Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cocktail Blog Hop

  TEQUILA! Ok, now that you have that running through your head,( & maybe Pee Wee is dancing along, who am I to judge?) we can get to the drink. I was given Margarita as my cocktail. So many ways to go w/ this, frozen, on the rocks, strawberry & a myriad of  other fruity variations. I personally like mine on the rocks- no salt, but I  make a mean frozen margarita on request.
   It's no secret I use green a lot in my work. I don't know if  Amy Knew this & humored me, or it was the luck of the draw I got margarita as my cocktail. Which ever it was I knew in about 10 minutes which beads & how I would use them for my representation.The most thinking I had to do was which bead to use for the 'rocks'. I had originally planned to use a very  large faceted glass bead but then I found a smaller clearer bead(honestly I had forgotten I had them) that was a better fit to the size beads I had picked out. While I don't like mine w/ salt, I liked the idea of the rocaile seed beads as grains of salt. Three hours of wire wrapping later I had my very own version of margarita, on the rocks w/ salt.

I'll leave you w/ my family's 'secret' recipe. It's quick, simple & deadly.
                     1 can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed-6 oz
                     1 can tequila
                   1/2 can triple sec (original recipe called for 1 full can, that can be a little sweet)
                     ice cubes, approx. 2 1/2~ 3 cups (small or crushed is best, depends on your blender)
add ingredients to blender  & blend until slushy.  If you don't want frozen, mix the liquid ingrdients in a pitcher & pour over ice, makes 2.I like to garnish w/  a wedge of lime for each glass.( I also use a wedge of lime to wet the rim of the glass when I salt them for friends) Enjoy!
                 Here is the list of the rest of the participants, ('beadtenders'?) Salude

Copper Diem your hostess

Stefanies Sammelsurium
My Bead Journey
Adventures with Kelly
Mama's Got To Doodle <---you are here
Wait Just One More Bead
Cynth's Blog
Palm Coast Art
Tell Your Girlfriends

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Bracelet & Birthday Choker

  I went to a class this morning @ my local bead store & finally learned how to make one of these. It was so easy, I don't know what took me so long!
 I've also finished my niece's charms for her choker. I started w/ the red flower, that was on something I made a few months ago & she wanted something w/ one of those. Of course I can't stop @ one, so I made a couple more,then decided to make 9 for her ninth birthday, then ROYGBIV because I was so close to a rainbow already &.... well you get the idea,(been there done that, right?). I'll give them to her in a special box so she'll have someplace to keep them(in theory) together. The orange ones & the pink one go w/  her outfit I got her so I think she'll like the idea of changing out charms to go w/ an outfit!

See everyone this weekend w/ the cocktail reveal!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blue Dome Festival

The Blue Dome Festival starts tomorrow. I finally have a dressmakers dummy to display necklaces, she'll make her debut this weekend. Now it's back to checking my lists & packing up!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Reveal

I had my niece & nephew w/ me when my buttons came, so I can't say for sure who was more excited to open them. So excited in fact, I forgot to take pictures of everything before I started making my pieces!My neice claimed the first set of buttons, telling me she wanted a hair clip w/ one of them. I countered w/ a matching ring using, the biggest button of the set.

She picked out the ribbon.

 When I saw this button I couldn't believe how similar it was to one I had used earlier in the year. I decided to make a ring for a 'set'
 I haven't done anything w/ this set yet, but I really like the metallic lacy design.
This is the special button & I'm torn. It could top a collage box or be part of a little pillow, I can't make up my mind. It's too beautiful to rush into something, that's the one thing I'm sure about!

 I'd like to thank my partner Kim for the great stash, I loved working w/ these buttons. Another big thanks to Cindy for putting this swap together! Here's the list , enjoy!

 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

One Crayon Colour Challenge

 I thought this challenge was going to be a piece of cake, a breeze, a no brainer. Pick any colour I want, & use all shades of it? GREEN of course, easy peasy. I loved the orange bracelet in the example & thought I'd try something like that, but as I gathered all my greens I found these four beads & was struck w/ a different vision. 
I'd take the 4 large beads strung on cord, knotted between & on the other half smaller beads & a strand of chain w/ all the colours in an ombre fade. Uh the cord wouldn't fit through my large beads, back to the drawing board. So I decide to just string them, same ombre idea, same big beads one side ,small beads other side.

big beads don't bend

   I have touched, rearranged & fought these beads every day.  I really felt like I was losing! I wanted to stay w/ the ombre,(I'm stubborn that way) so I thought about a multi-strand bracelet

No,just no.

SO I pulled out the memory wire, my long-time friend, who rarely lets me down. I was able to stay w/ my ombre vision, kept the large nuggets & even worked in the neon~y dangles that had eluded me so far.Am I happy w/ it? maybe, I'm wearing it tomorrow so I'll know better then.

the nuggets that started it all

Enjoy the hop!!

                                              Sally Russick


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