Monday, December 24, 2007

kumihimo




This is the first Kumihimo bead brcelet I made. It has many beads I had collected for years as I was origianlly going to add them to wall hangings. Orange is my favorite color and I like bright.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thanksgiving Houston





This is me in the RV, and this is Chris and me at the Rainbow Lodge in Houston for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

tome #2

This is Tome 2

Tomes Cover and Inside Cover

This is side 2, the little book describes my theme etc.

This is the first side of Tome Cover. I gave the tome a theme Wild Wonderful Women as I work better with a theme.



Some how i cannot get the photos in order.
I do think it would have been better to start the Tomes on the inside so that each side of a Tome faces the other. In other words pattis Tome 2 has side one to the left and side 2 to the right. I'm completing Tome #6 and later will try to make it work.









NASCAR photos




I even found an orange car. Chris coming out of Earnhardt's transporter

Friday, November 9, 2007

Catching up

NASCAR was fantastic. The noise the crowds the cars, the races, just a blast. Using a blank board book I created a visual memory of the trip. it requires a few more photos. They are in the camera as ONCE again I left the image card from the digital at home in the printer. SO I bought a throw away and lost it the second day only to recover it on the way home. So at a later date I'll throw in photos and hopefully Ruth will send some of theirs. Lois also had her camera so there should be some of the invasion of Missouri. So great to see Ruth's marble house and for the 3 of us to get together. My computer crashed when I returned and just as i completed Good Girl bad girl for Janet's round robin. So I created a different scenario not risque but within the time left to complete my part.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

My jacket completed




This is the back of Chris's jacket. He is a Dale Earnhardt fan.
The front of my jacket.


Friday, September 28, 2007

My Incomplete Jacket




NASCAR JACKETS

when I casually asked Chris if he would like a sweatshirt jacket I never expected an affirmative. So for the past 7 days my mind and finger have strived to create not one but two jackets. There were 2 sites with cotton racing car fabric and one with Dale Earnhardt. Making stuff for a man is very very different, no wild ribbons or trim . i think I erred on too conservative. Just realized the photos are in the camera.

Book RR


I spent 3 weeks working on the second book in the Janet Book project. After I completed my two pages for Robin's book I found the book would not close so they were remade smaller. It is a lot easier remaking and than designing and so 3 days later there were pages that fit.

Her theme is Books so I chose Treasure Island and Shadow of the wind. This is treasure Island it is "interactive. This is the one that did not fit. It was really fun to do.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bandera Celebration




This is Labor Day Parade in Bandera. I forgot the card for my camera so used a throw away. We went there for The Asleep At the Wheel concert at the 11th Street bar. The RV was parked by the river and we walked everywhere.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

WW5



This is Kathy and Eric who we visited in Placerville where they live in the hills. Kathy is a fabulous cook. It was wonderful to visit them. Next time we will need to remember that not all the world is retired and visit over the weekend!
The purpose of this trip was to attend a barrel tasting at Navarro vineyard. we have been members of the wine club for 30 years. So once we were camped at Mendocino it was off to the tasting. it was everything I dreamed of. GREAT wine, incredible local produce and super fun friendly people.

Wild West 4

We explored Kolab and want to return as there are great walks. Cedar breaks was incredible and the road was remote. Utah folks have a sense of humor for when we turned off 89 there was a sign "this is not route 89". next stop mono lake and terrifying ride over the Sonoran pass that at 10,000 feet is not really made for a 38 foot RV towing a truck. I did manage to open my eyes more than usual but my hands sweat. It's that view where I only see over the mountain top. That day we crossed one of those unsafe bridges. We had several adventures getting to the Calistoga fairground to camp. They had full hook ups.
California is the worst state in the country for signage as they don't number the highways like everywhere else and there are no sign announcing towns. despite the traffic and smog the countryside is gorgeous. The cows were not happy due to the drought. Ah yes the rain quit in Nevada.

Wild Wild West3





Here is Bryce. I do not know how I straighten it up so its ideal for looking at in bed.

That rain coming down Zion and intrepid fashionista travelers!

