Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Temperature's Dropping!

This particular thermometer is actually showing a rather high temperature compared to the last several days!

So cold, the lake has been steaming - the old timers say the lake has to steam seven times before the ice will make.

There's a bit of ice in the harbor, but not enough to stop the boats just yet (but every trip across has the potential of being the last!

And there's a thick coat of ice on the boat itself.

The few remaining horses are still at work, wearing frost beards!

We even have some snow, which has been in short supply the last couple winters - it goes a long way towards making winter on Mackinac more enjoyable!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Self - December 2012 Bead Journal Project

A few days late, but 2012 is complete!

My December rune stone represents the force of self-knowledge; if we are willing to evaluate and embrace both our strengths and faults, we can become forces in our own future and lives.

My found object is a small beveled mirror, salvaged from an Edwardian purse - it is quite flawed, only allowing a true reflection in bits and pieces. Our self-knowledge is usually equally flawed, distorted and glimpsed in tiny, isolated portions.

Bands of peyote stitch bind the mirror to the stone - just as we are bound by our flawed perceptions.

2012 is complete, but I don't think I'm finished exploring this concept; expect more rune stones in the future.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Winding Journey - Update

This was a project I started back in October of 2011 - a way to document my beading projects; as I complete each project, I stitch a few beads on this canvas mat printed  with a labyrinth design.

There are currently 26 different projects represented and the beading is about a foot in length.

I seriously doubt I'll ever finish, given the the total path left to be embellished!