Friday, May 9, 2014

Ta Da! 

Well folks, it is 11:02 Central, midnight o' two Eastern, which means it is time for the REVEAL of my Bead Soup Blog Hop Creation! Actually- Creations. Yepper, I made two, well, one has matching earrings, so three. Four.  Enough of the blabber, as it's past my bedtime, so here we go: “Numero Uno” is a chunky piece using the green and purple ceramics from my swap partner, along with the ceramic bracelet focal and the ceramic leaf. I added some pink crystal rondeles, pinkish/tan mookaite ovals, white components and shell buttons along with a daffodil bicone swarov and wire wrapped the leaf to the ceramic bracelet piece. 

Part Deux. Yeah, I know, I don't do seed beads... Well guess what? I had these ocean blue ones that just screamed "Use me, you know you want to!", and of course they were the perfect match for the blue and coppery lampwork beads and blue rondelles from my swap partner, so I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and here I am. I added some swarov bicones and a druzy pendant, then used the remaining two druzys to make matching earrings.


Please visit my swap partner, Pamela, (yeah, I'm wondering if Lori Anderson aka "Bead Soup Swap Hop Queen" did Pam and Pamela on purpose... I really need some sleep...) Anyway, Pamela Eller Traub of Klassy Joolz. to see what she did with the Soup I sent her. I can't wait... 

So until next time:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Well the Bead Soup Blog Hop reveal day is only 28 and a half hours away. Here's my awesome bead soup from my partner Pamela Eller Traub of Klassy Joolz. It has lampwork beads, a ceramic bracelet cuff, a brass and a pewter lobster claw clasp, brass chain, czech bellfowers and glass beads, along with crystals. Along with this cute little tote. SO pretty...

Friday, March 14, 2014

WOW, it's been almost a whole year...

And not much has changed. Added a new Grandbaby in June, who's  a sweetie:


And once again, it's time for the Bead Soup Blog Hop
 and my partner this year is

Getting ready for the Art Glass and Bead Show in Madison:

 Here is the challenge bead:

I am working on the piece now, and will get that posted as soon as I'm done. Stay tuned...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Reveal Day!

Today is the day of the 3rd reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Hop. Postponed due to some unforeseen circumstances, but well worth the anticipation! Here is what I came up with from the soup I was given: 

I used some of the tibetan clay and 2 different designs of  black porcelain beads, along with the lampworked heart focal and pewter toggle clasp. I combined those with some small wire wrapped heart and rondel dangles and some lampworked lentils so I have 3 shades of green going on.

The next piece contains some beautiful blue twisted lampwork beads and czech beads in the same color from the soup, which worked out awesome with some black faceted roundels in two different sizes that I worked into a symmetrical, yet quirky design, along with a big foiled coin that I've been looking to use in a piece for a very long time.

Can you tell I like using black???

Again, thanks to my Soup Swapper, Terri G. Click on her link to see what she did with what I sent her...

Her blog link is here;

AND a BIG thank you to Lori Anderson, whose brain child this is, and who works tirelessly, sacrificially,  and through all kinds of circumstances, so we can have a creative outlet to share with others.

 Her blog link is here:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Received my Bead Soup !

This is the beautiful "Bead Soup" I received from my Bead Swap partner, Terri Gauthier.  It contains 3 styles of tibetan clay beads, ceramic birds, leather cord, heart focal, metal charms, Tierra Cast toggle, fish lobster claw, (it's SO cute!), pewter button, twisted glass, czech glass, lampwork, porcelain, white jade and round glass beads. I already have two pieces made and can't wait to get at more. Thank you so much Terri. Reveal on the 15th of April.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shennanigans in the front yard...

The shrub de barker...

 The only righteous one...

Yes I'm waiting because...

 If I'm vewy vewy qwuiet...

Wait for it...

Did I hear something? Nevermind...

ACK! Pulled a groin muscle...


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It has been a very eventful 6 months...

 hubby and I both dealt with our moms with issues starting in the fall, anything from dementia, moving in with her for a week, moving her to Alaska, hoarding, congestive heart failure, stroke, infection and cancer. 

*He lost his mom in early December.*

At Christmas, we did our first annual "Ugly Sweater Christmas"

 mainly supplied by some of my mom's gazillion sweaters that we found while dehoarding. 

Speaking of cleaning, my dad, who has been gone for 23 years decided to leave  a little of his personality behind, because I found this on a box while cleaning his side of the closet out:
Thanks Dad ♥

 Added grandbaby #2 in early January. Little boy. Well not really little, darn near 10# and 22".

*Followed by my mom's death  8 days later.*

So needless to say, it has a very eventful ride these last few months, and now we of course are dealing with estate issues. 

Both of us. At the same time. oh yes. 

In February, my youngest daughter and I decided to enter a "Pinewood Derby"  family event at church. Just for the BLING aspect, of course. Purple and bling, what do you expect from a jewelry designer???

So with all that~things have been on hiatus as far as the studio. 
But~ now with the Bead Soup Blog Party 


the Art Glass and Bead Show in Madison
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 and three shows coming up in the next 2 mos, we're jump starting the new beading year.  ☺ 
 And I'm back in the swing of things. 
More to come.