I think it is about time to get this blog up and running again. Due to a great variety of reasons I have let it slide…….. NO LONGER………….. The Chimp Is back. x
I was talking with someone recently about the amount of craft/beading materials they had acquired in the past year as they are new to beading. They were saying things like…”I have so many beads” and my hubby says I spend too much on ‘stuff’.
This got me thinking……Do you have a craft stash/hoard that you would consider large?
This lady showed me a picture of her supplies and there were 3 medium sized boxes and a couple of hessian bags…..WELL NOW….I have a whole craft room full up!
Does this qualify me as having a stash of epic proportions?
Maybe…….what do you think, this is half of the room?
Of course this was about 8 months ago and it is a lot fuller now. Well a girl can never have too many craft supplies can she.
I hope to be able to share some very exciting news with you next time so watch this space.
Over on the Jewellery Artisans Community website (http://jewelryartisans.proboards.com/) we have come up with the blog topic of shapes this month. I am not really drawn to any particular shapes when it comes to my artistic journey but I do like to see what can be made in respect of 3d bead work.
I have of course tried making a variety of 3 dimensional works over the years with what can only be described as ‘interesting results’ Most of which have now been ‘frogged’ (rip it, rip it) However the last couple of years I seem to have improved significantly in this area and have been able to make some pieces I am very pleased with.
This started out as 3d triangles although as of yet I have not done anything with them.
My own pattern and beading.
The next piece I made was of a 3d container with a lid. I have put some lavender inside and this hangs up in my Craft room by my desk.
Pattern by Jean Power Beaded by me.
Other pieces have been stars which I went a bit mad for last Christmas and this year it was beaded people.
Inspired by Ann Mockford
Pattern by Lidia Cimins.
Pattern by Jean Power.
My latest ‘I have to make’ was a beaded spike ball. Don’t ask me why, but when you get an artistic itch you just have to scratch it. So there I was again scouring for a suitable pattern.
Pattern by Becs Dean.
So as you can see I tend not to have a specific ‘shape’ I like to follow with regards my bead work I am more of a scatter cushion kind of artist than a perfectionist. I already have a couple of ideas lined up for the next ‘experiment’ so time will tell how they work out.
Only a short blog from me this month as I have a major project on the go at the moment, more about that another time.
Happy Beading people, Chimpy out. x
Here are what the others are saying.
Time management is usually something I never have a problem with. I hate being late and would rather be early and have to wait. HOWEVER this months blog post, which was due on 24th Nov seems to have flown in the face of all that I love about timekeeping! It is now the 29th and I am only just writing it……NO EXCUSES, I have just been totally overwhelmed with other stuff this month.
Now lets get back on track here, are you a ‘got the time but not the motivation’ or a ‘got the motivation but not the time’ kinda person.
I think we all swing from one to the other if we are true with ourselves. As a creative person I am constantly juggling with time and motivation and do indeed sometimes just crash and burn. This is when you have to be honest with yourself and just take a little time out for some Rest and Relaxation. At the moment I am in the very fortunate position of having some new possibilities on the horizon that could be quite an achievement for me if it all comes off, but alas have an ongoing problem with my leg that is causing a major issue. Juggling is the name of the game for me at the moment. I do seem to be winning though so don’t fret.
With everything that is going on at the moment I have still managed to find time to bead a little so here is a flavour of what I have been up to.
Pattern by Ann Mockford and Beaded by The Crafty Chimp.
Pattern by Ann Mockford and Beaded by The Crafty Chimp.
I shall hopefully get the next blog out in time but don’t hold me to it. 😉 There will be links at the bottom of the page for my friends post about the topic. We can all be found at the Jewelry Artisans Community so why not come on over and see what we get up to. I will post a link for you to find us.
Take Care, Chimpy x
Time Management and Motivation
The question has been asked about what my favourite materials to work with are and why?
Well that is easy…beads, to be precise small beads, very small beads.
As a child I was fortunate enough to grow up near the seaside and would spend many hours trying to find stones with holes all the way through them. They were my lucky stones and I remember threading them onto a piece of string and keeping them. Sometimes they would get painted but most often they just hung in the corner of my room. This was probably my first foray into threading and stringing.
These days though I spend a lot more time and money on buying a whole variety of shiny, sparkly beads of all shapes and sizes. When you can make the wide variety of items that I see with the tiniest of beads what’s not to love.
Vase designed and beaded by The Crafty Chimp.
Tree of life pendent designed and beaded by The Crafty Chimp.
