Friday, June 22, 2012

Sunshine Girl Beads

More gifts from my Sunshine Girl :-D

 The Artist eating a hearty breakfast of broccoli and whole wheat pasta

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Time to Stitch Blog Hop is Here!

Yippee~the day has come for us to Hop! 
A big big thank you to Therese for asking me to co-host.  She is talented and warm and nurturing and I just love seeing her in my in-box, don't you?  I have been saying "Ya'll" since I was a little girl.  So maybe that is why she has been such a comfort to me right from the first time we came into contact with each other. 

Here is my necklace!  I made the majority of these flowers with Herringbone stitch.  Truthfully, it looks like it could be Herringbone or Square Stitch or even Ladder for that matter.  But I assure you I used Herringbone on 9 of the 12 flower stems.  For the other 3 stems I used Peyote, one of them being a 2-drop peyote stitch.  I really love the look of 2-drop Peyote. The ribbon is flat, even count Peyote with picot edging.  Simple and I let the colors do the talking.  I wanted to get complex, as these are 2 stitches I really love working with, but ultimately decided to execute this design I have been mulling over since February.  I am glad I finally did it...I was hesitant to start it and this Hop was the kick I needed to make it happen.  What was I so worried about?  It is just beads, after all! 

Thank you to all the people on the Hop list for participating!  I can't wait to see what came out of your hearts and hands.



Monday, June 4, 2012

It's Been A While

I have been really busy with kids and jewelry commitments, with a mild funk thrown in the mix.  So I apologize for not checking in on all the lovely blogs that feel like home to me.  There don't seem to be enough hours in the day and something had to give.  So I put blogging and housework aside for a while.  But I am back :-)  And during the week, I will start visiting all you lovely ladies (and guy) again. 

I was vending at a festival this weekend.  And what sold the most was.....Rocks!  Never underestimate simplicity. 
I make jewelry to sell and to give away.  I think some pieces are meant to be free.  But I also make jewelry that I like to make and I do not worry what others suggest anymore ("more color" "make it for petite people" "make it for bigger people" "your prices are too high"  "your prices are too low".  You know.  You've heard it too.  And surprisingly enough, I heard none of that at this show...maybe they said it but I just didn't hear it because I chose not to hear it.  Or maybe they legitimately did not say it.  I am not sure.  Either way, I didn't have to defend myself, so all was good.)
Simple.  Understandable.  Accessible.  A focal point or a rhythm to the piece. That is what works for me. 

Tell us a bit about your style and what makes a good piece for you.

And a very fond farewell to my favorite rock necklace of the year that came off the shores of Lake Michigan one year ago this month...Life certainly is a Circle.