Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Caturday!
This beautiful Bobcat was spotted enjoying a sunny  day at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B. As NASA is transitioning from the Shuttle Program to the Commercial Crew Program and other exciting adventures, various facilities are being decommissioned and fewer humans are working in these areas, so the wildlife is reclaiming some territory. 
Kennedy Space Center is located on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and provides a safe home to many wild creatures including Bobcats, Bald Eagles, Alligators, and Manatees to name a few.  Here is another picture of the Pad B Bobcat.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trixie's Garden

I have been playing with Vintaj Brass today. What fun! I did my take on one of their published butterfly necklace designs. I like a little simpler design, fewer bead connectors, more chain, and a few dangles. I had a major stamping disaster with the butterfly, but I like how I hid my mistake.;) I planned to stamp "Dream" on one side and "Do" on the other, but I hit the "M" poorly. So I sanded off as much as I could, dinged it up with my trusty hammer, and stamped "Dream" over and over. A little green Sharpie to bring out the letters and it doesn't look bad. I named the necklace and two earring group "Trixie's Garden" for my sweet feral tabby, Trixie. In her honor, the proceeds of the sale of "Trixie's Garden" will go to a local spay-neuter group. Have you ever had a stamping disaster?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Bead Soup is Here!

My Bead Soup arrived Friday and I couldn't wait to see it! A beautiful oval Agate Focal in shades of green and caramel. I had forgotten how much I love Agate. Menka added coordinating lovely Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Jade, and Fresh Water Pearls to the mix along with a Silver Toggle, Silver Bead Caps, and Gold Beads. It is a wonderful collection bringing out all the different colors in the Agate focal. My mind has been swimming with design ideas.
The first jewelry class I took at the Down the Street Bead Show featured a round agate pendant. I still have the necklace and will post it soon. I have to go now. It's time to play and my Bead Soup awaits.
Happy Caturday!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I am so excited that I was selected to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party. I finally finished my Bead Soup and it is on the way to my partner, Menka ! I hope she has as much fun designing with the beads as I did putting it together.