July 1, 2016


This issue of Creative Spark! features designs made with cultured sea glass and tiny crystal rondells from ZnetShows.  Be sure to read the articles about the many ways beaders store their stash.  

Thank you Hope Smitherman (Editor) for putting this issue together and keeping all of us on track!  Thanks go out to ZnetShows for providing beautiful beads to work with.

May 15, 2016

UPDATED: Bead Peeps Swap'n Hop Reveal!

Finally a few pics to load! Lovely bead selection from Becky Pancake.  Thank you Becky, I had a lot of fun once I figured out what to work with first.😊

Son #2, AJ graduated from Carroll High School!

Here's what I made with the purple and topaz? beads using the lampwork rondell as a focal for the bracelet.

I put the blue batch of beads to the side for now, unless inspiration hits me sometime soon.

The Bead Peeps group has bead swap and hop each year.  This year my swap partner is Becky Pancake.  We both share a love of dolls and beads!  Our color choices were even similar.  I would love to post pictures, but for some reason my camera/computer is having a problem loading pictures.  I think I need a new cord, or even better...a new camera.  I hope to have the issue resolved sometime tomorrow morning.

So, keep on hopping! 

One challenge down, and several more to attend too.



Linda Anderson - Hostess
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/

April 23, 2016

2016 My Czech Beads Contest EntryC

My Czech Beads Contest, sponsored by Preciosa-Ornela, has contests throughout the year.  The themes for April/May are spring, flora/fauna, Easter, or nature.  The catch, create a beaded design using brick stitch.  I am currently juggling several bead projects, but here is my entry.

Stop by the Preciosa-Ornela Facebook page and check out what other designers put together.

Upcoming projects:

Beadwork Reader Challenge!
Bead Peeps Swap/Blog Hop
Creative Spark! 
Maybe something for the My Lovely Beads (Pantone) Contest

February 28, 2016

February AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

Each month team AJE picks an artist's jewelry component, and then randomly selects a few individuals to design jewelry with the component.  This month I was one of the chosen.  The February component was an aluminum and crystal rivoli chain maille Phaedra design.  The Phaedra design was created by Karen Snyder, and Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio made a few for this month's challenge.  Read more by clicking HERE.


I usually make earrings when I am short on time, bt since I only had one Phaedra bead, I went with a bracelet design.  I used 8mm silver plated rounds, 4mm silver plated rounds, 5mm silver plated split jump rings, 15/0 silver seed beads, and an AlaCarte clasp.

A little right angle weave and I present Phaedra Boom!

Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do.  Be sure to check out what the other participants made with the Phaedra component.  Links below.


Shaiha Williams

Renetha Stanziano - Thank you for stopping by!

AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Caroline Dewison

Jen Cameron

Lesley Watt 

Sue Kennedy

February 12, 2016

Preciosa My Czech Beads 2016 Contest Entry

Introducing Joto.  The themes for January/February are winter, dancing balls, and fancy-dress, and you must use bead embroidery for the technique.  I never realized just how many Czech beads I have in my stash.  

Joto means heat in Swahili. We are facing yet another round of cold temperatures and....possible snow storm.  So stay warm.

Stay warm and bead on!

Enter the PRECIOSA My Czech Beads 2016 competition where you can take inspiration from the designs of internationally renowned artists and you can win 1 kg of beads and seed beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand!

December 11, 2015

ABS Ornament Blog Hop

We don't have a Christmas tree or decorations in our home, because for us, it's all about the giving. We give all year round to family and charities too!  But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate other people's decorations.  I have been so busy this month, I didn't realize Art Bead Scene Blog was having a hop until early, early, early this morning.  So here is my Christmas ornament/charm for the holidays.  The art bead is from HolyFritBeads (Etsy).

Please stop by ABS to see some beautiful ornaments (click here).  

                                           Seasons Greetings!