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“Hello, Winter :-/”

Description from Kathryn R: Well, it’s baaack. Today started out with rain, then sleet, then ice then snow. Wind chill around 17. Winter has returned to the Northland. Any chances of last week’s balmy sunny weather returning are slim to none. But winter has its own beauty. And my pick showcases that in these ides for holiday/winter creations. Bundle Up, Buttercup, and Happy Beading!


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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I was watching the weather in my hometown paper and they were forecasting for them to have the same weather you had today. They didn’t get anything but a high in the 30′s. Your pick is a wonderful depiction of winter in the northlands. It even have me chills just looking at the pretty beads. BRR! It quickly reminded me of any I love on the southern border of the US.

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a pretty pick. We rarely have snow here but it does get cold – rarely freezing- but it feels freezing. Definitely a POD.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    So cold and icy. Beautiful picks. Makes me want to start a fire.

  4. Phoenix
    Phoenix says:

    What a beautiful pick. And it sounds like its time to bust out those flannels!

  5. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thanks so much, Everyone! We are definitely getting the firewood ready for our fireplace.

  6. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Kathyrn, what a beautiful pick! When I see these icy pics, it reminds me of my early childhood in upstate New York. We played outside for hours in the snow. Then putting our mittens on the hot water registers, we would have hot chocolate and toast.

  7. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thanks, Robin! Back then, many of us didn’t have nice warm thermal fleece, boots and down like kids have today. I remember nearly getting frostbite on my toes walking to school. Aah, memories…

  8. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Congrats on your fantastic frosty POD, Kathryn! You sure made a beautiful pick for some nasty weather! I’m from New England, where we get our fair share of winter cold, but I had a college friend from Des Moines, and from her stories we have nothing on the northern Midwest! But I love the contrast of the cozy times you get in winter, having braved the cold and now inside and comfy, working on or dreaming up the next bead project with a cup of coffee with chocolate milk or hot cocoa mix. Or sometimes tea, depending on mood. I’m presently contemplating these snowflake seed bead and CzechMates patterns. I’ve never used beams before and wonder if I could adapt to use 2 or 3 regular seed beads in a row if I work the thread back and forth in the pattern to keep them in line? Probably a nightmare.
    Anyway, hope you have a good winter, Kathryn and everyone! Keep warm, stay healthy and happy beading!

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Congratulations on your lovely, cold pick.

  10. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    EPBC- If I understood correctly – sounds like what you want to do is a Herringbone stitch. Simple and fun but can be time consuming depending on the width. Happy beading.

  11. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful pick!

  12. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thank you, Fresh Pick Friends! Our snow here has melted and temps are above freezing. 1-2” of snow due tomorrow. Yes, Liz, it’s a roller coaster weather ride in the Upper Midwest. As one of the funny nuns in the movie Sister Act said, “It was hell on earth. I loved it!” Most of us do…gives us something to keep us out of trouble. BTW, your CzechMates bead stitching idea seems beautiful. I *admire* anyone who can bead with needle and thread – awesomeness!

  13. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Oh, if you are looking for awesomeness with seed beads, needle and thread, look at any of Beady Little Eyes’ design postings! I can do nothing of the awesomeness Beady (Lucinda?) does! I’ve improvised a couple of designs to get a shape I wanted for something or other, a bit overdelighted and surprised they came together and the thread made it back around, and I’ve failed to make a couple other shapes, but I rarely venture beyond peyote stitch. Beady, I submit to your wisdom and advice in all things beadweaving. Yes, herringbone seems to be a better, more stable idea than what I think I was thinking. Not too time consuming compared to the aggravation of trying to keep beads lined up/kept track of while getting all the threading done in my concept. Smarter.

  14. Maggies Mom
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  15. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I still love your beautiful POD! I’ve been saying quietly to myself I want to go home. After some self reflection I think I’m wanting to go back to my hometown. Your POD just reminds me of why I stay in the RGV.

  16. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks EPB – so sweet.

  17. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Congratulations Kathryn. This is an awesome POD. Its a very artistic interpretation of winter. So lovely.

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