Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge

Owl on Gingko Branch (Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon) 1915
Ohara Koson
Woodblock Print on Paper
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

Welcome to the October Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge!

I haven't participated in a while and was happy to be able to carve out some time for this months challenge.  The inspiration piece chosen for October is so, simply beautiful.  For me the piece invokes thoughts of gracefulness, poetry and peace and I wanted to recreate those feelings in my challenge piece.  I really like the talisman necklaces that I have seen created by other jewelry designers and decided on a similar style for my piece.

   I created a pendant using a green lampwork bead made by by pinocean (Mika Collins), white and grey lampwork beads by Ellen Dooley, a polymer clay owl by Rebekah Payne and incorporated Vintaj Arte Metal blanks that I Deco Embossed.  I also added moss colored patina to some ginkgo charms and dangled them from the branch that the owl is "sitting" on.  The pendant is strung on grey sari silk, labradorite beads and finished with a homemade clasp.

Visit the Art Bead Scene blog, or The Art Bead Scene Flickr Pool to see the creative designs that have been submitted.

Have a blessed day!

AJE Component of the Month Reveal & Blog Hop

Each month one of the Art Jewelry Elements Blog contributors makes and gives away a component to the rest of the other AJE contributors, as well as to a couple of lucky winners. I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate for the October COM Blog Hop! The component for October is this beautiful copper Ammonite piece, made by Kristi Bowman.

I was so excited to be one of the lucky guest participants!  I love Ammonites, copper and texture and Kristi united all three into one lovely component.  I already had several design ideas before I received the component in the mail.  I had recently seen some gorgeous Fossil Coral beads at Lima Beads, that I thought would look great with the component (good excuse to buy some new beads!).


And this is what I made with Kristi's component

I really like the pattern and color of the Fossil Coral with the copper component.  I had the copper S clasp, with the spiral pattern in my stash.  I had made the wire spiral clasp, but it made the bracelet too big for my wrist, so I made another bracelet to stack with the Ammonite bracelet.

Thank you, Kristi, for sharing your beautiful work and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this month's reveal! 

To see what everyone else has made with their components, please visit Art Jewelry Elements Blog for the list of participants and a link to their blog. 

~Enjoy Your Day!~

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Art Jewelry Elements Blog

Art Jewelry Elements

If you haven't already visited Art Jewelry Elements blog, you should definitely do so.  The AJE Team is made up of several very talented and creative women, some of (or all of) whom you are probably already familiar with.  The AJE Team's posts are always informative and you can also find a wealth of information on the Free Tutorials & Favorite Posts page.

Each month AJE has a Component of the Month reveal, where one of the contributors has made a component for each of the team members and a couple of randomly chosen giveaway winners.  For the October Component of the Month, I was one of the lucky giveaway winners of Kristy Bowman's beautiful copper Ammonite component.

When I recieved the component in the mail, I already had several ideas and want to get to work right away on my reveal piece.  I did remembered to take a few pictures of the component first and borrowed a couple of my husbands fossils as photo props.

 The component is gorgeous and I love the texture and the wonderful colors that Kristi was able to create in each piece.

The blog reveal will be on Wednesday October 30th.  Please visit the AJE blog and my blog to see what everyone made with Kristi's component.

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is having a giveaway!

Rebekah Payne of  Tree Wings Studio is also having a giveaway!

 There will be 3 randomly drawn winners and the prizes are one of Rebeca's brand new frosted copper Queen Anne's Lace pendants, with a sleepy fox, owl, or fawn.

The Queen Anne's Lace pendants are gorgeous and I love Rebekah's sleepy critter beads!

Please visit Rebekah's website for more information and rules about the giveaway. 

Also, visit her Etsy shop to purchase her lovely beads.

Enjoy your day!

Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is having a sale!

Rebekah Payne of  Tree Wings Studio is having a 4 day fall sale, thru Monday October 14th!

