‘Tis the Season for Arts Offerings

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!

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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:

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I had some fun selling things, Believe it or not, I now have about twice as many as seen in this picture!32215382_10211806483823302_605565666904244224_n.jpg

Like these for example:

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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!

 

Betsy

Obsessions

Weaving:

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!

Stringing:

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.

The Evolution of a Signature Design: The “Flying V” Choker

 

Evolution of design

These round scoops were the first version of the Flying V choker necklaces. They were made with 3 mm cubes and finished with buttons.

I then started using 4 MM squares to make a bigger statement. I switched from a soft scoop to a bold V shape.

I named my new design the FLYING V- because the shape reminds me of a flock of migrating geese:

I used sharply contrasting colors for a bold statement. Root beer brown and metallic bronze, or  Gunmetal black with gold…

I tried matte finish with shiny borders and shiny interiors with matte borders

I progressed then, to evoking the colors of the natural world: the soft summer colors of an oak opening, the Sunset, and the sunrise.

This one evokes the deep greens of the maple woods, with a chain that mimics the maple Samara.

 

Below, I was inspired by Lake Superior at dawn:

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Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.

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Spring is here, and we are happy to see it!

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….

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The riot of the spring garden….

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The soft blue skies of a warm new day….

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The green of new leaves and ponds….

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Keep on beading!

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Beads and Brunch

A few beading friends got together today. We had planned to go to the Milwaukee bead show, but decided instead to use up some of the beads we already have!

First, I had to move my bouquet of Peonies off the beading table…

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Then, I fixed up a fresh rhubarb cake with coffee, and off we go!

Later, we stopped for lunch of deli sandwiches, fruit and veggies.  Once the edge was off our hunger, we went right back at it.

Today I completed a necklace that I have been working on.

This rope was woven with a variety if different sizes of Aged Picasso Czech seed beads and a brass chain.

Alice did some shopping at the beading table and we decided to swap the necklace for a beautiful shirt and dress!

I think we both got lucky today! (I love my purple dress!!!)

Here I am demonstrating my “technique” on making a beaded bezel. Some of the agates that I plan to use are pictured here. I will use the small one in a bracelet, and the two large ones in a pendant necklace with beaded rope.

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More cake, and then a brief and rather disgruntled discussion about the American political fiasco that is the current presidential race, and it was time to call it a day.

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(In our defense, my husband came home at noon and ate half the cake.  REALLY!)

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Happy beading everybody!

A Visit With the Fairies

Now that Spring has finally arrived it is time to go on a Fairy Hunt!

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Also, look up into the trees…

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 There you may spot a raven

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Deep in the woods….

 You will find the fairies!

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 And perhaps a unicorn too!

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A  druid lass may scamper past

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And she will be adorned with symbols of the earth:

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Pentagram

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check out the garden….     (look behind the roses)

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See them there, the little pixies hiding amongst the flowers?

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They await the queen of the fairies…

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I hope you have had fun in Fairyland!   Stop by any time!!