Tuesday, June 29, 2010

40 Things to Do Before 40, part 1

I haven't posted anything in awhile because my crafting urges have taken me away from beading lately. I've taught myself to knit, which is more portable than beading. After knitting a hat using Robyn Wade's Hemlock Flower Tam pattern, I looked around her blog a bit and noticed she had a list of 40 things to do before 40 that she updates periodically with completions and new additions. I've started my own list. The list items are placed in the order that they occur to me, which may or may not correlate to their importance.

1. Finish school.
(Currently working on the Masters phase of a PhD program.)
2. Publish an article (academic).
3. Enter my beadwork in a competition or show.
4. Buy a house.
5. Start a retirement savings account.
6. Go to Hawai'i.
7. Build a piece of furniture from scratch.
8. Get a tubal ligation.
9. Publish a pattern in a magazine (any craft).
10. Learn and acquire equipment to pressure can.
11. Take a road trip across the country.
12. Learn to spin using a drop spindle.
13. Learn to spin using a spinning wheel.
14. Learn how to make lampwork beads.
15. Knit a wedding ring shawl.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bead Journal Project 2010: Supplies, Planning, and Gratuitous Cat Photo

I splurged on seed beads for my birthday. Miko is overseeing the unpacking process.

I'm getting started on my January piece for the 2010 Bead Journal Project. I have finally decided on a theme: circles. My pieces are going to be circular in shape, roughly 5 inches in diameter. The interior design will vary, but will continue the circle theme. I'm drawing inspiration from Buddhist mandala designs and crop circles.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Latest Piece

Health issues have kept me from beading for awhile. These are earrings I made for my sister for Christmas. Techniques used include brick stitch and various bead embroidery stitches. I'm currently working on the 2010 Bead Journal Project.