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Feb 29 – Thanks for another great TAD!

Thanks, everyone, for another inspiring, enjoyable Thing-a-Day! I finished up the basic beadwork of the pendant I started the other evening, and the second photo shows a potential “fold” for the beadwork to turn it into a pendant. I am

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Feb 29 – Thanks for another great TAD!

Thanks, everyone, for another inspiring, enjoyable Thing-a-Day! I finished up the basic beadwork of the pendant I started the other evening, and the second photo shows a potential “fold” for the beadwork to turn it into a pendant. I am

Lizard retrofit

Day 28 – Lizard retrofit

Y’all are probably thinking, “Enough with the lizards already!” I had some lizard shawl pins made up, and I wanted to see if I could incorporate the beadweaving without taking the whole thing apart. Turns out, I can! I snipped

Lizard retrofit

Day 28 – Lizard retrofit

Y’all are probably thinking, “Enough with the lizards already!” I had some lizard shawl pins made up, and I wanted to see if I could incorporate the beadweaving without taking the whole thing apart. Turns out, I can! I snipped

Black pendant

Day 27 – Start of another pendant

Here’s a start on another pendant. I kind of set some inventory goals for myself before my show season starts. Even though I’ve got a couple of months, I still need to get a lot of beading done!

Black pendant

Day 27 – Start of another pendant

Here’s a start on another pendant. I kind of set some inventory goals for myself before my show season starts. Even though I’ve got a couple of months, I still need to get a lot of beading done!

Lizard

Day 26 – Lizards again!

This is what I really want to do with the lizards — beadweaving around them.

Lizard

Day 26 – Lizards again!

This is what I really want to do with the lizards — beadweaving around them.

Brown pendant

Day 25 – Jolly good show

I must say it feels good to kick off the 2012 show season with a successful one, especially after last year, which began with three successive shows where I sold zip, nada, nothing. Very depressing, that is. Anyhoo, I got

Brown pendant

Day 25 – Jolly good show

I must say it feels good to kick off the 2012 show season with a successful one, especially after last year, which began with three successive shows where I sold zip, nada, nothing. Very depressing, that is. Anyhoo, I got

Collage pendant

Day 24 – Panic Pendant

I always love it/hate it when I sell a lot on the first day of a show. A woman bought four of my pendants, so now I’m kind of in panic beading mode, trying to get at least a couple

Collage pendant

Day 24 – Panic Pendant

I always love it/hate it when I sell a lot on the first day of a show. A woman bought four of my pendants, so now I’m kind of in panic beading mode, trying to get at least a couple

Lizard Pin

Day 23 (2) – Lizard, the Final Conflict

No conflict, really. I just liked the added drama. So here is what the lizards are becoming. This is a shawl pin with a hammered wire stick. The lizard is embellished with wire and beads. My plan is to do

Lizard Pin

Day 23 (2) – Lizard, the Final Conflict

No conflict, really. I just liked the added drama. So here is what the lizards are becoming. This is a shawl pin with a hammered wire stick. The lizard is embellished with wire and beads. My plan is to do

Painted lizards

Day 23 – Lizards, phase II

Whew! I got a call at 9:30 last night from the organizer of a show I’d been waitlisted for. They had had a last minute cancellation and were offering me the space. The show is tomorrow and Saturday! GAH! I

Painted lizards

Day 23 – Lizards, phase II

Whew! I got a call at 9:30 last night from the organizer of a show I’d been waitlisted for. They had had a last minute cancellation and were offering me the space. The show is tomorrow and Saturday! GAH! I

Day 21 – Rehearsal

I’m going to have to count tonight’s rehearsal as my thing for the day. I sing in a 40-ish voice ensemble. I actually recorded part of our warm-up and was going to post it, but we really sounded dreadful! Our

Day 21 – Rehearsal

I’m going to have to count tonight’s rehearsal as my thing for the day. I sing in a 40-ish voice ensemble. I actually recorded part of our warm-up and was going to post it, but we really sounded dreadful! Our

Memory wire bracelet

Day 20 – Progress on the memory wire bracelet

Here’s how the memory wire bracelet is coming along. I’ve got mixed feelings about it…

Memory wire bracelet

Day 20 – Progress on the memory wire bracelet

Here’s how the memory wire bracelet is coming along. I’ve got mixed feelings about it…

Lizards

Day 19 – Lizards

This may looks like a failed attempt at an M.C. Escher-esque tessellation, but it’s actually a bunch of small plastic lizards painted with primer. They will be used in future jewelry projects. Stay tuned!

