Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Like a lion

Last week we had wonderful warm spring like weather.  It felt so good to feel the sun.  I have been getting over my second bout of bronchitis this winter and the warm air was so "healing".  March is tricky though because it usually lulls you into thinking that spring has finally arrived and then gives you an abrupt reminder that it is still March.  We had a snow storm on Monday that left the roads in the worst condition that I had traveled on all winter, an icy slushy snowy mess.  Yesterday the weather was calling for 1" overnight with an additional 1-2" today.  When I woke up at my usual early hour, there was already 3" on the ground.  Since it was my turn to stay home with the boys if there was no school, I went back to bed. When I finally got out of bed, the snow was about 7-8" deep.  It was beautiful.  The trees had 3-4" of snow on their branches.  Because the snow was so thick on the branches, you really could not see through the trees to the neighbor's houses.  It was a beautiful white wonderland.  Hope you enjoy these pictures.  Spring is coming, I saw the crocus' blooming just last week and my bulbs have popped through the dirt but I have to honestly say that I enjoyed this winter wonderland kind of day.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bliss

Hello from rainy PA!  We have had a rainy week this week.  The streams and creeks are just amazingly full of water.  Between the rain and snowmelt at the beginning of the week and the storm that we are having today into tomorrow, it should be amazing to see the high water.  Here is hoping that there won't be any major flooding.

I have another bracelet to share with you.  I called this one "Bliss" because it just makes me happy when I wear it.  It is really sparkly and the photo doesn't do it justice.  It is a new style of design for me.  It is made with components that are joined together.  I normally tend toward a project that is woven together with a single thread.  It is hard to tell in the photo but there is some curving in the bracelet back and forth.  I can't wait to make another one of these soon.  The pattern is available in my lulu store (click on picture to the right) and will be available in Lanai's store soon.  I also will be teaching this project in April at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA in April so keep an eye on the classes tab if you are interested.

Thanks for taking a peek!!  Have a wonderful day today.

~Nancy





Sunday, March 6, 2011

I don't know either....

I often have friends ask me how I work full time, take care of two growing boys and my dear husband, serve in church and find time to bead, write patterns & teach.  I don't have a good answer because it all just seemed to fit in somehow.  I have always been somewhat disciplined with my time.  I have to honestly say that this year I don't feel that way at all.  I know that I have mentioned it multiple times here but my time and what I have to get done in it is just getting away from me.  I have tried to only commit to things that I know I can do and I have learned to say no and let go of certain responsibilities.  I think that some of it is also the fact that my boys are getting older (9 and 12) and are getting involved in different activities and sports.  I truly feel that it is important for them to do these things and support them in them.  Anyway, how do you make it all fit into your schedule??  I look forward to hearing how you overcome time challenges.

I have been squeezing in some beading in between everything else.  As you know I have been enjoying being on Bead Infinitum's Design Team.  It has really helped me in my personal beading, reading another's directions and using stitches in new ways.  I have always loved their patterns and have quite a few from when I started beading because I love intricate designs.  I made an Infinity Donut.  Actually I have made several, working through different color combinations and bead sizes. I finally gave in and went back to working with the "little beads" because I like intricate.  It is just my style.  I paired this Infinity Donut up with some lapis, copper and glass accents for this lovely "Denim" necklace.  I love the rustic feel it has like a pair of well-worn comfortable jeans.
Infinity Donut beaded bead
 I kept with the denim-y colors and made these lovely Hour Glassy beads. I added some surface embellishment and paired them with some denim lapis  to create these barrel earrings.  These were a really neat beaded bead.  I love how Gwen and Florence used herringbone to create the edging on the bead.  It was a truly unique application.

Hour Glassy beads
I hope you have a great week.  I look forward to hearing how you handle your busy life and its challenges.  Happy Beading.

~Nancy