Thursday, December 30, 2010

Margie and Me - Year End Throwdown

It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone.  This has been a year that I am glad to say good bye to.  There were many joys this past year but there were also a lot of difficulties.  I am praying that this coming year will be a good one.  Hopefully the country in general will start to pull itself out of the slump that we've been in for a few years now.  For a change, I feel that we may be finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I hope so.  As one who is and was affected by the downturn in employment in my family, I am praying for a more stable 2011.  Anyway onto some beady fun!

This challenge was a challenge for me in a way that I didn't expect.  The color wasn't the problem.  (I chose Winged Lions of the Ishtar Gate - #46)  I had made some great components (the beaded rivolis and the circle) but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with them.  First it was one style of bracelet.  Then that didn't work so I tried something different as a bracelet.  Then the components were sitting on my table in such a way that I wondered about adding a drop to them.  So I ordered one and a bunch of other related beads.  When they came, I started playing again.  This worked, this didn't.  Finally I had the "bottom" portion of the necklace with the components.  It took me a week to figure out what type of "chain" to suspend it from.  I love the end result but it felt like pulling teeth to be able to put it together.  I am going to make a second one in the upcoming weeks to refine the design. (I am looking for a name for this necklace, please feel free to leave me a comment with suggestions!!  Thanks.)
As I have said before (and will probably say yet again), I love this challenge.  I hope all who read my blog will join in.  It is always good to stretch yourself and try colors that are out of your comfort area.  The challenge is about color, not design.  So don't be afraid to try your favorite pattern in a new colorway.

Be sure to check out La Bella Joya to see all the wonderful entries in this challenge contest that Marcie has sponsored.  It will be hard for me to pick one to vote for!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great end of the year and I wish you the most happiest of New Years!!

~Nancy



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I appreciate all those who visit my blog so very much.  Your kind words and encouragement mean a lot to me.  I look forward to the upcoming year and pray that it will be one that is full of joyful memories, laughter and the things that really matter. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

~Nancy

Friday, December 10, 2010

Last Margie and Me Challenge of the year

Well!!  As if it weren't already a fun challenge, Marcie Abney just had to go and throw down the gauntlet and make it even more of a fun challenge.

Marcie has made the latest Margie and Me challenge a "Throw Down", her words not mine.  What a challenge she has thrown out.  There are multiple color palettes to choose from and PRIZES thrown in.  It should be lots of fun to see which color palette everyone chooses and how they use it.  I can't wait to see all the entries.

I hope that you will come and play along.  You have all month (till December 28th) to get your entry ready.  Be sure to check out Marcie's blog for the color palettes.

This is just one of the fun color palettes to choose from.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Radiance Necklace

It is such a lovely and busy time of year.  My older son's birthday is tucked in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and keeps us rolling from one celebration to the next.  We got our Christmas tree this past weekend and our house looks so festive and warm!  I enjoy the warm glow that lights on the tree give a room.
I have been making some longer necklaces lately.  I wear a lot of turtlenecks in the winter and long necklaces are just perfect to dress them up!  I love how this necklace uses 12 mm Rivolis to create such a sparkly impact.   This pendant features a cluster of layered rivolis.  It has a light airy chain that accents the pendant.  The first one that I made was the blue one.  Then I made it again with these lovely gray seeds and black diamond rivolis!  The seeds are a metallic matte bead!!  I can guarantee that you will see this color again.  It goes well with so many things!

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas holiday season!  Thanks for stopping by.

~Nancy



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Margie and Me Challenge

I wish I would have had more time to play with this color challenge but with Thanksgiving thrown in the middle I didn't get to play as much as I would have liked!!  My niece has a large hole bead bracelet that she adores.  I wanted to try to make some beaded beads that would work on that style of bracelet or on a necklace (which is what mine are shown on).  You should see the pile of rejects that are on my bead table from my various attempts.  Maybe I will get brave and show them to you one day.  I ended up with three different styles of beads.  I decided to use the color challenge to experiment with them a bit.  These are my challenge beads! I have them suspended on an 18" black silk corded necklace.


Of course, I had a hard time stopping making them because they are so fun to make.  I decided to make a set using Christmas colors for a more whimsical everyday Christmas necklace.  I can tell this one will get lots of wear this Christmas season.  I have gotten many compliments on it already!!


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Marcie's blog for a list of links to other's who have participated in the Margie and Me challenge!