It’s sheep we’re up against

I won’t lie. It was another rough week. I’m still working on finding and maintaining balance. The daily stress is taking its toll on me, but I will continue to forge ahead.

Making things has helped a lot. Items with “This is not normal” give me some comfort.

What’s particularly helpful is having things to make for other people.  Speaking of which, I finished this pendant!

Beaded bezel with size 8 and 11 seed beads.
Beaded bezel with size 8 and 11 seed beads.

I also made a sheep pin, which has me eager to try my hand at a hedgehog. I also have a request for a black sheep. And, I found a mix of brown and gold sequins that will make for a lovely brown sheep.

First I sketched out the basic shape on bead backing.
First I sketched out the basic shape on bead backing.
The sequins covered up the sketch and gave the sheep a more natural wool look.
I was pleasantly surprised when the sequins covered up the sketch *and* gave the sheep a more natural wool look.
The finished sheep. I like the look of using beads for the face. The two different textures work well together, imho.
The finished sheep. I like the look of using beads for the face. The two different textures work well together, imho.
I started the finishing row and worried that the final row of beads looked silly.
I started the finishing row and worried that the final row of beads looked silly.
Ta da! I ended up liking that finishing row. It gives a little more dimension, I think.
Ta da! I ended up liking that finishing row. It gives a little more dimension, I think.

I have some other ideas for more sheep. Maybe trying some with beads only, crystal sequins or even applying the regular sequins in a different pattern. (OMG!! while looking for a link for crystal sequins, I found a site with all kinds of sequins. Look at these patterned ones. I must make something with them right now! Fine words from a girl who never worked with sequins until this week.)

Later today I’ll be taking a journal-making class. Yay! It will be my first book/journal-making class, and I’m excited. Everything else has been something I learned with the help of books and the internet and tried on my own.

Also, Morgan picked out the loveliest yarn for socks for me to make for him. It’s way more fun than the plain black socks I still owe him. I cannot say how much fun I had looking at yarn with him. Funny the things that make my heart skip a beat.

On a final note, the headline comes from the song “Sheep,” by the Housemartins. Damn I loved that band in in86/87!

“Sometimes I get so angry with the simple life they lead
The shepherds smile seems to confirm my fears
They’ve never questioned anything, They’ve never disagreed
Sometimes I think they must have wool in their ears”

 

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