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1  Rainbow Creators! in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: April 08, 2014 10:49:17 AM
After pulling my head out of 3d beading land, I realized I needed to make something for a couple of friends birthdays.  
No rest for the wicked busy.

So I decided to make some crystal window dangles.   Both friends have dogs, and I wanted to entertain the pets too.

Here is a new one I just made for another April birthday:

Sam loves red, and has a window full of prisms, so I know she will adore it.  There it is I. The box for gifting.

And the full length

Kat is a really neat lady, she helps a lot of other people and has one of those brilliantly colorful personalities.  She got some extra colored beads for her hanger.  She also has a sun room with very tall windows, so it will fit nicely.

This picture came out a little darker.  It's hard to photograph crystals.  

Bianca raises rabbits, so she has rabbits included in her hanger.  

I ran the line through a few times and added other seed beads to give it texture on the dangly part.

Those were fun.  I have one more to go before my trip too.  Whew.  No more travel in April for me,  too many deadlines!
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2  Double Bubbles in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: April 08, 2014 10:26:24 AM
Some time ago I finished this project, but didn't get around to post pictures.   

I made a set of conjoined orbs! 

It was really neat, as you actually bead both around each other as you go. 

They aren't huge either....  The single serving oatmeal cup was the best thing I had for scale.  Don't mind the stovetop.  It's the only decent place to take pictures in my house. 

This is all peyote stitch with thread.  No wire. 

This was another pattern from The Beaded Sphere.  I did swap the colors though.  The blue is lighter with a more translucent look- a lapis shade, with a shiny gold.  Awesome book, the technique is well worth learning! 

I'm trying something totally off the grid as my next major one.  Kepler polyhedrons, anyone? 
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3  Suncatchers Up The Wazoo! in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: February 14, 2014 10:33:52 AM

So I went a little crazy after I learned how to make them...   It was Christmas and I have a few birthdays early on in the year. 
That is a sample of all of them.  I am still learning to use a new to me app on the iPad to do collages, so bear with me on that one.    Grin

This is the first one I ever worked on.  It turned into an ocean/ fish type theme.  I used the coraling technique in the dangles to make coral strands and bubbles near the circle.  It also has little fish beads at the base of the dangles and in the center.  I kept this one, since he moral of this story is: coraling can be a huge PITA, but looks super cool!

Like the beaded boxes last year, Mom and my friend, Betty both got something purple for their February birthdays. 

Christmas gift for another friend who likes red.  I worked some crystal beads into the spiral.  She loves red, and I like the way it looks like a peppermint candy!

A woodland green catcher with bear bead.  For my friend's nephew's January birthday.  He loves bears and green.  He thought it was neat!

Another that ended up being a New Years more than Christmas gift to a friend of mine.  Firework themed with little stars cascading down. 

They are tons of fun to make, and these made awesome gifts.  It is nice to have a quick project to get creative with that turns out well. 
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4  Star Sphere in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: February 13, 2014 12:10:33 PM
I've been a busy beader for a while.  

I obsessed over Judy Walker's book The Beaded Sphere And Variations for a could of years since I picked it up.  I finally psyched myself up enough to try one of her patterns. They are easier than I thought and lots of fun!  

A jar of raspberry jam from the end of the summer for size comparison.  

Twenty hexagons, and twelve pentagons make up all of the faces.

The book is super fabulous, especially if you are any sort of geometry or math geek!  But easy enough for those of us who aren't into higher math too.

Thor modeling the sphere.  He wasn't as fascinated by it as I had hoped either...

It is all size 11 Delicas, simalide thread.  No wire.  I have another pattern I am working on before jumping into trying some of my own 3d shapes!

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5  Peyote Stitch Lighter Sleeves in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: December 28, 2013 02:09:46 AM

Here are a couple of lighter sleeves with Alaskan themed patterns.   One raven and purple iris.   The iris was for my boyfriend's mom, and the raven was for a friend's husband.  (His animal is raven.). They both really liked them!  Now it is harder to have someone walk off with their lighters.

The iris pattern duplicates itself, but the raven is a wrap.  The bottoms are just thin leather stitched on.  The sleeves will slide off and on to an new lighter when needed. 
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6  Evergreen Trio Suncatcher in Beads: Completed Projects by Listessa on: December 17, 2013 06:51:06 PM

This was originally going to be a donated gift for the yearly gift give away at the work Christmas Party.  Then I realized no one would appreciate something pretty, since they all want to win one of the big ticket items (TV, iPods, iPod Dock thing, radio control snow machine, crap like that.)  Plus the group really started to take some stuff for granted and irritated me.

So instead I gave it to one lady as a combo birthday/Christmas gift since she is always so giving and basically embodies the holiday sprit all year long.  She loved it. 

The write up and pretty graphic covered box were for the original plan of a give away.  I know, I'm classy and used tape rather than modge podge but I realized I didn't have any at about midnight and just wanted it done. 
The write up is a brief bit of history on Mistletoe, Ivy, and Holly regarding their folklore and traditions around the holiday season.   

