Tuesday, January 28, 2014
What if I like in-between projects? What if I have the bodies of many of those projects, tucked in various drawers and boxes? What if I join Arlee's hand embroidery Facebook Group (already happened)? What if I dig out one of these projects and start working on it again (again, already happened)? What if I show you some progress photos? What if I say that I originally abandoned this piece because I didn't like the fact that the braids were going 'wonky'? What if I say that I preferred them straight?
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Well, January is a funny month! You'd think that I would find it depressing, but no I'm feeling "in the pink" and am looking forward to all the exciting challenges 2014 has to offer. Change is not always good, but I've decided to embrace mine and enjoy the new experiences. I'll stick with my leaf series, but probably end the year in September. That makes me happy, because it means that I've already completed my first three pieces (due to a late start in 2013). Yeah!!! I'm well on the way to accomplishing my goal. All that being said, let me introduce my January leaf! BeadFX on January 26th, so I thought that it would be a good idea to include one of the first ones I made. It makes me happy, it's pink and white, and fits my theme (recycled paper from an old needlework pattern book). The shells are from an ugly old necklace of my Mother's, the buckle from a discarded watch strap and the sparkly earring, little butterfly and various metal bits, from my swap stash. I love these little goodies! I don't always remember who gave them to me, but they are still very special and precious. Most have flown to Canada, in various swaps and trades from all different parts of the world. It proves that people are very generous, and our world is united in a love of sparkly stash!!!!
Monday, January 6, 2014
What if I buy more glue sticks, instead of constantly searching for the two UHU ones that I already own? What if I use pages from the old 'Dominion Educator' I purchased in Aberfoyle at the end of the summer (or was it fall)? What if I buy a 3/4" circle, paper punch (already happened, but I really wanted a 1" one)? What if I totally wreck my hands by punching out tons of little tiny circles in a very short period of time(again, already done)? What if there's an easier way? What if I actually use some of those circles? What if I don't follow Kaite's idea for making a slinky, though beautiful and probably terribly impractical, necklace out of them (like she spotted on a friend)? What if I pile them up,and UHU some of them together? What if I then punch a hole in them? What if I have no idea how I want to coat or protect them? What if I just make a bunch and then figure out what I'm going to do later? What if I add them to a stitched piece, bead journal or make a completely different type of necklace/bracelet/earrings out of them? What if I tell you that I have some ideas, but don't want to share until I experiment (selfish, I know)? What if I figure out what to do with the leftover bits from punching out the circles? What if I actually have more circles, but that they're in neat stacks, just waiting for a good TV show and UHU? What if I confess that I now own a 1" and 1 1/2" circle punch? What if the circle has no end?
Friday, January 3, 2014
I started a new series in 2014? What if I focused on recycled materials? What if it's all about making do? What if I used some of the swapped paper and old calendars that I've been hoarding? What if I used fabric, thread, yarn and lace? What if I used beads and embellishments? What if I include natural elements? What about paint? What if I didn't impose any limits? What if it's all about trying different techniques? What if it's all about the photos? What if it's about making components? What if I'm just scratching the surface? What if I have no idea how often I'll post? What if I dreamed this up when I woke up this morning? What if it's just plain fun?