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.


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.


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!

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.  


Thank you for stopping by and comments are welcome!

January 29, 2017

Bead Peeps Update: About Me

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Pre-Swap Briefing:

2017 Goals:  Bead at least once a week.
                   Get started with my torch and silver clay projects.
                   Take care of my family.
                    Lose weight.

Favorite Things to Work With:  Anything to do with beads except for bead crocheting.

What I Want to Learn in the Next Year:  Being proficient with torching silver clay.

Favorite Colors to Work With:  I haven't met a bead or color I didn't like.

My Bead Style:  Definitely BOHO

Favorite Metals to Work With:  All of them.

I am well over 50 years old and have been happily married to the same man for over 20 years.  I have 3 boys ages 16, 19, and 21.  My oldest sons have just finished at Hobart Welding School and are looking for work.  The sooner they are employed, the sooner I get my dream studio!  I also enjoy working with polymer clay, quilting, sewing, beading, reading and most recently working with silver clay.

Renetha Stanziano