Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It's now Christmas Eve and I'm in NO way ready for my company. They are arriving on the 26th so I have two days. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I have most of the groceries bought so it's a matter of getting beds ready, etc. I hate making beds. I hate washing sheets. Couldn't someone please invent disposable sheets?
Tomorrow Coop and I will have our Christmas dinner if I don't mess it up. If it turns out horribly we'll have to eat the company food and go shopping again! I hope your Christmas is wonderful!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
When I started this blog I posted a photo of geraniums in the flower box on top the fence. Now the box is filled with snow! I'm worse than a little kid about snow. I love, love, love it! Santa Fe looks like it is covered with a thick layer of marshmallow fluff. It's picture postcard perfect and the snow is still falling. I uploaded more photos so click here if you'd like to see them.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Good honk. I've been a busy beader and totally forgot to blog. I guess I thought Santa's elves would do it for me. I could ask my evil twin Lucretia to blog for me but there is no telling what she would write.
It's snowing today and the city looks so pretty. I love snow! Take a peek at the Plaza web cam. Some of the shots were really pretty this morning. The poor cathedral looks awful. They are repairing the walls and have plastic all around it so the workers can stay warmer.
I have my Christmas tree. I have new ornaments. I bought presents. I bought wrapping paper and ribbon. Beyond that I haven't done diddly. Think I can get everything done in time?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I just finished another of my This Side Up ornaments. This one is called "Hearts & Flowers" and while the flowers are obvious you have to search to find the hearts. They are in the fringe. Fooled you! Do you think I'm hooked on making ornaments? I do.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
My little fingers are worn out. I finished four of the "This Side Up" ornaments. I have the patterns for sale on my web site. These ornaments just tickle me pink! Turn them one way and they are a beautiful tassel-like ornament. Flip them over and they look like a tiny tutu made of beads! Try saying tiny tutu three times! I just did and I sounded like a goofy train. It takes SO little to amuse me.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
It was a perfect day to photograph beadwork. It was overcast but lots of filtered light. I grabbed one of my new ornaments and went outside. The sun went away and the flash went off. Oh well, I'll try again another day, Miss Scarlett. Until I get a decent photo this will have to do. The ornament is one of my "This Side Up" series. I've had a lot of fun making them. It all started with my disaster when Sam chewed part of my "Peek-a Bead" necklace and I had one piece left over. After I made the first ornament I discovered that it was pretty no matter which side was up. Two ornaments for the price of one! How's that for saving money?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I've done the frog stitch more times than I care to think about but it's finally finished. I wanted to use the round pieces in three sizes but it was way too big. I made a smaller bottom piece, used the two and it works. In about a week I'll probably like the piece. I'm so tired of messing with it that I'd really like to throw it out the window! I call this "Peek-a-Bead" because when you open the lid the lampwork bead pops up. When you pull the center fringe strand the lid closes and the bead hides.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday the weather turned cold so we spent the whole day just being lazy. We had a fire going all day. What a wonderful day! What a wonderful weekend!!!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The damage Sam did to my new necklace experiment has been repaired. All the components are made so it's time to start putting it together. If it turns out well I'll post a photo of the finished piece. If it looks like a big fat mess I may just post a photo of the pile of beads that are left when I cut it apart!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
You know fall is just around the corner when the chile roasters appear. I love the smell of the roasting green chiles! This weekend we found the most beautiful ristras so of course I had to buy three for my front porch.... and two for my kitchen.... and two to send to friends. We had two shopping carts filled with ristras. A woman looked at them and told me I was getting a good start on my Christmas gifts. I didn't dare tell her they were almost all for ME!
Monday, September 15, 2008
For the first time in weeks I finished a bead project. I made a necklace for my dentist's assistant's Chihuahua puppy! She has tons of clothes for the dog and even puts it in pajamas every night. I keep telling her that it's a DOG but she insists it's her baby. Do you think it's time for me to get a new dentist?
Friday, September 12, 2008
A wise person once told me that when you begin to paint a room you should just move to another house instead. This is so true. When one wall looks good the next room looks horrible. Before long the entire house looks horrible and it's all because of painting the first stinking wall.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
My only purchase was a beautiful micaceous clay bean pot. I've wanted one for a while but didn't want to spend the money. It was late Sunday when I saw the pot and the artist offered it to me at half price. Now I have a problem. I hate to cook! Perhaps the pot will just sit on my stove and look pretty. Sounds like a plan to me!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I had a grand time and got to see some beautiful beadwork. One woman made a doll decorated with the tiniest beads one can possibly imagine. I've seens lots of tiny beads but none like these. When first saw the piece from a couple of feet away I thought she had painted the garment. The shading was fabulous! I saw some more beautiful dolls, beaded cradleboards and beaded buckskin dance regalia. I didn't have time to look at everything, darn it. I will be working again this afternoon so I'll get to see the winners in each of the categories. I'm working the "silent auction" today and again tomorrow night. I'll have to slap my hands to keep from bidding on everything!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Coop and I are at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. We have a wonderful room with a balcony overlooking a small lake. Thank goodness this is a company trip because I'd hate to pay for all this luxury!! The 3000 acrea grounds are absolutely beautiful with big trees and wonderful flowers everywhere. I brought my beads but haven't had time to work. I'll bead in the car on the drive home tomorrow.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Help! I'm being held captive by a big TV showing beautiful bodies performing incredible athletic feats. During the Opening Ceremony I saw a huge Chinese symbol for the word "harmony" and though it would be beautiful for an amulet purse or small necklace. Click HERE for the pattern. It's free and that's always a good price. Enjoy!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Is there anyone that tastes better than a home grown tomato? Yes. A tomato sandwich with tons of mayonnaise and thick slices of tomato still warm from the sun. Gooey white bread, of course! Our tomatoes are laden with big green tomatoes. This one is going to be ready to eat tomorrow. Yummy!