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!!

The In Between Time (Looking Backwards and Forwards)

Here in the Midwest we are experiencing that special in between time. It’s that time of year between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “Puddle of perspiration”.

After a rather slow start, I think that warmth may finally be returning. I spent a great afternoon at the dog park with my husband and hound on Easter Sunday.

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My first walk of the year without a coat!!

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His first spring buds in the woodlands!!

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Winnie’s first smell-a-thon at the park!

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Not to mention these fine spring flowers I found in my beading room….

Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

I have been trying over this long winter to learn at least 2 new weaves every month and to make at least 1-2 bracelets per week.  It has been challenging and fun. After completing them, they go into the treasure chest. It’s getting pretty full!

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Here is a quick review of my work since the new year began:

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Brick red and green Tilas with green/gold Superduos. Handmade brass toggle clasp

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Peacock Purple Passion

Peacock blue fire polished crystals and Tila squares. Blingity Bling Bling!!

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Short, 6 inch bracelet with parallelogram shaped2-hole beads and gold Super duos

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Leather wrap bracelet with beaded beads, copper clasp and dangles

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Seahorse shapes in Caribbean colors

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It has been a long and busy winter, and now I look forward to a warm and pleasant summer, going to craft fairs and selling  these beauties to all of you!

By the way, if you see something you like here, and it is not in my Etsy shop, just message me. I don’t post most of what I make, and it could be available if you just ask me!

Happy springtime!

Betsy

Zen and the Art of Beadweaving…Continued!!

Here we go again!

Peacock blue fire polished crystals and Tila squares. Blingity Bling Bling!!

Peacock blue fire polished crystals and Tila squares. Blingity Bling Bling!!

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Square Tilas in Picasso finish, half Tilas and Super duos in beautiful earth tones

Square Tilas in Picasso finish, half Tilas and Super duos in beautiful earth tones

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Similar Tila and seed bead colors, with gold Super duos in a narrower bracelet

Similar Tila and seed bead colors, with gold Super duos in a narrower bracelet

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Bold black and silver bracelet with sunburst toggle clasp

Bold black and silver bracelet with sunburst toggle clasp

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Short, 6 inch bracelet with parallelogram shaped2-hole beads and gold Super duos

Short, 6 inch bracelet with parallelogram shaped2-hole beads and gold Super duos

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Mauve and gold with pink seed beads and fire-polished crystals in AB finish down the center

Mauve and gold with pink seed beads and fire-polished crystals in AB finish down the center

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Zen and the Art of Weaving Tila Bracelets

Have you ever noticed how time flies by when you are in “THE ZONE”? Lately, I have been getting back to a whole bunch or projects that I had laid out months ago. I have been weaving bracelets and changing up my patterns slightly on every one.

Each group of beads speaks to me as I set them out. Some want to be to noticed, others want to subtly hide out amongst all of the others in the design.  I have such fun picking out the right colors and styles to use so that I can bring out their unique personalities! Sometimes, I look up and realize that hours have passed and I didn’t even notice..

Here are the beauties that I have made so for during the month of January:

Brick red and green Tilas with green/gold Superduos. Handmade brass toggle clasp

Brick red and green Tilas with green/gold Superduos. Handmade brass toggle clasp

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Bold and beautiful! Reddish brown Tilas with green Picasso finish, golden Super duos, and yellow-gold Picasso Tilas with sparkling gold seed beads down the middle.

Bold and beautiful! Reddish brown Tilas with green Picasso finish, golden Super duos, and yellow-gold Picasso Tilas with sparkling gold seed beads down the middle.

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Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring: Reversible bracelet made with purple Tilas hugging up against dual colored Tila squares down the middle. Wear it blue side up on a sunny spring day, or gold side up for an evening out!

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The abacus: Count your blessings on the super Duo beads in the center strip!

The abacus: Count your blessings on the super Duo beads in the center strip!

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Peacock Purple Passion

Peacock Purple Passion

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Creamy while half Tilas with shiny brass square Tilas.

Creamy while half Tilas with shiny brass square Tilas.

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There’s more yet to follow on another post! (My computer is having a brain freeze trying to upload all of my pictures)

Time to rest and create new treasures for next season

The last of the craft fairs of the season have come and gone. I am ready to start all over for next year! It was really a great year, and I got to meet so many nice people. I am ready do it all over again. Can you believe this: I was at the dentist, trying not to think about what was going on in my mouth, and I began to plan new necklaces and bracelets in my head. The hour went SUPER fast!!

Here I am with my new and improved smile…

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I did manage to finish up a couple of  necklaces that I had been working on prior to a rather difficult fall season. Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I have to admit I have never been more thankful for the health and happiness of those I love as I was this year.

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This is the purple weave necklace that I posted earlier this fall. I dyed the buttons and finished it with gunmetal chain.

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This is the completed Golden Harvest woven choker. I finished it with fancy gold buttons dyed lightly purple to reflect the AB finish of the 4 mm square beads.

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This last necklace I made just today. It features creamy white shell disks with large red dyed quarts chips. The dangle features a large vintage shell topped with green jasper and another white shell round topped with a tree of life medallion. I used super heavyweight nylon coated wire and a sturdy toggle clasp.

Gotta go now. Time to decorate for the holidays! Have fun everybody, and see you soon!

Wedding Time Beading

WEDDING at Olbrich Gardens

Recently, my son got married. It was really a nice wedding. Such wonderful weather, and the gardens were in full bloom. Folks from Arizona, Texas, Georgia, New York, even Dubai came to see my baby tie the knot.

Before the wedding I had lots of fun making necklaces for the bridesmaids, and his wife also gave me some vintage faux pearls that her grandmother used to wear and asked me to make her a bridal necklace.

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 Don’t they look pretty? Even Daniel wore a brand new hat!

In a previous post I put up some pictures some gemstone necklaces that I made using stones that Daniel and Amanda brought back for me from their honeymoon. Among those stones were some un-drilled Peridot stone chips. I used them in little glass vials to make these pendant necklaces

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I also strung up a couple of electroplated leaves today as well!

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Get ready for some awsome bead weaving!

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Hand woven necklace made with 4 mm cubes in a diagonal weave pattern with needle and thread. The accent buttons are American Indian handmade brass buttons. Finished with gold tone chains and hook-loop fastener.

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Hand woven Czech glass beaded necklace. Dagger beads and rounds accent the large glass beads. Finished with seed beads to create a stunning statement piece.