Thursday, September 11, 2008

Home early, work space and another face...

Well... that didn't last long - the trip I mean! It was a tough trip out, I'm not a morning person and my flight was at 6:00. I tried my best to sleep on the planes (I had a layover in Atlanta), but it's never terribly comfortable trying to cram into a space meant for an average 12 year old with your back straight up and down. I don't have one of the neck pillow things - I hate the feeling of waking up - mouth hanging agape, facing the aisle and some poor unsuspecting traveler! Anyway, I made it to West Palm Beach and was well into my work and focused on meeting a deadline when I got a call... the job has been postponed - really? I had just unpacked my 10 days worth of clothes and was now being told to start checking for flights out the next morning. After a break for a well deserved margarita and dinner, I started packing back up to leave the next morning and am happy to be home now.

So one of the first blogs I visited is that of Denise of Bits of Beads and Fibers where she posted a giveaway for beads - she asked folks to post photos of their bead desk. So that is mine at the top of this post - a closer up shot of my little creative space. And just above from a bit of a distance. I use an old custom made work station that was originally built for the Mister's tattoo shop. It is black with a red, white and black tile top. I have a piece of vellux on top of a piece of foam - it's about 9 x 12 and works perfectly for me! When I travel, I roll it up and take it with me - perfect!

I love my little corner in the living room. I have several cats so it is a necessity that I keep my projects put away. I use cigar boxes for each project, so I can have more than one going at once and keep them out of harms way. When I sit to bead, I spread everything out and go from there.

Before I left, I completed another face (actually 2, but the last one will be another post). So here I introduce Twilight. Isn't she sweet? This is another face by Jen Martin. I have quite a stash of her faces and found myself reaching for one yet again. This one is about 1 1/2 inches around and unlike the others is held down with peyote stitch. I really like these colors.


Hélène H said...

Twilight is very sweet, even nicer than the sun ! Look forward to seing the other one.

I was amazed to see your working corner, given the theme of my 2008 BJP ! Do you think it's because I keep your gift near my bed that I was inspired to choose these colors ? ;o)


Denise said...

I like your work space! Do you use your colour wheel often? I think of mine, and I have used it sometimes. I love how your beads are close by. Mine are in two places which makes it hard to access what I have and sometimes I forget to go looking and just use what I have!
You work spaces is so increadibly neat!!!
Thanks for posting!!!
Cheers, Denise

beadbabe49 said...

I'm another fan of your workspace, grace! I also sit facing a corner but have a couple of windows on either side that catch the morning light.
And another delightful face!

Pursuing Art... said...

Well...I'm glad you are home safe but what a 'pain' to pack for 10 days...get there and be told the job had been postponed!??!! You poor thing!!!

Your art room looks great Grace! And, I love Twilight! Jen's faces are so expressive and cool!

Have a nice weekend girl!!! You deserve it after the week you had!

Hugs...~Lisa ;-)

freebird said...

Looks like a great workspace. Books and beads close by. I need to take up the idea of closed storage for each project. I use washed foam meat trays and they tip and spill so easily.

That's another great face pin. I took an unexpected trip so haven't gotten mine done yet.

Glad you are safely back home. This storm looks like a bad one.

Murphy said...

Another reason to love kitties: they help you being an organized and neat beader! LOL

That's another beautiful face with purty colors!

Meow meow


Marty S said...

I love your bead surrounded faces. They are all so different. What do you use to sign the ultrasuede on the back? I haven't had much luck getting anything to stay on the ultrasuede. It all seems to rub off.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Iowa Sunshine said...

Wow! What a gorgeous pin! I can see why you'd protect that from your kitties. They tend to want to help. =) I know mine do. I love looking at your things. They are always so very beautiful. =) HUGS, Judy

girl_gone_thread_wild said...


from outer space,
with that proud look upon your face,


(the song won't stop... it just keeps ringing in my ears, I certainly HOPE you know the song I mean, cuz it just keeps going and going...)

LOVE your faces! I do hope I get one in return, but I won't be GREEDY...

I already own quite a bit of your beady creations (aren't I special!!!).

~Monica :):):)


KV said...

Wonderful face!

Kathy V in NM

Clevelandgirlie said...

Hi Grace!!! You've been busy - traveling, and creating. Love your BJP piece thus far and thanks for showing the back. As a quilter, that is one of the first things I do - look at the back of things -- one can learn so much by examining the back of pieces.
Your little face pins are gorgeous. I just visited Lisa and saw hers - they are so cool. What a fun project (swap). I looked up that "face" tutorial, and sent a link to myself for future. I really would like to try to make one of those.

Great little workspace. So colorful and full of fun things to look at and be surrounded by - oh so inspiring.

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman