Thursday, June 21, 2012

NOT the Bead & Button 2012 Report

Wednesday afternoon I sat and wrote a lovely, poetic, fascinating post about the Bead & Button Show, which I know y'all are waiting to hear about. And then this little bitty <thisbig> thunderstorm moved through my area - and even though I'd been conscientiously saving my blog post as I went along, the storm caused my internet connection to freeze - and then - you see it coming, dontcha? Yup. It ate the post. Gobbled up every last word. And while I appreciate any drop of rain, I'm still pretty bitter about having to start over with the report.

So no report today. Instead, let me tell you about what was going through my head tonight as I worked out a new design. I'm already anticipating the reaction to it. Folks will love it (I know a winner when I see it!) and they will say it's another of my classic, streamlined, wearable necklaces and how it's SO EASY to do! And it's that last part that has me giggling.

Because I started out this easy project some 7 hours ago, and I have only now figured out the proper spacing for it. Graduating sizes made it curve too much. No graduation made it too straight. Two size 11s was too small, three size 11s was too big. I tried one size 11, one 15, and another 11. Still too big. Changed the embellishment - three times - finally, AH-HA!! Changed the shaping. Changed the thread path - twice. And now I may finally have something. Although I still don't have a full necklace made and since I made so many alterations along the way I'm going to have to start over to make it the way I think will work. I hope will work. <Please let it work.>

And then I get to make it two more times in two other colorways, perfecting that thread path along the way. And then there's the illustrations and instructions to write. Tips to offer up.

Yup - this is gonna be an EASY one! And no, I can't show you yet. :-)

Monday, June 4, 2012

No Walk Monday

From June:

I take Winston and Maggie for a walk every day. Theoretically, it was supposed to help Winston lose a couple of pounds, but that hasn't happened. But now the walk is a daily ritual.

A month or so ago on one of our walks, a garbage truck came down the street and hit the air brakes when it was just a couple of feet in front of us. Winston freaked out. And ever since then, he is terrified of big trucks when we walk. Garbage trucks are the worst, but even noisy pick-up trucks and cars cause him great anxiety. I've tried everything I can think of and could find on the internet, but this seems to be permanent.

So when traffic is heavy on the street next to the walking trail, I divert into the neighborhood. (The only problem with that is there are no public trash cans for the poop bags as there are on the walking trail.) So the dogs are still getting their daily walks despite Winston's phobia. 

Except Monday, neighborhood trash pick-up day. It's just too hard to avoid the worst of the worst truck. So it's a "no walkies Monday" today