Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Bead Soup Blog Party: My Soup

This month I am involved with the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party. I did it last year, remember the story necklaces? Again, it is a Lori Anderson party. Shown below is the soup I received from Carolyn Lawson living in Olympia, WA. The reveal for all participants is early May. Watch for the blog posts about our amazing bead goodies.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Charm Swap Reveal 2014

These are the awesome charms I received in this year's Charm Swap. The two little books are beautiful. The variety of techniques and mediums is always interesting, like the counter top green and white swirl and the "Pinky Swear" delicate charm. I included one of my charms so I can document the group of charms from that specific swap. Thank you Onamentea for organizing this delightful project.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014 Charm Swap Begins

I had so much fun participating in the first charm swap a couple of years ago, I contacted Ornamentea and OMG, the annual swap is on right now for 2014. I created eight charms and mailed seven charms today to Raleigh, NC. I like to keep one of my own so I have a set for that swap. For the swap, I will be getting back seven handmade charms from seven artists that are new to me. Cynthia at Ornamentea sponsors this swap in her shop in Raleigh, NC. I'll post the handmade charms that I receive when they arrive. Here are my charms ready to ship.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Converted Mini-Vase

Finished polymer clay and glass genie bottle.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4th Annual Ornament Blog Hop

It's so exciting to be participating in Art Bead Scene's ornament blog hop again. The timing of Thanksgiving to Christmas this year is so short. Do you feel rushed, too? Anyway, I just finished my ornaments and the photo session which includes the shoot and editing. I could have shared something already created, as I make and use art beads all the time. Just like most of you. But I really wanted to experiment with a new polymer clay, to me, named Frost. So, I started with Frost mixed with white and glitter. After discovering it's pliability I started using my tiny cutters to combine and create snowflakes. This was fun. I assembled them on the baking tiles and after three rounds in the oven and adding multiple dots and shapes, this is the journey.
I reread the ABS e-mail about our requirements and decided snowflakes were not beads, even though they are entirely handmade. So, I set out to make an art bead to use. I chose to work with the Pearl polymer and after working the clay I glanced to my right. There was a doily my mother made for me and that's lacey...like a dress an angel might wear. Of course, I proceeded to run that sheet of Pearl through my pasta machine with the doily. Voila, lace imprint. Played with more fabric, circle cutters, sizes, and configurations to create an angel bead.
Satisfied with the days adventure, I started taking photos. You will notice the difference in the lighting from my work table light to the flash and white to black bleed in the background. Enjoy!
Happy Holidays to each of you. I hope to successfully post The links for all the participating artists are here: http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2013/12/ornamentbloghop2013.html

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cookie Tins New Wave

Every year I have admired and purchased those rolled cookies that come in a tin. I need to add that it was the tin I wanted...Jesse always eats the cookies. This year I discovered new tins at the store filled with cookies, I bought all twelve tins. I give the cookies away and now have this incredible stash of tins to decorate. First one here...for my oldest Grandson's B-Day.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Booth 2013

Sharing my booth set-up. Just in case you see a Christmas/Hanukkah treasure contact me. What isn't listed in Etsy just yet is here in my studio.