So, I had these photos ready to post and ... well, I got distracted and forgot. Here are the few beaded Christmas creations I worked up toward the end of 2009.
I guess my bead work (if it could talk) would say it was Lisa Peters kind of holiday.
First up is a star raku shank button in festive blue and gold. My only wish is that the colors would show up as brilliantly on your monitor as they do in person. With the addition of the vintage sequins and Swarovski crystals, it truly sparkles. Make sure you click on the photo for the full impact of colors in the enlarged version.
Here's the back - I attached the Ultrasuede backing with a beaded whip stitch. It measures almost 2 1/2 inches around.
It is just not Christmas without some kind of tree. This little pin was my only Christmas tree in 2009. And while small in size - it is perfect for me! The tree is a 2 hole, sew through raku button by Lisa. The little star on top is some kind of dyed stone or maybe it's glass? I'm not sure. I have a bunch of them in various colors.
It is backed with dark green Ultrasuede which is attached with a beaded whip stitch. It measures just over 2 inches tall and is about 1 1/4 inch at it's widest point.
Last is probably my favorite tree this year. Lisa sent this big cab to me not long ago and I could not decide if I thought it looked more like a bush or a pineapple - that is until I glued it down, and prepared to bead it. Then all I saw was a tree.
Even as I started beading, I knew it had to go back to Lisa as an ornament.
It was way to big for a brooch. It measures a whopping 3 3/4 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide - BIG.
I glued Swarovski crystal flat backs to the surface of the 'tree' where there were little ditches, added a few bugle beads for the tree trunk and a pearlized star for the top.
There is also a beaded hanger attached at the top. Dark green Ultrasuede completes the back with a beaded whip stitch.
Now - a little break from the beads to show off our Persian cats. Both are rescues and the sweetest cats. The gray one is female and is named Katrina, but we call her mama.
The white one is male and is named Jerry Lee, he goes by J.L.
It almost 2 years since we adopted them from Animal Care and Control. Both were left in a night drop at the pound on a cold winter night. We did not know it at the time, but the Katrina was pregnant. They really are two of the best cats ever. If you thinking about adopting, please consider checking with your local animal shelter - you might just rescue a wonderful companion.
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