Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • Z

Z is for Znet

Check out these little beauties!

Doesn't it look like I scored on the beach, ran home and drilled some holes in my find!!!????

I didn't...instead I got a package from Znet filled with their Cultured Sea Glass!

 Znet has a rainbow of colors featuring this pretty matte finished glass that really does have the look and feel like real sea glass!

So far I've only made a few pieces with the sea glass (featured in yesterday's "Y" post)...but I'm looking forward to exploring the possibilities of these pretty baubles!

WOW!  So this concludes the Blogging from A-Z Challenge!   Stay tuned for a reflections post, and of course upcoming challenges - such as the Time To Stitch challenge (hosted by Therese and Christine) coming up on May 15!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • Y

Y is for Yellow

In case you haven't noticed...I've got a thing for color palettes!  Years ago I fell in love with the idea of color theory when I read Beverly Ash Gilbert's book: Beaded Colorways.

I also enjoy color palette generators on line as well.  One of my favorites is Color Scheme Designer, which allows you to pick a color and then get the color scheme for any number of types of wheels including mono, complement, triad, analogic and more!

Yellow is a color I always struggle with.  I don't know why - it's such a lovely color!!!  It's the color of sunflowers, the sun, corn, bananas and HAPPY FACES!

 Over the winter I made some earrings that were yellow.  And today I made some palettes on Color Scheme Designer that have some similar qualities!



Do you have a color you struggle with?  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • X

X is for Xilion

Xilion is a type of crystal cut by Swarovski. 
 It seems they've added a few facets to amp up the sparkle!


When I put a regular bicone, next to a xilion cut bicone, you can really see the difference!

I've read that Swarovski is phasing out the plane 'ol bicones and will only be producing the xilion cut bicones as they run out of regular bicone colors!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • W

W is for Wine

Wine the color that is!  I'm traveling this week and didn't have anything clever for the letter W and I immediatley thought of "wine" when I thought "w"...so a color palette is is!!!

See you tomorrow for "X" (and I actually have a crafty subject this time!!!)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • V

V is for Video....and Volkswagon...and Volcho!

Seriously - this is totally worth a look whether you are a beader or not!

"The Vochol® is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been covered with the traditional beadwork from the Huichol (Waxaritari), an indigenous group from Mexico. It is covered in 2,277,000 glass beads applied by 8 artisans from two Huichol families over 9,000 hours and will be on display at DIA’s main terminal from May 21st to August 31, 2012."

I seriously hope this car's tour will find its way near me!  I'm adding it to my Google alerts now! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • U

U is for Ultrasuede

Ultrasuede is a fabric beaders frequently use on the back side of their embroidery work.  It creates a nice finish that looks like this:
(clearly my edging technical skills could use some work....)

Instead of this!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • T

T is for Teaching

7.5grams of Delicas: $4.35
(photo hijacked from Fire Mountain Gems)

Bobbin of Nymo: $3.54
(photo hijacked from Fire Mountain Gems)

Teaching your nieces to bead: priceless!!

My younger, eight-year-old niece - TOTALLY got the hang of peyote! On her first try!  I was really impressed!

I was also impressed with my older, ten-year-old niece's positive attitude when she didn't get it.....

She wasn't discouraged at all! 


Monday, April 22, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • S

S is for SPOTS!

What kind of spots?  "Oil" spots.....

I was recently very lucky to receive some beads from Best-Beads.com.  They have a great selection of Czech beads and I received some "oil spot" daggers (I also got some twins but I"ll write about those later.)

I've always loved these pretty spotted beads!

Here was just my first go around with the daggers, but I can't wait to play around more with them!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • R

R is for REVEAL!

This reveal is for the Spring Fling Kit challenge!!!   I want to start by saying - thank you for my former BSBP partner, Alenka, for collaborating with me for this challenge and creating these beautiful pendants!