I am now starting to ramp up the beading for Christmas as it is my aim to have an entire Christmas tree full of beaded ornaments. Here is the first one for this year.
Christmas Elf, designed by Ann Mockford and beaded by the Crafty Chimp.
So the answer to the question is my favourite materials to work with are beads because of the wide variety of finishes, shapes and colours that are available. The versatility of these little bits of glass and semi precious stones etc are only limited by your own imagination. So have you tried using beads yet………If not, why not ?
Here are what my friends are saying……
Do you know the old wedding saying, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? NO NO don’t get all excited this little chimp is not planning a wedding I just thought the saying lends itself nicely to this particular blog…..
In a previous blog post I mentioned about my love of boxes, well it would appear that having been asked to make a little trinket box I am currently back in ‘box mode’…
I started out with decoupatch paper and acrylic paint on this one but was not at all happy with the look of it. Too …..what is the word…NAFF springs to mind. I did however finish it and will put it in the corner for something or other.
My next box was an experiment to see how a piece of loom beading would look inserted into the box lid recess. Well it would have been fantastic if I had measured correctly to begin with….. Little hint for today, remember to measure from where the millimeters actually start and not the end of the ruler. !!!! Apart from that it looks good. I used Chalk Emulsion from a local DIY store (sample pots). I did not get the idea for the paint myself. It was an idea that I saw on a fellow beaders box and thought how lovely it looked. (Something Borrowed)
The last box I experimented with has been the ‘coup de grace’ of my recent box journey. It has turned out exactly how I wanted it to, which is just as well because it was a commission. I love this box so much it is hard parting with it.
Pocket Letters……..The Chimp has discovered the joys of Pocket Letters. My friend Nancy has introduced me to a whole new world of crafting (She has got a lot to answer for) Would you like to know more about Pocket Letters click on the following link.
I will blog about them in the future. In the mean time Happy Crafting. Chimpy. x
Something Old – My box Obsession
Something New – Pocket Letters
Something Borrowed – Idea for Chalk Paint
Something Blue – New Box
A new year and a new start they say….I am not really one for New Year resolutions as I don’t usually stick to them for very long anyway. This one however I seem to have just fallen into without any effort….STASH BUSTING……What is that you might ask, well it is easy, it means actually using up all the beads I have acquired through out the year and making stuff with them instead of buying more.
It was a friend of mine Catrin who started it all off really and you can catch her blog here…http://catswire.blogspot.co.uk/. She has been blogging about her stash busting and I sort of fell in along side really.
So here are a couple of makes of mine and I can honestly say hand on heart no beads have been purchased to make these. I have also started to push my boundaries and make much more complex designs as I had found myself getting in a bit of a rut. These next few designs are not originals by me but are made from beading books I have.
Original design by Rachel Nelson-Smith.
Original design by Sabine Lippert.
Original design by Jean Power.
I think you will agree that there are some amazing designers out there. These next few pieces however are all mine. I designed and made them myself.
Russian Leaf Ear-rings. Designed and made by The Crafty Chimp.
Warrior princess bracelet made on my bead loom. Designed and made by The Crafty Chimp.
I seem to be on a beading roll at the moment and have lots of ideas floating around in my head. Time will tell if they are any good or not but I do have to say I am pleased with how this New Creative Year is going so far. x
The Jewellery Artisans Blog this month is all about Halloween. Up until recent years we Brits have not really been that big on Halloween in my opinion but then along came trick or treat and sweets (candy) became involved and it has just grown from there. Personally as a kid I was not interested really as I much preferred bonfire night. (5th Nov)
“Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure” (Wikipedia)
As an adult though I love seeing the houses all decorated in ghosts and stuff and the kiddies all dressed up are so fantastic. My point, or gripe, this year however is that from the middle of October the UK high street has Halloween in one display and Christmas in another. It has only got to be a matter of time before we start singing “Away in a zombie manger” and “Oh little town of Zombiehem” Next thing we shall have Easter eggs as advent chocolate calenders and bingo you are celebrating Hallowechristmeaster……..
Where has the true meaning of Christmas gone. ? It has been lost on today’s high street profit making wheel while little children are losing the magic and awe amongst the zombie infested Hallowechristmeaster machine. I feel so much better for getting that off my chest. Now bring on the eyeball figgy pudding with the easter bunny pooh topping.
Chimpy Rant Face.
Here endeth the Crafty Chimp Ranting Ramble….Peace Brothers and Sisters. x
Here are more sensible blogs from my friends.