Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Just Cuff Me

I have been on a bead embroidery binge lately. Does that surprise anyone? I didn't think so. These are two cuffs I recently finished. I am working on a pendant to go with the top one. I have recently learned some new techniques which are improving my work. The top cuff is called Ocean Deep and the bottom one is called Forest Pools. Have you ever noticed that it is sometimes harder to name a piece than it is to make it?

I just got back from a week at the coast. It was heaven! I went with a friend and we had such a good time. Rested a lot...read a lot..... shopped a lot.... and of course, beaded a lot. Was able to have dinner with my oldest grandson and his girlfriend. That is always a treat. They are working and going to college in San Luis Obispo. I'm very proud of them.

Went right back to work at Beads, Etc in Clovis when I got back to town. My middle grandson and his other grandmother came in to see me. He's 16. The youngest grandson is almost 11 now and very busy into sports. I love them all dearly.

Well, back to work now. I have to do some writing for the Central California Bead Society newsletter. It's a very active group and I enjoy it immensely.
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17 comments:

Bev said...

I think they both turned out gorgeous, Arline!

abeadlady said...

Thank you, Bev. I do enjoy making cuffs.

Carol Creech said...

I think you are my idol :) I just love these!! Beautiful beading - such fun to drink it all in as I look at each of them. ca

abeadlady said...

Gee, Carol, I've never been an idol before. I could get to like that. lol. Thanks for the kind words.

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

they are so pretty! when i make my bracelets they each have their own personality develop, so when i name them it's like naming a child or a pet. it is hard to name them sometimes, but i think that's part of the fun when you're done. very nice work! and how wonderful that you've been able to spend some time with your family. that's always a treat.

abeadlady said...

Thanks, Lisa. I love my grandsons. They are the best!!!

beadbabe49 said...

awesome cuffs, arline...and what a great idea to make a pendant to go with a cuff...I'd never have thought of that!

abeadlady said...

Thank you, Bobbi. I had another cab like I used in the cuff. It only made sense to use it that way.

a2susan said...

These new cuffs are wonderful, very earthy. I've always liked your work, so wonder what the new techniques are that you're using?

abeadlady said...

Susan, they are techniques I recently learned from Jamie Cloud Eakin. She is a member of our bead society. She will have a new book coming out in Oct. 2011 with these techniques in it. All I can say is it will be well worth the money to buy it. For more info, email me.

Carol said...

Gosh, I was going to ask about new techniques also. Thanks for the info on Jamie's new book. It surely will be a new addition to MY library. He cab book is my Bible.
Carol

a2susan said...

It's terrific that you have Jamie in your bead society! I love her cab book, it is so well written and illustrated and creative! Who knew there were so many ways to bezel a cabochon?

artandtea said...

Your cuffs are fabulous, Arline! Beautiful beadwork. Your turquoise and copper palette is just yummy.

abeadlady said...

Thanks, Karen. It's one of my favorite combinations to work in.

shawkl said...

Stunning! I love your things and enjoy following your blog! You are obviously very creative...and beads are just so much fun!!

Kathy
www.shawkl.com
www.shawkldesigns.com

abeadlady said...

Thank you, Kathy. I don't know what I would do without beads in my like. Hmmmm. Beads are my life. lol

Katie B said...

These are wonderful!
I want to go back and look at them again -- you've made me curious !