Hey I want to spend a bit of time talking about the wonderful Seed Beads and more group on Facebook. its a fantastic little group that often hosts beadlongs and last month was hosted by the amazing designer Julia s. Pretl. For various reasons I don’t always participate in the bead along but I think that they are simply fantastic. if you are not apart of the group or missed out on last months bead along you can buy the pattern from Julia’s website and you can find a link on my resources page. I highly recommend buying her book on boxes if you are a beader as it is super helpful.
For some reason my box has come out looking a tad rumbled, possible due to not enough tention but it is still super cute. I haven’t put any legs on either as I don’t have many large beads so have chosen to skip that part for the moment.
Usually Thursday’s are spent with dad but I was asked if I would like to do an ‘art’ object /photo speed dating event with my cousin and aunt and decided to go along. it was a cool experience and we even got a small gift of appreciation from the high school students which Millie has claimed the packaging of. And I will make good use of the note book and pen. You can also see on of my socks under her but that she has also claimed as one of her toys. She is a very cheap cat.
For those interested I picked Cubezillar as my object which a few of the teens thought was impressive when I explained that I made it myself with tiny glass beads. And the photo was from my 2017 trip and is of one of my fave places. They had several questions to ask and there were 12 students all up with six people to question one being my cousin with her toy wombat, next to me and on my other side my aunt with her army cadets hat. Another lady had a bracelet that meant a lot to her and the lady across from us had a pottery jug ( she was also wearing a stunning necklace) and the last lady had a harp which was cool. We also got a free tea or coffee which was neat.
Other than that I ended up being super busy yesterday as I had an interview for a new job, then training to do so that I could do my trial tonight, then also a catch up with mum so it was about four before i really had much time at home and after a nap we were off again to Bings for a delish meal for a combined birthday meal for my cousin Kea and her mum.
This afternoon there has been a fair bit of rain from the cyclone in the coral sea but it is forecasted to head towards Fiji but we are expected to get a fair bit of rain for the next two days.
Tomorrow I will be making a start on the tree topper, having done up a few patterns to try I will hopefully have them done by the end of the weekend and then it will just be the stars with initials to do I’m excited to be coming close to the end of this project and have several more projects lined up to do.
So last week was a massive write off but things look to be on the up and up so I’ll try to stick to the positive. Yesterday I realised that I could make boho earrings that are super fashionable right now and will likely sell better than my ‘novelty’ shape earrings. they do look lovely so figures crossed. My cousin also gave me some different earring hooks to use which are interesting and joy of joys do not need soldering. I have managed to buy the white flux i need to solder my stainless steal hooks so between all the earring hooks I should be covered for a while.
I am also making progress on my order and will hopeful be finished sometime next week.
I have been working on a few different things for the order just incase she doesn’t like something and wants to swap it out. I tried doing the stars with the colours she asked for, in a way that included all the colours in the two stars and I like the effect and hopefully she will too. The blue and purple looks rather dark in the photo but shows up a lot better in real life.
In non beading news my mum’s 60th is coming up and she is having a retro 50s rockabilly themed party and we have had fun picking out dresses and shoes. I may now have three new dresses and a new pair of shoes on the way.
Its not the best photo ever but you can see a part of my new day dress and the star earrings I made to wear with it. I got the dress from Steampunktime in Sarina and it is my fave shop. I don’t like shopping much but I love to go there and try on the amazing clothes.
I didn’t manage to post last week which is not good at all but I promise I’ll be posting at least three days this week, including tomorrow to make up for a lack of proper post today. The good news is that I’ll have plenty of time and energy to keep progressing on my beadwork and on my posts.
Unfortunately the thing about bead work is that it takes time, a lot of time. But I guess if it were easy there would be many people doing it. Anyway this small augmented Icosidodecahedron will be the last finished shape for the collection for a little while as I need to get a move on with orders and putting up my 2d patterns for sale. I also want to make something for the square project and the wings and stings comp if I have time. And there are so many other things I want to do. If anyone in Mackay, QLD wants to learn how to bead and is making Jewellery and art please message me.
