Saturday, March 11, 2017

UFO Hop

Welcome to the UFO blog hop!  

Karen at Baublicious has organized a Facebook group, as well as a blog hop, focused on completing at least one unfinished object (UFO).  I signed up in mid-January, and in the interest of honesty will report I didn't actually stitch a bead down until three days ago.

I've had this UFO for a couple of years.  I love the cabochon, and had a box I was going to glue the finished piece to.  But, for some reason, it remained frozen as you see it for at least two years.  Rummaging through my box of UFO's about a month ago I realized the problem was the oval shape I cut the foundation out of.  


Then, along came some love.  Marcia DeCoster started a new blog called Bead Love.  In her inaugural post, she elucidated the mission:

"I felt some of the joy slipping away from me this year as I watched world events and I wanted to find a way to put as much love into the universe as I could"

I am a firm believer in love.  When I saw the post from Feb 21, "Amor" by Anne Hesse I knew what had to be done.



Whew, one down!  I think it would be fun to make a few more hearts, and put them together to form a big piece.  Maybe this one is next.



Congratulations to everyone who brought a UFO into the light of day.  It's not always an easy thing to do.  Here is the list of the brave and hardy souls I'm anxious to read about everyone's journey.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz E, Bead Contagion
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Liz Kenyon Hart, Treetop Life
Francie Broadie, FAB Custom Jewelry 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Borderline UFO



How long does a piece have to sit around to be an official unfinished object (UFO)?  For some reason I think about a year.  If a piece is less than a year old it's just 'in progress'.  This piece is borderline.  It's been sitting unfinished for somewhere on the order of 6-8 months.  It was all done except for the "white stuff" which I started to find tedious (there is a lot of it, the dimensions inside the frame are 7.25 x 9.5 inches).



It's a combination of bead weaving and bead embroidery.


I'm debating submitting some of my work for membership jurying to the local art association in March.  If I go down that road, this is probably one of the pieces I'll submit.


Regardless of what happens, I'm glad it's finally done!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We Can Do This



Karen at Baublicious is offering a helping hand.  Like an angel from heaven, she has reached out with a desire to help suffering artists.  Karen has graciously put out an invitation for artists who may have an unfinished piece or two (or ten, or a hundred) to get in there and deal with them.  We artists can be a sensitive lot.  Personally I feel shame and embarrassment regarding the sheer volume of unfinished work I have accumulated over the past few years.  What an opportunity, to deal head on with my box of half finished "stuff".  Thank you Karen!


This is my UFO Box.  Maybe it doesn't look scary to you.  But when I look at it I break out in a cold sweat and my sphincters clench.  Lurking inside are all my orphan children.  Showing you this next picture is absolutely terrifying for me.  I feel so vulnerable.  But, I can do this.  Shedding light on dark corners is a good thing.  Here are some of my UFO's.


Some will get cut up.  Some I really think deserve to be finished.  It's time to confront my orphans and make some decisions.  I appreciate the fact that Karen calls it a support group, because this ain't gonna be easy.  But, I'm taking the first step and I invite you to come along as well.  Together we can do this!

Sign-ups are through the end of January.  The first Finished Object Blog Hop is March 11.  Go straight to her blog now and sign up!  You will feel a a great sense of relief.  I know I did.






Saturday, November 12, 2016

World Kindness Day



Tomorrow, November 13th, is World Kindness Day

This is a special day to focus on the good and pass it forward.

I'm not sure what I will do to celebrate.  Having a day set aside is a good reminder to embrace the spirit of kindness.  The more often we are kind, the more effortless it becomes.  We also have to remember to be kind to ourselves.  I don't mean go out and buy yourself a new pair of shoes.  I am talking about letting go of something you've been beating yourself up over.  Kindness begins with me.



These are a few of my favorite kindness quotes:

  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  -Mark Twain

  • A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.  A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.  -Saint Basil 

  •  Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.  -Albert Schweitzer

  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Creatures of the Deep 2

I'm still having fun with beach rocks.
I've now started to branch out and use more than one rock per piece.

Conjugation
 

"A different language is a different vision of life"
-Federico Fellini



A group of jellyfish is called:
   a)  A school
   b)  A smack
   c)  A shoal
 
 (answer is at end of post)


I like to look at all the different things covering the rocks of the intertidal zone.  The intertidal zone is the area underwater during high tide and exposed during low tide.  It's a very harsh environment, as you may imagine.  In the course of a day it is submerged in water, pounded by the waves, and also completely exposed to the air. 




A group of jellyfish is called a smack (can also be called a bloom, smuck, swarm, or fluther). 

A school is a general name for a group of fish, and a shoal is the name for a group of bass.  Here are a few others:  A battery of barracudas, a cast of crabs, a swarm of eels, a glide of flying fishes, a shiver of sharks and a flotilla of swordfishes.  Whew!