Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BTW



I can't believe it's already Wednesday! I have several projects going right now. These are the ones that are on the "official bead table".

On the left we have a necklace I am working on for a collection I plan to launch in a week or so called "Vintage Chic". They will be pieces inspired by the vintage looks but using current components (not genuine antiques).

To the right you see my most recent faux jade works in progress. I have been experimenting with effects to give some pieces an aged look. I also can't decide whether to sell the components or make finished pieces. What do you think?!

If you want to see more of BTW check out the whole gang on Flickr and check out BTW mama Heather Powers who started it all.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BTW

I am experimenting with designs for my reversible earrings coming soon to my Etsy shop to go with the reversible ear wires as seen below. Life is really kind kickin' my tail at the moment so it's really hard to feel creative when there is so much crowding in on you. Check out more of BTW here. Check out The Lady that Started It too!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Little busy over here!


So hope to get back to some more regular blogging this week but things are kinda hectic. On Thursday I got a call from my Mom to say my Aunt had passed away so we have been dealing with the fallout of that over the weekend. More details later on that, it was so sudden and unexpected. Also, I came down with the cold/cough nastiness that has been going around and my boss at my part time job had to go out of town for the business over the weekend so it's one hot bowl of crazy up in here! Needless to say I have gotten very little beading done, the house is a wreck and this week is also spring break so we might just be spending most of our days at different parks to keep our minds off things :) I do however, have a surprise coming as soon as I can organize all the "underpinnings". My first vlog/tutorial!! I hope to have it up be the end of the week.

In other news, I was reading my Google Reader during some down time yesterday and came across this post from Beadroe wherein she tells about winning Marianna's 1000th post giveaway and chose the earrings featuring my beads! She also says some lovely things about our Bead Soup partnership that absolutely made my day.

Here is a picture of a necklace I submitted to a magazine but wasn't chosen. I'll be blogging more detail about the piece itself another time but right now I'm off to save the retail world one outfit at a tim ;)



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday


To see more of BTW go to our Flickr group and to check out the mama of this fantastic brain child go check out Heather!

Here is what I have been working on and continue to play with...

These are just 2 of the necklaces that have been born out of the stash that I won from Jen Judd Rocks. I willl be wearing both necklaces to work tonight ;)

Note the awesome mesh beads courtesy of Rings & Things and their blog partner contest.


This is a close up of my current favorite component. Jen sent these awesome little lucite flowers that I was afraid would get lost in a design if I wasn't careful. I like big and bold so anything small can get swallowed up in some of my work. Solution: Make the little ones big and BOLD! So here we are...


The little guys finally gave me an idea for these buttons (another thing I had NO idea what to do with until I got some inspiration from the Bead Soup party).

And finally....

Earrings that are part of the Blues collection that I have started. I haven't decided yet if I will be able to part with all of it yet but some of it will probably end up on Etsy. Not those Reversible earrings with the Marsha Neal beads though. Those are mine, mine...all MINE ;) I am thinking about posting a quick tutorial though on how to make your own reversible ear wires though so you too can have some! Stay tuned....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

PIF

I did this on Facebook earlier in the year but Courtney is doing it over on her blog and it reminded me that it would be fun to do it for you guys here. So, the first 5 commenters on this post will get something handmade from me. The catch is that you have to commit to Pay it Forward and host your own giveaway either on your blog or Facebook page or whatever it is you use. And it has to be finished before the end of 2011. Ready, set....GO!!

Also, I am still having a pillow bead sale in my Etsy shop. If you buy a set you get an extra bead for free! Good until midnight on Sunday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

I heart Apple.

Kudos, Mr. Jobs.

My husband went to our Apple store today and stood in line for 3 hours awaiting the release of the iPad 2. While there the Apple employees passed out bottled water and followed up with Starbucks coffee. I don't know if all Apple stores are so good to their customers but I got to hand it to the Flatirons store. PR like that is what has made Apple so successful. Oh yeah, they released the iPad at 5pm and my husband was home with our new gadgets by 5:45pm even though there were approximately 100 people ahead of him!

Definitely kudos to Mr. Jobs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

iPad pillow palooza (hint free bead sale)





I am SUPER excited about the new iPad coming out tomorrow. Mostly because I am getting one without having to stand in line because Paul volunteered to do the standing! Thanks, babe! How does this affect you, I hear you ask? Well, as a celebration I will be giving away 1 free pillow bead for every set of 5 you purchase in my shop this weekend. The beads are sold in sets of 5 already so you buy one set and you will get an extra bead for free! Some examples are pictured here but there are more in the store. If you don't see the one you had your eye on send me a convo...if someone snapped it up already I can make you more ;) Check out my bead soup partner Marianna for some ideas on how to use these beads or Lori Anderson and her Cup of Bead Soup series. I will run this promotion through the weekend and send the beads out at the beginning of the week (just in case my stock runs low and I need to make more).

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

BTW



It's Bead Table Wednesday! Here's what's brewing on my table and in my brain today. To check out more of BTW go here. To check out the awesome lady who thought op BTW go here!

Monday, March 07, 2011

My first Design Challenge

Handmade glass beads by Holly's Folly.


I entered this month's Design Challenge over on the Vintaj blog! Go check out the awesome entries for the Emerald City theme and vote for your favorite. Mine is number 8 as pictured here but even if my entry doesn't grab you, I bet there are others that will. Go here to check it out.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Take 1

So I finished this piece last week for a design challenge and ended up using a totally different piece as my submission. More about that after the challenge starts. As for this little number, I haven't decided what exactly I am going to do with it. I might list it in my Etsy shop, I can't decide.What do you think?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

BTW


I got my sari silk! I got it from Hampton Artistic Yarn. I just ordered another skein I love it so much. It's all over my table today after I sorted it into color families. I just randomly pick up pieces and play with them. I have made one piece with it already but I am submitting it for a design challenge so all I can tell you is that it was a green piece ;) Don't worry, you'll see it eventually because it's a voting design challenge so I will be posting about it a little later in the month! Click here to see more of Bead Table Wednesday (started by Heather of Humblebeads ).

In other news, I got an email from Jen at Jen Judd Rocks (and she TOTALLY does just FYI and that was what I thought before I won her blue stash!). When it arrives I'll post some of my creations. It'll be like my own personal little Bead Soup Party.