Thursday, May 23, 2013

Update on time!? Heck no!

Of course I've been too busy with the new house to update you all on any kind of regular basis.  Ugh.  I've not even had much time for beading lately as I've been working at a couple of 'real' jobs at an elementary school and as a nanny.  Thankfully, the school year is almost at its end so I'll have the summer to myself!

In the meantime:

I tried one of Carol Dean Sharpe's patterns when she had a fantastic sale going on.  I haven't yet made it to the other patterns I purchased but I will get there!  So for now, I have done 'Ohm'

After that, I joined a new beading group on Facebook (new to me!) Operation Tackle That Bead Stash, which challenges you each month with a project that you use only your stash items to complete!  This is perfect for me since I buy waaay more beads than I use :)  So, here is my April Stashbusting challenge:

My May & Color challenge Stashbuster:

And the Pastel Color challenge:

I also decided on a project from the new issue of Bead & Button, I have decided to call my version Galaxies as that's what they look like!

Then I finally made my way back to Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes book and started with Dancing Waves:

Finally, I finished a project that I am very proud of personally.  Designing and creating my very own Beaded Dice Set.  It's a full set of 7 dice for Dungeons & Dragons!
I have yet to figure out a way to add the numbers on, but I'm working on it!

And that's all for now in the beady world as I get back to the grindstone trying to finish Jill's book before Bead & Button show in Milwaukee in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!  In which, I will be taking one of Jill's classes!  I'm so excited to meet her in person I can hardly wait!!  Don't worry, there WILL be pictures of my adventure there. :)


  1. This is your idea of not having much time to bead?? I can only dream... (Great variety. You must have a great stash!)

  2. I just happened to see your blog....Very fun to see how your life goes on.

    Jill Wiseman's patterns and book is wonderful. I am trying to work on the
    dancing waves pattern.
    However, I am having a problem figuring out what to do with the divided thread and putting on end on a bobbin. The pattern doesn't indicate what/where
    to use the set aside thread.

    Any suggestions? I really appreciate your help as I am anxious to start
    this pattern.

    :) Mary Ann

    1. Mary Ann - Thanks for checking out my blog, glad you enjoy it! I LOVE Jill's work.

      As for Dancing Waves: In my opinion you have 2 options for this. First, you don't technically need the extra length of thread on a bobbin if you don't want to, you can just leave a small tail thread to weave in at the end if you'd like.

      Or, if you choose to have half your length of thread on the bobbin, it's meant to be an already attached second thread for when the first half runs out. Instead of adding more thread, you use the bobbin thread to continue weaving.

      Hope that helps! And have fun beading!

      PS - There is a Facebook group (If you have Facebook) for Jill's designs, you can find it here: