Thursday, December 31, 2009
I wanted to show you some sparkly, new-year's-eve-like beads for a little bit of excitement!! :)
I was fortunate enough to experience a holiday-miracle with the early release of my book through Amazon.com this week...so, that has already made my year!!
I want to thank Tish of "Just a Tish Designs" for her review of the book that she just posted on her blog.
WOW! It's still an amazing thought that other people besides family members are reading it!!
A great reminder that life can thrill, amaze and boggle the mind with the ability to change direction in the blink of an eye!
Happy New Year!! Please enjoy the sparkles!! :)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
These are a beautiful, soft gold tone and I am picturing a delicate bracelet with the little frame as the focal piece. The catalog description for this piece reads:
"Approx. 19mm TierraCast® square picture-frame charm connectors with organic hatch-mark design on back. 1.8-2.2mm loops. 3mm thick, frame interior is approx. 1.8mm deep. Fits 13mm images."
I don't currently have any length of gold chain, but it would be very pretty, simple and delicate to use the frame as the focal piece. It is calling out to have a photo, image or colorful beads attached. I'll have to ponder this for a while, but as always, would LOVE some other ideas!! :)
Of course, it just wouldn't be the same without a nice dangle to balance it out, so the birdie will work perfectly hanging from a chain with a crystal or two wired on for good measure!!
I hope all of your holiday plans are going well and I look forward to seeing you all back here in the new year!! :)
FTC compliance disclosure, notice of material connections: the item in this post from Rings&Things was provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blog Partner Program for review or design purposes. More info about the Rings & Things Blog Partner Program
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
In fact, there was one word that immediately started my wheels turning....."harlequin".
If not, I have a back-up!
The funny thing is, it turns out the filigree "hearts" are actually spades!! Here is the description from the Rings & Things catalog:
Monday, December 28, 2009
If you can get a close up look at them, you will find some of the following:
28-399-06-232 6mm faceted round - ruby; *28-000-001-252 10mm faceted puffed coin - red; *28-000-003-252 8mm faceted helix -siam; *28-000-002-252 8mm facted roundelle - siam; *28-000-002-021 8mm facted roundelle - black; *28-000-003-021 8mm facted helix - black; *28-000-001-021 10mm faceted puffed coin -black
Sunday, December 27, 2009
As always, the inspiration I find from reading the following blogs is a wonderful treat as I gear up for the next work week.
I've only got 3 days to do, so I'm going to make the best of it and enjoy another 4 day holiday weekend!! :)
On to inspiration....! Have a great week!! I added a little bit of sparkle to help us along.
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts Eco Friendly Gift Wrap
Beading Arts Sweet, simple, and silly! Make a barrette that will delight a young girl in your life.
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi makes huge resin baubles from an ice tray.
About.com Jewelry Making Yellow facted CZ fan pendants become gorgeous earrings with just a little chain.
Art Bead Scene It's the ABS annual 12 days of Christmas free projects. Twelve days of last minute holiday gifts!
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Cindy shares her favorite things this week. You might be surprised to find out what they are!
Strands of Beads Melissa shares some whimsical lampwork artistry by Debi Cogwell.
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Using a drilled resin piece from Lynn Davis and some filigree, Andrew creates a necklace paying homage to the faeryworld sanctuaries.
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie makes a chunky, funky necklace with some unusual wooden chain and findings
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean offers a project called Supercool which features a great focal by Dustin Tabor!
Jean Campbell Jean shares a free sparkly necklace project, just in time to whip up for your New Year's Evening wear
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei goes back in time to remind fellow Etsy sellers about Heart-o-Matic!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Would you believe a coworker of mine handed me a little department store box last week which held the remains of a nice, long necklace which incorporated a pattern using these 3 beads.
They are extremely sparkly and I wanted them pretty bad. It took everything I had to say, oh no, I couldn't take those! Let me fix your necklace for you...
After some cajoling, I agreed to take them :)
I am still planning on making her something, but possibly a bracelet and earrings so I can make one of her friends a pair of earrings with them also. I am considering pairing them with glass pearls for a wintry vibe.
What do you think? Silver accents would work nicely too!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I was able to actually give at least one jewelry gift of red and green today which always makes me happy! After all of the hubbub and preparations that go into an annual event, there must always be an end to the excitement.
We are fortunate that we have another part of the family to celebrate with next week, so we have more fun and togetherness to look forward to. I will probably stretch my red and green jewelry wearing till the end of the year and then move on. Sort of a reminder of the cycle of life...
