Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'm happy with this one

A head on picture of the gerbera. Posted by Picasa

A side view picture of the gerbera. Techniques include beehive, continuous loops, crossover loops, basic, split triple basic. My goal is actually to include instructions for leaves to go along with the flower. I like leaves. Greenery makes the arrangement so much fuller, even if it's just a single stem in a vase.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Gerbera Daisies

I've always liked gerbera daisies. Strangley, there aren't many patterns out there for them. So what did I do? Of course, I tried to make my own. Other than the petals being a little too big and this one turning out huge, the gerbera passed muster with my friend Jean who I bead with, tests out these patterns and teaches me about plants.

So, ignoring my messy work's kinda big. I may end up with a pattern variation for anyone who wants a table decoration.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


I decided that since I don't have a permanant web presence other than this blog, and I'm slowly coming with new beaded flower pattners, I'm going to keep a post with a list of patterns as they develop. There will be a link to this post over on the right hand side so you don't have to keep searching for this post. I have set up a website for patterns at Judy Yiu Designs. This is a new website so if you have any problems with it, please email me.

Patterns are available as pdf files for download for $14. Patterns are also available in a printed copy with simple comb binding. There is an additional charge of $0.25 per page and $3 for the binding and covers.

Note: Please include 5% VA state tax for residents of VA.
The instructions are detailed with pictures at each step.

Patterns Available:

  • Calla Lily - My first pattern.

  • Miniature rose - This is for an introductory class at Bead Obsessions. This is currently unavailable at the moment as I haven't decided how I will offer this pattern outside of class.

  • Gerbera Daisy

In the works:

  • Autumn maple leaves and oak leaves

Ideas swimming in my head:

  • Hyacinth with bulb and roots

Grey weekend at home

The temp has cooled down and I think it's raining out! That means I won't have to water my yard today! Yay!
I've been working on a beaded gerbera daisy. I found the type of gerbera at Giant the other day and brought home a couple. Poked and prodded at them for an evening and got some measurements. Good thing I did it that night because one started to fade the NEXT DAY! And now I'm working on the petals. It's turning out well and I hope to have this first one completed to show Jean tomorrow when we get together for dinner. She's my official flower approver.

Monday, September 19, 2005

The other half

Philly Distance Run was yesterday. My goal was to finish uninjured. There was no thought to taking time off of VA Beach. And yet, I managed to take off about 20 minutes. I had music with me so I was able to pace myself better. I'd run for part of a song and walk for part of a song. Around mile 10, I realized that I was hitting each mile marker every 13 minutes or so and realized that I may actually be able to come in under 3 hours! My legs finally gave out around mile 12 and at that point, the clock said 2 hours and 44 minutes had passed and the thought that I may be able to come in under 3 hours according to clock time was a real possibility unless I did something to really mess up. So I clocked in at 2:59:40. This morning, race results said that my actual chip time was 2:50:50. Yup. This as compared to 3:11:47 from VA beach and I've taken off 21 minutes and 47 seconds in two weeks! Whoo hoo! The legs are feeling a lot better this time and the massage yesterday helped.
I left Philly this morning and went to New York. Had a quick lunch with a friend and then I hit the bead stores. I added about 20 pounds to my suitcase and came back with lots of pretty beads...mmm...beads... for pretty flowers.
I'll have to take some pictures sometime this week.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

At a loss

I feel at a loss. The parts for Reshma's birthday present are complete. I'm waiting for the train ride to put it together. I don't have a definite knitting project to work on though I've got a couple in the works. Hopeful may not get worked on since we are moving towards the colder weather. However, I did find Kepler which looks mighty interesting and so I think I may start on that.
I hate watching the idiot speak. Btw, when I refer to the idiot, I mean the president of the United States. I try not to bring politics here much. It's my escape. But my god, that administration disgusts me.
This weekend is the Philly Distance Run. After that, I'm going to New York and I'm going bead shopping. I'm drooling just thinking about it. However, I must finish the PDR and be uninjured in order to shop!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Another week and semi functional legs

I'm very much hoping that my legs will be okay for the Philly distance run. I think the muscles will have recovered but my knees feel a little weak.
Jean came over for dinner. It was an experimental dinner inspired by an episode of
Good Eats on pouch cooking, more specifically, this recipe on a steamed red snapper with some vegetables and cous cous. I used a salmon filet since I couldn't find a decent sized red snapper. Topped it with some lemon slices, parsely, one bunch of asparagus and some sliced red onions. Cous cous and chardonay for liquid. 425 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes. Yummy Yummy! I think I could've used just a little more liquid.
Tonight was also the A.C. Moore Midnight Madness sale. So I went and bought some yarn. I want to start a new project...a scarf from the Fall 05 issue of Knitty. I like the flowers. I like anything to do with flowers. Can you guess? I also bought some yarn to make some hats. I think I'm going to donate these as a hat/scarf set to donate to chemo patients.
Sunflowers are coming along...they'll be assembled on the train next week.

Monday, September 05, 2005

VA Beach Half Marathon

It's been a long time since I've been to the beach. How I've forgotten the joys and the annoyances. I love the water and the waves. I can't stand how the sand gets EVERYWHERE and if you're not careful, you get some horrendous tan I did.
Reshma and I had gone down there for the Rock 'N Roll half marathon. 13.1 miles. I've only run as far as 6 miles and really had no idea what would happen after that. Well, the first 6 miles were okay, only walked a small portion of that. Walked most of mile 6. Mile 7 was okay and started running mile 8. At mile 10, I realized that I couldn't feel much at my ankles and I thought I had some blisters on my feet. Mile 11 I knew I had blisters and my feet and my legs had stopped working. Mile 12 saw some energy come back as I was able to run again, in small bursts, but run none the less. My quads were tired and the rest of my legs were numb and overworked. Hit mile 13, saw the finish .1 of a mile away and sprinted.
Clocked in at 3 hours 11 min and 47 seconds. The actual gun time was 3 hours 42 min and 26 seconds. My splits at 5K: 38:00, 10K: 1:21:38 and 10 mile: 2:18:46
All in all, I'm happy with this performance. I finished on my own two feet in under 4 hours and even under the 15 mile per minute pace.
Don't have much use of my legs right now and I'm so thankful for cruise control in the car. That's how I got back. I have 2 weeks to recover before I have to do this again in Philly.