Monday, March 26, 2012

Murrini Monday

No real theme today, just murrini being displayed on little critters.

This owl is happy. I know you can't tell that by his expression, which is why he's sporting a yellow smiley face murrini with a colorful striped border.

Dragons are actually very sensitive creatures. This one loves the flora murrini and is constantly trying to win over the other critters by presenting them with pretty flowers.

Forget peanuts - the elephants around here just want pretty flower murrini. Can you blame them?

This edition of Murrini Monday is brought to you by Lori and Kim.

Happy Murrini Monday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Turtle Tuesday

Turtle Tuesday is a weekly holiday I made up. Turtles are one of my favorite beads to make, so I decided they needed their own special day. Each week on Turtle Tuesday, I'll mark down turtles that are in my shop, and sometimes I'll add new turtles at the sale price. Turtles in my shop's Turtle Tuesday section will be $10 or $12. At the end of the day, the prices could go back up to their original price. Sometimes the turtles stay on sale. The Turtle Tuesday section in my shop will also have other beads that in it that I've marked down, so be sure to check it out from time to time.

Here's a new turtle I'll be adding today. He's got a violet shell, spotted with intense black, more violet and turquoise.

This chubby turtle has been in my shop for a while, and he's looking for a home. Despite his round appearance, he really doesn't eat much. :)

It's not exactly Christmas in July, but it sure feels like July here in the Midwest. So I've added a couple Christmas beads to my SALE (Turtle Tuesday) section. This patient pug has been hanging out in a stocking since before the holidays. He seems comfy enough, but I know he'd much rather be turned into something pretty, like a pendant.

This orange tabby cat still hasn't recovered since I stuffed him into a stocking last December. Now he's hanging out in the SALE section and will likely torment the turtles.

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Murrini Monday in Springtime!

Spring has made a very early appearance here in the Midwest, so all my little critters have been picking out pretty spring flower murrini. Can you blame them?

Each of these mini owls is sporting a daffodil-style murrini (from Lori and Kim's nursery). Daffodils are my favorite spring flower, and I love the assortment in my murrini blends.

Easter is coming, so this bunny hopped over to my Easter egg murrini stash and grabbed a decorated egg. Check out the detail on that murrini! I think the Peep chicks are going to take down the bunny and steal that egg if he isn't careful.

Here's a gray tabby cat I caught rolling around in my murrini flower bed. Looks like he's stuck with that pretty blue one with an orange and yellow center.

This pink elephant was slurping up these pretty red flowers, so I made her pose for a picture with one. Anyone have any peanuts?

Happy Spring and Happy Murrini Monday!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Murrini Monday - Early Evening Edition

So the time change messes with me every year, but I can't use that as an excuse to post Murrini Monday so late. Maybe I'm late because it's Monday. Oh wait, Murrini Monday is always on Monday! I think this one just snuck up on me. Let's get to the murrini . . .

I have so much murrini that I'm always brainstorming different ways to use lots of it at once (giving me the much-needed reason to buy more murrini). But with critters, as I've said before, less is usually more. So I gave this pretty yellow owl one very nice slice of blue flower murrini (you know, to match her beak).

Owls are fast becoming one of my favorite critters to adorn with my prized murrini. But the hooters can't have all the fun.

Panda, do you accept this rose? Of course, giggle giggle.

Mini hooters are very fun to decorate with murrini. For the mini beads, I have to search for the smallest murrini slices in a blend. There usually are a few that work well on mini beads. This set was called Peace, Love and Happiness Hooters. They are perky, too.

This edition of Murrini Monday was brought to you by Lori and Kim!!!

Happy Murrini Monday to one and all!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Who Give a Hoot? I Do! Giveaway Time!

It's been a while since I've done a giveaway, so when I announced my intentions this colorful little hooter stepped up to the plate. He'd love to find a new home.

Here are the rules:
Leave a comment on this blog with a way to reach you.

For an extra entry, like my Maybeads page on Facebook and share a link about this giveaway - then leave a second comment saying you did so.

I'd also love it if you followed my blog. :)

I'll pick a winner on Sunday night (March 11).

Thanks for playing!!!

Who Give a Hoot? I Do! Giveaway Time!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Murrini Monday

I have been having a TON of fun with some surprise murrini I received last week. This murrini is made by my friend Mallory of rosebud101, and the detail in it is really cool. Let's take a look, shall we?

This cat head bead features some of Mallory's green and black murrini, with tiny dots of red (or is it pink?) in the centers. I had planned on making an owl with this murrini as the eyes, but I melted it in too quickly and I wound up turning it into a cat head. I love how the black lines look like tiger stripes!

Here is that same murrini on a turtle. The turtle has a maroon shell, to match the tiny dot in the center (so maybe it is red?).

Next I used a bunch of Mallory's special Chalcedony murrini on the chest of this owl. This murrini has special color-changing powers, and sometimes I can get them to work. You can see some pretty cool results in the crackling blue on the owl.

And here is some of that same murrini on a dachshund (a murrini weenie!). You can see that I got the colors to come out on his backside and under his eye. That blue is so cool! And that doxie is definitely not blue, but very happy with his unique markings. :)

Thank you, Mallory! And Happy Murrini Monday to all!