Designing Something New

Tonight I’m at a special Metal Night at my favorite bead shop. By knowing the right people, I managed to talk myself into a spot at the sold-out event while doing the anniversary bracelet on Sunday.

I have a vision for a special piece. I made a pattern (or at least the framework for a pattern) last night. I’ve been working on what size to make the actual piece, and have settled on a fairly significant 3-inch diameter.

At this point in the evening, I have drawn, cut and started to shape the two layers of the flower. It’s really nice to be able to make use of the vast selection of tools and bounce ideas off someone who has way more experience with this sort of thing than I do.

I can tell that I still have lots to do, but I am so happy with and proud of my progress to this point. It’s so nice to be able to say that I both designed and made this and to see it coming to life.

Day 303

Tonight I’m at a special Metal Night at my favorite bead shop. By knowing the right people, I managed to talk myself into a spot at the sold-out event while doing the anniversary bracelet on Sunday.

I have a vision for a special piece. I made a pattern (or at least the framework for a pattern) last night. I’ve been working on what size to make the actual piece, and have settled on a fairly significant 3-inch diameter.

At this point in the evening, I have drawn, cut and started to shape the two layers of the flower. It’s really nice to be able to make use of the vast selection of tools and bounce ideas off someone who has way more experience with this sort of thing than I do.

I can tell that I still have lots to do, but I am so happy with and proud of my progress to this point. It’s so nice to be able to say that I both designed and made this and to see it coming to life.

Day 302

The to-do list was long today (as it always is), but instead of tackling yet another project this afternoon, my oldest and I decided to go fishing.

After he got up from his rest this afternoon, momma made some hot cocoa and broke out the Go Fish! cards. We played a couple of rounds and then tried out some Crazy 8s. I think he only let me win one game out of three.

Day 301

I thought this boy was adorable in his little man pajamas. I think he thought they were pretty neat too.


Oh, and this little boy spent the day home with momma nursing a fever. He doesn’t seem to be feeling sick this evening, so I’m hoping it turns out to just be a low-grade, mystery fever.


Day 300

I’ve made it to day 300! I can’t decide if I should be excited or a little freaked out that there are only 65 days left of the year!!


This afternoon we were looking out the windows and noticed this giant storm cloud coming in. It looked like it would pour any second. What’s kind of funny is that it passed right over us without releasing a drop.

Day 299

As a rare treat, I was able to do two beading projects in two days. This evening I took a class at my favorite local shop creating a metal worked pendant. This creation was inspired by the designer’s neighbor’s Wisteria vine. It was a really fun piece made by crushing light-weight, 34 gauge copper into the blossoms.


I really, really enjoyed this metal working technique. It was very organic and worked up nicely. I’m thrilled that I was able to complete the pendant during the class. I can’t think of another metal worked class where I’ve walked away with the finished piece. I have so many nearly completed projects. I’m not counting the fact that I still have to make it into a necklace.

I was also very happy to discover that I already own nearly all of the tools to make this piece again in the future. I am certain I will be incorporating this technique into other pieces.