Saturday, February 26, 2011

Big Reveal !!!

First Let me say...
No polymer clay was harmed in the making of  this necklace.
That's right ! I did not make a single clay bead for this project!
I believe this fact  alone met Lori Anderson's  Bead Soup criteria !
I did think outside the box and work outside of my normal comfort zone !!! LOL !!!

The whole concept of this bead exchange  had me reflecting once again about how our beads connect us  to the world .
I have always seen beads as source of  beauty and personal expression.But,I also see them as a source of understanding and friendship .

 My partner Sandi Volpe made the beautiful pendant she sent me. She lives in Virginia and I  live in Maryland. By global standards we are neighbors.But of course, we  would never have met if not for beads.Sandi also sent me intriguing paper beads from Bead For Life.This project helps impoverished women in Uganda learn to support themselves and their families
These beads were the seeds that grew into my inspiration .

I "planted" a few in some wire ribbon and let  some sprout on the silk ribbon Sandi sent .Then I added  flowers from as far way as Thailand .I selected beads  from all over the world to grow in my garden ! I really don't know for certain where each bead came from. But, I do know they came from places I'll never see.
They were made  by people whose lives are far different from my own.But,those people have  hopes  and  fears , joys and sorrows just like I do. These beads are my reminder that, while we may all be different ,we are also all alike.

Today I'll begin to connect with even more people . I'll be hopping about the blogs of jewelry designers from all over the world !!!
I'll be learning  from  and inspired by , both the designs and the people who created them .
It's an opportunity  to meet new people and make new friends !!!
Please come join me on the Bead Soup Blog Hop !!!

I planted a bead...and garden grew !!!
This week  plant a bead
grow a garden of your own
Bead Happy !


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me        You Are here !    

115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life
       ENJOY YOUR HOP !!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring Thaw

The Promise of  Spring
Sometimes I wish I was a  big old  bear !
I love the idea of spending the warm months of the year eating as much as possible,happily growing fat all summer.Then when the weather turns cold ,being free to just curl up in a cozy spot for a nice long nap. I am very inclined to hibernate !

I do work on my beads and my bead  shop all winter long .
I do spend time thinking of new things I want to try.
When the days are cold and gray my dreams do take shape. However, they don't always seem to develop as they should.
Many of my  ideas seem to remain on a sort of a "winter wish list ".

This week the days have finally started  to warm up !!!
Daytime temperatures have been in  the 40's even up in the 60's!!!
At last the ice and snow is  melting ! Stepping outside to photograph the beautiful sunrise pictured above,
I could just feel  the Promise of Spring in the air !

Suddenly  I feel more productive. New color combination's and design inspirations are are filling my head .
Ideas and ambitions are staring to unfurl !
I am even more determined  to  enter every ABS challenge this year !
My Bead Soup project is almost complete . I love this idea ! I'm  already looking  forward to the next one!
I've discovered  a new place to make purchases, Lima Beads.
I'm  having so much fun with their Big Green Bead Machine !!!  Some great deals there and sometimes free beads!!!
I plan to post some of my designs in their Design Gallery very soon!
This spring I'll be hunting for more show and tell  type venues.
I really enjoy sharing  bead inspiration!

I am so thrilled to be working with my friend Linda Moseley  on her TERRIFIC blog give away for next month !!!   Don't forget to check  her site frequently for a chance to win one of her GORGEOUS  creations !

I am finally waking up from the long cold Winter .
Time for my  Spring thaw !!!
I'm hungry for new ideas and growling about finding more time for beads !!!
I have an un-bear-able urge to bead!!!
This week thaw out some of your winter wishes
Let your design ideas Spring forth
Bead Happy,
Sweet  Peach Flowers

            I'm  Sowing Sewing the Seeds of my  Bead Soup inspiration! 
                                    Big Reveal is next Saturday 2/26 !!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Just For Fun !!!

"Whimsy "
I love searching the internet for new beads ,beading materials and bead inspiration!
I collect beads from artists I admire,beads from different cultures and beads that I  like...just because !!!

I have a big stash of  beads and beadie  things waiting for the right project to come along.
For quite awhile I have been intrigued with " Woven Wire Ribbon"
a wonderful  tube of fish net like wire that can be filled,stretched,knotted etc.  Imagine the possibilities !
I longed to try some. But, I was trying not to add even more to my stash of "waiting to be used things" !
Then ABS posted the  inspiration painting for February. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

As soon as I saw it, I noticed the wonderful ruffled collars on the girl's dresses! Wire ribbon can be stretched into ruffles !!!! Perfect!!! I went straight to my key board and hit "buy now".
My wire ribbon was on its way!
What else would I  add to to capture what this painting said to me?
It's a garden of gorgeous flowers ....of course I HAD to make a flower !!! You know I can't stop making flowers ..LOL!!!

But ,what other elements to include ? The whole time I waited for my wire ribbon to arrive I thought  about my design.
I'll admit ,I even daydreamed about it at work ...I hope my boss doesn't read this blog !!!
I do love the "things "that are in the painting . But, what I seemed to love the most was the magical feeling  it captured for me .
The painting took me back to the innocence of childhood, a time when we are not afraid to let our imaginations soar ! I decided to let my inner child loose and just have fun with my design !
My necklace became a flight of fancy .... A bit of WHIMSY !
Thank you ABS for the wonderful inspiration!
This week let your inner child speak
Design something just for FUN!
Bead Happy ,
PS: Can you guess the mystery metal component for my Soup ???

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stayin' Warm in Winter !!!

Winter Moon Rise
This week more snow and ice  at my house!!!! 
I've been making  beads to mix /match antiqued  gold and  brass metal shades .I love the look of these  popular metals.
Up until now I've been  matching the brass colors.
But,I just ordered some  findings to coordinate with gun metal  and  Vintaj "Arte Metal "  shades.
That should keep me busy til Spring!!!
The groundhog predicted Spring will be early . I hope he's right !!! I'm getting very weary of ice and snow!

It's sooooooo cold and gloomy outside .
My hands are freezing. But , my heart is warm !!!  Why ???
Because I've  been working on a Secret project!!!
I've discussed several times the Wonderful friendships our beads bring us. We make amazing beadie connections with people all over the world  just sitting at our computer !!! 
One of my  most treasured bead connected  friendships is with Lynda Moseley .
She is THE MOST talented polymer clay artist and jewelry designer!!!
Lynda is The Queen of polymer clay transfer beads!
Her work is GORGEOUS!!!
Her latest creations include AMAZING  Vintaj wrapped beads !!!
Rarely am I at a loss for words! But ,her work defies adequate description .Check out her Flickr pics to see for yourself

Why am I feeling so Warm  and Happy  in my heart ?
Because Lynda is using some of my flower beads in her next project!!!!! I am so Honored !!!!
She is having AMAZING monthly giveaways on her blog.
Next month the prize will  be one of Lynda's Fabulous necklaces  !!!

Yes , you heard me right  !!! You could win one of her necklaces !!!!

My  flower beads will be a part of the design ! I made  the  flowers especially to match the Beautiful Pendant she created for this  months drawing !!! I don't want to give away the surprise ...keep watching  her blog
you will NOT want to miss a chance to win !!!
This week warm your heart ...
Take time to visit  with your beadie friends
Bead Happy

Vintaj inspired flowers
PS . I'm waiting  for a mystery component I ordered for my Bead Soup Project ...can you guess what it could be?  something metal.......