Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beautiful Day

It has been a lovely couple of weeks in Arizona.  The temperatures have finally been below 100 for at least 10 days in a row.  It started a week ago Saturday, and our power went out. Now, ordinarily, I freak out because it gets too hot in here, and my oxygen concentrator goes dead.  So, it is a real double whammy for my breathing issues.  When it is super hot, we just go into the pool and wait it out as long as we can, but it wasn't hot enough last weekand the pool was freezy cold.  So Mark goes around the house and opens all windows and doors, and shockingly, it was gorgeous in here!

So, every day since then, we have been able to open our windows at night, and that is heaven.  It reminds me of July (or most any night) in Colorado, or well, never in New Orleans or Dallas.  So, with the magical weather, my mood has lifted greatly,  However, I do have another issue.  Since I had a slice on my cornea in March, my vision has gradually deteriorated to where I really can barely see.  Everything is soft and fuzzy, like a world made of cotton candy.  I have another appointment with the doctor for October 26, but until at least then, I am going to have to abstain from blog hops.  It is not that I am totally blind. I can see a little, enough to blog, with the kind help of spell check, but when I bead or do any art, i am slooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww.  So, all deadlines are out of the question.  The only ones I can do are two or three I have already finished.  I will e-mail the hop coordinators individually, but, with my apologies, I must withdraw from public life for a bit, an eye sabbatical, hopefully to heal and recover.  I promise to return if I can, and I will be fierce!

Don't think this is a pity party by any means, I just thought it was only fair to explain in advance so that I don't disappoint anyone.  It aggravates the heck out of me when I go to blog hops and someone just doesn't participate, so I wanted to let folks know in advance that I am a little under the weather, and I just need time!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bead Table Blog Hop

I'm sorry to say, due to an unexpected illness, I am not finished with my pieces.  I have been battling eye problems, and it makes beading slow going,  I am going back to the eye doctor soon, and I'll keep on working on my project, but for now, I am just not ready,

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling!

First of all, fellow bloggers, I want to thank our hop hostesses, Shelley and Marlene!  I love the idea of holiday bling.  No matter what holidays you celebrate, even if you don't celebrate them at all, bling for the middle of winter is wonderful!

Now, I have two small problems.  The first is that blogger's scheduler is not working properly, so I am posting this at 7:15 in the AM on the 6th.  So, be patient with me, I'm a little slow, but I'm here!  Secondly, my hop partner, Stephanie Stamper (Woods), is a little late on sending her bling, so I decided to post what I sent her, and I'll add a post when her items get here.  We decided to make an ornament or decoration and a piece of holiday appropriate jewelry.

So, here is the ornament, and I have to say it is HEAVILY influenced by my recent work on projects from Jean Power and Kate McKinnon from their new books to be released shortly.  I was an early order maniac and I have been receiving bits and pieces of some of the new patterns/projects.  The first book is called Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, and horns and wings and wildly shaped things are definite features of their new visions.  So, here is my Pagoda Ornament, based on some of their early concepts (with apologies to the authors LOL).

Pagoda Ornament (green tinted glass courtesy of my hubby)

Top View

Bottom View

And now for the ear bling!

Holiday Ear Bling

So now, fellow blog travelers, visit these lovely blogs for their early holiday presents!

Mary Howell Govaars
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)