‘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.

Craft fairs you need to be at!

Here’s where all the cool kids will be this fall…………

  • Betsy’s Beadworks and Carnelian Sol Designs will be at Art on the Mart on September 8th in Ahuska park in Monona. Farmers Market Sunday.
  • We will also be at the One-Stop Holiday Shop on October 19 at the McFarland Lutheran Church.
  • Betsy’s Beadworks will also be at the Crafty Fair this fall, on Sunday November 17th from 10am-4pm at the Goodman Community Center.  (149 Waubesa St. Madison, WI)

Come on by and say hi! We love the company.

Be there or be square!

Betsy

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Anitcipation……..It’s maken me wait!

Gearing up for the craft fair season!

I am psyched! I have been busy making lots of new stuff and I think that the quality of my work has really improved over the last year. I am forever thankful to all of my friends and family who support and encourage this madness of mine.

Al, (my mate and partner of 35 years) gladly took me along on a recycle shopping trip to the Habitat for Humanity re-sale store. Wow! What treasure trove of cool stuff! This is my new favorite store (Besides bead shops).

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I made a new vertical display to use at shows where there is limited space to display our goods. All of the knobs, handles and the antique doorknob are recycled hardware from Habitat for Humanity’s re-sale store. I supplied the peg board, trim, nuts and bolts, and lots of elbow grease!

If you live in the Madison area, feel free to stop by on Saturday between 9 and 5 and look through our booth! We will be at Turner Hall on Madison’s southeast side. The Hall is located on the frontage road off of Stoughton Rd, south of Pflaum road. There will be lots of great artists in a variety of mediums selling at this fair.

Here are some previews of our wares…………

“Tranquil Seas” by Betsy’s Beadworks

“Blue Claws” by Betsy’s Beadworks

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“Salsa Verde”

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Trumpet flower earrings by By Carnelian Sol Designs

Hope to see you there!

Betsy (Betsy’s Beadworks) and Allison (Carnelian Sol Design)