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Stringing Along


I thought that stringing would be super simple and almost didn’t even want to try it, but it is very appealing so decided to give it a go.
Well!!!
It is not as easy as it looks.
I started with an Italian-themed necklace for a good friend.
I arranged the beads, strung them, held it up as if I were trying it on, and it was just not balanced.
I unstrung them, tried two other combinations before being satisfied. Then, dealing with the chain and the clasp and the jump rings was very intimidating!
I’m glad I persevered – I was very happy with the results, and my friend loved the gift!

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The beads with the Italian images are made of paper and then shellacked. I found them on Etsy.  The round greenish beads with the dots around the circles are ceramic.  The green squares, triangles and green beads are stone (jasper).  The gold and light green beads are freshwater pearls, and the small pink beads are glass seed beads.  I found all these pieces in different places and loved putting them together.

I also made a thank you gift for a friend with whom I stayed over the Fourth of July weekend.
Again, balance, color, size, etc. all come into play, as well as the technical skills to attach the clasp.

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The long oval orange striped beads are vintage paper mache that I found on Etsy.  The pink dotted bauble at the bottom is glass.  The orange and gold beads are vintage glass.  Again, the gold beads are freshwater pearls, and the small yellow and pinkish beige are glass seed beads.  What fun pulling all these together!

I decided to combine the “off loom bead weaving” with the stringing.

I started trying out a tubular peyote stitch (sounds like I know what I’m doing?!). It really started out as a practice, but I decided to continue with it. I had a sketch of what I thought I might do, but creativity took over in the process. I added two pieces of Jasper (the turquoise) and then a vintage bead cage surrounding another piece of Jasper. On to a ceramic piece before completing the circle.

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When I made it, I thought the two pieces of Jasper would be the focal point at the bottom of the necklace. However as I wore it, it seemed to prefer to have the bead cage at the bottom.  And you know what? I like it better that way too!  Luckily, my hair is short so that the peyote and little fringe is still visible in the back.  I like that twist, a little surprise for people to see.
Stringing Along

While I was at it, I made a necklace for another good friend, who enjoys stone necklaces. I also used the stone shapes that I used in the Italian necklace, as well as some sparkly glass beads in the squares, and some agate chunky beads. Instead of chain, I used some glass seed beads that glitter next to the stones. She loved it. I did too, but gave it to her anyway!

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June 2015 Reading

June was not a month of prolific reading, or purchasing for that matter.

Books Bought June 2015

TitleAuthor
So Brave, Young and HandsomeLeif Enger
A Woman's Guide to Successful NegotiatingLee E. Miller and Jessica Miller
Gourmet RhapsodyMuriel Barbery
Miss HargreavesFrank Baker
The Whistling SeasonIvan Doig

Ivan Doig’s books have often been on my library wish list, and with his death this year, have been more on my mind to read lately.  I was perusing my local bookstore and came across The Whistling Season, which I opened to this exchange:

“Miss Trent loped!”

“Did she.” Father’s eyebrows lifted commensurately.  “That must have been a memorable change from her usual gait.”

“Father, Toby means ‘eloped,'” I said.

Well, who could resist this book!  I knew I had to read it.  So I bought it.

But haven’t read it yet.  Hopefully it will be on my Books Read list soon.

Gourmet Rhapsody is “the other” (hoping for more) Muriel Barbery book, which actually takes place before The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I am only a couple of chapters in, but already have a passage marked as well written/amusing.

Books Read June 2015

TitleAuthorRating
Gourmet RhapsodyMuriel BarberyJust a few chapters in...
The Funny Thing is...Ellen DeGeneresAmusing
Laughter TherapyNPR Wait, Wait, Don't Tell MeOkay
Home Sweet AnywhereLynne MartinVery good
The NightingaleKristin HannahVery good
Funny GirlNick HornbyOkay
The Paris ArchitectCharles BelfoureGood

When I was reading Funny Girl, I had to check that this was “my” Nick Hornby, whose book Ten Years in the Tub I love. Yes, the same one! But I did not love Funny Girl. I did read it to the end, but that was probably because I knew I like the author.

I really enjoyed Home Sweet Anywhere about an older couple, who instead of retiring in one place, sell their home and decide to live around the world, in different places months at a time. As someone who still has to work for a living, it was reading about a fantasy for me, but was not for the author and her husband. It opened my eyes to what could become a reality, if one chooses. It is well-written and informative about realistic planning, costs, as well as their relationship, which is important because they are completely dependent on each other without other family and friends around.

For some reason, I have been reading a lot of Holocaust-related books lately. Throw in The Paris Architect for yet another one. This one, like The Nightingale, was from the perspective of non-Jews. I gave it a not so great review online because I feel that the ending is very weak. However, I was intrigued to read it through to the very end, so I probably need to correct the review that it held my attention to the end.

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As to a favorite book this month…if forced to choose it would be Home Sweet Anywhere. I did enjoy reading it, though skipped through some chapters.

On to July…better books to tell you about then!!!

Staycation!

My mother came up to visit me for a staycation.  We were on the same page about taking it easy, and it was great!  We did go out of the house each day, whether to take a walk, run errands, browse the local shops or go out to eat.  We didn’t leave the house until sometime after noon each day, and spent the time at home reading the newspaper, knitting, beading, crossword puzzles, etc.

I wanted to share the following sales with you for July….a long weekend’s coming up, you may want to stock up on some supplies…
 
This Interweave sale is through July 10th.
Save 80% on Select Products at Interweave Store

Take 10% Off at Patternworks with Offer Code PWJULY10

Take 10% Off at Keepsake NeedleArts with Offer Code NAJULY10

Up to 67% off stock clearance items

Create and Craft Flate Rate Shipping

My mom also quilts…
Take 10% Off at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQJULY10

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Have a great July 4th weekend!

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