Sunday, November 16, 2014

Learning Curves

It has been a while.  I moved south 550 miles,  I bought a condo that I am planning on retiring in.  I kept my same job but at a new office; then my office moved.  I work enough over-time each and every week that when my neighbors see me they ask me if I have been given time off. I received a promotion on Friday, and will begin training for my new job immediately after the holidays; thank goodness for that thoughtful scheduling.

Adapted from Nicole Hanna's Darling Dangles
I am almost unpacked.  I have studio space and my beads are unpacked, but I still have organizing to do.

All that being said, I have been in love with beads for way to many years to give it up.  I am easing myself back into creating but you will forgive me if my plate remains a bit full for the next half year.

When last I posted I was making an attempt to learn wire weaving with the help of Nicole Hanna tutorials.  I cannot say enough good things about Nicole's tutorials.  The price point is good.  The instructions clear.  And, based on the few pieces I have done I think that wire weaving is a skill that I can acquire with a bit more practice.  My skills do not do justice to Nicole's work.

One of the other skills I need to work on is photography.  I think I just live a tilted life.

 It took me quite a while to make these, but I imagine that I could get much quicker over time.   I will find out, I am planning on making a second pair.  

Darling Dangles Earrings view II

Darling Dangles view III

One final picture. 

If this is something you would like to learn I do encourage you to visit Niccole's site and give it a try. 


  1. What great earrings - it's fun to see you exploring new techniques! And congratulations on the promotion and all the other changes in your life. Being in the midst of the same kind of transition myself, I understand that craving to unpack the beads and recapture that creative, familiar place in life. Can't wait to hear about all of your new adventures whenever you can find the time to share them here!

    1. Thank you Bobbie. I really do love the look of wire weaving, but beads, and seed beads in particular, will always be my favorite child. I have had many transitions in my life but I think that the older I get the longer it takes me to settle in even if they are not at all difficult. Can't wait to hear about your new adventures, hopefully they do not involve having to carry your current work down flights of treacherous stairs.

  2. YAY for promotions! And sometimes all the busy work of moving and getting settled can be good and force us to organize. But I like to organize so.... I think I'm just odd. lol. The earrings look lovely, and I love the dangling flower beads, by the way. :D

    1. Dangling flower beads because I did not have the beads called for in your tutorial- but that always seems to be the case with me and directions I never have just the thing called for so I substitute.

      We must be odd together because I like to organize as well. And I still have the BIG things to organize. I will get there and then it will be time to do it again.

      And thank you for the compliment. I am still learning.

  3. Wow, you started beading again about the time I started work on a big project and I have been away from blogger for so long I missed it. Your wire work is so very lovely! YAY you!


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