10/14/14

Laying Low


I haven't had the heart to blog in sometime, mostly because I believe in speaking positive affirmations and not magnifying a problem. There is a part of me that has not blogged because of derogatory comments made about sharing your story through blogging. I now realize that it is that very thing that needs to happen. That is, we need to share our stories. They encourage, uplift, and help us identify with one another on a level that is supernatural. I don't know about you but I am all about connections on a supernatural level. So much of this world has left us wanting, with a hole- Plumb calls it a "God-Shaped Hole". I have to agree.

There are many problems in going on in my life at the moment and just to briefly share- My life as I knew it for many years has been torn apart. I am separated and missing one of my boys, my baby boy. I am facing a nasty divorce and the disconnections of my baby boy. Please, if you read anything into this read that HE is bigger and He is seeing me through. I am on an amazing road to recovery and am OH SO LOVED!

The derogatory comments come from  a lack of connection with people and disdain for sharing personal information that might make you vulnerable. I am not an island unto myself. I need other people, Truth be told, we all need each other because we were created for relationship. Sharing my stories of life in this blog is just a way for me to tell you that I have loved, failed, been hurt, and can recover, There is nothing wrong or self seeking in that, we need to share and not judge.

For me, the road to recovery of any kind always starts with God, this is why I agree with Plumb, whatever it is lacking in your life, whatever is missing, whatever is hurting, you can always plug God into it and He will fill it up to overflowing.

God Shaped Hole

1/29/14

Two Designs released...

New Releases?!

Today I finally made time to release two special designs on my Etsy shop. The first of which was my very first National Class taught at Bead Fest Texas in October back in 2011. It was Bead Fest's second year in Arlington, Texas and my very first time teaching for them.  The very first year I volunteered to help Bead Fest as a Dallas Bead Society member. It was then that I wore my design and was asked to submit it as a class proposal. It is a special design and brings back a lot of happy times. 
"Waves of Grace"
I will be teaching at Bead Fest this year in March. I am offering a beginner's peyote class and a two day workshop. The workshop is "Beaded Art Dolls" and the peyote class is "Peyote Pearl Princess".

Art dolls beaded by Ralonda
I love the romantic feel of these earrings. The old street lights of a time forgotten can be remembered every time you wear these. You can almost hear the clip-clop of horse hooves as the carriages roll down the streets. Maybe it's a stretch of the imagination, but I could definitely dream it.
London's Lantern Lights Earrings
These kits are limited and won't be reproduced.  Hopefully you will be able to get them if you want them.
Blessings,
Ralonda

1/2/14

New Year, New Life

The new year is bringing me a new life.

A friend of mine has chosen for several years to forgo the tradition of resolutions and instead adopt a tradition of a word that has significance for the year. 
Being reminded of that, I am with her!

My word of the year:

 "Revelation"
Groan, if you must.
It started stirring up before 2013 ever ended.
 It is so powerful that is just couldn't wait.

Some things revealed to me:

  1. Use a filter when taking in what other say about you- it's not all true- it is merely their perception. You could also set the value of their truth to the value of their relationship to you.
  2.  Revelation leads us to wisdom and making better choices. It sets us on the path of our calling
  3. The best one of all came to me just this morning-I am divinely appointed to make things and to create. Just as Bezalel was called to create with his giftings, so am I. To create with a "heavenly pattern" brings him Glory. 
  4. Find your inspiration, and glue your self to IT. MY inspiration is my faith in God and His son Jesus. Every thing I create comes from being centered in that and surrounded by His love for me.
I have found two books that have been inspiring me, though I am actually studying from four. The first one is Creative Heart by Kerrie Christensen, and the other is Unlocking the Heart of the Artist by Matt Tommey. They are not for everyone but if you find your faith to be your inspiration and desire a greater connection with the Creator of the Universe, then this will set you on fire.
 
If you have followed my blog for sometime, you may remember "FireFly". She received Honorable Mention in the "Unlocking the Heart of the Artist" show in in 2012. I immediately wanted to become a part of this wonderful movement. In September of 2014, I hope to be going to the "Gathering of Artisans"

Here is to a new year, 2014 will be filled with blessings!






12/13/13

Trying to keep up...

Keeping up has proved to be a very difficult task. One that will continue to be more and more difficult. If there are any of you faithful readers still left...

Go to The Bead Maven's Blog : You will find me there for a guest post.

Blessing!

8/8/13

SUMMER TIME

Summer has been busier for me than normal. 

I taught two 6 week courses to beginning beaders who had never stitched before.
One was for a home-school group of ladies and some of their daughters also.
 The other was for adults at my local public library.