It looked pretty nice in the box too.
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7  Wire Wrap Bear Tooth Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Listessa on: November 11, 2013 02:28:41 AM
One of my coworkers knows I do crafty stuff.  He saw the coyote tooth necklace I wear (I didn't make it, as it's carved and drilled), and asked me if I could drill his bear tooth.
I told him I really don't drill, since there's too much of a risk of shattering the piece, but I could wire wrap if he wanted.  Ted really perked up and brought me his bear tooth the next day. 

It ended up being only gold toned wire, since I couldn't seem to find ANY real gold wire in town and only had silver on hand.  It turned out really well, and I didn't have to up charge for the high price of real gold. 

I'm kind of bummed out that I didn't take a picture of it in my hand or next to something for size reference.  The widest part was about the span of my thumb, and it was over an inch long.  Like the first two joints of my index finger.

It's a pretty solid piece now.  He'd really have to do something to it to loose it.

I got kind of fancy there too on the loop for the leather.  I went with some buckskin lace I had in this lovely shade of brown.  It doesn't have a clasp, since it is for a guy who just wanted it as a tie on. 

Normally, I'd soak it in some hydrogen peroxide prior to wrapping to end up cleaning the gunk, but Ted wanted the natural patina.  Honestly, it works with the lace color. 

He was really thrilled to get it back, and paid me a lot more than the price I quoted him.  Plus he gave me a cigar box!  (I LOVE wooden boxes!)  I'm glad he liked it so much.  Next time he gets a bear, it sounds like I'll be busy again.  I told him claws come out well too, and not to snap the root off the tooth, since it looks even cooler with the whole thing. 

It's SO much fun to work with hunters! 
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8  Patchwork Fur Scrap Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Listessa on: November 11, 2013 02:03:54 AM
This has a really sweet story. 
One of my close friends has a nephew with Autism.  His name is Andrew, and he has a really sad story right now.  Hopefully he will be moving up from Missouri to Alaska to live with his aunt and uncle this winter! 
At any rate, the young man really could use a pick-me-up.  He is very sensitive to sensory things due to his Autism, so I figured his very own Soft would be something amazing for him. 

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*Marked as mature, since it is real fur. 
I have amassed a bunch of fur scraps over the past couple of years from some of the AK Native craft fairs where the fur sewers offer bags of their small scraps for sale.  There is a good variety of different furs, but they are all odd shapes and sizes. 

This time I used a size 5 glover's needle and Silamide waxed beading thread for the stitching.  It worked really well.
The fur involved is rex rabbit, coyote, fox (arctic, blue, red), bobcat (including a little tail I ended up leaving loose in the middle as something 3d to play with and flip the tip a little for fun), wolf, beaver, and mink. 

I decided to do something totally funky, so I made it a patchwork pillow, keeping as close to the piece shapes as I could.  Sewing fur is kind of difficult, since it only goes one way and the stitcher has to be mindful of this when planning the layout. 

It's not a perfect square, but I really didn't want it to be.  It is backed with some very plush brown velour, and has a "tribal" style wolf paw print beaded piece on the back. 

*This one isn't getting mature marked, it's the velour back with some attached bead work.   

The beading is two-drop peyote, with size 15 delicas.  I used the back half of a necklace pouch pattern I got from a local bead artist who teaches this technique as a class down at Alaska Bead Company in Anchorage. 
The dark beads are actually a shimmery dark green, but it looks more brown or black in the photo.  Quite beautiful in person against the brown.

It's a little crooked on the back since I didn't think to use a hoop to hold it perfectly centered; however, I really liked the way it looks like the wolf stepped on the pillow. 

Andrew really likes it - he sent me a nice thank you email.  Apparently he has carried it EVERYWHERE with him since it arrived.   Grin
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Listessa on: June 28, 2013 07:44:40 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:  June Root For The Cannons!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Chudley Cannon Earrings

Project Page Link (if available):

Brief Description:  In honor of The Cannons I decided to recreate one of my favorite pairs of earrings that I lost sometime this winter. 
They are made of awesomely sparkly ORANGE Swarovski crystal beads with a couple of black AB coated as highlights.  The main bead is a good sized faceted round orange, that symbolizes the Quaffle (yes- it's orange for Chudly rather than red) and the bottom black discs symbolize Bludgers flying up to give the Beaters a run for their money. 

Project Picture:

The black is an AB, but the coating liked my camera a little more than usual... BEADS ARE FRUSTRATING TO PHOTOGRAPH!!!!

Catching up on comments, since it's slightly cooler tonight and I really wanted to post!

lelyonna, I can't wait to see your OWL when you finish.  It sounds like a great project, and fun to get to create something you have had in mind for a while.  Your oatmeal with cocoa sounds yummy too.  Great start to the day.  Those warmers are just adorable too!
There is never a bad time for tea.  Wink  To me, it's a necessity!  Sounds good!

pinkleo Adorable hats, and for such a great cause!  I love all of the variations.  Plus that bath mat looks like it must be heavenly to rub your clean toes on after a shower.  The texture is so neat!  All I have to say about your shrines, is that I bow to them!!!!  Cheesy  Really, they are fantastic- so well put together and adorable.  Every time I look I notice some other detail. 
Beautiful Charms book, I love the idea of a charm bracelet inside too!

ntrebleagain I am just DYING to try that fudge recipe.  It sounds nothing short of amazing!

