Thursday, October 18, 2012

What I've Been Doing

I think I have craft ADD.  I start a project, then start another one and before I know it, I have a whole bucket full of unfinished projects.  I started my Kalmbach Publishing necklace.   I'm not loving it, so it will sit on the table until I figure out how to fine tune it.  In the meantime, here is the Soup I was sent to work with.

We finished the Shop Hop and I won a basket from Beads of Paradise.  We are going to pick it up this weekend.  I'm super excited and can't wait to see what I won.  These are the treasures I picked up during the final days of the Shop Hop.

 Thankfully, I have finished a few of the things I've started.  I made two pairs of earrings for a birthday gift.  Yes, I made them the day of and finished them in time.  My bf helped with one pair as the beautiful glass beads were being stubborn.

Of course, I made a scarf to donate, and I misplaced it.  I was almost done too.  Hopefully it will turn up.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Long Time No Post

Hi!  So sorry for dropping off the planet for a while.  I've been going through some stuff and have no energy when I get home from work.  I have made a few pieces, and I hope to upload the photos soon.  I am also working on a website to finally display my work for sale.  It is going very slowly as my in home graphics artist has been very busy at work.

Right now, I am making my first Kumihimo necklace with beads.  In my attempt to destash, I picked some super small beads.  Although I am loving the results, it is taking a very long time, causing me to be quite cranky.  I can't wait to finish the necklace and post my first finished Kumi piece. 

If I make significant progress on the Kumi necklace, I will make a pair of earrings to post soon.

Thanks for not giving up on me.

Ooh, I can't wait to start working on my pay it forward gifts. :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Extreme Bead Shopping

17 stores, over 430 miles in only 2 days. I owe this adventure to the Bead Shop Hop.  We have 10 more stores to visit this weekend.  Do you really think I could visit that many stores without buying anything? Of course not!

I went crazy with copper findings and a small amount of beads.  Check out the new additions to my stash.

Just a few of the findings. There are way more. I didn't want to spill out all of the tiny pieces.

Finally, I have pendants.


More beads!

And a few more..

Beads & Beads.

Colorful Beads!

What, no more beads?!

The first creation from the shop hop.

I also bought tools and a Kumihimo kit.  Can't wait to try everything out.  Stay tuned for more jewelry and even more beads!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Thank you so much to Lori Anderson for her awesome efforts with the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  I was lucky enough to participate for the very first time.

I came across Lori's blog, her Bead Soup Café facebook group and the Bead Soup Blog Party about 4 months ago.  In that short time, Lori had made a huge impact on my life.  I made a promise to myself that I would become very active with my jewelry designing.  There is no way this would have happened without her. 

I learned all about challenges and blog hops and have made many bead friends.  I get wonderful tips and feedback from the cafe members and visit numerous blogs and websites for inspiration.

Unfortunately, I suffer from depression and in the past it has been difficult to keep active with things I love.  I am taking the plunge and sticking to my commitments.  Overall, I am happier and have beading and designing to look forward to after a long day of work.

Thank you Lori for helping me find a place in this community and ultimately making me a better designer. Your support and challenges means the world to me.  I can only hope to make a difference in at least one person's life let alone the hundreds that you have touched. You truly are a wonderful person and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in the BSBP.

Lori, I've been PINKED!

Please visit all of the "in the pink" participants to see how they got their "pink" on.

Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Lea Avroch
Leslie Wayment
Kelley Katherine Hagerty-Fogle
Sheila Davis
Amanda Effron
‎Solange Collin
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten
Isolina Perez
Toltec Jewels
Sherri Stokey
Mary Howell Govaars
Bee Kuhlman
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Alicia Marinache
Heather Otto
Kimberly Flood
Courtney White Breul
Lisa Liddy
Marlene Cupo
Marianne Baxter
Mária Horváth
Andrea Beth Trank
Heidi Mansfield Kingman
Emoke Schmidt
Sandra MrtzDiaz
Lupe Meter
Tanya Boden
Ambra Chicandfrog
Kumi Fisher
Sandra Young
Sandi Marinaro Volpe
Gretchen Nation
Mimi Gardner
Marian Hertzog
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Terry Matuszyk
Audrey Belangér
Sandra McGriff
Shelley Graham Turner
Sally Bohner Anderson
Mowse Doyle
Judy Daly Reganti
Brenda Lee Sigafoos

Friday, September 7, 2012


I love chunky necklaces, but I've always been afraid to bead something with large stones.  I have a few strings of chunky beads that I love.  Often, large stones can be heavy. I'm always fearful that I will make a necklace and it will break while I'm wearing it.  It has happened once or twice, and beads go a dropping.

