June 23, 2011

One Bead At A Time

Another day another bead, or should I say BEADS?! I took a mini workshop on this beaded bead pattern using right angle weave stitch. It was challenging at first, but let me tell you, after making six of them I can do it without looking at the written directions. That's how I learn stuff. I have to physically create it and then it is embedded in my brain forever. I like the way the units come together. They somehow remind me of Japanese patterns and this bead can be created with a lot of variations. That's good for someone like me that suffers from never ending curiosity and bead obsession.

June 13, 2011

Signs of Summer

Today is the first day of summer vacation from my teaching job! A Second Grade student gifted me with the above drawing. I loved it, so I am posting it here. Another sign of the approaching summer are the hot air balloons that float over my yard every morning just about daylight. It is quite a sight to see and hear as the balloons "breathe" right over the rooftops of my street. I never get tired of this sight. The sun is shining and the road back to the beginning of a new school year seems far away........

June 5, 2011

It's Not the Destination, It's The Journey

Who would have thought that I would spend days working on this little beaded flower! Not me, that's for sure. I decided to overcome my fear of following written instructions and attempt this beaded pattern. I am so visual and learn quickly if I can see the object first. So this was a real challenge to follow a numbered sequence and finish this piece. It only took  four times! I love to bead. It is intimate and portable. The textures and colors of beads intrigue me and distract me. Now I can move on with a bit more confidence and make some more pieces and expand on this idea.