I am so busy designing my own patterns, that I haven't had time to work on projects for myself in a long while. I made this teddy bear for my niece who is about to turn 11. She loves these little beady friends, has a whole collection that I have made over the years.
She isn't a teddy bear fan, but thought this was cute. Maybe I will find time to make at least one more animal before her birthday. Still have two others of these patterns still haven't made. (and more available.)
3D Patterns Here by Ruth Kiel
This little gal took 3 1/2 hours to make. I ran into a couple brain halts, and had to figure things out, and adapt, etc, as the pattern is designed for regular seed beads not delicas. Also somehow ended up beading things in reverse, but it worked out anyway.
She is very tiny. All of 1 inch tall. About the same size of a Hershey kiss.
I highly recommend these patterns. They are certainly different than the norm. I've always enjoyed making them. And they help you create tiny little heirloom treasures that will last, I hope, through the generations. :)
6-9 (next day) Added picture of a donkey I finished. So now I have two little animals to give my niece for her b-day. Yipee! The donkey took about 3 hours as well. Donkey is about an inch tall as well.
This one took almost 2 hours to make. I had to start over once, and reedit the pattern like 3 times in order to get the shape just right, and exchange some of the colors out. But it turned out really well, and I like how well the colors blend together. Initially one was way to dark, but I fixed that. :)
I really like these smaller projects. I can finish them up in 1! day, including making it into a pattern, and posting/listing everywhere.
This one took over 12 hours, (still haven't added clasp) and I beaded it up over 7 days, during about a month's time. I wanted it done already, so I finally finished it yesterday, the pattern too, which took another hour+ to get done. It takes 25 colors, and has a lot of variation. Also has very gentle eyes, although I know some like their wolves to look ferocious.
I will probably be doing a simple brick stitch design next, maybe another dog design. Although I still have several to be made and to choose from. And hopefully will be designing more too.
This is available as a kit or pattern, and it would also look awesome framed. (if you aren't into jewelry)
Just finished this. Haven't beaded in months. So much has been going on.
Anyway, this took me about 3 Hours to make. The ears all by themself take an hour. I started over as I wanted a higher contrast for the darker highlights, which ended up being DB0388.
This is more for the experienced beader, the long ears, adding the little white beads on side, will take a little know how. All though, looking at the chart, does show how they should be positioned, which helps greatly.
My sister really liked the colors on this one, called it "snow white". This takes 10 colors to make, and is a nice size. 2.75x 1.60 inches.
This can be beaded up in brick stitch, or odd count peyote & brick stitch. I tend to start in peyote, and brick stitch the rest. But it depends on the type of pattern.
The pattern/kit is available now.
This is one of those projects that wanted to be difficult. I almost finished it yesterday, until I realized I made a boo boo. So when I went to remove the beads and fix the colors, I found that by adding the extra stick out side beads early with brick stitch, had pretty much locked my work in, and made it unfixable. Boo. I didn't think I would have the motivation to do it again, after working so long on it.
But the good news is I rebeaded it today, with colors I liked so much better. So something good came from something initially frustrating.
I will make sure to finish the main body of work now, and then add the brick-stitched sides. So if I make a mistake again, I will be able to fix it easier. I prefer to do the main part in peyote first, even though I could do the whole thing in brick stitch. Some you have to do all brick stitch anyway, it just depends what sort of design it is.
This only had 11 colors, but I kept messing up on this one. I am used to word charts I guess, so sometimes when colors are similar on the graph, I tend to use the wrong shade/delica bead, and not even see that the symbol is different.
I am glad I finished it. She does take a little while to bead up (3+ hours), but has a very cute face. I will turn it into a necklace when I get a chance.
I wanted to do two brick stitch birds today, but so far, I have only done one: this pretty pink and blue finch. I am going to make it into a pin. Next will be a cardinal bird.
I think the finch took me about two hours to make, but there was a lot of distractions in between so not entirely sure. Plus, I had to pick the bead colors, so that always makes it take a while the first time I make it.
Yay! I just finished the cardinal bird, stayed up late to do so, as I am usually busy on Wednesday. Both birds took about 2 hours each to make. The Cardinal was easier to pick colors for, as it had less, and only had to replace 4 colors but both birds turned out really well. Patterns/Kits should be available this Friday.
My niece wanted me to make her some homemade french fries. I don't think I've ever made ones like this, but they turned out great. And she ATE them! Yippee! Just 3 red potatoes cut into small french fry type slices, then fried in some canola oil until crunchyish with salt added on top. They were good, but she was only willing to share about 5 of them.
And to finish, an interesting picture of my cat, sitting on the window sill, behind my TV. Which is also my Plex Server/HTPC. And a beautiful one of our dog Molly that turned out really well... makes her look so young. :)
This is one of my designs that I made a long time ago, and just now got around to making. I wanted to bead something up that would only take me a a day or two, and this one fit the bill. The most complicated part was picking out the colors. I had a whole tray of beads to choose from varying in shades etc, and somehow I ended up with perfect shades, which is fine with me.
This has black, white, gold, silver, and many different colors, including some that I have always loved, but never had the oppurtunity to use.
This only took me two days to make. I am not sure how many hours, but it is an easy design to get down and works up easily.
After I was done my neice looked at it and said, "That's pretty, looks like the TV off air picture." Which, I guess it sorta does. At least it doesn't sound like one, I remember those things usta be super annoying.
Anyway, I still havta finish the actual bracelet up. Really happy with how this turned out.
And to complete today's post, I am including a pic of my cat Audrey and a picture of what I made today, french bread pizza a la vegetable (with turkey pepperoni). My sister is always wanting me to make easier, quicker, cheap meals, so here is one. I do most the cooking, around here, but sometimes simple is what is needed and homecooked. I love tomatoes on a pizza, especially good tomatoes. I also like mushrooms but all I had is canned, and since the rest were fresh vegetables, decided to leave it at that... Crunchy breaded pizza cooked in ten minutes or less... guaranteed not to last...
Just finished these new penguin patterns. They both worked up in under an hour, so they are quick projects. These are done in brick stitch or odd count peyote. They were both smaller than I expected, and oh so cute. Both use less than 7 colors. I think I will make them into pins, or perhaps a necklace, we shall see.
My birds made into pins...
So I finally made up a new bracelet: a monarch butterfly design. I spent almost the whole day finishing it up, and finally got it done with a matching beaded toggle clasp.
I was going to wait till tomorrow to finish it up, but I figured I might as well just get it all done with, so I took the pictures for the bracelet today.
I will post the pattern/kit tomorrow.
I beaded up a Metallic Cheetah and a White Owl Today.
The owl took about an hour, the Cheetah about 3 1/2. I am going to put the cheetah on a gold-filled chain once it arrives.
The owl has several larger versions available. And I have a metallic fox in the works that will compliment the cheetah very nicely. I almost didn't do the pattern for the fox, but my niece encouraged me to try again, because she LOVES foxes.
The Cheetah is around 2 inches, the owl is around 1 inch. Really enjoyed picking the beads out for the cheetah. Uses lots of metallic beads.
Haven't listed the cheetah pattern yet, but that is coming soon.
Also, I finally found pinbacks I like, some small circular ones, as shown on the dachshund that I made for my mother.
And I finished the peacock! It felt like it took forever, probably a couple months because so much has been going on lately. I hope to bead it onto a wooden dowel, and add fringe, etc to finish it off. But first I am getting some new projects done.
I have the patterns prepped for the peacock, hopefully I will get them listed this week.