Wednesday, October 31, 2012

34th Annual St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Show

This weekend was the 34th Annual St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds.  Even after Sandy we had great weather and a mild turn out but it was so much fun to
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

Yummy New Colors for the Season

What a yummy new selection from Pantone for this Fall Season.  Hummmm..... I can do that.
We still have the Nectarine and lovely Lemon Zest......

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekly Happenings..... October 13,2012

Well at least it was a productive week.   I finished my version of Sherry Serrafini's "Hot Dots" as pictured in the Bead and Button for August 2012.
As always, I so enjoy working on Sherry's designs.  The Donut focal is from Birdsong Beads in Andrews, North Carolina and I found this one during our July Mid South Bead Retreat.  It worked perfectly for my first sequin adventure.
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 have found there is one item I would really like someone to fabricate and that is brass split rings.  I'll have to work on that.

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:  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

Beading Babes.....Project 7

Beading Babes and the Project 7 Line Up:

Yes, Karyn has outdone herself again.  What a wonderful selection.


1. Enchanted Rivoli Earrings by Csilla Csirmaz
(Beadwork - August/September 2012 - page 51)
Techniques: Tubular peyote, ladder stitch, tubular herringbone and square stitch
Project Level: Intermediate

2. Roller Beads necklace by Cathy Lampole

(Bead and Button - October 2012 - page 66)
Techniques: Beadweaving and herringbone
Project Level: Beginner

3. Scalloped Pearl bracelet by Angelle Procopio

(Bead and Button - October 2012 - page 24)
Techniques: Ladder stitch
Project Level:  Beginner

4. Gothic Butterfly bracelet by Mikki Ferrugiaro

(Beadwork - December 2010/January 2011 - page 66)
Techniques: Peyote
Project Level: Intermediate

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Current Week Happenings...... 10/7/2012

As has become a regular event.....My weeks seem to blend one into the other.  I did receive a photograph from Wendy of the Mid South Bead Retreat Group who finished her Bead Embroidery Cuff.  I have another
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.
And I finished Teapot #2 ( Dian's Teapot ) for the Round Robin " Bad Girls Tea Party ".  I did the embroidery around the face and head.
She seems to be wearing a Renaissance Cowel but she was beautiful.

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.
Center Piece
Just a teaser.

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.  :)