Lizards

Day 19 – Lizards

This may looks like a failed attempt at an M.C. Escher-esque tessellation, but it’s actually a bunch of small plastic lizards painted with primer. They will be used in future jewelry projects. Stay tuned!

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Day 18 (3) – The 6/0 challenge

This summer, someone gave me a mind-boggling quantity of 6/0 glass beads. Boxes and boxes and boxes. I filled my SUV to the ceiling with boxes of beads and only took about half of what this person had. The challenge

6/0

Day 18 (3) – The 6/0 challenge

This summer, someone gave me a mind-boggling quantity of 6/0 glass beads. Boxes and boxes and boxes. I filled my SUV to the ceiling with boxes of beads and only took about half of what this person had. The challenge

Collage cuff

Day 18 (2) – Finished collage cuff

You’ve seen it in various stages of development. Now it’s done! And I’m almost caught up on TAD.

Collage cuff

Day 18 (2) – Finished collage cuff

You’ve seen it in various stages of development. Now it’s done! And I’m almost caught up on TAD.

Day 18 – It needed to be done

I’ve had this big box of mixed Czech glass beads kicking around the Bead Cave forever. Every once in a while, I’d paw through it trying to find what I wanted, but the mess was definitely not working for me,

Day 18 – It needed to be done

I’ve had this big box of mixed Czech glass beads kicking around the Bead Cave forever. Every once in a while, I’d paw through it trying to find what I wanted, but the mess was definitely not working for me,

Blackberry spirals

Day 17 (2) – Spiral earrings

Sneaking in another post! Here are the spirals that I had with the dervish charms as stand-alone earrings.

Blackberry spirals

Day 17 (2) – Spiral earrings

Sneaking in another post! Here are the spirals that I had with the dervish charms as stand-alone earrings.

Dervish earrings

Day 17 – Dervish redux

So my sister didn’t really like the spiral beads, and, you know what? I didn’t either. They were the wrong scale for the dervish charms, and she wanted something in brighter colors. I ditched the spirals (which will become a

Dervish earrings

Day 17 – Dervish redux

So my sister didn’t really like the spiral beads, and, you know what? I didn’t either. They were the wrong scale for the dervish charms, and she wanted something in brighter colors. I ditched the spirals (which will become a

Freeform foil

Day 16 – Fun with Foil

I’m experimenting with some copper foil a friend gave me. It’s 40 ga., I think. Thin enough that I could manipulate it easily without tools. So I crumpled it and then did some freeform beading kind of over and through

Freeform foil

Day 16 – Fun with Foil

I’m experimenting with some copper foil a friend gave me. It’s 40 ga., I think. Thin enough that I could manipulate it easily without tools. So I crumpled it and then did some freeform beading kind of over and through

Dervish earrings

Day 15 – Playing Catch Up

Gah! I lost a couple of days there and now I’m playing catch up! I’m going to try to get a couple of things posted tonight. If I don’t make it, I’ll get caught up over the weekend. This is

Dervish earrings

Day 15 – Playing Catch Up

Gah! I lost a couple of days there and now I’m playing catch up! I’m going to try to get a couple of things posted tonight. If I don’t make it, I’ll get caught up over the weekend. This is

bracelet

Day 10 – More work on the bracelet

Continuing to peck away at the cuff. Here it is draped over the cuff blank, so you can kind of see the direction it’s heading in.

bracelet

Day 10 – More work on the bracelet

Continuing to peck away at the cuff. Here it is draped over the cuff blank, so you can kind of see the direction it’s heading in.

