Saturday, May 10, 2014

The 8th Annual Bead Soup PARTY!

Well, it's party time.
First a big thank you to Lori Anderson and her family for getting this wonderful party together. I can only imagine what it took to get to this day. Thank you Lori, you and your family will always be very, very special to all of us. Wishing you all strength, health and happy days.

And now I present....

Remember the spectacular Copper Rose hand made by my partner Janice,  it was a challenge finding the right beads to complement this head turner of a focal bead. In the end I used some beautiful Rose Quartz rondelles separated by copper spacers to make a simple necklace that did not detract from the rose! Simply glorious, I hope you like it!

Next the carved pill box Turquoise beads; I wanted to keep it simple yet make it pop, so this is what I made... with mighty slabs of multi-colored Fancy Jasper.

As you can see... keeping it simple... was the name of the game!

Next on the list are the sky blue barrell beads of Magnesite and the granulated Copper spacers that were part of the bounty I received from Janice, and here is what I made... a memory wire bracelet with red Carnelian and Sardonyx.


Some hammered Copper Hearts paired with little pills of red Coral and we have these pretties!

And now I must confess that I could not do justice to the wonderful clasp that Janice had sent me. I know it is part of the rules that I use the clasp. And what a clasp it was, and nothing I could think of or design was to my satisfaction... so sadly I must save it for another time.  The same shoud be said of the many Copper leaves Janice sent me... my mojo failed me. I think it was a combination of tax time fatigue and waiting till the last minute syndrome.

Thank you Janice for these wonderful soup ingrediants, I hope I have not disappointed you. Please hop over to the Jewelry Room to see what Janice made with the Bead Soup I sent her. She has had some challenging times getting ready for this Bead Soup Party and I can't wait to see what she has made.

Please visit the other 8th annual bead soup participants to see their wonderful creations by clicking here.

Have a wonderful weekend!
A very Happy Mother's Day to all beader Mothers and Mothers of beaders!

Friday, April 25, 2014

My Partner for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party

Yes, I know this has been a long time coming, I am sure my partner Janice is wondering if I dropped off planet Earth. I am still around and still beading, but oh so little... My time has been spent with taxes, and I did get them done on time; and dealing with shortages of personnel in the work place, very tiresome and very stressful.  I am pleased to announce that life is slowly getting back to normal. And then I realised that the 8th Bead Soup Party blog hop is only a week away!

Let me now introduce you to my bead soup partner Janice. Janice hails from Canada and seems to be a wiz with Copper! Check out some very creative clasp she has formed with lamp work beads and Copper, she includes a tutorial as well.  I particularly like the one that incorporates a skull.

Janice sent me Bead Soup ingredients from bead paradise, no this is not the name of the shop, just a place where great beads come from.  A copper rose made by her, just gorgeous!  Some hammered copper hearts, what's not to love? and a length of copper chain.

The Spectacular Focal!
An equally gorgeous brass clasp in the shape of a leaf, plenty of ornate copper spacer beads and a bunch of copper leaves, again made by Janice. She does some wonderful work with copper.

Lovely leaves!
And that is not all, some great blue and green turquoise beads, including two beautifully carved pill box beads.

Love the colors!

Now the pressure is not to do these great soup beads justice.  

See you next week at the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop.!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Warm Wishes from Florida!

Stay Warm
Stay Safe
Spring will soon be here!

I love making these...

Memory wire stacked bracelets, so easy and so pretty. I love making these. Check out some of the few that I made currently on sale at my shop. I love how this one turned out... and it was sold within hours of my listing it, and that does wonders for the creative soul!

This bracelet was made with Turquoise rounds, natural seed Salwag beads and Tibetan brass capped Carnelian beads.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bead Soup Sign Up and $100 Bead Shopping Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!

Did you sign up for the 8th annual Bead Soup Party? You have to sign up today, and only today. See you at the Party!

How about a $100 bead shopping spree? Hop on over to the Beading Gem's blog to sign up for a wonderful opportunity to sign up for a chance to win a $100 to shop at The Bead Shop. This is a great store, I have shopped there and they have a wide variety of beads, stringing material and a nice selection of tribal and ethnic beads and findings. Good luck!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It has been too long...

that I have been away from my blog.

I have been hopping around and reading and watching my fellow artisan bloggers as they made progress these past months. And I am in need of a serious jolt to kick start me to return to my blogging. I never stopped making jewelry, just spent much less time at the computer, other than to buy beads and to list my jewelry in my shop. I must say that I have spent a lot of time on Pinterest too and I am enjoying the inspiration I draw from the pins.

This weekend, I plan to wake from my slumber and hope to sign on to Lori Anderson's 8th Annual Bead Soup Party!  Thank you, Lori for undertaking this massive project again this year. I have taken part in 6 of the past 7 and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I hope to make this my 7th Bead Soup Party. So set your reminders and see you at the Bead Soup Party sign up!

8th BSBP

It is ironic that my last blog post was my 7th Bead Soup party reveal on April 27, 2013... geez it has been long!

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.

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