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“In a Misty Meadow, Dreaming”

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Positively Beautiful pick here Liz! You have the best taste in colors, patterns and the way you combine them into these picks – I hope you will post photos if you create something from this pick? I would love to see, your imagination is so fantastic and vivid. I’m sure it would be spectacular!

  2. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Alas, Maggie, I have so many bags of beads bought from picks like this that made POD waiting for assembly, I fear I’ll die of heart failure before I ever get to putting them together & my husband is going to be stuck with an 80 lb trunk full of thousands of dollars of bags of beads he’s going to have to unload somewhere. Hoping to garner enough energy, inspiration & discipline to actually start beading after work instead of just making new picks, or make it to retirement & just bead all day & maybe work thru the bead chest & sell some creations for a little extra income to pad the retirement investments. I think I’m always afraid the end creation will never measure up to the potential I see in my mind in the combinations, and I’m not quite sure where to begin. Just so many decisions to make & I feel like I have to have it all figured out before I even make the first move instead of taking it one step at a time. So the whole thing just gets scary & overwhelming. Which is so silly & stupid. I have a birthday bracelet I need to finish for a friend whose birthday was last Monday & this weekend I only just finished stamping the link. I made a big mistake choosing to use my last piece of sterling silver 1″ strip blank for the link when I haven’t done any letter stamping in years & had a 5-line long verse to do! I made a mess of lining up a couple parts & actually had to go back in with solder to fill & sand down to redo them. Then I had to heat-oxidize the stamping in all the letters to be black and sand the surface silver again afterward before hammering in the curve for the wrist. Thus the link alone ended up taking all weekend, with breaks to contemplate each step. I don’t know how it got so fouled up in the carefully-marked, brushed silver after I lined it up ok in the practice in heavy cardstock! Not the best confidence booster. Going to work on starting stringing the 3-strands of chosen beads tonight. If I get it to her 2 weeks late it will be miraculous. I swear I’m better with work deadlines than my personal ones!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This pick does remind of a thin haze over a meadow of field of alfalfa.

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wonderful pick Liz–you paint a beautiful picture of a misty meadow. I know what you mean about leaving the boatload of beading supplies for someone to deal with. I worry about it all the time as my stash has growing & growing & growing. Finding time to bead & not just collect them has become more & more of a challenge these days–discipline is definitely the key. Sometimes I get too many ideas for a project which results in just freezing me in place. (I so agree with your sentiments above on this!!) So sorry to hear about your ordeal on the piece your working on now–but I know it will be beautiful when its complete and your friend will totally love it. I really enjoy your work and have missed you in the gallery–it’s been years. I remember the necklace with the fringe on the focal–its a favorite of mine that helped inspire me to be more bold in my color use. Once you finally get to making some of these lovely picks–please don’t forget to post! I think you have one of the most imaginative minds for putting beads together.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Hi Liz, wow, I’m sorry you put so much pressure on yourself! I’m so sure that your friend’s bracelet will turn out great (in fact perfect) just have patience with yourself and remember that there is time for everything. And about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start, sometimes just getting the cording/thread/wire crimped and attached to jump ring can get the ball rolling. You seem very creative and remember you can just unbead the cording to change the design (I find myself doing that so much!) Sound like CC has a lot of confidence in you too…

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful misty morning pick. Sometimes designing and executing ends up harder than you think it will be. But it sounds like you have come up with a good solution.
    Love the colors in this pick.

  7. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    I love all the soft gentle colors and components of your pick. It really does evoke a misty summer morning with sunlight glistening the land. Liz, you are definitely not alone in your makers’s dilemma! Everything you said I’ve experienced! Don’t be discouraged – you’ll get your gift finished and your friend will love it. Be open to Serendipity. She sometimes brings happy surprises. <3

  8. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Oh, my … your story sounds just like me!!! Instead of a trunk, I have a whole room just for beads, which are still in their LB bags. I was actually thinking of posting a HELP pick, asking everyone how they organize/store their beads. I’m afraid if I take them apart and sort them into drawers or colors, I won’t remember what they are … so can anyone help me? Please share how you have solved this type of dilemma? Thanks!

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    MM, I will offer one solution that has helped me tremendously. I copy the receipt that Lima sends with the order, then cut it into strips by line for each of the different items, then put each corresponding strip into each bag. Then I have the Item #, description, price paid, etc. in the bag with the beads. This has been a life saver for me. We should all post pictures of how we organize our beads on a separate post–a like they say, a picture says a thousand words. Hope this tip helps anyone who’s had this problem with identifying their beads.

