1.30.2011

The List that Never Ends: #121 - 131

Giving thanks today for....

121. Hot tea - current favorites are Peppermint (always) and Vanilla Chai.

122. My lovely followers on this blog via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, the Facebook page, and Twitter.... and yes, even for all you lurkers out there who stay quiet but still take the time to read this...

123. Kind comments from #122. :o) Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback....it makes my day to hear from you.



124. A brand new pair of hand-knit and felted slippers from a talented and generous friend from my college days - won for free in a facebook giveaway! (Thanks, Annie!)

125. .....and, consequently, warm feet.

On a side note, it is nearly impossible to take pictures of shoes on your own feet without making your legs look like Vienna sausages.


...especially if your legs already resemble Vienna sausages.

126. A new mural project coming up this week. (Stay tuned for "in progress" pics.)


127. Great free e-books and podcasts to listen to while I paint - and itunes for providing them.



129. A special little place to work.



130. Two days in a row of sunshine and relative warmth (it got up into the mid-sixties here today! HEAT WAVE! - compared to the arctic ice age we had been in for the last few months...)

131. God's never-failing faithfulness to me.


Are you giving thanks too? Link up with me over at:



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1.29.2011

I Believe Again, again...

Today would have been our friend Todd's 30th birthday.




My husband and his cousin wrote the song above about Todd. It is available for purchase on itunes. Proceeds from the song will go towards helping support Todd's wife and two children. Please continue to keep them in your prayers, and thank you to all of you who have been praying for them and supporting them over the last few difficult months.

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The Weekend Gallery of Miscellany

1. Went to the health food store on Tuesday to pick up some things. The saleslady noticed one of my Proverbs 31 Woman series necklaces that I was wearing and asked me about it. I told her I make them and sell them online.... She didn't have Internet access, so I offered to bring my necklaces by so she could shop in person. She wound up buying several pieces, so I MADE money shopping that day! Woot woot! That, combined with lunch with two great friends and good news for another friend made for a great day, in spite of the rain.... Also, I learned (yet again) that wearing your wares is great, free advertising!


2. I have been reading some of the original writings by the Pilgrims. As it turns out, Squanto had a mullet, which is described in detail by the mysterious "Mourt" (who is probably a compilation of the journals of William Bradford and several others). So, in addition to teaching the Pilgrims to grow fish by planting corn, he was also one of the earliest practitioners of "business in the front / party in the back" in the New World.

3. Also, as it turns out, there was a lesser-known Indian known as Hobbamock who apparently had just about as much to do with the Pilgrims' survival as Squanto did, at least in the accounts I'm reading. He doesn't get the billing that Squanto does, however, which may or may not be related to Squanto's mullet... must do further research....

4. A law of nature I have recently discovered: As soon as you determine to commit yourself to pursuing one particular thing, 10,000 other opportunities and obstacles that were never there before will present themselves to you. Oh, the irony. I wonder if reverse psychology would work to my advantage in this situation.

5. Probably not.

6. I so miss the sun. Maybe if Al Gore turns on all the lights in all of his houses for an hour more each day, we can turn the global warming back on.

7. If you are in the Tri-Cities / Greeneville / Eastern TN / anywhere-and-willing-to-travel area during February 12 - 19, 2011, you should try to make it to some of the events for the Origins Conference that several local churches are sponsoring. Ken Ham from the Creation Museum will be there, as well as several other great speakers. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click HERE. It's gonna be good!


8. Yes, I do realize that I said Squanto was using corn to grow fish in #2. Josh and I think that joke is funny.

9. If you haven't heard enough about Squanto yet, I will be reviewing The Mayflower Papers on February 11th as part of my Booking It in 2011 book review series. Stay tuned for more random facts about our favorite Indian.

10. Read THIS article by Russell Moore. Good stuff....
11. I am 1/32 Cherokee. I'm also part French, part English, part Scottish, part Irish, and part Viking. I am also 65-70% water. You can figure out the math on all that... :o)

Have a lovely weekend.
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1.28.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part VII

Well, we've made it to the final video from the tutorial series! I hope it's been helpful to you and maybe inspired you to try needle felting yourself.


Here's Part VII....




