Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I need more TIME! I'm sure every beader like myself know who you are.... dreams about being able to spend your days and nights just beading. But there's this whole 'got to make a living' problem getting in our way!!


I enjoy my job immensely. I also have a volunteer gig of running a charity golf tournament that eats up my time this time of year. And so at this moment....I'm on my 12th hour working on work and golf tournie stuff and have barely given my beads a second glance today. Oh yeah, and then there is the being a mom thing...and keeping the house in some semblance of shopping....sorting through the mail...shall I go on??!??!!

There are upcoming contests burning holes into my beadweaving fingertips....and then there's the craft fair stuck in the middle for the more sensible items (badge holders, inexpensive earrings, etc...) that I need to make to keep this hobby/dream alive!

For now though, while I watch American Idol's results show with mt 8-year-old, I shall work on completing this little piece:

which needs a hanging apparatus and a little more embellishment before I submit it for a wonderful little contest called "Bead Star".

Monday, April 5, 2010

Thinking Outside the Box

I love color. It’s one of my favorite things about beads. Seeing how the colors work together, with the different finishes, the shades, the cuts, and the sizes. It is a real thrill for me. I love it.

So you can imagine my delight and cautious enthusiasm, when I came across this wonderful contest put on by Zoya Gutina of My Lovely Beads.

This contest is great. It is based on the Pantone Color Institute’s Spring color report. Zoya selected three groups of three colors and the contestant needs to create something using those groups of colors. YOWZA! Talk about flexing my think-outside-the-color-box muscles!

There are three sets of colors contestants can choose from.
1. Amparo Blue, Turquoise, Pink Champagne
2. Fusion Coral, Violet, Tomato Puree
3. Dried Herb, Eucalyptus, Aurora

WOW! The colors are gorgeous. But gosh - aside from the first grouping I WOULD NEVER put these colors together. I love it. I love the challenge it presents for me! It’s TOO FUN!

Looking at the color blocks on the site, I decided that going with grouping number 3 should be the first challenge. That color grouping would be least likely for me to ever use together. Especially “Aurora”. Pantone says “Yellow has made its mark on fashion and spring will further this trend with gleaming Aurora. Reminiscent of the first glimpse of yellow as the sun begins to rise over the horizon, this shimmering slightly greenish yellow adds a bold infusion.” BOLD INDEED! I immediately thought of the yellow Swarovski crystal that have been hanging round my bead collection for I don’t know how many years:

And then….all the other colors started tocome together. It reminded me of when my dad once asked me, “do you know what you are going to make before you sit down to bead, or do you just bead and something happens when you do?” Yeah…something was happening alright….

Out comes the darker shade of Dried Herb (“…the ultimate green neutral, pairing well with all other colors.”):

And then here comes the Eucalyptus (“…the eternal, practical gray.”):

And ZING! The Aurora (using olive thread through the Swarovski crystals helped give it that 'slightly greenish' hue)!

After a few hours of a peaceful Easter day:

One down, two to go. I plan to submit one entry for each color group. Next project: Fusion Coral, Violet, Tomato Puree

Fusion Coral, Violet and TOMATO PUREE???? Mmmmmm…all I can say is DELICIOUS!