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!

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