Friday, January 3, 2014

My Pretty Glass Ocean Mix Beads Have Arrived

I am really a novice with beads. I buy when I am out and about and if I see something I love and its glass and natural materials I buy it. So when I ordered these online, even though the photos were gorgeous I wasn't totally sure in my mind how large they were, etc.

When I opened up the package-wow I am very happy. I wanted small beads but not too small and I wanted sparkly too cause these are going to be water along with needle felting and embroidery. 

The store owner April on Etsy was very helpful, and a fast shipper. If you are looking for vintage, bone, carved, European, tribal, artist beads you will love her shop too. She has many unique pieces. What brought me to her shop was a bone carved mermaid-I am still looking for a mermaid bead that I am totally in love with-and have not found her yet. I love what she has in her shop except for the faces-for some reason I do not like the faces-so I asked if she had any other choices besides what she has listed. 

The package to the left is vintage and the rest in the row are czech republic fire polish glass beads, the the package on top is glass seed beads. All the beads are 4mm  The second photo is more of a close up view. April had suggested the glass seed beads to mix in with the fire beads. (click to enlarge photos) I think this is a good ocean mix of colors-what do you all think?




Yesterday afternoon I felt pretty good, was not having the extreme muscle spasms so was able to be comfortable quilting. This morning not so much, and the house is cold-we are like most of the midwest-very very cold temps-especially for this area. It is only to get worse-lots of snow tomorrow and below 0 temps through next Monday or Tuesday-so I am really not up to all that, just need to think positive and go with it-lol



I think I am off to warm up my coffee and see what I can find for lunch. What are you all doing this Friday?

17 comments:

  1. The blue colors of your beads are very pretty and ocean like. I'm excited to see what you create with them.

    Sorry to hear about how cold it is and that it's likely to stay around a while. Brrrr! I don't know if I could handle that. I'm a wimp with cold temps. I guess I'm spoiled by living in Southern California all my life. We rarely have snow where I live. We can go visit it if we want but then come home and away from it. We do get some cold temps but it's nothing compared to what much of the country is experiencing right now. Brrrrrrrrr! We've been lucky this week with temps in the 70's. Ahhh! But, that's about to end and it will be in the low to mid 60's for highs next week. Still pretty good. The lows at night have been in the 30's and 40's.

    That would be great if your back would cooperate for you so you could quilt because you'd be under the quilt and warm. :-) Stay warm and take care!

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  2. The beads are very pretty ♥ Sorry your back is still bothering you.... we are in a deep freeze and with tons of more snow predicted for the weekend. So I guess I had better get my butt out there and get some wood brought in and that dreaded trip to the grocery store.

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  3. Mailed daughters gift to Virginia…..too bulky for her to take home on the airplane…
    Planning on casting on anew project .knit wise.
    Working on a photo book
    and got cancelled for work YEAH!!!

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    1. work cancelled-sounds perfect for a day of creating-

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  4. I think the beads are lovely but I also suspect you've been struck on the head with by the sparkly bead fairy and are now hooked on beading-enjoy it, it's a great journey!

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  5. I can't wait to see your finished project too!

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  6. Sorry to hear about all the cold and snow. Joanne has had a lot of snow up in NJ, too. Keep warm!! I've been getting more storms here, had several today, with lots of heavy rain and gale-force winds.

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    1. yes NJ and that area got a foot or more of snow-will have to wait and see how much we get here-now they say 6" are those heavy storms and gale force winds normal for your area?

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  7. Beads are really nice anxious to see them in your project, and I love the hearts in the border. Stay warm.

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  8. Yeah at this point 20 degrees feels like a heat wave! Ha! My beans are bouncing off the walls and I think school will be cancelled on Monday because with the wind chills it is supposed to be negative 55?!?! SO glad that your back is feeling a bit better and you were able to work on your beautiful quilt! And those beads!!!! I am in love!!!! What is the name of her shop??? I do so enjoy making necklaces and am always on the hunt!!! Take care and stay warm...Nicole

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  9. Kathy, love the beads, they are so perfect for water. Actually I'd like a few dangling from my wrist right now. Stay warm and safe inside and take care of your back.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  10. Your glass beads are lovely!! This is a mermaid design that I have been in love with!! Several years ago, this artist did the fish body of the mermaid in white mother of pearl and gold!! Just loved it, but much too expensive for me!! Do stay warm!!
    http://www.nahoku.com/yellow-gold-and-sterling-silver-steven-douglas-mermaid-pendant-with-white-sapphires.html/

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  11. Wow, the glass beads look wonderful! Can't wait to see what you work them into, it sounds very intriguing. I think I'll take a peak at April's shop too. I just LOVE the quilt you are making for your mom. I'm a big fan of log cabin quilts because of their history with pioneers and the simple meaning behind them. This is simply beautiful and your choice to use authentic fabrics is admirable. Your mother is going to love this, and I'm sure you've enjoyed the making process completely. I love making things like this for gifts because your thoughts about the recipient are constant in your mind during the sewing process making them pure gifts of love. Hugs to you Kathy :) Wendy x

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    1. Hi Wendy, hope you guys didn't get hit with another bad storm.
      I always loved log cabin quilts too-I have never made one though. my Mom had pieced this top for charity just before her dimentia got bad. I took a couple of her scrap quilts to practice my hand quilting. My intention was to mail it to her, but her mind has slipped so much she will not be able to appreciate this quilt or enjoy it. I fear also it will get lost and into the wrong hands there at the care facility.
      So I am using this quilt for my own therapy. I will be adding in phrases and words about my Mom inside those red hearts-when finished I will decide if I want to pass it on to my brother or not. I think of her every day, so I think of her while quilting this.

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  12. How pretty!!! I'm in total agreement with everyone here!! They are very much like the ocean!! I also can't wait to see how you use them!!! I'm loving your quilt project!! Very nice and happy colors!! Stay warm, I see the snow has passed, but the bitter cold is coming closer and closer!! We went from 40 degrees to 25 in an hour!!! Love and hugs!!

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    1. good morning Karen, I am thinking of making a crazy quilt purse from reclaimed wools-and then making my ocean scene on the purse so I can enjoy it more.
      bitter cold here too today

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  13. Hi Kathy! I'm drooling over your beads. They are gorgeous. I agree with April about mixing in some glass seed beads. They'll add shine which is a little different from sparkle. I hope you find the perfect mermaid face for the piece! Can't wait to see it! It is cold here too and the temperature is dropping like crazy. We have an extreme cold weather alert so it will be a stay indoors and sew king of day for me too!

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