Thursday, April 06, 2006

Spring Break

My latest beaded creature, a ladybug, about 3/4 done... she will stand on her own six legs if all goes well...

Livy, my seven year old, just hanging out...

Actual spring flowers, that's got to be a good sign, right....?

Even the dogs are into this running outside stuff.

Julia, the fearless baby of the family, at the top of a tree!

Spring break has been fun, and a little boring, but when the sun shines and we can all go outside and play, all in the world is right.


Blogger Znglass said...

Cute kids, cute dogs, sweet little ladybug -- how long do these beaded creations take you? How do you plan for them? I mean, do you draw out a little pattern and then go from there, or what?

Spring is an incredible time in East Texas, and it almost cancels out the agony of these damned summers... Almost, but not quite. Nice to hear your weather is fine, too. Good for the soul.

I looked at your website, Val. Such fun. Where are you finding the time???

5:34 PM  
Blogger artmom said...

The beaded creatures and dolls, in all honesty, keep me sane. If I didn't have them, and work, and had to stay home with my kids all day long, every day, I would not be a nice, or a happy person. It's just a fact of who I am.

I tend to work on them in fits and starts. Sometimes for hours and then not for weeks after that. Yes, I always draw out a pattern on paper first, and then trace that out onto felt. The tricky part for me is making the 2-D idea into a 3-D creature, especially when gussetts and mouths are involved. The lady bug isn't very big, about 4x4 inches, but she'll have wings and legs that she can stand on in the end (hopefully) and that's the challenge. I love to design it fully in my head first, and then try to execute it. That's the fun part. And thanks for visiting my website. It was fun to put together.

I'm enjoying our conversation, thank you. I can only imagine Texas in spring. I've never been there but I'm picturing Blue Bells.

Take care!

6:16 PM  
Blogger RJ March said...

Ahhh.. there you are! And you've been busy! Good to see you!

5:40 AM  
Blogger Znglass said...

Good morning, Val! In East Texas, it's the wisteria first, then the azaleas and dogwoods, and then the wildflowers. This is the bloomiest place I've ever seen. Every year, I say to myself, "Damn the heat. Get over it. THIS year I promise to get outside more during the summer months." And then summer comes and all I can do is skulk around in air conditioned space.

I know exactly what you mean about needing a creative outlet entirely outside of your role as wife and mommy. Everybody, no matter who you are, deserves a walk inside their own heads at least once a day. Hence art and blogging, I suppose! Have a great day! --Zoe

8:22 AM  
Blogger BOOKWORM said...

...lovely little ladybug!
Dr. Buglover

9:08 PM  
Blogger Znglass said...

Hi, Val! Hope your renovation projects have gone to plan. John and I restored this old house we live in, so I know how a seemingly simple thing can turn into a bit of a monster. Today is dance day for us and I am so proud of my six year old. She needed a little bag to carry her props in for her recital dance, so she helped me draft a pattern and then sewed all the straight seams herself. How cool is that? Just a little modest mommy boasting... I look forward to you back in blogger's world again. Til then... --Zoe

11:16 AM  
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