Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween is over - All Saint's Day for a bit longer.
This is a project that took awhile - but went faster once I got a new lens prescription. 
Delica's in 11 O's.  Pattern by Megan Baker.
I had to adapt it a bit because it's for a 10 year old with a 5" wrist, but I did allow for growing.

Beading the peyote stitch is one of the most relaxing forms of beading that I know even if the design is complex.

Enjoy your day.  


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A reminder to myself for a good reason

from Beading Daily ... Make Your Beadwork More Spiritual

The one thing that Native American beadwork techniques and stitches have in common is the belief that the time spent doing them to create beautiful objects is a way to honor the spirit world. So, take a deep breath and relax before you sit down to bead. Light a candle and focus your intentions before you pick up your needle and beads, and most of all, remember to enjoy your journey. * * *  I so understand this and agree with it.  
   ... Visited my best friend and her hubby today.  He had been successfully treated for lung cancer and been given the all clear for the last 6 months ... Now they've just been told it has reoccurred and spread.  He going to do chemo again, not because he can beat the cancer but because it will buy him time to be with her.  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Not only are Beaders very creative they are also very generous. 

This time Heather Powers of is gifting - - -

It's a really pretty bracelet - lovely colors. 

Her tutorial is also there on how to create it. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Beading Gem's Journal always has wonderful information.
Today is even better as she has a marvelous giveaway.

It's really nice of her to do this with Onecklaces.

So one of us will be the lucky one on 08-12.

Best of luck.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoaders hop

Sorry for late posting but it's still the 20th.  My 97 year old Uncle was ill and passed away last night.  Not an excuse just part of the reason for the delayed posting. 

My thanks to Lori for this marvelous idea.
Getting some done is better than none.
The top one is for a co-worker who has a penchant for red and animal stripes.
The middle one is Raven stealing the Moon, the moon is MoP and Labradorite beads.
The bottom one, a friend gave me the focal and asked me to make her a necklace. 
So here are the pieces I managed to complete:

Monday, July 15, 2013


So I have a new interest - I want to learn micro-macrame because I think it would lend itself well to creating items for men.  That said - there's a great giveaway - the bracelet kit and the on-line class - I might be the lucky one.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Yep - about time I used some of those extra special pretty beads. 
After all - this is Here Bead Dragons and I do tend to save the prettiest ones

So Lori Anderson came up with this great idea (she has lots of great ideas)

So July 20th will be a reveal - meanwhile enjoy Lori's pretties, while I go take some pictures of mine. 
And yes, this is in pink because pink is Lori's color.  

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bead Soup VII reveal

Only one Bead Soup this year but Lori has done a fantastic job of organizing and setting up partners.  It's almost midnight here and I am in the first reveal for March 30 - so here is my piece ...  

The beautiful beads are from my partner Rachel Stanley. I tend to wear more bracelets than necklaces and really wanted a two stand bracelet.  

On this bracelet I did wire guards at both ends but only added split rings at one end.  Next bracelet will have split rings on both ends and that makes it a lot easier to crimp the wire.  I used the magical crimp pliers so my crimp beads are round.  

The nice thing about bead soup is that it makes me look at how I have been making things and want to improve my designs for a more polished, finished look. 

Hopefully I have the link working  so that you can go to other participants in Bead Soup VII.

And Lori - thanks again - I really enjoy these exchanges.  


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bead Soup Update 

Received the Bead Soup from my partner Rachel Stanley

and she has received the ones I sent - 

Here are the beads I received.  

So - Soup's On - and the reveal date is:

March 30, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bead Soup # 7

Update - my beading partner is Rachel -

she blogs at

I'll add a pic of the beads she sent me in the next day (hopefully).

Bead reveal is in late March which is good as much of day to day life is keeping me busy.

There will be three reveals and over 500 beaders exchanging focals, toggles and beads.

It's gonna be FUN - just wait and see.

Monday, January 28, 2013

7th Bead Soup - underway

Yep, Bead Soup time - ah .....

What a fun blog hop and a way to meet other beaders.

So here's the linking:

hope to trade beads or visit your blog.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


This turned out to be a very special blog hop for me.  
January is the birth month for my dad
 James R Hitch (1912-2000) 
 my mom's little sister,
 Norma June Christiansen Morris Maiers (1919-2001)

Using red beads was a must
 one for Dad and one for Aunt Norma.

They say that life happens while you're making plans.  
Well, so does death.

On December 12th, 2012 my cousin June was in a serious motor vehicle accident and critically injured.  Two days later, my uncle (my mom's little brother) and his younger daughter Norma  made the heart wrenching  decision to cease the life support.  June passed within a short time.  She was the first of the cousins (ages 74 to 51)to leave this world for a better place. 

June was 53 years old.  She was an amazing woman.  Tall (6'3" - that's not a typo), smart and caring - very much so as she was a nurse.  She had a great sense of humor (she'd tell you she was 5'15"), had a wonderful laugh and was as beautiful as her mother Beverly.  
Our family is great for nick names.  
June's was JuneB and JuneBug.
The next part of the bracelet involves Bees and LadyBugs.
She was born in the month of June so pearls were also needed.
While the magnets I used aren't pretty, they are incredibly strong and tiny,
 and not very noticeable.  
I will be sending this to my cousin Norma as a memory bracelet in honor of her sister
June Bliss Christiansen Wilson (1959-2012)
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

and the link to the rest of the memory and thanks blogs