Friday, November 21, 2014

We're All Ears - Nov 2014

This month Erin wanted to do something different so she:

Trying something new this month. I was not sure where I wanted to go with the We're All Ears inspiration for November, so I went to Google and typed in 'art inspiration november'. Oddly enough, I found a site I had never heard of called Art-Spire. New follower, here! 

I scrolled down and mention of a short film by students from Gobelins caught my eye. Gobelins, located in Paris, France, is 'a pioneer school in the fields of digital communication, interactive design and entertainment.' Clearly, their students are quite accomplished since this was a graduation film for some of them.

So I watched the roughly 3 minute film. And I was entranced. I wanted to see more. I could definitely see this as a full length animated feature some day. Where did this creature come from? What purpose is it there to serve? Who is this young girl? What magical land does she live in? What is the message that this film imparts? Watch this movie and see what questions it inspires in you. 

After I watched the movie I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  If you look at the stills below, I chose the bottom left corner shot to use as my November inspiration. 

I knew I wanted to do something with feathers.So I had to go online and do a little research as I have never worked with feathers before. Then I ordered some feathers dipped in silver.  I added Swarovski crystals and pearls along with silver and white chain.  I was looking for something flowing, white, glittery.  The feathers do flow when worn and the crystals and chain peek out from the flowing feathers when worn.

I made the earwires out of studded head pins, and the three circle triangle that holds the feathers and chain and crystals I made from 20 gauge wire. I also used a Swarovski connector to hang my feathers, crystals and chain on.

Not having a neck to pull it off, I had to rely on my mannequin to show my earrings.

Below are pictures of the earrings. I hope you enjoy them.  For more great earrings check out We're All Ears.

Monday, November 10, 2014

15th Blogger/Non-Blogger Design Challenge

For some reason, I was thinking this was the 14th, so I am a tad late. But below is my offering for the BNB Design Challenge.

The picture we had:

was of pirates. And when I think of pirates, I think of the orient and the exciting gold, jewels and silks they have.

So I had found a beautiful tin that just screamed these words to me. I knew I wanted to make it into a necklace so I contacted Tammy at TTE Designs and asked if I sent her the tin, if she could cut me out some rounds for a necklace.  She so graciously agreed for a small fee.  I was so happy!

When I got my "rounds" back I was so excited yet wasn't sure what to do. So they sat on my desk for a bit as we thought about what kind of design to do.  I tried black beads and they were too stark, then plain white one and they didn't work either. So I went to the local bead store and browsed around and found some cream beads with oriental art work.  They worked perfect!

So this is what I came up with.. I really love it and just might keep it for myself. And if you notice I have it on a cloth covered mannequin top that I have been wanting to get and couldn't afford...until I drove by a yard sale...and there she was. $20 later she was in my car and headed home. I love that I found it as I have wanted one to hang my necklaces on to photograph.

Hoped you enjoyed my little piece!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


This months personal photo challenge was Trees....and where I live in Florida I have an abundance of Trees.

The first collage is a pair of trees sitting on a small spit of land jutting into the lake.  I took the three shots getting closer each time with just the standard settings on my camera. I didn't do anything special except get closer. 

This collage of trees are trees that I found in my neighborhood. BUT I used picmonkey to play around with them. The first one was just a tree with moss, but I used picmonkey to enhance the moss and added in an overlay with bats.  The second one I used picmonkey and did a texture over lay with the paint selection.....I like how the colors came out on it.  The third one I was just playing around but truly loved how it came out. Again I used picmonkey using the texture, burst, multiply mode.  I think it really looks cool!. 

These two I didn't do to much to except to darken and highlight the background using Picassa.

And lastly, I had to throw this collage in. The pictures are of different barks from trees in my yard...I think they really are neat looking.  I didn't do anything to enhance them, just cropped them a bit.

Thanks for looking and I will see you back next month where our challenge will be Christmas Scenes!  For more great trees, check out the link.A Personal Photo Challenge.  Maybe you would like to is fun!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art Bead Scene - October

Below is the picture we used for October inspiration...since I am a purple person...I was drawn right in!

