Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year! Hello 2013

I find it hard to believe that it is almost 2013. The cold weather here in Florida has made me think about spring, Valentine's Day and hearts. I made some new pendands that I will be listing in my shop. Here are a few of them. Use code SAVE10 to get 10% off your entire purchase in my shop until midnight Dec 31.
Happy New Year!!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Christmas Beads

I have been on a Christmas bead making spree lately. I have been planning out more ornaments and getting ready for fall. I had these beads ready to photograph and thought that they looked pretty good as a group like this. What are you doing to get ready for fall and the holiday season?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer Memories Giveaway

I recently participated in my first of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Parties. I had so much fun and such a great partner  Lisa who makes beautiful jewelry which you can see at her zibbet shop

 I have not made it to everyone on the 2nd reveal list yet as I want to take my time and get to know everyone a little bit. I came across Love Yesterdays blog and she is having a giveaway that I thought you might be interested in. Check this out if you are interested in winning a beautiful bracelet Summer Memories Giveaway.

I am so getting into making Christmas items lately. Here is another gingerbread house pendant that I listed in my etsy shop

Friday, August 10, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

The bead soup challenge blog hop has 3 separate reveal dates this time around. Thank you Lori for hosting this online party. I can not believe the gorgeous bead soup that I received from my partner Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures.

I loved the colors in the pendant. Since it had a hole in the middle I contemplated what I could use it for. Several ideas developed but I did not want to cover too much of the pendant. I went with some chain to dangle the lucite flowers and leaves to give it a light and airy look.
I also did not want to distract too much from the pendant, so I used the chain and linked a few beads that I had made from polymer clay to match the pendant.
For the earrings I used the matching polymer clay beads and dangled some of the smaller  lucite leaves and flowers from the bottom.

I really enjoyed this challenge and hope that you enjoy looking at what everyone else made.
 Please visit Lisa's blog to see what she made with what I sent to her.

Here is a list of the other participants in the August 11 reveal group:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Bead Shapes

I have been experimenting with some new bead shapes. I love making all types of beads, but wanted to try to make a few different shapes. This first one is an almond shape. It is flat with a different flower on each side, but I think that I would make the same flower on each side next time. I really like how the purple flowers come down on the ends and the leaves show from the sides.

I also tried some round teardrop shape beads. I really like these also. They were not as hard to make as the almond shape. I plan on making some angel earrings with the teardrop shape.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bead Soup Has Arrived!

I can not believe the gorgeous bead soup that I received from my partner Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures.
This is my first time participating and could not have asked for a nicer partner. She sent me this great pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio

She added a copper toggle, chain, with copper bead caps from MelindaOrr
and lucite flowers and leaves, cane glass and a variety of other beads.
Isn't it delicious looking. Ideas are going through my head like crazy.
 Please visit Lisa's blog to see what I sent to her.
Please check back August 11 2012 for the final reveal for my group.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Christmas in July

Is it too early to think about Christmas? I have been making Christmas beads and ornaments already this year. The constant rain has kept me from taking some pictures, but I do have a few to show you.
I also got some new toys to play with to make some Christmas ornaments that I will be showing you soon.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Bead Soup Partner

I just found out that Lisa is my bead soup partner. She has participated in the bead soup challenge before, so I am so lucky to be paired with her, as I am a first timer. Lisa is a self taught jewelry designer. She gets inspiration from nature, especially colors like ocean blue and leaf green, natural stones from the Earth, and living creatures including birds, fish and insects.
 Here is a link to her zibbet shop .

 Lisa also has a blog here

 I really love these earrings in her shop

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bead Soup Party Participant

This year I am participating in the Bead Soup Party set up by Lori Anderson I can not wait to found out who my partner will be. Here are some cabochons that I listed in my etsy store

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hedgehog Family

I had a special order for hedgehogs beads and created these. I love the way that they look all together in the picture. Just like a little family.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Beads

I have been busy creating new beads. It is so relaxing for me to make beads. Here are some of the beads that I made over the last week.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cake Slice Stitch Markers

These stitch markers for knitting and crochet are my favorites.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Handpainted Silk Cord

I had to show you the beautiful silk cord that I just purchased from MarshaNealStudio. I can not wait to get it. I plan on making cords for some of my spring pendants with it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Buttons For Spring

I really love working with polymer clay. There are so many different things that you can make with it. Buttons can be used to embellish handmade items or in jewelry. Here is a sample of some buttons that I have made.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Butterflies in the Garden

Even here in Florida, I am thinking of spring already. I look out my window and see birds and squirrels, butterflies and dragonflies. We have had some nice weather lately and I know that soon it will be way too hot, but that is Florida. I love putting butterflies on my beads, and I just purchased some amazing butterfly canes from Polymer Clay Visions shop
Here is a picture of some beads that I made using the butterfly canes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Easter Eggs

I have been thinking about spring and easter. I am very pleased with these easter eggs that I made into beads.

I created the pastel cane and then shaped the beads into egg shapes.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A New Beginning

I want this blog to have a new beginning. It has been forever since I last posted anything here. So much has been going on in my life that I just do not know where to start.
My husband had open heart surgery. He is doing quite well now, but it was a very scary time.
I tore my labrum in my hip. I could hardly lift my leg to move for quite a while. Then I found out that I had severe arthritis in my hip. Five months later, physical therapy and exercise have helped a lot, but still can not walk for very long distances.

My Dad passed away about two weeks ago. He was 93 and lived a long good life.

Over the last year I have been reflecting on my life so much more that ever before. I am re-entering the blog world to try to write about some of my experiences and to reflect the wonderful things that I have in my life now. I am not really much of a writer. Some of the other blogs that I read are incredibly written.

But I will try my best to write some things that may be of interest to others.