October 24, 2014

Autumn Inspirations

I have finally had a moment to catch my breath this week. This has been the craziest two months of moving, workshops, retreats and putting my world back together in our new home. 

I'm so happy here. We are right by town but still in a woodland area near a beautiful trail. We have been going for family walks this week to explore our new neighborhood. I can tell this forest is going to soak into my bones through each season and inspire new beads. 

One of my favorite treats this week has been Chai Hot Chocolate. Steep a chai tea bag for a few moments and then stir in hot cocoa and top off with whipped cream. Autumn in a cup - you're welcome! 

How are you enjoying the season? 

October 16, 2014

Art Bead Scene's October Challenge

Today the editors of the Art Bead Scene have risen to the monthly challenge over on our blog. This month I picked this colorful and playful painting by Milton Avery. I have to say it's the color that grabbed me when I first saw this painting. It captures a surreal palette that definitely excludes the excitement of the season. 

To play along I made beads inspired by the painting. I created this necklace with my bead, a leaf headpin from Thornburg Studios, enamel accents from Gardanne and a ceramic bead from White Clover Kiln. 

Here are the rest of the beads I created for the challenge. These are a very limited edition. Once they are gone, that's it! I will have them in my Etsy shop in just a bit.

This month the Art Bead Scene has mixed things up a bit with our challenge. We are now using Pinterest as the place to show off your entries. And there is a bead category for beadmakers to enter. So jump on over to the Art Bead Scene to check out the challenge and see what everyone else made this week! And then pull out those beads and play along.

Art Bead Scene October Challenge
Art Bead Scene Editor Blog Hop

September 26, 2014

Customer Gallery

It's time to show off some of the amazing creations by designers who use my beads in their work. I love seeing your inspired creations. Please share them with me! You might just end up featured on my blog. Let's see what these talented ladies have been up to lately.

Lorelei Eurto

First is a beautiful autumnal hued creation packed full of art beads designed by Lorelei Eurto. She paired up one of my Bonbon Flower beads with my Mum Connector. I love the colors and textures of this bracelet.

Check out Lorelei blog here for lots of beautiful jewelry and she has an upcoming webinar at selling at craft shows you might want to check out!

Ellen Lambrix
Ellen Lambrix shared this gorgeous necklace on my Facebook page. She has my Meadowlark pendant handing under a Vintaj brass branch and a ceramic bird. Love the pop of yellow that has the bird and flowers signing to each other.

 Valerie Mathews
This lovely pendant is from Valerie Mathews of Just Imagine Jewelry. I'm smitten with the fall-ish feel of this necklace. Valerie paired up my Autumn Whisper Feather Pendant with a bird from Kylie Perry and a sweet little wire nest. Valerie is a talented designer, be sure to stop by her shop.

Kaushambi Shah
My friend Kaushambi knows how to rock a Humblebead. Her playful owl necklace is sporting one of my Birch log beads. It's a fantasitic design with a Kylie Perry owl and tiny leaf chain.

I never would have thought to pair up my disk beads like this with a house bead - it works so perfectly!  Love the chunky peanut seed bead element that balances the art beads.

This necklace pairs up my little Fanastic Mr. Fox bead with Czech glass and a few of my disk beads. What a great color palette with the black accents, it remembers me of folk art designs.  Visit Kaushambi's Etsy shop, Ornament Lounge to see her art bead jewelry.

Rebecca Anderson
The clever Rebecca Anderson created these adorable earrings with Humblebeads Matchstick Charms and her tiny beaded beads. I could just eat them up they are so precious!

Same design, different color - it's a smart way to work if you sell your jewelry! Stop by Rebecca's blog SongBeads to see more of her work.

 Malin de Koning
Malin created this asymetrical pair of earrings, love how subtle the differences are - just enough to make them interesting! The purple disk beads are Humblebeads. 

