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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CC7A Hop ~ May

The second monthly gathering of the CC7A ~ Therese sent this photo for the month of May.









And this is what I made with it ~ another month of full on Color!









I Bead EMBROIDERED with a lot of help from Cynthia!!!
This piece will be doing double duty and will be in mine and Therese's A Time To Stitch 7 Hop as well.  Because I am getting as much mileage as I can out of ANY DARN THING  I embroider.
The chain is oranges, green, blue, blue and gold.
The glass cab is compliments of Cynthia.  I am really happy with how this little beauty came out.  I see the benefits of knowing how to embroider but it is not something I love.  But I really needed to do it for Therese's month :-)










Please go visit the other Creative Continuum Participants :









Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Piece of Pensacola





This shell came back from Pensacola with a friend of mine.  It has been on the bead table for a couple years now.  I always knew I wanted to string it.  And after years of fondling.....voila!

















The chain is made of pearls, peanut beads and charlottes ~ all woven together in a zigzag stitch.  The peanut beads give the chain a real nice dimension.  There will be many more peanut zigzags in my future!















It looks like a big waffle cone...




...from the backside too!








Friday, May 8, 2015

WTFriday?!?



It has been a looooooong time since a WTFriday?!?  post.  Way back near the beginning of this venture, I would post them when I wasn't completely confident that something should stay whole or go to the chop.  You know...those pieces that came out just like you imagined only a little underwhelming when all was said and done.  Lately, I have a stronger reaction to Keep or Chop.  But today, I need a little input as to which way it should go.

Here's it is :





Cynthia gifted me the snap and leather clasp.  She got it from Melinda Orr.  After using it, I will certainly be buying my own from Melinda.  These are beautifully made, easy to add on, and very comfortable.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Cleaning

I opened the workshop for Spring ~ Summer ~ Fall last week.  When I shut the door in December, I left the remains of many, many projects scattered over every table and chair.  My intent was to spend the whole day organizing and cleaning.  I started by sweeping the floor.  That is as far as I got then gave in to the itch to bead.  Here is the result of my cleaning day:


delicas, size 15 seed bead, charlottes, firepolishes, button, one dog hair






Cleaning can always wait.....






Thursday, April 30, 2015

Squares...Because Even Round and Round Girl Needs A Break Sometimes

When Cynthia  and I got together for the Innovative Bead Expo several weeks back, I got these little flat square hematites.  Cynthia gave me these blue rounds and the bugles in both bracelets.

I like the look of these squares.  The first attempt was made with delicas,but the hematites demanded a little less structure than that.

Spring is creeping in.  Still no flowers, not even the bulbs.  But it now looks as though there will actually be warmth. How about in your neck of the woods?



Sunday, April 26, 2015

CC7A April Hop

Alicia of All the Pretty Things put together another series of small Hops for the seven of us.  We are basing our work on our own photos.  To kick it all off, Alicia sent us this photo for inspiration:






At the same time this new series of hops were getting underway, Liz of Bead Contagion sent me a few very bright beads to play with ~ oranges, yellows, blues, greens.  Little did I know they would be the primary focus for a few of these monthly hops!  



Bracelet and Necklace together.  There are little green O beads between these really cool orange beads that may or may not be shells.  Very Easter Egg, yes?  

Close up of the bracelet.  Bright Spring Happy Colors! 

The necklace on Fleur






As you can see, I went full tilt with the color!  And why not after a long white winter?!
(it was still snowing as of two days ago )



Please go visit the six other participants.  Their blog links their photo months are listed below:


Alicia ~ April

Therese ~ May

Sally ~ June

Monique ~ August

Cynthia ~ September

Emma ~ October

Me ~ November

Friday, April 17, 2015

Therese's Lapidary

Therese of Therese's Treasures has been doing her own lapidary work and making cabs.  She had a giveaway for those that signed up for our A Time To Stitch Seven : Bead Embroidery.
Click here to see the giveaway cabs.
And click here to see her latest creation for the butterfly hop.  Jaw dropping beauty!
Who wants to be able to purchase these beautiful cabs?!  I do!  Therese, be sure to let us know when you set up a shop for these gorgeous stones!

Therese sent me a Candy Stripe Jasper cab.  She said when she was making it she thought of me because in her eyes, it looks like an Indian blanket.  I used that note as my color inspiration.  I was going to embroider it (due to the upcoming hop and due to Therese's love of embroidery), but in the end, I stayed true to myself instead.  I hope you approve of how I handled this lovely stone, Therese!

When worn, the neck strap develops a nice, unexpected twist in it, so it looks like a rope.  


All Picasso beads ~ rounds and twin hole 

In making this necklace, it occurred to me that one of the main reasons why I avoid embroidery so much is because I have the need to see the backside of stones, beads, metals.  I will flip a piece of jewelry over and look at what is going on "underneath" before I take in the front side.