Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Beaded Wine Glass Charms & Other Thoughts



When it has been raining for a straight week, you need something quick and easy to put together and these wine glass charms were just the thing!  They are from Annie’s Attic Simply Beading monthly kits and were just about what I was looking for to add to some wine glasses for a Christmas gift I had in mind to make.  Basically the kit consisted of springs, glass beads, charms, t-pins and crystals.  The crystal was threaded onto the t-pin and then a simple loop was made in the t-pin.  Next I stretched out the spring so the rings were approximately ¼ inch apart.  I formed another simple loop at one end of the spring, attaching the crystal before I closed it. 
It was simply a matter of threading on the beads then and when the spring was full, making one last simple loop at that end of the spring and attaching the little hand painted charms. 



I quite like the end results – the colours of the beads really appealed to me, especially the blue/green mix which I thought resembled sea glass.



I am happy to say the sun shone today for awhile – only one brief thunderstorm to contend with. The next two days are supposed to be fine weather so I am hopeful I’ll get out on my mower at last and start cutting down some of the long grass. Some areas are not going to be cut for a few days yet though, like this campsite. This is an example of some of the flooded areas I am trying to contend with. The long strip of water running horizontally throughout the photo is the roadway.
I managed a couple more books in my summer reading – one good thing about poor weather!
The first one, Handling the Undead, is by a Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindquist and was another of Janet’s recommendations. Nice to have a friend who works in a bookstore and can pass these titles on to me! I thoroughly enjoyed this story constructed around a very novel idea. I won’t give too much away but I’ll tell you that Lindquist is to zombies what Anne Rice is to vampires - well worth reading!

The second book which I read this afternoon is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This novel won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970 and follows one day in the life of a prisoner in a work camp in Stalin’s USSR. It was well worth re-reading so I was happy to come across a copy of it I could pick up on my travels this morning.

A couple DVDs I watched were worth recommending too if you haven't already seen them:
The Last King of Scotland, with Forrest Whittaker playing Idi Amin of Uganda, and
Morley & Me, which is a dog story and you will need to stock up on kleenex before you watch it.  I'd recommend both of them!

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