Monday, October 25, 2010

Beading Book Giveaway

Hi all,

Lori over at Pretty Things is having a book giveaway. Go by her blog and look around and enter to win.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm back

Well I've been gone for a time. A lot of things happening some good, some not so good. I've done a little in beading lately. Been extremely busy. of the good things. I got an opportunity to volunteer at the Second Annual Southern Bead Retreat in Pine Mountain at our beautiful Callaway Gardens.

I had the pleasure of assisting Margie Deeb in her color class. If you ever get the opportunity to take one of her classes, do it! I learned boatloads there. I also got a chance to take the Crystals and Pearls Cuff class with Sherry Serafini. I love bead embroidery. I purchased one of her kits and modified it a bit by changing beads and colors. I started on a bracelet in Diane Fitzgerald's Eye of Apollo Necklace class. I'll post pics when I am finished.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Huib Petersen at lunch. I didn't have the opportunity to take his Butterfly's Gallore class but had a chance to look over his work and kits. I will take a class from him next time.

Well that said, I am posting a pic of the cuff that I began in Sherry's class and some other stuff that I've been meaning to show.

I just love how the cuff came out and I'm motivated to do another. I am starting one that is my own design. I purchased some beads that I just love together. I'm going to have to ask Margie what she thinks about my color selections on both bracelets.

Here's the one I'm beginning:

Don't you just love the colors and the finishes on the beads?

Next I'm showing you some of the stuff I've done for other venues.

I call this my 'Black Teardrop Bracelet'. I made if for a sway partner. I just love it. I am going to attempt to make one similar for myself. It is my design and creation.

That center bead is gorgeous.

I call this 'Snowmelt'.

This was my first attempt a doing a freeform copper bracelet.

Here's another copper bracelet.

Two pics of an amulet bag I made for a swap partner.

I call this one 'Concentric Circles'. This was done in circular brickstitch.

The two above I call 'Centipede Wings'. There were just so many daggers, like the centipede has so many legs.

Bronze Flowers Set

Well that's enough for now. I'll post more about the bead retreat and more pics later.

Have a great weekend and be blessed.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Free CAB giveaway!

Cabbing Rough is going to give away a Kingman Turquoise, which is turquoise infused with bronze and stabilized.  Visit for details and enter to win. The deadline is August 4, 2010. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Air Bracelet Peyote or Brick Stitch PDF

Go over to Margie's site. She is a fantastic beader and author. She is giving away some of her patterns for free. She is doing this every so often til all of them are free. She is an expert in color for the beader and keeps us informed about what's coming up in the new season.

She has two loom patterns and two peyote, brick pattens at this time. And she gave way some earlier. So go on over she has something for you. By the way the patterns print beautifully. - Air Bracelet Peyote or Brick Stitch PDF

Monday, July 5, 2010

More New Stuff - Taste of Ethnic & More 4th of July

I used some wood teardrops and acrylic black and gold beads to make this next one. It looks great with a black strapless halter trimmed in gold. Has an ethnic flair. A little on the bold side. Picture is a little dark.

I call this one July 4th Simplicity Bracelet. The picture does not do it justice. It is gorgeous and speaks elegance in volumes.

New jewlery Stuff

Well I've been working a little bit trying a new technique. A very talented beader Kassie Inman, who is a member of an internet group of beaders,  beaded a netted set that was gorgeous. She took her technique from 's infinity bangle that uses the filled netting technique. What you see below is my humble attempt at that technique. It took awhile to finish but I love it and have plans for one in blue.

This one is done in  6mm olivine glass peals, with 4 and 6mm firepolish rounds and 11/0 gold and eucalyptus ab seed beads with a self peyote clasp. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Gospel of Red, White and Blue

While life had beaten us blue. The red blood of Jesus was applied. This washed us white as snow the day that Jesus died. This was the cost of our freedom. This was our Independence Day.

Happy 4th.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Erin Siegel's Jewelry Giveaway

Well this is my second post and I have a link for you to check out. If you follow the blog (link follows) and leave a comment you'll be eligible to win a very nice pendant and charm set along with the July issue of Bead Trends as 1st prize. Second and 3rd prize is a pendant and charm set. Erin Siegel is celebrating being published in the magazine. Take at look and leave a comment. These sets are beautiful and handmade to boot.

Hope you win. (Me included).

Later this weekend I'll post some more of my work. Got some beading to do tonight.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Declare Your Independence

We are fast coming coming upon the celebration of the birth of our nation: the 4th of July. Here are a couple of pieces that I liked for our special day.

God-thought: Provision has been made for our freedom. We don't have to strive or fight for it. We just need to be. Decree your independence from all bondage today. We are the head  and not the tail, above only and not beneath. We are the healed of the Lord and no weapon formed or fashioned against us shall prosper. We can do all things for we re-present the Risen One. We say, we see, and it is so. We are free.