Saturday, August 20, 2016

ZnetShows New Arrivals Blog Hop

As always it was a huge treat to receive my package from Znet Shows!!  My package contained two types of new arrivals: flat freeform two-hole clothing button beads and graduated center cut freeform regular center drilled nuggets.  Each set of beads was in the color: light aqua 'coke' bottle seafoam.  It reminded me of the color of sea glass I see when I visit the beach on the Atlantic coast.

Just a few days before my Znet Shows package arrived, I came across some photos of a beach in Fort Bragg, California.  It's claim to fame is the sea glass on its beach from trash that was dumped there over half a century ago!

It looks absolutely beautiful, and it inspired me when it was time to start working with my cultured sea glass! I gathered up various colors of Czech fire polished beads and got to work!  I worked up a right-angle-weave strip and affixed the two hole button beads!

When it was time to work with the large hole freeform nuggets, I leaned towards a more traditional sea glass look featuring the sea glass along with sand colors.

After gathering my beads that I thought would work well with this idea, it seemed that freeform bead weaving was the way to go!

The light aqua 'coke bottle' sea foam color worked perfectly with the sand colored beads!

Some earrings with some free form embellishment nuggets were the perfect match for the free form necklace!

Check out this group of designers who received some new arrivals from ZNet Shows for this challenge:
(you are here: Amy Severino)
Karla Morgan (revealing on 8/22/16)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

ZnetShows Creative Spark and More!

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!!!

The latest issue of Creative Spark is now live and it is filled with inspiration!!  ZnetShows specializes in cultured sea glass and the variety of cultured sea glass options are huge! They also have a wide selection of Chinese crystal which pack so much sparkle!!

I had the opportunity to use both the tiny rondelle crystals and large hole rings cultured sea glass.  You can see my challenge creations and so many more in the summer 2016 issue:

I loved seeing everyone's work!  There are some fun items in there included non-jewelry work and a feature on how other beader's store their beads!

In other news, I was able to finish my jewelry for the first wedding of the season.  And that wedding was amazing! It's hard to believe my best friend's DAUGHTER got married! When did I get old enough for that to happen!?

My son, me, my husband!

Now it's time to finish my jewelry for my stepdaughter's wedding that takes place next week!!

Of course I can't skip my new favorite activity which is hiking and birding.  Here is a sweet warbler I came across the other day who was signing his little heart out!

At the farm where I work, we have many killdeer. One of the killdeer laid her eggs right smack in the middle of the row of radishes! haha!  Our farm team gingerly worked around her, and after about one month those babies are here.  And if you don't think these darlings are cute.....well....

Those tiny wings! those tail feathers! all the fuzz!!!  I can't even!!!!

And speaking of cute baby friend and I made a trip to Crane Beach last weekend where the endangered piping plovers breed during the summer months.  This cutie practically walked up to our blanket! Last year I was able to come earlier in the season.  This is more of a juvenile....but stil cute!

Finally - here are some fun new menu items from work last week! yum!

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

More Beads, More Birds

There are a few weddings on my calendar in the coming weeks and that means plenty of custom beadwork to match dresses!

I recently completed the jewelry for my stepdaughter's bridesmaids:

I need to get some jewelry ready for my dress for that wedding coming up in only three weeks! Yikes!!

But before that, my best friend's daughter is getting married! (How is that possible that I am old enough for this to be happening!?!?!)  Her wedding is next week.  The dress I'm wearing to her wedding has a beautiful print (bohemian? Indian? I'm not really sure what you'd call it!!)

I was inspired to create a peyote cuff to match the pattern.

I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the pattern worked up with the Delica beads, and created a full pattern booklet for my patterns shop!  This is done in champagne gold, navy, and white pearl, but I think any contrasting colors would look really cool!

As referenced in the title of this post, I've also been doing quite a bit of birding lately as well.  In trying to make exercising a priority, I've been heading out to our local trails nearly every morning and the birding has been sensational!  Although one my recent favorites was from the farm of this ridiculously adorable killdeer chick!!!  CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT!! Those fuzzy tail feathers!

There is another nest on the farm about to hatch too!  I didn't even realize I was coming upon the nest and unwittingly came upon a very angry killdeer adult!

And it seems I have a knack for stumbling upon active nests...I became a little fearful of this osprey mama who started dive bombing me even though i was several hundred feet away!!!

Here are some more, gentler birds I've seen over the last few weeks!

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Where does the time go?

Anytime I decide to write a blog post, I dutifully start a folder in my computer to drop any photos I"m planning to use for the post!  So....that happened on May 21!!!!!

And somehow time just slipped away every time I wanted to get to the post!  But I did fill it with a bunch of pictures!


Yup. Well........what is that phrase about good intentions!!

So ever since the A-Z blogging challenge ended, things have been busy for sure in my life! Again I want to give a shout out to all the wonderful friends who stopped by my blog that month of April!  Here's a little beverage tease from May! 

SO.....back to those pictures in the May 21 folder....

About a month ago, I participated in Muckfest MS Mud Run.  Wow!! What an incredible experience. My best friend of 40+ years (yes, you read that right we've been buds since before I was even in kindergarten!) was diagnosed withe MS  20 years ago, last fall her sister was diagnosed as well, and this year her daughter was diagnosed.  Joining their team was a true honor.

It was very challenging and I tackled a few of the obstacles with some very serious trepidation, but was so proud to meet each challenge. You can see though, there were a LOT of smiles and laughs.
It was a great day!!! So now, I prepare for next year!

There has been some beading in my life this past month as well.
Etsy order! 

Playing with wire-wrapping rings

Having a super huge blast with polymer clay. 

"Polish Pottery" cuff bracelet.  Click here for the pattern.

Pendant fun!

Peyote owl bracelet.  Click here for pattern.

I also received this great haul from Znet Shows of beautiful Cultured Sea Glass and 2mm & 3mm Chinese Crytsal Rondelles! Stay tuned for the summer issue of Creative Spark to see how these lovelies transform into beautiful jewelry!

Otherwise, it's mostly been work, and hiking, and kayaking, and birding! And oh, the birding this spring has been spectacular these last couple weeks!

Here are a few birding shots from early & mid-may!

Tree swallows

Great horned owlets

Cedar waxwing

Eastern towhee

Prairie warbler

Now I'm off to catch up on my blog READING!!!