..."beaded art through the eyes of the beholder".

Saturday, February 22, 2014

What Would You Do?

"What would you attempt to do
if you know you could not fail?"

NOTE: Double click on photo for close-up view.

Friday, February 21, 2014

What's on my Beading Board Today?

So, I picked out the beads for my customer's necklace. She had sent me a gorgeous bead and mentioned that she'd had it for a few years, having not found a right-fit with a designer. After a journey through my Etsy shop, (beadazzledoforegon.etsy.com), she contacted me and we started working on a dialog about what she envisioned this piece needed. Thank you for choosing beadazzledoforegon.com, Deb!

While walking from my studio to the family room with my beading tray I managed to successfully trip over one of our Shih Tzus ~ the mix up of the beads wasn't the worst disaster I'd ever had for sure, but the ones that hit the tile floor went in a thousand directions!

It's a fabulous 2-sided gem!

So the challenge is to freeform bead in such a way as to leave the bead able to swivel from one side to the other - what fun! It will also be adjustable from 20-26". Using rich browns and tans, a bit of white and silver, with a pop of teal and royals, I have a feeling it's going to be a handsome addition to her jewelry box! I will post the final piece right here so stay tuned....

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Trip North

Saturday I'll pack up the Jeep, complete with bead tray, walking cane, groceries, and Shih Tzu (Libby), and head north to one of our big kid's house. Grandson, Carson, will also head up there from college to fish with his uncle on the McKenzie River. It'll be great fun, a small unit out of our big family (6 big kids and their families and their families!) but a great unit! Since my serious 2013 health challenges, I haven't been able to watch granddaughter Kayla (16) at the riding arena so that's on my calendar for Monday. And granddaughter Kendra (14) has recently gotten into the cooking mode so we'll work their kitchen over! She's also a movie buff so if we can find a movie she hasn't already seen more than once, we'll head to the theater.  I have missed getting to be an "active" Gramma! Here are some of my "special people":
Carson (much younger - now @ Chico College, CA)) 
Kayla (much younger)

Kendra (@ the stables)

Kendra (younger)

Our Son, Keith

Our D-I-L, Kristi (Photographer extraordinaire!)


Monday, February 10, 2014

Just a Few Beading Board Newbies

A beautiful day here in southern Oregon but now the much-needed rain clouds return for tomorrow's promised rain. I have my granddaughter, Aleah, in CA doing a rain dance for us. Our koi pond is empty, a wonderful 18 year project between me and our grandkids. Each child would choose their own 3-4" koi from our local dealer and most would name them. Then we'd walk down to the pond and in they go!! Every summer most all of our grandkids would visit for their week at Gram and Grampa's and check in on their fish ~ how they grew each year! By 2013, most all were from 2-3 feet long and real beauties! But this winter the pond emptied with lack of rain and our local black bear and our wretched Blue Heron (fishing from the dock)  had fulfilling meals of the left-overs. Alas, over a dozen disappointed grandkids and one mad Grandma hen! Better luck next season and Aleah promised she'd help me re-stock the pond. Keep dancing,Sweetheart!!

A few recent goodies from my beading board to share. Enjoy!!

Hugz, Dini

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I'm B-A-C-K!!

Hi Dear Friends/Family and Onlookers,

So, what's been happening here at Beadazzled of Oregon? Well, a quick catch-up ~ as you can see, I have been unable to keep up with my computer duties for some time now. We'll chalk it up to serious illnesses and a new titanium leg! Too many challenges in a short amount of time chained me up and put me in a position of total non-activity; my only mission was: rehabilitation of myself. I was forced to let go (what a challenge!) of all outside activities until the mission was completed. Am happy to report that I'm about 95% there at this time; hooray!

So, with renewed energy and a multitude of goals, let's get started together once again and...thankX always for your patience and support. Without it I doubt if I'd be here now.

Thanksgiving 2013 found our whole family and their whole families back together at Gramps and my place in Grants Pass, OR ~ an annual 5 day marathon where the CA and OR kids of ours and their offspring all get together here for 5 days of food and fun and visiting and laughter and love. There are sleeping bags and blow-up mattresses everywhere for the bodies that land here; under the pool table, in the master bedroom (we kick the older bodies out of there and the kids take over...yes, it's a b-i-g room!). Then there are the 3 couches, the shop office room with futon, and the motor home. When the OCCUPIED sign goes out there are 24 of us!

This year, due to my health issues, 3 of our "older" kids rented a house down by the Rogue River and thinned out the sleeping capacity in our house. Thank you "dahlings"! While I was confined to bed, the whole gang did all the cooking and the grandkids did the cleanup. They took turns coming into my bedroom and entertaining me; it was wonderful!

As Grampa and I were saying our goodbyes to all as they drove out the driveway towards their homes, one of my granddaughters asked me if I could possibly bead her guitar strap; she's headed to Nashville upon graduation... When energy permitted, I had been beading through this past year but this would be a wonderful challenge. I wanted to bead her "story". I choose delicas and for those of you that know beads, they are fabulous to work with but very tiny and my recent diagnosis of MS had clouded my vision. Who cares ~ I got started on it. It took me the better part of 2.5 months to finish but she was thrilled and that's all that seemed to matter to both of  us.

Miss Brenley (Peanut Rene)

~ Delicas and Love ~

So, here it is, now 2014.  Happy New Year, my friends!! With renewed health and energy, "Let's Get Started"!

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Love and blessings,

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