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The Zen of Beading

I have had such a lovely day, watching American Idol and figure skating and beading the fish quilt. I don’t often give myself the luxury of sitting on the sofa doing handwork. I got in my zone and it was difficult for me to tear myself away to do the mundane tasks of the day.

Here is my beading companion. Most of the afternoon she was on the back of the sofa, resting on my shoulders.


When you are feeling the zen of beading, you don’t even worry that you have spilled a container of beads on the floor:


You also need a good supply of beads (I’ve got more arriving tomorrow, just in case I spill more!)


Here is a close-up of the beaded fish so far:


There is a lot more to do before Friday morning when it gets delivered to the site of the Mardi Gras Ball. But I will be enjoying every zen moment!

As an aside, a big hurrah to Steph who opened her online shop today with eight of her adorable stuffed animals and she sold half of them. They are super fantastic – take a look!

9 Responses to “The Zen of Beading”

  1. Dang, I meant to write and tell you this before – if you have a vacuum cleaner that has a hose (I mean, not just the upright hoover kind) then picking up spilled beads is a cinch – get an old piece of pantihose/chux dishcloth)something thin but not too open weave; rubber band it around and over the end of the vacuum hose, and whoosh! Beads suck up but don’t go up the tube – then you twist the cloth off, and voila – beads back in your hand!

  2. teri says:

    Very nice. I usually end up with the beads in the cushions of the couch. Haven’t tried beading since Kaiser moved in. He has this habit of getting miffed if I pay attention to anything other than him for too long and then he tries to climb into my lap (and he’s a bit larger than Maggie).

    So, you don’t like Sasha?? I didn’t used to but I think she has matured. Still, I would love to see Emily medal. Her pure power and enthusiasm is great to watch. Her parents sure did a great job raising two such classy young ladies.

    Glad everything is going well with the move. Still, I hope to see you at AQT this fall!!

    teri (and I’m not EVEN going to ask what you think of the latest from the Great Dictator- GWB)

  3. lisa says:

    is beading really relaxing? hmmm. wasn’s skating fun to watch last night? i can’t wait for thursday to see what happens. i know you hate sasha cohen, but i thought she skated beautifully. she’s not as cute as sarah hughes, though.

  4. DebR says:

    The fish are looking lovey and Maggie looks so comfy! 🙂

    Congrats to Steph!

  5. jenclair says:

    “Jewel of a quilt” – accurate description, Mary. Lovely job, Gerrie.

  6. Gerrie, had to laugh out loud at the spilled beads. That is always my experience with the little gems…they end up everywhere but on the quilt. Congrats and best wishes for continued success to Steph.

  7. mimi k says:

    the beading is wonderful! I love seeing the close-up picture 🙂

  8. Kathie says:

    Very, very nice. What a jewel of a quilt…

  9. Mary Manahan says: