Working on Some Bits!

This has been a week of working on some bits, and not really doing much that’s brand new. Sometimes you just need to do this, to catch your breath, and get your mind ready for new adventures! So, that’s what I’ve been doing.

I wish that I could say that I’m ready for an important project, but that isn’t the case. My mind is still occupied with what’s going on in the world, and for me that’s never a good time to start something new. So, you’ll just need to take me as I am!!

First up on the agenda, is the Sunflower brooch that I started last week, and discussed in last week’s blog post. The beading is finished, and all I need to do is add a backing, and a pin. I feel that, at 2 ½” x 2 ½” it’s a bit large for a brooch, but Dwyn disagrees. When I held it up to my jean jacket, I just might have changed my mind. LOL! It does make quite the statement!

Those Swarovski, Yellow Opal crystals are so shiny!!

I have plans for this pin, so stay tuned!!

While going through my bead stash, I found a random bead mix, that was part of a BeadFX give away a while back. So, how about a new pair of earrings, I said to myself? Out came my hammer, steel block, and 22 gauge, Parawire, in Non-Tarnish Silver. I hammered the ends of two pieces of wire (so the beads wouldn’t slip off), strung three beads on each, then made a wire-wrapped loop at the top. All that was left to do, was attach them to a pair of Sterling Silver ear wires. Easy peasy! It’s a great way to use up leftover bits. I wonder why I don’t make them more often? I think that I need to dream up some unusual ones, because they would be more of a challenge for me. I do have some ideas, but that’s for another day!

working on some bits

Now on to my 100 Day Project! If you’re on Instagram, search for amd_100daysofplay2022, and you will be able to see more of the series (or, you could just search my name to see my account, or amd_artfuldreamer). Meanwhile, here are the ones that I worked on, since my last post.

working on some bits
working on some bits
working on some bits
I’ve had the peace sign bead for years! I think that I received it in one of my paper swaps.
I used one one my Stitch Bits on this one. It’s fun thinking up ways to use them!!

The beauty of this fun project, is that it allows me to combine, and use up random bits and pieces from my stash. It might be paper that I’ve received in a swap, different types of paint, something that I’ve stitched in the past, or cutoff pieces from old projects. The overall theme is stash busting, and technique experimentation, but I would need a whole lot more than 100 days to use up all my stash.

Last on the agenda, is my long abandoned, dancing doll! I don’t know when I taught my last Beaded Art Doll class (pre-Covid, of course), but I may have started her in that class. For some reason, I lost interest, but I think that it might be time to return her to the spotlight! What do you think?

working on some bits
Her face is polymer clay!

I hope that I can find my leftover flower beads (or buy some new ones), because I do love what’s happening with her hair!!

On another note, Ontario has ended their masking requirements for retail, but I still plan on wearing mine. Other provinces have changed their rules as well. How do you feel about this change? Is it time, or still too early?

While working on my bits, I’ve been reflecting on just how much I really have in my stash, and that I must make a conscious effort to use more of it up. Not easy to do though, when BeadFX offers a whole smorgasbord of new goodies every week. I must be strong!!! Speaking on strong, the sale is on until the end of the day today, so drop by (or order up), so you don’t miss out.

AMD out!

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, and get vaccinated.

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