Hi there everybody!
I have not posted in a very long time. I have been busy making jewelry and adding to my arts offerings by expanding my photography business (Ardea Blue Photography)
I am now in the midst of the pre holiday season Blitz!
I am doing a combination of jewelry shows and photography exhibits, which you cab see by looking at my upcoming events side bar.
My latest jewelry forays include LOTS of bracelets and Necklaces, as you can see below:
I love this beautiful etched Czech glass Tila bead. I accented it with purple glass pearls and seed beads. SO pretty!
I Also fell in love with these new Z shaped beads, but could only find them in this unusual color. Luckily, I had some matching Tila beads to go with it:
I had some fun selling things, Believe it or not, I now have about twice as many as seen in this picture!
Like these for example:
In between all these projects, I did a lot of traveling and took a lot of pictures. My love of nature has always inspired my jewelry, especially in regards to color and shape. You can see how my artistic endeavors intertwine in the following photographs:
Come on out and see my jewelry in December and my photography as well in Nov and December!
Weaving is my main obsession! I can start weaving in the afternoon, get into the zone and look up to find that it is past midnight!
Lately, I have been doing a lot of super duo and Tila bracelet designs.
I love playing with the pattern and colors
I found a new pattern that I love!
I have also been doing a lot of Herringbone with super duos as well. I just love the way they look when using the herringbone weave!
I am getting ready for the season, and trying to build up stock. I splurged on red Creek Jasper at our local bead show and had a lot of fun combining it with other stones and with Czech glass.
Love the pendants! I also liked how the African Turquoise complimented the Jasper.
I have a great fondness for Czech glass. I particularly love these cupped half circles. I enjoy stacking them so that they resemble armadillo armor! They seemed to like the Red Creek Jasper and looked quite nice together.
How I love to see the greening of the world after a long winter of muted whites and greys. The colors of nature in spring inspire me ceaselessly.
The whisper of spring ephemerals….
The riot of the spring garden….
The soft blue skies of a warm new day….
The green of new leaves and ponds….
Keep on beading!
Soft new leaves in pretty pastel shades of green, reds and purple have suddenly popped forth on the trees this week! I took notice of this event and was inspired to create some leafy concoctions…
These leafy creations are ready to be finished with a clasp and fastened to your wrist!
Although I have not put the chain on it yet, I have already woven a matching necklace
As the sun comes out a little earlier each day and warms the earth, I feel it’s golden warmth more and more each day. This sparkly creation was made in honor of the sun and it’s power over the earth! HAPPY B’EARTH-DAY!
April Showers bring May flowers!
Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls
I love alliteration. Hope you do too! I also love to bead pendants by either using a brick stitch embellishment to a metal medallion, or, using Peyote weave around a cabochon.
Are you ready for some new stuff? Here are some new offerings of pendants, necklaces, and bracelets.
I have a lot of these golden trees, and I thought they could make nice pendants, be used as sun-catchers in a window, or even holiday tree ornaments!
Here is On I put on the tree this year…
I love to embellish brass, copper and pewter pendants as well.
Here are some pretty gemstones I wrapped:
And now, for a bigger project. I started weaving a simple super Duo rope and just kept on going! I wanted to create a really long rope, like those long ropes of pearls that flapper ladies wore in my Grandmother’s day. I remember her long pearl strands and I wanted to make a woven rope long enough to twirl, or at least wrap twice around my neck.
Here is the result: a 42 inch black and gold woven rope that is long enough to tie in a knot, or double up.
And some bracelets…
Time to get back to beading. I have some more pendants to make and I just had an idea for a new rope!!
I am done with summer and fall shows and I just did my last winter show. Now I can hunker down for some serious beading time!
My latest passion has been to bead borders around pendents to make pretty medallions. Visitors around here know to beware- If you set it down and leave it for too long, I will bead a border around it!
Here are a few examples:
Tree of life pendants
Celtic tree of life
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree
Tree ornament and/or sun-catchers (only one shown of 4)
Flower cabachon and Compass pendants
Lest you believe that All I do nowadays is embellish pendants – allow me to show you some other work I have recently done:
Beaded blue dyed Druzy
Poinsettia Czech-Mates/bugle bead Holiday Extravaganza!
Snowflake Pendant Necklaces
Also, a few new winding roads to travel down
Now- I Gotta get going and make some new treasure’s for next year!!
Recently, after a long day at my “regular job”, I decided to try making a bracelet from scratch without using a pattern to follow. I knew that I wanted blue diamonds surrounded by a complimentary color. I started out with blue and violet ESO beads. As I went along, I figured out how I wanted to add the beads to make my geometrical shapes. In the end, I was glad to be done (designing is harder than it looks!).
The next morning I looked at the work I did the night before, and found three glaring errors!! The horror!!! I was also a little disappointed in the color combination I used. The blue did not “pop” against the violet beads.
SO – I bit the bullet and took apart the whole thing! I replaced the violet beads with a yellow gold and paid closer attention to the pattern (NO MORE MISTAKES!!)
In the end, I think I am pleased with the result, and like this better than the original. Sometimes, you just gotta keep on trying. And also, I now have a nice pattern to make more of these bracelets.
I am not kidding myself that this design has not already been done before! It is a simple pattern that I have seen in Native American beadwork for example. However, it was a nice adventure into the unknown and a good learning experience in designing a woven bracelet on my own.
Perhaps in the future I will make something really complex and special, but this will do for now!
Happy beading – Betsy