Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Productive Day

 I got a good bit finished today. Three charity sewing projects some of which are months overdue or extremely early if you look on the positive side. One is a blanket for the local NICU. Two stockings for holiday care packages for the troops. I also finished Marcia Balonis' Pearls on Posies.
Of course she patterned a bracelet, but I went my own way with the adorable flowers.

Hope you had a productive Monday as well.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Time to Stitch 7 Reveal Day

Not going to lie. We were given so much time I let procrastination get the better of me.
I spent a grand total of 5 days on this. So PLEASE visit the other participants.
I'm sure you'll be impressed.
1.       Therese (Host) 
2.       Christine  (Host)
3.       Amy
4.       Lola
5.       Lori F
6.       Kim
7.       Becky Pancake
8.       Karin G.
9.       Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula
13.   Wendy
14.   Janet
15.   Jasvanti
17.   Alicia
18.   Bobbie
19.   Shirley
20.   Sarah
21.   Cynthia
22.   Lizzie
23.   Samantha
24.   Sally
25.   Niki
26.   KarenW.

As for me lets show you a little bit of what it took to get here.
This is all I had for an idea when I began.
Lesson 1
 There is a right and wrong side to Lacy's Stiff stuff. 
It's crazy fuzzy if you use the wrong side.
Cute but not quite right.
Adding the light
My rule of thumb for any piece is add light, dark and a shimmer.
Late Night Inspiration
I didn't like that the top circle flopped when it was cut out. 
I tried two things I had around the house.
The Skil saw blade worked the best.
I added a lot of glue so you can't even feel the blade's teeth.
Chain Attempt #1
Even my first bead embroidery piece still has no chain. I wear it on a silk cord.
Any suggestions for how to hang this piece would be greatly appreciated.
Subconscious Inspiration?
Ain't it pretty?
 I waited so long between my first bead embroidery project and my second 
that the link to videos that got me through it the first time 
was dead. 

It's the last day before reveal when I realize this. What's a girl to do?
You guessed it......head to youtube.

Thankfully this video helped me start to finish off my edges.
I honestly only watched minutes 25-31, but they were clear and helpful.
I love the movement & height at the top.
Chain attempt #2
I wont bore you with excuses as to why I wasn't completely done. The fault is mine, but done or almost done I'm thrilled I took the challenge and attempted bead embroidery for a second time. 
  At this rate my next bead embroidery project will be 2017. Ha! I hope I don't wait that long.

Thanks for your time. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


What do Super Duoes, industrial glue and Skil saw blades have in common?

Find out tomorrow as I reveal my piece for Time to Stitch 7.

Don't miss it!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap 'n' Hop Reveal

Hi There!
Welcome to my blog lilmummy likes...
Yep, it's basically things I enjoy visually, 
and as I am a passionate beader it's focus is my bead work.

Today I'm sharing what I created after swapping beads with the lovely Peggy Johnson of Dear Jupiter as a participant of the Bead Peeps Swap 'n' Hop.

I'm going to keep this short since you've got lots of goodies to see as you hop. 
Here's what I sent.
Here's what Peggy sent me.
All the much deserved oohs and aahs 
were covered in 2 previous posts, but 
THANKS one more time Peggy.

Here's what I made:
Patriotic Anklet
Just in time for warm weather my first piece is a patriotic anklet.
As a military wife for almost half my life I find I use red, white and blue a lot.

Multi-strand Pearl Bracelet
My very good friend, Tina, sent me these pearls with others years ago. Around Christmas I used the red and white ones in another bracelet, and these have been on my bead table ever since waiting. 
Wait! What is it about these close up pictures 
that shows you things you'd never see in real life. 
I will add crimp covers. I just didn't see it before.
Peggy I know they thank you for sending exactly what I needed so they have a new, purposeful, beautiful life.

Finally, my favorite piece despite the fact that I have hated pink for 24 years.
Spiky Mermaid Necklace
Never in my life would I have combined these things if Peggy hadn't sent them to me together, but the result was/is lovely. The corner drilled vintage beads are my favorite.
This background doesn't do them justice, but it was the clearest image.

A used all but about 9 beads and a tube of completely clear seed beads.

Don't ask me why as a seed beader I never use seed beads 
in any bead exchange challenge. 
It truly baffles me too.

Please know I am grateful for you taking the time to visit.
I'd love for you to leave here to visit Peggy 
or any of the other wonderful participants in this challenge.

