Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bead Table Saturday

Yes, I know it's supposed to be Bead Table Wednesday....but I was at my REAL worktable on here's a few quick pics of what I'm working on right now, as it's snowing outside (again) and I have absolutely NO inclination to go out...and I'm trying to save money for that upcoming $3000 dental bill anyway:

Those little orange stars are about 1/2" wide; the jump ring beside them is a 6mm if that gives you any indication. 
This is blurry but shows a bit more of the star detail:

These are the first of many, for a beading contest running currently in Beadwork Magazine . It is their 15th anniversary; they will be running beaded bead patterns in all issues in 2012 and then you create a piece with each of the five different beads, to be judged. 
Right up my alley I thought!
So far, I have one completed bead from the Feb/Mar first issue, and the above is the second one I'm working on. 
Having fun!! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Bead Soup has arrived!

Woo-hoo! I received my Bead Soup from Marie last night! Today was not a particularly good day to photograph, being dull and gray..but I wanted to get these gems up online, so it is what it is. :-)

I LOVE her ephemera pieces!...and I hit the motherlode with her package to me....

AND she sent a batch of other wonderful goodies as well! All arranged in their bags as little suggested "kits". 

As my heritage is French, those Eiffel Tower pieces are particularly speaking to me...and the dragonfly one (I love dragonflies) and.....the bird....

And I have lots of incipient ideas about how to add some seed beading to it all.....

See you all on March 3rd for the reveal if not before! 

Thanks so much Marie!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bead Soup is on its way in a few minutes...

I'm just about to run my bead soup off to the post office for the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Here it is....

(except it's Picnik'd just a bit :-) )

Here it is really: its coats and scarves. :-)

Hope my most excellent partner, Marie-Noel has fun with it! I can't wait to see....

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Eeeeeee!!! I'm in!

I'm sure it's because of all your crossed appendages, as I NEVER win at lotteries! Thank you, thank you, thank you....I'm really excited about this opportunity.

Here is my partner Marie-Noel's beautiful blog ; how funny that she lives in Calgary! Lori Anderson couldn't possibly have known....but I lived in Calgary for more than 35 years, until 2004 when I was transferred here to Ontario by my company at the time. Some of my family still lives there.

I am drooling over her gorgeous pieces of jewelry and handmade focals...and hoping to be able to send her some things she will enjoy using! Our styles are completely different~so this should be a good exercise for both of us.

The Soup is on!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New bracelet!

Now I feel as though I've started the New Year right...doing something I love to do! This is Silverlace...silver plated delicas, swarovski Tanzanite crystals in the edging, and a Swarovski button closure.

As always, a benefit for the National Inclusion Project . This one is $40 if someone is interested prior to the next benefit Gala.

And....a productive day today!

This is Tiny Baubles....chunky silverplated chain, beaded beads created from seed beads, fire polish and swarovski crystal. Very adaptable because of the front slide closure. 


Closeup of closure:


Monday, January 9, 2012

Cross your fingers for me!

After enjoying Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party for several iterations, I've decided to try and join the party this time. This spring, it is decided by lottery, after having over 500 "players" last go-round!
If you know me, you know my "luck" (or not!!) with I'll need all the crossed fingers I can get!

I will know if my application was successful Jan 15th-ish.

In the meantime, I watch Celebrity Apprentice reruns and advertising, and wish my life away...and work on these!'d think I have a color theme happening here or something!!