Saturday, February 26, 2011

Silly Saturday and Sensational Links

A Bead A Day
Expressing her love for daisies, Lisa uses scrapbooking embellishments to make a quick and cheerful bracelet! Jewelry Making
Winter white can mean bitter cold or a beautiful double strand pearl and matte glass bracelet.

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene gets your creative juices flowing with a treasury inspired by the monthly challenge painting.

Beading Arts
Cyndi is wrapping up a month-long emphasis on education for jewelry and bead artists.

Beading & Books
Do you use buttons in your jewelry? Michelle is hosting a Button Swap. Sign up to get a partner, trade buttons, and create something!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Do you use any sewing techniques in your jewelry? Come see what Cindy's sewn up!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
A fun find at an antique store uncovers new inspiration with some women's medicinal history and a crazy folk song

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
After a very busy couple of weeks, Lorelei finally has time to share some pictures from a recent trip to Spain!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Come and see what the amazing Kim Miles has been up to as Winter turns to Spring--You will love it!

The Bead Dreamer
Inspired by the poet Rumi and a gorgeous pendant from Green Girl Studios, Charlene creates a necklace using beads, fiber, a button - and of course - the pendant.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Want to win some FREE ImpressArt metal stamps from PJ Tool & Supply? Andrew hosts another Thursday Giveaway with a prize valued over $70!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

"What Matters Most"

This is on my bead table but I had to take it to window to get a good picture of it. Hope you're enjoying what's on your bead table today!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Tangle: Wire Technique

G'morning, Readers!  This week's Tuesday Tangle finds me working on basic wire weaving technique. If you're not already an accomplished wire weaver and want to join me, click on over to "Basic Weaving Techniques" on and don't forget to download "Basic Weaving Techniques 2, Adding New Wire" The tutorials are by Donna Spadafore of Gailavera Jewelry. 

Photo Courtesy of Gailavera on

Get out your practice wire and share with me what you're working on in wire this week!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Whirlwind and Seed Beads

I'm catching up this week after last week's whirlwind when I wasn't able to get to the computer once. So not much time to post but before I get back to the studio, I wanted to mention that I received some lovely seed beads from Auntie's Beads.  Look to see them in a jewelry piece in the coming week.

Miyuki Dark Bronze Matte Size 8

What are you up to this week? Catch up? 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Love to Lisalu Jewels, LMAJ and Links!

I've been weighed under with illness and work this past week, Dear Readers. I've been catching up with my to do list and reading some of my favorite blogs. I clicked over to LMAJ late Saturday to check out their designer of the week and this is what I was greeted with....

Photo Courtesy of Love My Art Jewelry Blog


that's my Heart Mandala featured in a gorgeous submission by Lisa Godfrey of Lisalu Jewels and Bead Happy Blog. I'm so happy to see my work in such a lovely piece of jewelry! I've been smiling ever since.

So, it's with a big smile that I give you the Bead Bloggers links for the week!  Enjoy!

A Bead A Day
A 1 minute jewelry project? Lisa shares a swarovski component that can be used to make a SPARKLY ring! Jewelry Making
For gemstone fanatics, earrings are the perfect way to enjoy fast projects that include all their favorite stones.

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene loves a wall of beads. Stop by and see if you don't love it too!

Beading Arts
Have you heard of a hair fascinator? Come see what Cyndi put together with a handful of Swarovski crystals and a length of thin gauge wire!

Beading & Books
Michelle shares a behind-the-scenes look at her work doing technical edits on a jewelry magazine.

Carmi's Art/Life World
A new bronze pendant from inspired this new necklace from Carmi.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy shares her "DO" for the week. Come take a look!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie explores the old craft of paper quilling in an experiment combining the technique with resin for jewelry

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews a comforting and beautiful book for beaders which she herself has often turned to as a "bridge over troubled waters": Beading for the Soul, by Deborah Cannarella

The Bead Dreamer
Book Review: Steel Wire Jewelry. Love alternative materials and modern, whimsical jewelry design? This book is a must have. Project one is an earring wardrobe! Read the review in full.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew gets in touch with his inner "Calder" and hammers some wire with Kate McKinnon and Dustin Wedekind.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Funny Friday and Fabulous Links

Funny Pictures - Patty-Cake Cats With Lasers Gifs
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

funny pictures - Hmm...maybe I should've knit one instead of purled two.
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

A Bead A Day
Lisa shares a great new beading resource that has just hit the shelves!! It's Tammy Powley's new book, "The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making"! Jewelry Making
Tammy has a new book review out, this one for a book on making ceramic jewelry.

