Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beading Babes Reveal 8 and so much more....

There is so much going on right now.....I am going to have to start a calendar just to keep up with
every thing.  :)  

First, Today was the Bead Soup Blog 7 Sign ups.....yep, done.
Second, Reveal Eight ( 8 ) with the Beading Babes ( yes, thank you Karyn Healy White ) from down
under for another group of spectacular choices.....

Here are the details of Project 8.

Reveal date will be SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2013.

This will allow you approximately 13 weeks to get creative.

Remember - you do not have to create all of the projects but if you wish to do so then you are awesome!!

1. Button Up Bracelet by Leslie Frazier
(Beadwork - December 2012/January 2013 - page 45)
Techniques: Right Angle Weave (RAW)
Project Level: Intermediate

2. Last Kisses of Summer by C J Bauschka

(Beadwork - August 2012 - page 69)
Techniques: Right Angle Weave (RAW)
Project Level: Intermediate

3. Royal Chains Lariat by Kelly Wiese
(Beadwork - October 2009)
Techniques: Right Angle Weave (RAW)
Project Level:
Designer's site:

4. Fish Pendant by Linda Richmond
Techniques: Peyote, brick stitch, herringbone and ladder stitch
Project Level: Beginner to Intermediate

5. Lace Pendant by Linda Richmond
Techniques: Horizontal netting, vertical netting and circular peyote
Project Level: Intermediate to Advanced

6. Three Graces Collar by Jill Wiseman
(Beadwork - February/March 2013)
Project Level:
 Great Selections ladies.  I purchased the two Linda Richmond patterns and shared with Genny.  I've wanted to do that fish for over a year now.  Now, I've got the pattern.  :)  I have the " Last Kisses " and  " Button Up Bracelet " from Beadwork and Bead and Button.    

I really am not to savvy on the Royal Chains Lariat or Three Graces...but we will see.

Then with the Beaddreamz Yahoo Group I have an Earring Exchange due before the 14th of February....
Huuummmm!  I know there is more, I'll just have to write them all down and add them again.  

Oh, and of course......lot's to add to ETSY.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

When Lori Anderson of Bead Soup Cafe posted the following request, I was like yes, I'll do this:

This Blog Hop is for Marianna and for someone that is close to your memory:

"  This blog hop is both for Marianna and for those people in our lives who mean a lot to us -- a mom, a friend, a brother -- anyone who has meaning to us.  Create a piece of jewelry that tells that story. For instance, Marianna loved red and cardinals, so if you would like to make something in honor of her, you could use red, or you could use beads of birds, leaves, trees, nests, eggs -- things like that.  If you have a friend you want to remember and thank and she's a painter, you could make a necklace full of the colors she often uses in her paintings.
Bead Soup Blog Party".

It was kind of funny that I had just completed the Sherry Serafini Piece " Ripple Effect" in Reds and White and is now in the header of my blog.  

Who did this piece remind me of?  My mother " Ellen Magdalene Brown " and my best friend of thirty years " Leah G Schad ".  Both strong women and both loved to wear red.
I kept thinking as I was putting the finishing touches on this bracelet that my mother and Leah would be arguing over who was going to wear this.  I lost both of them over the past five years.... WOW!  Five years.  My mother Ellen was a breast cancer survivor but with multiple surgeries and anethesia she entered into the twilight of Alzheimers'.  A disease that has taught my family a thing or two on suffering.  Leah was also a breast cancer survivor and my last week with her was walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in West Palm Beach, FL .  I could tell she was tired after this but she enjoyed the celebration of surviving.  She passed from a heart attack within the week.  

I was blessed to know them both.  My mother was my best friend and Leah was my best friend.  I miss them both, the comradery, the love, the laughter, the tears.  We had experienced so many years together that there will always be that place..... right there in the middle of my heart.  This spot is always reserved for them.

2008 " Race for the Cure " with Leah Schad
Now join with me in visiting the following blogs that are participating in these memories with Lori.....

