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, 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 (, 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!!