He is my favorite superintendant.
He is also a big fan of cards, dice, and slots.
I was wandering around Walmart one day and found a keychain that had 5 card shaped charms on it. They were the 10, J, Q, K, A of spades.
EUREKA! Thought I.
I'll use these on Frank's ornament!!
Now for a pattern...hmmmm
Karen DeSousa's Exotic Ornaments "Festival" seemed to fit the bill. I wanted almost a harlequin look, so I chose black and white. Then I threw in some red to keep with the card theme.
It was working really well, I didn't have to buy any beads, save the charms.
I began beading this as an on-the-plane ornament(I fly a LOT don't I...jeeeeeeez)
Well, we got to our destination and as I was just hanging out later, I decided to bead some more.
I left the book on the plane.
I left the book ON THE PLANE
ON. THE. PLANE.
There were no bead stores where we were. I had no backup beadwork with me. The only time in the history of beads where I don't have a backup project, and I need it.
I got desperate, and crafty. I pulled up the picture of the ornament from her website, and as I had packed only the necessary beads, I was able to figure out something close to the orignal. It isn't perfect, but it looks really nice, and I'm happy with it.
I learned a valuable lesson. Make a copy of the pattern and take that instead of the book.
Now I have to go buy another copy.
Oh well, hopefully someone picks up the book from the plane and a new beader is born.
This ornament uses black 15/0, 11/0, 3mm bugles, jet Swarovski 4mm bicones, and black 4-sh mm firepolished crystals, white 15/0s, 11/0s, silver 3mm rounds, silver lined red 3mm bugles and light siam 4mm Swarovski bicones.