More wild West travels

I must have made an error as I had to post. So onward to Utah. We arrived at Zion Canyon camping site around 2:30 pm. We were greeted with an evening rain storm. The next morning we explored the canyon choosing not to take the walk up the river as there were hordes of tourists with rampagers heading up stream. We had started the day with a guided tour by a ranger. It was pretty awful as they let them set their own program and this woman was a sort of philosopher type and I really wanted to hear about rocks, geology and the like. We should know better. (In the Tetons the ranger knew less than the people on the flower walk!!!!) we had four fabulous days exploring the area and of course visited Bryce. That is just awesome. What is amazing is you look down onto the rock formations rather than up. We did walk down among them. My fear of heights was held in check and in my new fitness frenzy the walking was a cinch.
All the RV sites were full of Germans and several other Europeans in those rented RVs. We came back through the tunnel from our trip to Bryce. Not only is it an engineering wonder but the road is spectacular. Again thunder and this time it was a bonus as the rocks were all smooth and flat and the rain casaded off like a waterfall.

Wild Wild West


The western USA is the most beautiful place to travel. This summer Kerrville became bogged down in rain. By July we had more rain than we usually get in a single year. We yearned for the dry westerned states and a few days of cloudless skys and blazing sun.

We left July 27 with a stopover in New Mexico at a state park called Lake Sumner a 500 mile trip. We always aim to get out of Texas on the first day. A lovely tranquil site and guess what ?there was a thunderstorm.
The next day it was on to Arizona. We prefer to go on state highways and avoid interstate whenever possible. We had another 500 mile day arriving in the evening at Tuba City. The RV park was attached to a hotel

Thursday, July 26, 2007

My mermaid




I finished my mermaid for Camille and mailed her Monday. She was drawn onto cotton, after painting she was fused and stitched to batting. Her tail was machined embroidered. The background is dyed silk. Beads ribbon shells etc were added. I combined hand and machine embroidery.

On the reverse side I painted the Lutrador and printed a verse from a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson onto hand-made paper.
I was so impressed with Lutrador I ordered a couple of yards from Misterart and it arrived yesterday.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Contemporary necklace



This was made from a pattern. I don't do well with patterns as I forget I am using a pattern and branch out into my own thing. It is a real variation as many of the solid color beads in my stash are tacky. They must originate in China where they now mass produce beads that seem to be totally lacking in quality control as they are never quite the same size or shape. The small yellow beads are an example of this and the small white that broke easily.







This is my Kumi experimental necklace. I wanted it to be a lariat and then decided to finish it with free form peyote and long knotted strands. The long knotted strands caught in the door handle of Carolyn's car. We rescued what we could. So I changed it to just a toggles and loop closure. (One side is Kumi and the other free form peyote in the photo o the right). The Kumi is very heavy and is a mix of sizes of seed beads and other specials.

I hoped the blue would upload down here. This was originally meant to be a bracelet. It is the spiral loop. I made it too long and so added the tubular herringbone and a magnetic clasp and VOILA! After that class with MH i made several of these for presents. This is the only one photographed.



Kumihimo bracelets

Well this blog stuff has a learning curve and i just lost one.
This is all about my beading adventures. A long, long time ago I learned to add beads to embroidery in classes with Judith Baker Montano and then Nancy Eha. Nancy is the guru of beading quilts etc. Since i am not a jewelry type and no longer can wear pierced earrings, i never really became interested i beading until MaryHelen, friend and neighbor taught the Saddlewood Sisterhood to make braided bracelts and followed it up with a class for my fiber arts group on spiralbracelets. Everyone in the class made them with huge loops and every button they had. Not quite like the neat sweet things beaders make. Anyway I was hooked So after MH led me to the Tucson show where her sister Deborah whetted my appetite for things magical I delved into seed beads.

Chris made me a Kumihimo loom. It is not like the professional braid models but it works. Well can't get omages up so will publish this and try again.

Bead O Mine







Well here's a new learning experience. Not quite how I planned the layout.

This is one of my Kumihimo loom bead bracelets. Instead of caps I used a fabulous antique button. Its not plastic it's that 30's stuff. And the loop from size 11 beads. The bracelet is size 6 beads

Ok so it up loaded not quite how i expexcted it to. This is the loom I use (Helen Thomas's idea). She made it from 2 precut 5 inch square wood blocks and rods from Hobby Lobby. She drilled a hole in the middle, notched the sides and glued on the legs. Chris (DH) made this one and a couple of others.

The braiding technique is adapted from making fiber braids. I started off using small beads, 11 & 15 seed beads and have since experimented with large size 6 beads, not always with success. Basically you do have to make to wrist size as the clasp slips to the top and fussy folks don't like that look. This was why I resorted to making the loops and toggle/button. I find them prettier than closures and I am not very skilled at twisting wire for caps. Living in "the coutry" it is difficult to find a selection of caps especially wide ones. It's not as easy as it seems as different size beads create their own problems.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nowt funnier than folk

Yesterday in search of a background noise while I endeavoured to learn a technique in Paint Shop Pro I switched to BBC America. I like talk not music so I thought they have so many rubbish programs this would be ideal. The guide showed that "Love me Love my Dolls" was just starting. Oh great! I like dolls especially art dolls. To put it mildly this was not what it was all about. These were life size, anatomically correct silicone dolls with movable joints; very anatomically correct. The dolls were loved, take that with all the meanings the word "love" conjectures and you have the picture. It was what I call jaw dropper show. So this 60 minutes did not increase my knowledge or experience of PSP.



The next offering was about young women who want to get on page 3 of the British tabloids. This is the page for topless girls to strut their stuff. So that would be OK program for background yes?, i would certainly not be distracted by young hopefuls flashing boobs. The problem was the BBC had erased, rather crudely, their nipples. They all looked like they had breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. As I sat there thinking the show was about mastectomized breasts, I got it, by then the Beeb had switched to pole dancers seeking implants. So off to see Mr Boob, a surgeon, with a distinctively Peter Sellars accent, in the comapny of Satisfied Customer and a small boobed nymph. The surgeon, Mr. Singh, laid out a variety of different sized implants for the young nymph to decide which to have installed, in the hope of furthering her pole dancing career. The announcer was quite witty in fact he kept making up rhymes to explain the situation. So this was getting entertaining, whit, sarcasm and subtler asides forget PSP. Then, and this will flabbergast my comrades of mastectomy and reconstruction, Mr Singh stated he had size 1,000 cc implants!!!!!!!! They were part silicone and part saline. The satisfied customer, the pole dancer, who is 5 ft tall had them and is known as having the biggest boobs in England. I mean water melons. Say no more.

Her implants were construted with two types of fill and she had a port for adding and subtracting saline. So when she danced at the club she filled em up and emptied them before she went home!!!! Well the saline bit. That knocked my socks off. I was dissappointed that they were not shown inflated and deflated. This could send the American Academy of Plastic surgery into a furor or warnings and dire predictions
So much for PSP and a host of jewelry making projects.



Oh, she was a very together young women and would never fit the victim image that do gooders seem to want to label these girls. She and the others were very business savvy.



I think the letters BBC are acronyms for boob, bums and c******. Just look at their line up. And impartiality in the news department HA!!!!



The title to this piece is an old Lancashire saying that my Dad like to quote.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

ANother Saturday

Yesterday I completed the back part of Camille's fan. I need to glue it to the front section. I am pleased with the front section. I spent hours trying to decided what mermaid to include and found this in an embroidery file. Originally my intent with this design was to hand embroider. That is very time consuming and something I like to do when traveling in the RV. Well, it was until I began beaded jewelry making. It is just an extension of needle work using beads instead of fabric.
Yesterday began birthday cards for 2 friends while fully intending to use PSPP11 just as a learning experience. Just too slow so after vacation will indulge in an online class, ugh I hate exercises for exercise sake but it will be the only way I will ever learn it. So I used Print master. The problem with Print Master is that is saves everything in its own format so that I have to print, scan, save then post.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Frustrating Day


This blogging stuff is another way to waste time. I have now recorded all the user names, passwords, questions ,answers, names and other things I will never understand, well for at least 3 weeks.

This is my fan panel that i made for the Fan Club a project of the Stargazer Tome group. It's my warrior woman. I have just made side one for Camille's fan and really like it. Will post tomorrow now is wine time

Here I go



I have no idea how and why I created this except it was the class homework for an on line class.

This is me with Lois & Ruth