March 14, 2017

2017 Bead Peeps Swap n' Hop: Getting Started!

My partner this year is Katy Heider author of onthepondcreations.blogspot.com blog.  Katy has made a few bead embroidery cuffs shibori ribbon that are just gorgeous.  Her other beaded creations are just as beautiful as well.  She sent me a wonderful selection of goodies to bead with including some shibori ribbon!  She even had enough leftover to make herself something with the same beads.  I am rather curious to see what we each make with the same materials.




Here is a pic of what she sent to me.  Shibori silk (Aria Design Studio, Etsy), lampwork discs (Taneres, Etsy), seed beads, fire polished rounds, and a clasp by BeadSwede (Etsy).  Isn't that rusty wine colored silk just divine?





The picture on the card was taken by Katy as well.

Now I am ready to get started on a design.  Cuff, pendant, earrings?  All will find out on April 8, 2017!




February 24, 2017

PRECIOSA ORNELA February Farfalla Contest Entry

This year, PRECIOSA ORNELA will present a showcase of 12 unique bead and seed bead shapes with a registered trademark. Every month, we will look at one bead or seed bead from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™.  February, will look at the exceptional PRECIOSA Farfalle™ seed bead named after the Italian word for a butterfly, Farfalla, and its special type the PRECIOSA Cut Farfalle.

http://www.preciosa-ornela.com/en/contest

I often have difficulty determining which bead is a Preciosa Ornela bead and which is a Czech bead or if they are the same bead.  Some companies give their beads similar names. I believe that the beads I used are the Farfalla.  I also used handmade lampwork beads and Preciosa crystals in my necklace design.


www.preciosa-ornela.com
www.facebook.com/PreciosaOrnela

February 23, 2017

Bead Hoarders Swap'n Hop Partner Reveal!

Fun Stripes V  (Etsy Set 016)
Borrowed Etsy Picture of Golem Beads
Lori McDaniel Anderson of the Pretty Things blog andBead Soup Cafe (Facebook) is hosting the Bead Hoarders Swap this year!  I love her Bead Soup Swap Parties!  This year's challenge was to send our partner a bead or beads that we have hoarded...and nothing else but a letter.  A letter detailing any details of why this bead was hoarded.  

My partner this year is Shai Williams of the Shaiha's Ramblings blog.  She is from Tacoma, Washington and her jewelry designs are available in her shop--Shaiha's Designs.  The picture above is my favorite and only set of striped Golem beads.  I have been hoarding them for several years and they are now in Shaiha's creative hands-- along with some other stuff. I love and miss those beads, their color, how they look and feel.

The Bead Hoarders package from Shai arrived in yesterday's mail!  


I see earrings!

Copper lampwork bead split into 3!
STAY TUNED FOR THE FINAL DESIGN REVEAL MARCH 25th!



January 31, 2017

Art Elements January Component Reveal

This is the reveal for the first Art Elements component of the month giveaway and design challenge of 2017!  Leather cabochons were created by Lindsay Starr, and she gave some away to a few lucky readers. Guess what?  I was one of those lucky readers.  I don't know which cabs the other two readers received, so you will have to follow the links below to see what they did with their components.


This leather cabochon is something new that I have never worked with before.  I just decided on a beaded pendant on either a leather cord or fabric cord.  The fabric cord won the coin toss.  



Guests:

Thank you for stopping by and comments are welcome!
Renetha