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It’s coming! Bead Soup 2014

Mine will be up by morning…check back to see what I made with the great soup I got from my partner Barb Solem.

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Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop Reveal

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwest. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the Halloween,  All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. That’s the basics.

Sugar Skulls and marigolds are central to the theme and along with painted faces and decorations, those elements make their way into jewelry. It’s time to reveal what we made for the Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry blog hop! sponsored by Suburban Girl Studio.

I’ve got cuffs! Lots of etched cuffs with sugar skulls, marigolds and bright colors.

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All of the above were etched and colored by me. Colors are from Color Me This metal patinas.

In addition to the etched versions, I have some amazing glass sugar skulls from Torch by Night Lampwork. One is ring size and the other is cuff size. Both are on interchangeable Sirius System findings from McDuck Creations.

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I hope you’ll visit all the blogs in this hop! Lots of creative minds have come together. You can find them here:

Diana Ptaszynski  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com

Staci Smith  http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/

Kathleen Breeding  http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

Sue Kennedy  http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Dianne Miller  http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

Lisa Liddy  http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Linda Landig  http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com

Laura Medeiros  http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone  http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Lynn Jobber  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk

Michelle McCarthy  http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Karen Totten  http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.com

Jayne Capps  https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor  http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Joan Miller  http://metalmudandsand.blogspot.com/

Melissa Meman  http://melissameman.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger  http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Kari Asbury  http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Inge von Roos  http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com

Stephanie LaRosa  http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com

Lola Surwillo  http://www.beadlolabead.com

Jennifer Cameron  http://glassaddictions.com/blog

Diane Hawkey  http://dianehawkey.blogspot.com

Kristi Harrison  http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com

Nicole Valentine Rimmer  http://www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Tanya Goodwin  http://www.Pixiloo.blogspot.com

Shai Williams  http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Sandra McGriff  http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling  http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Marie Covert  http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com

Lisa Stukel  http://www.carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com

Laurie Vyselaar  http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com

Sherri Stokey  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com

Pam Traub  http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com

Lori Dorrington  http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com

Kristen Stevens  http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Eleanor Burian-Mohr  http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com

Sally Russick  http://thestudiosublime.com

Dawn M. Gallop  http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com

Christine Damm   http://storiestheytell.blogspot.com


7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal is Here!

It’s finally here! Seems like the time flew by but I managed to get both my creation and my post done while it was still daylight! Here’s a refresher of what my partner, Mallory Hoffman, sent me:

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I thought her Bacon and Egg beads were so cute that I kept the theme going. I used mixed metals: brass wire, copper and brass jump rings, brass chain and lots of dangles. I’ve been making Cork Pendant necklaces for a few months and kept looking for a cork that had a chicken or something “fowl” on it. I ended up finding this one from Rex Goliath Pinot Noir that says “Free Range” on it… a stretch perhaps, but it works for me. BS1 Here’s the close-up shot of my pendant with Mallory’s focals, a cute, tiny crocheted chicken, and various other brass and copper dangles and baubles. I made some of Mallory’s other glass beads into “egg” dangles, too. BS2 Here’s the full shot showing the silk ribbon for the necklace hanging off the toggle that Mallory sent me. I like using toggles this way in front and it makes the pendant detachable, too.

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I hope you’ll check out Mallory’s blog, “For the Love of Beads,” to see what she made with the beads I sent her. And then settle in to check out a couple hundred other participants! You can find the links here at Lori Anderson’s blog. And there will be two more BSBP reveals coming in the next few weeks!

PS. The cute crocheted chicken is by Cori Ruszkowski…check out her work here.


Winner, Winner!!!!

Thanks to all who stopped by to comment on my blog and to shop in my store during the Artisan Whimsey sale! It was a busy week with lots of great sales going on. Stop by the Artisan Whimsey site and look around, too. Lots of great information there.

I’m happy to announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Carolyn Collins of Sparkling Waters Studios. Congratulations! Have fun shopping! I’ll be in touch with details.

