Monday, August 31, 2015

End of Summer Catch-up

As with many of us back to school means time to get all those things done you planned to do during the summer. Here's a little peek at all I've been up to.

I've actually been wanting to give water colors a try for 2 years. So that simple image actually captures yet another check on my bucket list. It also eliminates a media for me because I do not have the patience for all that dry time.
I also finally gave beaded kumihimo a try. Like my fear of RAW I've realized I have got to stop letting to people in bead groups convince me things are difficult.  This is the second time I've found something so much easier than the majority had led me to believe.
Jumped head first in to a refinishing project too. No I didn't start on one of four pieces of furniture already in my garage. I took this one (with permission) from my neighbors garage. More on that when I get it back together. I will say hunting a ball bearing in the grass that is days over due for mowing is the most unfun Easter egg hunt ever, but suprisingly a more satisfying when one succeeds.
Finally, I'm still trying to keep my home based business with Nomades alive now that someone has decided to sign up beneath me. So if you know anyone who enjoys Pandora and the other similar charm bracelets please ask them to take a look at Nomades. 

How are you playing catch-up? Or did you have a highly successful summer?

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


So I picked my pottery up last night, and it's suprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be.
In addition to checking something off my bucket list I've found a new appreciation for pottery, ceramic beads and the like.
Anyone who knows the me behind this keyboard knows that I love youtube. Well in the weeks between creating in clay and my finished products I watched a lot of potters on youtube. It's so relaxing to watch them work, but intriguing at the same time. They turn wet dirt into awesome things. So hey, my pottery would be at home in a grade school art class, but if you consider it was given to me as a tough slab of dirt it's pretty darn incredible.

What have you been up to?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Now What!?!

Yep. We've all had those times in our lives where it seems stepping out the front door is the equivalent of jumping into quicksand. So in the mean time, to steel myself, for what tomorrow brings I woke up this morning, took off the street clothes I had apparently fallen asleep in and put on a nightshirt. Then I got busy...

I made some baskets. (Note, blue was finished earlier in the week, but didn't want to miss the debut of my first baskets made in America)
Then I thought I'd pick up a beading needle, and this was born from a free pattern I was given at the Beaded Owls in Long Beach, MS also this week. Yes, my productivity continues. Hazzah!
I totally forgot about this tray till I saw it again. I love when that happens. Then I think, "How do I have so much stuff I forget what I own?" Anyway.

I feeling like I had something else to show you....
Oh yeah, I took a pottery class at Blue Bayou Breeze Studio in Slidell, LA. Here's my earring holder "pinch pot" & a whole mess of magnets before I went mad trying out glazes. It'll be next week before I see how they turned out. Be kind with your comments. I worked with glazes way back when I was son's age, but this was my first go at hand forming. I hope to try again once he gets settled in school this year. This time the pottery wheel. How exciting!

In the mean time I only have two more space devouring hobbies to get to this month to complete my goal. So what's next for me? It'll be mosaics/stained glass or repurposing cast off furniture. Either way I must leave my comfy studio and work in the garage. Boo!

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//

Linda Anderson (You are HERE)
Marica Zammit
Jessica Hocutt

Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/

Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin

Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson

Lori Schneider
Divya N

Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden

Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian

Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson

Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos

Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed

Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache

Nan Smith
Johana Nunez

Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard

Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams

Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger

Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest

Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru

Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn

Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca

Shai Williams
Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad

Tina Bosh reserve)
Eleanor Thomas

Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen

Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick

Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler

Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury

Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley

Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen

Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy

Louise McCormick-Glazier reserve)
Heather Richter

Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore

Seed Beaders

Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman

Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp

Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber

Catherine King
Krafty Max

Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood

Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)

Heather Richter
Brandy Collier

Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris

Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson