Just to let everyone know that there will be a delay with getting the new pattern for "Arrow Bracelet" out. I did not like the photos and will be redoing the entire thing. It may take a few weeks as I am still putting in some garden...and I got a new food dehydrator (Excaliber brand) and am drying some early harvest.
Also, please bear with me as I re-organize my Etsy Shop - tonight I am getting all my kits together to see what new ones I need to put together and whether or not new photos need to be taken as well. So, I may be short some kits until I get this project finished. I will probably get it done over the weekend...I got a new Netflix dvd (Stargate SG1) in and will work in front of the TV...
Later, in conjunction with creating the new pattern (mentioned above), I will be editing and revising all my patterns in order to streamline the process.
Ahhh, always so much to do! Keeps me from getting bored, though.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Micro Macrame - 30 Beaded Designs Using Crystals and Cords"
by Annika deGroot
by Annika deGroot
I first encountered Annika through her blog "Annika's Atelier" right after I started this blog. She makes all kinds of beautiful things (not just micro macrame). We corresponded a bit back and forth over the next couple of years, checking into each other's blogs upon occasion. I found her to be a delightful and talented woman.
Recently, she contacted me to review her new book. I accepted right away and she sent me an advance copy.
At first glance, I fell in love. What a lovely book with 30 projects in varying degrees of difficulty and a wide variety of projects - from bracelets to ornaments, from victorian to deco - Something for everyone!
Then, this weekend, I had a chance to delve deeper. You know, try one of the projects to see how the instructions worked out. (And, yes, I could not wait to make one of her designs for my own personal use!)
I made the "Stained Glass Bracelet" without too much trouble, as you can see below. (I did lose track of where I was in the middle - I was watching Stargate SG1 and got distracted - but it was not the fault of the instructions).
I had one question which she answered right away and said that anyone buying her book could contact her through her website or her blog and she would be happy to answer any questions.
I really cannot say enough about this book. It has beautiful photos, is well written and would provide anyone (beginner or expert) with plenty of projects and inspiration for quite some time...and isn't that really what it is all about?
You can get a copy here.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I know, I know, I have not written much for awhile. I have been busy with gardening chores. I have been trying to learn to garden (since last year) and since we get an early start on Spring down here in Texas....I have been starting seedlings, digging, and planting. I have even gotten to harvest some lettuce, parsley, and beets already.
Okay, on with the news.
In light of these touch economic times, I have lowered the prices of almost all my patterns! I am calling it my "After Taxes Sale". Eventually, I am going to re-organize my Etsy Shop...when I can find the time...because right now I am in the middle of writing another pattern - "Arrow Bracelet" (see photo above for preview).
Watch for my upcoming Book Review of Annika deGroot's new book "Micro Macrame - 30 Beaded Designs Using Crystals and Cords". Check out her blog here.
Fire Mountain Gems has in some lovely acrylic beads in flat rounds, flat ovals, and some other flat shapes in sizes that are great for the "Spirals KeyChain"! Yay! I had begun to despair of finding any acrylic beads in flat shapes in large enough sizes for the KeyChain pattern. This means we can go back to using the original pattern with the alternating half-hitch chain along the sides of the focal bead. They are really quite beautiful. See a couple of examples below: You can find them and others here at Fire Mountain Gems.