I just love her polymer clay beads, especially her cute little critters!  Visit her website for more information about the sale and visit her Etsy shop to purchase her lovely beads.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal Weeks 37/52 & 38/52

Art Jewelry Elements
 Good morning!  
It's time for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge reveal, thrown together style!

I'm not happy with them, but I managed to throw together two pairs of earrings today and take pictures (also not happy with), just in time for the reveal.  Sorry to whine, but my day job is kicking my butt with overtime right now.

AJE Earring Challenge Wk 37/52 – For this pair of earrings, I used a lovely pair of shiny, red lampwork beads made by pinocean (Mika Collins), suspended from 20 gauge, dark annealed, steel wire teardrops. 

AJE Earring Challenge Wk 38/52 – For this pair of earrings, I made my own art bead/components using Vintaj brass blanks that I embossed with my Vintaj Sizzix BIGkick Machine. These are hanging from Vintaj brass chain with wire wrapped Swarovski crystal butterfly beads dangling at the end of the chain.

 Please visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog for the blog hop and visit the AJE earring challenge Pinterest Board to  see the wonderful earring creations posted by the other participants.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal Weeks 35/52 & 36/52

 Good morning!  It's time for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge reveal!

 I have really enjoyed participating in this challenge!  Besides the fun of being challenged to create a new pair of earrings each week (which shouldn't be that difficult, but sometimes it is), I have seen so many wonderful earring designs posted by other participants and I have discovered people who make lovely and inspiring components that can be used to make earrings!

 AJE Earring Challenge Wk 35/52 – For this pair of earrings, I used a lovely pair of green, etched lampwork beads made by pinocean (Mika Collins). These are suspended from hammered Vintaj brass buttons with purple waxed linen. The buttons have more purple waxed linen strung through the holes and are suspended from handmade ear wires with Vintaj brass chain.

  AJE Earring Challenge Wk 36/52 – For this pair of earrings, I used a beautiful pair of Kristi Bowman's square, copper Ammonite earring charms. These are wire wrapped with jasper rondelles, pink sari ribbon, bone rondelles, ceramic disks and purple czech glass beads.

 Please visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog for the blog hop and visit the AJE earring challenge Pinterest Board to  see the wonderful earring creations posted by the other participants.

Enjoy your week!
Art Jewelry Elements

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Macro Pictures

 Fading Hydrangea

Fading Chrysanthemums

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal Weeks 33/52 & 34/52

Art Jewelry Elements

It is time once again for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge reveal!

I'm very late due to issues with my computer and then with Pinterest.  I got so discouraged and almost gave up, but finally was able to post my pictures to my Pinterest board.  The AJE board had already been set up for the next reveal, so I wasn't able to post my pictures there.  I really, really need to stop waiting until the weekend of the reveal to post my pictures. 

 AJE Earring Challenge Wk 33/52 – Made with a beautiful pair of Kristi Bowman's handmade, polymer clay Watercolor Fabric Square Pillows (I love these beads!). These are wire wrapped with various colored crystal beads and suspended from handmade ear wires.

 AJE Earring Challenge Wk 34/52 – I hammered a pair of Vintaj brass rectangle blanks and added verdigris and moss patinas. These dangle from wire wrapped blue-green glass rondelle beads and handmade ear wires.

Please visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to  see the wonderful earring creations posted by the other participants.

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal 16, Weeks 31/52 & 32/52

Art Jewelry Elements

The weeks are just flying by and it's already time for the 16th reveal of the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge!

 My earrings for week 31/52 are made with a pair of Ellen Dooley's beautiful blue halo discs, sterling silver beads, topaz colored Lucite teardrop, red waxed linen cording, silver plated jumprings and handmade silver filled earwires.

My earrings for week 32/52 are made with a pair of bronze horse beads by Star Spirit Studio, suspended from purple waxed linen cording, braided with seedbeads, handmade brass jumprings and earwires.

I recently bought several beautiful colors of the waxed linen cording from Lori Eurto's shop Jewelry Accord.  I'm having so much fun creating with it and you'll probably see more designs soon.
Visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see all of the Earring Challenge participants designs.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal 15, Weeks 29/52 & 30/52

It's time for the 15th reveal of the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge!

My earrings for week 29 are made with a lovely pair of Ellen Dooley's electroformed poppy crowns and some of her handmade lampwork beads, all wrapped up with copper wire.

 For week 30, something a little different. Little turtle ponds made with circles of water color paper, water color paint, clear acrylic coating and Vintaj brass turtle charms, lightly patined. And, because I can't leave well enough alone, I hammered around the edges of the paper, just a tad.  I wanted to soften the edges some, but gave them a ragged look.

The idea for these came from my granddaughter telling me that my water color circles looked like little ponds and I just happened to have the turtle charms in my bead stash.

Visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see all of the Earring Challenge participants designs.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Heart Macro 07282013

Succulent Sunday Macro Shoot
Click on the button to see more great macro pictures.
Enjoy your week!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal 14, Weeks 27/52 & 28/52

It's time for the 14th reveal of the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge! Boy, did the last two weeks go by fast!

 For my week 27/52 reveal, I tried something different and made art beads with layers of tea stained papers and sari silk, crimped together. These dangle from wire wrapped, brown and cream, faceted Czech glass rounds and handmade silver filled ear wires.

 For my week 28/52 reveal, I hammered a pair of Vintaj brass leaves and added verdigris patina. These dangle from turquoise tube beads and handmade "tumbleweed" french ear wires.

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Welcome to my reveal for Lori Anderson's Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!  I feel like I made an adequate, albeit little, dent in my bead stash.  I was silly and didn't take before pictures,  but here are pictures of my finished projects.  Please forgive the bad photography.  I really need to take a photography class, or at least read my camera's manual.

 Necklace made with lovely, peach colored stones, with copper beads and wire.

Dangly earrings made with cranberry colored glass beads and silver chain

Necklace made with a
Bird on a Vine ceramic pendant, created by Nan Emmett (of Spirited Earth), mixed with dyed Magnesite rounds, bone rondells and waxed linen.

Necklace using copper pendant that I made with my Vintaj Sizzix roller and then added patina with vinegar and sea salt

Necklace made with a combination of Jasper beads, black quartz, gun metal beads, chain and clasp

Bracelet made with a strand of lovely graduated beads, (that are probably a jasper, but I can't remember) yellow and red seed beads, with brass clasp and charms

Earrings made with turquoise tube beads and silver chain

Necklace made with a gorgeous, mustard yellow stone, that i received in a destash purchase.  Unfortunately, my crummy photography does not do them justice.
Now, hop on over and see what the other participants have made with their bead stash!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4. Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5. Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6. Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7. Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8. Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10. Erin Guest, Renlish

11. Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13. Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14. Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15. Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16. Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17. Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18. Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20. Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23. Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24. Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26. Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27. Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28. Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30. Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31. Robyn, Museiddity
32. Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33. Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36. Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37. Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38. Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39. Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40. Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41. Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42. Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43. Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45. Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46. Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
48. Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49. Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50. Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51. Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52. D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53. Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54. Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55. Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56. Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57. Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58. Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59. Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60. Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61. Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62. Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63. Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64. Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66. JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67. Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68. Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69. Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70. Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72. Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74. Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76. Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
77. Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78. Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80. Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82. Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83. Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84. Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85. Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86. Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87. Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88. Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89. Susan, Mistheword
90. MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91. Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92. Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94. Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95. Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96. Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97. Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
You are here > 98. Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99. Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100. Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101. Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102. Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103. Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104. Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105. Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106. Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107. Lennis Carter, windbent
108. Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109. Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
110. Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111. Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112. Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113. Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114. Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115. Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116. Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117. Kim, Cianci Blue
118. Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119. Karen, Spokalulu
120. Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121. Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122. Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123. Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124. Amy Bright, LABweorc
125. Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126. Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127. Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128. Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129. Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130. Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131. LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132. Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133. Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134. Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135. Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136. Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138. Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139. Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140. Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141. B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142. Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143. Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145. Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146. Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147. Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148. Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149. Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150. Sarah Small, By Salla

151. Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152. Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153. Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154. Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155. Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156. Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157. Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158. Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159. Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160. Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161. Kris Lanae Binsfield, Cherish Designs
162. Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163. Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164. Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165. Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166. Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167. Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Happy Hopping and Beading!