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Friday, December 30, 2011

Color Trends for 2012

Here are the color forecasts for 2012.

"70s appliances": Gold, almond, avocado green, and muted mustard.  All I 
can say about thisgroup is bleck... I didn't like any of these colours on appliances
and I don't see me wearing any of these colours as adornment bling!
Layered neutrals: Oatmeals, browns, tans, and grays.  Boring however 
copper that has been treated with LOS (liver of Sulpher) just could sneak in
as the first colour!
Pastels: Blush pink, robin's egg blue, and mint green.  Sufice to say
I hate pastels...
but I did started making pink beads last year! Guess I was working the
upcoming trend a year early ...
and I just bought myself a pair of mint green shoes, so will have to make some 
jewellery to go with them!

Graphic Black and White:  I like black & white.. however it seems 
to be a hard colour to sell here... earrings do sell bracelets and pendants don't.

Tangerine Tango:  & Pantone's choice for 2012.  Finally a colour I like!  
Actually a lot of my wardrobe is this colour

 I made these beads yesterday before I saw the 
colour forecast... 
guess they're a bit to manderine... may have to try 
and custom mix some red enamels into this orange 
or start a new trend!

Are these beads harvest gold mixed with tangerine tango?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Almost Wordless wednesday on Thursday!

While we were sitting at the airport waiting to fly home on Tuesday... this suitcase fell off the luggage cart on the way to the plane....  A couple of people did stop and look at it.... then it got put on the luggage cart (the one in the photo) and about 15 minutes after it fell off someone came along and delivered it to a plane... I hope there was nothing breakable in it as it fell about 7 feet...  And yes I'm home from Edmonton where I spent 13 days... 4 of which were in hospital... not my idea!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Are Forsythia suppose to bloom in Dec?

My forsythia is covered in flowers today inspite of yesterdays' negative temps!  It's nice to see flowers blooming in Dec!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Ornament Blog Hop 2011

Last year in a moment of panic when I realized I'd signed up for the ornament blog hop and had nothing made I gathered up bits and pieces that I no longer loved or didn't want to use...  This year I remembered my intention to particpate with 10 days to make my ornament (am I actually getting more organized?)

Even with 10 days I decided to use a similar method of assembling components...  I started with the art bead....  then came the little glass beads to compliment it....  Well the long and short of it ... the final ornament doesn't have a single component that was in the original pile...

My beaded bead was replaced with a slightly burnt enameled bead... My raindrop was remade in a colour that matched my beaded bead which I didn't use... and instead of using little flameworked beads I used small commercial triangular beads.... The original raindrops were made as a fund raiser for a local day care... 'raindrops of hope' so I thought using one in this years ornament was appropriate!

Then I hung it on the tree next to last years ornament and decided that they were much to similar...

Link to last years ornament!

So this year Charlie's tree gets two NEW ornaments!  What a lucky tree!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season... and have a I started to declutter NO!

Here's a list of other participating blogs!
Suburban Girl Studio
Life in the Lyon's Den
Jeannie's Blog
Blog by Salla
Maria Grimes
It's Been a While
Sue Beads
Artist At Work
Modern Nature Studio
Too Aquarius
Artfully Ornamental
Gem Rose Designs
Jewels by Ine
BeeTree by M.E.
Islandgirl's Insights   (You Are Here!)
Angela Lund-Logan
Gem's PC Corner
Summers Studio
Sandy Volpe
The Next Bend
Skye Jewels
Janina Grigore
Elysian Studios
Art Bead Scene

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

 Wish I could grow these here!
Calla'n Porter Menorca
Wouldn't you like to wake up to this view every morning!
Mallorca Spain

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday & Bead Table Wednesday (BTW)

 New Jellies using my new Ameritool falt lap....  Actually it's a Christmas present but it seemed silly to leave it in the box for 6 weeks!
Progress.... One week of knitting in the evenings!

Should have taken these pictures yesterday as it is snowing right now.... wet heavy snow...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday & Bead Table Wednesday (BTW)

 My bead table has been taken over by an 'afgan'  .... My mother decided that that was what they wanted for Christmas ... last weekend.... &  My husband wants to know why the factory doesn't wind the yarn into balls before they ship it...... I think it's a cost issue ...
Don't you just love the colours in this?  I actually bought a 'kit' seemed easier than finding yarn that matched...  Will I get this done by Christmas.....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Workshop Beads Cocoa FL with Claudia Trimbur-Pagel

Claudia showing off her eye murini  morning Day 3

 Beads Day 1
 Pirate Bead & Friend Day 2 (Spent the morning making the eye Murini in this bead!)
 Beads Day 3 this were suppose to be set into the silver clay jewellery that we made on Day 4... I'm using the brown and ivory bead top left in my ring but will not be using either butterfly in my pendant!

Backs of the window beads that I made after I got home...
Fronts of the window beads.....
Token tree bead to see if I can still make them!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

I always take pictures of lighthouses whenever I see them

Think this is the bottom up...
Me at the top... I finally climbed one... only 203 steps!
And yes I read the no flip flops before I went up... but since it was the only pair of shoes I had ...  Not sure why they weren't allowed...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Ormond Beach Florida....  Just got back from a 4 day workshop with  Claudia Trimbur-Pagel
at Rocio's Studio in Cocoa FL...  Never managed to go in the water as it was cool and windy the days we were staying on the beach prior to the workshop!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spain.... Part 1 week one in Barcelona!

 Casa Batllo, Barcelona,  This is just about the first building we saw when we emerged from the subway station our first afternoon!
 Gord, sampling the local beer, all restaurants had beer taps and most of them dispensed the same beer...  The only thing that changed was the size and shape of glass it was served in!

 Casa Mila,  another of Antoni Gaudi's architectural wonders in Barcelona
 The Gothic center or old part of Barcelona, this was were we were really warned to hang onto our wallets.. we had no problems, but we met an American tourist  who lost his wallet in the big upscale down town department store !
 Just a neat building somewhere in Barcelona.. not sure what the eyeballs are for!
Most of downtown Barcelona is paved with Gaudi's tiles,  rough pavement makes hauling wheeled luggage much more difficult!

I could not live in an apartment that got so little sunlight!
Isn't this slide cute....!
Yep spend 9 hours on a plane to take a picture of Mcdonald's  and no we did not eat there...  I've never seen a McAuto before!
Barcelona's Botanical Gardens....  I was hoping for flowers it was all trees.... the Garden's are built up the side of a mountain ... there was a Bonsai exhibition at the top which was worth the hike even if the gardens were a bit disappointing!
One of the more unusual bonsai entries!
Guell Park... This is a wonderful place to spend half a day! The Mosaic lizard in my lizard post lives here!

These are at Guell Park too... 

Gatekeepers cottage at Park Guell
Stained glass in casa Batllo
Rooftop chimney's at casa Batllo

Stained glass inside Sagrada Familia  This church was started in 1882.... and is still a long way from completion!  And there are a lot of windows still waiting for their stained glass!
 4 of the many spires on the Sagrada Familia Church & Part of the interior 'ceiling'
Finca Guell... Dragon gate

 Sunset from our Hotel room in Barcelona....

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