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Monday, March 31, 2014

100 Pairs 100 Days: Part 9

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Today is my newest installment of the "100 Pairs 100 Days" Challenge, hosted by Amy Freeland of  Copper Diem. Amy started this challenge back in January, to boost support for Ears to You, a wonderful morale-boosting organization, which distributes earrings to women undergoing cancer treatments. 

I think I have mentioned before how much I love orphan bead sets, and I recently picked up a nice selection from lampworker Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies. I received a beautiful selection of colourful lampies, including a good number of earring pairs... well, you know to me "pairs" is a relative term: I don't want them IDENTICAL :) So today's ten-pack will feature Amy's beads, with supporting roles by: tiny recycled glass beads and artisan earwires from Soul of Somanya, along with assorted fibre, leather, mother-of-pearl, etc., etc.

All the earrings presented in my 100 Pairs 100 Days posts will be donated to Ears to You.

Here is my ninth set of earring pairs (#81-90):











I will be back on April 10th to share Part 10 :) I can't believe that will be the 100th Day of 2014, already... it feels like we just started the year (and the challenge); yet tomorrow we welcome April, with all its promises of renewal and rebirth :) Hope you will join me for the the final installment on April 10th!

**Close-ups, and details and on components, are on the 100 Pairs 100 Days Pinterest board**

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Contrasting Color Inspirations: CC7A March Reveal

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Welcome to my reveal for the March edition of our friendly monthly design challenge. This month, the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists (CC7A) is celebrating the beautiful components we received from Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.

Since THIS is what I am seeing out my windows...


Back yard/front yard taken yesterday March 25 :(



 I was thrilled to get to play with THIS:




Sally sent each of us a collection of wonderful fire-polished Czech glass; mine are in these brilliant jewel tones, with cute superduos, accompanied by one of Kristi Bowman's amazingly detailed copperclay links. I was super busy and used almost every bead. Thank you so much, Sally!

Here ends the "talk" and what follows is the "walk" *TeeHee*



Bracelet


Enameled clasp from Kristen Varian, Bead Swede Supplies; dangles with artisan lampwork by Mona Sullivan, Mona's Lampwork, and Adinkra symbol headpins from Soul of Somanya.





Earring pairs


The first pair includes squared disc lampwork by Julie Burgard, Indian Creek Art Glass (Outwest). Flower components in #2 adapted from a tutorial by Claire Fabian (Saraccino). The third pair is my original experiment with 22g copper wire and super-duos. Two of these pairs will be part of my donation to Ears to You for the 100 Pairs 100 Days Challenge.



Necklace (95% finished... taken apart a dozen times... 
I'm still working out the lace!)


Handmade copperclay floral link by Kristi Bowman, Kristi Bowman Design, funky chicken lampwork focal by Linda Newnham, Earthshine Beads, and polymer clay beads by yours truly :)







As you can see, I went much "heavier" on the metals than I am accustomed... therein lies the beauty of a "challenge" :) Thank you, Alicia, for inviting all of us on this wonderful adventure. We'll do it again April 26th, yes? Loads more creating ahead of us!

Do check out what the other members of the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists have shared:



Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 
Emma... A Polymer Penchant 
Sally... The Studio Sublime 
Therese... Therese's Treasures

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Upcoming CC7A Blog Hop, Part 3, March 26

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Photo Collage by Sally Russick


Last October, Alicia Marinache of All the Pretty Things proposed a small group of us exchange components and choose themes for a friendly design challenge. The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists (CC7A) was born. You will find Alicia's introduction of the artists at her blog link above. 

This Wednesday is the reveal date of our creations using the beautiful components we received from Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime. Her theme for March is "Contrasting Colors". The above photo shows the lovely and unexpected colour combos Sally selected, and sent to the other members of CC7A, along with a Kristy Bowman handmade metal clay component. 

I won't tell you which is mine, so you'll have to drop by this Wednesday for our reveals. Hint: my bead group is the prettiest *TeeHee*

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ABS Challenge March 2014

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The Art Bead Scene challenge for March 2014 is this painting by Dietrich in the so-called Naïve art style, to me a confusing definition, but the painting itself was a source of wonderful inspiration. There are so many lovely geometric aspects here, that I actually started out with one design and completely changed it. I haven't yet given up on my first creation, but I think it needs to "ripen" a bit.


Birds On Riser, 1944 by Adolf Dietrich
Oil on wood 22.6" x 19.7"


Of course, the colourful birds are front and center in this composition, but the frame created by the window, turned on point, became a design element for me as well. I chose several recently acquired handmade elements, as well as some I depend on regularly from my small collection. Here is my necklace (which started out as a bracelet):






Detail of polymer clay, lampwork and ceramic beads



Polymer clay Natasha bead by Alenka Obid 
Pale orange speckled stoneware clay beads by Ingrid Mueller, Potterygirl1; 
Lampwork minis by Julie Burgard, Indian Creek Art Glass (Outwest).
Coconut wood long beads from AnnyMay.



