Saturday, May 10, 2014

BSBP Reveal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, I'm preparing for my crazy trip across Scandinavia.  I'm starting off in Bergen, Norway and making my way across to Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn.  To say I'm excited is an understatement.  I can't wait to post my travel pictures here.  :)

Now -- for the reason we're here.. BSBP!

My fabulous partner, Stephanie Perry, and I have so much in common.  Not only do we share a first name, but we share a work history -- Human Resources!  She sent me a beautiful and HUGE soup.  :)  I loved the blues and greens.  Of course, ceramics are always a huge favorite of mine.  Here is a link to her blog:

Here's what I sent her.  After I looked at her blog, I elected to send two distinct soups: one in her comfort zone and one decidedly out.  The owl soup seems to match her earthy preferences while the black one takes a bit of a bolder approach.

Now for the big reveal:!  It took me a bit to decide what to do with the huge number of beads she sent.  In the end, I went with simple and classic, but it took me a long long time to get there.  

I loved the blue lampwork glass beads she made herself and decided to throw some of mine own in for a simply strung bracelet with the super cute clasp she added in. I'm happy with the result.

Next, I wire wrapped the ceramic rounds and made a cha cha like necklace with the pendant hanging in the middle.  I so tried to make an asymmetrical design, but it just wasn't coming to me.  Simple ended up being best in my opinion.  The only thing I might change is to add some additional patina to the chain.  I'm going to see how I like it first.  :)

Normally, I would include a list of all of the participants below, but because I will be in Norway when the final list is published for the blog -- I'm including a link to Lori's blog to follow to see all of the amazing designs.  I will update this once I'm back stateside to make it easier for future blog hoppers!

UPDATED -- Here is the link to the full party

Hope you have a "hopping" great time.  :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

BSBP Reveal...postponed

Hi Everyone :)

Unfortunately, due to the slight delay in the reveal due an emergency, I will be in Norway backpacking across Scandinavia.  I have written a post and set it for auto posting.  :)

I will be back the day after the reveal, but please don't hesitate to tell me if it's not up when it's supposed to be up!  I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's creations when I return especially my partner, Stephanie Perry.

In the meantime, here's a link to the announcement:

Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

I can't believe how long it's been

No pictures today.  I'm just really excited about participating in this year's Bead Soup.  We have our partners and I'm so excited to get to know her.  More on this to come.

My goal this year?

Write more.... make more... just more


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's been awhile

I realize it's been awhile since I've posted.   Life has been a little wonky lately, but in a very good way.  That being said, I've had so little time to actually create things.  I've managed to do a little bit.  Today, I wasn't feeling all that great so I sat down and just did some simple beading.

There's not much to it, but I love the way it looks.  Pearls and sterling always work beautifully together.  Below: 20" strung pearl necklace with sterling silver spacers and beads.  Sterling silver ankh pendant is hand made in Tibet with a pearl inset.  Sterling clasp is handmade by me.

I think it'd be perfect for work, but I'm likely going to put it up in my Etsy shop which is TBD very soon.  This simplicity is just what I needed today. 


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kumihimo - an experiment

I rarely work with any kind of fiber so any excursion into its use is a huge ordeal for me.  I literally sit there and stare at it with nervous anticipation because I don't know where to turn.  Case in point, I bought two kumihimo boards about 3 years ago and even made the cord used in this project over a year ago, but never figured out where to use it.

FINALLY, I had a small stroke of brilliance when I saw the carved mother of pearl pendant that my daughter picked out about six months ago.  I really only figured it out because I was organizing and cleaning my room of ingenuity aka the black hole aka my craft room. 

I don't know that I'll do a ton of kumihimo, but it's something I can take on a plane easily.  It is, however, a lot of work for one cord.  Without further ado, here goes:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Anklet Reveal

I've enjoyed these blog hops that I've been participating in lately.  They've been a nice conduit for creativity and allow me to expand outside of my comfort zone.

This time, I volunteered to do an anklet reveal.  There are no rules here except to create an anklet which, in and of itself, is a challenge for me.  I've never made one.  :) 

Before I move to the reveal, thanks and kudos go out to Kashmira Patel, who you met as she was my earring swap partner.  She did a great job organizing this hop and I hope you enjoying seeing all of the awesome designs. 

