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.