A few months ago, I made a chunky necklace while riding in a car.  Original post here: Car Beading.  The stones are pretty heavy once they are all strung together.  I asked for advice on strengthening the necklace.  After many great tips, and months of other beading projects, I finally reconstructed the necklace.

Hope you enjoy the new look!

I doubled up the wire and the crimps.  I also added wire protectors and shortened the necklace by reducing the quantity of black beads at the end.

Closeup of the gorgeous stones.

I can wear it proudly, now that it feels way more secure.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Week 6 - Rings

Recently, for some unknown reason, I've stopped wearing rings.  This weeks ring challenge posed an interesting issue.  How do I inspire myself to make something I don't normally wear?  Well,  I tried a tutorial, and love the ring.  I think I'll start wearing them again.

Left to right (Rosette Wire Wrapped Ring, Simple Wire Wrapped Ring, Wire Wrapped Ring

I found a fun wire ring tutorial through Craft Gossip Rosette Wire Wrapper Ring Tutorial.  I love Craft Gossip.  The site features articles on all sorts of crafty tutorials and ideas.

The next ring was made using this tutorial Simple Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial.

The tutorial for the third ring was emailed to me and I can't find a link to post.  Sorry.

Similar to the ring in the email tutorial

A red rosette, an attempt at leaves, and another view of the ring above

Making rings (and wearing them) was more fun than I expected.  Everything was quick to make and fairly simple.

This week, I will be making a necklace or bracelet that showcases the wire used to string the beads.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pay It Forward With Handmade

I found this awesome meme on Therese's blog!  I love the idea.  

Here's how it works:

I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this blog post. The gift will be a handmade surprise by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days.

All you have to do is, leave me a comment and make sure you include your email address (if your profile doesn't include it). I’ll email you for your mailing address and a ask a few questions.

To complete signing up you MUST play along too. To do this you must blog a similar post and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on it.
So, do you want to play? Comment below and I’ll sent a thoughtful handmade gift to the first three people who do.
Who is in?

Refreshed Dangles

A while ago I posted about a pair of dangles I made not knowing what to do with them Dangles.  I ended up making a charm bracelet Charm Bracelet, but one of the suggestions I was given was to add green leaves to help fill up the bracelet.

This past weekend, I tried out a new bead store.  It was much more expensive than the one I normally go to, but it had a different selection.  What do you know, they had leaves!

Check out the improvements I was able to make to the charm bracelet.

I love the color combo now.  The green leaves made a huge difference.

Look how full it is!

I'm looking for ring tutorials for this week's personal challenge. I hope to have one or two made this weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Phantom of the Opera Blog Hop

First off, Pam, thanks for putting this on!

I love the Phantom of the Opera and I use to play the soundtrack on the piano.  My favorite song is Music of the Night.  Naturally, I chose Music of the Night as my inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera Challenge.

I really wanted to catch the essence of lights twinkling on the water and mimic the colors of the lake at twilight. I love the necklace and believe it captures everything I envisioned.


I wanted to make a necklace for a good friend of mine, and the colors I selected for this challenge were perfect for her.

For more wonderful Phantom of the Opera inspired jewelry, please visit the other designers blogs:
The Crazier Sister (host)

Amanda - *me
chicandfrog -
Andra –
Dana Lang -
Shelley Graham Turner -
SueBeads -
Lp’S Jewelry -
Sonya -
Kelli Jacobson -
Therese Frank -

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party, Final Reveal!

Whew! I am so excited it is finally here! Welcome to the 3rd and final reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. The event was possible thanks to an amazing hostess, Lori Anderson. Can you believe there were almost 400 participants? What does that mean? 400+ wonderful creations and 400 blogs to visit. Sound tiring? Yes, it is but it's all worth it.

Here is the soup my partner, Kay Thomerson, sent me. The picture isn't the best, but the beads are beautiful.

After three failed attempts, I contacted Lori for a little helped.  Funny enough, she suggested a similar idea to  my fourth design.  It all worked out and I'm pretty happy with the results.

The pendant, clasp and red shell/gemstones and green Chinavoski  rondelles.

Necklace Closeup

Earrings to match!

Colorful fiber, silver chain and gunmetal round beads.

Fiber necklace closeup

I used all the beads, the lovely heart pendant, the clasp and some of the fiber.   This is the first time I've played with gunmetal and/or pewter.  I love the darker metal with the beads Kay sent. I haven't figured out what to make with the handmade clasp yet, but something is coming.

Since my jewelry stash is becoming overwhelming, I'd like to do two giveaways #1 for both the necklace and the earrings and #2 for the fiber necklace. If you'd like to participate, please leave a comment with a way to contact you and which number giveaway.

Thanks for checking out my Bead Soup reveal. Don't forget to hop through the other fantastic creations. Visit Kay Thomerson to see what Kay did with the soup I sent her. Enjoy!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz *My Partner
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious *Me
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

A Little Knitting

I knitted a necklace that's kind of like a skinny scarf.  It can be worn in a few different ways. I didn't have anyone to take photos of it on, so I can't show off the versatility yet. It's a casual necklace with a little shimmer. Perfect for the weekends.  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Week 5 - Crochet

When it rains it pours.  I was a beading machine last night.  I even starting a knit piece.  I've made a few attempts at knitting wire.  It's really awkward and the results have been less than pleasing.  Switching gears, I thought I'd trying crocheting wire instead.  I bought this amazing book to use as inspiration for the Bead Soup Blog Party Easy Beading Vol. 8.

I pretty much followed the instructions for One Stitch Lots of Style.  Since this is a new technique for me, I wasn't ready to get all creative and put a twist on it.  It was pretty easy and way more rewarding that knitting (for now).  Give it a try.  Expect to see some more wire crochet pieces popping up here in the near future.

Week 4 - Earrings

As promised, I'm catching up on last week's challenge.  I love making earrings.  They are so fun and quick.  I bought some beads this weekend in a last attempt to perfect my Bead Soup creation.  These opalescent leaf shaped beads didn't make it into my Soup piece and I imaged them as earrings.  They have a mind of there own and don't always hang right, but I enjoy that part.  Hope you like!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Yay!  I finally finished my main Bead Soup piece.  Check back Saturday at midnight for the reveal.  I'm a little behind on my challenges.  Don't worry, week 4 and 5 are coming soon.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Week 3 - Wire Connectors

This week's challenge was was wire connectors (links).  I didn't get as creative as I wanted to, but I was having a bad week. I love copper and hope to use all these links in a bracelet or necklace soon.

After three weeks of playing with wire, I look forward to making some earrings.

On a separate note, I made my first attempt at a little Bead Soup.  I liked it, but didn't feel it was designer soup quality; back to the drawing board.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party, 2nd Reveal

It's that time again. Please check out the talented jewelry designers of the 2nd Reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. You won't want to miss the creativity and talent.

Visit Lori's blog for the list of participants and details of the annual challenge.

In just a few short weeks, come back and join me on August 25th for the third reveal!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bead Soup Book Giveaway

Geneva of Torque Story is celebrating/commemorating her 100th post with a fantastic giveaway.  Please stop by Torque Story for a chance to win a signed copy of Lori Anderson's soon-to-be-released book.  Torque Story  Don't forget to check out her lovely jewelry and some of her other post. :)


There are still two more Bead Soup Blog Party reveals coming up.  I'm in the third reveal August 25th.  I hope you come back to see what I created.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Week 2 - Wire Working

I had made a few dangle cluster pendants last week to finish out week 1.  I miss placed them before I photographed them, darn.

For week 2, I tried making different shapes using 22ga. and 18 ga. silver wire.  I'm having a hard time coming up new shapes.

Enjoy the little wire treats!

I made a pair of loop earrings, minus the ear hook.  I'm fresh out right now, but I'm on a spending diet.  I often buy whatever pretty beads and findings catch my attention.  Next thing I know, I have a giant box full of beads that don't go together.