Monday, February 28, 2011

Late to the Party

I am behind at looking at everyone's lovely creations, I was hanging out with Harry this weekend. 

From what I have seen everyone did such a great job.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by!  Off to go see everyone else!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal

First of all I wanted to thank Lori Anderson for organizing this blog hop, it must have been a lot of work and it is definitely appreciated.  Secondly, my list of the blog hop participants looks weird, so I 'm sorry but it was a toss up as to what was smarter - Blogger or myself.  It was not me. 
Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

I made the bracelet using the enamel beads and some Gaea beads that I had with some matching seed beads all tied together with a Green Girl Studios clasp.  I had a couple of different ideas for the necklace, but finally I settled on a simple design with some green and white gemstone rounds and wood beads.  I tied a ribbon to the pendant to match the brown of the wood beads.  Plus I am really into tying ribbons onto stuff lately, I don't know why.

Come see what the rest of us made!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 

3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 

4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio

5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations

6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things

8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe

9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto

10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas

12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts

13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place

14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings

15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita

16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 

17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs

19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs

20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs

22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 

23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu

24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air

26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio

27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 

28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts

30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus

33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble

34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design

35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle

36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs

37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works

38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights

39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire

40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's

42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions

43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 

44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations

45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 

46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  

47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations

48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady

49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles

53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde

54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog

55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning

56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 

58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem

59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do

61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 

62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon

63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs

64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals

65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats

66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.

67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique

69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit

71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey

72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas

73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix

74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems

76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 

77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 

78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  

79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook

81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy

82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods

84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs

85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries

86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka

87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae

88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy

89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss

91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 

92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 

93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 

94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  

95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 

96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box

97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 

98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue

99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio

102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 

103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios

104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore

105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations

106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky

107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric

108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs

109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading

110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 

112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 

113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me

115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer

117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 

118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 

119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 

120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 

122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  

123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 

124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 

125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 

126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 

127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 

128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 

129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 

131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny

132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore

133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog

134. Stephanie LaRosa, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder You are here :)

135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs

136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  

137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.

139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy

141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse

142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings

143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts

144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense

145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique

146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 

147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 

148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  

149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T

152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals

153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 

154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta

156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef

157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye

158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 

159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory

161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst

162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed

163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu

164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 

165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra

166. Anna Motz, Stunning

167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings

168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads

169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones

172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 

173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 

174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  

175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine  
Credit River Art Glass

176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog

177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio

178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're

179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me

181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art

182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog

183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 

184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink

185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 

186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer

187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 

188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 

189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.

191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry

192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini

194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse

195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between

196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets

197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts

198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs

199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend

201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell

202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs

204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads

205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique

206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry

207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads

208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry

210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring Issue of Stringing

I received my copy of the Spring issue of Stringing magazine in the mail last week.  I knew that it was coming and I eagerly stalked my mailbox for its arrival.  I was not disappointed.  Inside were some beautiful, bright spring creations.  There were several techniques that I want to try.  I saw a necklace by Erin Siegel that used a leather cording at the front of a necklace to hang a pendant from with two loops that connected to the beaded strand.  And I saw a necklace by Cynthia Deis that had tiny pieces of gingham ribbon tied to the beaded strands.  I had a couple of pieces chosen for the issue and feel very honored to be included among so many beautiful designs.  My necklace design was called "All Laced Up" and it has Czech glass, wood rounds and an antique gold pendant that I got from Fire Mountain Gems.  The back of the necklace is a piece of off white lace trim that I got from the fabric section of Joann's. 

I also had 2 pairs of earrings chosen for the gallery.  The first is a pair made with handmade shrink plastic charms.

And these are made with some vintage lucite lilies from the Beadin Path.

If you have not seen a copy, go and find one at your bookstore or order from Interweave.  You will not be disappointed.  The Bead Soup reveal coming up shortly and I have to get cracking on my design.  Stay tuned.

Friday, February 18, 2011

What a Day

It is only 8:30 and my son has already given me a fat lip (accidentally by flinging his extra hard head around), taken my purse and emptied the contents searching for coins to put in his piggy bank and dumped out all his puzzles into one large pile.  I am just going to call it a day.  Some days you should not leave the house - this is one of them.  And it is going to be close to 80 degrees today.  Which means by the time we get to summer everyone will be suffering from heat exhaustion.  Awesome.  I am off to go put together 10 jigsaw puzzles.  Be back later with some jewelry, hopefully.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Loot

I received the perfect Valentine's present - a gift card to buy beads.  He knows me so well.  The Michaels by where I live recently added a ton of new beads to their stock and everything was 50% this week.  So, I went and had some fun.  I do not live anywhere close to a bead store (the closest one with anything good is about a 45 minute drive from me), so I have to rely on craft stores and online shopping to buy my beads.  I do get a bead show twice a year, but that is it.  I always get excited when I see new stuff at the craft store.  Here are the goods -

Some ceramic beads, carved beads, ceramic spacers, resin beads, glass beads and two hole magnesite spacers

Apparently in my bead shopping excitement, I accidentally purchased two of the purple stone strands.

This last set are all new two hole slider beads.  I have a huge mother's day order I need to get working on and these will become bracelet and earring sets.

That's all!  I will post some pictures when I get around to actually making something.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know I'm a day early, but my husband and I celebrate Valentine's Day on the 13th instead of the 14th.  Six years ago today my husband proposed to me.  He didn't want to do it on Valentine's Day because he thought it would be a little cheesy.  I remember he wanted me to get all dressed up so we could go out that night (it was a Sunday) and I thought to myself, why does he want to go out tonight, aren't we going out tomorrow?  So every year since we celebrate today.  It actually kinda works, because the restaurants aren't as packed and we can even possibly get someone to stay with the boy. 

Us on our honeymoon. 

I also sent out Valentine's Day cards to my mom and my two grandmothers.  It is nice to take the day and let the people you love know you love them.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

February Art Bead Scene Challenge

I have been thinking about entering the Art Bead Scene Challenge this month with this necklace -

Normally I don't enter the monthly challenges, I just like to see what everone else makes, but I had this piece made and I think it kinda works.  I admire everyone who can look at a work of art and translate that into jewelry, something I've not been able to do.  All of the ceramic beads are Gaea beads, including the pendant.  I am off to go upload it to flickr. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I'm still here

I have been neglecting my blog for a while, sorry about that.  I wanted to write, but I really didn't have anything to write about.  I haven't been able to make anything for awhile because I have had a headache for like a week.  One that is there right when you wake up and fades with some medicine but comes back even stronger.  Not fun.  I feel better today, so I thought I would share some news.  I saw on the Stringing Facebook page that they have uploaded the new pics from the Spring issue of the magazine and my necklace is one of the preview pics.  The photography is so pretty and I love the way they styled it.  I cannot wait to see the issue, I think that the Spring issue is always my favorite every year.  I love the bright colors and all of the bird and flower motifs.  Plus this issue has some vintage inspired styles, which are some of my favorite pieces to try.  I think that you can pre-order the issue from Interweave now.  I will post some pictures of my necklace and earrings that are in the issue when I receive it.