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir                 Dream Struck Designs
Aimee Biondolillo              Aimee's Jewelry Treasures

 Alicia Marinache               All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu            Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                     Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess

Barb Solem                          Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                          Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                        Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings     ( your are here !)
Cece Cormier                       The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                      Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                  FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space

Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield           Sweet Girl Design

Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                     It's My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen           A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman            Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas

Diane Hawkey                   diane hawkey
Dita Basu                           ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington           Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell   Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                 Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston               CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                   Inge's Blog
Iveth Caruso                      Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant        Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                          Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream

Jennifer VanBenschoten   Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                   Cellar Door Jewelry

Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                      lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton           It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                    josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                     Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC

JuLee Wolfe                        The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                             Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                    Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                           The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                         Backstory Beads

Kat Douglas                        Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                          Toodles and Binks

Kelly Hosford Patterson   The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                           Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                        CianciBlue
Kim Houston                      The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs

Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                        Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                      Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                       Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                             Fancee That

Lori Bowring Michaud       Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                     Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                        Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite   bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                       Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                          Ornamento
Marti Conrad                         Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                       MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                         Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly               Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                     The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                        The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                    one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                        Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz            la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi             Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody             Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                   Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                        Bead It and Weep

Pam Farren                             re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister         The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                             Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                             Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson              Song Beads

Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                      perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                           Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                     Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence

Serena Trent                        All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson  Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner       Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                           Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler             Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                  Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                   Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art

Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets
Thank you for spending time with our Memories.............................

Precoisa-Ornela Twin Beads.....

Oh my, I am now hooked on the Twin Beads.  Ordering them madly after Precoisa posted a lovely floral pattern on Facebook.  I have used Precoisa size 11's for years but these patterns are just stunning, yet simple.  Make sure you like " Preciosa-Ornela " on Facebook to keep up with the stimulating designs.

I did get the Helena Tang Lim " Twinni Bracelet " pattern to work on as well so this could be a fill in
Twin Bead month for new creations. 

I also happened across the Precosia Ornela " Beads for Blog ".  Christine of " Good Will " recieved
a December selection for Blogging.  Yep, I signed up and I'll be posting away along with looking for
hints on the Preciosa site.

Revealed hints:

The website for the Beads for Blog Post campaign:

Preciosa Ornela supplies PRECIOSA seed beads and beads to the entire world.

The two-hole beads and seed beads are called PRECIOSA Twin™.

The native language of the PRECIOSA ORNELA Marketing Department is Czech. However, the language for the BEADS FOR BLOGPOST campaign is English! (or we try to do our best :)

WE LOVE VIDEOS! ...but ...the best videos (at least according to us!) are those, which showcase our Traditional Czech Beads, mention PRECIOSA ORNELA or link to
Join me and maybe we can all share in the arrival of lovely beads from Preciosa-Ornela.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Alice's Teapot is home.....

Alice has returned.  It is always with a little regret when a Round Robin ends, but Hark, another one has begun.  My Alice has returned home and the ladies did a spectacular job making her an Alice in Wonderland.  Even the sweet little face has that Alice effect and I just love her.


Isn't she sweet?  I will need to get a love nest to start displaying all of these wonderful creations.  Now, on to the shoes.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Eva Maria Keiser....Bye Bye Blog

It was with great sadness to see that Eva Maria Keiser will no longer be blogging and she said goodbye yesterday morning.  She is moving on to design and expanding her beading products.  I shall miss seeing her daily blog and reading her selfless sharing.

I'm in a Chainmaille mood........

I finally finished a wonderful Byzantine Necklace in Stainless Steel rings ( yes, Stainless Steel Rings, the dings on the hands are many ) and added a cross.  I like the look of this and plan on making a few more this month.  Thoughts?

After making ten Helms Weave Bracelets and Sterling Silver Helms Weave Necklace with matching Bracelet and a Sterling Byzantine, I believe this settled nicely for the Chain Maille run.

Since Genny Smith has me in an earring mood, I also finished off a few more Feathered Earrings just for fun. Tomorrow is a Baby Shower, then back to beading.

So many little time......

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Final Teapot.....

Ah, the Bad Girls Teapot Round Robin has come to a close.......but the good news is " Happy Feet just started.  But First, Deej's teapot as the close of one Round Robin...
Re'nal Back

Re'nal Front

Re'nal with Journal
Isn't she lovely?  I added the fushia sequins in the front and sprinkled throughout and then completed the back of the spout and handle.....She leaves for her home tomorrow morning....

Now on to " Happy Feet".  Our theme is shoes and I was lucky enough to have a Witches Shoe and/or Elfish Shoe that Ary'dell Hotelling made.  I decided on "Galadriel-A Walk in the Woods"
Here is her opening photo's:

Blessings coming and Blessings going......