Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mid-Week Mutterings - Can't Decide...

Before I start with the bead stuff - as the granddaughter, daughter and sister of veterans, and the mother of a soldier on active duty, my honor, respect and prayers to all who have served and the families who stand beside them.

I can't decide if the picture below looks Christmas-y or more like a vegetable medley with cucumbers, onions and tomatoes. I'm finding the results of my design efforts tonight rather unsatisfying.

So here's how this evening's play with the vintage glass from The Beadin' Path went. I stared at the red set of beads. Remembered that I had a little box of what I think of as 'real' green beads I had bought last December and used in Christmas lanyards. Got those out. Strung the middle strand, above, using the red flower and "berries" beads from the vintage glass strand with the green beads.

I thought it was ok, but since there weren't enough for a strand longer than 12 inches, I figured I'd do a multi strand and attach it to something longer - ribbon, chain, wasn't sure then nor now. So I grab the faceted white opaque vintage glass I'd gotten in last month's Bead of the Month package from The Beadin' Path and strung those with the 'pod' beads and some red flower disk spacers - top strand above.

Maybe I should have stopped there, but I decided one more strand. Got out the only opaque red and white beads I thought might work - some diagonally drilled cubes and oval twists. Strung those with the green.

I think there's too much green too close together and that the size of the beads in the bottom strand needs to be bigger to balance out the larger white and red beads of the top strand. It's back to the drawing board. This time I work the pods in with smaller beads and the faceted white beads (which I'm starting to think of as snowballs) on the bottom with red diagonally drilled cubes.

And, nope, again. Sigh.

I'm too tired to try again tonight, but I'll keep working on this. The current thinking is the green and red strand will have to go, but I like it so I'll figure out a way to make it into a longer single strand piece.

Of course none of this is the fault of the beads - both the red set and the white strand are lovely and I enjoy working with beads that have history, which these vintage beads certainly have.

More tomorrow!

FTC compliance disclosure notice of material connections: All items referenced in this post, with the exception of the red vintage glass beads, were personally purchased.

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Blogger Hilary said...

You sure have a military family, Dawno. Thank you to all of them on this Veteran's Day - Remembrance Day here in Canada.

November 11, 2009 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Yep. My sister and her husband and my brother all were in the Navy so it was a very military family - they're all in civilian jobs now.

November 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger JustATish said...

You have a great idea started here. I really like where you are going with this.

November 11, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Lisa Crone said...

I love the vegetable medley!! :)

November 11, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks Tish and Lisa - these beads have really made me can probably smell the wood burning from there...

November 11, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Davinia said...

Well you know I'm very well acquainted with the drawing board, I think we're joined at the hip. A marvelous idea will come to you in the middle of the night (if you're anything like me you will have forgotten it by morning). It's very Christmassy and I like it.

November 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Davinia, I know - I thought about you as I was writing this! I did have an idea come to me in the middle of the night the other day, and I got up and made the necklace and wore it to work. I should probably post about that...

November 11, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

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