Friday, March 28, 2008

The Black and Khaki Caterpillar is finished! Sometimes I just can't stop beadweaving until a piece is finished. As soon as I had part of this little guy woven, I knew I was going to bead like crazy to get him finished.

Why, you may ask, am I calling this a "him"? Isn't it a bit weird to assign gender to a piece of jewelry? I suppose. But just look! Don't you think this LOOKS like a HIM?!?!?!

I haven't come up with just the right name for him yet, though. He's going to live with Carly, though, and I already know that she likes to give names to inanimate objects. I'm sure she'll think of just the right name as soon as she meets him in person.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Work in progress - the Black and Khaki Caterpillar. I don't usually post pictures of works in progress. I'm not sure why I don't, but I just don't usually think of taking photos until everything's finished.

In this case, however, I thought I'd share this latest creation. This caterpillar bracelet is being done as a special request for Carly. I've made several of these little guys in the past, but it never occurred to me to use these colors for a caterpillar even though they're some of my favorites!

He's only about halfway finished, but I'm pretty happy with his looks so far. These are time consuming, but as with so many beadweaving projects there's something calming about the repetition. Each little fringe is made with seven beads, so by the time this is finished this caterpillar will consist of a few thousand of these tiny bits of glass!

The time investment so far? Enough to watch a movie ('Martian Child'), the last episode of 'Jericho', and four episodes of 'House.' Like I said... these are time consuming! :-)

Friday, March 21, 2008

What a week! Transmission failure followed by a nasty snowstorm have kept this week from being much fun. The transmission problem should be covered by the extended warranty (thankfully). Snow can be shoveled, and with any luck it'll warm up enough that it melts quickly. There are about 10" of it in our driveway now... and it's still snowing.

I don't know if this cuff was inspired by all the snow we've had this year or what, but something made me want to work with white a couple of weeks ago! I just listed it in my Etsy shop.

I'm having such fun with these freeform pieces! :-)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

And the winner is...

The winner of the Etsy BeadWeavers Stormy Weather Challenge can be found on the EBW Blog. There were an AMAZING number of votes this month! Thanks to Sarah (thebeadedlily) and Carol Dean (SandFibers), who both posted an equally amazing number of comments in the Etsy forums to keep the voters coming to the blog.

I didn't keep track of the number of visitors here, but I wound up with 24 comments! So I used a random number generator I found online, and the winner of the Chocolate Covered Cherries netted cuff is........... Jean! (totallytwisted). Jean's a member of the Etsy BeadWeavers team also, so I hope my little bracelet bears up under scrutiny. :-)

What's funniest to me is that I was reading all the comments as they were posted, and Jean's said that she never wins anything. I guess she can't say that any more.

Friday, March 07, 2008

**** V * O * T * E ****

No, this isn't to prompt you to vote in the presidential election (although you really should).

his is to remind you to go to the Etsy BeadWeavers Blog to cast your vote for your favorite entry into the Stormy Weather Challenge. You can see all the entries here, and if you visit the blog you'll find individual links that will let you see more pictures of these gorgeous pieces.

I decided to do another drawing this month!!! So go vote, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you voted (you don't have to disclose which piece you voted for); and you'll be entered into a drawing to win this beadwoven/netted bracelet, Chocolate Covered Cherries! I'll use a random number generator to select the winner on March 16. Make sure to leave your Etsy shop name or your email address so I'll know how to contact you!