Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mermaids on my mind

I've lived most of my life near the ocean, so chosing a theme for this journey of Beaded Journals was simple - Mermaids - For me, they are part of the wonder of the ocean along with the countless fish & plants which are hidden beneath the waves.

We might live on a dead end road, off a dead end road; as my DH likes to put it, but it's still the beach & for those of us who create art; be it with fabric, fibre & or beads, our little sand spit has it all.

Those of you who were here for our 'Beading on the Beach' Retreat (Nov 2004) will remember Anna Lena's the fabulous Fabric & Fudge shop that we have down here at the beach..


I sure wasn't disappointed when I called in there today to see what I could find with an ocean flavour. Near the back of the store was a fabulous display of just what I was after & as you can see I had no problem choosing what I wanted for backgrounds on my journal pages. I also got a few other interesting fabrics but you'll have to wait to see them & no I didn't get any fudge ;9

I have made a couple of other mermaids & there are several others which are WIPs sitting around waiting for more beads. Here is my first one.

Robin Atkins' very talented brother Thom makes the most delightful beaded art quilts & they are the inspiration for my goal on this year long journey. I usually totally cover my dolls with beads, so not beading the whole thing, will be something new for me. At this point I think my pages will be done in book format but time will tell, won't it?

On another subject I have finally started to lose weight - YES! - I am down by 5 lbs, I knew it had to happen but it seemed to be taking forever. I really like the ellipitical & I get the best workout on it.. I know this weight loss thing is better when it's a slow, steady process but it's hard not to become impatient & wish for a 'miricle' pill that would magically melt pounds off over night.

Ha, if wishes were pennies.....

5 comments:

Aurora said...

hi--I found you thru the bead journal blog--nice start here with your blog! I used to live in Bellignham, Wa...now live in Berkeley california(but I'm really from Alaska)

meggie said...

Hi Ellen, I am a Kiwi, relocated to Oz. We are not that far from the ocean & I think Kiwis are all connected to the ocean because we all lived relatively close to it.
I have enjoyed meeting you & reading some of your posts. Love your dolls! Your Phoebe is sweet too!
I used to make porcelain dolls, but never sculpted one of my own- well I never made it up.
I now make quilts in a lazy & untimely fashion, but I love fabric, & love my stash.
Those blue fabrics you got are just to die for!

Kelly said...

Hi, Ellen!
It's Kelly!!!
I love your blog and will become an avid reader.
Congrats on the weight loss!
Just remember, you didn't put it all on in 2 months and it won't come off in 2 months, either.
(depressing......)

Kiwi Ellen said...

Aurora, It sounds likeyou have 'Gypsy feet' like me LOL I'm looking forward to seeing your pages as this year progresses

Meggie, nice to meet another KIWI. You know for flightless birds, us Kiwis manage to move around the Globe with ease LOL
Mz Phoebe says thanks on behalf of the dolls, she is such a sweet girl & I'm convinced she doesn't know she's a cat

Hi Kelly, now you have me there LOL I know 3 Kellys so I'm not really sure which one this is - but a wild guess says it's Kelly aka thebeaddoll.
Yeah I know the unwanted pounds won't come off in 2 months but that doesn't make me stop wishing ~sigh~ I'm working out at least 5 days a week, so know I will prevail as far as my weight loss goes

Sonya said...

Wow, I really like the Merdoll.
She is beautiful. I am only a knitter, but very fascinated with beads and buttons.