Monday, December 30, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sleep on it

Yesterday I had an idea for a pendant and sat to experiment. I made the centrepiece for this quite quickly, embellished it and all was going well.

Time for the edging. I did MANY different edges on this pendant.
I had 2mm crystals involved - no didn't like it.
I had 3mm crystals involved - no didn't like it.
I made it larger and had more twin beads - no didn't like it.
I used the silver 15s near the red twins - no didn't want silver near the red.
I used size 15s and 11s - some warping happened.

I eventually worked out the warping and played with colours to come up with the one you see above. It was okay and thought I would sleep on it and see how I felt in the morning.

I woke this morning and was quite okay with how it looked, took pics and posted it on Facebook.

I sat to make another one so I could get the steps into my mind and under two hours it was completed and I had an edging I love - the one on the right.

Much happier with the difference.

It pays to sleep on it sometimes.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas 2013 in my home - for my sister in Perth

Something I enjoy doing is decorating my home for Christmas.

For the last four years I have spent Christmas at home alone as I have been completely over Christmas by the time it has come around. i am glad I did that, however last Christmas I did not enjoy being alone and vowed I would spend it with friends again in 2013.

Well I am thoroughly enjoying it being Christmas this year. I guess having those alone times has re-invigorated me to get all inspired and have friends around again. I have old time 'jukebox' music on, bopping around the house, decorating, singing and Facebooking, all at the same time and now blogging as well…..LOL

I have been decorating the house for an early Christmas Sunday lunch, tomorrow, and I thought I would like my sister Sue, in Perth (the west coast of Australia) see what I have been doing so she feels a bit more involved. I miss her.

Above is a wreath I decorated for the front door. Each year I make it a bit different. On your right is a Christmas tree I made and each year decorate it a little bit different also.

Below are flowers I have on the mantle for tomorrow's lunch. You can see a self portrait - when I was 41 - on the wall and another in the mirror - what I look like now LOL.

On the bottom right is another tree with all my beaded stars on it. I thought I could have this on display tomorrow also.

So sister Sue, here are some pictures for you darlin' so you can see how my home looks during Christmas. Loads of love to you and your family, Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sun Star

This morning I started out making one thing and after half an hour I pulled it apart and started another star. Obviously I am not finished with these Christmas stars as yet.

It started out being a bit of a problem and eventually I was able to get it to work. I enjoyed making this one very much and feel it is my best star so far. 

The points are different. each second point is concave and then alternates are convex, so it has a sculptured look and catches the light more.  The reverse side is similar, just slightly different and also beautiful. 

I wonder if I am finished with stars now???