Thursday, July 31, 2008

A-lure-ing fish key chain

This is fun and easy and one of the few things that includes beads that will work for guys.
First find a lure with lovely iridescent colors that you can duplicate with beads. In this case the fish sported turquoise, magenta, cobalt and greens, favorites of mine so it was easy to find match ups.
Next pick up or dismantle and old key chain clip. Now get a nice tough pair of wire cutters to remove the hook. Push the cutters far up into the belly of the fish so no poky wire will protrude. Now the only metal showing is the little loop at the top where you can attach the key chain.
Thread a long needle with Fireline and knot the line. Poke it through from the top near the loop and come out at the belly thread on 10-12 beads and skipping the last bead you put on, come back up through the others and back through the fish belly near where you started. Now repeat and do another fringe of beads until you are happy with the look. Four or five should be about right. This is fun, easy and makes a nice guy gift!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Bracelet Hibiscus

Darla named the previous bracelet. I admit I didn't know what a hibiscus looked like and had to go to Google images to find out. They are lovely and come in a myriad of colors from brilliant to pastel, so actually describe the bracelet very accurately.

Out my dining room window I have some very tall columbine. They came in a wildflower packet I planted last year but seem much larger and more brilliant than the ones I've see in the wild. I had to get Bill's talents going to create a series of three mini-fence-trellis things to support them.

I'm so glad he likes that kind of chore.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Yellow, aqua, blue, magenta and light green, goes with most summer outfits. A really fun bracelet that made itself. (Along with a handful more.) Addictive little guys just keep on coming. Come back often and I'll try to get good pictures up more often.
Not that I am not happy to be getting big therapeutic doses of gardening. And yes, I need them.
Grounding. That's what garden-therapy does for me. In more ways than one.
Wish I could wear gloves. I mean. I do, for some jobs, but not weeding, nor planting, have to have that connection for it all to flow properly!
I know you get it!! Right?