Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Blues

The last of my family left this morning. We had a wonderful time while they were here so I have a wee touch of the Christmas Blues today. Part of me has the blues and part of me is enjoying the quiet!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

We had about 10 inches of snow yesterday and the city was so beautiful it looked like a Christmas card. The tourists were out in droves on the plaza. We saw at least 5 huge snowmen they had built. That had to be tons of fun for people who never get to see snow. We pigged out on breakfast burritos at Tia Sophia's. Yummy!

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

Tis the season to be......

Tis the season to be jolly? NO. Tis the season to be cleaning..... and cleaning.... and cleaning. Here's how the song should be:
Tis the season to be cleaning. Tra la la la, la la la phooey.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More snow!


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

Snow!!!!

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

Fish and holidays

It's a sure sign I've gone off the deep end when I worry about not feeding the little fish on my blog. Poor little fish. With any luck I'm caught up on some "have to do" projects so I can get back to blogging.... and feeding little fish.

I started doing Christmas shopping last week. What a pain. We went to Albuquerque Friday to shop. The wind was blowing about 978 miles per hour so nothing got done. Saturday I ran all over the city trying to find one stupid present. Sigh. 

Tis the season to be jolly. Tra la la la la la la phooey!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beading again

It feels soooooo good to be back in the beading mood again. It's finally getting cold so I've been sitting by the fireplace beading. I've been working on one of my goofy ideas the past few days. It is taking a lot of tweaking to get the pattern to fit. I think I'm close to having it right..... she says hopefully.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Birthday present

Coop bought me an Amazon Kindle for my birthday and I'm more than excited! Of course I may go broke downloading books. What the heck, I already spend a fortune of printed books! Yes, today is my birthday. I'm 21 finally so I can drink legally. If you believe this I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona I'd like to discuss with you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New ornament!



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.

My button


Bonnie bought me a delightful button at the Folk Art Museum so I wanted to share it with you. Isn't it wonderful?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bead/Chile Fiesta

The Prodigy Bead/Chile fiesta was wonderful fun. I'm feeling lonesome for everyone today. I'm counting the days until next year's gathering. I lost my camera so I don't have photos. That's the bad news. The good news is I found the camera this morning under a pile of clothes in my suitcase. Once again disorganization rears it's ugly head! Mary Tafoya has a post on her blog and hopefully she will have more photos soon.

Thursday night some of the beaders arrived and met for dinner at Tortilla Flats.  Things got rolling Friday with a poly clay collage class by Jan Jones. Bonnie Brooks and I did a wee bit of shopping Friday. OK, so Bonnie did more than a wee bit but who's counting? Rita Sova joined us for lunch at Clafoutis French restaurant. We had a wonderful lunch and pretended we were in Paris. Dinner was at The Shed. Yummy! Mary did a class on making silver wire earrings. I had no idea one could make so many variations on an ear wire.

Saturday Sally Ingram taught a class in making objects with buttons and thread. Did Bonnie do more shopping? Maybe just a wee bit more! Out dinner was at Blue Corn Cafe and afterwards Rita Sova showed us more tricks to use with the Versa-Loom. Saturday night was Girls Only Night with No Boys allowed back in the beading room. Did we get a big case of the giggles? Maybe!

Sunday afternoon Bonnie and I went to the Museum of International Folk Art. I wish we could have stayed all day. It was wonderful. They had a beautiful gift shop too so Bonnie did even more shopping! Dinner was at Harry's Roadhouse.

And did I do any shopping? I'll admit to spending a bundle on delicious chocolates at The Chocolatesmith but that's all I'll admit. You just never know if Coop might read my blog!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

New ornaments!


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

It's nearly Bead/Chile Fiesta time!

Only 8 more sleeps until the beaders start arriving in Santa Fe for the 14th Annual Bead/Chile Fiesta! Good friends, food food, good beads.... what more could one want?

Monday, October 20, 2008

It was a perfect overcast day......


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

I'm pooped!

