It hit me spring is just around the corner and I am sooo out of shape. As a result I have also added a few pounds this winter. It is time to re-activate! I've been sitting and stitching all winter so I decided I better at least do a few exercise each day. I'm planning to do Ragbrai (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) this year and since this is a 400-500 mile ride in a week I need to get in shape for it...soon! The last time I did the entire week was five years (and a few pounds) ago. Time to set goals!
I've also joined Ancestry.com and re-started work on genealogy. I find it so fascinating. Ancestry.com has allowed me to find so much more than I ever could without it. I think my CQJP 2012 got me started working on this again.
On my other blog I had shared these bead/findings storage pieces at Michael's I found just before Christmas, so when I can sneak away to my studio I have been sorting beads - one of my favorite things to do. I just purchased five more. I really like how well they stack and how easy it is to find what I am looking for. Of course I still have my pretty jars with beads that won't fit into these smaller containers, but at least I don't have jars with only a couple of beads in them now.
Speaking of beads, I forgot to share these beauties on my last post. I found these (and a ton more items I didn't buy) at my favorite shop, Florilegium, near Kansas City, Missouri. I bought 3 of the heart shaped crystal beads and 10 of the polished stone beads. I'm not sure what I will do with them yet. I put pins into the holes so you could see the direction of the holes.
Finally, here are a couple of UFOs I want to work on sometime, hopefully this summer. They are calling for some new looks.
I think the teapot is going to get a coat of paint, probably white, and maybe roses painted on it and/or some lace.
I'm not sure what I will do with this small travel case, but I love the size and shape. I had been storing strands of beads in it (go figure~lol). Any fun ideas you have seen or would like to share?
This small ice cream parlour set is one I designed for the catalog company I worked at. I also did a smaller (miniature) version which has a much nicer finish. I think this would look awesome in distressed white and with the look of mosaics on the table top or painted roses. What do you think?
Now...to fit this all in along with my other projects already in process and things I want to learn to do. Work is definitely getting in my way! I think all of us with a passion and drive to create are in this same situation and will never stop creating. At least I hope I don't.