Saturday, October 26, 2013

Today I am....

I saw this on Hope's blog (Crafty Hope!)the other day and thought it was cute and figured....even if I don't have anything beady to blog about, a little prompter like this would keep me active on the blog!
Thanks Hope!

Currently, I'm. . .

:  weddings.....for work....I keep a Pinterest page going for work, and this morning I"m looking  up and bookmarking several wedding blogs that I need to make sure I "Pin" this weekend!

Creating: a beaded bezel for a challenge I have coming up in a few weeks.  I'm finally finding some time on the weekends to do some beading! Yay!

Enjoying: my cup of black tea, and cinnamon toast.

Feeling: tired....

Giggling: that I think I gave myself poison ivy all over my (ahem) d├ęcolletage while I was adjusting my bra strap while working in the woods the other day....why was I in the woods?? Well, we live on an extremely busy route and in order to walk my dogs, we have to put them in the car and take them somewhere to walk....there is a yard that abuts us from behind, but that neighbor didn't seem to find a neighborly bone in her body when I asked if I could cut through her yard (along the woods) (I mean seriously - she has a bazillion acres and probably wouldn't even notice me cutting along the side of her yard all of 100 feet) to get into the neighborhood with safer streets.....she said no! So there is decently sized patch of woods that runs along the busy route about a quarter of a mile to the closest street that leads to a walkable I have taken it upon myself to cut a safe path through the woods so I don't have to endanger myself or my dogs on the crazy busy road!!!  Note to self: wear a sports bra next time!  I've got it all along my waistband too...and yes, I recall having to pull my pants up several times while cutting brush! Another note to self: wear a belt next time.
My's meandering....

Listening: to my son and his friend who slept over talk about a Pokemon battle.  Seriously - it's like another language altogether!

:  not listing anything on line, but making a list! A list of all the things I want to do today and a list of all the beading commitments I have coming up!

Needing: more time in this weekend!

Noticing: that this prompt list is in alphabetical order.

Reading: book 4 in the Island of Fog series.  My son is an avid reader.  I came across the first book in this series for him on BookBub as a free listing, and he was hooked.  He plowed through the remaining books and really recommended I check it out too.  I see why he did, it's a really fun fantasy/sci-fi series for middle school ages and I can't put it down either when I'm reading it.  It's a real page turner and the characters are well developed and I keep wanting more when I finish a book to see what these characters' next adventure will be!

Watching: Breaking Bad.  Not right this second...but after the Emmy's last month, my husband and I decided to check it out and now we're seriously 'binge-watching' this show every single night and on the weekends.  Just finished season 4 last night! This show is SO GOOD!  I can't believe I have waited this long to check it out.

Wearing: My pj's still!

Wishing: that someone would come and finish cutting the path through the woods for me! :) In the meanwhile, i need to load these dogs up and get them out for a walk!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop

A few weeks ago I purchased a kit for the Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop.  I' m a huge fan of Shirley, the author Beads & Bread blog....talented beader, homeschooling mom, baker and all around nice gal. And also through this challenge, I've made the acquaintance of Sharyl of Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections, who co-hosted the event with Shirley.

The challenge was to create something with the contents of a kit.  The catch is that the contents were a surprise!  Participants only knew that they would receive 1-2 beaded components from Shirley, 2 metal pieces from Sharyl, and a surprise.  Here was my packet:

Very pretty components!  And here are the rules:
"You are only required to use one of the seed bead pieces from our featured artist, Shirley Moore, for the reveal.   If you can also use some of the metal pieces in the same or other jewelry designs, that would be highly encouraged!    All the rest is totally up to you.   It is not necessary to use everything or to use items in the surprise packet.   I would just as soon see your own inspired designs!    The packet is just a "thank you" and in case you like any inspiration it sends your way! "

Now, even though the only requirement was to use the pieces from Shirley...I felt compelled to make something that included at least one of Sharyl's pieces.  And that was the challenge for me!

