Spring Fever: Gearing up for the Art Fair Season!

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…

 

2016-04-30 11.46.18

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

2016-04-30 11.47.55

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!

2016-04-30 10.23.56

April Showers bring May flowers!

2016-04-30 10.24.19

Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls 

 

A Penchant for Pendants

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…

DSC00648

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!!

 

Weaving a Holiday Tradition

I Love the holiday season. I like how comforting it is to participate in familiar traditions and activities. Despite the inevitable dysfunctional moment, family gatherings are always delightful.

I have played many rolls in this saga. From eager child – dying to see far flung cousins and open gifts- to new parent, busy with holiday shopping and traveling to gatherings- to host and chief cook and bottle washer for huge family gatherings-and now, finally, to honored guest at the table of my offspring. Each roll has been fun and energizing. I am  getting used to the last one in a surprising hurry! Showing up with a pie and a bottle of wine takes me back to my college days!

What can I offer that is new and different? With all this spare time on my hands, I can weave new traditions, such as handmade ornaments and gifts.

2015-11-25 18.35.07

I can partake of delicious foods and treats without the stress of hosting large parties and elaborate dinners. 2015-12-13 17.08.482012-12-25 18.37.022015-10-04 12.37.37

I can make pretty bracelets and earrings in “all my spare time”.

2015-12-19 18.37.582015-12-19 18.40.462015-12-19 18.41.53

I can relax and visit with friends and family

Happy Holidays everybody!

Time to settle in for the winter!

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

2015-11-21 16.20.43

Celtic tree of life

2015-11-25 18.30.35

Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

2015-11-21 08.56.442015-11-21 08.56.012015-11-21 08.56.292015-10-31 21.10.512015-10-31 21.09.01

Tree ornament and/or sun-catchers (only one shown of 4)

2015-11-25 18.35.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower cabachon and Compass pendants

2015-11-21 08.55.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

2015-11-21 08.56.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poinsettia Czech-Mates/bugle bead Holiday Extravaganza!

2015-11-21 16.18.28  2015-11-21 16.16.412015-11-21 16.15.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflake Pendant Necklaces

2015-10-31 21.05.53 2015-10-31 21.03.52

 

 

 

 

 

Also, a few new winding roads to travel down

2015-10-31 21.15.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now- I Gotta get going and make some new treasure’s for next year!!

 

If at first you don’t succeed….

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