Bead Soup Blog Party: Soup is Ready

Good Morning! Good Afternoon!!! Hello….FINALLY!!!
Today is the day for the reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party.
Remember to go here to see all of the participants and their posts.

I am a little late posting today, and I apologize, but our internet is off more than it is on now-a-days! I have been trying to get this post done since yesterday! The internet will literally be on for 10-20 minutes, then it goes off for a few hours….very frustrating! And while it is on it is as slow as molasses!
My partner, Karen, was very generous, and sent me 5 focals and tons of wonderful natural stone beads. With all the natural stones I got on an earring making kick. A few years ago customers would ask me to make earrings and I would say, “no, I dont like making two of the same thing”.
Then I came up with earrings that were the same, but different. They are very 80’s probably, but hey, that’s when I grew up so I am influenced still by that era.
Here are all three pairs that I made…..

Here are some close ups…..this first pair are my favorite 🙂

These run a close second….

The stones that my partner Karen sent were so cool that I love these just as much!


I then had to choose one of the wonderful focals sent by my partner. It was difficult because they were all so beautiful, but I finally chose the one with the sand dollar.

The focal can slide on the chain because of the hanger I made for it.

Karen makes all of these focals herself and she uses a lot of seed beads, so I thought I would challenge myself and use some even though I had asked her not to send me any. I am sure Karen would have done something more exciting with the seed beads, but I did what I could.


I am calling this piece “Earth and Water”. The the black around the sand dollar reminds me of lava or the dark sand at a river’s edge, and the leaf toggle represents land. The shell, the color of the raku beads and the seed beads represent the water.

Make sure you check out all the other wonderful Bead Soup Blog Party posts….there are over 300 of them this time around!
Also, be sure to go to Karen’s blog to see what she made from the pieces that I sent to her.

Bead Soup Party Coming Up Soon!

It’s been like a month since I posted last…..that’s embarassing!
Between lack of internet and Hurricane Irene passing over us I got behind on blogging!
I am taking part in the Bead Soup Blog Party again this year. We are assigned a partner, by Lori at Pretty Things, partners swap bead packages and make something with what was sent to them.
My partner is Karen, from Seattle, and you can check out her blog here.
Karen sent quite an amazing package.
Here are the Focals and the toggle. Karen made these focals!!! The one on the bottom right has a sand dollar embedded in it!! They are all so beautiful and my imagination is whirling thinking about all the things I can do with these.
And then there were all the other extras…..
Look at all these beautiful stones!!!! Karen told me the round disks are fossilized coral….very cool!! These pieces are all new to me since I have never worked with stones like these. So it will be an exciting journey.
The turquoise cube beads above are some of my favorites!
Be sure and come back September 17th, do the Bead Soup Party Blog hop and check out what all the amazing jewelry artists have created.
Well, I’ve got to go get to work, and I promise you I will be back before September 17th!

Bead Table Wednesday ~ sea glass bracelet

Been busy, busy, busy with orders and fun stuff going on around the house so I havent been posting a whole lot lately.  Actually the *stuff going on around the house* has taken over my life!
Right now, in between everything else, I am trying to finish up the bracelet that I started a few weeks ago.

I still need to add a clasp, secure the sea glass in the bezels and then do a final polishing.


I love all these sea glass colors so much and can’t wait for it to be finished.
Soon!!!
Check out all the other Bead Table Wednesday posts this week and be inspired!

What’s Old is New Again

Happy Wednesday!
I am finally getting to the posting of my “What’s Old is New Again” blog challenge from Artbeads.
This set of elements gave me some challenges, which led to a bit of a creative block.
I am finally happy to show you my pieces.
I really love working with rolo chain, it is actually one of my favorite chains. In the past I have used the sterling silver, but this gunmetal one is great also and looks awesome mixed with the sterling silver.
In this piece I also included some white beads from a necklace that was once my grandmothers, some of my pink glass headpins and some silver chain.
The pink flower beads that are attached to the silver chain I doubled on a silver headpins along with the white vintage beads and glass headpins that I made.


The photo in the bezel is of my grandfather with a silver key charm and a Bahamian coat of arms from an old stamp set in resin.
I finished the back of the necklace with some soft pink, silk ribbon.
This necklace needed a pair of earrings to go with it, and this is what I came up with.
They are very light and fun.
I added single pink resin flowers on the rolo chain. There are three strands in different lengths and at the top one of my handmade glass headpins.
Also from Artbeads I got the cutest metal bicycle pendant and made this casual necklace from this piece, also complimented with some of my grandmother’s beads.
I love the mixture of metals in this piece. It is going to be great with jeans and a casual shirt.
Artbeads has a variety of these metal pendants with other themes and they make a quick, cute pendant on a necklace.
So here is where my real challenge came in……
I got some large transparent resin roses from Artbeads as well, and when they arrived there was no hole to string them or attach them. (if I would have read the description properly I would have known this before hand)
I tried to attach them to silver rings with epoxy and they didn’t hold.
Then it hit me …… add it to a mixed media piece!!
What took me so long to come up with that?!?!?!
I love how this turned out and I was sorry I didn’t have anymore resin flowers to add to more mixed media pieces.
Here is a close up of the flowers. The rabbits look like they are feeding amongst the flowers.
After making this piece I thought the flowers would make great additions to an art quilt. So I guess I will have to order some more!
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!



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Bead Table Wednesday ~ getting somewhere

Remember those components that had me artistically stuck?
Well I am getting somewhere with them this week.
There is also a heart bezel that is filled with goodies and resin which is drying on the side.
I am having a busy week – both emotionally and physically – but being able to create is my solace.  I always seem to be beaming with ideas at times like this.
Happy Bead Table Wednesday!

~Bead Table Wednesday~

It’s been a busy week here with workmen in and out of the house.  I am surprised I was able to do anything creative.  Two weeks ago, in this post, I showed you a variety of components I was working with.  I am really struggling with getting these to come together right.
BUT…..I was successful with this pendant…..
I love making those fused silver rings, hammering them FLAT…..very therapeutic…..and then stamping them for some texture.

I had a headpin leftover, and it was lonely, so made this simple pendant for myself……….

I have also had my hands in clay and glaze again……

Cant wait to glaze these and fire them.  I love that owl towards the bottom right…..he’s gonna be a cutie 🙂
Right next to him is a bezel box that I cant wait to fill with goodies and resin.
Here are a few glazed beads waiting for something creative to happen to them….

I think they may grow up to be pendants.
Be sure to go the Flickr group, Bead Table Wednesday, and check out what other jewelry artists are up to.
Happy Bead Table Wednesday!!!
What is happening on your bead table?


Bead Table Wednesday

A few months back I joined the Flickr group, Bead Table Wednesday, and have just been lurking and not posting any pictures.  It really is a simple group, where jewelry artists post pictures of what is on their worktable, or what they have recently finished every Wednesday.
I decided to start today since I have a some jewelry pieces I need to be working on.
These components are a mixture of old and new.
I am fiddling with all the pieces now trying to decide which pieces I will make and that will help me decide what kinds of glass beads I need to make to go with it all.
Hopefully early next week I will be done and can show you what I came up with!
Happy Wednesday!

Bracelet Blog Hop for The Global Genes Project

The Global Genes Project is a campaign to raise awareness to rare disease in children.
One of my blogging friends, Lori Anderson, is hosting this blog hop.  She too, is affected by a rare disease.
Jewelry artists were asked to make a bracelet with the predominate color being blue.
The bracelets will be given to one of the 7000 families that have a child with a rare disease to show them love, hope and support.
Here is the bracelet that i made…..
I used one of my lamp worked glass beads, a hand stamped tag *wish*, and several blue glass shell beads.
The shells, for me, represent unfolding mysteries.  I wish for these families that the mystery of their child’s rare disease can be solved.
I had a hard time getting a good picture of the hand stamped tag.
Go and check out all the bracelets that others have made here on Lori’s blog.
Scroll down to the bottom to see the list of blog participants and check out all the wonderful bracelets.
I hope I am not posting this too early, but I am getting ready to leave for an art show so I needed to get this posted before I left.

What I’ve Been Up to……

I can’t believe it has been so long since I blogged!  But I have been busy wrapping up some swaps, finishing some orders and getting ready for an art show which is on Saturday.
I got my Doll Quilt done and according to the tracking it will be delivered to my partner today!  I cant wait….hope she likes it 🙂
I also finished a mini quilt for the MiniQT Swap, on Flickr.  The theme was 3D.
My partner, sew-amy, has a nice collection of these VW Vans……what a lucky girl!!  This is my dream car!
I was also in a private swap with mamacjt with an Easter theme.
She had hinted that she liked this design that I had done on a journal cover, so I added her name to it.  Carol is always making others quilts with their names, so I thought she needed one for herself.
A few jewelry orders that I had were……
a set of three pendants for a mother and her two daughters.
And two necklaces like the one above for two friends….”Potcake Love”
Incase you dont know, Potcakes are our local *mutt*, and I am involved in rescue here to give them a better life.
Back to work for me.  I have three days before the show on Saturday, and tons of this and that to do!
Have a great week!


Busy Days

I’ve been busy with all sorts of things the last week or so.
I made another sea glass ring for a special order.
Joined the Flower Bed Crochet Along!
Set a record for how many people I can fit to my dining room table.
Had an awesome week of agility training, and a day of trials.  Trixi, my potcake, finished one of her titles….YAY!
Made a placemat as a gift for our agility judge.
Looking ahead I have a few shows coming up and lots of new ideas in my head!