AND I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to find out that my Bead Soup Blog Party entry for Kalmbach Jewelry Books was chosen as a winner among the office staff! I’ll be receiving a copy of the new Crystal Jewelry Inspiration book in January.

The necklace is on its way to my mother’s for her 81st birthday (along with some matching earrings). She’s been my biggest supporter and fan of my jewelry efforts for years and years. I know she’ll be pleased to know that others loved it too.

Happy Holidays!

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Reveal Time: Mismatched Earring Swap

I met Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio) online and then at BeadFest in Philadelphia this summer. She’s fun, talented, creative, fun, crazy, but did I mention she’s a lot of fun? She hosted a mismatched earring swap among a couple dozen other creative souls and I thought I’d play, too.

The premise was to create a pair of unmatched earrings, that coordinated, but weren’t your typical matching set. Easy, right? Not so much…Fun challenge though and I hope to do it again both in my own designs and it another challenge.

I was paired with Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Design and she sent me some great earrings! Colorful and textural, and mismatched! You can see what I sent Kari at her blog, but here’s a photo of the earrings I received.

The hoop-style earrings are wrapped with FiberWire from Nellie Thomas of SpinCulture and YarnSweetYarn and carried in Karen Totten’s Etsy store. the cool green and teal coordinates great with these delicate ceramic beads from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth in a soft purple and deep blue. The colors pick up the tones in the fibers so nicely! The “mismatch” comes with the colors and I love how they coordinate. I’ll be wearing these a lot! Copper wire and chain ties the free-spirited look together.

Thanks, Kari! And thanks, Diana, for letting me play along!

Now take a stroll through the other participants blogs and see what kind of creativity everyone came up with:


In the Pink…

Remember in the last post I mentioned special interest groups and what a large part they play in an online world these days? Well, today’s post is about another one of those groups and the person behind it. A group of us have been planning this “blog-out” for months, and who knew a group of chatty women could keep a secret when they are in and out of pages and groups and walls with the special person, day in and day out!

“In the Pink…” is a reference to one of my favorite people in this world: Lori Anderson of Lori Anderson Designs and the dynamo behind the Bead Soup Blog Party™ (and the soon-to-be-released book based on that HUGE online blog party.) Lori added pink streaks to her hair as a nod to her creative side and it suits her to a “T”. Check the bottom of the page for a photo of my homage to her fabulous pink hair!


This photo was taken in June at Bead & Button…Lori’s hair is longer now, and the pink is such a whimsical touch. I smile whenever I see it!

Let me back up….I have “known” Lori for years–online. I can’t even tell you when we “met”, but we’ve emailed and chatted online for years about making jewelry, books, our kids, and the ups and downs in our lives at different times. We had never actually laid eyes on each other til June in Milwaukee. I knew Lori was going to stop by my booth and yet when she did, it was still such a shock! We both squealed like 10-year-old girls who had stumbled on Justin Bieber concert tickets! I know we hugged and we might have done the jumping up and down thing, too. And then we crossed paths again in Philadelphia at BeadFest and I got to meet Zach, her son. I am as in awe of Lori, the mother, as I am of Lori, the writer and entrepreneur. Though our “real life” time adds up to a few hours, our time as friends adds up to so much more. I consider Lori one of my dearest friends.

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She gets more done than any 3 people I know! Lori is a talented jewelry designer whose work has been published in many magazines over the years. That’s an area that she encouraged me to pursue, as well, and I’m grateful for the nudge.

While I am always making deals with myself to blog more often, Lori is a wizard at it! She is generous with her ideas and suggestions. She coaches people and has written an ebook with blogging prompts to help those of us who struggle with that, and she practices what she preaches: blogging daily and more. Always looking for ways to encourage others to their own success.

