Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This was a fun project to work on and I did do quite a bit of ripping out but I am so satisfied with the finished necklace. I read a comment yesterday on FB from a fellow beader Carol Dean Sharp of Sand Fibers and she said – “Doing research for one of my next designs. This is fun”. This got me thinking about how my own beading is progressing and how much more thoughtful I am with my projects. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I have a large body of work created – my Etsy and 1000Market Shops are full and I have lots of things made for the upcoming spring craft shows. This body of work now allows me to experiment and try new techniques and just have fun beading. It also allows me to make some things for myself. I think researching ideas and becoming more thoughtful with your project is a sign of maturing and growing as an artist and I am glad I am getting to this point. I am so happy I discovered beading!
Elegant Enchantment Peyote Cuff Bracelet by Sand Fibers
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
So the bottom photo is the focal I started yesterday - I was just so-so with it. I wasn't thrilled with the cream and turquoise surrounding beads - I thought they took some of the focus away from the beautiful face. I was equally unhappy with the outer turquoise beads ..... so I ripped out everything. The top image is the new version. I surrounded the focal with turquoise chips and I am so much happier with this look. I think the chips compliment the face both in color and texture, it is a more complete look.
I am very fussy about my art and my jewelry and I know if something just doesn't look or feel right. I am more than willing to rip out until I am happy. So now I am happy - next I need to figure out the necklace portion - I plan on something simple so the face is the star.
So the top photo is the finished pink cuff - it was a long time coming but I guess it turned out OK - it sure was that learning experience I have been talking about.
The second photo is the face I got as part of the Valentine's Giveaway from Joan Tucker at Off Center Productions. I am just beading a simple edging around the face as I want it to be the focal for the necklace I am planning. Right now it looks like the colors will be turquoise, cream and chocolate brown. I haven't quite thought out the necklace portion yet or even how I will join the focal but it is coming along nicely.
Don't forget to see the post below for my painting giveaway - just leave me a comment.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
So here is the watercolor I have chosen. It is an original painting – 7 ½ X11 inches. It is unmatted and unframed and signed by the artist – that would be me.
To win this painting just leave me a comment on my blog – don’t care what it says but positive would be nice! Leave only one comment per person. I will use that random number thingy to pick a winner on Friday February 26th. So there is lots of time.
I sure hope I get a comment or two – it will be embarrassing and make me sad if no one wants my painting. I am kind of famous in the art world – have been in lots of shows, am represented by a Gallery and do sell these things. Good luck and be sure to spread the word!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Speaking of gifts and generous, special people - I want to thank Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers - you are the best and I appreciate your gift more than I can say. Please visit Sand Fibers Etsy shop for a real treat - Carol Dean makes the most amazing beadwoven jewelry you will ever see and she also sells her patterns for those of you who like to do it yourself.
I have been thinking about all the wonderful people I have met through my art and beading and all of the great giveaways people do on their blogs. Soooo I want to have my own giveaway. I am considering what I want to offer and I am thinking maybe a nice watercolor painting. I just hope I have some people who would want this and will participate - I would be so sad to offer a giveaway and no one comes!!!!
So be on the look out for my giveaway or giveback - I will be posting it here and of course on Facebook. Thanks again to Joan and Carol Dean.
Friday, February 19, 2010
seems to have helped make it a more cohesive design. I also want to stay with the pink - somehow on the first start I got side tracked into using purple. This was sitting next to the turquoise cuff I just finished and I liked how the turquoise looked with the pink so I am using that as a contrast. I don't know how this will turn out - better or worse but like I said this is a learning experience for me and I am learning. I still hate the pink!!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This was the other finished ammonite I bought and fringed just seemed to work with this one.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So I had such fun doing my other cuff I decided to do another. This one will be turquoise and silver - of course I have no plan - just started in beading - seems to work for these kind of things. Here are the first two steps - I have a lot of Lacys Stiff Stuff but it is white and I do not like white peeking thru my bead embroidery - I painted mine with acrylic paint in turquoise and it is working great - the paint didn't change the texture of the Lacys at all and the color really matches the beads. I like how it is working out so far - more work on this one today. Oh I bought the turquoise chips awhile ago - wasn't sure what I would do with them just liked their coloring - I think they are going to be great in this cuff.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I am loving working with buttons - I bought quite a few the other day and I am dying to use them in some cuffs and pendants, so I better get moving.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I went to a bead show this past weekend and bought a lot of nice stuff. Above is a bracelet I made out of some of my stash. It is made of large hole beads on heavy elastic cord. I bought these goodies from Clever Treasures - the bracelet was easy to make and best of all warm colors!! I made another one in earth tones but haven't photoed it yet - maybe tomorrow - if I don't see my shadow.
Oh no - I just heard on the news we will be getting snow overnight and into the AM - guess the ground hog is correct.