Saturday, July 23, 2011

Calling all Dog Lovers!

No, not just dog lovers, this is a story that will make everyone smile.... 
Read all about George, the world's biggest and tallest gentle giant!  Weighing in at 18 stone! A stone is 14 pounds, that's 252 lbs of dog!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Here's What's New at Sundancegems!

Sundancegems is the name of my jewelry shop/brand.
And it has nothing to do with the other more famous Sundance.
I remember working on setting up my website in November of 2004 and coming up with a name while sitting at the computer. Why Sundancegems? It's the name of the subdivision I live in and I love working with gemstones. It's that simple.

I thought I would show you some of my latest additions to the shop.

So, what do you think? 

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Inspired by Nature - Birds!

Heathers Powers of Humblebeads fame is celebrating her soon to be released new book 'Jewelry Designs from Nature'. Congratulations, Heather! And she has invited the beading community to join her in her celebration with some challenges to create by drawing inspiration from Nature.

I thought I would join in and here is my answer to her week 2 challenge.

I made the bird's nest following a tutorial from Baby steps.....

Rectangular beads of Sodalite depict the cloudy blue sky and lime green chalk turquoise the tree that provides the nesting site for the swooping swallow. I used blue corundum beads for the three eggs in the nest.

Heather is also asking fellow beaders to join her on a creative journey and is organizing a bead retreat as part of the book release celebrations. It is sure to be a lot of fun and I wish I could go. It would be nice to meet fellow beaders and bloggers! If you pre-order a signed copy of here book, she will include a beautiful lentil bead that is featured on the cover of the book.

A bird nest was also the inspiration for the necklace 'Fly' made by Tropical Blonde, check it out, love the feather! To see all the other challenge entries hop on over here.
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