Some years ago I saw a magnificent necklace made with dagger bead crochet. I tried to learn bead crochet, but was unsuccessful with anything smaller than pony beads. Then I saw a patttern in Bead and Button magazine with peyote stitch. This I can do. The photo is not as gorgeous as the bracelet, but it was so much fun to make and wear. I have a meeting in Prague this November. The bead factory, Presiosa Ornel in nothern Bohemia, in that famous valley for Czech bead making is just a bus ride away. Yay! Roadtrip!
A couple of places in the yard are home to clusters of plants in the Arum family - arrow shaped leaves that die back in early summer, leaving the flower spikes to grow the seeds to maturity. I was sitting quietly on the porch yesterday when I realized there was more blue jay squawking and mocking bird rasping that usual. I watched the territorial displays and tried to determine if there were chicks involved. After some time I realized the birds were gathering red berries, and then realized the disputes seemed to be over the cluster of berries next to the house. I think they were all getting buzzed from the berries!