Thursday, May 12, 2011

When Things Go Awry

Ever had one of those days?
The hubby woke me this morning at 6:15 with the words, "The dog has diarrhea and I don't have time to clean it up. You need to come help her."
I love my little dog, really. And, it's my fault, since I gave her some bread crusts last night.( Her little tummy just couldn't handle all the food. )
But giving a dog a bath and cleaning a crate at 6 a.m. is not how I imagined starting my day.

So, let's move on to the next success story, shall we?
I finally got my dough mixer for Christmas this past year.  I love my dough mixer. I have been making bread for several years now. I have it down pat, pretty much.  See?
Beautiful, aren't they? And they taste divine.
However.....I tried to make whole wheat tortillas.....
Started out good....and went downhill...

 Apparently, there's a serious technique involved in this process. The little instruction book says, press and release quickly, several times. Obviously, I squished too hard...

And, last, but certainly not least, the Rams Head Bead.
If you have a copy of Beaded Beads, it's on page 86. It's by Sharon Bateman.  It's a beautiful bead, especially in the colors she chose. Now, my colors, while looking fab in the tube, and on the tray, left something to be desired when put together. And in a complex pattern like this, one wrong move can....well, you see?

Just to give you a comparison, since I can't post a pic of hers, I found this one that another blogger made.
[Ram's+Horn+Shell+Bead.jpg]This is from JuBeads. I like her colors better.
So, what to do? Why, go buy some beads, of course!!!
Aren't these yummy? Love the color palette.

The tube of beads is more of a brass color. And those faceted crystals are to die for! So sparkly!

I"ve been wanting a needle case for a while, and everyone references Thread Heaven on instructions, so I finally got some.  There are great needle case patterns on

And, last but not least, have you heard about Tulip needles? Carol gives you all the good info, and you can buy them from her. I'm very excited to start using them.
And, of course, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Or in this case, make a cute little beaded bead!
 I must be hanging out with Mandy @ Beads for Brains too much!  This little cutie is from April/May Beadwork, by Monika Pienkowska.

I did have to alter the pattern a bit, since I wasn't using the correct size beads. But it's still pretty, and it's better than whining, right??
Have a blessed day! Shirley


  1. LOL! I love this post! What a day you had, and the picture of the Ram's Head bead had me in hysterics! I must try it soon. Your bread looks delish! Don't waste your tortilla pieces, break them into wedges throw them on a cookie sheet, spray or brush lightly with oil, sprinkle with salt or seasonings, throw them in the oven for a while and you have your own baked chips!

  2. The bread looks absolutely yummy.
    it has been awhile since I made tortillas, but it seems like I put wax paper between the dough and the press.
    Have to get some of those needles.

  3. Wow even though your morning started out not so favorable the rest of the day turned out to be very productive. I love fresh home baked bread and yours look delicuous. I'm not any good at making yeast bread, but my Mom's is great. I like the treasure you found on your trip to the LBS. I need to get a needle case I still keep mine in the baggie they came in from my LBS.

  4. Sometimes it's either laugh or cry, isn't it? Cheers for keeping a good attitude :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  5. Yikes - doggie messes are definitely not the best way to start your day - but a little bead therapy is a sure cure to make you feel better. You will love Thread Heaven. I don't do any weaving without it!

  6. I agree, Cheers for keeping a good attitude and just taking one step at a time in a day of block and runs. LOL! I laugh, because I have had those days, and really relate. I have three dogs right now, one is very old, blind and hard of hearing, other two are jumping beans. ;-) Thank you for the uplifting good story of life!


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