Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange

Again this year Sally Russick hosted a Holiday Ornament Exchange. Each person was paired with another and made an ornament and "exchanged" them.

This year Sally was my partner. So since she is one of the people I follow for seed beading I wanted to jump...or step out of the I downloaded a pattern off the web from ThreadABead on Etsy.

This is what I made Sally.

My art beads that you can see through the "window" in the top piece I purchased from Sandra Walton Art. On the bottom I hung a charm saying 2014 that I purchased from Overstock Findings.

Here is the stunning seed bead star Sally sent me.  The pictures don't do it justice. It has an ethereal look to it hanging in front of the lights.  She has two super cute red balls with silver mirror looking dots strung to the top of the star with gold ribbon to hang the ornament from the tree with. I love it and it looks super on my tree. 

Thanks again to Sally for hosting this event. I can't wait to see what everyone else has done. Below is a list of the participants.

Merry Christmas to everyone, and may you have a wonderful and safe New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jasper and Glass Pearl Challenge

Today is the revel day for the Jasper and Glass Pearl Challenge hosted by Lisa Lodge.  I fell in love with the beads I got. They were brown veined with gray. I know I took pictures of them when I got them...but I can't find that them. So I will show you what I made.

I had a blast doing this challenge and went through numerous designs before settling on this one.  In addition to the Jasper and pearls I use dark silver glass seed beads and gray glass pearl beads. The necklace is strung on silver tone wire with antique gold caps and closure. I didn't want anything to shiney in the back to take away from the warm gold tones.The pendant in the front are the heart jasper beads with the glass pearls and glass seed beads strung on silver tone head pins and attached to a small piece of chain that I put around the main rosette bead. 

The earrings are strung on silver tone head pins and attached to a pierced ear post piece. 

I hope you enjoyed my piece. For more great pieces go to the Pine Ridge Treasure Group on facebook.  See ya there!.

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.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Still Life

When I saw the heading, I was like...yeah, no problem....I take them all the time, and most of us do.  BUT...then I got to reading the different instructions and helpful hints and realized I was one of those point and shoot people. Which isn't a bad thing...but there is a little more to still life photos.

I read about all the indoor stuff and the out door stuff and was really wondering what I would take a picture of for the challenge.  I have been keeping my eyes open, trying to figure it out, when out of the blue...the perfect opportunity dropped in my lab.

My husband had gone out side to do some work on the car and our dog, Miss Penelope, decided to go out and lay in the grass..Well I ran back inside and got my camera and started taking pictures.Of course I couldn't get her to look at me....but I moved around her and over her and then my son laid on the ground and took one "up" of her. I made sure my camera was in outdoor mode and made sure the flash was off.

This first set of pictures are the "raw" ones I took to try and get the "perfect photo"
Of course I couldn't get to close or my shadow would have been in the picture.

This second set is where I took the "raw" pictures and cropped, soft zoom, and framed them out. I really like how they turned out and may print some for my kids albums and to put on the wall. She is 12 so I don't expect her to be around forever!

Hope you enjoyed see my sweet Miss P. For more great pics you can hop over to A Personal Photo .Challenge

Monday, September 29, 2014


While I was out the other day just browsing around town I stopped at one of my favorite Thrift shops.  While in there I spotted these beauties that are going up in my Etsy store.

Of course with it being 1/2 day, I could have bought more...but I was on a budget so these are the goodies I came away with!

I love the little Santa set but I have enough miniature sets as it is...and the tins were just as cute as could be.  The scarf is of Lighthouses of Maine. I didn't know there were that many....

Linking with Distressed Donna Down Home

New Selection of Fall Themed Button Earrings I Made

While searching for fall colored beads I came across these fall themed buttons. And since I was in an earring mood, I whipped up some sets of fall button earrings.

I have them listed in my Etsy shop, Dontforgetthememory, if you would like to see more.

But they were really easy to make with square jump rings and buttons...I have some in Christmas themed too I will be making up soon.

Linking to Distressed Donna Down Home

Thursday, September 18, 2014

We're All Ears - September 2014

This month we were challenged to create a set of earrings using the outdoors using the picture below....

Of course as most know by now, I always want to do something very out of the box, extreme eclectic if there is such a thing

So I choose the "fungi that are weird shaped with light blue on the outside and dark blue/black on the inside.  The material I used is called Nautolex, which is a type of vinyl that is used in boats, rv's anything outdoor.  I had the light blue that was patterned and then the black. I used one of my scrapbooking cutters to cut out a template to cut out the vinyl. I then used the green and gold large seed beads to mimic the browns, golds, greens, yet look like the little seeds in the upper right hand corner. I cut out a solid black piece and poked a post earring back through it. Then I glued it on the back of a patterned piece. I then glued 4 patterned pieces back to back to create the two lower pieces so that the front and the back matched. The beads are strung on gold tone eye pins. The whole thing is put together using gold tone jump rings. 

In trying to use new techniques with photographs, I put both earrings on and had my son take my picture where I then cropped it down so you could see the earrings.  I have read that by wearing them, it gives a better sense of how big the piece of jewelry is..really need to find a mannequin or a new model....

Anyway....hope you enjoy looking and please hop over to Earrings Everyday for more great pieces.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Finds - Memories Remembered

Hi all,

Seems like retro is in now and I sooooooo agree! I love vintage items as, well some aren't really vintage to me, I grew up with them.

But I have seen vintage pages popping up on the internet so I want to join too.  I have some vintage jewelry on my etsy site. The name is dontforgetthememory. I chose that name a long time ago for a college course I had to take and just left it...

Up for review today are a few pieces of the jewelry. I have other items listed too if you want to browse around.

Thanks in advance for looking.

Vntage Coro Silver Tone Earrings

Vintage Sara Coventry Clip On Earrings

Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

Linking up with 

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Sept 2014 - Movement

This time I was able to actually READ all the hints that were given us to take the "perfect" movement picture.  I have a FujiFilm 16 mega pixel Finepix AX.  It is a point and shoot. But I love taking pictures so anything new I learn is a bonus.

With the point and shoot I am limited to how I use the camera in that I cannot really control the aperture or shutter speed.

So in reading up, they suggested using the portrait, landscape, sport and even nighttime settings to  try and get the "blur" to dictate movement. I also read up on panning which sounds fun and it is not as easy as it sounds, though I did try to get some pictures using that ability. So below are the three I took that show "some" blurriness that could indicated movement.

With the car, you can kinda tell it is moving and with the flag, the top right corner is blurred and with the flower, it is blurred.  I know that isn't exactly what I think they were looking for, but I tried all the settings to try and get movement with no luck.

Of course I do have others, that I took with just the plain point and click option and in them you can see the blurred movement. The first one you see that there is movement because of the ripples in the water, the second, the birds wings are blurred, the third one the ripples in the water and the mist/droplets indicate that the water is moving up and out. The bottom left, his foot is blurred as he is "walking" from one spot to another and with the last one, my daughter's hand is blurred as she is motioning to the bird to walk closer.

Though I don't have all the fancy settings, I think this challenge will make me look at my picture taking differently from now on .

Thanks for looking and will see you next month!