Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Star Necklace

So I decided I wanted a star necklace too.  I made this one a lot bigger than the turquoise - I used bigger beads. I just hung it from a silver ball chain and I think it works well. This star is from a pattern by Callie Mitchell The Peregrine Beader.  It is fun and quick to bead and makes a nice pendant or a charm in the smaller size. 

I am working today on Cubic RAW.  Here is a great video from Heather Collin - I beaded up a sample and next I am going to make a simple bracelet.  It was actually easier than I imagined once I got going. I want to be able to have some different chain/necklaces for my beading for 2012.  I also want to explore herringbone  - so much I want to do!

I cannot believe 2011 is almost over.  I have a photo album on my FB page of beading I have done this year and in a few days I will be making a new album for 2012.  The year passed so quickly - well I had a lot go on this year some good and some not so good so I am ready to start with a clean slate in 2012.  I probably should set some goals for the coming year - I will have to think about that for a bit.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Star Fish Necklace

So this is the Star Fish pattern I purchased from Callie Mitchell The Peregrine Beader. The top photo is the actual star fish which was really fun to bead.  So I decided to make a necklace for it - just very simple stringing with the turquoise crystals that I used in the middle of the fish and silver seed beads.  It has a nice silver loop and toggle closure. The bottom photo is more true to the actual color.

This star fish is small about 1 inch - beaded with size 11 and 15 seed beads.  I am sending this necklace to someone special because it will be just perfect for her!!  I want to make one for me but I want my star fish bigger so I will experiment with bigger beads.  I will be interested to see how that comes out.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I have purchased a few tutorials lately - my Christmas present to myself.  Like I sad in a previous post I have quite a body of work and I am looking to learn and try new things.  The top photo is a Satellite Bead by Heather Collin.  This is done in RAW and I am really trying to understand RAW.  It was fun to make and I am either going to suspend it on a chain or make a small beaded rope for it.

The second photo is a herringbone bracelet Garden By the Sea by Beverly Herman.   The focal is a 6 hole bead by Heather Powers - Humble Beads.  I love the color combo and it looks great on my wrist. I had a good time making both the bead and bracelet and I did learn a lot.

Support your fellow beaders and always give them credit when you use one of their designs. I have some more tutorials that I will be beading up and showing soon.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Memory Wire Bracelet

I wanted to make something for casual wear with jeans.  I had the memory wire for a long time and decided to use up some odds and ends of beads from other projects. I really love this bracelet - the color is amazing and I love the charms on the loop ends. I have some more memory wire and I just might make another one maybe in gold and browns.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Minerals - Double Spiral Bracelet

Well I do believe this is the last of the spiral bracelets for awhile. This one is a bit larger - will fit a 7 inch wrist and is listed in my Etsy Shop here. I am next going to work on one of the new beading patterns that I purchased. I am not sure which one yet - I have to see what beads I have here in my stash as I am trying not to buy anything until after Christmas. Too bad I have to go deliver paintings tonight that means I cannot start anything - well tomorrow then.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Body of Work

I finished this double spiral bracelet last night - it is in my Etsy Shop here. I have a few projects picked out that I want to get going on but I have been thinking about beading lately - specifically beading what I want to bead for a change, learning some new techniques and just having some fun. Which brings me to the title of this post "A Body of Work". This is a term I have used often in my art - a term that allows me to change and try some new things. I consider a body of work as having enough good consistent work that represents me at the point I am now - in either my painting or jewelry career. I have lots of items for sale in my Etsy Shop and plenty to take to a craft show so why not move on and try some new things?

With this in mind I thought I would learn RAW - it is coming along sort of. I also thought I would buy some patterns from me fellow beaders who I admire and make some nice jewelry for myself in the process - a win-win situation. So far I have purchased patterns from Beverly Herman of No Easy Beads, Chris of Good Quill Hunting, Callie Mitchell of The Peregrine Beader and Heather Collin of Dreamweavers Studio. I will probably get a few more but for now that is a good start. I also want to start a nice bead embroidery project - I am just not sure what it will be yet - but I should be pretty busy for the winter. I will post photos as I progress.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

New Necklace for Me & Book Giveaway

I just finished this turquoise fringed bead and placed it on a silver ball chain for me!! I liked my Christmas bead so much I thought why not make a casual one for everyday wear and I just happened to have these turquoise chips out from a recent bead embroidery cuff that I finished. This fringed bead is from a pattern by The Jade Dog - thanks Darcy for this great pattern. I also want to tell everyone about the Super Holiday Bead Book Giveaway - 21 Books from Lark Jewelry & Beading. What a great giveaway this one is - I would love to win so go have a look here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Candy Cane - Russian Spiral Bracelet

I guess I am in the Christmas spirit this year. I just finished this Russian spiral bracelet in red and white - just like a candy cane. It also has a gold loop and toggle closure. I will be listing it in my Etsy Shop soon - I am off to bingo - I sure hope I win something ; )

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Christmas Spiral

Well I liked my Christmas Spiral bracelet so much I decided to make a similar one and put it in my Etsy Shop. I am finishing up another holiday bracelet - this one in red and white like a candy cane - I will photo and list it tomorrow. I sure am enjoying making these smaller bracelets but I feel a large bead embroidery project coming on. I also want to explore RAW - I have Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence book and I purchased 2 RAW tutorials - so what am I waiting for - I don't know but I do know RAW scares me. I just need to jump in and get started I guess ; )

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Jewelry for Me

I am going to a Christmas party this year and decided I needed some nice jewelry to wear. I never really make something just for me so I was excited about a new bracelet. I decided on a double spiral in red, green and gold (of course). I had a nice small closure that worked so well with the design. It fits me perfectly and I am thrilled with how it looks on my wrist. I then thought maybe something for my neck would be in order. I few years ago I bought a pattern for a fringed bead from The Jade Dog - I have made a few of these for myself and some friends so I thought a nice one in red, green and gold would be great. I made the fringe on the bead a bit longer than usual and I like it a lot. You can see the results in the above photos. I put the fringed bead on a gold ball chain - it is 24 inches. I can't wait for the party to wear my new jewelry. I think I might make a Christmas bracelet or two for my Etsy Shop.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Turquoise Dream - Bead Embroidery Cuff

I started this cuff in the summer when I was staying in PA. I figured I better finish it so I can move on to a new project - I only work on one project at a time. This is a bead embroidery cuff and the focal is a turquoise donut surrounded by copper seed beads and turquoise chips. The remainder of the cuff is made up of seed beads, pearls and other various beads in shades of copper, brown and turquoise. It is backed with dark blue felt and the center is a brass cuff blank. I am so glad to finally finish this one - I hope my urge to bead is back - maybe so because I have a new project picked out. Since I moved to my new house I don't seem to get much done and time just flies. Now that winter is coming I hope to get back into painting and beading I also want to get back into reading my tarot cards - should be a busy winter.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A New Blog Post

I wasted serious time over the summer in PA. I am now back in NJ and need to start doing some things and making some plans. I started this new bead embroidery cuff while I was in PA and did a little work on it there. I unpacked my beads today and did some more work on it this afternoon and I plan on finishing it sooner than later!! I need to make some decisions on my beading and on my painting and I need to do it soon. I think I want to spend some time painting a few watercolor landscapes - I like to do them, I am good at it and they do sell. After looking at all the beautiful scenery in PA I am inspired. Sounds like a plan right there. The problem is finding the space to paint - now that I am in my new house I do not have a studio anymore. I think I am going to go look over in the clubhouse - there is an arts and craft room there that I may be able to use to do some watercolors a few afternoons a week. I probably could use it to bead too. Think I will take a ride over there tomorrow afternoon and inquire.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Project

So I thought I would start a new project. I have to say I have not been very productive this summer but then again I cannot sell a piece of jewelry to save my life. This is going to be a new bead embroidery cuff in shades of turquoise and copper. The focal is a donut that I am thinking may not be a great choice but I think once I get going on this it is going to be amazing. I have all the beads picked out so I need to get beading. I just need to decide what to put in the center of the donut!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bracelet - Maybe

Not a great picture but it is getting late in the day. These are two of the components for my next project. I am hoping this will eventually transform into a bracelet. We shall see how it goes - I have been having problems from the start but I refuse to give up so we shall see on this one. If somehow it all comes together I think it could be really nice but then again it may just plain suck ; ) Hey I am not big on planning.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Black Magick - Bead Embroidery Cuff

Black Magick my latest bead embroidery cuff. The focal is a metal cut button surrounded by size 8, 11,15 seed beads in black and silver. This one was different for me as the complete cuff is all stop beads rather than just bead embroidery stitches. It really makes for a LOT of texture and interest. I like the fact that it is really a monochromatic piece - black and silver - it is very elegant. So now I need to pick out my next project - I am thinking maybe something simple for a change but I do love my bead embroidery! I don't do too much in the summer - I seem to just like to sit by the lake and read but that's OK as long as I am at least thinking about beading.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Something New

Sweet - this is the start of my next beading project. I am excited with it so far but as usual I don't have any plan on how this is going to work out - so we shall see! I do know it is going to be all black and silver and I do have a name picked out already. This is not a great photo - it is raining like crazy here at the lake today so I had to take what I could get in terms of lighting - good thing our fireworks display was last night.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Born on the Bayou - Bead Embroidery Cuff

This is my latest cuff Born on the Bayou. Love the colors - lime, yellow green, black, green with a 30mm round Kambaba Jasper Cab as a focal. It is listed in my Etsy Shop here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Almost There

Well I am finished with the major beading portion of my latest cuff. Now I need to attach it to the cuff band and edge. I love the coloring of this one and have a great name picked out.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cuff - More Work

A little more work done on my bead embroidery cuff. I was hoping to work on it yesterday but that didn't happen - maybe today. I really like how this is shaping up and I love the coloring. I am having a really hard time getting a good image of the focal - too much glare in this picture. I need to work on the right side to even out the design and see where it is heading. I never know where I am going next with these cuffs - I just put down the beads that feel right - if they don't look right up they come ; )

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Cuff in Progress

It is a cool damp day here in PA so I started a new bead embroidery cuff. So far I am excited with it - although I have done as much ripping out as I have beading. I like the color combination of this one and hope it continues to go well.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Royal Flush - Bead Embroidery Cuff

New cuff just finished - lousy photos ; ) This is a bead embroidery cuff in shades of dark red, pink and golds. I love making these maybe I should start wearing them. I am starting a new wider one in shades of black and green - hope it comes out as good as this one.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Bead Embroidery Cuff in Progress

This is a new cuff I am working on - I have ripped it out twice so far but I think I finally have a plan. I hope to get a lot of work done on this one today as it is cool and windy outside - good beading weather. This is not my favorite colors but a good use of the focal.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What I Am Working On

This is a new pendant - the cab is coral and I thought it should have some fringe. I may do more edging on it - not sure about that yet. I also need to figure out the necklace/rope. I am thinking maybe just stringing some nice beads as the pendant is pretty busy. I also started a bead embroidery cuff but no photo yet - it is just in the early stages. I need to get busy and do some serious beading. I have been doing a lot of reading lately and it seems when I read everything else just stops. Craft show next weekend I hope it is a good one ; )

Friday, May 06, 2011

Intaglio - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

Finished this beaded pendant and spiral rope necklace called Intaglio. I bought 3 of these copper disks which I have used as the focal - I paired it with turquoise, brown and cream colored beads. This is a bit longer than most of my necklaces - it is 19 inches plus the closure but I just felt it looked better at the longer length. I am not sure what I want to do next I know I want to start another collar but they just take so long to finish - I do have the design pretty much worked out so maybe it would be a good summer project.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two Double Spiral Bracelets

I had a request to make a double spiral bracelet in black and gold. These are the two I made. The top bracelet is called Grace and the bottom Hope. I really like both of them - they are quite elegant. Now it is back to making a necklace to go with my copper pendant. I am still unsure as to what type of necklace I want to make for it so doing the bracelets was a nice diversion.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Work In Progress

This is a little pendant I am working on. The center is a copper disk, I have 3 of them and have no idea where I bought them - I know I should keep better records. I paired it with turquoise, ivory and brown seed beads. I wanted fringe but not too much so I think this works. Next I need to figure out a necklace to go with it - maybe stringing or a St Petersburg chain?? I have to make a couple of spiral bracelets for a customer so this will be on hold for a bit. I am also planning on a new bead embroidery collar - I think I pretty much have the design figured out now just the color and getting the beads together. My goal for this year was to not buy any new beads - so far so good I am using up what I have and I have lots!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fortune - Bead Embroidery Cuff

Finished my bead embroidery cuff. I am calling it Fortune. The cab is a dark brown stone and I do not know what it is but it has some grey spots in it. The beading is done in shades of brown, rust and grey. At first I was not too happy with the color combo but now that it is finished I really like it. It is dark but rich and chocolate looking - gotta love that. I am not sure what I want to start next - I would like to start a collar but I don't know if I want to devote that much time to something right now.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What I Am Working On

I am working - really I am. I started this bead embroidery cuff the other night - it is in shades of brown and silver/grey. I am not too crazy over the color combination but I have decided to continue with it. I took the color cue from the focal which is a brown cab with bits of grey but I think it may be a bit dark - at least it is for my taste. Next project brighter colors!!! I will be going to PA for the summer in a few weeks and I do not want to bring all my beads like I did last year. What I am planning is to pick out about 5 or 6 projects, get all the beads and components together and individually bag them - this way I have things to work on but did not bring the complete bead room with me. I hope this will work.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Enigma - Freeform Peyote Bracelet

Just finished this freeform peyote bracelet in shades of purple. It has a purple and copper button as the focal. I am feeling uninspired right now - beading has become a bit tedious - I think I will work on a bead embroidery cuff next - I always enjoy doing those. Part of the problem is I do not have a space just for beading in my new house. I take out my project and then put it away - I am beading on the kitchen table - but at least the lighting is good. I had hoped to bead in the spare room but have not set it up yet and I will be going to PA in a month so maybe when I come back.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Backwater - New Pendant and Necklace

So with the packing, moving and unpacking I have not been doing a lot of beading. I just unpacked my beads the other day and really do not have a place set up to do any serious beading yet. I had started this cab as a cuff but it just did not want to be a cuff and I got tired of fighting it - so I turned it into a pendant with a spiral rope necklace. I am not in love with the color combo but hey at least I have finished something in the new house - so its all good.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Charade - Freeform Peyote Bracelet

This is my latest freeform bracelet. I will not be doing too much beading in the next 2 weeks - I am moving to a new house and I haven't even started packing yet. I am freaking out over this move - so much to do it is scary. About this bracelet - size 6, 8 and 11 seed beads in turquoise. The focal is a 20mm howlite surrounded by turquoise and bronze beads. It is very beautiful and listed in my Etsy Shop. I have started a new bead embroidery cuff but don't know when I will get time to work on it - I need to pack up all my beads!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Abra - Embroidery Cuff

This is the finished cuff called "Abra". The focal is a Lisa Peters connector surrounded by tiger eye chips. The remainder of the cuff is LOTS of various seed beads, pearls, bugle beads and various other glass and metal beads - all in shades of brown, tan, gold, bronze and green. The cuff is 1 3/4 wide. I really like the way this came out - I had my doubts in the beginning but I am glad I didn't give up on the design. The cuff is very earthy and bold - you will be noticed if you are wearing this one! It is listed in my Etsy Shop here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bead Embroidery Cuff - More Work

Moving right along on my new cuff. I have mixed feelings about it so far but I am going to continue. More work on this today and I hope to finish by the weekend. I do enjoy doing these and I think I would like one in either blue or silver - next.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Bead Embroidery Cuff - Start

This is the start to my new cuff. The focal is a Lisa Peters connector. It had wavy edges and I wanted to keep the edge showing so I surrounded it with chips. I am not sure where this is going next but I do know I will be working on it later today so we shall see. I like the tan, brown and green earthy colors - something different for me with the green.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fringed Bracelets

These are 2 new beaded fringed bracelets that I made. The first is called Bliss and has been sold. The second I just finished today is called Brown Sugar and I will be listing it in my Etsy Shop shortly. I enjoy making these bracelets and they look and feel great on the wrist. Both of these fit a 6 1/2 inch wrist - my size!! I am going to start a bead embroidery cuff next - I have the beads picked out and I am ready to go. A cuff takes me quite a bit of time so I will post in progress photos.