Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr. Who?

Any fans of the BBC show, Dr. Who, out there? My daughter loves this show and has been trying to get me to watch it forever. Well, for at least a year. Finally, over this past college break I watched the last two seasons with her....and I am now hooked! Thinking back, I have always been a fan of Sci-Fi shows and books...Lost in Space (dating myself here), Star Trek & some of the sequels, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, The Time Traveler's Wife, Somewhere in Time, Merlin--the list goes on and on.

Some of the plots in Dr. Who are interwoven and you need to stay on your toes--here is where it helps to watch it with someone who has seen each episode numerous times! I won't be spoiling anything if I tell you Dr. Who is about a time traveling alien. The episodes are well thought out, and I especially love the ones where The Doctor (no, his name is NOT Dr. Who) goes back in time to interact with famous people--Winston Churchill, Hitler, and Vincent Van Gogh to name a few.

There are also some re-occurring monsters, one of which is my daughter's favorite, Weeping Angels. They are statues. If you come across one of these denizens, Don't Blink! They can't move while you are looking at them. Which now (finally) brings me to the point of this post...
I found a pattern for a crocheted weeping angel on Ravelry! I used worsted weight acrylic yarn so it came out bigger than the pattern said, but I love how she came out & hope my daughter does, too. It will be in her Valentine's Day package from home.

Are you a fan of Sci-Fi?

For anyone interested, I have just added a new section to my shop...called "Last Chance Clearance". These items have been reduced & will only be available until they expire--they will not be renewed!

Friday, January 27, 2012

IA Challenge-Letters of The Alphabet

The prompt this week was to create something using letters, words, quotes, whatever you wish, as long as it contained letters! I enjoy using quotes in my art, so I created this ACEO:
Don't forget to stop by IA on Sunday to see all the other art created this week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Custom Order Completed

Good Morning Everyone! Today I wanted to show off my latest custom order, just completed and on its way to the UK! The customer requested 5 corsages for her wedding made in ceylon white beads with silver-lined crystal leaves. I realize the photos may look a little washed out--it was a very gray day when I took them, and perhaps I should have used other than a white background, but trust me, they are a stunning color combination!
I'm thinking of listing corsages in my "made to order" section of my shop. Even though customers can already request a custom order, a special listing may make it easier and will give me an opportunity to show various colors and styles.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fresh From The Oven!

A few days ago, my daughter & I made homemade Auntie Ann's Pretzels from a boxed kit I found in a supermarket. We had so much fun pulling the dough, forming the pretzels--which I was surprisingly bad at, LOL,
and decorating them with sea salt and/or cinnamon sugar. We laughed a lot and got flour all over the kitchen, but we enjoyed ourselves. They were quite good to eat, too! Photo credits all go to my daughter.
Yesterday, we drove her back to college. The roads were clear after Saturday's snowstorm, we made good time, and had a nice lunch before driving back home. I miss her already. Btw...we kept the leftover pretzels!

Friday, January 20, 2012

IA Challenge: Butterflies

I'm so glad I had a chance to play along with the Inspiration Challenge this week. The subject chosen by Hettienne is Butterflies! Here is my interpretation of a french beaded monarch butterfly. I made it into a plant stick.
This was so much fun! Thanks, Hettienne.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend everyone!
Please stop by on Sunday & see all the other entries here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My First "Made to Order" Listing

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the scarves I crocheted. Several people mentioned I should put some in my Etsy shop. After thinking about what would be the best way to do that...I decided to list it as a "made to order" item. I think I covered everything, but would you mind taking a look to see if you think I left anything out? Does the price sound ok? Really--I want some honest feedback as I have never listed anything this way before.

Thanks!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Crocheted Scarves

If you are a regular follower here, you may remember that I was crocheting a pair of matching scarves for my daughter & her boyfriend. Well, I am able to show them now, so here they are:
The pattern was free from Caron International, and they were really fun to make. They used 2 types of crochet: standard and Tunisian which used to be called Afghan stitch. A Tunisian needle is very long--15" and you pick up and keep all the stitches on the needle & then crochet them off. That is how the teal stripes were created--along the length of the scarf. The black eyelets were crocheted with a regular crochet hook.

Turns out they both really liked them! Score 1 for Mom!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Some New Beaded Flowers

I have been having trouble getting back into the groove of doing the various challenges, creating, listing, and blogging, probably because my daughter is still home from college. The weather has also been amazing--since the storm in late October, we've only had flurries that melted before they hit the ground. No complaints from me on that score. I am also working on a custom order of wedding brooches which I will share when they are done, and in the meantime I'll show the first of what I hope is several french beaded rose arrangements that I am making for Valentine's Day.
I used pink color-lined beads that almost have a gold shadow to them & a bright Spring green. I wanted the arrangement to be different from the ones I do all year with 3 medium flowers, so I did a large rose, medium & a bud. With two sprigs of baby's breath & 3 leaf bundles, I think it looks finished.

Besides the custom order and more roses, I am thinking about an aceo that I will make for a swap with the ACETSY team and am trying to get the the Inspiration Avenue challenge this week which is a fun one! Hopefully, I'll have time this month to enter the ACEO challenge, too! Phew! I better get to work! Have a great day!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some Exciting News At Our House!

I have been waiting to share some exciting news...Our daughter was accepted into Oxford University's Summer Seminar! They accept up to 50 students nationwide and they have to file an application, write essays, and have a Professor recommendation. When she told us she wanted to apply, we encouraged her to go ahead, while advising her to remain realistic--50 across the USA isn't a lot, and they usually take students who are already Juniors.

When she got the word that she was accepted...well, lets just say I don't think her feet have touched the ground yet! She is and has been for many years, an anglophile. We are thrilled for her and hope the reality of six weeks away over the summer is handled well by all of us!

So during this semester break, we have been running around having photos taken, applying for a new passport, Dentist appointments, and even some shopping.

In Etsy shop news... I hope to have Valentine's Day roses in stock soon!

Thanks for letting me share this with you!