Sunday, June 24, 2012

Macro Monday 06252012

Snapped a quick picture of a visitor in our garden and then it fluttered off to visit else where.

I'm joining Lisa's Chaos for Macro Monday.

Enjoy your week!

I Heart Macro - 06/24/2012

Taking a few moments to get in a quick, little post for I Heart Macro. 

The above eggs are on the underside of an asparagus fern leaf, if that gives you some idea of how tiny they are.  My camera had a very hard time focusing on them and I finally decided that this was the best shot I would be able to get.

Little dove feather in one of my potted plants.

And this is one of the tiniest mushrooms (or toadstools) I have ever seen!  They have been popping up in one of my potted plants.  I see them early morning and they don't last very long.  Not sure if it's their life span, or if they are very tasty and something is eating them.

I'm joining Lori Plyler of Studio Waterstone for "I Heart Macro" slash "I Heart Close Ups: Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged".

studio waterstone

Please click on the link above to view photos by other participants, or to join in the fun with your own macro photo.
Enjoy your week!

Regina's Writings: Hot Summers and Fish Beads and a Giveaway!

Regina of Regina's Writings is having a giveaway on her blog post Regina's Writings: Hot Summers and Fish Beads and a Giveaway!: Visit Regina's blog post to check out the beautiful necklace she made and for details on how you can win a cute brass fish bead.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Kick Start for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party

  I am so excited that I remembered to sign up for Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!  I participated in the 4th BSBP in September 2011 and was partnered with the talented Laura Sanger 

A couple of the pieces that I made with my bead soup from Laura

I wasn't able to participate in the 5th BSBP, this past February, but I enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs and checking out what everyone created.  So many wonderfully talented people!

To kick start the current BSBP, Lori suggested that the participants tell how/why we became a jewelry designer and what about it we like best.  

About 15 years ago I signed up for a woman's retreat and one of the workshops was jewelry making.  We had a wonderful instructor, who taught us how to make a multi-strand bracelet and matching earrings.  I was hooked!  I started signing up for every jewelry design magazine I could find and became a regular at our local Hobby Lobby.  I few years later I discovered various online jewelry supply stores, Etsy and Blogger.   

At first I enjoyed the fact that I could make jewelry for myself, in the style and colors that I wanted to match my outfits.  Now, I love making jewelry to share with others.  I have had a few consignments, but most of my pieces have been given as gifts and a couple were donated for silent auctions.  My hope is to be able to retire a little early and make enough money to supplement my pension and social security income.

If you haven't signed up for the BSBP, today is the last day.  Click on the button at the top of the page to go to Lori's blog and the sign up instructions.

Enjoy your week!