Monday, October 29, 2012

Hooters are showing at Artisan Whimsy - Voting has begun!

Welcome to Artisan Whimsy's Owl Challenge

The gals at Artisan Whimsy are showing their hooters.  Head on over, take a look, and vote for mine if you don't mind.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Southwest Casual

The Southwest look is one of my favorites and teal and red say it just right.  This is my first attempt at making a page on Polyvore using my own jewelry as inspiration.  The kinks have not yet all been worked out but I don't think it's turned out too terribly bad.  

Southwest Casual

Madewell denim blouse

MABEL suede fringe handbag
$125 -

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Reveal

To celebrate the release of Lori Anderson's book, Bead Soup, Kalmbach Books is having a Bead Soup Party.  I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the party goers.  From Safire Rose Beads and Things in my home state of Ohio, I received this great soup below .  

The soup ingredients included beads in several shades of blue with some silver accent beads, some silver tone findings, some clear seed beads, and a gorgeous, fused-glass focal bead. 

At first I struggled with the recipe for my soup - the blue in the focal was just a little bit different from the accent beads and I really wanted to use the focal bead in my necklace.  While pulling out some black beads from my pantry, I just happened upon some crackle glass beads in the same shade of blue as the focal.  Once I found these crackle beads I was ready to go.  I used the gorgeous silver accent beads from my soup and also some of the pearlized seed beads.  

There were many design attempts of this necklace before I was pleased with the results.  After much stirring, here is what I finally came up with from my soup.  

A special thanks to Kalmbach Books and Safire Rose Beads and Things for allowing me to attend the party.  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Show me your Hooters Owl Challenge!

Welcome to Artisan Whimsy's Owl Challenge

Artisan Whimsy is sponsoring an Owl Challenge for jewelry designers to show off their original designs using an owl. Although I like owls, I don't have an arsenal of owl components in my stash.   A while back I participated in the Pantone Bead Swap sponsored by Lori Anderson and one of the pieces that I received from my partner Cindy Wimmer Muse was an owl.  This little owl was perfect for the challenge.  

Taking my cue from the owl focal, I focused on fall colors for this necklace.  I added some amber and Czech glass beads from my stash along with some glass beads that Cindy sent me in the swap.  I completed the piece with some chain and a component that I put together with Sari Silk and wire.  

This is a voting challenge so if you like my little owl necklace, I would love it if you would please head on over to Artisan Whimsy in 8 days to vote for my entry.  While there why don't you join Artisan Whimsy if you're not already a member.  It's a great site. 

The winner will be announced October 31.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

Too early for the Holiday Festivities to begin you ask?  I think not.  This is just the beginning of what has always been one of my favorite times of year. Fall, the changing colors of leaves and holidays that take place in the fall.  

Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo invited fellow jewelry makers to join in the fun of a holiday bling blog hop.  The rules were simply just sign up and Shelley and Marlene would match you up with a partner.  Once you knew who your partner was, you were to contact your partner and find out a little bit about their likes and dislikes, and whether or not you wanted to swap ornaments or jewelry or both.  

My partner is Shirley Jones Moore of Beads and Bread Blog.  Shirley and I contacted each other and found out what our favorite colors were and what types of things we liked.  We decided that we would do an ornament.  I love ornaments and this was definitely right up my alley. 

Shirley's favorite colors for her tree are blue and silver.  I decided to try my hand at something different.  I am not a seed beader so that really wasn't going to work for me.  I also don't do a ton of work in metal.  I decided that I wanted to use fiber in my ornament and I started looking on the internet for inspiration.  I found it in an article in one of my favorite beading magazines.  

I  took the inspiration for a necklace that was in the magazine and converted into an ornament.  I combined multiple shades of blue and ivory fiber strips with some silver chain and charms.  The bead cap for this ornament started out as a natural brass Vintaj piece that I turned into silver by using one of their new patinas.  I loved how it turned out and I hoped that Shirley would too.  I also included just for fun a holiday pin that I made using a kilt pin and Swarovski crystal charms.    

I had been on vacation the week before the deadline so I had to have everything ready to go before my trip.  I managed to get everything packaged up and out one day past the deadline.  Whew...

I received Shirley's package a few days later and was happy to discover two of her seed bead snowflake ornaments inside that I can use either as ornament or as holiday earrings.  How clever.

Here is what I sent to Shirley

And what I received from Shirley

Thanks to Shelley Turner and Marlene Cupo for a fun event.  Now to get you into the holiday spirit, check out these other blogs to see what fantastic Bling they each have made and received.

Michelle Fanucchi
 Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank 
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache 
Ginger Bishop
Lo/  Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda --> Me  
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​ (my partner)
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks