Monday, December 31, 2012
I have come this year. It has been a learning experience to say the least. I have made great friends, worked with some outstanding Bead Artists. What more could a person ask for?
I have learned this year that marketing my beadwork is just as labor intensive as making those wonderful creations. I did complete the setting up of my ETSY Site, came up with an acceptable inventory method to
maintain what I have in stock to math with the photographs for marketing. I have taken Bead Embroidery to the next level and know that I shall always be enamoured with it. I love chainmaille and will continue to explore my advancement in Chainmaille.
I did find an interesting article in the new February 2013 issue written by Stacy Werkheiser called " LOVE
Hurts". It referenced Sherry Serafini, Diane Fitzgerald and others on how they feel about Bead Artists copying their work which is copywritten. Sherry said it in a very understandable fashion " as always".
" Now, we all know why those people do it: Beaders love Sherry's hot, hip statement pieces! And of course, there's nothing wrong with making a Sherry Serafini piece for your own personal enjoyment or to give as a gift. But when Sherry's adoring fams sell her work, it's not love that's communicated.
"It angers me and hurts!" she says. " When an artist spends hours, days, or months creating a design or instructions and you see someone else take the credit, it is very hurtful. Not only emotionally, but it takes food out of the mouths of my family. This is what I do. I have not other source of income. "
Which is why selling a piece, even if it's labeled " designed by Sherry Serafini" just isn't enough for her. " I don't give permission for the resale of my art in any form " Sherry notes.
But the beautiful thing about Sherry is that she believes in us: " If you like beading and creating jewelry, why borrow someone else's work? " she says. " Do your own thing, and be respectful of the people who have spent hours creating what you can take in a moment. Give yourself more credit, and sit down and create".
I realized that my two (2 ) Sherry Serafini pieces and my Heidi piece had to go inactive on ETSY. It would be a violation of their copywright. WOW! A total awakening. I learned incredible new techniques from these artists. It's time to put these new talents to work on my own designs.
Tomorrow I will load my final " Teapot Doll " that I just completed for Deej " Debra Peck" and a photo of my Shoe Doll Form called " Galadriel- A walk in the woods " which will mail on Wednesday.
2013 will be even better.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
This will be the center tab on a collar.......See Marlene, they came out famously.
And just a note, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday, and Ms. Brianna Grace wishes
you the best for 2013. Mom put the Christmas Collar on after her grooming. Yep, she was happy :)
Friday, December 21, 2012
As always, I made the gifts for my work mates..... nothing better than 12 Helms Weave Bracelets, 1 Byzantine in Stainless Steel and a Patridge in a Pear Tree...... Oh! And of course lovely earring assortments. Everyone just loved their gifts which makes my Holiday's special.
I launched my ETSY site, I've loaded twenty, sold one and still have quite a few items to load onto the site.......I finally got organized with a wonderful Inventory System with detail and correlated all
photographs with the Inventory numbers.
For 2013. A better presence in photography and the photography of my bead embroidery..
Saturday, December 15, 2012
the right. As I was coming to the end, I realized how wonderful this bracelet was. Sorry Marlene,
I am making another just for myself.
And her is my charming Christmas Tree cuff bracelet for Marlene Cupo:
I have heard from Marlene after she recieved it and she loved it, but I'll let her tell you on her blog.
In return I recieved ( 3 ) lovely Red, White and Green Polymer Cab's which are now set to Lacey's Stiff Stuff and Bead Embroidery has begun. I promise Marlene that photo's will post as she is under construction.
Now spend a few moments and visit all the ladies who have participated in this wonderful Holiday Bling Blog Hop #2:
12 Renetha Stanziano www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
14 Gina Hockett www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
23 Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
25 Toltec Jewels http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
My Interpretation: I finished the Roller Beads in mulitple Colorways but I am currently working on
the Herringbone Rope.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
cranking away organizing the Bead Stash and completing projects. I have the Beading Babes Reveal coming up and I did complete " Ripple Effect " a June/July 2011 Beadwork pattern by Sherry Serafini. I can't help it....... I just love her patterns. This was one pattern for the past Beading Babes challenge, so I'll post there as well. I found a wonderful cabachon in reds/whites and the piece just blossomed from there.
I also completed my portion of Jo Adams Teapot. I completed the front portion with lovely purple sequins. It just set it right off. Now that Deej has broken her hand, I will complete the teapot handle and then ship it on to Jo.
|Isn't she lovely?|
Monday, November 19, 2012
It was a first for me as my photo was taken enjoying the gathering on Friday night.
|Our Host and Hostess-Hank and Bebee Goddard|
Attending was Nancy, Bebee, Alice Silva, Deborah, Annie, Diana, Ana, Suzie, Dian's Mom, Diga, Suzies daughter Lauren and her new one month old Izzy and of course our instructor for the day, Genny Smith.
The project for this retreat was Roller Beads by Carole Lampole a October 2012 Bead and Button pattern.
Each person completed at least one Roller Bead. Annie Hesse completed five and I completed three. Wait till you see those Hot Pink Swarovski pearls in real life.
|Anne Hesse Roller Beads|
|Mine with that Hot Pink Swarovski Pearl.|
Deborah finished her bead in spite of a hand and arm injury....Awesome Deb.
We had our first cyber meetup with Aryd'ell joining us in making Roller Beads.
You can see her unique and very pretty version here:
It was a wonderful gathering. I also completed the Holiday Bling Blog Hop piece for Marlene Cupo but cannot post until the 15th of December..... Hint.....hint....
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Reveal One is Heidi's " Owl Bracelet " with a few changes of my own based on the product I had on hand. Of course " Laura Mears" Owl is the center piece of this enchanting bracelet. I was able to acquire those lovely Natural Bugle Beads and I have already found numerous uses for them. You will see a few other changes in my completion but I am very pleased with Project One.
|This is the book that started it all.........|
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I am excited and of course it got those creative juices flowing for the Holidays.....
My exchange partner is Marlene Cupo
1. Contact your HBBH#2 partner and between the two of you decide what you would like to exchange. It can be pretty much anything you agree upon, as long as its "holiday' themed.
Done...... Marlene was so easy to please as she is a polymer artist and I am a Bead Embroider.
- Blog on Saturday, December 15th , share what you created for your partner, the process
you used and what you received from your partner.
And of course when I was contacted, I sat down and drafted a new RAW ( Right Angle Weave ) piece.....I'll photograph the journey but I cannot post until the 15th of December.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
volunteer in Hospitality and then demonstrate Bead Embroidery. I did have a few moments to visit a
few vendors and found a spectacular grouping of Ammonite and was able to visit with Jenny Shibona of " Mad Chiwawa Designs". ( Don't you just love that name ).
I realized how important it is to support your local Rock and Gem Club and the classes that are offered. I really developed an interest in faceting....... hummmm..... all of those wonderful pieces that
have been filling a wooden bowl when the family takes visitors in North Carolina to go Gem Mining.
Yep, faceting it is.
Give them a look-see.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I had received two ( 2 ) antique brass focal pieces, well actually three but the third one needs its faux
gemstone replaced, and decided to finish them instead of viewing them just sitting there. The amber piece
will go to PK, my sister and I will keep the Fire Opal piece for myself as these were found in our Mother's
jewelry box after her passing.
|Topaz for PK|
|Fire Opal for Catherine|
I also made great strides on learning how to add a gadget today to the blog. See, there is hope. And I finally started to work on the website: Catherine-s-Musings.com. Stay tuned, I am learning to link the Site, the blog, the Facebook page and the ETSY page. Wow, work is really starting to interfere with beading.
The Annual Heidi Challenge is about to begin......The Sitting Owl arrived and Staples is finishing up the spiral binding on Heidi's " The Spirit of Bead Embroidery ". Stay tuned.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Yes, Karyn has outdone herself again. What a wonderful selection.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Bead Embroiderer and what a wonderful piece.
|Wendy's First cuff|
Then I received a photo from Deborah. She had finished her Rivoli from our Rivoli class at Beads and Baubles.
New projects: Finishing the Sherry Serafini " Hot Dots Cuff from Bead and Button, August 2012 with my own touches as usual. I had to use a larger Donut and modifications were required but I am enjoying using sequins both standard and swarovski. I'll post photo's when she is done.
Then of course: My first neck piece.... shades of Sherry and Heidi. :) very steampunky.
And I am awaiting the Selections for Round 7 for Beading babes and I am awaiting the Laura Mears Owl to start my project One of " The Spirit of Bead Embroider".
Speaking of Laura....her ETSY shop opened and I missed one spider I was looking for to go with my Grandmother Spider Loom piece, but I did get the " Black Widow". Huummmm! Cant wait to see where this one goes.
I have come to the conclusion that my regular employment is interfering with my Bead Work. :)
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Goal One: Photoshop " Catherine's Musings " on all photographs ( Check )
Boy.....still trying to maneauver through Photoshop Elements...but bless UTube....
Goal One Done. Still need to learn how to then save it as a JPG . Had a problem loading
Goal Two: Set Up a FlickR account: Check
Goal Two Done
Did not realize how many photo's I have of my work. Time to start moving items to the
Terrabyte External Drive
Goal Three: Really, really, really get serious on the ETSY site and Website.
And for the Annual Challenge of re-creating the " Spirit of Bead Embroidery " by Heidi Kummili. All
product is in with the exception on one item. Once here, I'll post the beginning of my Annual Challenge to myself.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
and still have three pieces underway, but here is my final interpretation of Retro Daisies with 4mm Pearl centers instead of Fire Polish.
color combinations were stunning.
I was able to acquire a lovely 33 mm Lampwork Cab by Robert Jennick for the Ripple Effect cuff by Sherry Serafini. It will be stunning in just Red, White and Silver and I cannot wait to upload it even though it is a tad behind the Reveal date.
Ahhhhh, if I only had to bead instead of work and bead. :)
Great piece Genny, well written and easy to follow.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
s far as I remember, last year I forgot to celebrate my birthday with a blog giveaway, but this year I don't want to miss it - that is why I launch the giveaway 2 days before my birthday (August 26) :)
This time I give away 3 packs:
- Pack A is a polymer clay jewelry set with a lace pattern
- Pack B is a set of polymer clay cabochons handmade by me;
- Pack C is a surprise pack! It will be some kind of jewelry but you won't know what before you receive it! (not necessarily coming in the box on the picture below)
You can enter by filling in the form under the picture; deadline is midnight September 9, 2012, I'll draw winners the next day.
How delightful, I am going to have to think of something grand for my Birthday.....
might be why you were told that. The braided line only comes in moss green
and "tracer", whatever that is. Blaze orange and flame green are also only
The Beading Butterfly
> That's interesting, Jeanne...I called the company about it this summer,
> and they said while it may say 'braided', it isn't. THe 4# I have is fused,
> and yes, it is a PITA to keep on all but my size 13 needles- their holes
> are really thin, so it helps alot.
> Can you send me a piece of the braided you have?just a small one? I would
> like to put it under the magnifier at school...
> I was under the impression, again, from talking to the customer service
> rep(after being shuttled to 5 different people!), that the only braided
> they have is called Power Pro. It is the same material as Fireline, just
> braided, instead of fused...I would hate to think they lied to me!
> Yes, settling in fine- having 'fun' getting internet set up (HATE
> satellite, slower than dial-up and expensive) and we have found that the
> cellular mi-fi works pretty well, with a booster. We got it set up late
> last night enough to answer an email before bed. We may have to go to a
> stronger booster unit, with thicker cable and be outside, but will try this
> out first, as it is half the cost!
> Thanks for telling me about this, and you can be sure I will investigate
> I really like the Dandyline braided, and at $5 a roll for the same 125
> yards, is easier on the wallet!!
> Sent from Samsung tabletJeanne Evans <email@example.com> wrote:Hi
> I just did a Google search on 'fireline braided vs. fused' as both kinds
> are listed on the manufacturer's website - Berkley. On some fishing forums
> I glanced at, the posts all seem to agree that braided Fireline is thinner
> than the same pound/test of Fireline fused. They also say that the
> braided, being thinner, is not as strong as the fused type. Seems to me I
> heard somewhere quite a while ago that Berkley only made the fused in the
> higher pound/test weights; I just checked their site and they do sell both
> he braided and the fused in the 6 lb. test that we beaders use most of the
> I've used the 4 lb. braided - so thin the needle kept sliding off
> it....took me a while to get comfortable handling 4 lb. Fireline. I have
> used the 8 and 10 pound, both of which are fused that I have.
> Are you moved? New address? Getting organized?
> Best wishes!
> Jeanne Evans
> Paterson, New Jersey