>Beaded Self Portrait: iMac Insomniac

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Yesterday, I completed my beaded self portrait – on my birthday! 😀
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First, I lazy-stitched more beads around the edges of my face. 

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Next, I stuffed the face with felt scraps. 
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Then I stitched the bottom closed and wired the back! 
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Here are some pics of the piece hanging on my wall. 

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I call it ‘iMac Insomniac‘. 

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‘iMac Insomniac’. Beaded self portrait. Bead embroidery on felt. 8.5″ x 5.5″ (22cm x 14cm).

Maybe I should stop staring at my computer screen so much… :O

>Beaded Eyes Pop

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Last night, I finished beading around the right eyeglass lens of my self portrait. It may be difficult to tell in these photos, but for this eye, I stacked 2 recycled eyeglass lenses on top of each other. I did that because I can’t see out of my right eye nearly as well as I can my left eye, and as a result, one of my eyeglass lenses is much thicker than the other! So, one of my beaded eyes is slightly bigger than the other, and both lenses really pop out like a real pair of glasses! I guess this is how I see myself! Now, I just have to figure out how I want to finish this piece. How do you think it looks as is? B)

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>Look into My Beaded Eye

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Finally, I have gotten a chance to work on my beaded self portrait! I am currently working on my beaded eyeglasses, so of course I am incorporating real recycled eyeglass lenses. Using Nymo D beading thread, I peyote-stitched around the left lens. I used mostly size 11 & 8 seed beads, as well as a mix black & gold Czech glass beads. I chose these beads because I actually have a pair of black LaFonts which had a gold artsy print on them at one point.. After a few rows of peyote, my vision really started to take shape! Keeping tension on my thread, I stitched all the way around the lens just as it were a cabochon, and it seems to hold the lens in place just fine! How do you think it looks? B)

Semi-beaded self portrait. Bead embroidery on felt. 8.5″ x 5.5″ (22cm x 14cm).
As I was working, I began to think about eyes. They really are windows into a person’s soul. I am a very shy person normally, and I find it very difficult to look into strangers’ eyes, or allow them to look into mine. For me this requires a bit of trust or at least the desire to know and understand the person behind the other pair of eyes. My beaded eyes are not nearly as shy. They are willing to look into your eyes at first glance. Hoping you look back. Hoping you want to know the artist behind the beaded eyes. B)

>Nose to the Beadwork

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Thanks for all your comments on my recent post about feelin’ blue. I have finally recovered from jet lag and I am feeling better, but I’m still pretty sad about summer ending. Tonite, I’m going to the Quincy ArtsFest & Awards Ceremony. I’m also planning a trip to NYC to see Porcupine Tree perform at Radio City Music Hall next week. I’m hoping these events will prove to be a positive distraction! 😀

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Semi-beaded self portrait. Bead embroidery on felt. 8.5″ x 5.5″ (22cm x 14cm). 
In the meantime, I am still working on my beaded self portrait. I think I am mostly finished beading my face. (This is pretty much what I look like when surfing the internet late at night!) Next, I have to figure out how to create beaded eyeglass frames! My mind knows how these should look, but I’m not exactly sure how to recreate my own vision! Guess I’ll just have to keep on beading! 😀

>Feelin’ Beady & Blue

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My beaded self portrait is slowly coming together. I still have a little more beading to do around the eyes, nose, and eyeglass lenses. At this point, it pretty much represents how I’ve been feeling lately. Blue. In addition to returning from Russia with some kind of respiratory ailment and serious case of the post-travel blues, I’ve also been feeling kind of lonely lately – missing close friends who have left and family who live far away… Most times, I feel all I can do is keep in touch via Facebook! I am also very sad that summer is slipping away… I guess if I just keep busy with beadwork and art, these feelings will pass eventually. What do you do to overcome these kinds of blues? Any suggestions are most appreciated! 

>Beading on Labor Day

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I know I shouldn’t be working on Labor Day, but doing beadwork isn’t really like work, is it? It is laborious, though! Here you can see the progress of my beaded self portrait. I worked on it a little when I was in Moscow, then worked on it some more when I returned. I’m tryin to get back into the groove. I must because I have quite a bit I’d like to accomplish in the near future. I want to finish this piece, I need to order new beads & beading supplies, make new items for my Etsy shop, and I plan to post a couple of new book reviews. I’d better get back to work! What are you doing this Labor Day? I hope you’re having fun in the sun! 😀

>Traveling the World on a String

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My phone rang very early this morning. It was United Airlines. They informed me that my flight from Boston to Washington, D.C. was cancelled. So, I had to re-book my flight. Now, I am flying Boston -Frankfurt, then on to Moscow from there (if all goes well)! I am scheduled to arrive in Russia only 2 hrs. later than originally planned. After I took care of that, I had a few extra hours to finish packing. I packed up some seed beads and the beaded self portrait I’m working on. I’ve never really done beadwork on an airplane because I’m usually on an overnight flight, but I do plan to work on it at my hotel in Moscow! Maybe I will even get to do a little beading with my friend Tanya. We’ll see! 

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Self portrait. Work in progress. Bead embroidery on felt. 5.5″ x 9″.
Anyways, it’s funny to see my beaded face packed up in a little pencil box because that’s exactly what I’ll feel like until I arrive! I checked the news reports, and apparently the smog returned to the city of Moscow yesterday, but the weather report predicts rainstorms throughout the week. I’m hoping that will help to clear much of the air while I’m there. Wish me luck! 
Also, just a quick note: I have decided to close my Etsy shop for 2 weeks. I will re-open during the first week of September. If you would like to see what I’m up to in Russia, please follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook! Remember, in the words of Mark Twain, travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Happy beading & I’ll see you when I return! 😀