Friday, November 27, 2009

Round and Around Bracelet

I came up with this bracelet yesterday morning as we were watching the Macy’s parade.  It is another that can be worked up in just a few hours.  It uses just a small quantity of beads. The first one uses natural jasper beads and Matte Khaki Ab seed beads.  The second is with Bright Gold Pearls and Rose Gold Luster seed beads.  I have another colorway on my table to do today with a cream colored druk and gold seed bead.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We just returned this past weekend from Virginia where we celebrated my husband's grandmother's 100th birthday.  She is such a wonderful woman.  She still has her wit intact and had us in stitches!  I have been so blessed in my life, even while we are going through a somewhat difficult period, I am still so very blessed.  I think that sometimes going through a rough period helps you to focus on what is really important in your life and it is also very easy during those times to remember all the ways that you are blessed.  Take some time durirng the next few days and think about all the things that you appreciate about your life, both big and small.  May God bless you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nancy

Black Friday

Since this is my first year with lulu, this is something that I was unaware of and thought I would share it with you.  You can go to the lulu blog on Friday and they will be posting various coupon codes.  So if you have been thinking about any patterns, this would be a great way to save some dollars.

You can read more about it here. (http://lulublog.com/2009/11/24/black-friday-sales-preview/)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Clara's Filigree

This is a very delicate and lacy necklace. I love to wear it with jeans or when I am going out. It just lends itself well to any occasion. I think that it is my new favorite. I just love the sky blue and the pearls together!  There is just something so classic about that combination of colors.
Hope you have a great day today!  Thanks for stopping by.






NLP Bead Design - Price Increase

I want to make those of you that enjoy my patterns and support me by buying them aware that Lulu has raised their costs to those who have websites with them.  I am not sure if this will affect patterns already on the site or just new patterns that are added.  I just wanted to let you know that the increase is due to additional fees from Lulu.  Thank you.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Artist Profile on Blisstree






Cyndi Lavin was kind enough to publish an artist profile on me.  I am very grateful to her for the opportunity to be interviewed on her blog.  She has lots of great artist profiles on her blog as well as a lot of information on techniques and contests.  Check it out here!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Organizing

I have been in the process of organizing my bead stash since earlier this fall.  I had these grand plans about how I would wait and share the wonderfully organized collection with you.  I have come to realize that it is going to take me awhile to finish the project because life keeps interfereing with finishing and of course organizing the beads makes me want to "play" with the beads!

So I decided that I would share with you some of the components of my organizing that I am really enjoying and are working for me.  I have a very small space that I use for my beading.  I have a 4'x2' table that sort of sits between our living room and dining room. I have an iris cart that right now is catching the odds and ends that I haven't put into their permanent home yet.  The other elements to my beading area I will share below.

The first is this cart.  I believe that it was designed for scrapbookers but I LOVE that the drawers have a lid and come completely out.

As you can see from the labels, I have my seed beads in here sorted by size and a project drawer for works in progress.  I have a couple empties at the moment that I am using for temporary storage until I get the rest of my beads sorted and stored.  I invested in many flip top style storage boxes to put my beads in.  I like them because it makes it easy to see what I have and to compare colors when starting a project.

I love that when I am working on a project I can pull out the size bead I need and see all my choices.  I have the drawers arranged in rainbow order (roygbiv).  I cut up empty cereal boxes to make strips to keep the fliptops from sliding.  I also used some empty boxes to help fill in the spaces.  I am sure there won't be space in here much longer with what I have out currently that I am using.  This is what one of the drawers looks like when open on the table.

















Another of my main storage units is a multi-drawer unit like this.


I have the drawers labeled as to the size and type of beads.  I also use this for storing my findings, clasps and thread.

Inside the drawers I eventually hope to have everything in fliptops but right now the drawers are a combination of bags and fliptops.


This is one of the drawers.  Inside the fliptop along with the bead, I cut or peel the tag from the original bag and place it inside.  That way I have what the color is, the ordering number and where I bought the beads from.



Because my collection of fire polish and Swarovski crystals has gotten so that it won't fit in one of the above drawers, I bought a 3 drawer unit that sits on my work table.  The drawers are organized the same as the other set of drawers.



I have found it so much easier to "see" what I have and find what I am looking for since I reorganized my beads this way.  This system really works for me and the space that I have (at least until I outgrow it, :-))

I hope that you have found some tips in here that will help you get organized and spend less time looking for those beads and more time beading with them!!

Maricot Necklace

I don't know how things are in your household but we are going through a bout with the flu.  My older son had it first and now the younger one has the flu with broncitis.  I have been fighting a head cold that seems to take me out about once a week but never quite leaves my system.  Needless to say I have had some down time on my hands.

I was watching during one of those downtimes the movie "Indiscreet" with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. How I love watching movies from this era.  I was enamoured with a necklace that Ingrid Bergman wore in one of the party/dinner scenes.  This necklace is my tribute to it.

I had won a contest on Susan Mandel's site for a giveaway she was having.   I won some fabulous charlottes in wisteria and meadow green.  Sue and I had corresponded back and forth and she also gifted me with some fabulous Marcasite Silver charlottes as well.  I have been wanting to try working with charlottes and this necklace seemed like a great opportunity for them.  I love the way that they sparkle and catch the light.

So without further ado.....  here is my tribute to Ingrid Bergman in Indiscreet!


















Here is a second colorway using the wisteria charlottes.


Tamar Bracelet

I love this double layer bracelet.  It has such a substantial feel on your wrist when worn.  It utilizes the chevron stitch and some beadweaving.  There is a richness about the gold, peach and brown combined.  This is one of those bracelets that would look great in different color combinations.  I hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

Thanks.  Nancy