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene unveils the February monthly challenge.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has written the promised tutorial on making beaded buttons with watch!

Beading & Books
Michelle shares the bracelet she made for 7000 Bracelets for Hope. There's still time to make and donate a denim blue bracelet for this great cause.

Carmi's Art/Life World
This week Carmi has a hand felted heart brooch to celebrate Canadian Valentines!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Finding the perfect findings can be difficult. Here are some suggestions.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie uses metallic resin clay to solve a design problem of altering antique buttons to make them into charms and links.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean got some super wonderful beads from Amy Freeland , her Bead Blog Soup Party partner, and shares some photos of them and some thoughts with her readers here!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Bead Soup starts to simmer in Charlene's studio

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Tuesday Tangle: Digital Art Project

In last week's Tangle I shared my "DO" for the week. I was working on learning a new skill - creating digital art using the book Digital Expressions.

The book uses Photoshop Elements but will work if you have Photoshop (which is what I have). The concepts are the same but the menus are different in many places, so it takes some searching to figure out exactly which command will fit for the desired effect.

I worked through the first three projects in the book. Below is the third project called "Designing with Type." I can create a unique banner using the techniques for this project.

I took two images and overlayed them. I picked two that were on my computer. I wanted to have two very different images so I chose the flowers and a fuzzy image of myself.

I've had a phrase in my head that I've been working on incorporating into jewelry, "what matters most." I typed it out in different fonts and placed it willy nilly across the image.  I added a few more effects and this is what I got:

Next up will be bead images for a new banner and custom shipping/wrapping materials.

What did you "DO"  this week?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Monday Coffee Talk: What's going on with the beadmaking....

Good morning, Readers! Let's have a cup of coffee this morning and have a catch up session, shall we? I'll let you know what's going on here and then let me know what you're up to in the comments. How is everything going in your studios? What's new in your life? Here's what's going on in my part of the world...

As it does every year in January since I've been working as a freelance sign language interpreter, a ton of interpreting work has come my way. Since summers are lean in the interpreting department, I know to take as much work as I can to save for the summer. So I have less time in the studio making and even less time to spend on the computer telling you about it.

One of the things add insult to injury are the migraines I suffer from. After trying several different kinds of medicine, they started to come more frequently.

Not good.

The doctor suspected an inflamed neural nerve and a spinal misalignment was causing the problem. After visiting a chiropractor, a massage therapist and finally being convinced to have the neck injection, I'm happy to report I'm feeling 100% better than before!


I honestly didn't believe I could feel this good. So although I'm not able to get to the computer to share with you as often, I'm re-energized and I'm able to work in the studio after I come home from a full day of interpreting.

I've learned an important lesson. You really do have to take care of yourself. If you don't, you'll run yourself into the ground and not be able to pursue those things you love. 

Are you taking care of yourself?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Weekly Roundup of Bead and Jewelry Links

A Bead A Day
Are you wishing for spring sunshine and bright new flowers? Lisa found some swarovski crystals to help her dream in sparkle-vision! Jewelry Making
Break the ice and get a warm welcome at the Jewelry Making Forum.

Art Bead Scene
Going to the bead shows in Tucson this year? Here are a few tips for you take along.

Beading Arts
The Bead Journal Project is starting up again for its fourth year! Check out what Cyndi has decided to make each month...

Beading & Books
Michelle shares some color ideas for Valentine's Day jewelry and a link to the "Bead My Valentine" contest at Happy Mango Beads.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmis shows off some button jewelery necklaces from CHA!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
The Wednesday Wire becomes the Tuesday Tangle. Cindy shows off some funky retro wire earrings.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie experiments with enamel spray paint on filigree to create some great colorful components

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
A recent bead shopping trip to NYC leaves lorelei Tired but Inspired!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
jean reposts a review of a book she finds exceptional--all about Art Nouveau!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Inspired by winter’s frosty tones, Charlene selects beads in a chilly color palette.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Tuesday Tangle...Keeping myself on track

Remember my word for the year is, "do" which lends itself to showing what I've made during the past week but this week, what I've done is less concrete.

I'm reading a book.

Digital Expressions by Susan Tuttle. I need a new banner, I need a new look on my website and in my business cards. So, I've turned to this book to help me out. Working 40-50 hours a week doesn't leave me much time to get to the computer to work on new skills, but I'm taking it one step at a time.

Cliche I know but sometimes a cliche works.

When all I want to do starts to overwhelm me and I start to wander off to window shop on the web, I  repeat my simple objective....


Right after I think or say do, I follow it up with don't look, don't think, do.




It's keeping me on track.

Are you doing? What's keeping you on track?