Monday, November 26, 2012

Berries and Leaves November Challenge

Atrisan Whimsey is having a Berries and Leaves Challenge.  Although I am not yet published, the Aries in me likes the challenge. It makes me think, it makes me create using techniques maybe never tried.  I saw this challenge and thought, oh yeah,I have those leaf beads I purchased from Michaels on a whim, and up to now no way to use. Now,  what for berries, and what to hang them on?  Well I have some green wire purchased at Beadfest and for the life of me can't remember the gauge.  What to do, what to do. Hmmm.  Oh I have that thing a majig, lets play.  So I cut lengths of wire and twisted it on the Jig.  I then took the spiral twisted twists and twisted those.  I had a pretty piece of Green Agate, love Agate. That became the focal with a Leaf and glass Berries.  I strung my componets together and "Oh my"  Gorgeous. Love it.  Does everyone once in awhile just create a piece that comes out better than you could have imagend.  I present to you "Berries and Leaves Necklace"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Welcome to my Chaos.
I went Blog hoppin.  looking at your work spaces and mine.  I sat down to ponder,I drank a glass of wine  And then I had a thought, some storage to be brought. So I took a little trip, to Ikea in my whip, Now I can design, A more organized space, is mine.  View my pictures of the draw file I purchased and put together.  Then hop over to  Sky's Creative Chaos for a FREE GIVE AWAY. A Marsha Neil pendant with some bead soup.   

Opening my files to put together

Finished file

File of goods

I now have a drawer for Findings, a drawer with tools,  a drawer with seed beads,  a drawer with projects currently being worked on and a drawer with some Gemstones

Friday, November 16, 2012


Hello, Its me again, I don't really do bracelets but Are you familiar with the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope campaign? Many of us bead makers and jewelry designers are. It's a bracelet program for people or families who suffer rare genetic diseases. Here's a bit of information directly from their *donation page*: "Cause bracelets have been available for breast cancer and heart disease but there has never been a unifying symbol, color or bracelet that represents the rare and genetic disease community. That’s why we started the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope™ So I grabbed my collection of Blue beads
I Made a strand of seed beads, attached it to a strand of Dark Blue Freshwater Pearls, light blue beads, I caged a Pearl in copper, I love copper and mixing the metals. Strung a Crystal bead on one side and a Silver mesh Bead for balance on the other side. I have added silver metal bead caps in assorted sizes according to bead size. I must always have a little dangele. I used 3 Swavorsky crystals to make a dangle and on the strand to bring it all together. A nice clasp and chain makes it adjustable for the reciever of this Gift. I hope someone will enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hello, Its me again. Last month I attended the Grain of Sand Trunk show. I purchased some lovely clasps and met the lovely Maggie Roschyk. Maggie was wearing the necklace from her book and of course, I have my autographed copy.
I wish I had taken a photo with her. Hindsight Im still learning. This Necklace that is made out of seed beads Oh my God. Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous. You know sometimes when we buy a strand a beads and their not all perfect? Maggie's book has a beautiful solution of what to do with those less than perfect beads. Now I am gonna sit down and see what I can challenge myself to do from the book. I don't play with seed beads but they Jewelry from them facinate me. While I sit Lets have a slice of Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake. Oh did I forget to tell you, I like to Cater as a hobby. (lol) Going to read now, Until next time Be a Beader.