Monday, February 14, 2011

P.S. on February Project

Vicki has a P.S. (or an OOOPS) whichever you want to call it:

Hi Y'all,
I forgot to mention, if anyone has a heat gun, please bring that too, it will move along faster if we have more than my one heat gun.
Also, if you have a heat gun, bring a kitchen timer, or anything like a stopwatch- ink takes 30 seconds to heat set and 30 seconds is a lot longer than it seems if you're not timing it
aka/ Jambalaya

Westbank Project for February 26, 2011

Good Morning, Beaders!

Our January project was the Russian Spiral stitch taught by Vicki. Everyone was excited about her finished necklace and it was decided to do the February and March projects with the stamped and beaded pendant. If you would like to see pictures of the various techniques Vicki will be using for this classs, visit the Yahoo group site at:

Our February meeting will be on the 26th to make the dominoes at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers, beginning at 1 p.m.

Vicki said, “I have a zillion other stamps,” and instead of bringing all of them to the meeting, she will pick out a bunch that are suited to the project. If you have any rubber stamps that might be suitable, feel free to bring them. She'll supply inks and other stuff we'll need. So... that means there is no material list for us to gather!

The March 26th project will be a beaded bezel around the dominoes. There will be more details about this next month.

If you plan on coming, it would appreciated if you let her know so there will be enough dominoes for everyone to make at least two. Please e-mail either me or Vicki at:, to let her know if you plan to attend.

Hope to see y’all then.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Westbank Class on Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy New Year to All!

We're ready to begin the New Year with a Russian Spiral class which Vicki will teach on January 22, 2011. Classes will remain at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers beginning at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Here is the information and material list:

Russian Spiral Rope
Class fee- $12.00
I will make kits on request.- cost $6.00, and I'll have a couple extras.
Supply list for approx 7-8" bracelet:
#8 Hex approx 7 gms
#11 round seeds approx 6 gms
Toggle clasp
Beading thread and needles of choice.

Also on the list is what type community outreach project do we want to do this year. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass it along. Our project went extremely well last year last year and we will do something for 2011, as well.

If you need a kit, please let Vicki know at

Hope to see y'all there.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Sparkle Project

Hi, Beaders!

The presents for our community outreach project were delivered last week and a big "Thank You" goes out to everyone who participated. The excitement shown by the administrator at the battered women's shelter was awesome and I have also received a letter from her thanking everyone for the gifts.

The attached picture shows all of them so you can see how beautiful they looked.

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Party Reminder

Hi, All!

This is a reminder about our Christmas party this Saturday from 1-3 at the Westbank location, 3730 MacArthur Blvd., Agliers.

The gift exchange will be "bring a gift, get a gift", should be bead related and cost about $5.00, Also, if you can bring a dish to share, that will be nice, but is not required.

Here is a follow up concerning our Christmas Sparkle Project. We have a grand total of 30 gifts which I will be bringing to the Battered Women's Shelter as soon as I speak to the administrator tomorrow. The boxes which were made last month look beautiful and the beaded jewelry simply sparkles inside them.

I'm sending out BIG hugs to everyone who participated in this project and hope you feel a warm glow near your heart when you think about the smiles our gifts will bring to these abused families. And here's an extra hug to Vicki for all of her efforts in putting together the pretty paper and related items for the boxes!

Please plan on coming to share the Spirit of the Season this Saturday!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 27, 2010 Meeting and December Christmas Party

Good Afternoon, Beaders!

We are having our Westbank meeting on Saturday, November 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers. If anyone needs directions, please e-mail me.

Our meeting will be to make origami jewelry boxes for our Christmas Sparkle Project. We have lots of lovely beaded donations and if anyone is still working on any pieces, please feel free to bring them at the meeting to finish them up. It is recommended that you bring a pair of scissors, a ruler and tissue paper to line the boxes. If you have any ribbon in Christmas colors hanging around, you may want to bring some, but it’s not necessary. Vicki said she has plenty of the card stock for the boxes, glue and ribbon.

Here’s a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has participated in our first community outreach effort. We are going to put lots of smiles on people’s faces at the Battered Women’s Shelter in what could otherwise have been a bleary and sad day.

Our Christmas Party will be held on December 18, same time–same place. Please mark the date on your calendars. And for the astute readers, y’all know how notorious I am with dates, so to answer any head-scratching questions, YES, we are meeting on the third Saturday in December! This is usually the only month we change from our regularly scheduled meetings.

We will exchange a $5.00 bead-related gift and it is “bring a gift, get a gift.” We are also asking everyone to bring either a snack-related food, dessert item or dish to share. I’ll bring soft drinks and paper items. We will also talk about any ideas and/or projects for 2011 and what type of community outreach project we would like to do.

Please plan on coming and enjoying the Holiday Spirit with our beading friends!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Good Morning, Beaders!


We will be collecting your donated jewelry for our Christmas Sparkle Project at our Westbank classes during October and in November, we will meet on the 27th to make origimi boxes. Delivery will be made in December to the Battered Women's Shelter. Please join us in this fun outreach project guaranteed to bring a little cheer to people who have almost nothing because of their hasty run to safety from life-threatening danger.

Now on to our October 23rd Westbank project.

Our Westbank beading project will be offered again by popular request - Treasure Box Pendant. If you were unable to make it last year, here's another chance.

The meeting will be held at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 McArthur, Algiers, from 1-3 p.m.

Instructor: Vicki

Cost of kits: $12-$15, depending on the type of beads in the kit.

Cost of class is $12.00.

RSVP to Vicki at: to reserve kits

As another reminder, you do not have to make this project to join us. You are more than welcome to bring your own UFOs and WIPs and come for a little social afternoon with friends.

If you prefer to bring your own supplies for the treasure box, here is the list:

Heavy weight stiff pellon #70 non fusable
Hinged Candy tin (Altoid type tin) approximately 3-3/4 long X 2-3/8 wide
(prep for tins involves fine grit sandpaper
Lumiere paints, and Stazon permanent solvent inks
rubber stamps
tool to make holes on sides of tin or a drill, and 3/16 eyelets or small grommets with a setting tool)
Cabochons, or any flat backed disks you wish to set like a cabochon, could use flat beads, shank free buttons, etc.
Size 11/0 round Japanese seed beads(not cylinder beads) as follows:
main color at least 8 grams
secondary color at least 5 grams
complimentary colors in small amounts
Size 15/0 seed beadsssize 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads (Delica or Toho) small amount
Embellishing beads, such as 8/0 seeds, flat flower shaped beads, flat shell or glass beads, pearls, any small shaped beads
Strong thread, Nymo, or button/carpet thread.
Beeswax or Thread Heaven for conditioning thread
Beading needle to accommodate thread (#10-13)
Jewelers glue to set cabochon onto pellon- hypo cement or E-6000
(I will have glue at class)
Small sharp beading scissors
Sharpie pen to color edges of pellon in your chosen colors
Red liner adhesive sheets (a dry adhesive) for adhering finished pellon piece to tin

If you have any questions, please either e-mail Vicki or me. Hope to see y'all there.