wire crochet for your business cards - a little obsessive?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
This is a completely new design - ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce "beachcomber".
My husband describes it as what you would see washed up on the beach (but with fewer flies and not smelling of seaweed).
In a nutshell, it is freeform wire crochet with a mixture of huge beads in glass, jasper, shel and bone, with a double ultrasuede thong.
It's big .... it's bold .... it's totally new for me ...... and I like it!
I want one in copper.
Design-a-day April challenge day 26.
Friday, April 25, 2008
yes, still slogging thru a different design everyday though i'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that april has been wire crochet month, with only the arrangement of the beads differing between projects.
i really hate finishing off projects - and this is what faces me for tomorrow!
there are two orbital bracelets, one orbital necklace, one collar and one constellation cuff in this little pile
back to the pliers!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
OK - this one had my a little teary-eyed this morning as I struggled to thread beads onto wire for some crochet projects.
Right now (and for the last seven years almost) I've been 8000km away from my family and where I grew up. Most of the time this is OK as we keep in touch by phone, email and letter.
... but sometimes I'm reminded that I can't just drop in on them.
... and this song (even though it's written for the singer's dog!) reminds me.
There is something quite extraordinarily special about my tiny home country, and it's getting more amazing each year I visit. There's a real buzz in the air, from a new level of self government, to a sense of national identity and pride which didn't exist while I was growing up. At school the undercurrent was that to be scottish meant you had to be ashamed of your culture and be prepared to laugh at it. Now people take pride in being a Scot, and still laugh but this time at the humour in life rather than the racial slurs. BTW, the best thing to come out of Scotland is not the A1 you bigotted english twit (and you know who you are!).
2009 is the year of homecoming for Scotland, when expats from all over the world are encouraged to go back home. Events are being planned to welcome back Scots from all over the world (and we are a widely emigrated race!) and I for one, plan on being a homecomer that year.
I miss my home and family.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
a source of jerusalem artichokes in the neighbourhood (they were on the exotic veg rack in safeway and they are called sunchokes)
so artichoke soup - here we come!
please note, i don't do quantities in my recipes - i just use up whatever is around.
ingredients are sunchokes, a potato or two and a medium onion plus seasoning, olive oil, butter and stock
- chop the veg into half inch dice
- meanwhile, melt a good knob of butter in a generous quantity of olive oil
- add the diced veg and stir to coat (i usually add parsely or mixed herbs here too)
- sweat over a low heat for about 15 minutes until soft
- add a couple of pints of chicken or vegetable stock. season and - gently simmer for 20 minutes until veg are ready to puree
- puree in liquidiser or by pushing thru a metal sieve
heat, serve and enjoy!
the resulting soup is a gorgeous smooth creamy pale green which does not photograph well! best served with cream or plain yogurt.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
am really smug here
managing one new design per day for april
falling behind on the photography
photography is 'one of those things' which cannot be done when the wee guy is in residence (add this to making telephone calls, working on the computer, taking a private shower, eating chocolate without guilt, etc.)
so i'm batching the pics and it looks like i'm cheating cos they all have the same date (but i'm not)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
crazy weather currently
this afternoon the wee guy and i walked back from the post office thru a heavy hailstorm. we walked along heads thrown back, catching giant hailstones in our mouths
"they taste yummy like ice"
Griz was not impressed. it's been a good day for her 'deck watching' - a small bird stayed a while out side the windows, recovering from hitting a window. Griz watched and twitched until it flew away
then on saturday morning we woke up to this scene
there was easily about 2 inches of fluffy snow on teh roof and deck. it stayed for a lot of the day and is still looking good in the north facing crevices of the house today (sunday).
crazy weather! is it spring yet?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
these are destined to be little promo charms for the spring Got Craft fair being held on May 4th in the Legion Hall on Commercial.
the first lucky 30 people through the door will get these and other amazing items in goodie bags.
this is part of my contribution!
also featuring in my April design-a-day challenge (yes, i've managed to create a design everyday so far! check here for projects completed so far. most of them will be for sale at Got Craft!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
sounds a little like a crossword puzzle clue? .... but it's not!
yesterday at the warehouse i discovered that my supplier was out of the wire i need!! so i had to substitute. it isn't spooled and is an absolute nightmare to work with. for wire crochet you need a wire that will unspool easily, not run riot as soon as it is out of the bag!
so this is my solution - a Gaultier perfume bottle as my spindle. it's not very portable - i'll have to work on that one so i can get out and about as usual, but i have managed a few more earring designs.
you can keep up with what i'm producing in my design-a-day challenge here
and when i need inspiration i just take a sniff! i must be the most exotci smelling crafter around.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
...... and this is the result!
Only the lemon yellow amber nuggets made it into the final design along with the copper wire beads and the chunky chain.
The necklace is as yet unfinished, similar to the tinned copper version of ethereal as I can't yet picture the final length (short vs. opera).
... but I'm happy with what I've done with my balls!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
For April I've set myself a little design challenge, courtesy of the flickr design a day group.
Well, this weekend I got the most bestest goodest news ever - I've been accepted for Got Craft's spring fair at the beginning of May.
..... and now I need to make even more spring/summer inventory. Did I ever need an excuse to make more stuff?? No
So to document the progress I decided to follow the action by posting a photograph of something I make everyday. I'm hoping that there will be more than one thing made everyday ............ or I will have a somewhat sparse table!
So follow my progress (or lack thereof) here and, if you're in the area come May 4th, feel free to reserve your favourite piece!
PS: the photo above shows the next project - stay tuned for a sneak peek later!