Sunday, October 30, 2011

I Heart Macro - Cat Tails

It is that time of week again for I Heart Macro!  Those of you that follow my blog and read my post on yesterday, know that I went to Wisconsin this past week.  I stayed in Oshkosh with a friend that was attending a training school.  Well out side of the motel was a marshy area where Cat Tails were growing and I knew that they were going to be my I Heart Macro for this Sunday.

I have always liked Cat Tails, the color and texture that feels and looks like velvet.

A Cat Tail releasing it's seeds.

These were also growing in the marshy area. I do not know what they are, but I thought they were cool looking.  Can someone tell me what they are?

Coming back from Brookfield, WI on Thursday I stopped at a rest area and took some picture of the country side.  I saw these and found them to be very interesting.  I like how they look and their texture.  Once again can someone tell me what these are?

This Squirrel is twice the size of the Squirrels in Alabama

What says Wisconsin more than a Dairy Farm, Huh?
Hey Judy, I finely saw some cows!

I hope that you enjoyed viewing my I Heart Macro shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.  If you want to see more macro shots head on over to Lori's Studio Waterstone blog and check out what the others are I Heart Macroing!

Happy beading Y'all,

Saturday, October 29, 2011


This past week I went to Wisconsin to visit with a friend of mine.  While I was there I met two wonderful women that I blog with.  Judy of Three Red Beads and Lola of Bead Lola Bead.

I flew into the Appleton, WI airport on Tuesday October 25th around 12:30pm and before I headed to Oshkosh, WI where my friend was, I visited this lovely little bead shop called The Glass Onion Bead Store.  This is what I purchased that day.

Silk ribbon, seed beads sizes 6, 8, and 11, a Jasper stone bead, ruby red crystal rondells, 3 big paper beads.

Dave and his wife own The Glass Onion Bead Store.

The Gem Stone Room

Just a bunch of beady goodness!

The next day I met up with Judy we had lunch at a deli in Appleton and then we went to Starbucks and had a Spiced Pumpkin Latte.  I have never had one before and it was pretty good.  We sat and drank our lattes and talked for a couple of hours.  Judy is a lovely person with lots of ambition.  Judy not only makes beautiful jewelry and paper beads, but she also makes soap.  Since we were in Appleton I suggested that we go to the (you guessed it) Glass Onion Bead Store.  Here is what I purchased.

Agate beads aren't they beautiful!

Me and Judy

 I made Judy this bracelet and earrings. The bracelet is made with ruby red glass beads, moon stone rondells, hematite round beads, wavy bead caps and chain.
The earrings are made with boro glass beads and blue crystals

Judy gave me some beautiful Agate beads in different sizes and colors and two Lucite oval beads.

On Thursday I drove to Brookfield, WI where I met with Lola.  Lola and I were partners in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  We hit it off from the very beginning and it was so nice to meet her in person.  We went to Eclectica Bead  store where they were having a 50% off sale on gem stones (my lucky day) This is what I purchased.

A Red River Jasper donut, three beaded beads one blue two gold, Santa and Snowman Beads, Jade beads, Carnelian beads, Rhondolite beads, Agate beads, bead caps, and a wooden carved rabbit bead ( I collect rabbits and Santas). I would not have the rabbit bead if it weren't for Lola asking if they had any beads with rabbits on them, yea Lola!

After leaving Eclectica Lola and I went to lunch where we got to know each other better.  I very much enjoyed my visit with Lola she is a very funny and delightful person to be around.  I discovered that we have more things in common one of which is that we were both born in November, not the same day or year though.  I have but one regret, Lola had to leave to pick up her children and I forgot to get a picture of the two of us.  

This is the gift I gave to Lola.
I made a bracelet with lampwork beads from Julianna of Julsbeads , purple crystal rondells and silver tone base metal beads.

The earrings are made with the same lampwork beads and crystals.

I had such a great time with both Lola and Judy.  I am planning on going to the Bead and Button show in June so I will see them both again.

Happy beading Y'all,

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Heart Macro - Pink

It's Sunday and you know what that means, yep, I Heart Macro!  I was walking around my Mom's yard and noticed that she has a lot of pink, so I made that the topic for my I heart macro today.

