Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color - Purple and Day 5 of the Virtual Craft Show

That was the color I asked for--purple.
Little did I know that I would be given the color purple, but I would be given a design pallate
that would push me a bit over the edge.
From Design Seeds.

I love purple, but the vision I had of purple was very different from this.
I just wanted you to know, you did challenge me, and
I'm so happy your did!
Thank you!
I knew I would need a very special focal, so I fired up the torch.
Well, the first focal I made just didn't quite do what I wanted it to do,
the next time I torched,
I let the glass do what it wanted.

This time,
a flower was born.
The next challenge came in deciding how to accent this focal.
I looked at the colors.
Made a few more beads, then,
this happened.

Three layers of beads, pearls, and crystals gathered together to adorn this flower!
I love it!!
There are more people in this blog hop.
Be sure to visit them.
Here's the list.
1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

Enjoy your tour!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shop Updates and Day 4 of the Virtual Craft Show

I posted on Facebook that I didn't care if anyone bought from me for the rest of the year as long as we were all 
at peace.
I also confessed that I was a big fat liar!
While I honestly do wish all of us
I really do hope you buy from me!
I have 5 sales to go to hit 500!
Here are some of my new items!
It looks blue in the photos, but it is purple.
I think you'll like it!

I love the color!

Last, but not least, an
 I hope you enjoy looking, but

Don't Forget!

Here's the link to Day 4!

Enjoy your virtual shopping!

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Virtual Craft Show - Day 3

Today is Day 3 of the Virtual Craft Show on Lori Anderson's blog!

This is what I will be giving away!
Just remember,

 7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.
Can you believe it????

I hope you'll take the time to visit these artisans' shops and blogs, too.

Here's how you win:

For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don't have to do all four)....

Facebooking this page
Twittering this page
Blogging this page

Be sure to have either a blog with an email contact, or leave an email in your comment so I can notify you!

Drawing will be held a couple of days after the show.

You can comment here, 
but in order to win, 
You MUST leave a comment on Lori's blog.
Lori, will be choosing the winners.
I will be given the name of my winner and then I will  ship the key bead to the winner.

Even if you don't win,
you can still shop my Etsy store.
I am offering 10 cent first class shipping in the USA,
 50 cent first class shipping to Canada
until the end of the holiday season. 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Heart Macro - Food

Food's the topic today!
I love food!
How about you?
Jenny's vegetarian TV dinner.

My beef stew with gluten free breadsticks, a smudge of butter on the plate, and homemade strawberry jelly.

The last piece of peanut butter chocolate silk pie from Perkin's.

What is your favorite food?

Oh, and don't forget, The First Annual Virtual Craft Show sponsored by
Lori Anderson 
is going on right now.  
Make sure you visit for your chance to win something from the 70 artists giving away an item in this craft show.
Here's the link to Lori's blog.
Remember to comment THERE for a chance to win.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge - Breakfast & the Beginning of the Virtual Craft Show

I love Perkins for breakfast.
This is my favorite breakfast there!
What's your favorite breakfast?

And, before I forget,
here's the link to
Lori Anderson's 
Virtual Craft Show.
You wouldn't see my give away item there yet,
but it will be there in two days.
In the meantime,
leave a comment on Lori's blog so that you can win.
70 prizes are being given away.
Just remember, you have to comment on Lori's blog,
not mine,
to win.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Three Beautiful Things This Week

Three Beautiful Things This Week was inspired by a wonderful blog that Clare writes called Three Beautiful Things. Everyday, Clare writes about 3 Beautiful Things that happen each day in her life. It's a wonderful blog! I can only hope to imitate her in a very small way.

1) Wow!  What a wonderful Thanksgiving we enjoyed this year with our extended family!  The food was great!  The company was wonderful!  And, truly, we all had a great time!

2) The Big Bang Theory played a big part in our family time together this Thanksgiving.  Before Jenny got home, Nick and I went shopping for games.  We found this game and knew we had to buy it.  The game was fun.  The information we had to know to play this game was hard, so after playing a couple of times, we all perched ourselves in front of the TV to review the information about the Big Bang Theory so that when we play for Xmas, we will know!

3) The weather is great for traveling.  Nick leaves today to go home.  He will have good weather.  That's awesome for Minnesota this time of year.  Yesterday we broke record high's for temperatures.  We topped out at 64 degrees.  Last year, at this time, we had well over 20 inches of snow on the ground.  This is a much better winter!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - All the Beautiful Things This Year

Happy Thanksgiving!
 Even during a challenging year we have so much for which we can be thankful.
Think about it.
Even if you can only say at the end of the day,
night has come.
That's something for which we can all be thankful.
Make a list.
In that list there will be something.
Find it and build on it.
In the meantime,
on this Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Putting Together the Felting I did Last Summer!

Last summer, 
I tried different types of felting--both wet and dry.
I made several different pieces.
Since then, I have been looking at them trying to decide whether I should just throw them out or make something with them.
I made my first vessel.
This felted vessel is about a half an inch high.
I thought it would be bigger when I started.  I thought it would look like a cup.
Oooooops!  It didn't!
This was supposed to be a bracelet to wear.  Instead, it reminded me of the hairstyle worn by Princess Leia.
So, it stayed in the bag.
This was supposed to be a wall hanging.
Again, it shrunk more than I expected.
Last but not least, is a small heart that I dry felted.  I liked this, but I had no idea of what to do with it.
So, the other day,
I played.
Put together, I think they look kind of funky.
The next step will be to add some of my beads.
I might also add some pearls.
What do you think?
Stay tuned!
More will follow later!!