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December 3, 2008

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Mauna Loa ~ Detail
Mauna Loa ~ Detail
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December 3, 2008

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Mauna Loa ~ Detail
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November 30, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Days 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40

Ohelo Berries
Ohelo Berries
After my last update on Mauna Loa, I thought I was almost done and that attaching the ferns and flowers would have been just a day or two of work. Wishful thinking!
Attaching the embellishments turned out to be a major pain.
The ferns are as floppy as fringes, so I had to stitch them down also from their tips, not just the bases (otherwise they would have twisted and hanged down towards the bottom of the necklace). Wouldn't have been a big deal, if I'd planned it in advance and I had left one o...

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November 20, 2008

My Olives Crop

Bubi supervising my olives crop
Bubi supervising my olives crop
I wish they were beads!
Olives are good, but harvesting them, while stretching on top of a chair to pull down the higher branches, can make your muscles really sore! I never got any muscles pain after "harvesting" beads! ;-)

I haven't been beading the last couple of days.
It's getting cold here, so the day before yesterday I had to bring all my tropical plants inside the veranda. Hopefully they'll survive the Winter.
There are a few picture Here.

Yesterday I had to harvest the olives...

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November 17, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Days 31, 32, 33 & 34

Ohia Lehua, Protea & Ferns
Ohia Lehua, Protea & Ferns

I didn't like the Ohia Lehua flower, so I took it apart and redesigned it using a different green and making the stamens a little shorter.
I finished all the ferns and now I'm making another Protea flower.
It's probably too much stuff for the necklace, but that's good, so I will have a little extra for embellishing a couple of ufo boxes. ;-)

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November 16, 2008

Remembering Cindy

Madame Pele. ~ The beaded face printed on canvas was made by Cindy McCornack.
Madame Pele. ~ The beaded face printed on canvas was made by Cindy McCornack.
Cindy was a wonderful bead artist and a dear friend of mine.
She always teased me because I was not interested in beaded dolls, (which were among her favorite things to bead). 
When she was diagnosed with cancer, a group of friends from the Bead Art forum decided to make some beaded dolls for her. It's only then that I decided to give it a try.
I will never forget how happy she was when I told her that she finally convinced me and that I was hooked.
I still treasure our emails and this...

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November 8, 2008

Help With A Click

No beading updates yet, I've been busy fighting with some computer issues.
I opened a new page on my site: 'Help With A Click'
I hope you're going to join me in the daily clicking!
The Free Rice site is really cool! I think it's a great way to learn a few new things while doing something useful. Check out the different subjects.

Have a nice weekend! :-)

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November 5, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Day 30

Mauna Loa ~ Day 30
Mauna Loa ~ Day 30
I've been beading more little ferns tonight and here's a pic of them displayed on the necklace. There's nothing attached to it yet. I'm waiting to have all the embellishments done before deciding on the placement.

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November 3, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Day 29

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Last night I made the first 3 ferns.

Felinda Bullock has a great tutorial for the Herringbone Fern Stitch
Thank you so much, Felinda! :-)

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November 2, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Days 27 & 28

Ohia Lehua & Protea
Ohia Lehua & Protea

Here are my first 2 miniature flowers: the Ohia Lehua (Pele's flower) to the left and the Protea to the right.
I wish they'd be a bit more realistic, but working on such a small scale is hard to keep the details. The Protea looks a bit like a water lily, but if I'd kept the petals shorter and narrower, I would have lost the possibility to use all the colors I needed for the shading.
Both flowers are beaded with size 15/0 Japanese seed beads.
The center of the Proteaa is a 12mm Rivoli.

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