Thanks for watching! I'd love to know what you think of the series....

- Were the explanations clear?
- How was the length? Did you like seeing every single step in detail?
- Were the filming quality and audio okay?
- Would you like to see more tutorial videos?

I'd love to have your feedback - feel free to let me know what you think in the comments... Thank you, and have a great day!

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1.27.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part VI


We're almost there.... Here's Part VI of the tutorial....





Watch Part VII of this tutorial HERE.


By the way, you can now sign up for my new e-newsletter - just fill out the little form on the sidebar! Have a lovely day!

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1.26.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part V

Welcome back for more needle felting! I hope you're enjoying the series so far....


Here's Part V:







Watch Part VI of this tutorial HERE.


Have a lovely day!

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1.25.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part IV



And the bear of very little brain continues....





Watch Part V of this tutorial HERE.

Happy Tuesday!

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1.24.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part III


Well, are you ready for more? I know this video series is super-long, but I wanted to give you a very clear idea of the entire process so that you can see each step. I hope you're finding it interesting and helpful! Here's Part III!





Watch Part IV of this tutorial HERE.


Hope you're having a lovely day....

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1.23.2011

Quotables: Dante Alighieri



"Nature is the art of God."
- Dante Alighieri



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1.22.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part II

Hi there,

I hope you enjoyed Part I of my needle felting tutorial video series! I'm back today with Part II... Please "bear" with my filming on these clips...(Groans) I was my own camera-woman, and I didn't always keep my hands very centered... Also, I'm pretty sure my video-editing software is demon-possessed. Whenever I tried to add music or fancy titles or photos or anything, it made the entire thing freeze up and then delete my entire project. I was happy to finally work my way around the glitches and have something to show after three days of frustration....there aren't any frills though. Hopefully one day in the not-so-distant future I will have some better software to work with.... in the meantime, please accept my humble offering....



 
Watch Part III of this tutorial HERE.
 

P.S. If anybody is really enjoying these tutorials and feels inclined to send me a new MacBook Pro and professional video camera and camera crew, I won't stop you, and you will be my new BFF. ;o)

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1.21.2011

Needle Felting Tutorial Video: Part I

Hiya Peeps!

Well, after a day of filming and needle felting, a day of complete frustration with my video editing software and Youtube's 10 minute video limit, and another day of editing and uploading, I am excited to bring you......

....Part I of my first tutorial video!

In this series, I am going to walk you through making a 3-dimensional needle-felted sculpture (a Winnie the Pooh bear, to be exact). I'll show you the tools you need to get started, and the basic steps for creating a felted animal. You'll be able to use the basic techniques I'll be demonstrating to make anything you want!

Here's a little preview of what I'll be making:



So, here we go.... Part I! I will be posting the rest of the videos over the next few days, so stay tuned.... :o)





 
Watch Part II of the tutorial HERE.
 
 
Linking up at:
The Lettered Cottage

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1.19.2011

Quotables...




"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

- Abraham Lincoln


Hope you're having a lovely day,
and choosing to embrace joy.


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1.17.2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook: January


FOR TODAY


Outside my window...
...it's dark... I've always been a night owl - it's when my brain is "on," and I usually produce my best work and think most clearly when it's late and the house is quiet.

I am thinking...
...about projects and goals for the year...
I am thankful for...
...so many things. Search for "the list that never ends" on my navigation bar to read my list...
From the kitchen...
...kale, fruit, and yogurt smoothies... (tastes better than it sounds, and BOY is it healthy!) And then homemade chocolate chip cookies... not so healthy, although I DID use whole wheat flour and oatmeal! ;o)
I am wearing...
... sweat pants, a t-shirt, fuzzy socks, slippers, and a paint-covered polartec pullover.
I am creating...
...a commissioned pet portrait in oils for a former coworker.
I am going...
...to be home for the next few days... then to a birthday party for a special little person on Friday. :o)
I am reading...
...the Bible, and The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England.

I am hoping...
...to finish several projects soon, to accomplish some personal goals this year, and to hear back from the military on whether Josh got the scholarship or not.
I am hearing...
...the snores from my four-legged, furry little studio buddy.