Moonflame  I love the colors and name of your Astronomy project!  The swiffer covers are such a good idea too.  I don't know if I like the blue or green one best.  They are both so nice!  I might attempt one again.  For some reason I really screwed one up and gave up forever ago.  I might have to revisit that sometime this summer.  Cheesy  The scissor holder is too cute.  Very handy to have!

Naantje  Lovely!  All of the personalized details, and getting to learn a little about your culture is awesome.  I bet she will adore it.  And congratulations to your friend!

DragonChilde  You are the reason I need to buy a pile of lemons at the store this week!  YUM!  The syrup sounds just perfect.  I love lemonade too!  I think I'll try putting some in some of that unflavored tonic water stuff for fizzy lemonade.  Awesome idea. 

Ant Bee  Happy vacation!

jennieingram  Your beans look yummy.  If I snag some good mint at the farmer's market tomorrow, I think I will give it a shot.  The flavors really appeal to me!

patty_o_furniture Wonderful sounding salve!  That's certainly important for summer.  Cheesy  I bet it smells nice too.

Abbeeroad Your pendant is gorgeous!  Sea glass jewelry is one of my favorites, anything from the shore is great by me.  I also have wicked bag envy.  I really like that style.

BadWolf That patio looks professional!  Wonderful job!  I'm going to give your strawberry shortcake bites a shot too.  Welcome to the HPC!  Cheesy

netchez  That looks like a great phone cover!  It's too bad it didn't fit, but I guess it's incentive for her since she seemed interested in getting one like yours. Cheesy  You did a really great job!

I have a couple of update photos for Advanced Studies Friday on my quilt.  I didn't get too far, since it was too hot this week, but here's an official update:

All of the existing strips in the final order for stitching.  (Now hanging up and numbered)

Fabric I chose for the additional squares, and what I wanted to be which type of square.

Squares I cut.  I have to do the strips for the large square block, but I haven't made it that far.  I was really freaked out to cut at first.  I didn't want to mess anything up!  But it was really fun once I got going.

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Listessa on: June 23, 2013 08:43:31 PM
AHH!  GLOW IN THE DARK!  Total love for your stars, netchez.  Cheesy 
Plus your watermelon carvings are awesome.  The flower is pretty, and shark-Viktor watermelon is fabulous! 

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  July Detention:  Kitchen Duty
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Pico Style Salsa
Brief Description:  It has been so hot around here even the fire salamanders have been trying to find cooler digs, and the phoenixes are skipping ahead to flames during their happy adult hood- before even loosing feathers, this detention really worked for me.

This is all to taste, so feel free to play with the recipe as you wish.  These proportions made a good amount in the large Gladwear box as you can see from the picture. 

Pico Style Salsa with Corn
5 Roma Tomatos
1/2 Red Onion
1/2 Sweet Onion
5 or 6 Garlic Cloves
1 Handful of Cilantro
4 or 5 Jalapeno or whatever hot pepper you prefer (I'm a hot pepper wuss.)
Dash of True Lemon
Dash of True Lime
Pinch of Salt (if needed)
2 Ears of fresh corn removed from the cobs- or 1 can of Nibblets

I chopped roma tomatoes, both types of onion, garlic, cilantro leaves, and 5 jalapenos*.  (I seed the jalapenos, I don't like super hot salsa, that's optional.  I think these were very mild so I did throw a few seeds in here and there for some zip this time.  YMMV, make it to taste).  Make sure the cilantro gets chopped quite fine, same with the garlic.  I also prefer my peppers super fine.  If you wish to add sweet peppers, go crazy.  I'm not fond of peppers so I leave them out.

I also cheated and added a can of corn nibblets (the fresh corn looked mangy), since I like corn in salsa.  Finally I tossed a couple of dashes of both True Lemon and True Lime over the top, if needed I'll add a pinch of salt later on. 
Mix the heck out of it, and make sure you taste it.  Veggies can differ SO much- I tend to add my hot items a little at a time, since you can always add more, but you can't take it out.  If you think it has promise, securely lid it up and toss it in the fridge for the following day.  I can't stress enough how much more awesome this stuff tastes after sitting overnight.

*I always wear disposable gloves when dealing with hot peppers.  I had a bad experience when I itched my eye after chopping some without gloves, and managed to sting the heck out of a small cut in my finger.  Swore off hot pepper recipes for ages after that.  Disposable gloves are the bomb-diddly-yo.   

Project Picture: 

It's so hard not to go crazy and eat it tonight.  It came out really well as is.  This will be awesome for the rest of the week.  I guess it will be in the 90s. Ick!!
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