An Azalea that is confused it is fall not spring!

A pink Rose bud

A Rose hip from a pink Rose

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon bud

Close up shot of the bud

Pretty in Pink!

I hope you enjoyed viewing my I Heart Macro shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.  If you would like to see more macro shots head on over to Lori's Studio Waterstone blog and see what others are I Heart Macroing.

Happy beading Y'all,

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Releases by Rufydoof - Beading Babes Project 2 Oct/Nov 2011

Hi y'all I am here to announce that the Beading Babes Project 2 Oct/Nov 2011 choices are up and needing to be voted on.  So if you are interested in taking part in some wonderful beading projects head on over to Karyn's blog Releases by Rufydoof and check out the patterns and vote on two that you would like to do.  This project is open to anyone that wants to play along.  To find out more about The Beading Babes you can click on the Beading Babes badge in my side bar.  Here are the projects up to be voted on:

Y'all come on and join in on the fun!

Happy beading Y'all

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I Heart Macro - Pretty Flowers

It is Sunday and that means I Heart Macro yea!  This week I am posting pictures of some flowers that were entered into the fair this year.  I took these pictures the evening that I went to see how I did on my entries to the fair. There were several tables with all kinds of floral entries on them so I started taking pictures.  Here are some of my favorite ones.

A mini Hibiscus

I don't know what this one is, but it is pretty!

I don't know what this one is either, but I found it interesting.

An orchid

Another orchid

And one more orchid

A very pretty variegated red and white rose, that smelled as pretty as it looks!

A very pretty delicate yellow rose.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my macro shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.  If you want to see more I Heart Macro shots head on over to Lori's Studio Waterstone  blog and see what others are I heart macroing!

Happy beading Y'all

Beading Babes October Beading Project

In September Karyn White with Releases by Rufydoof started a beading circle and called it Beading Babes.  Well I was all for this, anything that will help me hone my beading skills I'm all for.  So I signed up, and I'm a member of the Beading Babes, yea!   Our first project was simple, but looks complicated, Camelot Cross bracelet designed by Carole Ohl. 

The bracelet was constructed with 6mm bicone crystals, two different colors of 11/0 cylinder beads, and  two different colors of 11/0 seed beads.  The stitches used to construct the bracelet are peyote and herringbone.  Here is my bracelet:

I used olive green 6mm bicone crystals for the center, for the cross I used olive green 11/0 seed beads, for the sides I used pink 11/0 cylinder beads and gold 11/0 cylinder beads, for the corners I used pink 11/0 seed beads.  For the clasp I beaded a toggle out of the pink 11/0 seed beads and two of the olive green bicone crystals and the loop is peyote stitched with the pink and gold 11/0 cylinder beads.

I enjoyed making this bracelet project and I'm looking forward to the next Beading Babes project, this next time I will take progress pictures along the way to the finished piece.

Go to Karyn White's blog Releases by Rufydoof and check out what the others Beading Babes have created using Camelot Cross design.

Happy beading Y'all

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How I Did At The Fair

This evening I went to check on how I did at the fair.  It was also food bank night and if you brought some canned food you get in for five dollars.  So I took my canned food and got my ticket and into the fair I went.
As I was making a bee line to the Creative Center I heard someone call my name.  I looked around and saw my Brother and Sister-in-law standing with a group of people, so I walked over to them.  The first thing my Brother said was you got ribbons.  I said hush you just ruined the surprise and he said but I did not tell you what they were.  I visited briefly and then went off to find my entries.  

The Cellini Spiral got first place in the Craft Division Jewelry Class

The Yellow Agate and Carnelian Necklace placed second in the Gem and Mineral Division Beading Class

The Blue Agate and Moon Stone necklace placed third in the Gem and Mineral Division Beading Class

The African Turquoise necklace and the Dutch Spiral necklace did not place.

I'm so happy that three out of the five placed this year at the fair.  I look forward to October when the fair comes to town so I can enter some of my pieces.
My niece Belle entered a painting into the fair again this year and she got an Honorable Mention

As far as I'm concerned she is a first place winner with me!

I walked around and looked at a few things got me some fair food and some fudge and went home thrilled that I got placed.

Happy beading Y'all