It's good to remember in the moving on, there are lots more fun and exciting things to come in the future!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
My upcoming book is arriving early and now shows on Amazon.com as being in stock on 12/28/09, WOW!
The inside cover, concept pages, table of contents, index pages AND back cover are now available to view on Amazon as well. Yay!!!! :)
I just had to share that with you here!! It is difficult to express my level of excitement!! At times surreal and other times over the top disbelief!
I am so thankful to the publishing company, F&W Media/North Light Books, and all the wonderful staff that I have worked with over the last two years to make this happen.
It has been an amazing experience, completely positive!! There has been nothing about this that has even remotely teetered on negative, isn't that unbelievable?
Thanks so much to all of you for sharing this ride with me!! I hope you will email me any time with questions/comments, etc. I feel like I have exponentially expanded my circle of friends and am thrilled! I would never have predicted this in a million years!
I hope you are all having a great week!! Take care!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I was surprised to find this on a quick trip to Joann's, but wasn't surprised to find that it is a Blue Moon product. The only description on the packaging is "metal clasp".
I believe the original price was $3.99, but I had a 40% off one regular priced item coupon AND a 10% off the entire order coupon which was good news because I bought one for myself as well as a fellow friend/beader.
For anyone else who is heading out to do some last minute holiday shopping, may the force be with you! :)
Have a great evening!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I hope you are having a nice week so far! One more work day for me and then it's a 4 day holiday weekend, YAY!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Hope you are having a great week so far!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Carmi's Art/Life World One shrunk sweater equals felted beaded mits for
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Cindy explains why she chose Lee Krasner's painting "Untitled" for this month's Art Bead Scene Challenge.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I have discovered there are some similarities to the bracelet I posted yesterday AND a couple other bracelets I have posted over the last couple years. Interesting!! What does that mean?
It reminds me of the people in Close Encounters when they couldn't get the shape of that volcano like structure out of their heads....(this is where the theme song from close encounters or even the twilight zone comes in!)
I like to put a good sized dangle on bracelets like this that are only covered across the top of the wrist with heavy beads. The dangle will help stabilize it along with the chain being form fitted to the wrist.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here's a little more information from their site: At Craft For Health, design & craft expert Kathy Peterson and Nurse Practitioner & RN Barb Dehn, The Craft Practitioners, join forces to share empowering anecdotes, inspiring stories and crafty tips about the therapeutic benefits of crafting. Creating handmade health is our specialty, no matter what ails you. If you’re interested in having The Craft Practitioners speak or make a special appearance at your event, please contact us.
I have seen some familiar names in jewelry designers here as well as talented artists, paper crafters, quilters, etc. The floor is open to anyone wishing to tell their personal story about what crafting means to them.
This is such a great way to share and encourage others who might be going through a similar situation or just looking for a new way of expressing themselves.
What a nice reminder about how expressing your creativity can feed your body, mind and spirit!
Thanks to Kathy & Barb for putting together a warm and friendly place for people to share their stories!
I've added a few of my own favorite projects that have provided me with moments of happiness, laughter and cheer! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I love when bead shops throw a bunch of miscellaneous beads in a tube and call it a mix. That's the beauty of a mix, it doesn't really need to have much rhyme or reason. If it is pleasing to the eye, that's the only requirement!
Here are a few of my favorite fun bead mixes. Each of them is special in its own way!
Small bead mixes that include seed beads are fun to incorporate into bead crochet projects. It's been a while since I made a bead crochet bracelet, but I love making them!
This is a good reminder to me that it's time to work on a crochet project!
If you have never tried it, there are some great books out there with exciting and interesting projects in them.
They might look intimidating at first, but if you know how to chain stitch a single crochet, then you are well on your way!
The larger bead mix would be great randomly wire wrapped together.
Of course, the crystals are so gorgeous, it's easy to get distracted and drawn to them! I love this random combination of crystals here.
Either simply strung or right-angle-woven (?) into a project, it will be a hit for sure!
Hope you are having a great day!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I just love this blue and brown ribbon and am thinking of using it on some packages with some of the large wooden beads, fun!!
I have painted and decopauged on wooden beads that I have used in jewelry projects, but wouldn't it be fun to use a wood burning kit to "carve" out designs and patterns? I never thought of that before and now I wish it wasn't too late to run to the craft store to get one.
