Apr 222014
 

My mother gave me a pair of earrings to play around with while making jewelry. The posts were broken and while I thought about just fixing them, I decided to so something a little different instead. This seemed like the perfect time to play with creating a peyote bezel.

Using size 11 and 15 Delica’s (Japanese Seed Beads), I “framed” the earring with peyote stitch using this tutorial. Creating a Peyote Bezel

The earrings are snowflake obsidian with mother of pearl inlay so I paired them with snowflake obsidian and obsidian beads. I was originally going to use 3mm mother of pearl beads between the obsidian beads, but when they arrived, they were a darker color than the mother of pearl in the earring, so I used Czech pearl seed beads instead.

The simple string of beads seemed to look the best after trying many different stitches. Everything else seemed to overpower the bezel.

I gave the finished product back to my mother for Christmas of 2013 and I still have another one to play with. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but it’s close to jewelry making season (I stop crochetting and switch to jewelry when it gets warm outside), so I’ll be playing around with it soon.

A few pieces I made are still for sale at CountrySidewalk.com, but only for a limited time. Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

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Apr 212014
 

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven. A harrowing taste of Roseland’s terrors convinces Odd that it’s time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they’ve been led there for a reason. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form — as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.

Summary from Amazon.com

Dean Koontz is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite writers with this series. Odd Thomas is a character that will stick with me for years. Highly recommended.

The first book, Odd Thomas, is still my favorite, but I’m greatly enjoying the rest of the ride.

“Anyway, I’m getting ahead of my story. Little Ozzie and Terrible Chester do not enter the picture until after the cow explodes.”

Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

 Posted by at 3:23 am

Gypsy Shawl

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Apr 202014
 

I made this shawl for my daughter for Christmas 2013. I decided against finishing with fringe, which would have been more gypsy-like, since we have cats that like to play with anything that dangles. While amusing, walking around with a cat hanging off your clothes makes everything more difficult. Hysterical, but difficult.

I think this is the first pattern I’ve tried to write myself, so please let me know if it’s confusing or missing anything.

Gypsy Shawl

 

Gypsy Shawl

 

Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used Red Heart Black, Dark Orchid, and Heather)
Hook Size: K

Chain 5

Row 1: In fifth chain – 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc

Row 2: ch 4, turn,2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in end chain

Row 3: ch 4, turn, 2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end 3 dc in end chain

Row 4+ repeat Row 3 until desired length

Finish: There are several ways to edge the shawl depending on the look you desire. I did this: 2 dc in first dc, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, in center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 3 dc, after center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end, 3 dc in end chain

You can also add poms or fringe if you like.

In the shawl pictured, I changed colors every three rows, but you can change as often or seldom as desired.

Here is a great video explaining how to change colors.

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Apr 112014
 

The war against humanity has begun. In the dead hours of the night, a stranger enters the home of the mayor of Rainbow Falls, Montana. The stranger is in the vanguard of a wave of intruders who will invade other homes . . . offices . . . every local institution, assuming the identities and the lives of those they have been engineered to replace. Before the sun rises, the town will be under full assault, the opening objective in the new Victor Frankenstein’s trajectory of ultimate destruction. Deucalion—Victor’s first, haunted creation—saw his maker die in New Orleans two years earlier. Yet an unshakable intuition tells him that Victor lives—and is at work again. Within hours Deucalion will come together with his old allies, detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, Victor’s engineered wife, Erika Five, and her companion Jocko to confront new peril. Others will gather around them. But this time Victor has a mysterious, powerful new backer, and he and his army are more formidable, their means and intentions infinitely more deadly, than ever before.

Summary from Amazon.com

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#amwriting

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Apr 102014
 

Back in November of 2013, I was challenged to finish a book I started ages ago. In a rare move, I even made a New Years Resolution to finish it. So far, I’ve been silent about the whole thing, but I was reminded recently that in my New Years Resolution post, I stated that accountability would start then.

When I reread what I had already written, I cursed myself again for agreeing to this challenge. Not really, but I was concerned that the project would be more daunting than starting something new. I was right.

I don’t remember exactly where I was going with it. I have a rough outline and plot jotted on pieces of paper, but I decided I needed to fill in holes in my memory with a new focus in an attempt to make a richer story. While I read what’s already written, I find it difficult to keep my inner editor in check, but strikethrough is my friend.

The word count will be fluctuating up and down for some time as I construct and deconstruct, but here’s the current word count. You can also find it in the right sidebar under Writing Projects.

Working Title

Although it looks like I’m 2/3 rds of the way done, I’m really not. It feels good when I look at the numbers, but its not that simple. By the time I’m done, I will have basically rewritten everything. So, I’m working on it and while it looks promising, I still have a long way to go.

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