Well I have left out one thing on yesterday's post: I purchased a quilt at the auction. I have been watching Della Dircks make beautiful handmade pieces for years. Her applique is really exquisite, but this year I fell in love with that little happy quilt of hers. I spotted it right away and it made me smile and I knew that it would be an instant shot of well being in the dark months to come if I had it in my studio. It was meant to be because I won it and when I looked in the back for it's title I was so delighted to see that it is called: "The Blue Bird of Happiness". Just what I saw in it. So there!
It is now in position just in front of my working table. I only have to raise my gaze and I'm happy.
Then I wanted to share a little piece that I am getting ready to bead. I have drawn this little sketch on a piece of bark. I had done another one like that for "Collage Mania" last year. This time it is a bit larger and not so somber I think.
I worked on two other small quilts during Bear Paw. The first one has been an ongoing beading project that I take out once in a while. It is morphing on it's own and has now wings and I would not be surprise if it gets a perch pretty soon as well as bird legs to accommodate it's need. The colors are a bit off on that picture. It is more subdued.
The other one was started at retreat in April and has been patiently waiting for it's beads. I have selected vintage yellow minute little things that require a #13 needle. I only had 11's with me so I got really frustrated trying to find few that would allow such a "huge" needle. I had to abandon very soon but it gave me the look that I wanted so I will get that #13 needle tomorrow and continue with that project. I kind of like the bell at the bottom and the red dot bone rectangular bead. I also tried lavender color silica at the bottom but I will stick to the yellow and bear with my frustration as I am suspicious that even a #13 will not be small enough for them. Yikes!