Sunday, December 14, 2008
Living in the mountain shadows of Eagle River, the sun disappears early in the day. The late sunrise and early sunset make it hard to get motivated, but it is beautiful when the air is cold and crisp. At around 1:50 this afternoon, I stepped out on the back deck long enough to snap this photo of the sun setting behind the mountain. As I look toward Anchorage, the sun is still shining brightly. I'm not complaining.........at least we're getting sunshine instead of gray, slushy weather!
I have finally returned to my studio to do a bit of work..........or play, whichever you want to call it! Jessica (my daughter), and friend Stephanie, joined me for a morning of creating beaded hors d'oeuvre servers. They are a snap to make, and so much fun! We used turkey lacers for the skewers, and I was amazed at how hard it was to find them this time of year. Luckily, Jessica saved the day by finding them at Bed Bath & Beyond. There are several great bead shops in Anchorage and Eagle River, which made it easy to find a nice variety of beads to use. Of course, we had to dig into my bead cache every now and then to find that perfect bead! Arranged nicely in a box, these make perfect little gifts. The girls wanted crepes for brunch, and since this was only my second time making them, I got some much needed technique practice in......and no....there will be no pictures of me flipping crepes!
I have a lot of painted canvas from various painting sessions, so I decided to use some of it to make book markers. Everyone needs a book marker, right?
I started by cutting black card stock into two inch lengths. Once I determined the width I wanted for the canvas, I cut and fused it to the card stock. I decided to fuse another layer of card stock to the back side to make it a bit more durable. Once they were fused together, I added some decorative yarns through a hole in the top, which I reinforced with a metal eyelet.