Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pottery

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 what...my 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

Shh!

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.
BUT
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!