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Online Craft Club #41 Whatcha Got?

Me, I got nothing. Except the log cabin blanket from Tuesday. And stash. Lots of stash. And custom dye slots. That means it’s all on you this week, people.

So what have you been making?

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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Man, so much to tell you about!

First, ravelry. OHMAGOSH. Carla told me I better get on it, and now I am tere, and have barely scratched the surface and I am loving it! Lo-Ving it!. I’ll be working on building my notebook soon. I was already planning to go through all my pattern books and list things I wanted to make. I figured it would take almost a month of posting daily to do that, but with Ravelry I can do it with just a few clicks. How slick is that?!?

Second, beads. I had some time to myself on Saturday, and I spent it playing with beads. here they are, all laid out and ready to string. Don’t they look pretty? IMG 0820

Well, I strung them all up and that is when I discovered that I am a bead snob as well as a yarn snob. These are plastic beads, and while they look fine in the package, once they are strung they just don’t look to suit me. So, now they are in a baggie, and will probably be used by the kiddos.

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But all was not lost. On Sunday, Mama and I went to Wal-Mart and that craft store I told you about. We made up for the cheap plastic bead mistake like this:

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There was more, but Mama actually took her beads to her house. Along with her own beading board. The bead bug has bitten another victim. Also, I took pictures of the bead stash in separate piles, so I could fix up the stash page. I think there are enough pictures here, so we will save that for another post.

Third, Skype. I can now talk to Ang. while I work. Lord, help us now.

A Touch of Glass

www.randomhouse.com 1That is not a typo. I actually meant glass, as in A Touch of Glass by Nancy Alden. Some months ago, before I ever started beading, I asked for a review copy of this book. Then I promptly forgot about it. When it arrived a couple of weeks ago, I tore into, and I have been sitting on my hands until I could tell you about it. Girls, this book is golden. And also silver-en, which isn’t a word, but should be. And the only reason you haven’t read about it here before today is that yesterday the release date, and I did not want to tempt you unduly.

The projects in it are interesting for all levels of beaders and the instructions are clear enough that even a newbie (that would be me) can understand them. I particularly enjoyed her explanations of the supplies. Alden doesn’t just tell you what to use, she tells you why. And the pictures totally made me lust for more beads so I could do more stuff. That last necklace I made? I was inspired to make it by what I had read. It’s not patterned on anything in the book, because I don’t have any of those types of beads, YET. But I closed the book after reading the last page, and my hands were just itching to play with the baubles.

I did make quite a wish list for my next shopping trip, though, including some wire wrapped beads I saw before, but wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I know, and I can’t wait to get them. Well, I guess I can wait, since I really should not be buying craft supplies, but it’s hard, yk?

Anyway! Get the book if you have ever even thought about stringing a bead. Just know that you will be wanting to go shopping before you finish reading it.

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