Saturday, November 1, 2008

what's new with me

so, you may have noticed that i have not been beading much lately...

i have had some health problems over the last few months starting with blood pressure spikes and ending in my finding a lump under my right arm.

everything has turned out to be fine: i have a new general practitioner who agrees with me that more cardio,less worry, and some anger management will help the blood pressure to normalize and after a full round of blood tests, sonograms, and mammograms, it looks like the lump was a reactive lymph node brought on by a scratch from the lovely miss patches.

so, after all of this, i decided to treat myself and i bought the two books pictured here:




i have become absolutely obsessed with texture in beading. i think i have looked at every piece of free form peyote on google and flickr as well as about half their bead embroidery pics. i have some ideas and i hope they will work out relatively similar to what i am imagining. you know most designs start as one idea and evolve into something completely different.

i have also recently gotten reacquainted with brick stitch and am eager to see what developes there.

i also just purchased some round seed beads - i have been a die hard delica fan for over 10 years, but after experimenting with some toho rounds recently, i have found that i like the roundness for texture, the colors are deeper and richer, and i also found they lay against the fabric better for the embroidery. so, i have a nice big shipment coming in next week and i am eager to get to work. i hope they get here before i have to leave for atlanta next week on a business trip.

i shouldn't have, but, again, i felt i deserved it after all of the doctor visits and bills.

i also have some pics from the haute craft opening to post as well as halloween in new orleans. i will put those up later this weekend.

until then...

6 comments:

beadsandblooms said...

So glad your health problems are resolving. I battle the blood pressure too and it can be scary at times. I envy you all your new beads. Christmas!! Have fun working out your new ideas.

Lidia said...

Glad that everything is OK doctor wise. You most certainly deserve some new beads and books! I have a feeling that you will love bead embroidery. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Carol Dean said...

I own the Art of Bead Embroidery and know for certain that you can get lost in its possibilities. What fun! And beads, new beads... yippee! Great way to celebrate improving health :D

SarahKelley said...

Wow! Sounds like we're going to have to keep an eye on you! I can't wait to see what comes of this new interest!

GrandmaMarilyn said...

I am so happy that everything is coming to a good conclusion. Can't wait to see the pretties that you come up with.

Christina J. said...

Glad to hear everything turned out ok with your health. That must have been scary. The two books you bought are great. I have them both! I haven't been doing much beading lately, either.