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//:fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com (You are HERE)
Marica Zammit http://www.beadlovelies.com
Jessica Hocutt https://faithfamilyandadventure.wordpress.com

Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/blog.com

Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Shalini Austin http://jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/my-blog/

Catherine La Vite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Annica Larsson http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/

Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/

Janice Warden Bergeron http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com

Deb Fortin http://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Karen Mitchell http://overthemoon-design.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Marie Covert http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca

Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Johana Nunez http://artincendi.com

Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com

Sue  Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com

Niky Sayers http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Candida Castleberry http://www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Erin Guest http://www.renlish.com

Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Ien Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com

Robin Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Marianne Baxter http://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com

Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Marti Conrad http://artisancomponentmarketplace.com/martisbuttonsandbeads/2015/03/20/bead-peeps-blog-hop/

Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Eleanor Thomas http://woolywireetc.blogspot.com

Jeanne Steck http://www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com
Gloria Allen http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com

Rachel Mallis http://www.mintmonarch.com/#!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Stamper http://skwds.blogspot.com
Chris Haussler http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com

Betony Maiden http://www.beadwenches.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog/

Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Colleen Foley http://colleenfoleycreations.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Ginny Lones http://www.Skippingintotheunknown.blogspot.com

Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen http://designsbyloretta.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Louise McCormick-Glazier http://jewelrytreasuresbylouise.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Tammy Adams http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com

Seed Beaders

Susanne Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
Sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Pallavi Asher http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Jami Shipp http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Peggy Kosier http://www.kosydesigns.blogspot.ca/
Andra Weber http://andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com

Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.com

Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Lois Sherwood http://thiznthat5454blog.wordpress.com

Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Rebecca Robertson   (White) http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/

Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Brandy Collier http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com

Stephanie Haussler http://www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com

Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Tami Norris https://jewelrybytami.wordpress.com/

Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/
Peggy Johnson http://charmbarn.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tick Tock...She Can Barely Work the Clock.

Okie-dokie here we go!

Let's start with a little rant. I miss my flip phone. 
No. I was never master of the flip phone, but we got along.
It didn't make me feel stupid several times a day, and 
I wasn't constantly worried about dropping/scratching it or how filthy it was.

I know they make fancy cases. 
I have one...from Pelican, 
they also make boxes to protect military tech 
so I know firsthand...They. Are. Awesome.
if the phone itself requires the maximum stretch of your not so tiny hands 
the case makes it so the furthest outstretch of your thumb and pinky can not hold on to it.
As I wind down from this argument with myself about my smarter-than-me phone I have to add two things...
1. Why do I add several international clocks to some list every time I -in my oh so old fashioned way- put my ear to the phone during a call?
2. How long have I been leaving out key info you guys might want because I added buttons to the sides of my blog page that you can not see from your phone?

Sorry for that last one by the way.
Next challenge reveal is May 16th.
My pieces are finished!
Wonder if tomorrow
I'll actually photograph them
 and write up the post?
Yeah probably not.

Now for a bit of eye candy to thank you for sticking with me till I "talked" myself down.
April showers and my poor husband's back have kept me closer to home recently. So here's what I've created or repaired with all my extra time at home.
Watermelon Thumb Ring
Beaded Beads
A whole lot of earrings
Simple But Stunning Pile of FINISHED Work
The Big Picture
I know most of you have seen the owl before, but I'm seriously behind on my sewing 
so it's the last thing I actually finished.

Well, that and I sewed my son's first Boys Scout rank badge on. Congrats Mack! Job well done!
Let me tell you I totally understand why people sew pockets closed. I could have had it done it 2 minutes with a sewing machine, but it took forty with my fat hand in the tiny pocket that was made smaller by the pen pocket seam.

THANKS for taking the time to read all my nonsense.
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What She Got

The wait is over. 
Peggy's beads have arrived. Here is what I sent to her,
and she loves it all. Hooray!

 Here's another look at what I received.
Sorry for the low light pictures. 
It seems to always be raining and grey when around here. 

I love what Peggy sent me especially the ones with the stars. 
I hope to do them justice.

Alrighty then.
Time to cut these strands up and start creating.
Wish me luck!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Swap N Hop Update LOOK what I got!

So Peggy sent my beads super speedy a with an order I placed from her etsy shop.
(My purchases isn't pictured b/c they are for projects with their own reveal dates.)

So what do we have here:
spiky mermaid by Green Girl Pewter
silver clasp with scroll design

Holy Crap! 

My kit has disappeared. 


I have 2 identical trays. 

Yep, the beads were on the other tray.

Geesh! Okay, back to it...
vintage glass from an estate "Super Old + (Peggy's) favorite!!!"
pink glass center drilled beads
Czech cubes with star impressions
3mm silver rondelles
4mm purple/grey stone rondelles marked SSD Peggy what stone is that?
4mm light garnet Czech glass &
a tube of clear round size 11 seed beads

So many ideas are bouncing around, but nothing that combines the items. 
All my thoughts take the individual items and put them in different pieces. 
Soon I'm heading out to meet the Beading Babes to get their input.
Is that cheating? 
UPDATE:  They said a lariat with blocks of color like an Indian blanket. Hum...

Before I go here's the "beading" I've been doing lately.
 These are scrap wood bases I cut, painted & covered
in cut up Mardi Gras beads using E6000.
Well, I did till 3 tubes of E6000 ran out. 
Boy! These projects take a LOT of glue.

My inspiration was the project from a class I took 
Oh and I'm finally on Instagram
You'll find some of my favorite pictures from my blog, 
the military sterling silver I sell and my latest craft projects like this...

Hi Mom! :)