"Autumn" 1944 
by Milton Avery
27"  x 35"
Oil on Canvas
About the Art
Milton Avery is a sensitive colorist and designer of two-dimensional patterns in the tradition of Matisse, particularly, though infrequently reminding of Braque and Picasso without the latter's intensity. It is doubtful, however, whether Avery, in terms of content, is saying enough with his color beyond revealing the sophistication of his tastes in dealing with beauty on an abstract basis.
He gives us color and elegant expanse of shape relating to nature, but he denies us the telling detail that humanizes the universal statement. And strangely, in doing so, he loses both universality and the particular.
His landscapes, like his figures, are generally effective decorations of the picture surface in terms of flat, often interlocking shapes of attractive color. But their basically decorative nature is revealed if one thinks of an American painter with a similar desire for directly stated pattern.

So for my piece...I have been playing around with knotting and decided to give it a try. On my craft table was this beautiful purple Gin Blossom, made by Jeannie at JKD Studio just begging to be I created this bracelet for me to wear using wooden beads in the colors with waxed cotton thread....I know my knots aren't great...I am still working on them...but I gave it a whirl with a button closure...I know I still need to tweak it a bit...but I wanted to get posted before the dead line...Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest 2014

Hi everyone and welcome to the Third Annual Octoberfest hosted by Toltec Jewels. This year I did several pieces. Some earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces. 

The first one is the most recent one that I made. It is almost choker style. I used foam table scatter for the leaves, then I used buttons and glass "leaves" and acrylic "pumpkin" beads for the dangles. I also made matching earrings. 

The next one is a necklace...the orange is kinda light, but the overall appearance looks fall to me.

Then I kinda cheated and used a Swarovski pendant and crystals and made a simple necklace.

Next is a fall colored necklace using acrylic and glass beads trying out a loop technique...

And last...some bracelets, earrings, and a ring.

I will soon be posting these in my Etsy Store, Dontforgetthememory.

So as much as I like fall, I am ready to move on into the holidays and snow and ice and cold!  I hope you enjoyed my offerings for fall....check out Toltec Jewels link for more goodies. And until next time....

God bless and Keep beading...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

8th Do Over Challenge Reveal - Oct 2014

It is time for Jeannie's 8th Jewelry Do Over Challenge. Jeannie of Jewelry By Jennie does what is called a jewelry do over where she sends us a piece of jewelry that she made back in the day, then we take it apart and redo it into something else.

This is my 2nd do over I think and I love doing them. The piece I got from Jennie is shown first. Her pieces are always cute and I have a hard time taking them apart. These cute little stones are called calcite and they have a really earthy vibe to them for me.

So for my first piece, I happened to have some copper wire on the table and they just seemed to gravitate towards the beads.  Then I found some warm white faux pearls. I put them all together and let the love begin.

While the pictures don't do justice, the piece just radiates warmth. All the chain and wire wrapping and hooks were done by me by hand or on the my wrapping jig. I used some warm bronze size 8 glass seed beads as accent with the pearls and calcite. I even made earrings. I know they look like a they aren't.

For my second piece I used the rest of the calcite beads and teapot with some red silk beads and grey tone fauz pearls. I used silver tone size 8 glass seed beads as spacers. While the earrings look alike, there are two different styles.

I hope you enjoyed my new pieces. For more you can jump over to Jeannies  for more goodies.  Til next time.

Enjoy the day the Lord has given you!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Are All Ears - October 2014

This months challenge comes from marbleized paper. Which I love as I am a '60s child....But anyway, the designers chosen by Erin were:

Galen Berry is a renowned American marbleizer who has a very informative website. I also discovered an artist from the UK named Jemma Lewis who makes beautiful patterns and swirls of colors. I couldn't select just one, so I decided that two collages would be a better option so that you could choose the one (or more!) that speaks most to you. Be sure to check out their websites for more beauties!

While I like Jemma Lewis's marbleized papers...I really fell for Galen Berry. Hers remind me of the "psychedelic" colors and designs of the 60's.

I really couldn't decide on a specific design so I went with color....and since I am a purple freak...I used purple and aqua  in my earrings. It is hard to see, but the disk hanging in the middle is purple and aqua swirls. The beads are deep aqua and purple. 

I had so many ideas and not enough time...for more beauties head over to We Are All Ears

And thanks for looking...these will soon be in my Etsy store.