I confess however, I am a wee bit behind.  I was busy over the last few weeks with this A-Z challenge...and a few other challenges!  In any case...I know some others had some time issues, but in the bead world, I think it's fair to say that we don't like to pressure anyone.  BUT since I know some people were finished, I decided not to postpone the reveal.

I figured I would just post my progress so far!  I may even finish today (I'm actually writing this on Friday for Saturday!), if so I'll update with my finished piece.

Here was the kit:

And here is what I've done so far!

Please take a look at what the other participants have done...I know I am excited to do so!!!
(as the day progresses and I do my hopping I will add the results to the results tab , located on the menu bar above!)

(Maryanne contacted me, and she will post at a later date!) Maryanne • Zingala's Workshop 
Therese • Therese's Treasures
Tanya • A Work in Progress
Alenka •  Pepita Handmade
Kepi • A Little of This, A Little of That
Beti •Stringing Fool
Dolores • Crafty D's Creations
Jenny • Wonder and Whimsy
Cynthia • Created Treasures
Mowse • Mowse Made This
Carolyn • Carolyn's Creations

Friday, April 19, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • Q

Q is for QUILTS! 

I've always loved quilts! But these quilts are particularly wonderful! 

From the Bead&Button site:
In 2012–2013, the Bead&Button staff will once again be organizing the Bead-It-Forward bead-quilt project, an international beading effort that benefits breast cancer research!

In years past, artist Jeanette Shanigan was the driving force behind Bead-It-Forward: She corralled squares of beadwork from around the world, pieced them together to form mini mosaic quilts, and donated them to the annual Bead&Button Show auctions. In the fall of 2011, Jeanette passed the baton to Bead&Button magazine. Our editors created quilts, greeting cards, shadowboxes, and other goodies from more than 950 squares, submitted by beaders from Alaska to Australia and everywhere in between. The Bead-It-Forward items (plus others donated by Bead&Button Show teachers, vendors, and attendees) were auctioned off at the 2012 Show, raising $19,500 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Now let's do it again! The Bead-It-Forward theme for 2012–2013 is "Flowers: Stitching to find a bloomin' cure." 

And here are some pics of completed quilts with beaded squares that I hijacked from Bead&Button's Facebook page!

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page

SOURCE: Bead&Button Facebook page
 And now - to interrupt this blogging challenge...and because you just never know...someone stumbling along, and happens to stumble upon this post might know something....here are photos of the suspects from the Boston Marathon bombings this past Monday. Contact 1-800-CALL-FBI with any tips related to the suspects!!!!

Tune in tomorrow for the Spring Fling Reveal!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • P

I finally tried it!

P is for polymer clay!  

I have been so interested in this craft for years now!  So last week, my hubs and I went out and got some clay (four colors), and a set of tiny cutters.  Total investment was about $8 (with the exception of the $29 extra toaster oven we had)....and without further ado...here are the results...

Here I'm just getting started... (not so great - but I was pretty happy that they resembled flowers!)

 Getting the hang of it a little better:
And even better:

Finally I followed this awesome tutorial and made this adorable owl!!!!

EVEN my husband got involved in the polymer clay action!

We learned a lot over the weekend playing with polymer clay and still have a lot to learn.  But we both enjoyed it very much! :)

P is also for PATTERN

Last year when the Patriots were in the playoffs, I created a pattern with the Pats' logo on it.  Since then, someone wrote me and asked about a Red Sox pattern!  Heck - I used to work at Fenway when I was in college!  Why didn't I think of this before!  Go SOX! 

This pattern is two-drop peyote, works up to about a two inch wide cuff, and it is about 6 inches long (just add more navy on either side!)  Here you go, Cindy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • O

O is for....ORANGE!

Sorry in advance for my somewhat of a cop-out for a post!  But I promise I have better, crafty posts coming soon!

Today I explored some orange in some old photos and did two color palettes.  These are both pics of my son circa 2004.

Both of these colors have so much orange but both so different! The bottom one has a bit less saturation.  Also - my absolute favorite complimentary color combination is blue and orange...so it was fun to add some blue to the palette on the top picture!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • N

N is for nonsense....

