Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
So - I've stayed inside except for the gardening and mowing. Mostly in front of my computer accomplishing much of nothing. I did find a cool spot this week to work on some of the many cameos I've managed to collect. I tend not to buy just one or two of anything when I can get 6 or 8. Below are 3 of the finished products.
All three are done with a combination of bead embroidery and Peyote stitch. I used 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 Miyuki beads and 3mm Czech fire polished beads in the creation of these brooches. They turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Hope you like them.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I have gotten some new pieces done. I came up with a new style of earring that I really like. It doesn't take much beading, but it there is a bit of work involved in hand painting the filigree pieces. The end result is SO worth the effort though. Look:
Didn't I tell you they were great? I made up almost a dozen of them to put on Etsy and take to the market at Cross Roads this week. They are so pretty all carded up and displayed together.
I will try to keep the blog up better in between the mowing and the trimming and the weeding!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here are some pictures of our booth and several other interesting vendors.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Dangling Hoop Earrings - Silver, Turquoise, Swarovski and Found Little Indians
How's that for a combination of materials? I had fun picking out the components of this pair of earrings. Mainly, I wanted to get away from wire wrapping for a little while. It seems that's all I've been doing lately!
Now - down to the details.....
Composed of:Silver plated posts, hoops, and beads
Turquoise chips (man made I believe)
Swarovski opaque crystalsTwo little vintage Indian Chief charms I found at a sale. I just love poking through boxes of old jewelry & beads! You never know what treasures you will find.
The finished measurements are approximately 1 1/4 x 3 inches or 30 x 75 mm.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Doesn't this artist use yummy combinations of color? Her cuff bracelets just seem to have begged to be put together. The colors just flow together as if Mother Nature herself created them. Simply beautiful.
Don't read Russian you say? I used Bablefish to translate the blog. It is well worth the extra steps! Enjoy...
Sunday, April 20, 2008
There - that's off my chest. Now I can get back to creating and uploading - I HOPE!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I have been buying all of my cabochons online. Sunday I attended my first Gem & Mineral show. BIG MISTAKE!!! I was worse than a kid in a candy store. My VISA bank will be very happy with me. One seller was from Russia and had the most beautiful cut cabochons I have ever seen. They have a website, so I will give them a plug here. http://rusmineral.com/Default.aspx
My husband had to drag me out of the place kicking and screaming. Well, that's not quite true, but I could see him adding the dollar signs in his head as I scurried from one booth to another. The pictures above are two of the pieces I picked up there. I couldn't wait to get home and start wire wrapping them. Trouble is, I'm going to run out of wire!
Unfortunately, Spring has arrived here in Western New York and I am forced to put my jewelry aside to do yard work - YUCK. I also have to get ready to open our booth at Cross Roads http://www.thecrossroadsmarket.com/ .. So many projects - So little time!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The picture above is the result of my first successful attempt at making a piece of jewelry with a combination of felted beads and other beads in my stash. I had these lava like black beads and they go perfectly with the deep purple beads I made. So much so, I had to order some real lava beads. I can hardly wait for them to arrive.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This is another of the beautiful shells I found. This week I received an order that included a mix of Swarovski crystals. There just happened to be several in the mix that set off the colors in this shell perfectly. I couldn't resist putting them together to make another pendant. The Sterling silver wire didn't go where I wanted it to. It hardly every does. I just have to go with the flow and create what I can with it. In the end, it almost always turns out, just as this one did.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I have spent the majority of my jewelry making days deeply involved in piles and piles of little tiny seed beads. Granted, they make for some wonderful jewelry providing you have the eyesight for them but some days I just don't feel like fighting with those darn little beads.
The 3 pieces above are the resuly of just one of those days. I couldn't face another seed bead and went in search of my bigger stash. Three easy yet beautiful bracelets evolved proving jewelry making doesn't have to be hard. I hope you like them as well as I do!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I found this wonderfully simple yet elegant pattern on Sandra Halpenny's web page ( see link to right) It makes up relatively quickly into a very pretty little necklace. I spent a happy week-end weaving away with my needle, thread and beads! Sandra has graciously permitted me to sell the jewelry made from her patterns for which I am very grateful. Give her web site a look when you have a chance, it is well worth the visit if you are a beader who loves seed beads!
More colors are availble in my Etsy shop.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This is another of Red Crow Arts beautiful ceramic pieces that I just had to have. To quote their description it is: "Raku Shell pendant made with raku clay and fired to bisque then glazed and raku fired. Very colorful - unique." Unique indeed. It is a dark teal and bronze mixture.
Red Crow Arts can be found at: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5087003
It took me two days and a lot of time staring at the shell before I could decide on a design. It was begging to be wrapped in copper. Silver or gold just did not work with this piece in my mind anyway. The beautiful deep bronze just yielded itself to copper alone.
The ceramic piece was wrapped in copper and has 3 fresh water pearls and small Swarovski crystals dangling from it. The dangles were another challenge. I had no copper T pins, so I made them putting swirls at the bottom. The pearls, in a mixture of cranberry and teal, continue on to make the remainder of the necklace along with a few metallic colored Czech fire polished glass beads. A hand hammered copper clasp finished this wonderful piece.
Finished necklace length is 21 inches. The pendant length is 4".
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
My nephew, Aaron is working in Africa. I was inspired by some of the pictures he sent. My mind when completely devoid of beading ideas the other day. I started thinking "out of the box" trying to come up with something I don't normally make. These beaded beads are what I came up with. They have a large center hole, so they can be strung on ribbon, or twine, or hair for that matter. I just loved using some of the colors in Aaron's pictures. It was like coloring with crayons again! I hope you like them. They were fun to make.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Here is the good part - Be the 1000th heart I receive and I will send you a special gift of one of my birthstone sprial bracelets in the month of your choice. If you are the 1000th person to heart my page on Etsy AND you have left a comment here on my blog I will also send my choice of a pair of earrings. So folks - go ahead and take a peek and see if you can be the winner!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
From the moment I saw this bead by Ann Ricketts on Etsy ( http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5081596 )I knew I just had to create a necklace around it. The beautiful colors Ann used remind me of the years I spent living on the Pacific Ocean. The waves, the sand, and the water all blended into one in this wonderful bead.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008