I'm going to be working on my last bjp for this year today and tomorrow...might finish it or not...
Now I'm wondering what bead embroidery series or challenge I can do between now and january when the next bjp starts!
Anyone else have any plans for "filling in" the next 4 months?
I've been working steadily on the new jewelry series...mostly earrings and I think I'll probably make another couple bracelets too...all done with delica beads (japanese cylinder beads) since their precision suits the patterns. I also made a pendant with bail using some czech 22 kt. finish seed beads...creates an entirely different look which I don't like as much as the delica-look.
Between some good (read, sunny) weather and a brief return to caffeine (I've been staying away from it), I'm really feeling productive again!
I love to drive up our river road about 5 miles to this little roadside shaded spot and bead. I park the van and then move into the back seat while keeping the sliding door open and start beading...every once in a while I look up and all this blue water and the little "island" (you can only get to it by boat ) with it's house gives me such a sense of peace and serenity...I think it shows in the beadwork too.
From my walk this morning...the NOAA ship leaving our bay.
Some more pieces and beads to go on the august bjp.
One possible hand I'll be beading for the fiber art traders group I've joined on yahoo.
I'm thinking of doing some beachcombing this afternooon...low tide is around 3pm, but it's not a very low tide so I may wait until friday when we have a minus tide in the early morning.
When I went to work yesterday afternoon I couldn't find a place to park...almost the whole parking lot in front of the visual arts center was closed off for emergency vehicles due to a fishing boat coming aground on nye beach. And a 50 foot boat with 1600 gallons of diesel fuel is a bit heavy and hard to move! Luckily, they were able to offload the diesel fuel, so an environmental catastrophe was averted, but it's going to be interesting to watch this afternoon to see if they can get her back afloat and off the beach...hey, never a dull moment in nye beach!
added on thursday...she's off the beach and back in the harbor for now...
It's been quite a few days...between the pow wow on friday, beaders' gathering and lunch on saturday, short visit from son & girlfriend on sunday, wonderful surprise visit from friends on monday along with blueberry picking in the morning...we've been having fun!
I also managed to get a few pieces beaded for a bracelet and I'm working on another abalone piece this afternoon...I'm hoping I've turned a corner here and can get back to getting at least a bit of beading done every day again, as I used to!
I also got two pairs of earrings done this last week...I collect hands and they often end up in my own earrings and this week I found some metal ones in silver and copper I liked and a couple of stone ones that are unlike any I've seen before...brings my hand earring collection up to around 9 pair, I think...and an added good note-heard our friend who had major surgery will be going home in a day or two...absolutely amazing! One week and he's home again...ain't modern medicine grand!
One of the pieces of abalone I bought at the pow wow has found it's way into this month's bjp, along with some of the new metallic charlottes....my, they are pretty! Here's a photo of the ones I bought...a finished triangle pendant from diane fitzgeralds new book using some 22kt.-finish beads from the pow wow along with some vintage nailheads and a close up of the abalone piece...I love the organic shape of this piece.
I haven't taken a lot of landscapes this summer, but this one of the bay at sunset is one I managed to do.
wow...time surely flies! I do have my bjp ready to work on, but haven't even thought of where to begin with the beadwork...
I did find a great shaped key and had a crystal that just fit in it....I'm living with it for a while before deciding how to hang it...
And tomorrow is our annual bead buying trip to our local pow wow...I've been going for almost 14 years with a group of friends to buy most of the charlottes I use during the year and some unusual abalone pieces...although this year I won't be buying much, but the trip itself is always a treat...no drums or dancing...that starts tomorrow night.
Went to visit a friend in the valley yesterday and took him this leather bracelet I made...not my usual, but I liked the cicada (for long life) and as he's having major surgery tomorrow, it seemed timely.
On our way home we took the long way...about 20 miles from the coast we headed up into the hills on some logging roads and had some fun with our county map...no GPS for us, lol!
Here's a shot of the alsea river yesterday afternoon, then a view of one of the interior valleys of the coast range and our van sitting up on a ridge road, just before heading west...into the darn overcast...but at least we got our fill of sun and heat in the valley!