Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eggstra Special Week !

The Birth Experience !
I'm late !!! I usually post on Saturdays .
But, I was busy yesterday meeting my new Grandson!!!
Grandchild #3 arrived Friday night !
He is sooooooooo  precious ! I'm very  happy he is here at last !
I was busy all week conferring with my this really labor starting?  yes...maybe ...not yet ... etc.. etc.
If  you are a Mom you know how it goes !!

The photo above  is of a favorite older piece of mine .
My inspiration birth !!! Little hen ...BIG egg  !!! LOL!!!
I had intended to make some Butterfly Fairies this week.
However, my Fairies got  put on hold .
Instead, I decided I  needed  to  make egg shaped beads .
I made  myself an egg bead bracelet , an egg necklace and a set of eggs  to sell !!! The egg is  such  a perfect yet simple shape .
It's lovely for Spring  designs and new Grammy jewelry !
Besides, my muse was saying make eggs, and I never argue with the muse!

There are many weeks I have the intention to make one thing and the muse points me in a different direction . I always follow.
I believe the beauty of handmade pieces comes from the heart of the maker .If your heart is not in a project  it seems to show .
But, if you are truly inspired to create something that shows as well !
No matter what you might have planned to create this week ...
try following your heart
Bead Happy ,

m.e.  / Grammy
Egg Beads & Nest Pendant

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Island Inspiration

Tahiti  Breeze
it's  time for my March ABS entry
When I saw this month's inspiration painting
"Sacred Spring,Sweet Dreams " by Paul Gauguin
I thought I knew exactly what I'd make !
Lots of Big,Bright flowers...of course !!!
The vibrant colors of that painting are irresistible !
Perfect for some large Hibiscus shaped  floral beads!
What else to add ???

I had some luscious  sari silk ribbon in just the right shades of mango and papaya .
I remembered some great carved wooden beads hidden in my stash .They had a warm, natural tropical look.
Shannon Levart   
had the PERFECT copper chain with a  patina of  lovely greens !!!

I started by making some tropical leaves to coordinate with that Beautiful length of chain.
I've never been to Tahiti. But,I frequently visit the Florida Keys.
While creating my leaves I dreamed of  the lush green foliage , warm  golden sunshine , soft cool breezes, graceful swaying  palms.........prehaps a cool drink ......
enough daydreaming !
I laid out my components to decide how many flowers I would need....
but ..........
The leaves and sari silk seemed to flutter in the breeze .
The  design was by captured  by trade winds in my imagine.
My necklace was already finished !!!!!
Forget the flowers!
Who is  in charge here ???
Do I create my  designs  or do they create themselves!
Sometimes I wonder !!!
this week take a break from plans,sketches ,diagrams
be free to let a design grow in whatever direction it pleases
Bead Happy  ,


Nave  Nave Moe

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dessert Design

What's a dessert design ???
No,I'm not referring to those adorable little cake and pie replicas.
I 'm talking about designs we make just for fun!
We all have our meat and potato designs,
the old standbys that everyone wants and needs.
The ones that are good for us...and for our shop profits !!!
Certainly nothing wrong with creating those great  design entrees. 
But,sometimes you just want dessert !!! Something  fun and fanciful.A creation whipped up light and lovely,sinfully rich or oh so sweet!
A dessert design is something to make when  you want to treat yourself !!! It's a bit of high calorie creativity !

If  you  follow the Bead Table Wednesday  group on flickr , you already know  that this week I  was inspired  by marshmallow Peeps!
Really !!! I bought some Peeps  and set about creating flowers in Spring candy  colors!!!  Peep Pink might not be a hot color for the fashion world .But,it makes me feel HAPPY !!!
I had soooo much fun !!!
this week splurge a little...forget calories !
treat yourself to a Dessert Design Creation
 Bead Happy !!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011 Salad!

All week I've been enjoying the Delicious variety of Bead Soups being served on Lori Anderson's Bead Soup blog hop !!!!
YUM !!!  Wonderful  Gourmet Creations !!!
Now I 'm ready for the next course...and what goes with soup ?
Salad !!!! Salad tastes good and it's a good source of vitamins, minerals and Bead  Inspiration !!!
Don't believe me? Just take a look at the produce section next time you go grocery shopping .
See those exquisite blends of greens !Those pre- bagged salad mixes are feast for the jewelry designers  pallet!
If you like bright, check out the pepper section !!!
Prefer neutrals ? Look at all those soft  and serene mushroom shades !
And while you're picking up color inspiration,don't forget to check out the wonderful variety of  shapes, textures  and finishes.
Shiny smooth eggplants ,velvety  surfaced turnips ,wonderful wavy cabbage leaves...the list goes on and on !!!
 We all know we should try to eat more veges. Doctors say the more varieties we choose the better for us. And the more you buy, the more bead inspiration you'll have on hand !!!
I  hesitate to say this ...but, maybe Mom was wrong...maybe
it IS good to play with your food !!!
I've been playing with purple cabbage all week and I'm glad I did !!!
Maybe your Muse could  use some fresh vegetables on her designing  dish!  
this week fix yourself a Big  Salad
enjoy a healthy  helping of Inspiration
Bead Happy ,