Friday, July 1, 2016

SKY CURTAIN

Took a little trip to Anchorage and on a perfectly sunny summer day we walked around downtown and enjoyed the ambience of the big city. We were on 5th ave so Robert and I stopped into the Egan Center lobby where, an artwork that has been a favorite of mine for 25 years, is located. Beaded Sky Curtain by Jeanne Leffingwell,  YES, IT IS MADE OUT OF SEED BEADS! I haven't been there in quite awhile and I thought it was very cool the way the trees have grown up around the curtain. 
I know how hard it can be to capture the northern lights in beads. This is a stellar example of just that!
my version of northern lights with junk car.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

GREAT VISIT!

Yesterday I put my long time friend and bead buddy on the plane back to Florida. We had the greatest visit, I hadn't seen Susan in 13 years. My wonderful god daughter Grace has grown into a full fledged, (force to be reckoned with) adult. Kind and caring but with an under lying take no crap attitude. I'm impressed. She had her boyfriend Rocco with her and he was great, diving right in to every aspect of Alaska life including chopping every round of firewood in the pile. But with Susan it was different. We've known each other since 6th grade and the easiness of sitting around the bead table working on our projects was like old times, sharing stories new and old and laughing at some pretty silly stuff. The bond of sewing together seems timeless. I think it's something that has been part of many womens lives and I am grateful for it. Not to mention I was able to get my "Late Bag" finished and in the mail while they were here...




Thursday, March 31, 2016

THE BIG 60

Got up this morning feeling reflective, what do I want to do this year, something to mark the mile stone of turning sixty. Went for a walk out to the bluff. It was windy but there was warmth coming off the sun and only little tiny piles of snow left in the shady spots. I decided to try and meditate,(one of the new things I would like to learn this year) so I found a dry clump of old straw grass and sat down. Closing my eyes I was aware of the sound of the ocean waves, the cool breeze on my face and my cold hands. Trying to quite my mind I chanted to myself " calm and happy, calm and happy." I will have to come up with something better than that. I kept pushing aside thoughts as they came in. I think I lasted about 3 or 4 minutes, not very good but it's a start. Headed home and Robert had made me ham and eggs for breakfast with a steaming cup of hot coffee. Sitting at the bead table  I snapped a picture of the order I'm working on. Robert said "Let's get one of you and Crazy before I take the snow tires off."  So the day I turned sixty has been documented for posterity. I think maybe my chant this morning was right on the mark. Calm and happy...

Friday, March 18, 2016

MEET THE BEETLES!

I've really been obsessed with all the wonderful beetles there are out there. I love the look of them with their hard, shiny wings. The amazing colors they sport certainly lend themselves to my beadwork projects. Here are a couple of cuffs I've completed. There are two more that have been designed and will be coming soon, but they will have to go on hold while I work on filling my next order. I plan on exploring the insect world much, much more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NEW LEATHER

Wow, I'm so in love with this new leather. I hemmed and hawed when buying it because it's stiff, and I usually use a more pliable hide but the gorgeous turquoise color was irresistible.  It turns out it's not any harder to lazy stitch through and it is giving this piece that I dissected new life. Do you ever have one of those pieces you are just not happy with? This was that way, I didn't like it on the black leather and the strap was weird so I knew it would be a redo. Like I said, I love, love, love it now. I think I'll have to order the hot pink hide too, feeling very inspired!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

So the weirdest thing just happen. I went to post my valentines post to facebook and blogger sent the link but put up some mystery beadwork picture. Very strange? I deleted it and I will try again. Hearts and flowers to all! These little pieces are designed as passport bags. I came up with the idea because I was asked to put on a workshop in August in Homer for www.beadventures.com



 I looked into them and they travel the world doing these bead adventures. The Czech Republic, Italy, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia! I thought passport bags would be just the ticket. It looks like they have a wonderful trip planned for their Alaskan beadventure and putting on the workshop at Gig's Beads and Things is going to be a blast. If you love beadwork and have always wanted to see Alaska you should check out their website.Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CLEAN SLATE/BEAD TABLE

I'm happy to report that the "Dressed Horses Bag" is in the mail. It seems like I was working on it forever, but really it will only be a little late getting to Italy. I was suppose to have it done by Christmas but it just didn't come together in time. Thank you Shira, for your patience. All of the small bead detail on these blinged out guys was very time consuming. It was fun working with this color palette, pinks, reds, and golds! Not my usual fare and I love doing something different!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. On to the new year, starting with a clean bead table. Next up is a little bag with a woodpecker design. I see the little feathered friends at my bird feeder everyday.