Saturday, August 31, 2013

Focus on Life Week 35 - Growth and Change

Focus on Life week 35 blog topic is "Growth and Change".  This is an interesting topic, we've had a rough year in our house. My husband had a major accident and it's taken up the bulk of our lives for the last couple months. Many days we've moved through in a fog, trying to just stay afloat. But some days we've stopped, turned off the phones and enjoyed the time. What we've noticed is no matter what happens in life you are the only one who can make time for fun. So in the midst of complete chaos we've started to learn it's ok to turn the chaos off and make time for life.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jewelry Artist Community August Blog Post -- Book Review

This months Jewelry Artist Community blog post theme is a book review. Well if it's one thing I do a lot of it's read books! But this was supposed to be a jewelry theme'd book review, well what do you know I have tons of those style books too.

I choose the book Metal Jewelry Made Easy. It's a Lark Jewelry book and as always it's simple to follow, with great photos and some good ideas. My favourite project in the book is the Forged Earrings with Pearls on page 76. It's a simple project but gives you some new skills (well for me anyway) to try with good step by step directions.

So there you have it my review of a book I use often and with results.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Focus On Life Week 34 - Add Something

Focus on Life Week 34 encouraged us to "Add something" via photo editing. Not something I do a lot of, so I found one of my favourite snow pictures and did some photo effects.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Colour Challenge Beads

With the hectic summer coming to a close I've had a chance to get back to the Colour Challenges, I really do enjoy these weekly challenges. Here are the last two, both feathers.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Focus on Life Week 33 - Whats In Season

This year we've already had a bumper crop of blackberries. So this weeks Focus on Life blog prompt of "what's in season" is an easy one for me to do. I've been picking daily and getting upwards of 10+ cups depending on the sunshine. I see blackberry smoothies this winter!

They seem to have crept into my working colour palette as well, a lot of my beads have purples and blues in them lately.

Monday, August 12, 2013

20 Steps Outside My Door

20 Steps Outside My Door, deer often sleep in our hay shed.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Focus on Life Week 32 - From Where I Stand

This weeks Focus on Life topic is "From Where I Stand" and the minute this topic came in via email I knew exactly what photo I'd use.

This photo is taken from my happy spot. It's the back corner of our property in Alberta, every time we go out there I walk back there and sit on a large rock and think. My heart is firmly rooted in the fact that one day this is where we will live. I can picture a small cabin by the rock overlooking a watering hole in my mind as clear as if it already exists.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Earring Challenge on the Jewelry Artisans Community Forum

The Jewelry Artisan Community Forum is having a challenge! 8 lucky participants will receive a pair of my earring beads! They are encouraged to blog about the process and what they create with them. The JAC forum is a wonderful, supportive and friendly forum full of jewlery makers. Stop by and check it out, it's definitely worth a visit!

Life Is Too Short

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Focus On Life Week 31 - Hues of Blues

I have so many pictures of beads etc with blues I figure I might as well use one! My garden is full of pinks and purples so it's no help!

This weeks Focus On Life challenge topic is Hues of Blues.