Sunday, May 14, 2017

ABS Winnings from T-Beads

I got some Happy Mail this week.
My winnings from April's ABS Challenge.
 I was randomly selected and
 this is what Tammy sent.
 I really love lampwork beads and
 I so admire Tammy's talent!
Having taken a lampwork bead class I have an
appreciation for the skills it takes to make these 
beautiful little works of Art!

Thank You ABS
and A big Thank You to 
Tammy of T-beads 
for the generous gift!

Monday, April 24, 2017

ABS ~ April Challenge

Landscape with Peacocks
by Paul Gauguin 
Oil on canvas 1892
For mare details click here
This is what I created with ...
Golem Design Studio Beads,
Nunn design toggle, 
Multi color square lampwork bead,
Tibetan coin bead with coral and turquoise, 
Turquoise (dyed) Riverstone 6mm beads.

I pulled out the Coral, Yellow and Mossy green
 from the painting.
The beads dictated the additional Teal color.
I like the mix metal of the antique brass 
and the bright silver.

If it wasn't for this Challenge I may have
never thought to use the Tibetan beads 
with the Golem beads.
I will call this a Happy accident.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Hop ~ Hoarders Edition!


Welcome to Lori Anderson's
Bead Soup Blog party ~ Hoarders Edition.
My partner Carrie Stalcup sent me 
this lovely carved mermaid
 out of peach Aventurine.
She had been hoarding it for 15 years.
Wow!
Her true age is unknown.
I say, "Keep'em guessing."
Designing how I wanted to feature the focal 
was great fun.
In the end I went with a wire wrapped bail 
and carried 
the copper wire wrapping
 throughout the necklace.
Carrie also sent a lovely 
array of pearls to kept her company
on her journey to me.
Alas they parted and went their separate ways.  
But don't be sad, 
she made new friends with my
Czech glass beads, Greek copper patina 
beads and Greek fish hook link.
My peach jade beads seemed 
to play well with others and 
nicely complimented the focal.
As did the Amazonite beads
which reminded me of water.
I'm hoping her new friends make 
her happy.
Then this bracelet and earrings
 appeared with some of the pearls
Carrie sent.
Ocean Jasper, Czech Crystal,
silver plated findings.
Why not check out the other designers creations
Click HERE 
for the full list and links.

Thank You Carrie
for being a fantastic swap partner
and for all of the wonderful hoarded 
beads that you shared with me!

Thank You Lori for another amazing BSBH event!
And a Thank You
to your helpers,
Arlene Dean and Ann Sherwood!
You Did It!

One more piece got assembled today, March 21st.
Hand knotted with
Irish waxed linen thread.
White Shell items were also a gift from
 my Mom's friend in Florida, Kay.
Carrie, can  you see this as a fun 
Summer piece
with a classic white shirt or tank top?