Sunday, March 25, 2012

Efforts in Confusion

Well, I am moving at a snails pace lately and leaving a trail of spilled beads! Trying to get back to beading while patiently waiting for a pinched nerve to go pinch someone else! Though the process has been slow I am anxious to get on with all my projects, though the older I get the longer they seem to take. I turned 56 this year and have had to do a lot of re-evaluating about my life, dealing with disabilities that don't get better but challenge me as to how I can still do the things I love to do.
I have had to give up gardening which I adore, but my loving husband is going to make some permanent beds (4'wx8'lx24"h) with cinder blocks, so that I can sit and not have to bend so much (spinal surgeries). We both miss the fresh and organic veggies I used to grow and find the grocery stores veggies pale in comparison to garden grown. I look forward to planting herbs in the open holes on the tops of the cinder blocks! Because I tend to go crazy with gardening, we will start with only two beds, so its been a challenge to decide on what to grow!
Beading right now is slow and I am awkwardly attempting to write up a tutorial. The illustrations are giving me the toughest time, so I am using a combination of pictures and hopefully illustrations. I can draw the illustrations on paper, but to do it on the computer and even my new drawing pad is causing me to get stress headaches. So I am now approaching it slowly, my husband is a great help, he's my camera man,computer man,critic, and in general a blessing.
So now it's time to say goodbye, have to get back to this tutorial and a bead embroidered collar that I have been working on for two months (and it will take about that long to finish!).  I hope all of you are looking forward to spring and wonderful weather, happy beading!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Moving ahead with Spring Cleaning!

Well the last time I posted I mentioned the new direction I am going to move in. Well guess what, I'm still working out the details! Have I actually written anything: NO! Other than posts that I am closing my website!  I also have a piece I am trying to finish, but the past 45 days I have had to deal with a pinched nerve in my neck. It affects my right arm and hand, so beading has been pretty much been gathering dust. Writing has been difficult and the hunt and peck system of typing wears me out! Great news though the pinching in my neck is finally receeding and I made it through my birthday weekend of sleep!  I got a new prescription for non narcotic medicine to help with the pain and to help me sleep. Well it knocked me out for the entire weekend, didn't get to do anything as I couldn't keep my eyes open. If that wasn't disappointing enough, I had an allergic reaction to the medication and couldn't stop itching!  I am allergic to all narcotic pain meds and now it seems even the non narcotic meds as well! Oh well, I got through it and I am happy to be on the mend! Now if I ever complete this collar I started! As my disabilities progress in the downward fashion, I become slower and slower, I have had to tell people that I can't tell them how long something takes me to make, some days are good, some not-so-good!
I have decided to close my website, it hasn't been successful for sales, and has more or less become a bulletin board for the events I've entered pieces in, I've decided this blog can handle that aspect of my website, and my etsy shop can cover the selling part.  Once I have completed this swap out and change over I will actually have time to write!
Speaking of writing, Bead Design Studio Magazine April 2012 issue comes out March 13th, I have an article in this.  I am very anxious to write up instructions for the bracelet that just won a Bronze medal in the 2011 Fire Mountain Gems Gemstone contest, this is such a versatile method and there are so many options for constructing this piece, I think it will be a great piece to start with, just thinking of making another version in different color, to show the options are only limited by individuals creativity!

Check out the 40% off sale at my website, http://www.deborahaweaver.  Hope to be announcing the completion of the "collar that has taken forever " and that I am at least starting some tutorials!

Keep creating!