Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blog Play

It has been awhile since I have done anything new with my blog.  I hope that you like the changes.  I was trying to make it easy to read.  It is funny to me because I am a "blue" person and yet I was drawn to a softer pastel palette as I worked.  I really like how it came out.  Change is nice every once in awhile. Now I have to go and get back to work on the necklace I am doing. 

By the way, I can't wait to show you my necklace for the Bead Soup challenge.  It was a stretch for me but I am pleased with the results.  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's designs.  This has just been a lot of fun checking up on everyone and reading what they have posted about the Bead Soup. 

Have a great day everyone!!

Nancy


This is a project that I made last fall that I haven't made up my mind if I like or not.  The overall length is about 26"-28".  Any thoughts?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bead Soup - Hmmm or Argh

Ok, so I received my lovely package of beads from Beth (you can see it here).  Secretly I was hoping to not be pulled too far out of my comfort zone, which is beadweaving.  I was thinking I would get this great focal which I could incorporate into some beadweaving and that would be that.  Well I got a great focal but..... it is not one that I could think of a good way to incorporate into my beadweaving skills.  Mind you, this is not a complaint post or a whine post.  I joined the swap to be challenged.  This has challenged me!!!  I know how fabulous the others in the contest are in delightful non-beadwoven projects.  I sat down last night and laid out beads and strung beads and took apart beads and laid out beads and strung beads and took apart beads and laid out beads.... well you get the picture.  I think that I am getting closer to something that I think is presentable but we will see what I think when I go home today and look at it again.

The bottom line is I am having a great time and stretched way out of my comfort zone.  Thanks, Lori, for this bead soup challenge.  This has been really good for me!!!  And thanks, Beth, for sending me a focal that REQUIRED me to think outside of MY box!

Have a great day everyone.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fairy Dust

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.  We took part of our afternoon to go to our local park and hike along their trail.  It was so good to be outside and stretching my legs.  I have been feeling the inactivity in my body lately and since it had been bitterly cold there wasn't too much that I could do about it.  Hey I guess that explains why I have been busy beading!! (Not that I need an excuse!!)

Here is another necklace that I made while staying out of the cold.  It is just perfect for St. Patrick's Day!  I love how the the vitrial coating on the peridot firepolish crystals make this necklace sparkle.  I was able to make this necklace in an afternoon.  The lovely wooden bowl that it is resting on was made by my Dad!!  He and my brother make wonderful wood bowls, wine stoppers, wine glasses with turned wood stems.  You should check out their beautiful work (www.jmncreations.com).

I hope the weather is as beautiful where you are as it is here!  Enjoy!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shaitana Necklace


After a bit of a dry spell (as I've mentioned before), I had fun playing with my beads and came up with this necklace.  I love the simple elegance of this necklace.  I've been trying to use some of the other materials that I have in my stash and I love these round pink luster beads that are highlighted in this design. 

I hope that you are staying warm where you are.  It is awfully chilly here.  Have a great day today.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ruffles Bracelet




This is a bracelet that I made awhile ago (the top one).  I was wearing it recently and decided to whip up another one in lighter colors.  I just love how changing the colors on a pattern gives it a whole different look!!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Galaxy Rings Bracelet


It has been a very busy couple of months for me. December tends to be very busy with the holidays and my son’s birthday. I didn’t get as much time to bead as I would like to but once January started I set that to rights. It feels good to be back to beading. I was having a hard time last month trying to focus on beading so it was probably a good thing to have a little time away from it.

My dear friend and local bead store owner had given me some of these beautiful glass rings to play with. I had several ideas in mind as I sat down to play with them. This was one of those ideas that transpire into reality. It is a very whimsical bracelet. I found the rings online at Rings and Things as well.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!  We have been away visiting family and are now home ready to settle in for this new coming year.  I am praying that it will be one in which there is a turn around and stability in our job situations.  I am sure that many of you may be facing the same hope.  Last year was a rough one for my family and I am looking forward to a clean slate to start the year with!  I have a couple new projects that I will be sharing with you this month.  They are in the finishing stages.  I haven't had much time to bead in the past month or so with the hustle of the holidays and my son's birthday last month but I NEED to get back to beading.  I miss it!!  
I wish you all a very merry New Year, may you have your hopes and dreams realized this coming year.  I pray for each of us one that the New Year brings some stability to our economy and jobs!

God Bless,
Nancy

Bead Soup

Here is something fun that I am looking forward to this month. Lori Anderson is hosting a virtual bead soup party.  It should be quite fun to take the materials that are sent and create something with them.  Click on the link below to come and join the fun.  A list of all the jewelry artists that are participating are on Lori's blog!
Come join the fun!