Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  It seems like the past week and a half for me have gone by so quickly.  Our refrigerator started to act up the Monday before Thanksgiving.  It isn't quite fixed yet but the part should be in soon and the repairman at least got it working again temporarily!  Hopefully the part will be in soon and we can put this behind!  Lucky for me we had planned to go to my parents for Thanksgiving so the fridge wasn't full!  We had such a nice time with all my siblings and their families.  It is not often that our schedules all work out that we can be home at the same time.  I really treasure those times!

I have a bunch of things that I will be sharing with you this week.  I am so excited about this set!  This is going to be my "holiday" set this year (well my fancy set, I also have a more whimsical one to show as well later this week).  I made a second set of the Shaitana series jewelry.  We have a December wedding to go to and I wanted something fancy to wear to it.  The pictures do not do justice to how lovely and sparkly these are.  I love the gold pearls and the Golden shadow crystals that just make these glow!!  You can find the whole Shaitana series here.  The earrings, which are my favorite of the group by just a smidgen (you can find just the earrings pattern here), work up very quickly and are so very versatile.  I think that I have at least 4 pair of them in different colors.

Be sure to check back this week as I have some other projects to share.  The Maggie and Me color challenge reveal is on Thursday and Marcie has a list of links on her blog to check out as the day goes by.

What have you been up to?  Have you been busy making any gifts for Christmas this year?  I would love to see and hear what you have been up to.

Bead Happy!  ~Nancy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lili Bracelet...

...is now available in the lulu store.  You can read more about this special bracelet here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh no I am so addicted to these!!! HELP!

I started to make my teacher gifts for my son's teachers.  I have a real problem though!  These Diamond Net beaded beads (from Bead Infinitum by Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour) are so addicting to make.  I get one finished and then I say, well how about these colors and then those colors!  ARGH!! HELP!  They are just so pretty.  I have a feeling that there will be a pair of these in my ears soon as earrings! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Margie and Me Challenge

I love the colors of this challenge!!  Be sure to go to Marcie Abney's blog to check out all the color samples she pulled for this challenge!


PS  Be sure to congratulate her on her latest bracelet in the current issue of  BEADWORK magazine.  It is perfect for winter, reminds me of snowflakes!!  WOOO-HOOO MARCIE!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Margie and Me Challenge

Three Drop Earrings
Design by Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour
I struggled a bit with this challenge.  The color combinations that I pulled together looked great when sitting in their tubes and strands on my table but when put together ended up softer than I anticipated.  As I mentioned earlier this week, I am part of the Bead Infintium's Design Team and thought that their pieces would be great to use in this challenge.  I love the green and red combination in unakite and made these lovely Three Drop Earrings with it.  I like them and the picture doesn't do them justice but I didn't feel that it met the color challenge even though it incorporates colors in the painting.

Next I made the Seven Sisters beaded bead, again design by Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour.  This one was more on with the painting I felt.  I love how this one looks like a flower with the placement of the green at the edges.  I am going to suspend this from a chain to wear.

Seven Sisters beaded bead
Design by Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour
Last but certainly not least is my favorite of the three that I made.  Please feel free to click on the picture to see the detail in this Night Sky Bracelet, design by Gwen Fisher.  I love airy-ness of this bracelet.  The pattern also comes with directions to make this pattern into two different pendants that are stunning.  While this is my favorite, again I don't exactly feel that it met the color challenge of the photo, it ended up much softer than I expected. 

Night Sky Bracelet
Design by Gwen Fisher
Not too bad overall I guess.  When all is said and done though, I enjoy this challenge!!  Hopefully the next round I will feel more in tuned with!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diamond Net Bookmark

In case you haven't noticed my fancy new icon in the side bar, I was selected to be part of Bead Infintum's Design team!  Who is Bead Infinitum you might ask?  They are the talented team of Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour who make wonderful beaded beads and other great designs!  When I started beading, I came across their website in my search for patterns to teach myself beading.  Their patterns really intrigued me with the intricate designs.  I am very honored to be a part of this team and look forward to sharing with you what I will be making.  I have a couple of things made up to share on Saturday for the Margie and Me challenge but I wanted to share these bookmarks with you today.  Cindy Daniels, who is also a team member, made a wonderful bookmark, using the Time Machine bead, for her grandmother who turned 104.  I borrowed that idea as my DH's grandmother is turning 101 in a week and a half.  He is going to be visiting her soon and I thought this would make a great gift for her.  I used the Diamond Net beaded bead for mine.  I made a second one to give to his aunt, whom he will be staying with.  In these I used round lapis and unakite as the base beads.  The netting is done with 1.8 mm cubes & 11/0 seeds on the lapis and 10/0 triangle beads & 11/0 seeds on the unakite.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Margie and Me Challenge

Marcie has posted the new color challenge. Check it out here.  She chose The Adoration of the Magi by Lorenzo Monaco for this two week challenge.  She has a color swatch generated for the challenge in her post.  What rich colors are present in this painting, lovely and rich jewel tones.  I hope that you will play along!!