All the components are beautiful...the beaded component has great pale green/chartreuse-y colors, pops of pale pink, a dark metally brown, and some really cool cream color delicas (with maybe an a/b finish inside??) these diamonds that Shirley made - but I found myself wishing I had a packet of coordinating seed beads with this piece! And then there were Sharyl's pieces...I was totally drawn to the coin type metal components....finished degrees of gold brightness.  Just gorgeous.  So the challenge for me, was putting these components together.  I had something in mind when I first received the packet, however, it just wasn't working when I was attempting to put it together.

Finally, after a bit of fiddling, I decided to create a simple pendant.  I used only one of the seed bead components and one of the metal components.  By adding some fringe, I was able to bring the colors from both pieces together. The fringe includes bright gold seed beads, some greenish delicas and a dark brown metallic bead.  The crystals matched the greenish seed beads in Shirley's component almost perfectly! 

I confess I only started working on this challenge a few days ago. Though I thought about it a lot over the last couple weeks.  I started and stopped and pulled apart several attempts until I came up with this idea!  It's simple, but I'm happy with the results!

Here is a list of the other participants!

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson -- 

   Candy Wham --  (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog) 

   Angi Mullis -- (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog)  

Shirley Moore -- Beads and Bread       (*Co-Host)     
Laren Dee Barton --  Laren Dee Designs     

Beti Horvath  --   Stringing Fool                 

Tanya Goodwin -- A Work in Progress       

Marybeth Rich -- Forest of Jewels                 

Amy Severino  -- AmyBeads - you are here!         

Carolyn's Creations -- Carolyn's Creations   

Toltec Jewels --  Jewel School Friends  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


First I want to say thank you to all the folks who encouraged me to finish up that weaving from my previous post! And for all the great tips! I am definitely going to work at finishing it in the coming weeks.  In the meanwhile, I haven't picked up a single bead since my last post except to move it, if it was in my way. I better get a move-on however, since I am taking part in Shirley & Sheryl's blog hop with a Saturday reveal!

The good thing is however, I've sorted through what I want to do so now I just need to get into my bead chair and do it!

Still working like crazy but also still having lots of fun.  New England is absolutely gorgeous this time of year.  The colors are stunning. So I figured I'd do a couple of color palettes!

This is a view in front of one of my restaurants for work:

This is one of the centerpieces from a wedding I popped in on to take photos of food:

 And for fun here are a couple of collages....first up is a property on Massachusetts' North Shore called The Crane Estate / Castle Hill.  My company's catering company does lots of wedding here.  It was an overcast day, but was still spectacular! Check out those rolling hills to the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! Breathtaking!

I came across a flock of turkeys on the way out! (do you say "flock" for turkeys? there was a male on the other side of the bushes!)

Some fun food pictures!

That's all for now....but I'll be back Saturday with some real, actual beadwork!!! Yay!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Art of Beadwork by Jane Lock

Confession: I  did a HUGE happy dance when I picked up a copy of this book and saw my earrings in there!!! Of course I had to send them in to be photographed for the book so I knew they were going to be in there....but actually seeing it...WOW! 

So not only am I excited that my earrings were included in this book....I'm excited to be in a book of such great quality!  It is a great companion book for beaders at any level. I am so impressed by how current and well organized this book is!   I feel like I can speak from authority here having learned everything I know from bead books (that were published 20 years ago!) 

Jane Lock covers it all in this book!  The gallery is an inspirational collection of work.  There is a great reference section covering in detail all aspects of beading...from shapes & sizes of beads to color & design, and everything in between.  There are plenty of pages featuring stitch techniques  And if you are ready to try out all you've learned, there are five tutorials/projects created by super talented designers!

Jane Lock's book is well written and peppered with tons of wonderful little tips and tricks! 

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.
I can't wait to try all the projects in this book!

In the meanwhile - I've been squeezing in a wee bit of beading lately now that I am beginning to feel a rhythm with my new job.  I got a wild hare to try weaving some peyote stitch strips....weaving some's getting a bit frustrating as it falls apart quite a bit.... but I may try to play with it a little more before I give up!

I have had these "satin" delicas for many years now and never used them, but I looooooooove the way they look when they are woven together!