Friday, December 31, 2010


I was posting last night's entry, and wondering how I'd managed to write so many posts in earlier years, and so few this year. This year was *such* an amazing one, filled with lots of great trips, experiences and lots and lots of friends. I got to see my favourite band play one of their best shows, had a nephew join the family, eat at some great restaurants, but somehow very little of it made the blog.

I'll try and do better at documenting life next year, but until then, have a great evening, and we'll see you in 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas 2010

This is the first year that I haven't participated in the TWBB (and other BB's) ornament exchange. I think I'd participated in it for 7 years, sending off 2 or 3 or 4 ornaments a year, some with a TW theme, some Christmas, some winter.

This year, the mood didn`t strike me, and, as you can see, the tree is pretty full of stitched stuff. I love the fact that I can look back, and remember opening all of those envelopes stuffed with ornaments (and sometimes other goodies!) each year.

For those of you reading, I hope the holiday season has been filled with family, friends and laughter, and I truly hope you have the best year in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Egyptian Garden Update....

Seems like slow progress, but I think I'm getting somewhere....

Monday, December 27, 2010

Feeling behind....

Now that the Christmas busy-ness is over, this is what I have to show:

Monday, December 13, 2010

And the last one - December's done!

Here is the December BJP - a little "steampunk", I think. I had the intention of using 12 small black buttons to represent the 12 months of the project, but nothing seemed right. I ran across the grey/silver button, added it to the mix, and all of a sudden, things started jelling. A few more silver things, some matte black beads and just a few of those buttons, and voila, December is done. I've pretty much given up trying to impart deep meaning into each month's piece, and have learned to let the beads take over. This month this is what they wanted to be.

I'm trying to decide what to do for the next BJP. I have a few ideas floating around in my head, and lots of backing fabric, but nothing concrete yet. I liked the buttons, but I'm not sure I'd use them again - they were small enough that I could complete 2 or 3 of them in a month if needed, and were "self finishing", but because you had to press the beads together, everything needed to be somewhat flat and non-breakable.

Monday, December 06, 2010

New BJP - 11 done, one to go

November's BJP turned out much differently than I though - I'd picked the colours for all of the months (and set aside some beads for each one) even before the year began. November was supposed to be gray, but I loved the taupe/grey/brown spiral so much that I wanted to use it. And then other grey/brown beads jumped into my hands, and found their way into the piece. So November is now grey/brown, and not just grey.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Back to the bumps....

I opened back up my Etsy shop after a hiatus, and am starting to list things, including these.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Even more stitched!

This is Egyptian Garden, as of December 2nd, 2010.