What are you waiting for? Dream on!

What are you waiting for? Dreams are cheap, but not impossible!

But, what about the elephant in the room? It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Not a drop of Irish in my veins (not even whisky), but on this day, everyone is Irish!!

With the exception of landscapes, you won’t find a lot of green in my work. However, I pulled out a couple of earlier Bead Journal Project pieces (2007/2008). My first introduction to both intuitive bead embroidery, and visual journaling. I haven’t looked back since!

what are you waiting for

A small bead embroidered brooch, with my hand-painted focal. Sure, and begorrah it has some blue in it too, but who’s counting?

My older brother back-packed around Europe, when I was a teenager! When he returned, he gifted me a silver harp charm, with a sliver of the blarney stone. Is that responsible for my gift of the gab?

What are you waiting for? Do you have dreams to tell, or are you still waiting for them to come true? Did you wish for the pot of gold, or did a Leprechaun steal it away from you?

I wished for a creative life, and am so happy to be able to share it with you!

Progress on my bead embroidered orb! So close, but not quite there yet. It’s awkward beading in those smaller places (all the purple will be covered up), so I may need to resort to a curved needle. Not my favourite, but it does help. When the orb is finished, I will start beading on my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece again! It’s been waiting so patiently.

what are you waiting for

If you’d like to bead your own orb, I highly recommend using buttons to cover some of the real estate. They add texture, interest, and take up space! I’ve used quite a combination, but they include new (from BeadFX), thrifted, gifted, and vintage.

Interesting folded book forms, were on my Zoom schedule for last weekend, but I’ve fallen behind. I hate getting behind! I’ll work on them soon, then show them in a future post.

What do you think of my latest 100 Day Project pieces? I’m having a blast, playing with paper, paints, fabric, stash, and techniques!

what are you waiting for
what are you waiting for
what are you waiting for

Buttonhole stitched rings! So simple, but why didn’t I try to do it before? I spotted them on an Instagram, and here’s the YouTube video for that week of the #52tagshannemade (there are some other interesting stitch (not bead) techniques in the series as well). No immediate plans for these, and I’m not participating in her challenge, but I’m happy to add them to the stash!

Metal washers!

So, what are you waiting for? Dream on, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wherever you go, and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you! Tabhair aire (stay safe, take care)!

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

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