Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party!!!

Today is the day for the Bead Soup Blog Party, one of my all time favorite activities in the blogosphere!  The Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) is the genius idea of Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  A big thanks to Lori and her helpers to make this happen again.

Without further ado, let's party!

My partner for this year's BSBP is Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.  Sherri creates gorgeous, artisan pieces of jewelry and other objects using the craft of micro-macrame.  Her work is beautiful and she has lots of great tutorials.  Don't just take my word for it, go check her website to see it!

Sherri sent me a beautiful owl pendant (little did she know how much I love birds and owls!!) and some beautiful natural stone featuring shades of white, cream, black and gray.  They are a perfect match for the owl pendant.

While I was pondering how I wanted to use these pretties, I went ahead and downloaded Sherri's Owl Pendant micro macrame tutorial.  And instead of working on my BSBP piece, I tried my hand at micro macrame!

Sherri has a bunch of tutorials on her site and I used many of them to get to the beginning stages of this owl pendant.  It is beginning to take shape!   But as time wore on I realized I had to abandon this micro macrame owl pendant for now, and begin working on my other ceramic owl pendant!

As I sat down to begin, the cream cord I was using for the other owl project was sitting on my table and I saw how perfectly it matched my owl product.  I had a moment of inspiration and decided to use some of my newly learned macrame skills with my BSBP beads!  I used square knotting and a few larks head knots and this is my finished product!

Thank you Sherri for sending me these fun beads and for inspiring me to learn a new craft.  I can't wait to finish my micro macrame owl!

Please click here to visit Sherri's blog and see what she did with the beads I sent along to her.  

And please click HERE to visit more of the BSBP blogs and Pinterest boards for this awesome party!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

UFO (Un-finished Objects) Blog Hop

When Karen Williams posted the idea of doing a UFO blog hop, I knew I had to get in on it!  I have several drawers in my beading nook where I store unfinished objects!

Frankly I rarely open these unless i"m stuffing something in there! So this was the first time, in I don't know how long, I opened these drawers to actually finish something!

Decisions, decisions!

My first instinct was to work on this pendant which was my Bead Soup Blog Party creation from many years ago.  It fell apart about two years ago and it didn't even make it into the UFO drawer for a while b/c I love the pendant and loved wearing it.

I just was so stuck on using the other coordinating beads, that I never did anything to put it back together again.  So for this piece I added a chain!

A little bit of a cop-out for this challenge, so there is more!

I pulled out this piece, which I knew was super old b/c I rarely use the nymo thread any more since I switched to Fireline a few years ago.

  It appears I stopped with this one just before finishing the edge, which Ill admit here and now is my least favorite part of bead embroidery!

And given the nature of this blog hop, I thought that working on this "FOCUS" pendant was very apropos!

When I originally started this (and I remember it was back in Maryland when I had a whole room for my beading!), my intention was to create a small wall hanging to hang near my beading table.  So I stuck with that idea and finally finished this mini wall hanging, with the message that I sometimes need when I'm sitting at my bead table!

THANK YOU Karen for hosting this fun hop.  I dare say, I could use this catalyst more frequently!

Please check out our other UFO hoppers here:

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz E, Bead Contagion
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow
Liz Hart, Treetop Life

I can't wait to visit some of my friends on this list today!

And a quick P.S.... since I 'rebranded' my blog to be "Amybeads...and birds" (and because I'm still giddy about this particular sighting),  I do want to share this photo of an absolutely amazing owl I had the pleasure to view last night.  This bird is a extremely rare in New England since it typically lives in the Pacific northwest and Western Canada! It's the Great Grey Owl!  So without further ado, here is this magnificent creature: