When Piper and Stacey were here the other week, we staged an impromptu photo shoot. Here are some of my faves.
Stacey is a true comedian, which is perfect, because my all time favorite thing to do is laugh. She had Der and I rolling on many occasions.
I could just eat Piper up. She’s beyond cute.
I really miss these two and want them to come back already.
While Stace was here, I taught her to make paper beads and showed her how to turn them into a keychain. She made that fantastic peacock keychain and almost didn’t make it home with it, because I liked it so much I nearly stole it. Artsy fartsy definitely runs in the family.
Stace and her Dad, my uncle Donny.
We grew up living next door to each other, so she might as well be my sister considering how much time we spent around each other when we were kids.
Stacey come back. Tucson needs you!
I could make more of these for starters.
I keep thinking tomorrow I will make more time, but each tomorrow has the same lack of time as the day before.
I am a bead making fool. It’s really cool to see how many different kinds of beads can be made with paper.
I sit and watch netflix on my computer while I make them. Over several days, I watched every available episode of Parenthood. Such a good show. When I look at certain beads they remind me of the scenes I was watching when I made them.
Now I am looking for bells to hang from the beads. I wish I had metal working tools because then I would just make my own. Looks like I will be mail ordering some, because I haven’t been able to find very many at thrift stores.
I have a long line up of crafts for the boys to do. I hope you all aren’t tired of seeing us make stuff, because I foresee lots of crafting posts.
I didn’t have internet for 3 days last week. You would have thought I lost a lung or something. I used the extra time to prep some of the more involved projects we will be working on so at least I made good use of my time. Keeping busy helped fend off some of the withdrawal. It’s pitiful how hooked I am.
About a year ago I made a bunch of paper beads. I had seen them somewhere and set out to see if I could make them myself. I got pretty good at it and started making them like crazy…until I got a little too confident with my xacto knife skills and realized too late that my beloved finger was in the way.
I didn’t lop off more than an eighth of an inch, but it was enough to make me see stars and make me wary of exacto knives. To look at the finger now you can barely tell anything happened. The scar is pale and shiny and if you look closely you can see that my finger tip is not as round as it should be. It still feels tingly when touched.
For a long time after that I couldn’t look at an exacto knife without feeling queazy, so my bead production ceased.
My recent paper making adventures has reminded me how much I love working with paper. So I pulled out the old beads and some rusted bells (not the ones I posted a photo of a few days ago) and got to work.
I love them so much I may start making bead again. My fingertips tingle at the thought.
I am thinking of donating them to Water for Christmas Etsy shop. Funds raised go to clean water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I heard about the program last year at Whatever. I promised myself I would help this year.
Clean water is something I take for granted. It’s hard to imagine a life where I couldn’t provide the most basic life-sustaining things like safe water for my kids.
I am donating 3 of the 4. I have to price them. They are between 13 and 15 inches long. What’s a fair price? I am horrible at pricing stuff.