Pillowcases and Another Sneak Peek

How’s your weekend going?

Mine has been busy, busy, busy. In addition to the usual stuff (cleaning, watching TV, family stuff, etc), I managed to find time to do a second entry for Crystal’s bead challenge at Beadhappilyeverafter. http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18920

Here’s the Sneak Peek…

I can tell you that it is a necklace. Light blue is a color I usually bypass. But I like it. Will try to use it more in the future.

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Now that my challenge entries have been submitted, it is back to sewing.

For the next day or two I will work on these.

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Pillowcases. I will tell you more about them later. Who they are for and why I am making them. I think those fabrics will make up cute.

What crafting are you doing? Have a great weekend (what’s left of it). 😀

Taking A Timeout For Beads… And A Sneak Peek…

You should see my craft room. It looks like a tornado ran through it and left me trying to figure out where everything goes. It’s a mess!! But it is a wonderful mess.

I took a timeout from sewing/quilting to create my beaded entry for Crystal’s bead challenge over at Beadhappilyeverafter. http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18920
This is her 3rd challenge. They are fun to enter and you can win great prizes. I won’t show you the finished item… yet. Crystal gets first look. All entries must be submitted by 9pm Saturday, May 12. But I will come back to do a show and tell after she posts the challenge results on her blog.   

Here is a Sneak Peek of my entry.

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I haven’t decided on a title yet. I thought of a few.

  • Madame Butterfly (but with a happy ending)
  • Winging-It
  • Spring Bling
  • Spread Your Wings
  • Beads and Butterflies
  • Come Fly With Me

I have to admit it was nice spending some quiet time just sitting for a couple days working with my beads. It will be hard to store them away until the next time. 😦

OK… now back to sewing/quilting. A new handbag and zippered bag coming up soon. 😀

My Week With Seed Beads

Inspired by this wrap bangle bracelet I made for the Bead Soup Blog Hop, I spent a full week working with my seed bead stash.

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Yep, I actually did not pick up my rotary cutter for a whole seven days. Just sat and sat and beaded.

First I made this bracelet.

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And then this one.

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I had Brides and the “I Do” Season on my mind when I created this one. Even dragged out my button stash.

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Next, I circled back to the bracelet that started it all. I added a second peyote bail to it. Loving it even more now.

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I think I was probably into Day 3 when I created this red, white and blue one. Still not ready to go back to sewing/quilting.

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And more…..

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BTW, you won’t believe the number of empty bead vials I ended up with. There were even more but I tossed a few.

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I made little containers of “bead soup” by combining my 11/0 seed beads by colorways. Whatever I thought would look good together got emptied into the bowl. What a great way to use up leftovers from other projects!!

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After making this green, gray and black bracelet, I had an idea for a necklace.

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But I couldn’t decide on how to end it. What type clasp to use. I chewed on several ideas and one day when running errands, I remembered these barrel tube clasps I bought a few years ago but never tried.

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Bingo!! It worked. I am just thrilled to pieces how this came out. No matter that this necklace and bracelet took 24 hours to make. I love it!!

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As it turned out, My Week With Seed Beads ended with that necklace. I had a crochet order (which you saw) that I needed to work on. So sadly, I pushed my beads aside. Now, observe how I said that. “Pushed” aside. Not PUT AWAY.

If in a week I don’t have a desire to bead something, then I will dust cover my bead supplies until the next time. Hopefully it won’t be for too long. Need to show all of my crafts some love from time to time. 😀

After all, these pearls and jade beads are waiting to be made into a necklace.

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My favorite. Yellow.

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Hubby’s favorite. Bronze.

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I had fun designing and creating them.

These wrap bangle bracelets and wrap necklace are This Year’s Dozen originals.

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Tila Beaded Bead and Wing Nuts

Since I already had all the beads still out from making my bracelet, I decided to try my hand at some matching earrings.


I ended up with a Beaded Bead. What a nice surprise!! I can make up a bunch of these for stringing a necklace or bracelet. This isn’t the best photo but you can see the design is like the bracelet. But first, I will make earrings.

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Here’s what I have come up with for the wing nuts. So far. This is just temporarily strung until I decide whether to soften it up more. Seed beads in between the larger beads. Or silver spacer beads. I have an idea for the clasp. Hope it works.

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I only bought enough for four sections like this. I may go back to Home Depot to get enough for two more. And I hope they have smaller ones. Earrings to match would be cute. Wing nuts dangling from your ears.

Well, off to sleep. I was in bed but couldn’t sleep. Not with ideas spinning around my head.

Here’s My Take on Working With Tila Beads

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Sigh. Sigh. Sigh….

I do that a lot when I am designing jewelry. I don’t plan to. It just happens. Every time I have to UNTHREAD and RETHREAD my needle.  It’s my least favorite part when designing and creating something from scratch. No pattern. Just working from a vision in my head.

And designing this Tila bead bracelet was no different. Lots of sighs.

But, finally, it is done.

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You can add it to my December completed list.  And it came out about 99% as I envisioned.  I did consider several other buttons and different types of closures but kept going back to this olive button. I even thought of exchanging it for a slightly larger size. Glad I didn’t. This one is just the right size.

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At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like working with Tila beads. Since I had already labeled them as “problem” beads based on what I had read on the net. Supposedly, they needed to be handled with kid gloves. Be careful unwrapping them. Be careful handling them. And so on and so on. Diva beads.

BUT…. turned out that wasn’t the case at all. I enjoyed working with them.

Here is my REVIEW of Tila Beads.

  • 2 hole design makes alignment easy
  • large holes allow for multiple passes with ease
  • use fine or extra fine beading needle for best results
  • no breakage, cracking or chipping
  • can even pull thread tight without worry
  • horizontal, vertical or diagonal possibilites
  • picks up lint and anything else airborne

That last one was about the only dislike I found. I frequently had to go wash my hands. I couldn’t believe what the beads picked up as I worked with them. Dust, lint, fingerprints. I felt like hosing them down every 30 minutes.  😀

I highly recommend them if they are on your To Buy List. Yes. Do. Go. Buy. Some. You won’t be disappointed.


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There are free designs for Tila jewelry on the net. Here are the ones I know about. If you know of any others, let us know.




This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. Please do not copy, distribute or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.

Day 2: Tubular Herringbone Bracelet, A and B

Now there’s an A and a B bracelet.

I was tickled to finally learn the Tubular Herringbone stitch. And as I mentioned yesterday, it’s an easy stitch to learn. So I wasn’t even disappointed that I had to ditch the first bracelet and start on a second one.

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As I was adding the loop clasp part, I realized the color placement was all wrong. The green beaded toggle bar would be on the “purple” end. 😦 I didn’t want to pull out all that Fireline. So I just started from scratch.

This time I plotted out exactly where each color would go. The toggle bar will be green. Just need to decide on which color beads for the toggle loop. Crystal or green.

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I have an idea on what to do with the mini triangles. Have to try it and see.

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Be back tomorrow with Day 3.

Making Pretty Triangles

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Have you had your fill of me making AND TALKING about the flat spiral stitch? Oh, go on, tell me. It’s OK. 😀 (But I really do love that stitch. See, Crystal, what you started.)

So… it is on to triangles. Pretty 3 sided shapes. A solid piece. Some with holes. Solid colors. Many colors. I will make a few. Until I get bored.

I made two so far.

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I think I have spent more time on ways to create something than on the actual beading time.

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I am still in the book, More Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. On page 53. Working my way through it, picking out what catches my eye.