Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I can't believe that it has been two weeks since my last post.  Life has been moving quickly here.  Work (my day job) has been very busy and stressful.  I love what I do but it can get quite stressful as deadlines approach.  I have been busy beading but I can't show you quite yet what I am working on.  I decided to try for a publishing challenge that I came across.  It is something that I haven't tried before (the subject of the challenge) but I have to say that I have been pleased with the end result.

We are in for some snow here in the next couple days (on top of the surprise snow we received yesterday) and I am hoping to finish a bracelet and necklace that are half done and write patterns for them.  I rather put them to the side when I started working on this other project.

I also was lucky enough to receive this week a package from Beverly Ash Gilbert.  She does some amazing freeform beadwork.  She asked for help choosing the name for her latest bead soup and the name that I and another suggest (we suggested the same name) was chosen.  Be sure to click through her blog at the lovely photography that Beverly does as well. 

I have a rather frustrating and sad post that I want to share with you.  (Click Here) Charms were purchased from Green Girl Studios and then used to reproduce the wonderful original work that they do with no credit or compensation to Green Girl Studios.  Please read the post at Cynthia Thorton's blog for more information.  We all need to stick together when it comes to people reproducing other's work.

I will leave you with this picture of our snowfall from a couple weeks ago.  I quite imagine that it will look like that again by the end of tomorrow, into Friday.

Stay Safe and Bead Happy.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bead Soup Party Time


Be sure that you check out the entire party list by going to Lori's Blog.  I am anxious to be able to see what everyone did with their soup!

This has been a lot of fun, visiting everyone's blogs and being challenged with materials that were chosen for me.  Thank you so much Lori for this PARTY!!

I didn't remember to take a picture of what I sent ahead of time to Beth or to take a picture of what she sent me before I started working.  Fortunately Beth did!!  You can see the original materials that she sent me and that I sent her in this post on her blog.

As I said in an earlier post, the materials that Beth chose for me really challenged me.  I like beadweaving and it is where I am most comfortable.  For the life of me though an idea didn't present itself to me to incorporate beadweaving with the great focal.  What it did do is make me drag out some of the beads that I have been hoarding for awhile and put them to good us.  It was a process of laying out the beads, stringing the beads, taking them all apart and looking for more beads or different beads.  It was a really good exercise in balance.  I love the little touches of labrodite that I added.  I found some at my local bead store that just had some great fire within.  Well enough of my rambling, here is my bead soup challenge piece!!  You can click on the photo to see it enlarged.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shaitana Earrings

Toward the end of last year, I was asked to teach a class on how to bead a rivoli using tubular peyote.  The class was just supposed to be a basic technique class.  I don't know about you but I like to be able to "do" something with what I learn when I learn a new technique.  So I came up with these earrings so that they had something to "do" with the beaded rivoli if they wanted to. 

I have to say that I really like this pattern.  I have already made several pair of these earrings to go with some of the different jewelry pieces I have made.  I haven't really made many beaded earrings so I really like that I have this pattern to use.

I just love how the rivoli reflects back the beadwork!!  Anyway.... I hope you are having a good weekend and if you are in the northeast stuck in from the snow, I hope you are having a good beady time.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Troika Necklace

I made this necklace for a submission challenge.  It wasn't chosen, but that is ok with me.  I love it!!  It is a longer necklace than I typically make.  I have found that it is perfect for wearing with my turtlenecks or if I wear a layered outfit. 

It was relatively easy to make, using right angle weave, net weave and tubular peyote.  I love the softness of the colors and since it is in a creamy colorway goes with just about everything!!