just know there have been days when the only thing that's got me through them is knowing he'd be there with me...my best friend, my dearest love and one of the most intelligent people I've ever been lucky enough to know.
Having been introduced to the Pay It Forward idea by Jackie of Beading Gram, I'm offering 3 face pins to the first three readers here who would like to join this wonderful movement! You just commit to sending 3 pieces of your handmade work to another 3 people...and it doesn't have to be done in the next week or month! Just make the commitment and let folks know what your timeframe is....I'll be sending out the pins just after the new year, as this month is already too full to make any new commitments, but January is still wide open, LOL!
We were very lucky this time as the worst winds (125-130mph) hit the coast north of us...we got 81mph winds and our electricity is still on!
The only casuality in the near neighborhood was one of the small firs across the street. You can see the manager is already out with his chainsaw taking care of it.
Here's a view the other way so you can see all the huge firs we have in the park....they weathered the storm beautifully as they have for the past 150 years...
Sadly, we heard that one of the oldest Sitka spruces in the US was in the direct path of the winds and was snapped off...