Friday, May 27, 2011

And Also...

For those who are not aware, Plants vs Zombies will be released for the Android on 5/31! WOO! It will be available on the Amazon App Store. Normally $2.99, but free for the first day!

For those who are unfamiliar - Play online here.
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Here is some free and or cheap stuff:

Beading Daily is offering one of their online videos for $.10 thru 6/30.
Download Here

They also have a number of free ebooks and projects, all you need to do is sign up for their newsletter - which I usually find interesting.
The links to the ebooks are on the right, scroll down. has a good selection of free patterns and tips. Always fun.

Here is the site that offers the program I use to create most of my peyote patterns. It is simple and small. No fancy features.

The Flickr Ring A Week group has some very cool stuff. I started out participating, but then stopped posting for reasons I am not sure of. I still browse through the pictures frequently though...

More eye candy to be found at the Year of Jewelry Project 2011.

This blog no longer seems to be updating, but they have some cool ideas for cheap to no cost jewelry.

And my favorite way to kill some time is The Kingdom of Loathing. This is a fun and free online game with lots of geeky in jokes and bad artwork. It's fun.

Have I mentioned that I am currently so VERY bored? 'Cause I really am.

Quote: "This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Working with metal

In addition to beading, I like to work with metal now and then. This past weekend, I got to expirement with etching and some embossing. I think most of the results turned out pretty well. What do you think?








Quote: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Pattern - The Tardis!

I will assume that you are all cool, and thus are watching Doctor Who on BBC and or BBCA. In which case, like me you loved this past week's episode written by Neil Gaiman, in which we finally got to meet the Tardis.

If you have read any of Mr. Gaiman's work (which again, shouldn't be in question for those who are cool...)- such as Caroline, American Gods, Sandman - you could see so much of him in this episode. I won't go into too much detail as I don't want to spoiler and I suck at writing reviews, but it was a BLAST!

And it inspired this lovely pattern below. It was initially conceived as a ring, but is a little larger than I generally like my rings. So, for those of us with small hands, it will make a lovely skinny bracelet. For those with larger hands, a great ring. It shows the Tardis flying through the cosmos! My only reqret is that I couldn't find a way to make it say Police.


Tardis Facts:
1) Tardis stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space
2) The Tardis is notoriously bigger on the inside
3) The Tardis can change shape to fit into any enviroment, however, it's chameleon circuit broke and now it is stuck as a 1960's British Police Box
4) The Tardis is supposed to be run by 6 people, this is why the Doctor is always running madly around the console
5) The Tardis inhabited a living being once before, when it possessed Rose Tyler during the Bad Wolf story line.

Quote: ...and then we discovered it wasn't the Robot King after all, it was the real one. Fortunately I was able to reattach the head.
The Doctor - The Doctor's Wife
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Bead-tastrophies and other things that didn't go as I wanted...

So I did some traveling for work a few weeks ago. Remembering all the beading magazine writers talking about beading on planes, I took my beads with me.


My favorite bead mavens must all travel first class, cause back in economy, there is no room to bead. There is not even room to get into your bag to look at beads. There was only room to be elbowed by the guys on either side of me. So, with this in mind, on the return trip I checked my bead bag. It was a nice substantial bag and I had everything well packed. Should be safe... or not.


A couple of my boxes broke, a couple of the tubes within them broke, delicas everywhere, tiny pearls everywhere.... blah. So, this mess is why I was unmotivated to bead or even talk about beading for a bit.

This week, I decided to get over it and start a new project. Wanted to make a peyote ring with a hidden message. While I technically succeeded, I am not thrilled with it. Need to work on ways to hide the overlapping section... maybe some crystal clusters....



Finally, feel free to check out this month's Etsy Beadweavers Challenge entries. Voting runs through the 15th of May.

Quote: A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900), The Gay Science, section 41
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