It seems like ages since I've felt like blogging. I have no idea why I keep putting off writing anything here. It is not like I'm in a creative desert. On the contrary, I've been busy with all kinds of projects at hand. I'm trying making robots like my spouse does. I've been spending hours carving foam, using Mod Podge to decoupage items, pounding metal sheets with my chasing hammer, sewing with HAL trying to reconcile our difference, and of course beading. I taught two classes this Winter. The one on Valentine's Day was a disaster with only one student and her not wanting to pay attention so I finally just gave up & gave her the class sample as I couldn't get through to her. The second was fun as two of my favorite students joined & we had a catch up. I also took two classes myself. One was using PMC. The jury is still out on that if I want to do more. The second was metal working & I loved it. MOF, I loved it so much, I'm going out to the Puget Bead Sound Festival & taking three metal classes.
But back to blogging silence. I guess some of it is Facebook. I spend time there socializing & meeting new artist. Then I've been trying to get thing together for my Guild. Oh and work is always there too. I signed up to be on the Emergency Room Turn around time study. Humm...nothing like shadowing in another department to make you realize you are exactly where you are suppose to be...a nice quiet laboratory.
Okay so back to Betty Boop. I earlier this month posted a picture of her for the Betty Boop challenge on Facebook. I wanted to take a moment and let you know about the beads I used for this doll. Almost every single bead was from ARTBEADS.COM. It all started out with the great bead mixes they offer. This time I tried their mixture of reds and golds. They all just practically placed themselves. Then the rhinestone crystal just became the perfect focal point on the lower left of Betty's dress. On the graphic of Betty that is where a heart was, but I took one look at that luscious ruby type sew down crystal & knew that was where it was suppose to be. When I got my package of goodies from ARTBEADS.COM, I opened the package of lovely buttons and knew the red button with metallic gold overlays had to be breast for my Betty doll. Combined with the golds from the bead mix, it just pulled the whole piece together. But I had difficulty with Betty's huge head & the transition into the lovely beading. So once again, ARTBEADS.COM to the rescue...pearls! I chose some lovely organic looking dyed red pearls to make Betty's necklace. All in all, she is a nice piece, but not really my style of doll. But I so enjoyed the challenge of using products from ARTBEADS.COM to make one doll. I don't think I'd make another Betty Boop again. Anyone want a pattern???
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