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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Haul, part 2

Part 2 makes one photo sound pretty grand, I'm afraid, so I'm super
                                                                                     sizing it!
  I hope you can really see how pretty the quartz @ the top is. It reminds me of old glass that has turned lavender in sunlight. Next are 2 strands of hand painted floral beads. I think they are clay,but  not smooth enough to be porcelain? Third from top another strand of this greeny turquoise. Is it Howlite? I don't know, but I like having one of these colour beads in a piece, so I like having several sizes & shapes in my stash. Little green tubes, little orange cubes & some pink bamboo. In keeping w/ my beach theme I bought some double drilled shell beads. Last, but not least, teeny tiny vertebrae. These are what made me stop @ the booth in the first place. I hadn't planned to start shopping before I had walked the show first, but these were the only strand,( it was a sign) so I went ahead & started shopping. This is the same booth were I got all the African turquoise.
  I don't think I've explained why I have added so many 'beachy' type elements to my stash lately. I am now the exclusive jewelry artist for a gallery on the Cape. I started selling when they opened in May/June. At the one evening soft open in May, I sold several pieces, & I made sales in June as well! So that is why you may have noticed a new theme emerging from my show hauls.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gem Mineral & Fossil Show, July 2013

I found out about a Gem, Mineral, & Fossil show Friday afternoon & I decided to go. Turns out it was put on by the gem society & the Boy Scouts so it was a really busy show. Lots of geodes any way you could imagine, even opened while you wait. Lots of cabachons as well, but not what I needed. There weren't many vendors w/ what I was looking for, ( no crystals, plz) but the few that did,( maybe 7?) had great stuff!
I got 8 strands of sand cast glass, some jade baskets, some leaves & 2 jade components, they have a hole @ each end. I also got a couple of donuts & some turquoise drops.
I've always wanted some of these seed strands! Some India glass bead strands, I wore them as wrap bracelets, & some of this composite stone. For fun there are a pair of rainbow magnets under the glass beads.

Some black stone discs, I see these as being some 'workhorses'. Howlite starfish for a 'beachy' touch, these make nice charms/dangles. Amazonite two ways, nice sized chunks & flat rectangles. These make me feel 'beachy' too. A carved horn bead, of course now I wish I had bought the long version too, but it is what it is.

These are my favorites, African turquoise. I already have a necklace in progress for myself, it isn't coming along like I thought it would, I'm having trouble w/ the spacers? 
For some reason I can't post a fifth photo, so I'll have another post tomorrow w/ that one.I'm still moving beads around for the Hoarders Hop, but come Saturday there will be new pieces on display. Are you participating? 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal

 Since I never took a picture of my Soup that Kathy Lindemer sent, I'll use hers. I used everything but the larger silver beads.
I knew what I wanted to do w/ the ingredients & sketched something. Now, the problem w/ a sketch, you draw everything the size you need it to be to 'fit'.

I redid this deceptively simple bracelet a total of five times....... first nest next to second nest.

The first bracelet was too big so I started w/ redoing the nest.I never planned on restringing the pearls, but the knot on the enameled washer had loosened. Since the pearls side was too large it was a matter if fit. 

Pearls, strung/knotted twice, nest made twice & the strung beads restrung 3 times, (does that makes 7 instead of  5? I forgot the nest & one of the beads restringing).

The final result.
Thanks again to our hostess, Lori Anderson.
 Here is the list of hoppers

Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday