Saturday, January 29, 2011

Margie and Me - January Challenge

This has been a busy month, which is a little unusual for us in January.  I decided that I was going to apply my color choices to the projects that I would be teaching this past month.  So please forgive me for seeing designs you have already seen.  I ended up doing both color challenges.  The first is the Rainforest greens.  I made this one using the Persian Lullaby pattern (you can click the photo for a larger view) and did some slight random shading again with the fire polish.  This is currently one of my favorite patterns.

Persian Lullaby Bracelet

The second colorway was the bright store front in Mexico.  I used the Softly I Go pattern for this one.  It never ceases to amaze me how varying the colors in a pattern makes it look so different.  (You can see the original here for comparison.)  I love how this one captures that Mexican flavor like the store front.

Softly I Go Bracelet

As I said, this has been a crazy month for us between deadlines at work, a cold going through the family and just life in general.  I haven't had much time for beading.  I have a new project that I am trying to finish up to show you hopefully next week.  My goal is to try and carve out more time for beading in February.  Meanwhile, I will continue to pop around and be inspired by what you are up to.  Please be sure to visit Marcie's Blog to see the other challenge pieces!  Hope you are having a great day.  Thanks for stopping by.

~Nancy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rose Garden

It is yet another snowy day here in the Northeast, with some freezing rain thrown in just to keep us on our toes.  I have been sick with bronchitis for the past three or four days and I am ready to feel well again!!  I discovered, yet again, that I really don't like to be still.  I haven't even felt up to beading.  I am hoping that by the middle or end of today I will at least feel like picking up my beads and doing something!!

I want to share with you a necklace that I made before the illness set in. I have seen so many lovely necklaces made with ribbon lately that I wanted to give it a try.  For this one, I made three "Infinity Dodecahedron" beaded beads (pattern by Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour) in shades of pink with touches of green.  (Feel free to click the photo for a better view.)  I strung them on an 18" piece of organza ribbon.  The dodecahedron beaded bead gives it such a delicate feel.  With all the snow we've been getting, I must have spring on my mind!!



I hope all is well with you and that you have been busy beading!  I would love to see what you've made.  Feel free to send me a picture of your latest creation.  Have a great day.

~Nancy

Friday, January 7, 2011

Snow and Petal Bloom Necklace

We are enjoying a snow day here in Northeast PA today.  We only have about 2.5" of snow but it is so lovely to look at (since I don't have to drive in it today).  The boys just headed outside to play in and sled ride.  I am sure they will have lots of fun and then come in ready for some hot cocoa!  This is their first official snow day of the school year.  Not too bad getting a Friday off!  

I have a necklace to share with you today.  I have been making longer necklaces lately.  It seems like I make shorter necklaces in the spring and summer and then once the cold weather hits I switch to longer ones.  I love the chain on this one.  It is so delicate and pulls your focus back to the rivoli.  I think this one has a lot of potential for multiple colors within it.
Well I am going to do some beading now that my chores for the day are done (at least till it is time for supper anyway). I hope you are having a great Friday.  Stay safe and happy beading!
~Nancy


PS Just popped outside for a couple of snow boy pics!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Infinity Dodecahedron

For this month's design challenge for Bead Infinitum, I chose the Infinity Dodecahedron pattern.  This pattern from Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour really offers a lot of adaptability.  I love small things.  I started off with the smallest bead option listed on the pattern, 11/0's and 15/0's.  You can also adjust the scale of your beaded bead by which beads you use.  This pattern can also be made with 6/0's and 8.0's or even 3 mm fire polish.

After practicing the pattern to get the feel for how the beads work together, I jumped in with a light center of white and gold.  For the surface embellishment, I used blue and green beads.  For the accent beads, I made cubes and strung them diagonally.  I had some vintage white chip beads that I bought a few years ago when we were visiting my sister-in-law in Florida.  I love how light and airy and delicate the necklace came out.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I hope that your New Year is off to a good start!!

~Nancy