I also have a started Rhombicosidodecahedron (i have done a stellar version) which when I do get around to completing it will work out. it’s sometimes hard to tell if shapes will work out in beadwork or not right up until they are finished or they simply don’t work. When it’s done I will have 9 semiregular polyhedron on my math pro poster left to make. Not that they are the only Polyhedrons I’m trying to recreate in beadwork for my collection. Hopefully by the time I’m done it will be one of the largest collections of polyhedrons. that would be super cool. hum I wonder if there is a record for that lol.
To make things a bit quicker tomorrow I’ve been making parts ready to assemble kind of like a production line, you do one thing and then the next so that you are not stopping and starting so much. I don’t always do this but I really should do it all the time to save time. It is super efficient although a bit more boring as you are doing the exact same thing over and over again with out change. There is a saying that repeating the same action over and over again is madness but really its genius.
And I’m still working on stars as usual, I will hopefully end up with the largest collection of stars as well given how many I make. What do you think? A room full of unique stars is it possible? Also I love my silver star earrings and am making a black pair you can find a tutorial for the open stars on Seed Bead Bliss’s youtube channel.
Ok this busy bee has to keep moving but I’ll post again in a day or two. Catch ya. Lou
I got about half way through setting up a weekend post yesterday before I gave up and went to bed. Thankfully this morning I am feeling a lot better and have just more than enough time to do a post and maybe set up my next one before going to my next appointment of the day.
I’m pleased to have three more finished shapes for my shape collection, I’m not sure if I’ve shared one of them or not on my last post but will share all three in this post. I have two other shapes started with some extra parts to start more. I have two posters of polyhedron that I am working off to make as many
shapes as I possible can. So far I can only make up to a pentagon in this style but i have an idea of how to make hexagons and octagons as well, using a started and a slightly different method.
one of the other shapes I am working on is one I have done before but I am doing it in the tiny solid form for the third series of the major collection.
The photo on the right is of a Snub Cube and although the angles are a bit different the faces are all correct.
And my third new shape (although like the first I have made this shape before just not for the collection) is a Rhombicuboctahedron. Now try saying that three times fast.
I also have managed to solder some earrings (though not my stainless steal ones) and some jump rings so I can start making earrings again with out the risk of the thread sliding off the hooks. I have several designs to make that I’ve brought and some of my own to do as examples for selling patterns.
It’s not the best photo but I love this painted bunting pattern I brought in a set by CariAnne Slotterback off Etsy. She has some lovely designs and I will hopefully do a post about her in the coming weeks. I also made some earrings with this design and the wee mini bird as well. They are over the top but I’m sure they will find a good home as they are very colourful. I also have more patterns by my fave Bead Crumbs Hawaii, to make up.
And then there is this totaly cute design by Mistise also on Etsy. I think it might be a bit small by its self as earrings but it is totally cute. I also have some fun designs by WineyHookerCrafts, so keep an eye out for new posts about these fantastic designers. On the 3d pattern front I have some by LadyLunar to do up as well, she has so many amazing designs and I’ll get to them in the coming months. And also a Bead-a-long box by Julia s. Pretl from seedbeadsandmore group on FB. I’ll be starting the box in the next few days.
um I did have something else to talk about but have forgotten so it will have to wait for the next post.
I decided to spend the day working on a few more shapes to add to my largest collection of beadwork. This is a completed one and I have ideas for two more shapes to riff off of it and am most of the way through another shape. I also have a small collection of beadwork. It is really a set of three shapes series the I have been working on over the past few years. The shape pictured is something I have already done but not for this series and so is the shape I am making but i want to eventually have every shape possible to make in this style in the collection. Or as many as I can possible make at any rate.
this other one that I am still working on is starting to take shape and I think I have five more parts to put in. I have a super models poster the best I could find of a visual collection of polyhedron and assorted shapes from maths-pro on the web and am working my way through the list as well as making a few of my own. I haven’t even counted how many shapes I have done for the collection but will some time in the next few weeks do a post just about the collection. and no sorry I’m not writing patterns for them at the moment.