Collage bracelet

Day 9 – Beadwork Collage Cuff

I’m feeling very low on energy and inspiration tonight, so today’s thing is a little (very little!) forward progress on a bracelet featuring the cab I bezeled yesterday. Once the smaller pieces get attached to the base, I’ll do some

Collage bracelet

Day 9 – Beadwork Collage Cuff

I’m feeling very low on energy and inspiration tonight, so today’s thing is a little (very little!) forward progress on a bracelet featuring the cab I bezeled yesterday. Once the smaller pieces get attached to the base, I’ll do some

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Thing for 2-8-12

I painted a doorstop with a bright green color so we’d have an easier time finding it to use it! I absolutely love the color and I’ll have to find something else to paint.

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Thing for 2-8-12

I painted a doorstop with a bright green color so we’d have an easier time finding it to use it! I absolutely love the color and I’ll have to find something else to paint.

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Thing for 2-7-12

More drawing while watching TV. Playing with colored pencils. I’m not happy with it but I wasn’t feeling inspired and didn’t have a lot of time.

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Thing for 2-7-12

More drawing while watching TV. Playing with colored pencils. I’m not happy with it but I wasn’t feeling inspired and didn’t have a lot of time.

bezeled dichro

Day 8 – Another bezel

Another bezeling project — quick and easy, because the cabochon is glued to a base. I’m going to be using this in a bracelet project where the back won’t show. I can’t remember where I got the awesome piece of

bezeled dichro

Day 8 – Another bezel

Another bezeling project — quick and easy, because the cabochon is glued to a base. I’m going to be using this in a bracelet project where the back won’t show. I can’t remember where I got the awesome piece of

freeform bezel

Day 7 – Beaded bezel, continued

I added some freeform sculptural elements to the bezel. (Beadwork is so hard to photograph!) I also added a bail so this can be worn as a pendant.

freeform bezel

Day 7 – Beaded bezel, continued

I added some freeform sculptural elements to the bezel. (Beadwork is so hard to photograph!) I also added a bail so this can be worn as a pendant.

beaded bezel

Day 6 – Beaded bezel

I don’t usually do this kind of beaded bezel, where the back is open. (I guess I should have taken a photo of the back, huh?) Anyhoo, I’m playing around with adding some freeform elements to a beaded bezel. The

beaded bezel

Day 6 – Beaded bezel

I don’t usually do this kind of beaded bezel, where the back is open. (I guess I should have taken a photo of the back, huh?) Anyhoo, I’m playing around with adding some freeform elements to a beaded bezel. The

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Thing for 2-6-12

I am horrible at drawing, but Animal was sitting so cute beside me and I had some colored pencils, so why not? Isn’t that the spirit of Thing-A-Day? I’m just happy that an impartial observer would probably agree that this

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Thing for 2-6-12

I am horrible at drawing, but Animal was sitting so cute beside me and I had some colored pencils, so why not? Isn’t that the spirit of Thing-A-Day? I’m just happy that an impartial observer would probably agree that this

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Thing for 2-5-12

I painted a white stripe on a terracotta flower pot as my thing for the day. I was originally going to paint it all white and then distress it with sandpaper, but I like the clean white stripe. I haven’t

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Thing for 2-5-12

I painted a white stripe on a terracotta flower pot as my thing for the day. I was originally going to paint it all white and then distress it with sandpaper, but I like the clean white stripe. I haven’t

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Things for 2-3/4/5-12

I did something on Friday and Saturday but I didn’t get them photographed and posted. The 3rd and 4th were parts of the same thing, I was experimenting with a Wonder Knitter and just knitted a long tube, I did

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Things for 2-3/4/5-12

I did something on Friday and Saturday but I didn’t get them photographed and posted. The 3rd and 4th were parts of the same thing, I was experimenting with a Wonder Knitter and just knitted a long tube, I did

Nose wiper

Day 5 – Wipers!

I took a break from beading today. I had a mending task that required the sewing machine, so I put together a little project that’s been on my to-do list for a couple of months. This, my TAD friends, is

Nose wiper

Day 5 – Wipers!

