Sunday, December 30, 2012

She Made~She Made~She Made December

Hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season!  Thanks for taking the time to visit this month's She Made~She made.  This month we are adding another person so it is a triple "She Made".   Yay!!!  Alicia from All the Pretty Things is joining Therese and I.  When you are done here, go take a look and see what goodies you will find at All the Pretty Things and at Therese's Treasures.  Look here to see Therese's pick for December's Challenge.  Therese and I will be working with a glass focal and square beads.  Therese and Alicia will be using some GORgeous teal glass beads.  I cannot wait to see what they do with those beauties! 

Here is what I made.  I am reading "Woody Guthrie : A Life" by Joe Klein and I think I was channeling the whole vibe of the book when I went with the stripped down feel and the muted colors.  Simple.  And I like it...a lot :-)  Though there was nothing simple about Woody.  But that might be better left to another blog post! 

Therese gifted me with this Juls Studio Gorgeous Glass Bead.  I had so many elaborate plans to weave and fringe and ripple and bling and it all is in the ever-growing pile of projects that just didn't work.  I made this long enough to slip over the head and on one side I used a matte olive rose drop bead and the other side matte olive rose seed beads.  I put some gorgeous Swarovski crystal donut beads in there.  I love blending earthy with shine.  I think they really compliment each other.  I balanced it so that the focal is across from a double of the crystals, as seen below. 

And here it is one more time.

Therese also picked these square beads.  I added green freshwater pearls and some seed beads and made this bracelet. 

That is what I have for this to see what Therese and Alicia made!
~See You All in the New Year~

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ornament Swap Blog Hop

Ornament Hop Day ~ YAY!!! 

A big thanks to Sally at The Studio Sublime for putting this hop together again :-)

My partner this year is Kim from Kimmykats and I am THRILLED, to say the least!  I love what Kim does with spoons and forks and how she makes them into jewelry. She uses them in very creative ways and has a style unlike anything I have ever seen.  The beauty she brings out in the just cannot imagine that they were ever used as utensils! And she sent me a pair of fork tine earrings and a spoon necklace.  She turned this spoon into a lily.  I have worn these a lot since I got them and people always want to touch the pendant and look inside it.  It is too cool!  Check it out:

 Kim started beadweaving this year.  She likes to refer to seed beads as "flying missles".  Can she weave!  Everything I have seen is fantastic...hard to believe she is a relative beginner.  And guess how she created her ornament?  With flying missles!!!  I couldn't be happier!  Well, I could...but we'll get to that in a moment.  Kim's ornament will be proudly displayed for all to see over the holidays. And once they are over, I am turning this beauty into a necklace.  I just have to wear it.  It is begging me.  It has all the elements I, romance, crystals, daggers, bronze, Fringe!

How I could be happier?  If I knew something about photography.  So I could do Kim justice with these photos.  The colors are so hard to properly capture with the crystal and dagger AB finishes.  And we have not had a whole lot of sun around here lately.  But I am so in love with this :-)

So here she new Love!  I even got a new sweater to wear with this once February rolls around and the decorations are all packed away. Beady Greatness!  Thank you Kim :-D

 And now please go visit the other Ornament makers.  Jenny Davies-Reazor was my super-talented partner last year.  I keep her ornament up all year long :-) 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday's Thing*

A dishtowel. 
It really is the simple things for me :-)

*Appreciate what you have.  Want less.  Buy less...unless it is beads or music.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday's Thing*

My brother took these photos of The Bug and My Sunshine Girl a few years back.  These are definitely among my most cherished possessions.  The photo on the left looks like it will make a perfect album cover for their first bluegrass record.  And the one on the right was from when my brother and my mom took Sunshine Girl to the Little Red Lighthouse under the Great Grey Bridge.  I just adore these photos :-)

*Thursday's Thing :  appreciate what you have already (but buy more beads and music)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What The Wednesday?!

It has been a while since I did a "What The?!" post.  I post it for when I am questioning if I like something I made, or if I am stuck on a piece, or if I like it but I am not sure if anyone else would be interested in it.  Be honest in your comments.  That is why I am posting it.

This edition of WT?!  features a piece I really like, but I am not sure if I like it just because I made it or because I think it will be appealing to more broad audience.  I can't keep EVERYTHING I make ;-)

Sunshine Girl and I were using polymer this weekend.  I drew a complete blank (I am very simplistic when it comes to polymer) and made this circle.  Here is what became of it:

Thoughts?  Comments?  Constructive criticism, please.