Monday, October 20

Monday, Monday - Weekend Wrap Up

Wow, it's Monday again.  Weekends are always so short lived and this one was no exception.  It was a fairly busy weekend for us.  We hung out with friends, saw some bands, I beaded, J did homework and had meetings, we took the dog for a nice fall walk.  It was a lot busier then normal.

Friday I picked up embroidery thread to finish up planet Saturn.  I'm so excited to get Saturn done and see what it looks like with rings.

If you don't remember, this is what Saturn looks like without rings.  It looks pretty awesome if I don't say so myself.  So just imagine it with a ring system.  I'm hoping to have a little bit of time this week to work on that.

Let's see, what else did we do on Friday?  Oh yeah, a good friend came over and we watched weird documentaries all night.  I know, we are out of control here.

Saturday was homework day for J.  He's really getting close to that Masters.  Only about nine weeks left and he will be done!!!  I'm so proud of that boy.

I working on beadwork on Saturday.  Exciting news, I finished my last planet on Saturday.   Woot, woot!

Uranus is finished!  I cannot wait to see all of them together.  I plan on getting out the canvas and getting all the planets on there today.  So I should have some photos soon!

Hmmm, what else did we do?  On Sunday we took little Yoda for a walk.  We took her up to the high school to let her run around the large field they have up there.  It's one of her favorite things to do.  We just might have to buy a house in the country so our little pug has the room she needs to be free!
We finished out the weekend by going and seeing a few bands play at a local bar.  It was a pretty nice night.  See what rebels we are, we went to see some bands on a Sunday night.  Crazy!

So what did everyone else do?  Did you do some fun fall related activities?  Did you get some crafts finished?

Friday, October 17

Friday Freebie

Well, well, well, it's Friday already.  It was a cold, wet week here, but the sun is finally shining and I believe we're supposed to have a stretch of nice weather.  Which will be nice since this whole week we've seen nothing but rain.  Since fall is in full swing here in Wisconsin, my allergies have been atrocious.  I suffer from year round allergies, but the rainy seasons always make them worse.  So, I welcome a break in the rain.  Well I would anyway, but this gives me a little relief from the sinus pressure.

I've been busy working away at custom orders still.  Working on a gauntlet or two.  I've also almost finished up the last planet needed for my solar system project.  I hoping to complete that this weekend.  Then I have a couple ideas for my next projects.  Exciting.

But enough about all of that, let's got to today's freebie!

This is such a neat freebie.  This pack contains four quick pages. 

Don't have My Memories software, don't worry about it.  You can use my promo code, STMMMS11215, to get $10 off the My Memories Software and then an additional $10 off any purchase in the store. That's a pretty cool deal. The My Memories folks have some really great scrapbooking things. And even if you don't scrapbook, the software and extras are really awesome. I don't scrapbook, but I love the software to make interesting blog post pictures. I even used it to make some labels for my homemade granola bars, so J wouldn't have to guess flavors anymore. Just use STMMMS11215 to get the discounts.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and stay creative. 

Wednesday, October 15

Wordless Wednesday - Caramel Apple Pie

Tuesday, October 14

Weekend Wrap Up

So I'm going to confess something to everyone.  I didn't get a whole lotta beadwork done this past weekend.  I meant to, I really did, but I just didn't have that much time for it.  And why you ask?

Because this is what we did this past weekend.

We stained our deck.  Our massive, ridiculously large, huge, well you get the point, deck.  We thought it would only take us a couple hours with the two of us.  Oh how we were wrong.  It took us half a day with four people working.

I think we underestimated how large this bad boy is.  Our neighbor calls it the air craft carrier of decks.  It's that large.  But, we didn't really have a choice, it was this large or about 1/5 the size.  We opted for the larger size.

So now the top is all stained before the Wisconsin winter hits and next spring we'll be staining the stairs.  And for those who have never built a deck, you have to wait a year before staining.  Since the stairs were just built this year, next spring is the soonest we will be able to stain.

But I'm very happy with how it turned out.  We were hoping for a little bit more of a brown stain, but the red tint goes very well with the new paint job on the house.

Oh, I started painting the garage, which is the last thing that needs to be finished before winter rolls around.  I'm an expert painter, I've painted almost all the rooms in the house and the majority of the outside of the house.  Maybe I should start my own painting business.  My motto will be "Just one girl and a brush".  Hmmmm, I think I'll stick with beading.

Monday, October 13

Monday, Monday

Ugh, this post was supposed to be up last week, but due to my inability to get photos taken, it had to wait until today.

I've got a ton of projects going right now.  Well, I guess it's not that many projects, just a few.  Three or four at best.  It's funny to think that when I first started beading, I never wanted to work on multiple projects at once.  I wanted to focus on one project and not move on until that one was completely finished.  There were times where I would bead through the night to get something done.  Now, I'm more then happy to work on multiple things.  It helps me from getting board.  So what am I working on right now.

I only have one more planet to finish up for my solar system project.  Okay, I have to go back and work on Saturn's rings, but I'm almost done with all the beading.

Here is the work I've accomplished on Uranus.  I'm hoping to have it done in a week or two so I can start putting the project together.  I'm so excited to see all the planets together.  Maybe I will have this project done before Christmas.

I also have been working on a few custom orders.  I'm working on making large leather gauntlets for a customer.  This is a first for me.  I love going big, but I've never beading a gauntlet before.

Here is a little sneak peak at the first one.  It's just going to be an all matte white with white glass pyramid beads for accents.  I like that we're starting out simple.

And here is a little sample of bead embroidery for my customer.  We are going back and forth between if these should be done in embroidery or if they should be done in peyote stitch.  I vote for embroidery, but the final word is up to my customer.  It just depends on which one looks better to him.  I'll see what he says next Wednesday, that's if I can get this sample finished.

And last, but not least (okay, that's a lie, I may or may not have some other projects going), is a pair of purple tassel earrings that will be going to their new home in Georgia today.  I love these guys.  They are so playful and fun.  And if you are interested, they are now available as custom orders.

So that's a few of the projects on the board right now.  What is everyone else working on?  Any fun Halloween projects?  I would love to hear and see them.

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