Friday, January 28, 2011

Needle Case Lid Patterns

Soon I will be adding a collection of needle case lid patterns for purchase on my website. When I first started maiking these I must admit the lid patterns were very random. I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out. I discovered that it is easy to make many different designs. I feel like those of you who also enjoy making beaded needle cases might find a collection of lid patterns helpful.

Many of you have contacted me about the lids being too large. My bad. I should have told you sooner that sometimes you must sand the lids down to make them flush with the body of the case. I hate doing this part but it is necessary to make 36 beads fit around the lid so that they will interlock with the 36 beads on the body of the case. I purchase wooden needle cases from many different suppliers. Sometimes I get lucky and no sanding is required.

The pattern below, is number 12 in the second collection of 12 patterns I will be offering for $12.00. You can thank Juls for this one. It is a spin off of the needle case I made for her. I love the design, but I am not real happy with the colors I chose for this pattern. I think other colors would look better. But, if you are like me, you rarely use exactly the colors suggested. You use what you have. Watch my website for this collection. I wish I had more time to bead. But for now, I can't quit my night job. So, it might be a while before I get the collection available as a single download. Please be patient.

One of my favorite things to do is write things out in beads. I will also be posting a FREE peyote alphabet small enough to use on wooden needle cases.

Until We Bead Again, Beth

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Feet

Here's a sneak peak at my next needle case pattern. You know me by now. I will not release the pattern until I have beaded it. Tweak, tweak, tweak.

My computer crashed this week. URGHHHHH to the power of a billion! After I finally got it restored to the original factory condition, blah, blaghty, blah...I discovered it was just a bad cable on the wireless router. URGHHHHHHHHH to the power of 100 billion. I have had great fun putting programs back on my computer, looking up passwords, trying to remember bookmarks and the like. NOT! NOT! NOT!

On the bright side, bright orange to be exact, UPS delivered my new Keen shoes and I have very happy feet! I can't wait to go fishing in them. If you doubt I love to fish check out this video.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A little somethin'-somethin'

Juls had a Giveaway and this is the gorgeous bead I won! You can read about it here.

So....I made a little somethin'-somethin' for her. I hope she likes it.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beyond Wonderland Beaded Needle Cases

Tadah! Finished the "Beyond Wonderland Needle Case Collection." Fun, fun, fun. I will have them all posted on my website in a few days. I will be offering them at a discount price if you buy all five. You can get them here on MY WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Who is watching who?

I walked in my bathroom, looked out the window and this Owl was looking in at me! Holy crap! I ran and grabbed my camera, I was able to snap one quick photo before he flew away. WOW!

Check out this cool video!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Juls is having a Giveaway!

Has she finally gone off the deep end?
Julianna Cannon is many things.
Intuitive Artist. Satirical Blogger. Stubborn. Free spirited. Incredibly blessed.
She forgot to add she likes to share.
Be sure to click the pic, read her blog and enter the contest.
Tell her I sent you.

Still snowbound!

The little black bus is still stuck at the top of driveway. Will the high in the 40's this weekend be enough to melt the snow? Not complaining. The gorgeous white snow reminds me of my adventures in Maine. Cherished memories I will never forget. The people I met there will always hold a special place in my heart. They are hard working and creative souls. I miss them.

As for the Mad Hatter. I can hardly wait to bead him up. I tweaked the old pattern. Already I like him much better. He needed boots and mushrooms. Hopefully I can have him finished by midnight! Will this complete the Beyond Wonderland series? Doubt it. There still is Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum. Who is your favorite character in the story of Alice in Wonderland?

I have had so much fun making these little characters. I am considering making a series of different characters that will represent the nations of the World. Right after I finish the geometric designs, the flowers, the petroglyphs, wild animals and the list goes on. When will the needle case madness end? Never I hope!

Here's a pic of the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine. This is where I worked the Winter of 2008.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beyond Wonderland Needle Case Patterns

Alice did turn out nice.
The Mad Hatter, typical of his behavior, is sulking in the
wooden bead box!
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Monday, January 10, 2011

White Rabbit Needle Case Pattern

This little guy has been so patient waiting for me to get my back to him. Beads are like that. They will wait on you. I started him and things just did not look right. I have reworked the pattern and changed some of the colors. Hopefully I can finish a few more pieces in the Beyond Wonderland Needle Case Series while I am snowbound. I completed the Mad Hatter as a short needle case. Then I realized he would be the only one short. So, guess what? He is next to be reworked. Picky, picky, picky! For now, excuse me while I go into bead meditation therapy. If you need me, I'll be in the brick house on the hill with the long steep driveway for the next several days or so.

Until We Bead Again, Beth

Just saved a feathered friend!

All of the sudden I heard that dreaded thump. A feathered friend had flown into my bedroom window. Reluctantly, I pushed the window open and all I could see were a few tail feathers sticking up out of the freshly fallen snow. No signs of life. I did not disturb her. I felt it best to let the the coolness of the snow numb her pain. I kept watch over her. Later, much to my surprise, she had managed to pull herself up from her demise. As I approached her she remained calm. When I reached down to lift her from her self made igloo, she made a promising flight. She landed in the Holly bush and struck a pose! After a short rest, she took off into the woods and joined a friend who had been waiting. I admired their strength as they flew off into the snowy woods. Feathered friends were together again.

Chattanooga, TN and the NW Georgia area have come to a standstill. I still need to officially measure the snow in my yard. I am guessing I have at least 9 inches! I am so prepared for a snow in.

I need to BEAD!!!