October 29, 2012

Glass, Craft & Artful Goodness: GIVEAWAY!!! - $90 to Spend in my Etsy Store

Update:  Link to winner...

Glass, Craft & Artful Goodness: GIVEAWAY!!! - $90 to Spend in my Etsy Store: I am living a life full of gratitude and abundance and would like to show some of that gratitude to the wonderful people that have followed...

Lorelei's Blog: Unicorne Beads: A Giveaway

Lorelei's Blog: Unicorne Beads: A Giveaway: If you've been around the beading community a while, you've probably seen these tear-drop shaped beads from Unicorne Beads . These   Han...

October 28, 2012

October Fest & Blog Hop!

Autumn-Inspired Challenge!
Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends, is hosting an autumn- inspired challenge.  This challenge came with choices!

*Create an Autumn Inspired Treat!
*Make a Fall craft.
*Create a cool bead. 
*Design Halloween jewelry.
*Design Autumnal jewelry.
*Decorate your home or yard.
*Write a poem, dance or sing.

I decided to make a pair of earrings, specifically mismatched earrings. I have been hooked on mismatched earrings since Diana’s challenge (Suburban GirlStudio).  Although our family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, someone may want a pair of Halloween earrings designed by me.  It could happen.  The skulls are dyed howlite, lampies by DFJ Lampwork (Ebay) and unfortunately, I don't remember where I got the black lampwork disks for the party hats.  I also used swarovski crystals and czech rondelles.  Here are my October Fest earrings:

Hop on over to the next October Fest blog.  List is below

Host Toltec Jewels          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Heather Otto                   http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Mischelle Fanucchi         http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo                  http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams              http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com ;
Shelly Graham Turner      http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/
Shelly Joyce                   http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka                  http://clay-space.com/blog/
Pam Sears                     http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Margareta Saari              http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.com/
Marita Suominen             http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Lisa Posthumus              https://www.facebook.com/lisa.posthumusharper
Jeannie Dukic                 http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Cheri Reed                     http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean                  http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Duffy Blevins                  http://bubbasjewels1.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy             http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu                     http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Sonya Ann Stille            http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/
Kashmira Patel               http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer              http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Kris Mattingly                 https://www.facebook.com/kris.h.mattingly
Lennis Carrier                 http://www.windbent.net/
Shannon Hicks               http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel                    http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Karin Slaton                   http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                 http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache             http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Valeria G. Rome             http://fancysphynxdesigns.blogspot.com/
Lo                                  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com/
Zoe Marcin                     http://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson              http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Kimberly Booth              http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey                  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com
Tanya McGuire                http://www.tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/ 
Debbie Rasmussen          http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Christine Stonefield          http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti            http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff                 http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano           http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby                  http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Colene Waltermire            https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts
Lee Nova                         https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts

I love challenges!

October 26, 2012

Here's My Hooter!

And what were you hoping to see?  Artisan Whimsy challenge completed.  Here is my little owl, and I think I will call him Gollum, because cute he isn't.

He is made with polymer clay and jump rings surround those crazy eyes.  I attempted to make a friend for Gollum, but he hasn't been to the oven yet. Click on the Hooters Button above to see more hooters!

Have I said how much I love challenges?  Well I do.
Happy Hooting!

October 25, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Entry Completed!

In celebration of Lori Anderson's new Bead Soup book, Kalmbach decided to throw  Bead Soup Party.  Bead shops from all over were asked to donate beads for jewelry designers interested in attending the Bead Soup Party.  Invitations were sent out and the challenge began!  Yeah!

I received bead soup from Safire Beads and Things, Madison, Ohio. This particular bead shop is about a 4 hour drive from my home in Kettering.  Carole Ohl, the owner of the best bead shop ever, STASH, not only sent out beads for party goers, but she also received bead soup from another shop in Ohio.  How cool is that?

Each party goer is supposed to make a necklace from their bead soups.  My bead soup was a mixture of Czech beads in deep reds, browns, golds and greens.  I started by washing the beads off, picking out the icky ingredients, and added ingredients from my own recipe.  I was going to do a bit of bead embroidery using the eagle moon pendant, but I just couldn't place it right, so I went with stringing.

Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do.

October 24, 2012

Art Bead Scene hosts a monthly challenge for jewelry artists.  This month's inspiration artwork is Revolving by Kirt Schwitters and completed in 1919.  It is an assemblage piece made with wood, metal, cord, cardboard, wool, wire, leather, and oil paints on canvas. As everyone knows, not all monitors see the same colors.  I see coppers, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and a smidge of white.  I can't say I like all assemblage art, but I really like Schwitters extreme multi-media work.

