|Tyler and his girlfriend, Michelle.|
Getting ready for the holidays was hectic. I was the designated cookie maker for the family get-togethers this year. I had big plans of making several dozen of 4 different kinds of cookies. But, *sigh* I only made 3 kinds. Well, I only made two. Michelle had been wanting to make cookies, too, so she and Sara teamed up to make the chocolate chips. They turned out great!
|Sara and Michelle baking cookies for Christmas|
|Sara and Matthew|
Oh! And I nearly forgot! The other morning there was a knock at the door. I got up to go answer it, and I was a little irritated. I was sure it was going to be yet another salesman wanting to fix my windshield. We get LOTS of different types of door-to-door salesmen, but especially ones who want to fix my windshield. So I opened the door with a scowl on my face...and I couldn't believe it! Unannounced all the way to Scottsdale, AZ from Denver was my parents!!!! They didn't tell us they were coming, so we were all shocked, and happy and surprised. We had a nice few days visiting with them. Pop took the little ones hiking up Camelback Mountain, and for the first time ever they made it to the top!!! Me and mom looked at each other's bead work, oohed and ahhhed, and I showed her how to do a couple stitches. Years ago I got her into some heavy duty scrapbooking, now I have gotten her into beading. lol Like mother, like daughter. (Notice, the wall behind them is also Sara's Art Wall. :)
|Mom and Pop|
Bead Journal Project 2011
OK! Now on to the beads!!! I did not finish last year's project. I think I only got through June. The reason is that my carpal tunnel has gotten so bad that I can no longer do bead embroidery. My hands hurt up to my elbows within about 5 minutes, and it is just too painful and frustrating. So this year I am going to do something different. I know that 99% of the people in the BJP do bead embroidery, so I hope my ideas can still be appreciated even though they are not the norm. My goal this year is to learn a new type of bead weaving stitch or method or idea every month for the next year to expand my knowledge of beads and to find as many ways of expressing myself through beads as I can...that doesn't hurt my hands.
Each month I will make a necklace and bracelet set. This month I chose to do wire crochet. I was surprised at how fast they worked up! I chose 4 different types of beads. There was a czech glass green square, a Czech glass maple leaf in cobalt luster, a pearlized glass garnet nugget and a copper-ish serpentine glass square. I used 26g silver craft wire and a simple, plain silver toggle for the closures.
I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I call it "Joyful Chaos", which describes my last few months of 2010. There were a lot of happy things going on, such as my son coming home and Angela coming to visit, but it was also very chaotic and stressful at the same time. Here are some pics for you to see.
And a close-up...