Crafting for crafting's sake

Our eldest dog has not been doing so well these last few weeks.  We've had yet another trip to the vets - a specialist, this time - and a new set of meds to try.  One of the main things is that he's supposed to be kept in a cool and calm environment.  Well, at least the cool part is fairly easy to achieve (I love having air conditioning...).  As for the calm, well, the kids need a fair few reminders to not play with him, but they're being good.  As for me, I'm exhausted.  Getting up with the dog at night time has me absolutely cream crackered - I don't remember dealing with newborns being this tiring.  Maybe I'm just getting old?
I've been wanting something to keep my hands busy and my mind distracted, for the odd moment that I've had a few spare minutes to myself, so it seemed the perfect time to drag out the bead weaving loom I found for a couple of bucks a month or so back.  I think that I've mentioned my husband's Native American grandma before.  She used to make a lot of jewellery (that's jewelry to the Americans among you - it's no wonder that my kids are becoming more and more convinced that I can't spell) and such.  So, I thought that I would have a go at recreating this bead necklace of hers, and then my daughter can leave her version alone...
So far it's going ok.  I'm convinced that modern seed beads are a lot less uniform in size and shape than the ones from her day, but I've found that if you keep the ones along the edge to be more of less the same size, the rest don't matter as much. We'll see how it turns out.
One thing that I was excited about - and my kids far less so - was yesterday's solar eclipse: my first one.  My kids feigned interest in the pinhole camera that I made, but to be honest, I think my daughter was just busy planning how she could reuse it as a habitat for one of her teddy bears...  
Translation of the day:
UK English: cream crackered = knackered = extremely tired or exhausted in US English
A bit of rhyming slang there.  nb. a cream cracker is a type of cracker found back home - but I have found them sometimes in the international section of some supermarkets here.  Water crackers aren't too dissimilar.


  1. I do love tiny beads and beadweaving, though I have never used a loom. Seed beads vary hugely depending on where they come from; Japanese ones (eg Miyuki) are more uniform but more expensive than the ones you tend to get from big craft shops. My very favourites are delicas, which are a different shape and which stack together gorgeously!

  2. I didn't know there was so much into beads. I do love your necklaces! Hope your dog feels better soon.

  3. that beading is beautiful! super awesome job you're doing, recreating your grandmother's heirloom treasure. I was less prepared than you were for the eclipse, had to make do with watching the shadows (which were still pretty cool).

    Hope your dog gets better soon--I'm sure it helps him enormously to have such a loving family take care of him.

  4. Sending you ((hugs)) Hope your dog gets better soon and that you get some rest.

    Love the pic of the eclipse...amazing!

  5. Your beaded piece is turning out beautiful! I love that you are carrying on this tradition of your husband's grandmother! I had a beaded necklace when I was a little girl that I adored! It fascinated me and I've loved seed beads ever since!

  6. You are so good at any craft you try! The necklace is amazing. I am sorry about your dog, I hope he'll be ok. If I didn't live on the other side of the country from you, I would take you out for a nice up of tea.

  7. How does that bead loom work? I love the fact that you're re-creating that piece of your family's history!
    Beautiful colors both in the original and the new!

  8. I love your photo, and the bead necklace. They are both really beautiful.