My bead block is definitely gone. I've been beading until 2 am almost every night for over a week. I'm happy but I'm tired. My fingers are begging me to stop. My fanny is sore from sitting in one place for so many hours. I've been making some ornaments and they are looking pretty spiffy if I do say so myself. With any luck I'll have some photos ready to post soon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Peek-a-Bead



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

Terry Fator

I had the most wonderful weekend! Coop and I went out to the new Buffalo Thunder Resort Saturday night to see the Terry Fator show. His show was fabulous! If you don't recognzie the name he is the impersonator/puppeteer who won America's Got Talent last year. He is good on TV but in person he is absolutely unbelieveable. He sang duets with various puppets impersonating Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, Sonny and Cher... and on and on! The puppets sang Elvis, Garth Brooks, Roy Orbison and a bezillion others. If he is appearing near you please do yourself a favor and go! He just signed a 100 million dollar five year contact with the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Here are some YouTube clips from the TV show: Crying (Over you) , What a Wonderful World, UnforgettableFriends In Low Places

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 parts.....


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

Bead/Chile Fiesta

The final countdown to the Fourteenth Annual Bead/Chile Fiesta has begun. Only 1 month and 2 days until the gathering. A group of beaders used to converse on the old Prodigy bulletin boards and decided we should meet in Santa Fe for a weekend of beading, eating, shopping and having fun. We've met once a year since that time and this will be our fourteenth year. Beaders have come from as far away as Cape Cod, Chicago, Florida, Texas, Oregon, California and of course New Mexico. I'm sure I've forgotten some states so I'll apologize in advance. We will meet Thursday night and depart Monday morning. Our classes are taught by the attendees and are free. Am I excited? YOU BET!!! And why the name? I have no idea except that our plans for the first gathering was to bead and eat green chile. Works for me!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Repairs

I started repairing the damage Sam did to my beadwork. It's easier to do the Frog Stitch (rippit rippit) than it is to make repairs. I finally got the large piece done but the small piece is dead! It's a good thing that dog is cute because it's hard to stay mad at him. Last night he went into our bedroom and was gone a long time so Coop peeked in to see what he was doing. He was putting his favorite stuffed toy to bed with it's head on my pillow! It took a lot of work to get it just right with the covers pulled up so only the head was showing. I took a photo with my cell phone and it's not clear and the colors are wrong. Naturally my real camera was in the office. Trust me, this was cute!!! Yeah, I know..... I'm repulsive when it comes to Sam!

Monday, September 22, 2008

There are days.....

There are days when I wonder why I just had to have a Bichon Frise puppy. Yes, Sam is on the top of my bad list today. I have been working on a necklace this week. It's one of the things I can see in my mind but I've been having trouble getting it to work. I finally got the first two parts to work, put my bead tray down and took a break. You guessed it. Sam found the tray and stole both of the pieces. One has a big tooth hole in the center. It can be repaired but the other piece is in the trash. BIG sigh.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chiles!


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

Bead block gone? LOL!


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

Help!

I'm being held captive by the evil redecorating troll. I've been painting my bedroom. One wall and an archway is now a beautiful deep chocolate brown. My hands and clothes are now dotted with deep chocolate brown. I'm sick and tired of this job. I've been sewing stuff too and I hate sewing. I think I'm pretty close to having this mess finished.
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

New use for beading thread!

I was making a new padded headboard today and ran out of thread. I didn't want to go to the store so I searched through my bead box. I found a spool of OneG beading thread that matched beautifully! I wasn't sure it would work in a sewing machine but it did. Hooray for beading thread!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Poor pitiful Suzanne

I'm missing something here. Bead & Button has photos of 80 pieces that were entered in the contest but I can't find the winners. Bead Dreams 2008 - I've searched the site and didn't find them. If you know the URL for them please tell me in a comment. Thanks! I need to see the winners so I can feel even more sorry for myself. I pulled a muscle in my upper arm yesterday and it hurts. I'm talking big time hurt. I can't bead. I have a hard time holding up a book so I can't read well. I'm just a pitiful mess. Ohhhh .... I know what I can do even with one arm. I can eat mass quantities of chocolate! Just thinking about chocolate makes me feel better. I'm off of this computer so I can dig in the cabinet for my hidden stash of chocolate!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back down to earth!

