In mid March, Rings & Things had a design challenge contest and for 15 lucky participants, these beautiful, satin-finished copper beads were the prize.
Guess what? I was one of the lucky participants chosen to receive a packet of these beauties! I love copper and texture, so I was in hog heaven when I opened my package! I've had a great time creating and now it's time to share some pictures.
For the first piece, I used the two 27mm, oval copper beads. These beads are gorgeous, with wonderful texture, but still have a shinny finish.
For the necklace below, I dapped a couple of the striped disks to make bead caps. Throughout the necklace I used some of the satin-finished copper rounds and wavy disks.
For the ring pictured below, I used one of the lovely, copper puffed flower beads, with one of the striped disks for the base.
I have a couple more designs in the works and will post those pictures this next week.
This is currently one of my daughter's favorite songs. She plays it umpteen times a day. I go to bed with this song playing in my head and wake up with it still playing in my head....So, I decided to share it with you.
Also, does anyone know a good way to remove a song from your head? Please tell me before I go crazy!
Lori of Studio Waterstone is hosting a weekly blog hop called "I Heart Macro" slash "I Heart Close Ups": Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged. Each Sunday the participants will post on their blog and share their close/macro picture of the week. There's even a very cute button that you can add to your blog to show that you're participating.
The bracelets made for this blog hop will be sent to The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group who launched "7000 Bracelets for Hope", a children's rare disease campaign. The bracelets are given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support. I'm very proud to be part of such a worth while project.
Pictured below is the bracelet that I made for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project.
For my bracelet, I chose a strand of round, blue, rivershell beads and added two strands of TOHO hexagon seed beads in matte raku teal/blue. I had a beautiful antiqued brass goddess charm that I want to use for the bracelet and I painted the flower on the charm blue, to match the beads. I finished the bracelet with a Vintaj brass clasp and etched cable chain and attached a Montana blue, Swarovski crystal dangle.
Thank you so much for stopping by and please visit the blogs below to see the bracelets that others have made for this wonderful project.
So, not my idea of fun, but I'm taking some vacation days from work in order to finish our taxes, that I thought were due tomorrow. Not how I want to be using my much needed, very rare, free time. I keep looking over at my bead table....ideas popping into my head....I don't have time for you now....where were you this past weekend, when I had beader's block?
So I decided to take a break from taxes and read a couple of the blogs that I follow. Guess what I found out on Lori Anderson's blog? Taxes aren't due till the 18th this year!!!!! I actually had known this, but had forgotten.
I was so happy, I decided to take time for a post. Three more days! I may just have to use some of that extra time to work on one of those ideas that kept popping into my head, at what I thought was the most inopportune time. I should at least get them on paper....since I have a little bit more time :-)
Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is hosting a Bracelet Blog Hop, to promote The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group who launched "7000 Bracelets for Hope", a children's rare disease campaign. The bracelets collected will be given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support.
Please visit Lori's blog for information on how you can participate in the blog hop and assist with this wonderful campaign.