Not too long ago, my daughter, some friends and I went to the Fort Worth zoo.  All around the zoo, they have squished penny machines which got me thinking that they would make some great jewelry components.  The idea here is that I'll keep collecting these from my travels to create a super long necklace.  For now, it works wonderfully as an anklet.  No sharp edges and it sits perfectly along the ankle. 


Below are some pictures of my baby girl, Ainsley at the zoo.  As a treat, I found a picture we took 5.5 years ago on the same exact croc.  Ainsley is the one in the back grinning like a goofball.  She had a blast and I love seeing her smile. 

Thanks for looking!  Below are all of the participants for the awesome anklet hop.  Thank you again Kashmira!

Name Blog
Kashmira Patel
Kaushambi ShahWill post on Kashmira's blog
Jean Wells
Mischelle Fanucchi
Shellie Grindie
Ginger Bishop
Monique U
Cynthia Machata
Kay Thomerson
Mimi Gardner
Anindita Basu
Rita (Toltec Jewels)
Gina Hockett
Tammie Everly
Jessica Murray
Dyanne Cantrell
Ema Kilroy
Emma Todd
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Cheri Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Michelle Buettner
Sandra McGriff
Stephanie Weiss
Shelley Graham Turner
Vickie Foley
Lynda Carson
Roxanne Mendoza

Monday, May 20, 2013

Earring Swap Reveal

Hello everyone!

First, huge kudos out to Jessica Murray who hosted this blog hop.  She's put up with all of quite admirably.  Check out her blog, Whimsical Monkey, here.

I've been a bit remiss in my posting lately.  I blame a lack of time to do things  :)  Rather, I've prioritized some items and crafting has taken a bit of a backseat.  HOWEVER, I have the privilege of participating in a fun new blog hop for earrings! 

My partner, Kashmira Patel, is a software engineer who creates jewelry to support her charity.  She has a huge heart!  I always love seeing people who put their talents to fabulous use like she is.  Plus, she has the added benefit of enjoying one of my favorite things - travel!  I wish I've been to as many places as she has.  :)

The rules were this --
1. Create some earrings
2. Swap with a partner
3. POST on the reveal date (today!)

Kashmira and I chatted and I'm afraid I gave her no real direction other than "I love earrings!"  Well, I take that back.  I asked that she not use fiber because the humidity kills it here and nothing too heavy.  She did an absolutely awesome job!

Here is what she came up with:

Didn't she do a fabulous job??  I love them and have had several people complement my nice pretty earrings. 

Here I am wearing them:  They fit my face perfectly.  The length is fabulous :)

Here is my partner: Kashmira Patel.  Check out what I sent her.  :) 

I didn't take pictures before I sent them over so I stole the pictures from her website.  She did a fabulous job taking pictures of them.  :)
So in the next few days, visit these hard working people and see what they made/swapped.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the different earrings out there.  Happy Hopping!

Inge von Roos:
Nancy Smith:
Marianne Baxter:
Leah Tees:
Andrea Trank:
Miranda Ackerley:
Cheri Mitchell-Reed:
Susan Kennedy:
Michele Dotson:
Deanna Cox:
Shelley Graham Turner:
Ingrid McCue:
Lennis Carrier:
Ginger Davis Allman:
Mary Anne Flesch:
Nicole Valentine Rimmer:
Stephanie Weiss: --> You are here
Silvia Sernicola:
Karla Morgan:
Kay Thomerson:
Paula Hisel:
Carol Dillman:
Spun Sugar Beadworks:
Tara Plote:
Rachel Baron:
Laurie Keefe:
Kashmira Patel:
Gina Hockett:
Shellie Grindy:
Shai Williams:
Dyanne Cantrell:
Mimi Gardner:
Jessica McMullen:
Jennifer LaVite:
Laura Medeiros:
Alenka Obid:
Elsie Fonseca:
Cheryl Dunham:
Sandra McGriff:
Tania Spivey:
Mowse Doyle:

Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Mischelle Fanucchi:
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs