January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday - Love Story

Well, those crafty gals who brought you Ornament Thursday in December have decided to keep the fun going all year round. On the last Thursday of each month, you'll find a great collection of projects and inspiration from an eclectic and talented group of designers. "Ornament" is being used very loosely as it covers anything crafty that fits within the monthly theme. This month the theme is Love Story.
* Scroll down for the list of participating designers!

Gather up a collection of raspberry pink, lavender and lilac seed beads to accent this cuff bead in garnet. What was my inspiration? Why the lovely hues of Valentine sundries at the supermarket that have been showing off their cheery shades all through drab January. Want the instructions? You can find them on the Beads, Baubles & Jewels website here. Need seed beads? I like Charlene's Beads, Cindy's Crafts and Foxden Designs. (Seed beads are one of my secret loves. "You had me at matte metallic.")


Garnet Cuff Bead

Memory Wire

12 - 2mm silver beads

6 different types of seed beads (I like to add in a few strands of size 8/0 seed beads, they are larger and thread faster.)

6 accent beads - pearls and crystals are a fav.

6 - 1" headpins

2 - 2" headpins or 4" of sterling silver wire, 20 gauge

*big hint - one of my customers used a bead spinner to thread the seed beads, she used the memory wire instead of the hooked needle and said it worked like a charm. You have to love that!

Ornament Thursday Designers:

Hali's Flowers of LOVE in Ancient Bulgarian - 2 paintings in stylized Cyrillic spell out L-U-V

Art Bead Scene - The designers at Art Bead Scene have two jewelry love stories for you! Elaine Ray links together a little love with her ceramic heart components while Melanie Brooks Lukacs tells a little tale of romance in a Gothic Garden

Cindy Gimbrone Beads - Cindy's Love Story is about a hook and beads

Earthenwood Studio Bead Blog - What is sweeter than a mix CD for your Valentine? A yummy gift box in which to present it, filled with candy themed decorations, including a cute bracelet and cell phone charm!

Heart mobile - Jenny’s painted paper pulp hearts.

Humblebeads - Heather shares her favorite bracelet design in a Valentine inspired color scheme.

Jennifer Heynen of Jangles - Jennifer has made a fun "Ornament" for her neck that looks good enought to eat.

Joolz by Lisa - This "Love Story" will last all year long! Lisa shares how beads and books work together.

Katie's Beading Blog - Here's a happy little heart project for you - use it to embellish a bag or your jeans, or as inspiration for a necklace or bracelet.

Kriss Cramer - Art Interrupted - Grow Love! Nurture and care for your loved ones every day. Use this heartfelt book, you can make yourself, to remind you of all the love you have to give.

Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine - Linda's love story project is a dress she embellished by stenciling dancers and a big band along the hem. Read why and learn how to do it yourself on the Make It Mine blog.

Michelle's Love Story... - The band is getting back together again! Ornament Thursday celebrates the story of love...

Ornament Thursday Blog - January is coming to an end and Valentine's Day is looming on the horizon. Whether you wish to shower the people you love with love or show yourself a little well deserved affection, the Ornament Thursday Gang has a bevy of beautiful ideas to inspire you!

Savvy Crafter - Candie's love affair with big rings continue...she's making her own now! Love Stories and more over at the Savvy Crafter! XOXO!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! - Ah, Love ! This satirical creation of Jean's immortalizes certain women's profound affecton for their ... handbags!!!

Strands of Beads - Love speaks many languages. Learn how to say "I Love You" in an untraditional way with Melissa Lee's whimsical jewelry project.

SwellDesigner - Alexa shares with you her truly swell and punny Valentines!

The Impatient Blogger - Love is in the air at The Impatient Blogger! Margot shares two vintage inspired jewelry designs that are oozing with romance...in a good way!


Melissa J. Lee said...

I love your cuff bracelets. They are always so gorgeous!

Kriss said...

Wow...Oh Wow! It's beautiful! And very creative.

Margot Potter said...


Gorgeous as always! I love this design.

Thanks for joining us!

Elaine Ray said...

Since I am always gesturing as I talk, wearing this would make me feel as if I were giving beautiful visual impact to each word. Thanks for sharing!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Heather: this cuff is stunning!!! I LOVE these colors !!! You are wonderful!

JenniferJangles said...

Love it! Memory wire is the best and it's working perfectly with your beautiful bead here.

Jennifer Jangles

Lisa said...

Heather, I love the colors and the cuff...I'm all about "statement" jewelry and that cuff says it!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Don't tell anyone, Heather but I licked the screen when I saw your yummy bracelet! What?! What do you mean everyone can see my comments? Yikes! Ummmm...errr...I did not lick the screen but your bracelet IS YUMMY!! Love the bracelet, Heather!

Tally said...

Thanks you so much for sharing the instruction. I stumbled over your bracelet a couple of weeks ago and absolutly like it.

Michelle McGee said...

SOoooooo pretty!!!!!

Linda Augsburg said...

Heather, having made a few of those bracelets myself :) I had to let you know that I love the color combo you picked! And for anyone who wonders, they really are easy to create and it's such fun to pick the beads to go with Heather's polymer centerpiece bead!

Alexa said...

Love your color combo!

M. Akamau said...

What a great blog you have!


Anonymous said...


I wanted to let you know that I just ran across the picture of your bracelet, and I am WOWed (is that a word?) by how beautiful it is. I can't wait to give it a try!

Betina Sandra Guelman said...

SOoooooo pretty!!!!!