Getting your Mojo Back

This post isn’t about beading but about food, sorry. But I guess in someways its still making things, so it counts. And its been awhile since I wrote anything. Last week I had a wonderful holiday in croatia with some really good food. And since we got back, I’ve actually cooked again. And that’s quite a big thing. Obviously I’ve cooked over the last year and a half but in a perfunctory manner and not even so that I can eat (I’d have been happy with toast and biscuits); usually I cooked so others expected me too. So it’s just been normal things and things that didn’t take much effort or time. But since we came back I’ve cooked 3 new things and been excited to cook them. It’s a good feeling to be excited again, and realising that some of things I thought I’d lost are still here after all.

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Operation tackle that beadstash

During one of my blog crawls I came across operationtacklethatbeadstash. It’s a monthly themed challenge, where you can create anything as long its mostly beads and fit the theme. I think it would be fairly good practice for me to have a go at designing things that fit specific themes and also beading to deadlines.

So this months theme is earth tones:

“Earth tone is a colour scheme that draws from a colour palette of browns, tans, warm greys, and greens. The colours in an earth tone scheme are muted and flat in an emulation of the natural colours found in dirt, moss, trees and rocks. Many earth tones originate from clay earth pigments, such as umber, ochre, and sienna.” ~ Wikipedia

Other colours permitted include blue-grey, blue-green, and red-brown. This is really far from my normal colour range. I wasn’t even sure I had that many of these colours. So I looked at my stash, and was quite surprised. My seed bead range is limited, most of my greens are bright and my supplies of browns would definitely push the limit of the term earth tones. However my ‘other’ beads and accent beads contain a lot of these colours. Including some tila beads, I bought a while back and am intending to turn into a necklace.

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Within my ‘other’ beads – anything thats not a size 11° – there was a suprising number of coppers, browns and greens. Although I have no ideas what I would do with them, as they aren’t colours I wear – I don’t want to make jewelry I won’t use. And I’m away for two weeks so if I want to finish something, it shouldn’t be too complicated.

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So I’ve flicked through my beading book, Shaped beadwork and beyond by Diane Fitzgerald, looking for things that would be quick and easily converted into a keyring fob. There are two designs that catch my eye, a five point swirl and a cuboid with swarovski crystals. The only crystals I have are a nice dark green but I think they are smaller than the ones needed, and as this is supposed to be a beadstash buster. So I think I’ll give the spiral one a go. I’ll have to choose 3 colours,  probably on the blue green scale but we’ll see if I can try and push my boundaries. I’ll keep you updated.

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit

It’s the beginning of the month again. And actually I’ve been reasonably productive so as well as list of WIP’s (works in progress), I’m going to do a list of last months completed items. At the moment I’ve written all about each one but I think it would be useful for me to keep track of what I get upto.

So Stuff I’ve Started:

  1. The Blanket. I’ve added another two balls of wool but still along way to go.
  2. Peyote triangle necklace for my sister. I haven’t touched this. It’s her birthday in august so maybe I’ll aim for that.
  3. Beaded purse on the loom. This has progressed a little but not as much as I’d hoped.
  4. A beaded fringe handbag. This was the project I was so excited about on the bank holiday monday. I’ve completed all the sewing apart from shortening the handle and the first row of fringing. There are two rows of fringing left to go.
  5. A gold right angle weave zig zag necklace. I’m about halfway through but it’s not as structured as I’d hoped so may need to rethink.

And Stuff I’ve finished:

1. Patchwork laptop case

2. Mittens

3. Birthday Cards. Need to get these in the post soon.

Hmm. So I’ve finished one thing off last months list and two others but I’ve managed to add two. Hopefully I don’t keep this up or my list will be far too long.