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The Wednesday Beading Report

I’ve spent quite a bit of time between last Wednesday and today trying to decide how I want to go about stocking stuff in the store, and trying to balance my desire to share my craftiness with you, and the weird way I feel when I go on and on and on about how much I enjoyed making something, and how wonderful it is, and OH BY THE WAY, it’s for sale. So. I am going to continue to tell you about stuff, and probably in great detail. But not if it’s for sale. If it is for sale, I’ll just throw up a thumbnail at the end of the Wednesday post, no matter what it’s about, to let you know that I have added stuff to the jewelry page.

Accordingly, I made this necklace and bracelet set this week:

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I’m totally loving how it came out. I used part of a package of Blue Moon Natural Pink Mix beads (these packages are huge, and go a long, long way. You can see how far they go if you look at this picture and the thumbs you’ll eventually find below–HUGE). I also used a package of “frosting” glass chips in lavender (lavender??, they look pink to me! and again, they go a long way.) These are also made by Blue Moon. Finally, I used some seed beads, from Global Nomad, Brown Opalescent Rainbow, also made by….Blue Moon. Apparently, I like Blue Moon Beads, LOL!

I am having great fun mixing and matching the colors and textures of the beads, ya’ll. It’s so interesting to see how the pieces are so different even though they have so many common elements.

Ok, added to the store this week:
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Give me an hour or so to get that page polished up, ok?Excuse me. Restart that clock, I’ve had a wee photopress vomit experience.

Travel Knitting

It’s time to decide what to take on my trip. I am thinking socks and I think I will use the “parrot” in my knitting basket. Surely I can get a pair of footies knit in two flights and two days of conferencing, right? That leaves me with the dilemma of whether to cast on at the toe or the top.

I also want to get that BSJ finished before I go. Why is it that we as knitters can knit for hours, days, MONTHS sometimes on a project, and then put off 60 minutes worth of finishing? And the BSJ is little, it won’t even take 60 minutes!!

Let me see what else? Oh, the beading. Not only did Mama bring me another Celestial Blue set, but she also needed my help shopping for some other stuff, so we ended up back at the craft store here, and more beads came home with me. Pretty, pretty blues. And the Celestial Blue set is slightly different from the last one as well, so I can’t wait to see what’s really there in it, ykwim? They haven’t even made it to the stash page, and most likely won’t because I hope to finish making them up today. One pack is already finished up, but here are the other two:

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Love me some eye candy.

Prettiful Celestial Blue Beads

ok, remember I showed you some eye candy? I told you I would tell you more about it once I finished the set, and I have, so I will. This is part of a custom order I am working on.

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This was a fun set to make, especially since I was able to work on part of it with my mom. It’s just fun to craft beside someone who is also crafting, ykwim? Stitching, beading, whatever, it is more fun if you are sharing that passion with someone else.

I started with this:

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Left to right,
One packet of Darice “e” beads in royal blue
One tube of Blue Moon Beads seed beads in a royal blue
One tube of Darice “e” beads in a frosty blue
One packet of Blue Moon Beads “Celestial Blue”
One tube of Blue Moon Beads “e” beads in a clear gold

I still have plenty of the accessory beads left, and so I will be on the lookout for more blue/gold main beads Mama is at A.C.Moore right now, so she’s picking me up another set of the Celestial Blues.

And in knitting news, the BSJ is complete, except for seaming and adding buttons.

Reckon I’ll knit

So, I was thinking yesterday: when was the last time I talked about knitting on my knitting blog? It’ been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve talked about plenty of crafty stuff, but the knitting has taken a backseat lately. I plan to rectify that today during school.

I still have a BJ and a Wonderful Wallaby in the basket under my desk. And a ball of sock yarn for good measure. And 2 solid hours of narration to listen to today ;)

Last night, I went over to Mama’s, as I do almost every Wednesday. We ate, then cleaned a bit and then we beaded. I got most of this necklace finished, and completed it when I got home. There will be a bracelet to match before too much longer, and then I will talk about it a bit more and tall what materials I used. For now, consider it eye candy.

Some beading up in here, ya’ll

So yesterday, I hurried through my work, because I wanted to spend some quality time with my beads. But after I showed you all that new stuff, i actually worked with these:

I ended up making a three strand necklace and a 2 strand bracelet. The bracelet was 3 strands, too, until one of the strands slipped out of the knot. It was the strand that was made solely of seed beads. Of course. Here is a rough picture:

Let it be known that I do not have one of those fancy hook needle thingies, and I placed all those seed beads by hand.

I haven’t decided what to do with the necklace yet, but I am pretty sure the bracelet is going to Ang. I guess I should say that Mama hasn’t decided about the necklace yet, because she bought these beads for me to make up for her. If she likes it, it’s hers, if not, you will see it again on Wednesday, with better pictures, for the store. I can’t take those by myself, see, LOL!

Also, I learned something! Even though these beads are mostly acrylic, I think they look really nice with the seed beads. You may recall I ranted a little bit about that set of red plastic beads the other day. I’ll try working with those again, and using some of my growing collection of seed beads with them to see what I can come up with.

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