Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Could it be?!?

Here's where I give myself away as a massive Doctor Who fan.
Look what we found on a tree at our campsite a few weeks ago. . .

And a closer look. . .

Holy cow - it's Lady Cassandra!! Looked around the base of the tree - no brains in a jar. Honestly, she looks better as a tree.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Pick a Peck of . . . Flowers?

Fruits of my labor over this past, very busy weekend! (I also made beads for some mini essential spacer sets, but didn't finish cleaning them yet.)

And here I thought I'd be done playing "catch-up" with custom orders by midweek last week. Yeah, right - famous last words! I still have a bit more to go before I'm completely caught up. 

I need to make another of these sets, the "Bed of Roses" set I sold on Etsy a few months ago.   

And that's only if I can figure out what glass I used to make the focal bubble disk. I'm 80% sure it was a Double Helix glass and not a boro bead, but I wouldn't swear to it. Suffice it to say, there will much poking about in my glass stash, melting of glass, and perhaps even "colorful language" (if I'm being completely honest with myself) until I can cross this order off my list.

Then, I have been asked to make these beads in red, yellow, and orange.
Which should be interesting, because I can't think of any glass colors I actually use less than red, yellow, and orange! (Last encased floral bead order pictured above not counted) The main reason for that is because they're just not easy glass colors to work with. Opaque red glass has a tendency to go livery (basically, it burns the color out and looks like a mucky, grey-ish brown) when overheated, and they ALL three look like the same color when they're hot, so it's very difficult to tell exactly where you've put which glass. 

I'm feeling equal parts apprehensive and excited about pushing myself out of my comfort zone in even attempting to make those "hot star" beads. But even so, I think after the Bed of Roses remake, I'm going to take a few days to make some palette-cleansing beads. I haven't decided what yet, but with the just the slightest hint of leaves beginning to turn on the nearby trees, I'm starting to dream of cooler weather. With today forecast to be in the upper 80's, it's no surprise I'm excited by the thought of things cooling down! It's the weirdest thing, but I find myself wanting to make Christmas beads!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In the blink of an eye...

Helton Creek, upper falls 
September 2010 

 Here's the original shot taken back in 2010 on one of our very first camping trips. Look how tiny my babies are! Davis is such a cute, tiny monkey-boy. In this picture, he's still in elementary school, Elinor is in middle school, and Tilly had just started high school.

Helton Creek, upper falls
September 2016
Here's the updated version taken at the same waterfalls 6 years later. Davis now towers over both of his sisters (5'11" and still growing), Elinor is a senior in high school and Tilly has a year to go on her bachelor's degree and has started prepping for the MCAT.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Custom order I just finished. I had never thought to do it before, but I have to say that I really like having different colored "main" flowers on each bead!

Monday, September 19, 2016

I spent the weekend making beads for a custom order that popped up. It's always fun to experiment with new things, but I do really enjoy the soothing repetition of making several sets of the same beads. And it adds a little excitement when the same things you've done for (seemingly) forever have new and unexpected issues - like carefully encased orange-cored beads all of a sudden developing incompatibility cracks. Yikes!

I should be ready to move on to new things by the middle of the week. But now I'm thinking I will continue building up my "Buy the Bead" inventory section on Etsy and take some time to work on my shamefully neglected website!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Bead Monday!

I spent some time this morning editing photos and getting some new beads posted on Etsy. Experimented with some pink starfish cane for one of the beachy "Beachcomber" beads and I ended up really liking it. I have an earring pair, a smaller focal bead, and a few ocean-themed big hole beads that will fit Pandora-style bracelets yet to photograph and publish. I'll try to get to those this afternoon after work.