At this moment I feel like anything I have to say, is nonsense.  Writing about crafts or beads feels trivial.  Truly.  Tragedies hit hard....and this one, which literally hits so close to home hits even harder. 

I actually had a post scheduled for today, but it will have to wait til next year's A-Z.

My husband was asking me about Patriots Day, since I grew up here. He asked if there was going to be a parade for Patriots Day.  I said, "No! It's Marathon Monday!"  And then regaled him with tales of my past experiences of Marathon Monday during the years I lived in Boston.

Praying for the victims of yesterday's nonsensical tragedy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • M

M is for Matisse 

If I didn't already have enough reasons to love this little town...it turns out Henri Matisse's grandson lives here....he's known for 'his public art installations'...and one of those installations is just a 20 minute walk from our house.

This doesn't look like much:

 But when you look closer - there are bells in the trees!

When you ring them, they sound a bit like a meditation bells....and really look like wind chimes!

"Paul Matisse (born 1933) is an artist and inventor. He is known especially for his public art installations, many of which are interactive. He is also inventor of the Kalliroscope."

M is also for Maine

This little guy went off for his first boy scout camping trip since we moved here....

....so my hubs and I did a day trip to Maine.  It was chilly, but really pretty! 

In honor of M for Matisse - here is a two-drop peyote pattern made in replication of Henri Matisse's La Gerbe.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Beading Babes • Project 8 reveal

I am so glad this day is here because I finished this project a long time ago!

For my 'real job' I work in marketing and events for all types of clients, but one of them is a seafood distributing company.  Karen - our lovely Beading Babes host - posted these projects at the end of January.  I immediately selected the Fish Pendant by Linda Richmond, because I knew at the beginning of March I was scheduled to attend the Boston International Seafood Expo.

I decided to use regular seed beads instead of delicas, and I really like the way this turned out.

Going to the Expo was a very long day, because the show is huge and there is a ton of networking to be done....
(this is only about a quarter of the show floor!)

...but I can honestly say - I don't remember a time when anything I wore, was commented on so very, very much! LOL!!  Even this lady, who is a famous fisherwoman even commented on it!

I will definitely be making more of these in the very near future.

I love that this fish is articulated.  I had a bit of a struggle putting the pieces together, but when I stopped trying to follow the instructions, it was easier to just do it my own way! Other than assembly though, I found the pattern rather easy and it came together nicely. 

To see more Beading Babes reveals - be sure to check out the FB group page

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • L

Today is the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!! Today is also the letter "L" for the Blogging from A-Z challenge. 

So for the letter L - I will say, L is for Lori - our delightful host of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Lori has been hosting this party for years, and it's been a wonderful success and so much fun for beaders around the world!

There were so many participants for this year's Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP), that Lori put us in groups and today willk be the second reveal date for all our partners.

My partner was Kepi, of "A little of this, a little of that."  I've actually known Kepi for a while now because we met through our blogs, so I was very excited to be her partner!

She sent me a wonderful soup!

I played with this soup like crazy.  As you can see with the above photo I originally planned a peyote bail, however, when I proceeded to make a rope for it, I didn't like the direction I was going.  I also made a peyote/herringbone teardrop, an embellished right-angle weave rope, a few purple discs and so on ..... but none of it was working for me!  Finally I told myself to KISS....."keep it simple, stupid"!  So I did.

I just did a simple seed bead bail, with some black silk cord.  The clasp Kepi included was so darling.

Then onto the rest of the soup. I absolutely adored the turquoise-ish ceramic beads that Kepi included in my soup and just loved the brown tones in each bead.

  So I worked up a multi strand with lots of brown beads, and made this necklace:

Finally - those adorable polymer flowers!  I just loved their blue hue, with gold and green swirls.  I made a peyote strap and embellished with the polymer flowers. 

Many thanks to Kepi for the delightful soup!  And many thanks to Lori for hosting this fun event! 
PLEASE check out all the other participants!!