Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cluck, cluck, cluck, I can't stop making chicken beads!

Front side of Folk Art chicken bead set.

Reverse side of Folk Art chicken bead set.
This humourous set can be found in my Etsy shop.  I just couldn't resist adding the caterpillar!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Folk Art Style Bird Beads

I have been having such a blast lately making these folk art style beads.  Here is my latest - chickens!!

Folk art chickens on black background.

Folk art style chickens in nest.

I also made a set of folk art marsh birds.  All these sets can be found in my Etsy shop.

Folk art sytle marsh birds.

Thanks for looking - have a great day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Beads up on Etsy

Birds of a Feather

Purple Roses
I have a few new beads up on Etsy today.  The first photo above shows another folk art style but this time with birds.   The beads were fun to make, and I might combine the birds and the fishes in a future set "Fin and Feather" - lol.

The second set is a more traditional set with purple rose cane roses vining around the bead.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fun and Colourful Beads

The Child in Us All

The Child in Me

If you follow my other blog Vancouver Island Fireflies, you will remember that a couple of months ago, one of the challenges our glass bead making group set for each other was to make hollows.  I had a lot of fun making these BIG and colourful hollows and decided to make a couple of necklaces with them.  The first one on top is called "The Child in Us All", and the second on is called "The Child in Me".  I am having a hard time deciding if I want to part with them - especially the second one, as I love all the bright happy colours, and it would go so well with so many of my clothes.  I guess I can always make another one!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Beads, New computer, and lost email addresses!

First, let's deal with the pleasant item - the beads!  I had so much fun making these little Folk Art style fishie beads.  Lots of fun and happy colours!   These two sets can be found in my Etsy shop.

I also have some green Spring  leaves and some very dark purple (almost black) cherry blossom rounds.

Now for the more unpleasant items.  My computer was giving me all kinds of strange messages, and everyone said "I think it is time for a new computer" - not words I wanted to hear.  I am not very computer literate and have been dreading this day.  So last Friday, I enlisted my daughter's help and we went shopping.  I found an "all-in-one" that I really liked, and purchased it.  The computer part is in the monitor - no tower.  By the time I had finished adding the transfer of data, the set up fee, the warranty (which did include an anti-virus), and all the taxes, the original price of 699.00 had nearly doubled!!!  WOW - expensive.  However, when I think back to when I purchased my first computer, I think I paid about $3,500.00 - thankfully the prices have come down since then.

I left the computer at the shop and went back the next day with the old one so they could do the transfer of data, then went back later in the day to pick everything up.  We started to set it up at home and found the power cord was missing - so back to the store to pick up the cord.  This store is 30 minutes from home, and this was the 3rd time in that day -  grrrr.

My daughter came over and helped me set it all up and gave me a hand putting in all my programs that the store didn't transfer over.  I am so glad she was here, as one of the programs (Corel Photo Album) completely deleted my D-drive - wtf???  Yes, we had to go back to the store again on Sunday and have them do their magic and put back the D-drive so we could finish downloading my other programs.  In total, we went back and forth to the store (30 minutes one way) five times - I knew I wouldn't like getting a new computer!!

Unfortunately, one of the items that was not transferred over was my email list - yes, they are all gone!  So that means no more personal updates for my Etsy shop - sorry!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at my bead pictures.