Between my mother's surgery and recovery, the shower valve's constant drip, keeping my A1C levels down, and taking classes in creating with precious metal clay, I am well and truly stressed out. However, I did manage to at least finish the pendant, even though I will probably redo it sometime in the future. The bead(s) my partner Shai sent are unique and in some of my favorite color to work with--copper with bronze tones. You can tell the piece was rushed a bit. I plan to make a Kumihimo rope to finish the design.
I also quickly made a pair of earrings from the ceramic beads.
To my Peeps:
I think as I get older, sickness lasts longer. Everyone is better now and down to sniffles.
On to the good stuff. My partner for this years' Swap & Hop was Dain Schlegel of Dainty Designs. However, she is recovering from a surgery and wasn't able to get beads to me. I hope she gets better soon. So Linda Anderson set me up with an Angel. Krafty Max sent me a whole lot of beads. Beads on strings, beads in tubes, stone cabochons, fused glass pendants, and Czech beads, rounds, and crystals. Although, I didn't use all of the beads, I did manage to put together a few pendants and UFOs. The pendant above is one of the stones I worked with.
Here are the beads she sent:
Here is a pendant made with a few blue and white stones from KM. It's finished, I just need to bead up a rope.
This is supposed to be a Mini Mountain Girl bracelet (Regina Payne), and I used to small purple stone beads from KM.
Thank you Krafty Max for the beads. 💖 She's one of the pa…
I was a long time reader of Bead Trends Magazine. It was a publication filled with beautiful handmade jewelry and inspiration. But now the not so beautiful side to Northridge Publishing Company. Bead Trends last issue was for July. I don't know about anyone else, but Northridge Publishing Company did not notify me that the magazine would no longer be published. I used my credit card to set up monthly transactions for the magazine.
Evidence of Bead Trends disappeared from all social media outlets. So I went to the website and deleted my credit card information. Charges continued to show up on my statement for August, September, and October. If a charge shows up for November.......
I contacted Northridge Publishing Company several times via their chat room. No response. I sent two emails. Finally today, I received an email from their customer service. Northridge Publication has a policy of no refunds for subscriptions. Whoa, hang o…
I sign up for challenges quite often as a way to find my thing. I haven't found it yet, but I will keep creating things until I do. Earlier this summer my youngest son was hospitalized for 27 days with an unknown virus. I took various bead projects to pass the time at his bedside. However, I couldn't bead. All I could do was watch the stat screen and jump at every distressing beep or alarm. My son is out of the hospital, but required constant care after his hospital stay. Needless to say, I lost my bead mojo.
I managed to complete this challenge, but I am just not feeling the joy of a completed project. But, here is what I made with one of the two components I received for this challenge. The components were made by Lesley Watt. The cuff is based on one made by Ann Benson Beading, Etsy.