June 27, 2009
I've done some planning and have decided to keep blogging while I'm gone. So visit check back daily for all sorts of goodies that I have planned! Also, just like last summer my etsy shop will remain open while on vacation. All items are in stock and ready to ship. Orders will go out 2-3 times a week while I'm in Michigan.
June 26, 2009
And here are the winners sporting their creations: Kathy, Royelle and Sherry. Great job everyone! I will upload the other entries in the Bead Cruise flickr group later next week. Again, me+camera+cruise ship=bad photos! Sorry about that.
June 24, 2009
Jewelry & Beading
June 20, 2009
Visit Bello Modo for Vintaj brass, they have free shipping!
June 19, 2009
June 18, 2009
June 17, 2009
Last month Rings & Things sent their blog partners "Things to String" to play with and see what we think. I'm not a cell phone person. I have a little one that I load up with minutes when I travel, but it's not something I carry around with me on a daily basis. So the cell phone lariats that they sent to us were a bit of a mystery to me. How do they attach? What do people put on their cell phones? Those burning questions were eventually answered thanks to google.
So I guess if you are too hot to wear jewelry this summer, you can still sport your art bead collection on your phone. For some reason these remind me of projects for a slumber party or camp. Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya...Okay no more silliness from me.
Have you adorned your cell phone with some bling or beads of some kind? Or have you used these cell phone lariats in some other kind of project? Leave a comment and on Monday I will draw a random winner for my hedgie cell phone charm.
June 16, 2009
And here is my start. I followed suit with the design that has the clasp and the connector and will enjoy seeing how this bracelet will come together. I used my Spring Branch lentil, a Mamacita Beadworks button as a dangle and some silver colored chain that has a great matte finish.
June 15, 2009
Hmm, I could see this design using my owl too. Now I'm going to have to run off to the bead table and whip one up.
June 14, 2009
Okay, so this one isn't a yellow bead, but it compliments the yellow in my design so nicely. I'd start with a wire-wrapped nest with some bright yellow glass beads, add in my teal bird, wire-wrap a few links with these fun vintage beads from Milbits and finish the necklace off with a hand-dyed silk ribbon from JamnGlass. Nothing like a little wisp of ribbon instead of a bulky chain on a hot summer day. Man, I wish I had these beads on hand right now, I'd love to wear this necklace today!
The next necklace I'd create a little longer than my usually 18 or 20" and add a few inches. I'd start with a pendant created from these awesome wood filigree leaves from xgq15 and one of my Golden Branch beads. For the necklace I'd string blue wood beads from BeppeMartha and glass disks from LindenAvenueDesigns onto brown waxed linen. This would be a very lightweight necklace with a lot of visual pop. Don't those blue beads look like blueberries?
June 13, 2009
I was experimenting with some fantasy mermaid color schemes before Bead & Button. These technicolor knobby urchins are the results. I like them, kind of reminds me of something you might find on the Broadway set of the Little Mermaid. They would look lovely paired with amazonite, wood and shell beads. Hmm, I may have to pull out the beads today and whip up a sample.
I have finally listed some of my jewelry in my etsy shop. I'm heading home at the end of the month to spend July in my beloved South Haven - that sleepy little tourist town on Lake Michigan. So mermaids, the sea, the beach, they are all on mind and making their way off the bead table.
June 12, 2009
June 10, 2009
The second booth I sprinted, okay ran to, was Elemental Adornments by Christi Anderson. You may have seen her work on the cover of Mixed Metals. I couldn't afford one of her sculptural pendants but these doves and nests quickly found their way into my hands. In the background are lampwork beads from Cindy Craig and blown glass beads by Kerri Fuhr.
The girls at the Vintaj booth were doing a little stamped Make & Take. Which quickly sent me on a mission to find a dapping block to play with at home. These started out as simple blank circle pendants from Vintaj. I stamped them with quotes from a Midsummer Night's Dream and filled the back with polymer clay. (Thanks for the inspiration Erin!)
So that is it for now. Those pendants will be in my Etsy shop tomorrow. If you are waiting for an email from me, you may want to prod me a little. I'm working as quickly as I can on orders & emails. (I woke up at 6am to make the pendants before I had to officially start the day!)
June 8, 2009
Inspired ideas floating around in my head: designs for Soft Flex's trio design challenge, midsummer night's dream beads/pendants and making more eggs. I need a day to play with all my new toys!
Have you seen Lorelei Eurto's necklace in the new issue of BeadStyle magazine? It's nice to see my little urchin front and center. I'm off to make a fresh batch of them, get ready for a slumber party for my daughter's 13th birthday and try to get caught up on my emails. Ha!
June 3, 2009
Emails - will be answered on Monday.
Beads- are made, not all I wanted to get done, but so, so many for Bello Modo!
Plane - leaving in 2 hours.
Friends - waiting to gather.
Bags - packed.
Sleep - none. : )
Headed off for my first Bead & Button show. I will be helping Bello Modo at booth #957, stop by and chat!
See you Monday with photos, stories and beads!!!