Sunday, October 08, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
can see. I even made one about 1/2 the size of a dime to fit a single Serpentine bracelet. I made it for a friend and coworker so I don't have a picture of it.
These are the first buttons I made from Nancy's pattern. It was very easy to follow and I highly recommend you try it.
This is a close-up of the bracelet pattern. It's very nice and feels wonderful on.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
beading projects. It's peaceful and sunny most of the time. Even when it's foggy, it's a great place to bead. You can't beat the views. This trip we went just to get away from the hot San Juaquin Valley weather (105). It was in the mid 60's while we were there. We discovered Paula Radke's shop in Morro Bay this trip. We plan to take a class there later this month.
This headland kept disappearing in the fog while we were there. We watched otters playing in the bay. There were lots of people in kayacs out in the ocean. Of course the gulls kept us company.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Friday, March 31, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
This picture is of a few of the elk herd we came across on our way to the resort. They didn't seem to be very afraid of humans. We did get some rain, but so did the rest of California. Saturday morning we drove down through Napa Valley. What a beautiful drive. Of course, I took lots of pictures even in the rain. No one ever said it had to be dry to take pictures. On the drive home we discovered another bead shop in Stockton. Love new places! A good night's rest and we were ready for Marcia D'Coster's all day class at our LBS. Her classes are always so much fun. It was a busy weekend, but well worth it.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
I think what triggered it was the fact that we've lost seven, yes, seven, of our dearly loved patients since the first of December. Fortunately, none of them died at our facility, but that doesn't make their loss any easier. These wonderful people often don't have anyone but their caregivers or us to care about them. Most of them lived in Board and Care Homes and were well cared for.
I miss seeing their smiling faces and making silly jokes with them. After a while, they become like family. God grant that someday I will see them all again.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Not in a plane or with wings.
I want to fly in a balloon.
I want to go up in a hot air balloon,
To look down and see the patchwork
of the world below.
From up there, all the petty squabbles
The world is a blend of texture and color
that works together.
I want to fly in a balloon.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
We headed the motorhome toward Shipwreck Beads. Boy, were we in trouble! After spending just a little money there (Yeah, right), we headed for the coast. We arrived back in Fresno at 5am and I got up at 6am to go to work. Don't think I accomplished much that day.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
A quiet brook rippling over rocks and pebbles,
It reflects the red and gold of the trees of autumn.
There is chill in the air,
A frosty coolness that seems to go deep into your bones.
The bright colors of fall seem to last so short a time;
A burst of celebration before the winter comes sneaking in.
Fat, soft flakes slowly drift down to rest on a pine bough.
Faster and faster they fall,
Until they cover the needles resting beneath the trees.
Through it all, the brook bubbles along
Until little frost fingers form at the edge of the stream.
Further and further they advance
Until the brook is quiet and cold.
This is a piece of bead embroidery I did as a demo for a class I teach. It is done on a heavyweight Pelon. In actual fact, it is the same as Lacey's Stiffstuff. I like to work on it because you can dye it to match or contrast with your beads. If the backround shows through, it doesn't matter as it isn't stark white. I do most of my embroidery with Fireline as it is strong, and even resists bugles and crystals.
My doll was inspired by all the people who sit around in Barnes and Noble bookstores reading. However, please note she is reading a Beading Magazine. The doll was actually beaded in Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores. It was great fun and I met many wonderful people during the 60 hours I spent there.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
That repeats itself endlessly.
The wet sand is firm,
But my footprints soon disappear,
Fading into nothingness.
Down the shore, the sandpipers step quietly
Looking for food.
A wave comes in, frothy with white foam.
As it sneaks back into the ocean,
It leaves half buried bits of pearlized treasures.
A distant headland juts out into deep water,
As a soft breeze drifts through the cypress trees,
My soul rests.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
This particular doll, Mother Nature, reminded me of all the trips I've taken to Yosemite. The greens of that beautiful valley are represented here as well as Mother Nature's prolific abundance. Note the baby which stands for all the young animals produced in the wild.