Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Official Pattern Review - Sages Cupboard

Oh my my my it has been a long time in the making of this one.  Not because it what difficult but because I put so much on my plate that a few things slipped a bit.  Humph go figure me put too much on myself...No Way!

My sweet friend Mortira at Inspirational Beading and the force behind The Sages Cupboard has been so patient with me.  I was so blown away when she first featured my blog on her blog and that she has so much talent in color composition and posts the best inspirations.  She was actually the first one to ask me to "Officially" review one of her patterns back in April.  Yes I told you she has been patient.  You should have been there when I opened the email from her...I nearly fell of my chair.  I was so honored.  There are a couple of things I do regret though.  First, Shelby liked the patterns on her site so I let her decide.  Well if any of you know a teenager that took a bit of deciding but she finally choose this one.  Then I said I would make it for her in the colors of her choice and well you guessed it that took a bit too.  Let's now throw in the end of school activities, graduations and all that jazz and yep it took a bit to get it done.  And now I regret making it for her!  LOL


Oh wow this was so worth it!  First let me tell you that yes I have done beaded rings and yes I have connected them and yes I was pleased with the result.  However if I had had this pattern before I would have been so much less frustrated and broken fewer needles and not yelled at my sweet seeds quite as much.  Mortira has covered everything in this pattern.  AND I mean everything! She has included pictures of how the beads look as you are working, she tells you about tension (yea I know I need help on that one!) AND AND AND  How and where to knot and end the threads.  This was the greatest gift she gave me.  If any of you have been "pattern taught" like me through magazines (which I still so love) you know this information is like a well kept secret.  I remember the first time I read one and I ended up looking through the whole magazine trying to find how to end the thread and you know what?  It wasn't there!  I eventually gave up and just faked it.  Well you know as well as I do a few pieces ended up getting froggy stitched because of that.  Anyway this IS the pattern for beginners and even those of us who have been left out of those sweet little secrets the rest of the beady world is in on.  So here I give you what Shelby has named "Lemongrass links".

What do you think of my prop?  I kinda like it but we'll have to see how it works with other things.

Oh thank you so much Mortira for the honor of reviewing your pattern and being patient through all my craziness as of late.  Please please please stop by her shop and check out her other tutorials and her gorgeous creations.  

As always I have given you my true assessment of this pattern and have not been paid for it!

Hugs and Blessings


  1. It looks like your kitty loves your new bracelet! Congrats on a job well done, and a great review!

  2. Very Pretty- Love the name and another great review!

  3. Love your props, love your beaded rings, love your review! Great job on that piece!!

  4. This is so cool. I might just have to get this pattern. I love it that much! Your review was so helpful. Love the colors Shelby picked out and the name. Cat's cute, too! Good job, my friend!

  5. This is a great review, Kristen. And, I really like Shelby's choices... pattern, color and name!

  6. Kristen, I am so touched by this wonderful review! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the project, and it turned out beautifully - the colors are especially sweet.

    I definitely try to go beyond what typical magazine patterns offer for instruction, and I'm so glad that it worked for you. Congrats on an awesome bracelet, and thanks again!

  7. Enjoyed the review Kristen. Shelby picked beautiful colors for this interesting bracelet--Love it!

  8. Great review Kristen thank you! This is so helpful, keep it up!

  9. You crack me up! Everytime I read your posts they make me smile and or laugh.

    i love the kitty! was thinking that before you even asked what we thought of the prop. The bracelet is beautiful, of course! Your work is always amazing!

    Glad to hear you made it through the rush of celebrations all in one piece :)

  10. What a great summery design! Love the happiness that exudes from this piece. You'll be lucky if Shelby doesn't errr, ummm, permanently borrow it from you! :o)


  11. Oh gosh, I was positive I had left a comment on this post as I remembered thinking how pretty the color "Lemongrass" was. Guess I probably mistyped my word verification and didn't take the time to make sure it was correct.

    The bracelet turned out beautifully and Kitten looks quite happy to be wearing it. Hope she didn't put up too much of a fuss when she had to give it up. :)


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