Friday, March 20, 2015

Dotee Dolls ... the beading .....

One of the most fun parts of a Dotee is the beading.  Well, it is for me anyway.  I love making the "danglies" and the hangers.  It's fun to arrange the lovely colours to complement the dolly.












Over the past few months a friend and I have been doing a lot of origami ornaments.. she saw some of mine before Christmas and wanted to learn how to fold and assemble...I was thrilled to have somebody to play with..so we spent many an enjoyable hour doing those.  Now, I'm making some in Easter colours...for my Easter Tree.  They have a little gold thread to hang them....with beads on it to complement the colours of the papers of the ornaments.












 I seemed to acquire lots of colours and sizes ..but, you can never have too many beads, right?  They are even fun just to look at and run your fingers through.
Last week, with my 50% off coupon at Michael's, I got this.












A whole container with thousands of seed beads...   whopping total ....  $19.49.  I bought a fairly large string of them at the bead store for $7.00 a month ago...  ...but..... they were all the same colour.  So, if I bought only 3 strings of beads in different colours... I would already have spent $21... what a bargain.












It is a good idea to scrutinize every aspect of it very carefully though...and to make sure how to open each of the containers so as not to spill out any ...(or plenty!) of the seed beads.  Trust me on this.  You turn the carousel on it's side and jiggle and shake it back and forth gently to make sure all the beads are settled into their various compartments.. BEFORE opening the lid.   And, then, when you close the lid... make sure it is done properly and is securely fastened.  See that little crevice in the photo below? (on the red beads) ... a lot of tiny beads can fall out of that opening!  And ... they did!  'Til I figured it out.  Much blue air ensued after the first careless closing.  I failed to realize that the lids fit just so, and must accommodate the corner tabs inside the lid properly, before trying to close the snap tabs on the outside of the lid.   And beads must not be on those little dividers either ..or the lid doesn't close properly.  It's a good system and it works ..if you pay attention.  Just sayin'......... if you buy one .... make certain you have it figured out ... please...












 Then, get a glass of wine and do some beading...oh, just a minute ...I'm empty... hang on I'll go for a refill.... .................  .........................  ......................

Don't you love my clutter?  It's the way I work.  Everything within easy reach ... and as I know you are aware ..all of a sudden, all of it is all over the place.  Soon I'm working in a pretty small space ... like ..  about 8 X 8 ....inches, that is!

Works for me.


















It's still kinda organized....  (the ex-dental assistant) ..hahhaha....














....   and don't think I don't use every single tool on that mat either.  They are indispensable.  Every single one of them.


Of course, there is doubt, consternation and downright curiosity from various onlookers....














Well, of course, not everybody is interested in beading.....




















Each to his own ........




6 comments:

sandy said...

I LOVE those ornaments - and the Dotee dolls!

Dolores said...

I love, love, love your audience. You don't think that one of them had anything to do with the mess - or perhaps one too many glasses????

Mary Ann said...

I wish I had seen that bead thingy when I was at Michaels the other day. Instead I bought those tubes of beads they sell. Rats!!

Judys Fabrications said...

Someone else who runs beades thru their fingers! I do that with buttons too.No you won't get any argument from me about having too many beads.
I am untidy when I work.it's just the way it is!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh how I feel your pain over spilled beads - I don't have that particular form of storage, but at one time I had a bunch of those stackable plastic tubes that screwed into each other. Yeah - won't mention how many times I unscrewed one downside-up. Blue air indeed.

Lin said...

Hmmmm...I'm thinking beading and wine wouldn't make a good pairing. You are very talented!