It is cold & snowy in Ohio. I saw someone over on Facebook say they wish people would stop complaining about being cold in the Winter. Blah! I can complain about anything I wish...and I WILL! I think the older I get the worse the weather affects me. Use to be that it was a small ache here or there, but now my poor feet that were broken multiple times when I was young feel the change & "complain" to me especially when I'm at work. Also, since I had the sinus surgery last year, my sinuses really "complain" when the weather is bad outside. Last night at work, my nose ached so bad that I thought I was going to pass out. Oh the joys of getting old! I use to laugh at my Dad & his sisters sitting around the dinner table shooting the fat talking about aches & pains. Cheryl & I said we would never do it....HAH! Now that she has had a broken ankle, I find much of our conversations deal with aching feet!
Chris & I are addicted to Netflix. We get one movie at a time, but are we ever enjoying going out to the mailbox once or twice a week to find a new movie or an old "jewel" out there. Remember if you haven't seen a movie...it is NEW! So this week, Chris got Woodstock. I was a freshman in high school at the time living in Portsmouth whose radio station had banned the Rolling Stones and other provocative music. I missed hearing great music from when we lived in LA. So I knew it was there. At night, I would lay in my bed with my 9 volt transistor radio under my pillow listening to a station coming out of Chicago. But back to Woodstock and creating. I had made this beaded bear with beads sent to me by Artbeads.com in their beading for bloggers program. I used their Toho Bead Mix called Neon Frost. As before, I had to add beads to the 5 bags because they were not enough to complete the project. I liked the challenge of trying to get all these different sizes incorporated into a pleasing pattern on a stuffed animal, but it was tough. So I do not recommend that someone without experience use these for a beaded doll project as there were lots of size 15s & if you are using a stuffed animal with some sort of textured "fur" those 15s get lost. I did use them as an over embellishment. Chris was looking at all those wild colors & told me it looked like something a person would see from an LSD trip. I wouldn't know! But after watching bits of Woodstock with Chris, I decided to call this bear after that movie.
I also completed my piece from AFIC last May. Her head had been sitting on my work station for that long starring at me wanting to get finished. So finally, I got out the body, the legs, the arms, the tail & put the body together. Then to cloth this adorable troll. In Ute's class we used clothing from a thrift store. I had about 4 different outfits that I bought from the baby section at our thrift store & decided this dress was cute. I had to really cut it up to make it fit this troll, but I did it! The shoes are ones that Cynthia gave me & yes, those are my own socks cut up & sewn to fit the troll. The hat was one that I probably spent the most time making. I used a piece of wool felt and rubber band it onto a light bulb. Then I Modge Podged it all over & let it dry 42 hours. After that, I cut out small silk flowers & sewed them all over the trolls hat & then on her shoes. She wasn't complete until I found this small pail I bought at the Dollar Store. I think it originally had been some wind chimes. So she was finished & once again was starring at me. I had to give her a name. Finally out of the blue, whispered to me that she was Doris. So world...met Doris!
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