I've always thought they would be fun to use, but didn't think I'd have much use for one. Hmmm... What do you think? Is the bead thick enough for that?
Hopefully I will soon find out! Have a good one!!
P.S. I wanted to say a quick "THANK YOU" to the fabulous Jean Yates who is the first person to receive an advance copy of my upcoming book, A Bead in Time!! She posted a review on her blog that left me speechless!! I am constantly amazed at the wonderful community of beaders in the world who are so encouraging and kind!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This was actually run on 11/24/08 and appears I was getting ahead of the game and had the holiday spirit even before Thanksgiving!! :)
I guess there is nothing wrong with that...it would be nice to have the holiday spirit EVERY day of the year!! I sincerely try to do that every day when I step a foot out of bed, however, some days I am more successful than others.
After reading the post from last year, I think this would work great as a lapel pin. Possibly using a swarovski headpin through the loop which would be very simple. You could also attach this to a pin form and cover the form with red and green crystals. How fun!
I hope you are all having a great time this holiday season, especially when it comes to arts & crafts!! It is a wonderful time to get creative!!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I wish there was one more day each week set aside just for crafting!! i guess that means we have to plan well to use the time we have wisely!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!
About.com Jewelry Making Thinking of making some beaded ornament covers? Then you'll need to know the size bulb to use too.
Katie's Beading Blog Katie's making tons of earrings this season. Here are a few fun ideas for your own last-minute gifts!
Jean Campbell Jean shares 3 easy tips for making holiday gift production a little less stressful.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! When you check out this ornament kit which is available for you to make, it will REALLY put you in the spirit!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Each representing a different spectrum of lampwork glass, Andrew shares the new additions to his bead collection from two different artists.
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei is saying Thank you and Merry Christmas by giving away a gift certificate to artbeads.com!
Art Bead Scene It's the first day of Art Bead Scene's annual Twelve Days of Free Projects!
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts Barbe gets all steamy over the new Steampunk Style book!
Beading Arts Cyndi shares a new tutorial featuring one of Earthenwood Studio's fabulous new pendants!
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi wonders if anyone else is working on Spring.
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Inspired by Grandma's necklace, Cindy creates an edgey look with CZ's.
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie shows a sneak peek of a pair of earrings she made for the upcoming book Steampunk Style by Jean Campbell
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I enjoy wrapping a gift and embellishing it like crazy, especially with unusual or interesting materials. However, I never thought about using the softflex econoflex wire and as soon as I saw it, I thought, "OF COURSE"!! It made complete sense to me!! I don't know why I didn't think of it myself!
I can't wait to get wrapping!
Great stuff Jamie and Sara, thanks so much for sharing and allowing me to post these ideas!!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I have a tendency to want to create symmetrical patterns with beads, but if I push myself a little, I find that I enjoy making "collage" pieces.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I also bought a strand of this much larger brown cube because I liked the variations and watery look of the colors.
At a glance, the green/turquoise raku bead seemed to be the same bead as this one, but in a different color.
The tag on this strand from Blue Moon Beads reads 7 in ceramic bead strand (STR BD CERA 7" SQ DK BRN). There isn't any mention of "raku".
What do you think? They seem so similar, I would be surprised if this was not a raku bead, but I honestly don't know how to tell the difference.
What I DO KNOW is that these are very earthy, yet sophisticated at the same time and that is very cool!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
These are from the Lost & Found Collection from Blue Moon Beads and the packaging reads: STR BD VLVT HEART 24MM BLACK
These would make great key chains and what a fun zipper pull especially on a red coat or sweater.
My first thought was to use one of these as a focal bead in a necklace or on a choker, but then I was thinking you could make a long, dangly pendant using several of them. That would certainly make a statement.
Imagine pairing these with some seriously sparkly crystals for a fabulous new years eve eye-catcher!! How fun!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Maybe just hints of color around the eye, nose and antlers. I'm sure it will come to me when the time is right!
I hope you are finding great deals on beads too, it certainly makes holiday craft shopping LOTS more fun!!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
If you have ever done an arts and crafts show you know all the work that goes into not just the jewelry making, but the design and setup of the table as well!!
Many of our fellow bead bloggers are also in full holiday swing! I love hearing about others' experiences with holiday jewelry making as well as holiday shows.
I went on the holiday craft show circuit for several years and loved every minute of it, including the hard work. I learned so much and had a wonderful time hanging out with crafty people!
If you have a chance, I hope you will join me on a quick breeze through the links below.
Have a great week! :)