Monday, March 25, 2013

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Ok, who here thinks the groundhog lied? Because I sure do. This morning it was yet another chilly one at 36 degrees, and it feels like snow out there. 

So while I wait for the flowers to appear in my yard, I've been pulling the soft colors of spring into my work. Here is the latest using a pair of charms from Diana at Suburban Girl Studio. I do so love her charms.

These are such a soft sprout green porcelain that I used as the focal adding a seed bead ladder stitch and a few Czech lentils. Who knew I'd be beading up with such a storm with all these darn little seed beads? I'm warming up for Christine & Therese's 3rd installment of a Time to Stitch. 

I've been working on a few stitches; both flat and spiral. I had a couple of go arounds this weekend with a stitch called a Cellini spiral. Oy. I stitch, I stop, I rip out. I finally broke down and moved from my book to a video tutorial. Again I start, I stop, I back up and watch again. After roughly 4 hours of this I finally got it. I might be a slow learner, but I'm darn persistent. More on that piece in April when we reveal our work for the hop. For now, this is my latest artisan pair of earrings for the AJE earring challenge. Yes, I am now woefully behind. I think this makes #10. I have some lovely components on my bead table from Lesley Watt just screaming at me to 'get busy.' 

21 comments:

BamaTrav said...

I heard that Phil the groundhog was indicted for lying.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Yes, folks everywhere are turning on our little rodent forecasters LOL. Seriously though, this Spring DOES seem especially reluctant to show its face, Cynthia. Creating beauty is the best revenge. I suffered along with you as you told of your battle with the seed beads. I'm so pleased you didn't wave a white flag (I would have!) Your earrings are lovely and definitely evocative of warmer weather. Mission accomplished!

Christine Altmiller said...

As I read this, I am watching it snow like a *bleeeep* out my window. I cannot even find the beauty in it anymore. But your earrings...now they are beautiful! and hopeful. and bright. and inviting. Love the Suburban Girl charms, with their lovely curves and color. and I love your addition of those fantastic lentils!

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Duni said...

Wow, these are incredible, Cynthia! I love the organic shape!
It's freezing here as well...

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the components you used from Suburban Girl. What you did with them is amazing!

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful earrings!!!
Have a good week, dear1 and my g+ for you...

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

LisaS said...

Ooooh. I love this color! Very pretty earrings and the first sign of spring ;)

Bobbie said...

Cute earrings! And I hear you on the Cellini frustration -- once you get it, you get it, but it is a HUGE time suck! I love it, but it's a little odd to work for a couple of hours and realize you've only churned out a few inches of spiral...

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

How delicate! I love the pretty green of the main beads and how you paired them with the smaller, more vibrant ones :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love the green shade! You create such beautiful things.

Spring is taking so long to arrive this year, and it's becoming quite frustrating! I have so much I need to do out there - and to enjoy - and I can't wait much longer...I'm going to blow! :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Baked groundhog seems appropriate right now...
Love these earrings! (And you're welcome to stop by for a bite or three anytime!)

BeadedTail said...

Those earrings turned out lovely! You are so creative! It's not snowing here. Just sayin! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Very pretty! I love the green color ;o)

Memories for Life said...

I love the spring greens!
Can't wait to see your new stitched pieces too!

Patti Van said...

I am just loving what you are doing with your bead weaving! This is so creative - and very fresh - perfect for Spring!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Hurry spring hurry!! Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods :)

Chelsea St.Pierre said...

Hello my darling, please email me your address for your prize;re giveaway. Hugs from cold LOndon. brrrrrh

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful work ,lovely design! Congrats!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful job! I love the washed out look of Diana's pieces. So pretty for spring! I was excited to drive up my driveway yesterday to see a few crocuses in my woods!!! But there is still snow on my property too. There is hope!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I think Phil needs to retire. : )
THose are gorgeous earrings! Really do look like sprouts.

(PS. I'm still getting you as a no-reply blogger - have you ckd your blog settings for email replies? I'd love to reply directly to your sweet comments.)

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