Monday, August 25, 2014

Answer Me This? 8/25/14

Tammie at TTE Designs has been doing an Answer Me This post on Monday's.  I thought I'd join her this week, it's the third one and I played along in her comments the first two.  I really like the idea and I'm glad she decided to continue it. 

Please consider playing along. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments or just put your answers in the comments below for everyone to read.

Do you like reality TV, what shows do you watch?  Do you think  reality TV has gone too far?-
Yes I think it's gone way too far now.  But there are a few reality shows I still watch.  Hell's Kitchen, I did watch American Idol 2014 and I loved the combination of judges they had.  Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr were hilarious.  I also watch Bar Rescue.  My husband loves all the house flipping shows and Storage Wars.  However, there comes a time when your brain should say NO - that is bad, very, very bad.  We should not do that.  When they decided that Naked and Afraid was a good idea, I think the switch must have broken in the off position.     

What is your favorite alcoholic drink? 

Beer, the darker the better.  If I can chew it a little I am happy.  I also enjoy really dry red wine. 

Have you ever met any celebrities? 

Yes!  I met Ryne Sandberg at a Timber Rattlers game a few years ago.  I was so excited I couldn't talk, but he signed my Cubs hat and a picture I had of him.  I love the Cubs, and he is one of my favorite players!

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset, I am not a morning person and would really prefer not to be awake when the sun comes up. 

Worst present you ever got [and how did you react?]?  I have to say that I am very easy to buy for.  I don't get bad presents.  I am very fortunate that way.  I've had the odd thing I will never use from a grab bag, but that is about it.  
Most unusual forms of transportation you have ever used?  I don't have a good answer for this one, I haven't been in anything unusual. Cars, Train, Plane, Boat.  That's it.  My Mom and I watched the fireworks from a boat on Lake Michigan in Chicago for the 4th of July one year.  That was amazing. 

I can't wait to see what your answers are, thanks for playing.  Please take a look at Tammie's post here

And to thank you for reading all those words with no pictures here are two basset photos:
 Hal and Heidi

 Hal and Wulfgang

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Carnival Blog Hop

I am participating in the Summer Carnival Blog Hop hosted by Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures.  I love Lisa's hops, she always sends a ton of beads and this one was no exception.

I actually remembered to take a picture of the beads she sent before I started playing with them!  I was sent cultured seaglass, crystals and two pretty bird charms that for some reason are not in the picture.  The colors really make me think of summer.  And blue is my favorite color, I can never go wrong with blue. 

I really wanted to do something with the crystals first. Jill Wiseman has a bunch of youtube videos, and I love the way she explains things, she is so easy to understand.  I had wanted to try the flat spiral stitch, but to do it I needed a lot of crystals for the middle.  Since I now had a lot of crystals thanks to Lisa, I decided to try a necklace.  I think it came out really well.  A friend suggested I try my pictures on a black velvet background because it would make the beads stand out more.  She was right - I think it helped. 

 This used all but two of the yellow crystals I was sent (I saved those for earrings), and size 11 purple seed beads  and some 3mm purple bicones from my stash.   I used a Vintaj clasp and size 15 gold seed beads to connect the clasp.  Here is another picture, I tried turning the necklace so you could see the edges better.

It lays just beautifully and I love it.  Now I am trying to decide if I should do the same thing with the blue crystals or if I should try something else.  I will put up a part two post when I've finished with the other beads, I think the yellow cultured seaglass wants to be a bracelet.

Thanks Lisa as always for hosting the blog hop and thanks to everyone for stopping by to see what I've done.  Please take a look at what the other participants have come up with:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
 Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals