Saturday, April 27, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Party!

I just could not wait to show off what I have made with glorious beads that my Bead Soup partner Laura, the Bead Therapist sent me, what a gorgeous and at the same time challenging collection it was.
Here is what I received...
These rectangular pendants had me thinking...
These beads had me pondering...

March and April were very busy months, a bout of the flu, Spring Break visitors from the North, and tax preparation time, so I was grateful for all the additional time given for this final reveal.

And here is what I made...

The gorgeous turquoise and gold pendant made by Roberta Warshaw and the golden leaf toggle clasp made by Pajego Art House were combined with two strands of golden Keishi pearls to create this necklace. I love how it turned out, do you? 

The rondelles of light green rutillated Quartz were made into a Spring flower bracelet by combining them with Fluorite carved flowers, green and lilac dyed freshwater pearls and I used the square love toggle I received from Laura. Wouldn't this be perfect for Mother's Day?

The lampwork beads Laura sent me along with some green silk and a pair of gorgeous light-weight earrings... what do you think? 


And the best part is that I still have some beads that I can play with, so my party is not quite yet over. Please hop on over tp Laura's blog to see what she made with the beads I sent her to play with.

Don't forget to check out all the more than 200 beaders who will be revealing their beading today as part of the 7th Bead Soup Party. To see a complete list of all the participants, please hop over the Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party blog. You can see all of the jewelry made by the some 500+ particiapnts of the 7th Bead Soup Party over here at Pinterest.

Thank you Lori for hosting this wonderful gathering of beaders, your hard work and dedication is much appreciated by us all!

Friday, April 26, 2013

AJE: Earrings Challenge - Reveal 7 - Weeks 13 and 14

It is Reveal 7 of weeks 13 and 14 of the AJE Earrings challange and as usual I am behind schedule in posting for this blog hop. Have I told you how much fun it has been exploring the world of Art Jewelry Artisans and the Elements they create? Such lovely beads and components to bead with out there and it has been wonderful exploring them...

For this reveal I showcase Paper Beads made by Gillian McMurray. These are the two pairs I made from her beads...

Vintage Paris paper beads, each one individually coated with ultra thick embossing enamel and tipped in gold embossing powder. I used natural greek leather to hang them from and dangle two very lighweight Metallite gold-colored bicones from the two ends. 

The second pair is made with her Ocean Wave paper beads, paired with some light blue Swarovski pearls and sterling silver findings. The beads are in shades of Turquoise, with silver and gold microbeads, coated with embossing enamel and tipped in silver powder. 

Stop and check the wonderful selection of Paper beads made by Gillian, they make great earrings, they are so lightweight, unique and beautiful!

Please stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.
And enjoy your weekend! 
And do not forget to stop by tomorrow to check my Bead Soup reveal.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

AJE Earrings Challenge - Reveal 6 - Week 11 and 12

It is week 11 and 12 of the AJE Earrings challange and I am behind schedule in blogging my post for the blog hop. It has been a fun three months exploring the world of Art Jewelry Elements, and I have got to know of many artisans and sampled many of their creations. I have a stash of some very wonderful AJEs that I hope to showcase in the next quarter... yes, I plan to keep making more earrings... 

These are the two pairs I posted for weeks 11 and 12.

Lovely Sun Moon Copper charms made by Kristi of Kristi Bowman Designs, are the focus of my first pair, along with sunny nuggets of Lemon Quartz and midnight blue rounds of Lapis Lazuli. All wired up with copper wire and dangling from hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires.

My next pair was made some time ago as part of a Bead Soup Party challenge, but this was a good time to show it off again. A pair of wooden dragonfly batik beads with a pair of black Onyx rondelles on either end and dangling from it a turquoise Kristal Wick batik ribbon bead wrapped in hot pink silk. I love it, what about you?

Please stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.
And enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Reveal 5 - AJE Earrings Challenge - Week 9 and 10

It is week 9 and 10 of the AJE Earrings challange and I am behind schedule in blogging my post for the blog hop. It has been a crazy month, sick with the flu, end of the quarter so busy at work, clean house get ready for company here for spring break, bead soup to cook... but inspite of it all the AJE earrings challenge has been a delight. I love that we reveal every two weeks, and it earrings, not too complicated, so many beautiful beads and art jewelry elements what's not to love. It's good for the body and soul... making earrings!

These are the two pairs I posted this fortnight.

I used a pair of lampwork lentils beads hand made by Joyce of Joycelo with an opal periwinkle background, green leaves and variegated yellow flowers on both sides. The beads are so beautiful, that they did not need much more in the way of adornment, just 14K gold fill levelbacks, some chain, and a Hyacinth Swarovski crystal.

The second pair was made using a pair of enamelled butterflies from Gardanne Beads. The orange butterflies are paired with white center Sapphire Venetian glass beads, its almost as if the butterflies are flying against a light blue spring sky!

Please stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.
And enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bead Soup is... simmering...

Some weeks ago, I received my bead soup ingredients from my partner Laura De Moya. Laura is a Bead Therapist! And not in name only, she actually is Dr. Laura De Moya, a doctor in internal medicine, practicing in Texas. She is also the mother of two daughters and I wonder when she finds the time to bead. She certainly enjoys beading and loves to be challenged as you can see from the very creative designs she has produced for various challenges.

Look what she sent me... very gorgeous, very generous and very challenging!

Silk ribbons in shades of cream and green.
Two pendants, one wooden with a mother of pearl embellishment, and the other a beautiful turquoise green and gold polymer clay pendant made by the very gifted Roberta Warshaw.
Two toggles, one sterling silver and the other wooden with gold leaf from Pajego Art House.

Two strands of beads, wooden cylinders and mother of pearls ovals.
Green and cream lampwork beads from Indian Creek Art Glass.
Rondelles of green rutillated quartz.

I am sorry I did not take pictures of what i sent her, but you can see it when we both reveal our bead soup creations on March 30. This will be a challenge as it is tax time and bead soup time all at the same time! Till then... happy beading!

So I mentioned the word challenge four times in this post... can you tell I am being challenged... for time? for inspiration? Let's wait and see... got some ideas...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Reveal 4 - AJE Earrings Challenge - Week 7 and 8

It is week 7 and 8 of the AJE Earrings challange and the theme for me has been glass and a little fun...
My first pair uses a pair of frilly pink lampwork ruffles from moderntrails and I decided I will dance with them. So meet my dancers...

Shall we dance?
I used Magnesite skull beads from Happy Mango Beads and made the earwires myself. Would you wear this pair of earrings?

My next pair uses Fossilized seaside glass head pins from HavanaBeads made by Raida Disbrow. These are lovely, you got to see them to appreciate their beauty. I have used bronze colored freshwater pearls that make the lime green head pins just pop!


I have been saving a pair of fine silver PMC ruffles that I received from Sandra of PetaloAzul, who was my Bead Soup Partner for the 6th Bead Soup Party. With a pair of hot pink Venetian Glass beads and light grey Swarovksi pearls, I made my third pair of earrings. I love the color combination, do you?

So pretty with pink!

Please stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.
And enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crazy Coiling Class

Last Saturday I spent six hours at the ArtCenter Manatee in Manatee County Florida with 9 other jewelry makers taking a workshop wire coiling and making a Crazy Coil Bracelet.

Our teacher was the talented Stacy Perry of Hodgepodgerie and it was a great class.  We spent the day learning to use an electric drill to coil wire at lightening speed, manipulating wire every which way, add in some jump rings till it all came together this way...

This was the first time I made my own toggle and bar, and that was an added bonus.
I love it. What about you?
Stacy has some great tutorials on her website, including supplies, and tons of information on metal and wire jewelry making. She also has an Etsy shop with a nice sample of goodies.

Today I attended another workshop on forging metal, but more about that in another post.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Gorgeous Giveaway!

Lesley of Thea too is celebrating her one year anniversary with one gorgeous giveaway of her amazingly gorgeous charms and components. Look at them, they are lip smacking, finger licking gorgeous! I purchased some of her charms from her Etsy shop for earrings for entries to the AJE challenge, have not use them yet...but I want more...

Gorgeous Giveaway from Thea too!

Happy Anniversary Lesley, wishing you many more successful years delighting us beaders!

Hop on over and enter to win!
Good luck!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Week 3 - AJE Earrings Challenge

Week 3 of the AJE Earrings Challange being the week of Valentine's Day, my theme was hearts and earrings featuring handmade hearts by two very talented artisans.

Bronze heart charms by Candice Wakumoto (purchased from Andrew Thorton's shop)
Lapis Lazuli coins
Golden pyrite rondelles
Earwires by Mishel Designs

 Sterling Silver Lone Star heart charms by Cathy Dailey
Sponge Coral nuggets
Sterling Silver earwires

Make sure you stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello Spring 2013... Stringing, that is!

I know the North East is blanketed in snow and I hear there is another storm on the way... I hope everyone stays safe and makes the best of Mother Nature's winter visits. But take heed, spring is around the corner...

For me, Jewelry Stringing Spring 2013 arrived in my mail box yesterday and I can now reveal that two of my bracelets were selected to be featured as part of their Bracelet Designs on page 24 and 25.

I am thrilled!

Carved Nephrite beads, 
Vintage brass beads, 
Red Botswana Agate, 
Red Tibetan beads, 
Brass Toggle and spacer beads.

Magnesite Butterfly and Melon bead,
Czech pressed glass flowers, 
Czech fire polished rounds,
Copper chain, ring and trigger clasp.

Wishing you all a Happy Spring!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Calling all Necks!

Did I get your attention? Good.

I am having a sale at Sundancegems during the month of February to find necks for my neck less necklaces!
I have been often asked about the name of my shop, it is named after the subdivision I live in, what can I say? I had to think up a name real fast when I was setting up my site. It has nothing to do with the other more famous website known by a similar name. Now back to the business at hand...

All neck less necklaces (some include ear less earrings in the set) will be discounted 15% less than the regular price. Please check it out... thank you.

Tibetan Conch beads and Red Coral

Turquoise and Wood Jasper

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Week 2 - AJE Earrings Challenge

This was a very busy two weeks for me being the end on the month at the bank when work gets crazy. I have also been fighting off some sort of runny nose, sneezing and teary eyed bug. It was nice staying around the house today doing not much of anything but checking out the glorious earrings made by others taking part in the AJE challenge.

My week 2 contributions were two pairs, take a look...

This pair uses a pair of lovely long leaves made by Kristi Bowman,
with carved red Coral flowers and Swarovski cooper crystal elements. All dangling from hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires.

The second pair was one I made some time ago using a pair of blue enamelled butterflies made by Anne of Gardanne Beads.  This pair was inspired by the kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder.

Don't forget to check out the other creative earrings using Art Jewelry Elements at Pinterest.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


A tribute to colorful Czech glass beads...

I got the beads from Happy Mango Beads, how appropriate!
This set will be donated to raise money for the fight against Juvenile Diabetes.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Week 1 - AJE Earrings Challenge

This is week one of the AJE Earrings Challenge and here are my contributions...

Natural Turquoise Coins and Copper charms by Melinda Orr of Orrtec

Turquoise and Lampwork beads by Jennifer Jennings of Blue Seraphim

Venetian Glass beads with bronze hammered hearts by Candice Wakumoto

Red Coral beads with Keith O'Conner Ceramic Beads and earwires made by yours truly!

Be sure to check out all the creative and beautiful earrings submitted by some very talented artisans. This is such a wonderful way to showcase some gorgeous beads hand made by fellow artisans. 

Stay tuned for week 2 and have a great week!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge

I was so looking to jump start my creativity in 2013 and I found it.

The Art Jewelry Element Earring Challenge!

This challenge has me searching through my hoard of beads for AJEs made by various artisans, and I have more on order as well.. making their way to me. The challenge also has me trying to figure out Pinterest! Not quite sure I got that quite right yet, but I am working on it. 

Stop by on January 20 as the first round of AJE earrings and check out some great earrings posted by fellow beaders at AJE on Pinterest.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

In 2013 I wish you ...

Smoky Quartz to dispel all negative energy and depression, leave that behind with 2012!

Turquoise to attract prosperity and success, while enhancing your creativity and communication skills... more blog posts everyone!

Tiger Eye for good fortune and protection from 'Evil Eyes'!

May all your wishes come true this year!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a joyful year, with peace, happiness and love!

... and happy beading too!

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