Thursday, August 30, 2012

August BJP

Well it's been awhile since I posted last, sorry. I have been working, working, working. August is always a ruff month for me and we always seem to be short handed at work. Good pay but long days. I have also been making earrings to sell at my local flea market for when I actually do get a day off.  But I have finally finished my August beaded rock. With fall in the air here in northern Wisconsin I decided to do a maple leaf this month. I think it's the best rock so far. It took awhile because I wasn't sure of the path I wanted it to take but in the end it turned out nicely.

I also made a lot of earring in the last two weeks to sell at the local flea market. I had to laugh because I took a few of my beaded rocks with me to use as weights in case the wind picked up. Those rocks were a smashing hit. People loved them. The rocks actually drew people into my booth (kids REALLY loved them) People would come over and touch them. As soon as they touched them they realized they were rocks and were amazed. I spent the better part of my day explaining how to do these rock. It was fun to watch people enjoy them so. Any ways here are a few photos of all the earring I have been working on. I wish my earrings were as much of a hit as the rocks. People like the earrings but they loved those rocks more.

Well that's all for now because I finally get a full day off and I have soooo... much to do. Like get started on next month's Have a great week.
P.S. If you are looking for directions on how to make the beaded rocks go to Jan and then go to the post titled 'Beaded Rocks'. There are no patterns but there are full direction on how to make the beaded rocks. Have fun with them.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

CQJP block

I'm starting to lose track which blocks I have completed and how many I have left. I'm thinking I have about 3 blocks left to finish (out of 16). Here is a photo of the lastest completed block

And here are a few details of this block. I did a lot of trail and error stitches with this block. I would try something and really didn't care for the effect and ripped it out. But I finally settled with what I had done and was happy with how it turned out.

Some of the buttons on this block's button cluster I recently purchased at a local garage sale. I bought a huge bucket of buttons from this lady for $17.00. I swear it was 2 or 3 lbs of buttons. Maybe a handful turned out to be really cool buttons but thats ok. I'm sure I will find uses for the rest at some time. Garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores and Goodwills are some of my favorite haunts. You always stumble on something you can't live with out. For example, I just purchased this great little dresser at the local thrift store. I absolutely love it! It has so much character.

I also finally purchased a new camera. I went with another Nikon Coolpix. It has a super duper optical zoom on it but I still need to get a feel for the camera and its capabilities.

I also went to get some more rocks for my BJP (I was running out of the ones I like to use). Here is a pic of my new stash of rocks. I get the rocks up in the upper pennisula of Michigan on Lake Superior near Porcupine Mountain. They are nice and flat on most of the surface so I really like to use them for the BJP. So off I go to create my August rock.

Hope you enjoy.....have a wonderful day:) !