Saturday, August 14, 2010

Beading Class In Wynola

I took my second beading class today at Mountain Beadworks in Wynola. When I took my first beading class a couple of weeks ago, I was attracted to a necklace that was in one of the cases. They offered a class for the Crocheted Beads with Wire and I signed up. I went up there a week later to shop for my beads so I did not have that pressure on class day.

Wynola is about 20 miles north of Ramona up Highway 78 which is a winding single lane in each direction. I got stuck behind a BMW going 30 miles an hour and pulled over to let him get way ahead of me. The vista from the picnic area was beautiful. Here is a photo from the Inaja Memorial on the way up to Wynola.


I picked out mostly fall colors with some punches of orange and purple and red. I had a nice mix of colors and shapes, beads and semi-precious stones. I used black 26 gauge wire. It was fun and I love the way the necklace turned out.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Carla's Creative Exercise #3


I'm starting to have fun with this Facebook 5-part series by Carla Barrett. This exercise asks us to draw a quilt in a differnet shape than normal. Mine is a big old comma.

Carla's Creative Exercise #2


This is the second in a 5-part series of creative exercises hosted by Carla Barrett.
Ok, this exercise was to draw a flower. I did the no-start rose and then added
some extra stuff to it. I also tried to shade the outside of the right-side petals to make them dimensional. Not sure that worked but it's ok. I am having fun with the doodling. I have never been a doodler, there was always something else that my hands needed to do (laundry, type, quilt, la-de-dah).

So here is my flower.


Update - OK, I just looked at Carla's flower. I need to step up my game.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Carla's Creative Exercise #1


So Carla's creative execises, described on Facebook, was to draw a bird. This is my bird. Obviously a hen since she is wearing pearls and high heels and is carrying a stylish little purse. She's off to go shopping.
This is my first try so I hope to get better.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird (again) by Harper Lee
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This is called Fruit Cocktail
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