Have you ever had one of those months where everyone in your family keeps getting sick over and over and over again? That's where we were this past month. We've had strep throat, colds, flu, and stomach bugs. We've learned that our oldest son needs to have eye surgery soon (goody), and I am teetering on the edge of being put on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy (only 8.5 weeks left now!). So far I've ended up on bed rest during both of my previous pregnancies, so this isn't a major shock. Just something I've been working very hard to avoid this time around. So I'm trying to take things easy, since I have 2 other kids who still need a mommy, which would make bed rest very difficult to manage.
I've had to turn down several custom orders, and it really does hurt me to have to do that. Please know it's not personal.
But I have still been beading whenever I have the chance or a little free time. Took forever, but I've finally finished this Cymbidium Orchid (and the pattern).
She was originally potted in this wooden bark vase (technically a candle holder) that I found at a thrift shop. I'd been saving this vase for something special, and thought it was time to use it. But then my 4 year old ran into me while I was carrying it and I dropped it. The vase split right up the side. I cried.
Luckily my orchid was not damaged, and I was able to just repot it in the white ceramic container you see above. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop for anyone interested. :)
If you are interested in the pattern it is available in my Pattern Shop, both on this website and in my Etsy Pattern Shop.
I've also been working on some new Christmas designs. I rarely ever have room in my schedule this time of year to work on all the things I've been designing in my head for years. But, since I'm not doing custom work right now I've had a little more time. Not as much as I wanted to make everything, but at least I've gotten some of them done.
First I made a Holly Branch with a beaded bow. I first tried making bows last year, but got too busy and never got out of the prototype stage. So I put more effort into those this year and I think I've managed to come up with something that looks pretty nice.
Then I started on some tree ornaments. I have several ideas which I haven't done yet, but I did manage to finish some bells. These ones don't jingle, though in the future I think I'd add a little jingle bells inside so they would. As you can see, there are smaller beaded bows on these, along with holly leaves, mini mistletoe, and evergreen sprigs. So much fun to make.
These bells and the Holly Branch are all available in my Etsy Shop (except for the silver bell with holly, that one already sold).
Now, I won't be publishing the patterns for these this year. I'm going to be saving them (and some more christmas designs) to be part of a larger pattern bundle that I'll be working on next year.
Up next I'm making, hopefully, a couple more ornaments and some christmas gifts. And a new free technique tutorial for you guys. If I have time after that I'm going to make a little christmas tree for myself, since I've been dying to do that for ages.
Also, I've had lots of people contact me about where to find blueberry beads for the blueberry pattern in The Beaded Berry Collection. Most people find it cost prohibitive to order the beads and sequins since they come from multiple stores in bulk. So, here's what I'm going to do. I have a bunch left over, since I also had to order them in bulk. I am willing to sell them to you destash style. So if you are intrested, please contact me for info and I can get you hooked up. If there are lots of people wanting little blueberry bead kits, I will add it as a regular item in my shop to make it easier for you to get the supplies.
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