Around the house...
...Christmas things are all put away, the house is relatively neat, and I did a lot of little pesky "maintenance"- type things this past week.... I do need to dust and vacuum, however!
One of my favorite things...
...Josh.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
...finish the painting.
...do some sketches for an upcoming mural project.
...finish reading my book.
...make a little surprise for my niece's birthday party Friday night!
...get started on a top secret project. :o)
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

"Too old to __(fill in the blank)___" is a state of mind.
:o)
Want to participate with your own daybook? Link up over at The Simple Woman's Daybook HERE.

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The List that Never Ends: #111-120

Giving thanks today for...

111. Herbal Dr. Enuf... Yup, I am.


112. Weekends - short, but sweet.
113. The smell of oil paints...

114. The way smells make you remember things.
115. To do lists.
116. Violins and cellos playing together...


117. Goofing off with Josh.
118. Little animals wearing clothes...


119. Melting snow and salted roads - I was snowed in most of last week, and it's been NICE to get out!


120. The power of prayer.... and that He listens.

Linking up today at:

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1.14.2011

It's a major award!

Just wanted to thank you all for voting for me at Lamb Around.... my felted bunnies won Best in Show! Here's my little badge....

Click HERE to read the post...

Thanks so much for your votes, and thank you, Lamb Around, for the award! I'm honored!

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1.11.2011

In which I discuss needle felting and the end of the world....

A quick business note: if you're like me, you may be following this and all your other blogroll favorites in a reader. However, I do want you to know that I've got some good stuff in my sidebar... So if you're in a reader, click on over and check it out. I'd love for you to voice your opinion on what you'd like to see here on this blog this year on my new poll at the top of the sidebar, so please take a second to vote.... I also have added a subscription to "My Delicious Bookmarks" lower down - I will be sharing links to articles, videos, posts, etc. that I think are worth your time - be sure to check that out.... And of course, there are links to my Etsy shop, some popular posts, etc.

Also, please take a second to vote for my needle felted bunnies at Lamb Around (select "Beth Stone Studio," then click vote at the top of the blog). They've been nominated for Best in Show this week! Thank you so much! 

And now, the post:

So, I've been at it again....

Made this little felted flower hairband for my niece's birthday...


And another of my nieces is a big guinea pig fan..... After seeing Gabriel's cat, she requested a special felted version of her pet guinea pig for her birthday, which is this week....  Here's the result....


In my experience, guinea pigs are a little tricky to needle felt, and that is because of this: there is not much to a guinea pig. It's sort of a blob with a face and little tiny feet underneath somewhere.... tricky.


 But nevertheless, I was pretty happy with how he turned out. I think he expresses the spirit of a guinea pig, if not exactly the letter....


On Sunday, our Church and Bible study meetings were cancelled because of SNOWMAGEDDON, so Josh and I stayed tucked in at home in our pj's, trying to stay warm, and I made the little guy below....


Speaking of birds, I have been thinking about birds a lot this past week, due to the massive and creepy bird and fish kills all around the world over the past few weeks. Are you following those stories???  Unbelievable. Combined with the crazy weather, natural disasters in Australia and around the world, and the shifting magnetic poles, I think it is definitely a sign that we are living in the last days.... THIS blog and THIS website have some interesting articles about all of these new events.... I encourage you to check them out, and also to do a little self-examination and see if you would be ready if Jesus were to return soon.... like, REAL soon. Even if He delays a little longer, life is still very uncertain - you should know that you're ready to go.... I hope you are.....

 I realize that pictures of cute little needle felted animals are hardly appropriate illustrations for the End of the World. But then again, maybe they are....

The Bible teaches that we are to live day by day, taking care of our responsibilities here on earth, and being good stewards of the gifts and resources we have been given. But at the same time, we are to be mindful that the "daily grind" isn't what life is all about, that Jesus is coming back soon, that we are to be ready, and that we are to be sharing the Gospel so that others are ready too. We are also supposed to be pursuing obedience and holiness.... Here's a good article on Living for Christ in the End Times....


I hope that in the midst of your day-to-day life, you're also thinking about the life to come.... and getting yourself prepared for it, by repenting of your sin, and putting your trust in JESUS....

Hope you're having a lovely week....

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