Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jewelry Journey

It was inevitable.

I spend a good deal of time looking for just the right beads for my beaded journals. I carry around pieces of the cover paper to supplier to supplier, store after store. Sometimes this takes months. All this time spent searching I have run across so many amazing, one of a kind beads I just find myself staring at, as if mesmerized. My rule has always been if it won’t work for a journal, just walk away.

I have to have these rules because I know beads are a dangerous territory for me. My family jokes that every trip I go on I come back with a pair of earrings. Wherever we go I gravitate towards the handmade earrings and my mother simply shakes her head and indulgently smiles. While I do like precious jewels (I am female after all) I find I enjoy, just as much, an affordable and unusual bead that has a story, catches the light just the perfect way, or has a shape that calls to me. It’s almost as though they are my personal Pied Piper.

So when I began making my beaded journals I smirked a bit because I felt I had found a way around my obsession and I made these “rules” to keep me safe.

1. Only purchase beads for journals I am making now
2. Only enough for the journals I am making now.

These rules have worked well for me until I ran across these multifaceted glass beads that made me feel like I was looking into a clear pool of water on a quiet afternoon, sun shining, birds chirping and flowers blooming. Okay, so I have an active imagination… I didn’t have a journal to match them up to but I had to have them.

A little while later I was visiting a store that carried Venetian glass beads. Venetian glass beads are amazing. The colors are so clear. The interior foil shines through the glass encasement, enhancing the colors rather than masking them. There were only a few of these precious gold foil beads available and it was no use trying to tell myself that I was only going to use beads on my journals. The jewelry bug landed. It landed with force, carrying with it all the colors of my garden.

Stay tuned for stories of the beads that cross my path as I add them to my store via earrings or journals. I’ve opened a door I have no intentions of closing. I hope you like them.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frost Warning

Princess Irene Tulips and Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake)

The joys of spring.

Teasing 80 degree days that threaten to plummet to below freezing overnight. We scurry to cover the tender flowers just emerging and make a bouquet flowers….just in case. While these are cool weather flowers that would likely survive fine, it was….ah well….it was an excuse to make a small bouquet.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wedding Season

You would think it wouldn’t be hard to find cover papers in the soft whites and silvers that lend themselves to a wedding. Let me tell you, it is hard. I admit I’m a bit picky. I like clean lines, often botanical in theme and I make it rule, I make only what I would buy.

Recently I found this cover paper and I did a double take. The print on this paper reminds of those wonderful jacquard linens that only get better each time it’s washed. I adore those linens. Combined with the pearl spine it’s perfect for a wedding guest book.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ah, the scent of spring!

My Korean Spice Viburnum is finally in bloom. The scent is intoxicating.

Right now it’s not much taller than my daffodils but I know this shrub has the potential of turning into a monster . I will have to hone my pruning talents to keep it in check and hopefully add beauty as it grows. I think I’ll wait until it covers that water meter however.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Asclepias, "Bright Wings" Seedlings
You can find these butterfly magnets
(also known as butterfly weed)

The egg carton is method of starting seeds is going extremely well. Everything is germinating, I get to feel good about recycling and the mass germination (throwing 10++ seeds in one section) is definitely turning out to be a space and soil saver.

If you try this at home the only thing to be careful of (thus far) is to be sure to water the seedlings well before transplanting. While the paper in the egg carton is perfect for keeping the soil from being too soggy, as it absorbs the extra moisture it also means the tender roots adhere to the container as it dries out. I hate having to tug on those tender roots!