I'm finally back down to earth after Indian Market but I can still close my eyes and see all the beautiful beadwork! I found the name of the beader who won the Quillwork & Beadwork Classification. She is Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty. So far I haven't seen photos of the winning pieces but I did find several articles by Googling her name. Here's one!
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

Volunteer - Day 2

Just got home from my second time as a volunteer. I had the best time ever! I worked with wonderful people during the silent auction. We sold lots of beautiful art. The prizes were awarded tonight. It is mind boggling to see all the contest art displayed in one room. A painting took Best of Show but beadworkers did themselves proud. Of the 8 pieces that won Best of Category (or whatever it's called) two were made by beaders. Jamie Oxsuna did two cowboy dolls. They won the diversified art category. I'll have to find out the name of the girl who won best of beadwork. It was the doll I was so in love with yesterday! I think the beader is only 19 years old. I'll post links as soon as there are photos on-line. One more night of silent auction and I'm through for this year. And will I volunteer next year? You bet I will. It has been a fantastic experience.

Indian Market volunteer

Yesterday was my first day as a volunteer for Indian Market. My shift was from 7:30 AM until 4 PM. Yes, I said 7:30 AM. Anyone who knows me will be surprised that I got up that early! I hate, hate, hate mornings! I worked the area where we welcomed the artists and assisted them in checking in their contest pieces. I met scads of delightful artists. Everyone was patient and understanding even when they found out that we were out of entry forms. We had to wait about 45 minutes to get more but still I didn't hear anyone grumble. The artists come from all parts of the country. Some of them were so tired from their long drive. Two men had driven from Florida and were caught in horrible weather but they made it in time to get their work checked in. They were still smiling!
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

At the Broadmoor



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

Beading on a trip

I'm going on a short trip to Colorado Springs Monday so I'm thinking about what to pack. OK, the clothes are easy. Jeans, shirts and one foo-foo outfit for a party. Done. Now comes the problem. Which beads do I take? I'm working on a goofy evening bag so I'll take beads for that one but what else? I've already printed extra copies of the evening bag pattern but which other should I print? Making a list..... beads, patterns, scissors, thread, needles, tray.... I know I'm leaving something out. It's getting close to panic time where I start throwing in tubes and tubes of beads, extra patterns by the dozens, several colors of Silamide. My bead case is going to weigh more than my suitcase. Panic!!! But wait.... I have one more day to figure this out. By tomorrow night I can probably have two bead bags packed. It's no wonder my poor hubby's hair started going gray shortly after we married.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Mexico Magazine

The September issue of New Mexico Magazine arrived yesterday. There are two pages featuring beadwork by Marcus Amerman, Frieda Bates, Teri Greeves and others. If you are in a book store check out pages 86 and 87.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ghoulbusters!

Sig Wynne Evans has a new chapter in her "The Cracked Bead" series. To quote Sig's web site this series is "A commentary from the warped mind of Sig" I can really relate to this one. Sig begins by writing "The inspiration-sucking Ghoul of Creative Death came recently to roost on my shoulder." Sig's Ghoul must have a twin brother who has been living at my house. Who you gonna call? Ghoulbusters! Anyone have the phone number?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Free "Harmony" Pattern


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

Olympics Opening Ceremony

I just finished watching the opening ceremonies. WOW! Hat's off to China for a fantastic production. The colors, the designs, the precision of every movement just blew me away.  I loved the way the scroll design was used in so many ways, including the caldron. When the man flew up to light it I had tears in my eyes.

I am in sensory overload. I wish I could capture just a little bit of the colors in beadwork. 

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Home grown tomatoes!


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!

Geraniums

OK, let's face it. I should not try to blog until I learn how to add photos and text at the same time. I've always thought I had a green thumb but obviously geraniums like the color of my thumb!

My fence with geraniums!



Santa Fe Summer Sounds

I love the sounds of summer here. As I walked home from the office yesterday I heard my neighbor playing her cello. She plays for the Santa Fe Opera. I often hear another neighbor who plays in a band practicing his trumpet. I hear the sound of the fountain in my front yard and the birds chirping happily as they bathe. My little house is about 5 blocks from the Plaza so I hear the nightly free concerts.  It's awfully hard to stay inside and work on the computer and my beading time is small when the sounds outside are so beautiful!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My first blog!

I'm a newby to the world of blogging. This is my first post and I have absolutely nothing to write! Hang in there with me. I'm sure I'll think of something later.