Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blue and Green Beaded Batik Bag

When I delivered the recent polymer clay bead necklaces to Andrea Wilson's gallery in Gatlinburg and I showed her the beaded bags I've been making. To my surprise she suggested another gallery that might be interested in having them in their gallery. Cool, right? So, I drove myself over to Kim's Love Life Live Life gallery. She loved the ones I had to share with Andrea. So, I will take a selection of the beaded batik bags that I have made. I went through my bag stash and found a couple small ones that really need beads. LOL I'll take Kim the finished bags early next week. In the meantime, I'm beading the new finds.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beaded Ribbons for Goddesses

I have taken the beaded ribbon idea from the little batik bag and added beaded ribbons to hang my goddesses with. I was using the black woven cotton cord and I didn't think the cord was a good fit. So I tried it first with "Lavender Layla" polymer goddess. I'm starting to bead ribbons for the yellow one. She doesn't have a name yet.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beaded Batik Bag...Necklace

The little batik bag is finished. Do you like it? The bag is 2 1/2" wide by 3" long with 1 3/8" hanging seed bead fringe. I beaded the satin ribbon for the handle/tie/belt. We're still getting to know each other.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blue Fringe

Stopped beading to take a picture of my progress. This is tedious to say the least, but I think I'm going to love it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Button Swap Aftermath

My first button swap blog hop is winding down. I actually made it to every blog and I'm thinking, Wow! I have learned so much about the blog hop swap routine. I failed to make a succinct post about our sponsor, Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Beads Studio and to brag about my partner, Angie Blasingame of Hopemore Studios. I hope they forgive me and know that I will do a much better job next time.
I loved watching all my stats change as the last two days have passed. I visited 90 blogs, I'm following as many as I was able. The blog hop isn't over for everyone and I expect it will be a few days til it is. So far, since the opening of the blog hop I have had 21 comments (a new record). I love reading all of them and plan to revisit/follow them as well. My blog also received over 480 hits. Wow! It's like discovering a entire community of artists and people who are liking the stuff I like. Cool, right? I had so much fun using Angie's buttons and beading my batik fabric that I couldn't put everything away. As you can see here. This little bag is going to be fringed!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Reveal

Finally managed to get a picture of both pouches.This has been quite a journey. All the buttons I received were way out of my comfort zone and color scheme. I had to let the buttons set awhile to let them simmer in my creative juices. I am happy with my projects and can't wait to begin visiting everyone's blog post today. First I have to finish my post!
Both beaded batik pouches are listed on Etsy today. I listed the remaining buttons I made for the challenge on Etsy as well. Here are those links. http://www.etsy.com/listing/99710153/beaded-batik-drawstring-pouch-vintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/99712493/beaded-batik-pouch-lined-with-card-woven?ref=v1_other_1 http://www.etsy.com/listing/99713877/polymer-clay-buttons?ref=v1_other_1 http://www.etsy.com/listing/99714351/polymer-clay-buttons?ref=v1_other_1 http://www.etsy.com/listing/99714555/polymer-clay-buttons?ref=v1_other_1 http://www.etsy.com/listing/99714694/polymer-clay-buttons?ref=v1_other_1 Participating Artists. Enjoy! Please, find the list of links here with our sponsor! http://www.sweetbeadstudio.com/?p=8748 Alice Peterson and Kim Bender Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman Cat Kerr and Heather Powers Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston Christine Stonefield and Dana James Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney Dana James and Christine Stonefield Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage Heather Powers and Cat Kerr Holly Westfall and Sally Russick Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars Kay Thomerson and Shannon Chomanczuk Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven Kim Bender and Alice Peterson Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time. Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen Mary Harding and Stacie Florer Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou * Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date) Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson Sally Russick and Holly Westfall Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone Stacie Florer and Mary Harding * Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date) Sue Hamel and Terry Carter Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey Teri Baskett and Line Labrecque Terry Carter and Sue Hamel Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Button Swap Project Green Bag

I am posting the last of my process images making the green batik bag. I have to do a few last minute beads to finish and I want to simply post both finished projects for tomorrow's reveal. I can't wait to see what projects everyone made with their buttons. There will be over 100 artists blogging their projects tomorrow. I'm excited and a little nervous. I hope I did my button artist proud. Here we go!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Button Swap Green and Pink Bag

These are the pieces for the second bag for the button swap. I am using cotton fabrics I have batiked and a scrap of a card woven ribbon I made years ago. I needed to attach the card weaving, so I did it with seed beads. Of course, the button had to be applied as well...with beads! Next step is the lining attached with pins here. Thinking about how to bead, what colors? Too much? Gonna sleep on it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Button Swap: First Button with Bag

The reveal for the button swap is on Sunday and I have made two projects with two buttons. I swapped with another polymer clay artist. The buttons are totally out of my comfort zone but that was the challenge. The first project is a lined batik bag, hand sewn and beaded. I was so intent on designing and getting started that I forgot to document the beginning steps. So, I wanted to post what I do have of the process. I will show the final result Sunday. In the meantime you can see some of my work to date. I'm still working on the second button project and will have that to share by Sunday.