Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week ???

Not sure what you would call this week for the weekly challenge, but I chose this time, and picked “cat” as the prompt.

Ever
since I visited Japan over 10 years ago, I have been fascinated with
their culture, in particular the juxtaposition of old world tradition
vs. kawaii (cute). I saw businessmen with Hello Kitty cell phone charms
and it intrigued me! So, I puchased this 2-drop peyote stitch pattern
to make this cuff – unfortunately, I didn’t purchase enough pink beads,
so I have to wait to finish it until my Fusion Beads order gets here!

Eye Candy Friday

This is a photo I took when I was in Japan, in Yokohama. It seems every big city has their big Ferris Wheel – London, Paris, Yokohama! It wasn’t a very nice day when I took the picture – but you can see how big the Ferris Wheel is. The engineer and I went on it – and as soon as we got 1/4 of the way up, I closed my eyes and held his hands, until we got almost back to the bottom again. Seems I am even more afraid of heights than I ever knew! But at least I can say I went on this one – I did NOT go on the London Eye (learned my lesson in Yokohama!).

Don’t forget about my blog giveaway. Also, I added some more beads to the etsy store. And there’s still a voucher available for my web site made-to-order beads – 15% off any order until the first day of Spring! Have a great Friday!

A New Poll

I have been thinking about this for a while now – I usually make my beads on a 1/16″ mandrel. The holes are pretty small, but they don’t move around when you string on beading wire. However, if you want to use leather, rat tail, or silk cord, I think you need the 3/32″ mandrel hole size. So, my question for this week is, would you rather have beads made on 1/16″ mandrels or 3/32″ mandrels? Please take a second to take my poll! Thanks!

In the meantime, I leave you with a photo I took when I was in Hakone, Japan. I got a picture of the Torii Gate on Lake Ashi, and the elusive and shy Mt. Fuji in the background. The engineer, who is a fantastic photographer, didn’t even get a photo this good!