  10. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    CC what a great idea! I’ve been writing all those details on the bags with a Sharpie! Duh! Your idea sure saves time.

  11. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    CC, that does sound like a great idea! My next question is: how do you organize the beads … by color, size, type (flowers, leaves, etc.)?

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    MM, all three ways! The larger the stash, the great need for breaking it down into differing categories. If you can fit everything together, ie by color, that’s great. But as the beads & supplies multiply, they have to be subdivided even more. I have flower, leaves, drops, animals, nuggets, chips, Czech, African, recycled, large hole, specialty beads, seed beads, porcelains, linen, leather, etc.—then regular beads by color in both craft cases & bins. My findings (except metal spacers) are stored in those tool caddies with all the little pull out drawers. I’d love to share & exchange some ideas, but it doesn’t look like we can send private messages anymore. I’m not even sure the friendship requests actually get through. It sure would be easier to chat that way. I’d love to see other people’s ideas–always looking for a better way to store all these crazy beads & supplies! :)

  13. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Wow, CC! Can I hire you to come to NJ and organize my stash??? Lol. At this point, I’m overwhelmed by everything I have, but your suggestions may just help me get started.

  14. BevB
    BevB says:

    Congrats!

  15. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful, soft pick.

    My beads and findings are arranged like yours Crystal. Strands by color, tiles all together, leaves all together, pips, daggers.. etc. Still have trouble finding what I’m looking for sometimes.

  16. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Hooray for this softly dreaming pick! It helps me to focus on what is good and real right now.
    Thank you.
    Did you finish your friend’s bracelet?
    A silly note: when I first started beading my husband thought the the third step was to unstring every bead I had just strung and start over!

  17. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Oh wow, thanks! Hadn’t seen how this chat on our bead stashes/hoards has evolved. CC, I love your receipt snippets tip– I’d been doing sharpie notes like Kathryn. As to sorting/organizing, I had been drinking Crystal Light by the pitcher for a while & kept the translucent plastic canisters. I would sharpie on the lid what I put in it: pewter; bronze; VNB – charms, blanks; VNB – links, clasps; SS .925 – links, charms;
    SS .925 – beads, bead caps; crimps, etc; Czech glass – leaves, horse eyes; Czech glass – bellflowers; Czech glass – rondelles; Czech glass – fancy; Czech glass – coin flowers; gemstones round 4-6mm; gemstones faceted 2-4mm.
    But I would also bag together beads & components I intended to use together to make a piece or set of jewelry someday when I get around to it. So when I get to making something different that would call for a bead or some waxed linen or silk or something bagged for another project, I have to dig through the project bags to find whatever it is. If I can even remember I have it. I come across quite a few odd strands of Czech glass, tubes of seed beads, and cards of linen that I have purchased more than once. Oops.

  18. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Merilee, the bracelet is a to-do for today, actually. Was going to do work on it yesterday, but ended up going with my husband to the Red Sox game instead when his friend had to cancel on him. I’ve gotten my Aunt Allison, another artist, in on need to complete and she is expecting a picture of progress if not completion by the end of today. Here’s what I have to work with.

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  19. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Wow! I just read the ideas for organizing our collections. I have 2 wheeled carts. One is a wide 3 drawer cart and the second is narrower and has 8 drawers. The narrow one has found beads sorted by size. The remainder of the CG beads are sorted by style of beads. I bought the price tags on string to mark the color on one side. On the other side I marked the size and price. Then I started making my own price markers with tag paper I use for scrapbooking. I used crochet thread to the them into the strands of beads. I also bought 3 boxes like many men use to sort small items like nails, screws,etc to hold pendants and other small items. I love the idea of using the photocopy of the order from LB to put in the bags from LB. I put the tubes of seed needs in carriers that some people use to take things like silverware, salt and pepper shakers,condiments and napkins outside for picnics. I did use find point sharpie to mark the price on each tube. I sort them by size. I label each drawer and the containers of seed beads size with a label maker.

  20. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Liz, congrats on your stunning POD!

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Congratulations Liz! Another favorite pick (of yours!!) I love how your focal turned out for your friends bracelet – I hope you post a photo of the complete work (no pressure!!) I can only imagine the work of art you create…

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