That’s the premise behind this big blog party around “bead soup”, started by Lori  a few years ago. We just finished the 6th version of it with 400 participants over 3 different weekends. And because all of those participants (and more) from previous blog hops wanted ongoing connections after the  hop ended, Lori started a Facebook group called Bead Soup Cafe. There are now over 1100 of us (growing each day) who stop in (on Facebook) to hang out, share tips, promote our wares, exchange chitchat, ask questions, find great deals, and bridge the fact that most of us are miles and miles and even oceans away from each other. It’s the online equivalent of the kaffeklatch that my mother and her friends had…groups of friends getting together to share their days. It’s a far larger undertaking than I can imagine, and that’s where this blog hop to Lori comes in….a chance to thank her for all she does and for the great place she’s put together.

Thank you, Lori, for pinking up my life!

For more information on the Bead Soup Blog Party book and it’s concept, check out this link where you’ll meet Lori, too! (Check out the hair!)

And here’s my take on pink hair:

 

To read other stories from others participating in this hop, take a look at these blogs:

Gail Vanderster-Zwang http://angelmoose.blogspot.com

Lea Avroch http://lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com

Leslie Wayment  http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog

Kelley Katherine Hagerty-Fogle  http://www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com

Sheila Davis http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com

Amanda Effron http://craft-o-licious.blogspot.com

‎Solange Collin  http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten   http://www.vanbeads.blogspot.com

Isolina Perez  http://IsolinaPerez.blogspot.com

Toltec Jewels www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Sherri Stokey  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com

Mary Howell Govaars  http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com

Bee Kuhlman http://mixedmayhemstudios.blogspot.com

Lynnea Perry Bennett   http://designsbylynnea.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache  http://www.allprettythings.ca

Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com

Kimberly Flood  http://www.goddessesandbeads.blogspot.com

Courtney White Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com

Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com

Marianne Baxter  http://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Mária Horváth   http://horimarikabeads.blogspot.hu

Andrea Beth Trank www.heavenlanecreations.com

Heidi Mansfield Kingman  http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com

Emoke Schmidt  http://emoke1.blogspot.com

Sandra MrtzDiaz www.petaloazuljewelry.blogspot.com

Lupe Meter  http://gesmpccorner.blogspot.com

Tanya Boden http://fusionmusebangkok.blogspot.com

Ambra Chicandfrog http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com

Kumi Fisher http://maliekaidesigns.blogspot.com

Sandra Young  http://blog.gypsyroadbeads.ca

Sandi Marinaro Volpe  http://www.sandivolpe.com

Gretchen Nation  http://www.artfoodlodging.blogspot.com

Mimi Gardner  http://www.othercuriosities.blogspot.com

Marian Hertzog http://mhertzog-msplace.blogspot.com

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com

Terry Matuszyk   http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com

Audrey Belangér  http://esperianterra.blogspot.com

Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Shelley Graham Turner http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com

Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

 


Belonging is Good…

It’s a big Internet out there!

Lots to see and find and sometimes you get lost in it! Getting around these days for me means finding like-minded people, as well as those who challenge your creativity, and encourage your dreams.

I belong to several special interest groups on Facebook  and a couple of bead/jewelry forums and they each provide value, friendship and camaraderie, and links to some really good stuff!

One of them is Creative Bead Chat which has over 1000 members; all either jewelry designers, bead makers, component creators or just lovers of pretty accessories. All skill levels and experience make up the group and it’s a good way to learn about techniques, styles, colors, and new products. One of the fun things for me is when I can meet some of the members of my online groups in real life. That happened at Bead & Button in June and again at BeadFest in August.

Groups like CBC have people managing things behind the scenes and out front. Keeping the chaos in check, so to speak. At CBC that group includes these ladies. I met Marla James of Marla’s Mud and Melinda Orr (founder of CBC) of Melinda Orr Designs at bead shows. Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio and I sat at the same dinner one night and completely missed meeting each other…a fact we laughed about after the fact. Rounding out the admins are Keirsten Giles of Lune Designs and Marla Gibson of Spice Box Designs.

Keep up the good work, ladies! I’m off to ship some orders!