Also on the topic of patterns I still have not uploaded the 2d patterns like I said I would but will get there some time this week. And I may have brought a few new patterns to make from other amazing designers. I will have to get ready for work soon so I’ll catch ya next time. Lou
I’m working on two miniature dress designs at the moment and am about half way through both. They are my first two attempts in two drop in any format and I love they way it suits the shape of the cast though its rather hard to see in photos of the matte black beads. I am also getting along with my order and have started another request for a snowflake. I should also have at least two listings up on etsy tomorrow afternoon, one of a hexagon pattern and another of a cute skull I designed a few years ago. I also have a few other designs I’ve dug up from the pile to do patterns for.
Hopefully in the next week I’ll be able to finish a few things and get the flux i need to solder my stainless steal earrings so that I can feel confident in selling earrings I’ve made.
Mum and I ran into a friend who had moved and ended up having coffee with him. It’s been a while so it was lovely to catch up. We also went to check out the local vintage shop and I love spotting some of the antique beadwork, this lamp being my fave of the day though there were also some stunning purses as well. other than that I don’t have much else to say but will hopefully have more soon.
Ok so I have been talking about trying to sell 2d patterns for a while now and had hit a few snags but have now done up 2 of my designs into patterns and have uploaded on to a beading group as a test run and so far the feed back has been all positive so baring any unforeseen events I should have a hand full of PDF patterns up for sale on Etsy in the next few days. My Etsy shop is DelicateByLou so if you are interested in 2d beading patterns check it out.
I’ve also had the idea to use my mini star collection as a colour sample so am working on making combinations of the colours I am deciding between to see how they look before deciding on finishes and combinations to go with. I am really loving the matte black with the silver line colours and the canary yellow as well.
other than that I am working on two miniature bead dresses and will post photos in my next post. I had better go organise dinner before I have to get ready for work so catch ya next time. Lou.
Well here are the amazing photos from my first session with Fiona of Coffee and Hops. If your in the Mackay area and want stunning photos of you pets or family then you should check out her Facebook page as she dose such a wonderful job. And of course she dose take photos of other things like beaded sculptures.
I really can’t say just how much I love these photos they are just what I was looking for and over the next few months will hopefully be able to book in more sessions to have my whole collection (what I currently have at home) photographed.
I did crop the photos for this blog but didn’t make any other edits so that you could see just how amazing they are.
These photos are of five of my sculptures, two being a set and I added at least one photo of each background for you to view. The uncroped photos at the bottom were done to give a perspective of the size of each sculpture and I think it works marvellously.
I don’t have much more to say on the matter so I’ll leave you to continue scrolling down the post undistracted.
Well since my last post I’ve been sick and on Friday went to work and apparently looked like shit but as the only back up was a heavily pregnant lady who’s been having health problems I sucked it up. Did call the boss partway through the shift to see if we could just get out jobs done and go instead of fuddy dudding around and she said that was fine but was kinda surprised I hadn’t called in or something. And then at the next job that night my car wouldn’t start so we had to go for a walk back to the office to grab the other lady’s car so we could jump start mine. Got it going and finished the last job with no problems. Ending up buying a new car battery, dad came into town to jump start my car, I organised to get his windscreen fixed while he was in so it was a full day, of waiting around. Got ready for work Monday arvo and the car wouldn’t even turn over it was dead. Called the boss again and organised to get picked up with all the work stuff I had in my car and then called the company who installed the battery. They were like bring in in Monday we can diagnose the problem but we are fully booked till the end of next month.
