I have been working hard on my project most of the month, but last week I had carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand and a nerve release on my right elbow. My recovery was proceeding quite nicely, so much so I over exerted my poor arm on Wednesday, doing things I should have known better than to try yet (YOGA, and it was my first attempt at yoga...dumb, dumb, dumb)! Yesterday the pain management eluded me and now, it is more painful than it was last week after surgery! (P.S. the surgeon Dr. Dolf Ichtertz, from the Hand & Shoulder Institute in Grand Island and the outpatient surgery staff & nurses at the Memorial Community Hospital in Aurora, NE can not be commended highly enough!! Chris and I have both received treatment and care above and beyond today's "standards" of care from both the Dr and the Hospital!)
|Yes, extreme beading can give you tennis elbow! I have it in both arms!|
|Incisions from the carpel tunnel procedure.|
So our theme for this go round was Early Civilizations. I thought about the idea for a bit, and decided to try my hand at making a beaded mask. While it is not yet finished, I do intend to continue to work on it and hope to have it finished in 2 weeks. I also want to mention that back in May I was to do a reveal for the Bead Peeps Blog Hop, my partner Lori Allain Blanchard had sent me a beautiful selection of beads, and I am about 3/4 way through that project. I have plenty of inventory for shows built up through the next few weeks, so I am trying to catch up on my challenge projects that have fallen behind the past couple challenges.
First of all on the mask project, I have to give a tremendous thank you to NanC Meinhardt. A couple years ago, I was able to take a class on free form right angle weave with NanC and really enjoyed the class. I knew she had made masks and when I ran into trouble even locating a mask form to work with, I sent a message to NanC on Facebook. She was very gracious and helpful, and told me to give her a call when I got off work to chat about my project!! I did and we chatted for about 15 minutes after which, I had a clear picture of what I wanted to do, what I should look for in a mask, and the best way to get started. It is wonderful to have experienced contacts willing to reach out and lend an ear when you need help!
So here is the mask base I started with.
|Ranger Wonder Tape|
So there is my third project in the Back in Time Blog Hop, here are the links to the other participants: