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Sunday, April 6, 2014

~The Color of Dreams~

 I was chosen to receive a bead for the Color of Dreams Blog Hop from Rita of Toltec Jewels.
 The bead is brown & blues w/ some ivory. There was also the tiniest bit of green @ each end in some leaves. That was my favourite colour, of course!

 I had a blast finding beads I thought would look good w/my bead. I even used one of my new Golem beads I had recently bought, (blue & brown, what were the odds?).One of my blue trade beads had a band of corally-red, so I added a little more in that pop of the orange glass briolettes.
 The small turquoise nuggets I used really matched the green leaves I loved.
 I've got to say, I really like this, & I'm keeping it for myself,(sorry Mom,but I'll share!). I may use it as inspiration for a new series that I can make for the gallery.So, speaking of the gallery, that is the Dream part of the post. A family friend opened a gallery last year & she invited me to be the exclusive jewelry artist. It isn't a living yet, but it's a start! I had a show/reception last December, SO MUCH FUN, (& lobstah). I have another show coming up in June. My juju is bringing me travel & a gallery, & you really do have to love that.
Thanks for stopping by,Below is a list of the Hoppers.
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Clean~up, Fix~up Your Workspace

 I've never felt like my desk was the problem, as long as I can keep an area big enough for a tray to work on, I'm good.
                           But I have to admit, this is an improvement, just look @ all that room!
 The floor to the left of my bead table.Things got piled, stacked & balanced until it was the massive mess you see here.
                                                                  And now, the floor!
  The space in front of the closet. This is bags of gift bags, ribbons,packing materials & assorted Christmas.
 More carpet! The day bed is now accessible AND you can actually get to the other side of the room.
                                   Said other side of the room. These are the boxes I collage
Another shot of the area in front of the closet. The Top Hat box & the other black box are full of bowls that I used to use  for beads. Since I moved the type trays in last October I have been phasing out bowls.The wooden case behind them holds my empty trays. The room isn't 100%, maybe 75%, but I feel really great about what I have gotten done so far. I made a pair of earrings for the Fusion Craft Month Challenge, (more on that tomorrow!) & have put a few ideas together for some future projects. Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Day of the Dead Hop

My computer is in its third week at "the shop"'( yeah, don't even get me started) & I am unable to post photos with this borrowed ipad. So I am unhappily able to post today. I'm very sorry, I've never missed a blog deadline before.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paper Boxes & Flat File Cabinet Drawers

I was lucky enough to get a 10 drawer flat file cabinet from my mom a while back.I finally brought it in & decided to store beads in it. Then I had to figure out how I was going to contain the beads. I went  w/ origami boxes. I used some sheet music I had stashed back for my paper. Right now I have a dozen boxes in each drawer, but there is room for three more in each drawer if I need more space.

Art beads

Trade,amber,jade & bone beads.

Skull beads

Close up of fabulous skull headpins from Sue

Assorted gemstones

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hoarder's Hop Revisited

These are a pair from a set by Juls , I added some czech glass & lamp work spacers by Tracy Bell . These are the same style as the red ones I showed in the Hoarder's Hop.

Juls again, a mis-matched pair from a set w/ copper bead caps.

The next two pairs use more czech glass from a kit I bought back in the spring. I even mixed up (GASP!) the beads from all three kits. I love the shape of the center bead, I think I have to find more.

I don't usually do such a  'sweet' design, but these just sort of made themselves after I rediscovered the earwires. The top bead is a transfer ware bead.I may even make a pair of these for myself. 
One last pair, more from a set by Juls, I added czech beads & Buddah  charms from skybluepink . And if you don't know about skybluepink, check out the link, they have the best random stuff.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hoarders Hop part 2

I have a plan for these, I want them to look like lanterns. I am still looking for some of the 'parts'
these are by juls.

more suebeads


I was well on my way w/ these sets I won, (maker?) when disaster struck.  my leather broke after tying off a knot. I tried to roll w/ it, but the matching bead's hole is small & I couldn't string leather through it. I regrouped & ended up w/ the simplified version shown. the remaining beads may be a bracelet?

more winnings


juls-this set is called  route 66



tracy bell

now that I have these out, I am moving them around in different possibilities so stay tuned!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

These are by suebeads . I've had these since the BSBH group had a swap. She was my first source of handmade lampwork & I have held on to most of that batch! I still have several sets in various stages of design(or not).

I think these are also sue's . I added some czech glass & sterling spacers.

These are by julsbeads . I bought studio time & got a big batch of beads. I've been miserly w/ all of them, this is only 2 of a set. I added more czech glass (equally hoarded for years now). The top pair are greenish on the back.

This wee bead,(about the size of my pinky nail?) didn't need much.It came from a destash sale, because who doesn't love someone else's stuff ?
I have many more beads, but this is all I managed this week.
Enjoy the hop! Thanks Lori, glad you are feeling better!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog