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Earrings: A Compulsion To Make A Baker's Dozen

I had a yen to make some earrings this weekend, and I ended up making a baker's dozen! I tried some new ideas, and I had fun learning a little bit about wire working.  I didn't stop until I ran out of some supplies - so now I must purchase some more wire in a variety of weights. I want to learn more wire wrapping. Some of these earrings will be kept, some will be given as gifts and some are for sale. I can't believe that I had such a fulfilling time playing in my long neglected bead box! I think that making earrings will remain " a once in awhile" passion, or perhaps I won't make earrings again until I go to the bead store the next time! I'm especially fond of the wrapped limey green briolettes on the lower left (I made two pairs!) , the turquoise, lime and purple glass bead earrings (upper left) and the labradorite and amber set on the middle. Of course - I couldn't resist the cat faces! Some duo tone glass beads in blue and green, dyed turq

Memorial Day & Feats Of The Week

Every Memorial Day I take a moment or two to give thanks to those who serve in the military to preserve our freedoms. I am proud to be descended from the Governor of Rhode Island, William Ellery, who signed the Declaration of Independence, and I am proud of my three beloved (maternal) uncles who each served in uniform. They were my real life heroes. Uncle Jack received two purple hearts during WWII. Uncle Bill was a war time pilot who later flew for the original Flying Tigers. My desire to become an airman probably stemmed from his interest. My Uncle Jimmy was the closet of them all to me - and he shaped my life in so many ways. He was the one who was always there foe me. We understood each other's eccentricities, and when I he passed I never really did get over it. Let us give thanks for the freedoms we have, as imperfect as they are they are better than most anywhere else and they are, uniquely, ours. The hummingbirds have been hard at feeding this year. We'v

Opinions Please! Dynamic View Or Same View

We have had a very bad season for tent caterpillars this year! This is an apple tree at a friend's house. The buggers are so thick that they coated a wind chime  and looked like an icky, moving carpet. If my back allowed for gardening I might not want to do it just because these things are so icky! But the main reason for this post is that I've been thinking about the look of my blog and have some questions that I hope you will take the time to think about. I would like it to be easier for you, dear readers, to look at the things that you like and ignore the things that are of no interest to you. I've checked out Blogger's Dynamic view templates, and one of them works very well to make finding things that you want to see (knitting, mixed media, photographs) more easy. The problem, and the trade off, with this option is that it does not allow for any widgets, links, blog rolls or extras. I rather like promoting places and people that I enjoy, and I am not

Thrincie Treasure Box

Side 1 Our little mixed media art group, heARTist Trading Cards , trade ATC's each month, but we also do mixed media side trades. Truth be told I think I like the side trades the best ! One of the most recent side trades was for fabric "thincies" - 3"x3" squares. Although we only had three participants it was one of my favorite trades, and it was size that I had not worked in before. I decided to make a small treasure box from the thrincies that I received in trade and the extras that I had made for myself, figuring that I would need them to complete the box. I had a great time with this trade and I know that this little treasure box will hold good memories for many years to come. Side 2 This one is the top of the box, and it was made by Karen Musgrave . As you may have noticed, I have a thing for crow's and raven's , and so it was a perfect top piece.  It's a great example of thread painting! This thrincie was made by Linda

Mother's Day: Loss and Gratitude

My Mother with my Grandad, William Ellery in Brooklyn, New York, Circa 1935- 1940 I've never spoken about my Mother, and it is still difficult to do. Mother was my best friend and staunchest supporter. Her love was boundless and strong. She loved children, and I think she would have liked to have had more than just me!  The problem is that she died much too young at the age of 46, from alcoholism. Of course, at that time is was not spoken of much, nor  did we speak of the frequent, nightmarish, hospitalizations. Losing my Mother was a pain that never goes away. I miss her with every fiber of my soul - every day that I live. She would have been 84 now. I was 2 days past 21 when she died. Her loss has touched me at every turn and yet I am grateful to have had her as my mother. I think that she was too fragile for this world - too confined by the strictures of the 1950's and 60's. when women were expected to stay home . Looking back on my parents, I can see how my Mot

Zentangle ATC, How To Make a Foam Stamp Plus An Usable Alternative To Embossing Ink

This is the design that I came up with. Over at heARTist Trading Cards our next theme is Zentangles. I love making Zentangles so I looked forward to rendering this theme  The front and back of the cards, before any edge treatment to the ATC's Four of the cards together I water colored each card separately and then added some crackle and glass highlights to some of the berries. I wasn't sure what to do with the edges. When I finally did the edges (you will see more below) I decided that this time perhaps they should have gone with no edging. That being said, hindsight is 20/20 and I really did not want to remake all of the cards! Ratz! They came out alright but not quite as I had hoped for ! A single ATC - you can see the effect of the crackle gel and the gloss on some of the berries This week I tried another experiment this week . It was something that I had been meaning to try. I had been meaning to see if I could use my Sissix Big Shot machine to c

Tart Caladan Shawl and Natural Inspirations

My newest finished shawlette. This is the second Caladan shawl from Barbara Benson Designs that I have made. I just really enjoy  knitting with beads - and this shawl has just the right amount of beading...not too many and not too few. I knit this with Madeline Tosh Pashima yarn in their Tart colorway. It's an absolutely luscious yarn to know being made of  :   75% superwash wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere  A close up of the bead placement Our hummingbirds are back in force going through 5 quarts of solution per day. In the evening we have at least 325-30 birds around each of the 5 feeders at once. I'm going to try to set up the camera and take a little video with sudio because it's one on those sights that you can;t believe until you see it and hear it ! Here's our red fox friend Lulu. She's been having 'dinner' at our house since she was kit. She comes by everying afternoon, waits patiently by the door, follows DH out to the fo