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Crafty Cruising

December 23, 2015 , In: Beadwork, Inspiration
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Earlier this month, I went on a 7-night Caribbean cruise with Colin.  I knew I wanted to create during our “at sea” days and evenings after leaving the ports.  Originally, I intended to pack my chainmaille supplies but then I thought the pliers could be an issue. So I packed two other things; an adult coloring book and a bead embroidery project.

Cabochon glued to backing

I selected a glass cabochon by SueBeads that reminded me of a tide pool and glued it to some dyed Stiff Stuff (from Bead My Love).

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.  Norwegian Spirit in the background.

I gathered up an assortment of seed beads that were inspired by the colors of Caribbean waters.

Base row of galvanized seed beads
 

I fell in love with these galvanized seed beads at the bead retreat last month so I came home with an assortment of them, including these fabulous blue ones.

Even-count peyote bezel
 

And thanks to Jenny and Meg, they taught me peyote bezel at the retreat.  I loved how those little 15’s  matched some of the speckles in the cabochon.

 
Adding visual interest and playing off the bubble-design

Each night, I sat on our balcony and added a little more to the design.  It was a nice way to wind down in the evening.

 
Final row consisting of size 8 and 6 seeds.

This is where my design ended on the cruise.  I realized I hadn’t packed any glue or leather for backing material.

 
Travel-size coloring book

Once I could no longer work on the bead embroidery, I pulled out my travel-size coloring book.  I picked this up last minute at Barnes & Noble before we left.

 
Completed pages

These are just a few of the pages I worked on between the cruise and my flights.  These were so much fun, I can see why adult coloring books are trendy right now!

 
Costa Maya, Mexico

I had a great time on the cruise and it was so nice to have projects to work on.  I don’t think I’ll ever travel again without a craft to take with me!

 
Happy Beading!
 
 

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
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