I took a break from beading today. I had a mending task that required the sewing machine, so I put together a little project that’s been on my to-do list for a couple of months. This, my TAD friends, is

Freeform earrings

Day 4 – Freeform earrings

I thought I was going to have to report that my thing for the day was a three-hour nap — definitely not what I had planned for the day, but these things happen. But I got up, sat down with

Freeform earrings

Day 4 – Freeform earrings

I thought I was going to have to report that my thing for the day was a three-hour nap — definitely not what I had planned for the day, but these things happen. But I got up, sat down with

Valentine's Card

Thing for 2-4-12

Last year, I used TAD as an excuse to make a Valentine’s Day card for my 96-year-old Grandmaman. She’s now my 97-year-old Grandmaman, and still loves getting cards, so I did it again. I used a blank card from Michael’s,

Valentine's Card

Thing for 2-4-12

Last year, I used TAD as an excuse to make a Valentine’s Day card for my 96-year-old Grandmaman. She’s now my 97-year-old Grandmaman, and still loves getting cards, so I did it again. I used a blank card from Michael’s,

Tiny envelope

Thing for 2-3-12

Thanks to the time-sucker that is Pinterest, I have a collection of crafts I want to attempt, and this is my first. I found a tutorial for making small gift card envelopes out of wrapping paper or scrapbook paper, so

Tiny envelope

Thing for 2-3-12

Thanks to the time-sucker that is Pinterest, I have a collection of crafts I want to attempt, and this is my first. I found a tutorial for making small gift card envelopes out of wrapping paper or scrapbook paper, so

Spiral Beaded Earrings

Day 3 – Spiral Bead Earrings

Just a little pair of spiral beaded bead earrings, to go with the cuff bracelet — or not. I still had all the beads out from the cuff project, so it was easier to continue in that color palette than

Spiral Beaded Earrings

Day 3 – Spiral Bead Earrings

Just a little pair of spiral beaded bead earrings, to go with the cuff bracelet — or not. I still had all the beads out from the cuff project, so it was easier to continue in that color palette than

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Thing for 2-2-12

I was attempting some earrings but I didn’t have the right wire for what I wanted to do. I tried some different things and then gave up and drew a stupid cartoon. The unfinished earrings are in front.

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Thing for 2-2-12

I was attempting some earrings but I didn’t have the right wire for what I wanted to do. I tried some different things and then gave up and drew a stupid cartoon. The unfinished earrings are in front.

Mandala 2

TAD 2

It’s hard to photograph shiny paper.    

Mandala 2

TAD 2

It’s hard to photograph shiny paper.    

Celestial Cuff

Day 2 – Celestial cuff

Finished bead embroidered cuff. I hope over the weekend I’ll be able to do a little more planning for what I’m going to do for the rest of TAD.

Celestial Cuff

Day 2 – Celestial cuff

Finished bead embroidered cuff. I hope over the weekend I’ll be able to do a little more planning for what I’m going to do for the rest of TAD.

Thing A Day, Thing 2

More fabulous origami! I went with a tropical fish, this time, not because I’m aiming for an ocean theme, but because it looked a little easier than the penguin.  

Thing A Day, Thing 2

More fabulous origami! I went with a tropical fish, this time, not because I’m aiming for an ocean theme, but because it looked a little easier than the penguin.  

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Thing for 2-1-12

I worked most of the day so my Thing was a rush job. I made a butterfly out of an aluminum can and painted it with alcohol inks. I need to add a bead for a head and some wire

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Thing for 2-1-12

I worked most of the day so my Thing was a rush job. I made a butterfly out of an aluminum can and painted it with alcohol inks. I need to add a bead for a head and some wire

TAD Feb 1 003

Yay! It’s Thing a Day Day!

Hi everyone — so thrilled to be back for my fifth year. This year I was inspired by a trip Saturday to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, whose current exhibit is on all things round.  (Great show at

TAD Feb 1 003

Yay! It’s Thing a Day Day!

Hi everyone — so thrilled to be back for my fifth year. This year I was inspired by a trip Saturday to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, whose current exhibit is on all things round.  (Great show at

Day 1 – Finishing up

Obviously, this isn’t a thing I just started today. But I did finish it today so I can move on to other TAD projects. (Actually, it’s not quite finished, because I still need to attach it to the cuff blank.)

Day 1 – Finishing up

Obviously, this isn’t a thing I just started today. But I did finish it today so I can move on to other TAD projects. (Actually, it’s not quite finished, because I still need to attach it to the cuff blank.)