September 11, 2017

30 PAINTINGS in 30 DAYS...Day 11


Leslie Saeta Challenge

I have always wanted one of those black and white photos with one or two items highlighted with color.  I took the original picture a few years ago of the bush in our backyard.

Photo Printed on Watercolor Paper and painted with watercolors.

September 9, 2017

30 PAINTINGS in 30 DAYS...Day 9

One of my favorite places to shop is Gudrun.  The founder of the company, Gudrun Sjoden, is also a watercolor artist.  Her passion for textiles and handicrafts is how she shares her art with the world.  So this simple watercolor tulip painting is done in the spirit of Gudrun.

Want to know what other artists are painting?  Follow the link:  30 in 30

September 8, 2017

30 PAINTINGS in 30 DAYS...All Caught Up Now

I signed up for Leslie Saeta's challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days!  After my son's lengthy hospital stay and recovery, I finally have some time to try this out.  I really need to get back in touch with my creative side.  As I started late, here are the first 8 days of paintings.  Some were acrylic on canvas and the rest are acrylic on paper or watercolor.  I really must place this disclaimer:  I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST!  I love color in all types of art.  I don't know if the bottom 2 count as painting, but they were fun.

acrylic on paper
acrylic on paper

acrylic on paper
acrylic on paper

acrylic on paper
acrylic on canvas

Coloring sheet printed on
watercolor paper. Watercolor

Coloring sheet printed
on watercolor paper. Watercolor

April 12, 2017

Bead Peeps Reveal: Better Late Than Not at All!

I have been so busy these last few months.  Mom has recovered from her surgery.  My 2 oldest sons are now job searching, after gaining their welder certifications!  Plumbers made repairs to one of our bathroom showers.  Sinus infection got me down, and the weather is just as unpredictable as events in my life. But I did find some time to finish working with my bead soup from Katy Heider.  I wanted to make a cuff, but it soon turned into a pendant.  I used the little discs for a pair of earrings.  Pics are below.

Thank you Linda for putting the Swap & Hop together.  Don't forget to see what the other beaders created with their soups.  Links below.

Linda Anderson - Hostess - 
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla           
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips  
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc     
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos   
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price     
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

March 25, 2017

BSBP Bead Hoarders Edition Blog & Pinterest Hop

Between my mother's surgery and recovery, the shower valve's constant drip, keeping my A1C levels down, and taking classes in creating with precious metal clay, I am well and truly stressed out. However, I did manage to at least finish the pendant, even though I will probably redo it sometime in the future. The bead(s) my partner Shai sent are unique and in some of my favorite color to work with--copper with bronze tones. You can tell the piece was rushed a bit.  I plan to make a Kumihimo rope to finish the design.

I also quickly made a pair of earrings from the ceramic beads.

Thank you Lori for hosting the BSBP again!  The link to list of participants is below.

March 14, 2017

2017 Bead Peeps Swap n' Hop: Getting Started!

My partner this year is Katy Heider author of 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.

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