Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Additional Photos

Here are the photos I couldn't download earlier.The rewired focal on a handmade paddle.The swap beads w/ the pearls & chain I added,(not sure where my green pearls I added are...?) & 2 more shots of the necklace. The large bead hanging from the toggle is part of the original focal, in keeping w/ the spirit of the swap I made it into a second focal.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finished Necklace

Ok, I am having more problems than I thought & only 1 picture came through the download process, :(. I am only posting the finished necklace in this post.

Bead Swap for My So Called Junky Life

Today is the reveal for My So Called Junky Life's bead swap.. I was paired w/ Julie of Legacy of Love Artistic Crafts. We sent our partner 20 beads & a focal. Let me tell you trying to stay close to only 20 beads was tough! I got some beautiful beads in all my favourite colours w/ a twist, instead of the chunky gemstones I usually work in, these were faceted glass beads, some w/ an AB finish. I added a few pearls in the same colours, a copper toggle & some copper chain. I reworked the focal that Julie had made since I used copper instead of silver. I really enjoyed working w/ the glass beads & I am REALLY digging the faceted rondelles. Thanks Julie, I hope I did your offering proud, & a big Thank You to Sarah for putting it together. Once again I can't post direct links,I'm sorry for the inconvenience

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Last of the Bead Show Goodies

What w/ the Poor Beader's post & then Bead Soup Reveal I never did show all the loot from the bead show. I will use some Black Max on the copper beads to give them a little more depth. I am fascinated by this red bead. I have been seeing them for the last year or so, & even tho' I KNOW they are hard glass I still expect them to feel like red velvet! The third shot is a mix of this & that, more red glass, some stabilized turquoise & assorted stones. I got these two strands of green just to be a little different. I have lots of green stone in chunky nuggets, but these spoke to me & the price was right. The last shot is all the pearls I bought from all the different stalls together. I fell in love w/ pearls when I got some in the first bead soup. Now I have a little stash of my own built up. I let you know how that works out!

Monday, June 21, 2010

BIG giveaway!

head on over to Bling It On, for a fabulous, Bead Soup inspired giveaway, you do NOT want to miss this one!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blue Soup

Hi everyone, welcome to my soup! Filomena of Pink Velvet Bird is my partner. She makes these cute floral pins & sent me one in blue for my focal. She also sent pearls, squares,faceted beqads in various blues, a pretty hammered silver toggle & some cording. Now for me this was almost a triple challenge; blue,cording & a fiber focal. As Lori has pointed out, this is a chance to stretch your creativity, break out of your (self imposed) comfort zone.
At the first of the month I saw a necklace on Fanciful Devices that remeinded me of the mix Filomena sent. I used this necklace as a starting point for my inspiration, (in a very loose, round about sort of way). I wanted to use the cording so I added two chains,one on each side. When I went to the bead show I got two add'tl beads, a larger silver pearl & a small dark blue crystal. I only used a few of these, Filomena had sent LOTS of beads, I just wanted to add to my options.I started w/ the three large blue crystals on one end & a few of the bigger pearlson the large chain. I did a 'cha cha' style mass of beads on the other end on the small chain. I wire wrapped the cording & made loops on each end so I could attach it to the clasp. The flower is a pin & it is pinned to the cord. I hope you enjoy my blue soup!

Bead Soup Delay

I was hit w/ a bug this week that took me out for a couple of days. When I could get back up & around I had to concentrate on the 2 day show I am doing this weekend. I'm there now, I have my soup w/me & I hope to have it finished & posted this evening, after 7:00 central.I'm very sorry for the delay.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Poor Beader's Post

This bracelet is one of a pair I made in 2007. My best friend of 30 + years came to visit & we pulled charms & trinkets, drilled some holes & I strung everything.This quickly became a go~to bracelet, I usually wear it @ least once a week. This is one of my most treasured pieces. Last year, when it was time for a long over due visit, T died the morning of the day she was due. I'm so glad we made these together.
I'm new to blogging & the picture taking that goes w/ it. I just have a basic point & shoot digital but I have found that the micro setting combined w/ the text setting( if you have it) can do a nice job of taking up close & personal shots of my work. I also am always on the lookout for a good background. I remembered a couple of wallpaper books I had tucked away & I have found some really great backgrounds. Some of the pages have great textures in a range of colours from light to dark.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gem Faire 3

New flower jade & some pearls. I bought similar jade from somewhere else & thought these would be good w/ what I had.The big pearls may be used in my bead soup,(yes I know, I should have it done by now!)I just wanted to have them in case I needed them. The second photo has some chunky green stones(we all know I can't resist those!) & more little colourful glass beads. I make & sell a lot of anklets & these felt like summer to me.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gem Faire Goodies 2

Here are today's goodies. A beautiful Opalite Donut, some matte green glass beads & some happy little floral beads. I see anklets out of these.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gem Faire Goodies 1

I will show goodies by booth. I thought these metal beads were something I could use in a lot of ways. The small bumpy beads are small spacers/caps.I am going to try using my Black Max on these to see how they patina. I couldn't resist the cherries, I almost have an idea for them, maybe as a 'hang bead' on my etsy items? Yes, I am working on an esty store, details coming soon!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tulsa Gem Faire

Last weekend was the summer bead show here in Tulsa. I will be posting over the week on all my goodies. I went twice. On Friday I went 1/2 hour after it opened. It was so crowded you really couldn't do much shopping. Any tables w/ good deals were 3~4 deep & you couldn't get close enough to shop.The aisles were also full of groups of friends visiting(come on chix, go to the empty part of the show to visit, see that other 1/2 that isn't full of people trying to get around your group?) I had the kids w/ me,(I keep them on Fridays when they don't have camp)so we were only part of the crowd problem, not a solution! I went back on Sunday about 20 minutes after they opened. What a difference! I had a good idea of the layout from my previous visit & walked around the show one time to be sure of where I wanted to buy.I shopped for about an hour & was done as it was getting crowded again. First shot, all the purchases in their bags

Monday, June 7, 2010

more bracelet shots

just a few more...

Bracelet Photos

Here they are,as promised.All the bracelets have the same copper medallion & ribbon bead on the left & @ the end of the right side, after that they were all different from each other

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Avon Walk, Day 1

I just got an update on the walk, my aunt walked 13.1 miles today. They have stopped for the day & will finish tomorrow. I couldn't be more proudof her. As for the bracelets, they all fit & were well received.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bon Voyage, Chicago Bracelets

The bracelets are finished & have been delivered to my aunt. She flies to Chicago tomorrow& the walk is Saturday & Sunday. My Aunt met her goal of raising $ 1800.00 Pictures will follow this weekend!