Sunday, January 25, 2009

A view from my window...

Here is my Bead Journal page for December, all about snow and ice - big surprise!

December was filled with ice, snow and more ice. After our 'big' ice storm, we did lose power for the better part of a day. I consider us lucky because there were so many homes that were without power for several days.

We did have a warm up for a few days where the snow/ice did melt, but most days when I looked outside I saw snow, or ice.

I beaded up these cute little snowflakes found in the book "Bead Creative Art Quilts" by Nancy Eha. They are SO much fun to make!

The snowflakes were created with smaller beads 13/0 - 15/0 and some charlottes for a little extra added sparkle.

After the snowflakes were all complete, I tacked them down with a small stitch at each point and then made an attempt to bead what might look like a window pane, I'm not thrilled with the results, but will chalk that up to a learning experience and go from there.

I've also included a shot of the back of the piece.

All images are clickable for a larger view.


Carol said...

Are you sure you weren't looking through MY window? Nope, you would have put a bird on the flakes LOL.

O well, pretty soon we will be seeing bright sunny days. They are just a blink away.

pam T said...

Nope, I think it's MY window! Lovely page, Grace, I think you depicted a window VERY well. MAYBE we will see green out these windows of ours soon???

Phyl said...

These are SO pretty and cold and icy!And the back-
ground fabric is perfect...
is the Nancy Eha book a new
one of hers?Thanks for
sharing your COLD beading!
I don't know how you can
SEE these tiny beads, but
they're perfect for the

Gufobardo said...

thank you for visiting my blog, I see your blog and Its very interesting!

Kiwi Ellen said...

Another delightful page Grace, your little snowflakes are lovely!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oo ahhh

those STITCHES got me drooling!

freebird said...

Very wintry page. Great choice of background and the snowflakes are great. What is the dark line in the corner?

Julie said...

What beautiful fabric. The snow flakes are elegant. It disguises the toughness of ice. In Minnesota we have also had a lot ice and snow and below zero weather but looking at this piece helps me appreciaate there beauty.

KV said...

Great piece, Grace! When I visited my son in Indianapolis in mid-December, I was so glad to know I would get to return to southern New Mexico where we certainly NEVER experience these type of window scenes.

But I remember them well from all those years of living in snowy, freezing Cleveland, Ohio . . .

Kathy V in NM

Cleveland Girlie said...

Soooooo pretty Grace - and they DO look like they are made out of beautiful little ice crystals. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

this wonderful, so full of light it almost glows like the ice it is depicting.

heidibeads said...

Lovely snowflakes. I think we were lucky to, we lost power for a few hours but my brother in law was without power for over a week! I think we can still complain about the ice and snow though.

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,
Your bed work is lovely! i just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and for your comment on my the end, I took your suggestion and named my doll Willow, so thanks for that!

Robin said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Cold as it was, the snow it pretty and one of nature's special gifts. Your view from inside the window is a wonderful idea. It gives a good sense of what the month was like for you.

Also, you chose such perfect fabric for this one!!!

WARM hugs, Robin A.

Pursuing Art... said...

I love this one too! I think the fabric is perfect and I adore those snowflakes! I have her book too and I would love to try these...they are so cute. I see where you were going...and I like how you raised the window pane with 8's? it more depth! Very cool! ;-)

Marty S said...

You show how beautiful snow can be--even from the inside.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Haloquin said...

Its snowing across the pond as well (I'm freezing my fingers in Wales, with the heating on!) so I understand!

These are beautiful, stunningly intricate. I have to admit I'm more drawn to the firey warmth of November's piece though, want to hold my handsout over it and bask in the embodied sun!

I keep thinking about joining the Beaded journal project, but for now I simply have too many projects going! :)
(followed your comment on my blog to here, via the OWOH!)

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