Friday, July 16, 2010

Silly Me

In my excitement yesterday, I forgot to share with you that there is a companion bracelet that I designed that goes with the Pretty Picots. It is called "Paragon Bracelet." The pattern is available here. (click the word "here"). Have a great day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pretty Picots - Beadwork Aug/Sept 2010

I am so excited to share with you that one of my designs has been published in the Aug/Sept issue of Beadwork.  I remember what a bright spot in a sad weekend (my husband's grandmother had passed away and it was right before the funeral) when I found out they accepted this necklace.  I have been anxiously awaiting getting my hands on the issue and was able to do so today so I wanted to share my joy with you!!  Be sure to keep an eye out for a giveaway that will be coming up once I receive the necklaces back from Interweave.  I am going to have a giveaway for one of them.  Thanks for sharing in this excitement with me.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Monday

Just sharing a couple necklaces that I have made in other colorways.  The first is the Sweet Squares necklace made with Swarovski Indian Sapphire and two shades of Peridot.  I love the subtle shading of the two greens in the necklace.  The Indian Sapphire is just to die for.  I can't wait to use it on my next project.

The next two photos are of Naomi's Sweet Garland necklace.  I used a sand color farfalle (or peanut) bead along with a matte blue seed bead and sapphire fire polish.  I love the beautiful subdued nature of this necklace.  I included a close up so you can see the detail better.

Thanks for taking a peek!!  Happy Beading.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fireworks

I have always had a passion for trying to take good pictures.  I even started out in college as a photography major.  One of the things that I love to do when we go to the fireworks on the 4th of July is to try and capture is some small way the beauty and elusiveness of fireworks.  If you have ever tried to capture fireworks with a camera, you will understand what a challenge this can be.  So as I watched I started with one set of settings on my camera, then changed to another, and then yet another along with switching to ones that I thought might have worked better.  I picked out four of the myriad that I took to share with you.  They aren't fabulous but I like how they turned out.







Sunday, July 4, 2010

Elspeth Series

I hope that you are having a wonderful summer weekend.  I have been enjoying this holiday weekend.  Tonight we will be heading out for fireworks and a picnic supper. What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!

I also wanted to share with you this series I've done.  It is made up of a bracelet, ring and earrings.  The bracelet goes together quickly and is a perfect summer accent. 

The earrings are my first try at making a layered earring.  I had a hard time getting a photo to show the two layers but what is particularly nice is that the second layer gives the earring a lot of stability and makes it hang nice.

Last but not least is this lacey ring that finishes the set.  It makes a very nice accent ring.  It is great for a index or middle finger ring.  I love the shadow in first picture that highlights its lacy-ness.

I hope that you are having a great summer and enjoying the warm weather.  Happy Beading!!

~Nancy