Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party

Tracy's Bell's beautiful offering! Yea for me!!

Welcome to Lori Anderson's  3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party you ask?
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
A focal
A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
Some coordinating spacers or beads
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.


Here is my creation using this wonderful set of goodies from my Bead Soup Partner Tracy Bell!
Using a mixture of Tracy's generous lampwork and copper findings contribution, my little raku treasures, silk sari ribbon from LaShell of Designtalentedone.etsy.com, brass key and findings  this creation found it's way into existence:)  Tracy's beautiful copper clasp works wonderfully as a front closure for this statement necklace.
 
I have titled it "The Garden of Eden"...the Heavens are represented by Tracy's focal lampwork bead, also featured is one of my raku keyholes symbolizing  the Tree of Knowledge.  There is an antique brass key to unlock the secrets of the Tree of Knowledge. My raku serpant  overlooks the garden that is represented with a raku acorn and cap, Tracy's lampwork spirals  used as florals, and brass beetles and a raku rabbit charm round out the garden theme. The delicious sapphire silk sari ribbon pulls it all together:)



Thanks Lori for a great adventure...and a stretching of my creative wings:)


  Come see what the rest of the group has made!Enjoy your blog hopping!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things


2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 


3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 


4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio


5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations


6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things


8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe


9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto


10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio


11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas


12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts


13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place


14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings


15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita


16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 


17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found


18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs


19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs


20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats


21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs


22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 


23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu


24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads


25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air


26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio


27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 


28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter


29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts


30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul


31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium


32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus


33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble


34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design


35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle


36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs


37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works


38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights


39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire


40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio


41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's


42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions


43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 


44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations


45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 


46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  


47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations


48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady


49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux


50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks


52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles


53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde


54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog


55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning


56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings


57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 


58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem


59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa


60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do


61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 


62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon


63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs


64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals


65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats


66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.


67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash


68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique


69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver


70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit


71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey


72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas


73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix


74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems



76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 


77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 


78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  


79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 


80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook


81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy


82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria


83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods


84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs


85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries


86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka


87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae


88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy


89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations


90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss


91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 


92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 


93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 


94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  


95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 


96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box


97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 


98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue


99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads




101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio


102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 


103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios


104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore


105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations


106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky


107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric


108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs


109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading


110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman


111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 


112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 


113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs


114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me


115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf


116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer


117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 


118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 


119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 


120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 


121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 


122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  


123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 


124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 


125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 


126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 


127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 


128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 


129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry


130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 


131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny


132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore


133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog


134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder


135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs


136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  


137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art


138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.


139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter


140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy


141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse


142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings


143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts


144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense


145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique


146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 


147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 


148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  


149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 


150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions


151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T


152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals


153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 


154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs


155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta


156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef


157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye


158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 


159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 


160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory


161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst


162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed


163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu


164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 


165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra


166. Anna Motz, Stunning


167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings


168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads


169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings


170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope


171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones


172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 


173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 


174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  



176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog


177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio


178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're


179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux


180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me


181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art


182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog


183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 


184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink


185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 


186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer


187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 


188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 


189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.


191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry


192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle


193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini


194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse


195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between


196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets


197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts


198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs


199. Karen Williams, Baublicious


200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend


201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell


202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts


203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs


204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads


205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique


206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry


207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads


208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love


209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry


210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread






The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.               Don't miss it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's the Year of the Rabbit You Know! And So Does SimpleeYou...


Fereshteh from SimpleeYou at Etsy  has done some amazing things using my little raku rabbits.



Fereshteh  says of her wonderful creations...."Norouz (Norooz) means new day, as the Iranians call it, is a Persian New year to celebrate spring Equinox. It is kinda similar to Easter, full with colored eggs but instead of bunnies, goldfish is the favorite pet for Persians! But I do prefer bunnies, no hard feeling Goldfish:)
My new designs are reflecting my nostalgic moments and memories of Norouz back home. I called the Bunny Series "Ban Ban" after my little sis who owned a little bunny pet for a while but asked me to take after the bunny when he peed all over her room:)This one is called BanBani (The mighty majestic BanBan) because it is made of the larger bunny cab:)

BanBans are my favorite rabbits. Thanks to the wonderful artist "Wondrousstrange" who crafted these beautiful Raku Rabbit cabochons with the most beautiful colors (http://www.etsy.com/shop/wondrousstrange?ref=pr_shop_more), I was able to create two of my favorite organic statement copper neck pieces!

BanBani is made out of a thick copper circle that I hammered and domed. I used patina to give it a black color and then adorned it with the this beautiful raku bunny cab. I sanded and polished the copper disk to bring out the copper color and only left the black patina around the bunny. The cab is securely welded to the copper disk and the black patina is sealed so it will not fade. The chain is made of three lovely genuine copper ball beads, and copper chain. These new pieces are organic, original and unique. You will get a lot of compliments on these hopping bunnies!

You will find my signature on little copper hand on the chain as a cute touch (as my husband calls it!) from a beginner artist."
Click on the title above to go to SimpleeYou to see the complete collection of lovelies!

From MiddleEarths Jewels: My Twilight Blue


 Maryanne has created....A medley of blues.. a jumbled array of ribbon  and rags with chains and vintage beads of all sorts and species. Hand patina-ed, handpainted..hand distressed in a attempt to obtain the peaceful 'twilight' tone and dusky textures of  the painting.
 
She created the main stage with a beautiful melancholy blue raku cross focal pendant ( by me)
Lush midnight blue and faded grey velvet , dusty blue green vintage calico print fabric and sun-faded lavender silk rag strips make up the ribbons..  inspired by the little girl's dresses.  
 
Click on title above to go to Maryanne's' amazing Etsy shop.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OWOH Winners

Drum Roll Please...

     First name drawn... Diane of MyArt Journal wins my little raku heart  pendant.
    Second name drawn...Maggi of Just Add Glitter and Stir wins my "Mystic Dreams" black and white photo.
     Third name drawn..... Lori of Ashlyn Design wins my"Art Washes the Soul" Art Trading Card.

Congratulations to all of you ...and I think everyone who participated in this event comes out a winner! So many kindred spirits and food for our muses. Thanks so much to Lisa ..A Whimsical Bohemian...for sponsoring this event!!