Week 15: The Ladybugs

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When I moved from Calgary, where I lived in an apartment, to Swift Current I got the chance to try my hand at gardening. Turns out I enjoy it and I’ve had fun moving the perennials around, figuring out how to keep the birds from eating ALL of the strawberries in the spring and generally digging in the dirt. One thing that surprised me was just how many ladybugs there are out there. In the city I didn’t see them often but in my yard they are legion.

In my bead world they’re one of the designs I’d intended to make for years and years and hadn’t gotten to. Then a customer gave me the perfect kick in the butt and asked for a few beads. So I buckled down and did it. The above are a few from the first batch and they got the patented Seal of Cute from my minions.

Most of the rest of the week was spent in topping up regular stock: purple crocus, forget me nots, little wildflowers made from the end of some other project as many of my beads are. The bead making table has been gratifyingly busy the last few weeks but it’s nice to start getting the decks clear enough to work on other projects, as well.

Week 14: Watermelons and Other Treats

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The other way to tell spring and good weather is coming: the requests for fruit beads to go with summer festivals. This week that was an order for watermelons. Lots and lots of little watermelons. Combined with some of the other bits and bobs of the week.

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And, because school is out this week, I had a little extra help in the shop so not only did piles of beads get made but clay got blended, the store got rearranged and much creative chaos was made. Combined with good weather it’s been a lovely week.

The Shop: In Pairs

Another great way to try out handmade art beads is to buy a few pairs. You can whip up a few fabulous earrings or have a few special beads to add to your stash without committing to big, expensive piles. Here’s a few lentil pairs from my shop, all layers of canework over a base of clay. These are sanded and varnished because I like ‘em glossy but they look cute matte as well:


These happy orange beads came about because of a customer request! I liked the combo so much, it stuck around.

These I made simply to enjoy one of my favourite cane designs – the crimson rose.

After doing favours and toppers for two weddings in a row where one of the colours was lavender purple… I had lots left over. Which lead to this colour way of beads.

My favourite colours made into beads. My daughter named this colour way the sea garden.