Sunday, August 30, 2009

A winning entry

After much encouragement from a friend and being directly handed the entry book/application, I entered my "Trudy's Delight" design in our local county fair this year. This is the first time that I have entered anything in the contest. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my necklace won first place!! My niece whom the necklace is named for will be so excited when she hears!! One of the things that I especially like about this piece is that the beadwork resembles smocking, very dainty and delicate.

Angaktell Bracelet

This bracelet is called "Angaktell". It is another fun and easy bracelet to make that works up in just a few hours. I love how the dark pink beads float over the lower base. This is another bracelet that I can see making up for last minute gifts!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bead Trends Sept 2009

I was thrilled to be chosen to be in the September issue of Bead Trends. This is a pattern that I have taught at my local bead store (Garden of Beadin). One of the girls and I collaborated on the colors for her piece (Thanks, Wendy). I loved the way that the colors worked together and rewrote the pattern for those colors.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Playing with colors

I have a couple designs that I am going to be teaching this fall at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA this fall. I wanted to do a second piece for each in a different colorway. The first one is for the Dresden Twist pattern (see original here). The second for the Peaceful Dreams pattern (see original below post). It is amazing how different a necklace can look using different colors. That is one of my favorite things about beading. People can take the same pattern, use different colors and come up with lovely combinations!

Use the Muse II - Entries

Now that the contest entries have been posted here. I wanted to show you my entries. I made the necklace first. When I saw the silk ribbon, I knew exactly that I wanted to create a beaded wrapped rope with it. I created a spiral chain using pearls, cubes and Swarovski's as accents. I wrapped the ribbon around the spiral. I then beaded a single strand and reverse wrapped the spiral and the ribbon. I bezeled the pendant and added more crystals and pearls to it. It hanges from a peyote bail that was embellished. In retrospect, I made the rope too short. I wanted the pendant to hang higher on my neck but I think that it would look better with a longer rope (which I am in the process of making). I like wearing the rope by itself and will wait until the longer rope is done to wear the pendant with.

As I looked at the pendant on the necklace, an idea popped into my head for a cuff bracelet. So I decided to enter again and see how it all came out. Since I had ordered additional beads for the necklace, it gave me a head start while I waited for the "kit" to arrive. I used a 2 drop peyote base with straps to attach the pendant. I added lots of crystals and pearls. I wasn't quite satisfied with the way it looked so I created a "rope" edging along both sides. I finished it off with a pewter button that I had in my stash. This is one piece that I can see wearing often. It is very comfortable.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my entries. I really enjoyed the challenge of this contest. I am already looking forward to the next one.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Upsy Daisy

A few months ago, I had to have my gall bladder removed. I needed to get some pants that didn't sit where my incisions were until they were healed. I got this really cute black and white outfit that had embroidered daisies on the bottom of the crop pants. When I got home, I realized that I didn't have any jewelry that went with it, so of course I had to make something!! This is what I came up with!! This past weekend we were traveling to a family reunion and I made the second one in the rose colors. The white daisy goes with so many things that it gets worn a lot! I hope you liked seeing them.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Franklin Institute

A couple weeks ago my sister and her family came up for a visit. The cousins always look forward to being together and have so much fun hanging out. We all headed to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for the day. Here are a couple pictures from our trip. The first is my family on the steps outside. They have an old training aircraft in the building that you can climb in the cockpit of. The boys really enjoyed that. Todd took both boys into the flight simulator that they have there. Because the token machine was broken, they got to ride it for free. They thought it was pretty cool to fly around in it. Lastly is a picture of the statue they have of Benjamin Franklin. It is in an immense beautiful room. They have quotes of his that play on four screens around the room that change. We always love it when family comes to visit and are so sad when they have to head home. We immediately start to look forward to the next time we see them.