Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Some Beads are Showing Up On My BJP Vessel

Today is the 3rd day of our winter storm week.  We actually had some thunder and lightning, which is rare in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I love thunderstorms - when I lived back in Connecticut, I would often stop whatever I was doing when a thunderstorm arrived just so I could watch the lightning.

Ah yes, winter in this area is our rainy season - and some of the trees are just loving it!  Don't they know  it's not spring yet?  With all these blooms, I think they're confused.

I went into the wet lab to take a picture of my January bead journal "page" progress.  I had to teach last night, so no bead work for me.  Tonight I'll make great progress, though.  Wow, black/gray/white is really difficult to photograph - especially when the lighting is lousy.  But here's where I am so far.  I need to make a slight modification to this - I'm finding it a bit difficult to "draw" with needle, thread, and beads without a picture on the base.  But for the most part, it's going well.

As soon as I walked into the wet lab, my Niki dog flew out there with me, then out her doggie door.  She had been barking all morning at the sound of the wind and rain pounding on the windows.  I looked out the window and saw what used to be our lawn umbrella creeping up on the house.  So again, I'll have to buy another one for the summer months - it will be our third one!  This one broke quite awhile ago - the crank to collapse it stopped working.  Our winter winds picked it up right out of its stand and sent it sailing across the yard - yikes!

Peanut, on the other hand, doesn't much care what it's doing outside.  As long as she can be with her peeps, she's a happy camper.  When "dad" is home, the best place to be is under his office chair - as long as nobody is in the kitchen doing foodie things.  And yes, "dad" is wearing yellow socks - he has a large collection of them!

My final comment for the day will be on how radically things have changed in the advertising world.  Years ago, you would NEVER have seen something like this out in the public eye.  This flier came in the mail a few weeks back, and I just couldn't resist posting a picture from it.  OMGosh, how did this pass "corporate inspection"?  LOL!

Now it's time to go have yourselves a happy and creative day - that's just what I'm going to do!


Robin said...

Your vessel is looking great, Shirley! It seems to have something to do with spirituality... at least that's how it affects me. Love your pup-dog pictures... our cat sleeps on my husband's shoes/feet all the time. Hope the weather gets better... I have a bro in Santa Cruz...

Robin A.

rosebud101 said...

Good for you having a creative day, Shirley! Your vessel is lovely! I'll be anxious to see it completed!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see this when you are done. Makes me think of Cerridwen's Cauldron and rebirth, new things afoot. Very neat!

The bad Liz said...

I love the vessel - very cool. I should try something like this!

Also, what kind of dog is Niki? The butt shot photo looks like a rat or toy fox terrier, of which I am owned by three such terrierists.

Look forward to updates on the BJP!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Thank you all for the nice comments! Liz, both Niki and Peanut are Jack Russell terrierists. And Niki REALLY fits that description!

Jasmine said...

I love your felted vessel. I'm only just befinning to experiment with 3d and resists. I know what you mean aout photographing felt. I find the only thing that does a felt photo justice is natural daylight on a sunny day.

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Thank you, Jasmine! As you can see in my blog, I just love making felted vessels. I've got an experimental one in progress right now - nothing radical, but a bit different from my others. The photos that I take with my little camera are rather lousy, but my hubby is a professional photographer, and he does my final pix in his studio. Good thing for me, or I'd be in trouble - LOL!

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