Lucky I know some mechanics and one will take a look at it tomorrow for me and hopefully it will just be something like the battery was not connected properly or something easy and cheap to fix.
On the beading front I haven’t managed to do a whole lot new as I’ve been under the weather and dealing with life’s unexpected dramas. for the most part I have been working on colour combos for my order and have accidentally made two new sized baubles one slightly bigger than a small and one slightly bigger than a large. I’m not sure about the black and this yellow but my bead order has arrived and I did get a yellow I adore and will I hope make a great tree topper. it is a fantastic opaque canary yellow is and very vibrant. It should stand out with an colour. I only wish I had brought more of it. Oh well there is always next time.
Ok so my fortune cookie said: Wisdom is the lamp, good thoughts the oil, sweet words the flame. I don’t know there the quote comes from it’s not attributed unfortunately. Its a cute little saying. Not sure sweet words are really the flame of wisdom, they seem more the domain of compassion. But then compassion is wise.
There seems to be a lot of compassion and wisdom lacking in todays word as it’s not convenient. Our moral compass says that if you can do it that it’s not wrong. UHH. I came across an audible post on FB and was shocked by just how many people were blatantly posting about how they make frequent use of the return policy, because they don’t like the story line or narration. Not because there is something wrong with either like a fault or something like that. Don’t get me wrong the return policy is good, i’ve used it twice. Once because I accidentally brought a book in a language I didn’t understand (the cover was in english) and the other was because I struggled through the first section of the book (it was one of the really long ones) and just couldn’t keep going, I hated that book so much that with a twinge of guilt I returned it. I mean I really hated that book (also I had no extra spending money at the time for another book). I’ve only come across a few book’s I’ve disliked but it was only that one I even considered returning. And sure I’ve read plenty of meh books but I give them a meh review or low stars and move on after all someone worked hard to make that book and narrate it. I’m not going to love every book I read and that is just part and parcel of reading. But a lot of people were justifying many returns as it is a service that audible offers and if they didn’t love the narration or the storyline then back it went. The whole justifications was well I can do it so its not wrong. And this is attitude explains so much of our history.
One lady replied to my first post saying that I was wrong and we went from there me trying to point out to here that the authors and narrators and publishers were all affected (why I feel bad about that one return) but she just said that the last two authors were dead so it didn’t matter so being me i asked if she checked to see if the narrators and publisher were also dead. Someone found that funny. Anyway after a few more comments I pointed out that actions and attitudes have ramifications and that it affected people. The lady who was telling me I was wrong said I didn’t understand the policy and was narrow minded. Now all I did was rebuke the claim, I know how the policy works and how it was intended and I know that audible allows people to return as many books as they want because they want people to be satisfied with their service and keep spending money with them. I also know that the authors, narrators and publishers are the ones that take the hit. So she said that I didn’t understand how the policy worked and was narrow minded.
I do actually understand the policy and why audible are ok with people frequently returning books as it had little impact on them as for the most part that money goes back to them on another book and it increases levels of customer satisfaction and people love having the return policy as peace of mind. But just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should or at least do it frequently at any rate. And you should never every call someone narrow minded as a means to win an argument it doesn’t work and either way the person is likely to comment back. In my case I stated that I did understand the policy and why they accepted the level of returns and pointed out that she was actually narrow minded as she did not consider how her returns affected others. And apparently that was too harsh and she deleted all her comments which is bloodily weird, in that my half of the conversation is still there immortalised and well so is her name in my comments. And it is not like it was a toxic conversation or anything, in fact it was super tame by internet standards.
As a society we seem to have lost the capability for civil debate and the few of us willing to hold a debate meet very few others willing to hold one with us. People have become inflexible to changing their opinions and when they can’t win they try to erase their non victory from sight.
Ah sorry this was not a blog post about beading really but I needed to have my say some where in more than just comments.
I will post again in the next few days, something on the topic of beading and hopefully I will have a few beading things to post about.