Starting the challenge:  First I took apart a belt from a junk jewelry box I purchased on Ebay.  Lots of vintage jewelry pieces and beads!  But I was mostly excited at finding the belt.  Below is a picture of all the wonderful components.

I chose the metal disks, and decided to make earrings.  I also used the Vintaj patinas for the first time.  I think I did alright.  I also used tiny lampwork beads by Carolyn Harmon, Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artist.  I have known Carolyn for a number of years and her work just keeps getting better and better.  The twisted jump rings are from Nototo Jewelry Supplies.

Finally, my own assemblage art earrings!

Have I said lately that I love challenges?  Well I do.

October 20, 2012


Jeannie of Jewelry by Jeannie posted a challenge for jewelry artists.  The challenge--receive one of Jeannie's jewelry designs (that she considers boring) and turn it into something amazing.  Easy?  Not.  Challenging?  Yes!  Here is the bracelet I received.
The first thing I noticed about the design is the clasp.  It is beautiful, but to large for something so light and airy as the 3mm rondelles and size 11 seed beads.  I thought about making one of Thea's famous jump ring bracelet or something using a lampwork bead from Beads By Lampwork, Ebay.  Humm, how did those light lime green rondelles get in there?  Well, the original bracelet could use some color for this makeover.  

Then, I had another idea:  Pearls!  Color:  Dark gray to match the clasp.

Right angle weave using the rondelles as the embellishment.  Well the purple rondelles didn't pop out enough against the dark gray pearls. 

So I switched to light gray pearls, right angle weave, using the size 11 seed beads as embellishment. I ended up using the leftover rondelles and those light neon green rondelles to make the jump ring bracelet too.  Results:  

But I really like this one best of all.....

My apologies for the long post, but this challenge was fun, and I might sign up for #5!  Now I am going to hop around the blogs of the other participants (listed below).  Thanks Jeannie for a wonderful challenge!

Miranda Ackerley http://mirandack.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

October 16, 2012

         These are the earrings from my swap partner Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs!

Participants were randomly assigned a swap partner and the challenge was to create one pair of mismatched art bead earrings for them.  Each earring must contain at least one art bead (If you need clarification on art beads, please visit Art Bead Scene).  Also stop by Art Jewelry Elements today to read Diana's article about mismatched earrings.  I believe that Diana will be hosting another challenge for the next Mismatched Monday.  Stay tuned!  Click on the title for the link to Surban Girl Studio.


List of all Participants!
Diana Ptaszynski  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com (Hostess!)
Charlene Jacka  http://clay-space.com/blog

About my earrings to Holly:

The lampwork beads were made by Terri McGill, Rabbit Hutch beads (Dayton Ohio).  The small porcelain charms were made by Pat Atonick, Heliotrope Studio and Beads (Dayton Ohio).  The findings mostly come from STASH, Kettering Ohio (the best bead shop ever!

October 15, 2012

Jasper's Gems: November Giveaway Challenge-Sign up Now!

Gail Accinelli
Kashmira Patel
Pine Ridge Treasures
Lori Schneider
Lady Grey
Robin Reed

Jasper's Gems: November Giveaway Challenge: Everyone loves a giveaway and challenges often stimulate creativity in directions we might not have considered going using components we ma...

Chinook Jewelry Blog: The Art Bead Love Tour Giveaway Time!!

For your chance at the Art Bead Love Tour Chain, click on the link below for details.

Chinook Jewelry Blog: The Art Bead Love Tour Giveaway Time!!:  So after ever so carefully going through the Art Bead Love chain (a gazillion times!), I've made my selections and additions and it's ready...

October 10, 2012

I love the sound of leaves blowing across the pavement.  I love watching the leaves fall one by one to the ground.  I also love the crunching sound of the leaves as I step on them during a walk around my backyard.  More leaves will fall this weekend as the trees are pelted by rain.  I also love the trees and vines once they are bare of leaves.  Just check out these pics of the knotted vines wrapped around our wrought iron fencing.

studio waterstone

Next time I will post pics using my wide angle macro lens!

October 6, 2012

Push the button, share the chaos, laugh out loud!

I was browsing through a few blogs this morning and stopped by the Art Bead Scene Blog, host of those wonderful monthly challenges, and this is what I read:
Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

This weeks winner is Renetha of Lamplight Crafts. 

 You have won a pair of recycled aluminum can earrings from Tari at Creative Impressions in Clay. Send Tari an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.


This week we visit the studio of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry.

Soooooo...get going.  Stop by ABS for inspiration, education, or leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from a jewelry or handmade bead artist!