Thursday, 16 June 2016

...wanting to keep in touch

Still haven't found my beading mojo but I am looking! I even packed several beading projects to take on our glamping trip....worked on one....not sure I really like it so may do it again, but it was nice to get a taste of beading again.

I have gotten the knitting bug though and to be more specific lace shawl knitting. I love all the artisan yarns out there, the colors are so rich and deep; just makes you want to caress them all especially the alpaca and silk and the merino's. We don't have a lot of yarn stores in Edmonton especially ones that carry artisan yarn so I have scouted out a few sites and have been shopping, shopping, shopping. I really must stop. When I was in New York I purchased some fabric that begged to be made into a jacket and of course what goes better with a new jacket than a hand knit lace shawl in complimentary colors - jackets not done but the shawl is!

A blustery weekend glamping trip provided the opportunity to get behind the lens and shoot some spectacular storm clouds. I love glamping in the rain and we had an incredible relaxing weekend - a much needed get away ...

....although I missed my little Beasty so much

Saturday, 28 May 2016

It's been a while....

I know it has been a long while since I've been here... I am not even sure why. I think when I was prolifically beading I posted way more and right now I seemed to have lost my beading mojo and I don't know where to find it!

Luckily I have other things I like to do while patiently waiting for my mojo to return. I do miss beading challenges though.....a lot. I was really bummed that the BSBP was cancelled, I do understand the reason but it was still a bummer.

My precious grand daughter has filled my days with joy and happiness.....I just can't get enough of her. I have been knitting a lot of delightful little sweaters and she is such a cute model. What can I say I am smitten.

I have also been super busy knitting for all the new arrivals in our family, I am so happy we are growing, babies are such blessing and bring so much joy.

I have also been busy with my camera, a passion I cannot live without. My generous sweet husband has been feeding my indulgence with a new micro camera, way easier to pack around especially when you get to tick off one of your bucket list items - a trip to New York.  I loved every minute and every second of the trip. I went with  my daughter, son in law and granddaughter (her first birthday present). My daughter and I are both avid seamstresses and went to mecca fabric land. All I can say is wow and wow! We actually had to purchase more suitcases to bring all our fabric goodies home- let the fun begin.

Hopefully my beading mojo will come back, it's a wait and see thing.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

A Time to Stitch 8

A Time to Stitch Eight - What's Your Bag 

I love joining in on the fun of “A Time to Stitch” blog hops. It stretches my creativity and allows me to step outside my box.  I have always wanted to stitch an amulet bag and this I thought gave me the perfect opportunity…..well my creative juices just took me somewhere else….the amulet bag will have to wait for another time.

The first bag I made is just in time for the holidays…a tiny evening beaded extraordinaire…perfect little bag for the holiday season and it holds just the right stuff – credit card and a lipstick! I love the color turquoise and all variations of and I love just using random beads to create with, as I have said before – it’s like painting with beads! This little bag consists of pearls, crystals, drops, flat glass and seed beads. The opening is hidden in one of the sides and it stands on little pearl legs and has a ribbon wrist strap. So much fun to make and can’t wait to use it.

The second bag is my version of a carpet bag reminiscent of 19th century purses. This bag is slightly bigger than the evening bag and will hold all the essentials.  I have a red felt hat and I needed something to complete the outfit and this fits the bill. I first knitted the bag and then felted it- it turned out so cute but the addition of the felted design with beaded highlighting is exactly the look I wanted and took it over the top. The seed beading added such depth and dimension to this little purse; it is such a unique one of a kind purse.

Thank you Therese and Christine for yet again hosting a super fun hop, so looking forward to the next adventure. You two are the best!

The rest of the participants on this adventure!

Friday, 28 August 2015

... a little sidetracked lately....

I not saying that I am not working on some beautiful beading projects, but lately I have been working in my art is a journal of love for my husband and for my girls and I am having so much fun.  My very talented sister had guided me along, because this is all new to me. I have painted in the a matter of fact...that was my chosen passion until my life took a drastic change....another story. I love my life and simply put I love my family and this is for them.

I am also loving photography, once behind the lens time just slips away. I love post production and creating my own little master pieces. The little ponies where taken at Fort Edmonton and the abandoned row boat was taken in Deep Cove, BC.

Loving my life!

Monday, 27 July 2015 it!

My daughter loves Burberry, not just likes but loves, loves, loves it. Clothing, jewelery, purses, name it. So, while perusing the very addicting Pinterest site and coming across some patterns for Burberry cuffs I thought what a great surprise for her. Although I thought it may be difficult, it was super easy and worked up so quick she was wearing her bracelet by the weekend. 

Now as I worked this cuff I started falling in love with the pattern as well, and after the bracelet went home with my daughter, I kind of missed it.  So yes I whipped up another one for myself. This one has a 3D bow attached; super cute and looks awesome on...very chic!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Love makes the world go around....

....time for a few days off and getting out of the city....time to relax and regenerate. What better way than to pack up the RV and hit the road. Now when I pack up it involves deciding on a project (or multiple projects) to take along. The only downside to going away is not having all you supplies at your fingertips, so it is crucial I give this a lot of thought.  There is my camera of course and all the lenses and tripods and accessories to go with, there is also the latest knitting project (in case it rains and I am stuck inside) and we can't forget a beading project or two. One thing that is a must and that I tend to do only while sitting around the campfire in the evenings is carving. The carving  I did this weekend is for my wonderful husband, my other half. The lovespoon I carved symbolizes our entwined lives,  always joined in love. One side has my birthstone  (garnet) embedded and the other side has his birthstone (amethyst) ; the diamond crystals symbolizes our eternal love.

A Lovespoon is a wooden spoon decoratively carved that was traditionally presented as a gift of romantic intent. The spoon is normally decorated with symbols of love.

 I carved the spoon with a fairly soft wood, easy to carve harder to sand smooth, and as I didn't have stain on hand (my husband does draw the limit on what I can pack) but was anxious to finish I used maple flavoring and olive oil to finish. Not only did the maple flavoring give the spoon a glorious rich taupe brown it also smells so delicious. My mother always told me that necessity is the mother of invention!

The camera came out a lot, the sunsets where glorious!