Thursday, August 22, 2013

She Let Go

Photo by Flower Story 
She Let go 
Written by Ernest Holmes

She let go.
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do
it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone
- Ernest Holmes.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The New Shape In Beads

There is a flood of new bead shapes arriving to inspire the bead world.
They are like super hero's with names like Super Duo's, Bead Studs, Spikes, Rizo's, Pyramids, Peanuts, Long Drops, Long Magatamas, Bricks and 2-Hole Lentils. They have inspired designer to create new and exciting patterns. The shapes of these beads add a new diminsion to flat bead work.

I have been most inspired by the new Miyuki long drops. I love the matte and permanent galvanized colors. I am looking forward to using these in a bead crocheted rope.

Here are a few examples of the different shape beads. 
(These photos do not depict the actual size of the beads)

Now you need a great design to create something with your new shapes of beads.  Let me introduce you to Linda Roberts of BeadsforEver. I love her clever use of Rizos and SuperDuos in these Tri-Dangle earrings. You can purchase the tutorial here. Stop by BeadsforEver on Etsy and to see more of Linda's designs.

Resourses for the new shapes in beads can be purchased from the following online shops.

*Disclaimer: no monetary gain was made from listing these resourses* 

Monday, August 05, 2013

Saturday's Date Day

We had a date Saturday morning at Morning Call for Beignets and Lattes.

It's more than coffee and a doughnut.  It's a community.

We should go more often. We save it for a special treat
when company comes to visit.  We were special that day!