I had an incredible group of ladies in both classes and they all did an amazing job with the fast pace of the projects offered.

 We covered:

Flat even count peyote with the "Basic Peyote Bangle".

"Basic Peyote Bangle"
Tubular even count peyote with the
"Peyote Pearl Princess Bracelet"
"Peyote Pearl Princess Bracelet"

Brick stitch with the "Diamond Bracelet"

Modified brick stitch with an embellished edge and using two stitches in one project with "Key to Beading"

"Key to Beading"

2 X 2 Right angle weave with "Two by Two Bracelet"

2 X 2 X 2 Right angle weave with "Double Wide"
"Two by Two" and "Double Wide"

To top off summer I went on a trip to Shreveport with my PIC ( partner in crime) for our fifth year of attendance at the Shreveport Bead Retreat.

When I came home, it was time to pick up our puppies (two weeks earlier than planned). 
Now I am happily babysitting and BEADING.

My next class will be in a week and a half.

Hook Line and Sinker August 17th at Wild Beads Arlington,TX (at 10:30 am)
 It will give me time to chill out and spend time with my boys and get them ready for school.
Blessings.

5/21/13

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

If you haven't ordered your copy of 
then you are missing out.  

Pyramid Bracelet from the book with a twist; I added these daring and dangerous SPIKES.
These spikes can be found at Rings and Things

This book will open your eyes and 
encourage you to approach beadwork in such a refreshing and creative way.

You will want to play with every new concept!

You will learn new thread paths that will revolutionize your designs and their structure!

From the spiral design of the book to the amazing photographs and literary contents...
this book is my favorite beading "text book" ever!

AND there will be a Volume II, which you can pre-order and have online access to the projects as they are developed! How the heck that really happens is beyond me but it is FREAKIN' AWESOME!

Keep beading alive and encourage your community to get involved!
Teach at your local library or even the high school.
Do your part to encourage people to create and, if at all possible, with beads!

Blessings!


4/10/13

Spring

Spring is still struggling with winter and will soon be overpowered by summer's heat here in the countryside of Texas. In the wee hours of the morning the temperature managed to drop from a comfortable 70-ish to a chilly 50-ish and now- cold rain. I am thankful for the rain, but I am not a fan of the cold. I tend to get slow, crickety and cranky when the cold comes in and today is no exception.

These wild Blackberries are loving the spring rains.
This is a portion of the same patch of Blackberries after I cleared some of the dead  brush/plants.


BUT, it is a good day to be a beader. The great outdoors is not calling my name today and I can contentedly sit at my desk and create. It could use a good cleaning but I think I need another dose of spring  to jump start that "spring cleaning" mode.

I shall be content to create in my mess of a haven.

"The Hook Line and Sinker" kits have been swimming out of here so fast that  I have been struggling to balance school, the house and "the business" with my sanity, what  little I have.

June's finished "Hook Line and Sinker" kit in the Jade colorway.
Thanks for the collage of your work June!
I think I will start with the the beaded beads that I am collaborating with Mandi to design and market.  There is a lot of work to be done. Colors and instructions need to be decided on and created. Specific stitches and how they are offered are yet to be finalized. The designs themselves are pretty much set and variations are still being toyed with, but giving the project a name has been an issue. While sharing a conversations she commented, "Give it a Whirl". It struck a cord with her so she suggested it as a name and we think it may be perfect.
I like everything it suggests:
Not knowing if you can do something but trying anyway, 
Chance
Playfulness
Serendipity
Hope
the list goes on...
Neon Variation

Another happy accident playing with the Neon Variation-
a toggle with neon superduos

Mandi  had an exciting podcast with Kate McKinnon, Author of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.  You can listen to the podcast on Beadcircle.com. I recently received my pre-ordered copy of Volume One and all the swag gifted by Kate. (lovely beads, bead breaker, puzzle eraser, and several beautiful postcards with images of geometric beadwork on them). 
I played with the belly band and started a tri-wing ring....
I started the Tri-Wing Ring but sized it to one of the spikes that keep jumping onto my bead mat. I added 3 more interior wings and beaded another Tri-Wing Ring start and connected it under my original. It will grow some more but my play time is limited...
These spikes from York  keep jumping into my designs.
Beading isn't the only thing that has taken over! I managed to sew a costume for young lady for her UIL One Act Play performance. The last I heard, she received excellent marks for her costuming choice and is headed to State. (All I did was stitch the garment, I didn't choose fabrics or design it-- nor did I perform -- this young lady is stellar on her own, I have seen her perform before!)
I wish I  had a photo of HER in the finished garment.

Blessings!