Malin really excels at creating asymetrical jewelry. I love this bracelet and it's vivid pop of color that plays off the muted hues. Malin has three art beads as the focal and one of them is a Humblebead disk. Check out Malin's blog to see her designs.

Stephanie LaRosa
This design by Stephanie was featured in Stringing magazine last year, so I may have featured it before but it's worth a second look! Stephanie used accents in all the colors of the Autumn Whisper Feather and mixed it with silver toned chanrms. The purple suede looks like it was made to go with my bead.

Doesn't this piece make you want to go for a woodland walk on a sun-drenched trail? I can not tell you how much I love the yellow paired up with my Falling Leaves Cuff. I would have never thought of that color combo and I have to say it's perfect! I like the Czech glass between each large bead, I bet this is a fun bracelet to wear.

Stephanie paired up big chunky stones and glass with the delicate Tree House bead. Great contrast of shapes and colors. Stephanie is a very prolific jewelry designer, visit her Etsy shop LeClair Rose Designs to see her work.

Are you suddenly feeling like you need more Humblebeads? Today is the last day of my sale.

September 24, 2014

Calling All Bead Nuts!

If you are nuts for art beads it's time to squirrel away a few new Humblebeads! 

We are having a moving sale this week. Use code MOVINGSALE for 25% off your orders until Friday at midnight.


This is our lovely new home - the whole bottom level will be my studio. I'm beyond excited! It's on the outskirts of our sleepy little town near the river and woodland trails. We are almost packed and will be working through the move. I'm looking forward to feathering our new nest!

September 19, 2014

Featured Designer: Martha Thomas

I love seeing what my customers make with their Humblebeads! Please don't let your art beads stay hidden away in boxes, pull those treasures out and make something to wear or to give as a gift.  

Art beads are happiest in fresh air being admired by all!

I thoroughly enjoy seeing jewelry show up in my Facebook feed that feature my beads! I'm always thrilled at how clever designers are and love seeing all the different ways my beads are used. If you share something on Facebook make sure you tag me either as Heather Powers or Humblebeads. Or share your creations directly on my Facebook page

Martha Thomas of Martha's Ruby Acorn is one such designer who brightens my day every time I see one of her jewelry creations sporting a Humblebead! So much so, that I just had to share some of my favorites with you.  Enjoy the eye candy! 

A bright and sunny Van Gogh Sunflower Long bead is paired up with lampwork glass and lush silk ribbon.

Humblebeads Bittersweet disk beads are paired with pearls. I love the little touches here like the bead caps on the bottom of the pearls and the pieces of wire curled into tendrils.

One of my favorite pieces from Martha pairs up my Peacock bracelet cuff with a few peacock Humblebeads disks and complemented by a rustic bit of silk ribbon for a very bohemian effect.

Martha is really strutting her stuff with the peacock theme - I love it! Here the peacock pendant is paired with lampwork beads, peanut seed beads and accents of Czech glass. Isn't using the waxed linen a great way to showcase those lampwork beads.
This necklace exudes happiness! The Humblebeads Rainbow Butterfly is set among Czech glass flowers and lampwork spacers in this colorful creation. Notice the colorway on of the peanut seed beads? I love that little touch!

This pair of earrings really caught my attention. What a great way to make tiny charms get noticed! Great mix of materials with the leather, waxed linen and metal findings. 

 Martha used a few beads from one of my Blooms & Birds sets to create this fun bracelet. Very clever asymentrical design here using the bead color to unite the three larger elements and even though they are very different they have have the same visual weight which makes this bracelet a very pleasing design.

H: Martha how long have you been making jewelry and what's the story behind your business name?

M: I've been making jewelry for about eight and a half years now. I never tire of playing with textures and colors. The name for my shop came about like this . . . I love the simplicity of acorns, as well as the saying: inside every acorn is an entire forest. To round out the name I included my birthstone: ruby. And voila! Ruby Acorn was born!

 You can find Martha's shop at Martha's Ruby Acorn on Etsy.

Thank you Martha for sharing your creations with us!