Monday, June 21, 2010

Bead Soup Party

First off, I want to apologize to those who have posted on Saturday and Sunday.  My weekend has been so full that I haven't had much time to sit at the computer to enjoy everyone's soup.  I will be catching up today when I have some time planned to sit here and enjoy everyone's creations.

I have to honestly say that the bead soup has been really hard for me.  I am a seed beader at heart and just don't have the talent for stringing except for a few lucky attempts.  It is so much easier for me to sit and play with seed beads than be challenged by all sorts of bead sizes and shapes.  I have enjoyed everyone's pieces and have strived to create something worthy of the person who took the time to choose beads to send me.

I loved the beads that Norma sent me.  They were a departure from my normal colors.  I was drawn to the black beads along with the open heart she sent.  I created a multi-strand braid with the beads she sent and added in some seeds and bugles and crystals that I had.  In the center, I made a herringbone tube that I embellished and then suspended the heart from the tube.  Norma sent me some lovely caps that I used at each end of the braid.  This is a very different style for me but I like how it came together.  I have a few ideas for the other beads that she sent but haven't had time to make them happen yet.  I will be sure to share when they are complete.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my contribution to the party.  Thanks Lori for hosting another wonderful bead soup!!

~Nancy

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Margolyes Earrings

These earrings are the result of another challenge from my LBS.  They received these fabulous findings from Gordon's and challenged me to do something with them.  The first project that I made was the Cherie ring which I showed you a few posts ago with the Beaded Rings.  I had so much fun playing that I came up with these earrings.  They are much simpler to make that they look.  I love the vintage look that the finding gives the earring.  They work up quickly in a couple hours.  Thanks for taking a peek.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Simplicity - a Mother's Ring

My sister and her family came in this past weekend for a visit.  We had such a lovely time.  I love to watch all the cousins interact with each other.  It is one of those things that I treasure up in my heart.  I have such fond memories of playing with my cousins that it is so nice to see in the next generation!!

While they were here, I made this ring for my sister.  She has 6 beautiful children.  When I made the original Simplicity ring, one of the things I thought almost immediately was what a great mother's ring this would be.  The next thought was that I would have to make one for my sis!!!  Hope you enjoyed seeing it.

Have a great day.

~Nancy

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Braenock Bracelet

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been playing with the herringbone stitch.  In one of my beading classes, I asked what stitch they would like to learn in an upcoming class (I was in the process of planning my July-Sept class schedule).  Herringbone was the answer I got.  That was the impetus to play with herringbone.  This is the first project we will do.  I have another in the works that will be a step up in technique that I hope to share with you soon.

What I love about this project is its fluidity when worn.  It has a nice suppleness to it.  The surface dimensional detail finishes it off nicely!

As you can see, I liked this project so much, I have made three colorways with it.  The center blue one is the original.

I hope you liked seeing my herringbone project!!!  Thanks for taking a peek.

~Nancy

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Busy

It never ceases to amaze me that come the middle of May how life runs away from me.  Not even adding any unexpected challenges into the mix (and there have been a few) time just slips away from me.  We are in for a busy summer this year and one that will not have any kind of routine to it for the majority of the summer.  That should make things quite challenging also.  My boys like routine.  When there is a lack of routine, it definately unsettles them but we will muddle through and enjoy the summer anyway. 

I have been working on a couple of herringbone projects that I hope to show you soon as well as some earrings and a new ring.  They are all quite fun and the one herringbone bracelet pattern I am addicted to and currently on my third version of!! LOL.

Just for fun I am adding a picture of a project that I did last year that was a great summer project.  I love the whimsical-ness of this Forget Me Not necklace.  (This pattern has a great price too as it includes the earrings pattern and was before lulu increased their share of ebooks.)

I hope that you have a great day today!!  Happy Beading!

~Nancy


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Still MIA and Beaded Rings

It never ceases to amaze me how life can just take control and leave me running to catch up with it.  Sometimes I think that I have overcome the hill only to find that it was just a foothill to the next.  Almost two weeks ago now we discovered that one of the boys had head lice.  I have never had to deal with this situation before and there was a big learning curve for my husband and I.  Everytime we thought we had him clear, a day or two later we would discover more.  I felt so bad for him.  He loves school and had to be out about 4 days.  We were fortunate in that it stayed contained to him but it was a very long week until we finally said enough is enough and buzzcut his hair very close to the scalp.  He had a hair cut right away to about a 3/4" length.  The second haircut was the one though that did the trick.  Can I just say that I am tired of cleaning and deep cleaning and LAUNDRY!!  I know that this is very minor compared to what a lot of people face but it was definately a stressful period for us. 

We were able to get away for the weekend and spent a lovely time with my family in and around Pittsburgh.  It was a really good thing for us and helped us start to feel back to normal.  I did some beading for a new project on the way out and back that I hope to show you soon but in the meantime....

I want to share some more beaded rings with you.  These are another group of three rings I designed.  My favorite is the Simplicity ring.  The picture doesn't do it justice as to how cute this ring is.  I am going to make one for my sister who has 6 children.  In place of the vintage rose bicones, I am going to use the birthstone colors of her children and make her a mother's ring.  Eventually I want to make one for myself as well.  The Cherie ring is named for my dear friend Cherie who owns the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville PA where I teach each month.  She often will challenge me to use a new beading or finding that she got for the store.  I also made a pair of earrings using that finding that I will be showing you soon as well.

I hope that life will settle into a routine again soon and I can get back to regular blogging.  Feel free to leave me a comment.  I love to hear what you have to share.  Have a great week.

~Nancy