May 31, 2009
Bello Modo will be selling my work at booth #957 and I will be there throughout the show visiting with customers and helping in their booth. I do hope you'll stop by to say hello and see what they have. I'll be at the show Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
And what does Bello Modo have? Well I sent an order last week that was a sampling of my most popular beads. Since then I've found that Lorelei Eurto has an urchin necklace project in the new issue of BeadStyle, so I've been making tons of urchins and summery beads to add to Bello Modo's inventory.
New things that will be there: Van Gogh beads in long tubes and lentils, branch beads in new summer colors: raspberry, periwinkle, antique gold & navy. Limited edition colors of knobby urchins, urchin connectors, starfish charms and pendants. And finally just to amuse my muse I've created some eggs. Very painterly, precious eggs. We'll have to see how they go. I won't be able to photograph them until I get back.
Now I need to pack, sand beads and map out my plan of attack for shopping at the show!!!
And speaking of shopping, it's always nicer to have extra money when bead shopping is involved so I'm having a sale for my blog readers. Everything in my etsy shop, except the grab bags, are 20% off. I will send a revised invoice after your purchase. Add B & B sale to the notes when you checkout for your discount! Sale ends Monday at midnight. All orders will ship out on Tuesday before I leave.
May 30, 2009
I posted a few more urchin designs on the Art Bead Scene today. You can win a free urchin if you leave a comment over there. So head on over!
Opps, I almost forgot to mention I have a few new grab bags in my Etsy shop, they are all beach-themed with urchins, starfish and more!
May 29, 2009
I started by assembling a collection of larger beads: a shell and wood bead, ceramic, turquoise-daggers-of-awesomeness, and a buttery yellow urchin I made before the Bead Cruise. I sprinkled in some copper spacers, brass chain and a fish pendant/clasp thing from Vintaj. (I get all my Vintaj from my good buddies at Bello Modo.) And I had to add in a little brown lava bead from Rings & Things. They are popping everywhere in my designs, they are just so much fun and so very versatile.
The finished piece reminds me of my recent trip to Costa Maya, a beachy tribal design. This will be in my etsy shop soon along with a whole slew of summer inspired jewelry.
May 22, 2009
So my mom was talking to a friend and said friend wanted to know where she got a certain bead since she had never seen it in my shop. Ah, those were beads found on the bead table. You see, I make many beads that never see the light of day. One-of-kinds, ones that were maybe just a bit off in color or size from my regular line or an experiment. They end up in a big ceramic dish on my bead table. So I've decided to package up a few grab bags of these unique beads. They aren't seconds or flawed in any way, I'm just too lazy and too busy to take photographs of all of them. They are really beautiful collections. There is a least 5 beads in each grab bag. I have 8 of them made. (Click on the link to go to the listing.)
May 21, 2009
A few weeks ago I was playing with the brown lava beads that Rings & Things sent to their blog partners. I had picked up a strand at their show a few weeks before and was happy to have more. I have a free project on the Art Bead Scene featuring lava beads, you might want to check it out.
For this design I had a two-hole focal bead with an orchid. I thought the lava would pair nicely with unexpected texture and light color palette of muscovite and pinky/peach pearls.
May 17, 2009
Borrowing a color combo from nature, you could play with complimentary colors and pair pink with a yellow green. Wouldn't vessonite briolettes add just the perfect touch with the both color and their shape. (Briolettes from aaarealgem, pearls from Ystudio.)
May 16, 2009
(Photo by Mighty Boy Brian)
May 15, 2009
My next entry, Ginkgo Gardens is in the pearl category. I have a strand of purple stick pearls, green keishi pearls and top drilled purple pearls. Strung in there are a few of my purple disks and two Elaine Ray ceramic beads. Those wonderful ceramic ginkgo leaves came from Tasha McKelvey. The silver ginkgo came from Shipwreck Beads and was one of the many treasures I picked out from my Bead Star prize last year. Funny, huh?
Notice a theme? I love to work with other artist's beads!
May 10, 2009
(thanks Rosanne for the photo)
Sending out lots of love to my mom today, wishing we were together.
Sending out a prayer for my daughter, that I will know how to love and guide her.
Thankful for my mom's patience, friendship and heart.
Thankful for my daughter's laughter, curiosity and independence.
And me in the middle, forever changed by both.
May 2, 2009
Jess took some photos of me last weekend, of course only one turned out semi-okay. Nice Star Wars hair there Heath. I was going for some Swedish housewife look with the crazy buns. Channelling my inner Ulla Popken.
And last, but not least...it's official the big guy in red vacations in San Antonio during the off-season. He had on a Santa-inspired baseball cap, complete with fur trim. The back said, "Yah, I'm him." This was at Tip Top, a famous little diner a few blocks from my house.
Well, that's about as random as I can possible get. Enjoy your weekend!
May 1, 2009
Hola Beady Friends! I just finished drawing the winners for my Mixed Tape Challenge, thanks to everyone who played along! I enjoyed the high school photos, ah the big hair of the 80's! Fun times. My two favorite song choices would have to be Brass Monkey by the Beastie Boys, thanks Gaea and Parents Just Don't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, sweet pick Cindy L.! Those two had me chuckling all day. All the entries were thrown into a basket and after some vigorous shaking two winners were drawn at random:
The playlist that I'm working to today:
Love: Lost & Found Playlist