Saturday, April 26, 2014

ABS - April 2014

I was afraid I would miss this months as I absolutely loved the picture!   I knew what colors to do but really had no idea what to do.

So I have been perusing etsy for weeks..though I have been out for a few days for eye surgery. I finally found the colors and shapes I wanted at Hyperdoggie on Etsy.  So I ordered  triangular aqua and orange beads, and round "saucer" aqua and orange beads, and aqua and orange drops. The drops reminded me of the ballet slippers, and the others of their skirts and leotards. Aren't they just the greatest looking! I am in awe of people who do glass work...I know I couldn't do it!

Of course when I got them in...I really hadn't decided upon a design....but while I was laying with the ice packs on my eyes, the design using aqua and light orange lace with the beads on memory wire came to me.  Of course it was hard to wait out the time under ice...but I did.

Once I had the bracelet done, the earrings just kinda came together.

So this is my offering for the ABS April challenge.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

JDK's 8th Do Over

Whoo Whoo...can't wait!!! Already set up reminders!!!

Bead Soup Update....

Been cutting, stirring, simmering my bead coming right along nicely.....can't wait to show!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

JDK's 7th Do Over Challenge 04/19/2014

Hi Everyone, today is Jeannie's 7th Do Over Challenge reveal day.  Jeannie is the host of this challenge and in it each of the participants are sent one or two items of jewelry that she made WAYYYYY back when ( most of us have them too) she first started making jewelry. Our job is to take it apart and recreate using the beads and a few of our own if need be. 

Now I had two and the first one, you see below, I thought was just perfect the way it was...but that isn't the challenge, so I sadly cut it apart and put the beads together to see what they had to say. The bottom right picture is the before picture. I can tell you we went through many, many, "discussions"  before we settled on this design.  Though now that it is finished, I think it still needs to be tweaked...but for now, the beads are satisfied.

It had pearls, swarovski crystals, cloisonne beads and seed beads. The middle of the pendant is a gold button that I cut the shank off of. Luckily, one of the bead shops I go to had the cloisonne dangles that matched the main beads Jeannie sent.  I really like the piece and am not sure if I will give it up....

For my second one, the beads talked to me right away and we got busy and everyone played nicely and we got the job done! The before picture is in the middle.

It was a simple piece and just seemed to scream "add more". So I did and then I could see it as a hair piece and WA came together! I used acrylic beads so it is light weight.  I haven't had my hair up like this in just have to do it so I can show off my piece.

I didn't use any art beads for either pieces, but the first one I did do all the stitching. I used a pattern I found in a Sherry Serefini's book. Though mine doesn't look like hers....I am still practicing.

For more pieces to drool over check out the links below.  I love do this challenge, it is my second and I can't wait for the next one.....

Thanks for visiting...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop

The Beads:

As a Florida artist, Patricia has a way of reflecting the amazing beauty and color and optimism -- the tranquility and tropical paradise -- of our pretty state. It's like a little vacation in a bead! I find her work renewing and inspiring. I hope you find your pillow bead to be as nurturing as I do. 

The Design Challenge:

Feel free to create in any way you wish, using your bead as inspiration for your colorway, theme, technique. You are welcome to use additional Color of Dreams beads in your design, as well as artisan beads and gems and anything you like. You are not limited to jewelry.

You may share a dream that has come true, one you are working on now, or one you hope for in the future. The one goal of the hop: we'll focus on our dreams as entirely possible, with the idea, "If we can dream it, we can achieve it." So, try creating "from the end" -- as if your dream has already come true -- using your jewelry design to do so.

When my bead arrived....we sat and looked at each other for a while...then some more....then again....I turned it all kinds of way...but the one thing that stood out to me what that the colors looked like flower petals....Soooooo I tried again and again to get a flower out of that go....finally.....we started to get in tune with each FAIRY!!!! 

Finally, I didn't think we would make it....but ta da...below is my garden fairy. She is strung on green cotton cord to look like a vine with some purple flowers and green leaves.  The chain that hangs as her skirt, represents the flower petals and the yellow beads in the middle the stamens.  She is wearing a purple flower shawl, and a yellow flower hat with a crown....I have already tried her out and she was the hit of the party.  

I couldn't be happier with the bead I got!!!! Can you find her in the picture above?????

To see what the rest of the group received and created hop over to Jewel School Friends and check them out....Thanks for looking.