I finally took a few weeks off and made myself a few items. Most of them simply were done to replace items I had made in the past, and then gave away. Sometimes you get carried away in the moment :-)
I put the finishing touches on a pair of Cheyenne style saddle bags, and made a shell necklace, earrings, hat band along with a beaded scarf slide and buckskin bag. All were done using antique Italian seed beads, Prosser beads, Russian Trade beads and smooth shell dentallium shells.
The hat band replaces a quilled hat band that used to adorn this old bowler hat which was my Grandfathers. So I assume it was made around ca. 1900. I wanted to do something very Plateau in concept , and yet original. so I hope I was effective in my idea.
Speaking of hats, one I made a few years ago is now on display at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center in Pendleton, Oregon, in the exhibit "Legend and Legacy - Jackson Sundown and Happy Canyon a century later" http://www.tamastslikt.org/events/ If you love the Pendleton Roundup and Native culture, I highly recommend going.
"Buffalo Gal" hat on display.
And speaking of hats - Another I did this summer for a exhibit on trade blankets which currently is on exhibit at Maryhill Museum of Art. http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/visit/exhibitions/current-special-exhibitions Another exhibit I highly recommend attending.
The hat and a few other items I made on display at Maryhill.
Now back to finishing the horse gear commission I have one piece left to do, and then other artworks. Even on vacation, there is no rest. But I am not sure I would feel comfortable resting.