Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fixed posting for comments

Hello friends!

It was brought to my attention that some of you weren't able to leave comments. I had to change my settings awhile back because I kept receiving posts from Asian Porn sites. WTF?! So now I have altered the settings so everyone should be able to post now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Much love,


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Party February 26th, 2011- Genea Beads and Mary Harding

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 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's what I made!

Hello friends!

Wow, can you believe the day is finally here? I can't! I mean it just seems like it's become a part of daily life. The sneak peeks of beads on our bead tables for bead table wednesday, the posts on facebook as we get our designs together. It's all so bittersweet. I think that is the thing I hate about finishing series like Dexter. You get so attached and then the event is finally there and it's over. Well not completely over, but you know what I mean....

My "Thank-You's"....

So first off I would like Lori Anderson for putting together such an incredible event. I appreciate all of your hard work, Lori. I can't imagine what an undertaking it is to even get the lists started and pairing up everyone along with the reminder e-mails and everything an event like this entails. Thank you so very much. It has been such an incredible experience!

Next I would like to thank my incredibly talented partner, Mary Harding. Mary, it has been such a pleasure working with you. You are so full of light and encouragement. Your art is full of the same radiant spirit. I was overwhelmed with joy from all of the astoundingly beautiful pieces of your artwork that you shared with me.

Your earthy style was the perfect balance to all of my color. Creating pieces to go with yours has challenged me and helped me grow artistically more than you could ever understand. Your pieces challenged me to work with enamels(which I got in my lampworking class from over a year and a half ago and didn't crack open until now.), silver leaf(which I used small amounts of), fuming(which I was totally disasterous at wasting 2 full sheets of silver leaf and then quickly putting it away), reduction frits(which I bought the very first few months of lampworking and just pulled them out 7 YEARS LATER to use for this project!), and breaking out all of the earthy color palette(which I really do love, but don't use as much as bright colors) and organic reactive glass.

You are truly amazing!  I am so glad to have met you and call you my friend, my creative kindred spirit, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To my fellow bloggers and artists, it has been such a pleasure meeting you all and having this experience together. I really have enjoyed everyone's sneak peeks. I will do my very best to get to everyone's blog in a timely fashion. I really can't wait to see what everyone made with their creations!

The Bead Soup...

Ok so just incase you missed the posts, here are the beads I sent to my partner, Mary Harding.

Here are the amazing beads she sent me :D

Ok so I will do my best to keep this part way less wordy since I know everyone has so many blogs to visit! First I will show you the inspirations and then each piece. This piece was the "easy" one that just jumped together the first day!
This first piece I called "Gypsy Forest". The colors and style of Mary's beads are so floral and earthy, and my elements of bells, and assembly made me think of gypsies. This was actually the second picture. If you notice the blue green bar was used in the photo. After creating the bracelet the first time with the art bar, I noticed that I still had Mary's gorgeous Raku floral pendant with NO bronzy colored beads or metal to use in the piece. Since she sent me two toggle bars I decided to use the blue green bar on this one and "save" the "art" metal stamped bar for one of my other designs!

 Here is the first bracelet picture with the "art" stamped bronze metal bar. I wanted to incorporate more color by the toggle so I snipped one of the rings from the chain portion of the blue green toggle to use in the design here. You can see if peeking from behind the "art" metal bar just under the brass bells.

 Now the next design was a little tricker. In the midst of dealing with my horrible widsom tooth pain. I popped my ibuprofen before bed so I could get some rest. I am convinced whatever was in the those things must have finally given me a second of relief and relaxation from the pain to let inspiration into my door of sleep. I SPRUNG out of bed and frantically began tearing through my bead boxes to put beads onto my table and quickly draw a sketch for the ideas I would make the next day. I did this 3 times. lol. Then I HAD to drift off to sleep.
I remembered I had this pendant from Tracee Dock, of The Classic Bead sitting happily in my printers tray on the wall and thought it would be just perfect to add to Mary's lovely yellow and gray round beads.

I decided that I would pull out my enamels and try to make some glass pieces to go with the pendant and yellow beads. As you can see the beads I made turned out, uh, well pretty fugly. Yikes! This was the FIRST time I had cracked out my enamels since my class with Andrea Guarino-Slemmons.

So, strangely enough just after this day of bead making I had yet, ANOTHER idea for those same gray and yellow beads!

I decided to start here with this piece of magazine and create a soldered charm. On top you can see a building style bead I tried to make while thinking of this picture and creating beads. It didn't turn out so hot, so I didn't use it, but thought it was cool for you to see the picture with the bead ;)
So off I went to create beads for my new idea. Some of which were these! While making a mandrel full of simple disc spacers I wondered what it would look like if I made a hollow connection inbetween them all! Pretty sweet eh? Nope, I didn't use these beads either, but wanted to get that idea out and explore it at a later time.
 Ah here we go. Maybe you remember this picture from my Bead Table Wednesday post? I cropped out the finished bracelet design you see above as not to spoil the surprise. I don't know how long I thought my wrist was, but as you will notice I didn't fit all of the beads on my bead mat into the finished bracelet.
 WOO HOO! Is this AWESOME, or what?! OMG, it was SO much fun to create this bracelet. I used the soldered charm and Mary's beads as the inspiration to create the shapes and colors in this piece. Here you can see the gray enamels I used on the headpin and triangle bead. I even used some cool streaky cray for the textured disc wheels. I love all of the geometric shapes in this bracelet. I call this one "City of Industry".
 Here is the back side. The bracelet is reversible, oh and it makes some sweet tinkles with the bells :D Ah I just love how the shapes, colors and components flow so well in this piece!

And now for the FINAL piece. This piece is my absolute FAVORITE of them all! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of the pieces I made, but this last one... WOW.

 Remember this one from Bead Table Wednesday? See the bronze "art" bar. Yep, I just HAD to use it in this piece. BUT, you know you can't really do anything with HALF of a toggle right? >:D
 Ok so you know asymmetrical designs can be tricky. So if you notice the design is different here than in the final piece. Notice the other bracelets hanging out above my bead mat. I liked keeping my accomplishments there as I created my final piece.
Ok maybe that goes over here, wait, no... over there? Hmm....

 So that other part of the toggle bar, right? Yeah, baby! I sure did make a pretty glass piece for that pretty stamped bar! :D
 Oooo and check out those shimmery weeny weeny hollow beads, and disc beads with bronzy frit!
 See how nicely that bar and toggle go together? Look how pretty they look with the pendant!!
 I just HAD to tie in the special "art" stamped copper bead caps on my very FAVORITE hollow out of the bunch. This one is so silvery and mirroresk. I thought it deserved it's own little accentuating caps :D
Here she is in ALL her glory! May I present "Gold Dust". WOW. I mean, WOW, isn't she BEAUTIFUL?! I got done with this piece and I couldn't believe I had actually made it. I jumped up and put on a brown tank top and admired it on my neck in the closet full length mirror. It's so earthy and so shimmery. Just incredible. Lots of visual appeal, texture, dangles, and CAN YOU BELIEVE THE MATCH? I mean our beads were like they were created from the same master but from different sets of hands. They are just harmonious together.

Thank you for joining me on my creative process and jewelry creations! Now why don't you see what all of the other amazing artists in our group created!  Here is the list....

 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

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
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 (YOU ARE HERE)
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!