Detail of lampwork and  enameled clasp


Lampwork by Amy Hall, Two Glassy Ladies;
Clasp by Kristen Varian, BeadSwedeSupplies;
Uniquely hand-dyed tubular viscose ribbon by Lorraine Stobie, ColourComplements.

In February, I ordered some enameled clasps from Kristen, and I was so impressed when I received them that I asked Kristen to make me a custom order of bird clasps, in that lovely blended colour method she does so well. She sent me this photo for approval:





Of course, I wanted them all! This was March 3rd, just two days before the ABS inspiration painting was posted. I have decided Kristen is a little psychic :) I have also sent one of her birdies to my Bead Soup Party partner.



Detail of focal: coconut wood tube beads woven on wire,
with dangles of pale orange speckled stoneware beads,
Greek ceramic rounds, and polymer clay feathers.

Ceramic beads by Ingrid Mueller, Potterygirl1;
Coconut wood and wire window frame, polymer clay feathers by yours truly, feather cane from a design by Donna Kato.

I enjoyed designing from this month's inspiration painting. Make sure to check the ABS flickr page to see how others have interpreted this charming work.

Goodbye and Adieu, CommentLuv :(

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I have given up on CommentLuv, folks :( While I like the concept, when I installed it in December, I was aware that, as an adapted WordPress template, it might not be a good playmate for Blogger. So, with apologies to the many folks who left me comments (which are no longer visible), I have decided to revert to my crappy default commenting system. The "invisible" comments are saved in my account, and I treasure them, as I do all comments from my generous readers.

Thanks to everyone who offered technical help and opinions during my flirtation with CommentLuv. I really like the system, and would definitely use it if I ever switch my blog to WordPress (this is unlikely to happen unless I decide to start selling).

Some of my gadgets will be missing as well (anything I added since December), so please be patient while I add them back :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

100 Pairs 100 Days: Part 8

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Today is my newest installment of the "100 Pairs 100 Days" Challenge, hosted by Amy Freeland of  Copper Diem. Amy started this challenge back in January, to boost support for Ears to You, a wonderful morale-boosting organization, which distributes earrings to women undergoing cancer treatments. 

I recently purchased some cheerful howlite (faux turquoise) butterflies in many colours. I love butterflies, which are only seen in mid-summer in my part of Canada. Now that spring has "arrived"... at least on the calendar LOL... I thought my newest earring batch should feature some bright and happy butterflies :)  

All the earrings presented in my 100 Pairs 100 Days posts will be donated to Ears to You.

Here is my eighth set of earring pairs (#71-78):









Yes, there are only eight pairs today. Two more will be included in another reveal next Wednesday, my March CC7A design set. 

It's never too late to join Amy as she creates for a great cause :) I will be back on March 31st to share Part 9 :)

**Close-ups, and details and on components, are on the 100 Pairs 100 Days Pinterest board**

**Thank you, Lupe, Lynda, Eleanor, Karin, Lisa, and Susan for your comments... which have disappeared from my blog... thank you, Blogger :( **

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Wonderful Bead Soup from Cheryl!

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I was thrilled that my package full of beady goodness was delivered yesterday, from my BSBP partner, Cheryl Brown of dragonflybeads. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to open it til this morning (frustrating), but what a treat I was in for.


Everything snug as a bug in a rug!



Sweet hand-written greeting on dragonfly note-card...



Lots of amazing goodies!



Little caged bird: Cheryl made both the 
bird and the cage... so cool! 



Detail under cage.



A flock of birdies... waiting for spring, perhaps?



Wonderful ribbon with metallic threads.



Gorgeous soup ingredients: Cheryl's own lamp-work beads (top left) in
Double Helix triton glass, pearls in two colours, sparkly faceted
Czech glass, a sweet heart-shaped clasp, and bead
caps and findings in copper. Love it! 


Cheryl, I am thrilled and can't wait to cook your awesome soup... yum!


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Almost forgot... Cheryl received her soup in Alberta last Friday, so I can finally share what I sent to her:



The Blue Soup: porcelain focal by Round Rabbit, enameled bird clasp from
BeadSwedeSupplies, stoneware house beads from Elukka, hand-dyed
ribbon from ColourComplements, glass beads from Ghana and
Indonesia, with a few other goodies.



A smaller Green Soup: a focal pendant designed by me, a
cute bronze clay heart clasp by THEAElements, Czech
seed bead strands, MOP components, Greek ceramic
washer beads, and matching 
Trinity brass findings.

Hope you have fun with what I sent, Cheryl. I can't wait for May 3rd to see what you create :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Mascot Giveaway

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by visiting Deb Read's blog, and throwing in to win this cute themed kitty:




Deb calls him Fat Paddy :) I love cats (AND I'm part Irish) so I would wear him year-round!

Enter by commenting on this post, or better yet, become a follower, so you won't miss any of Deb's giveaways. She will ship to winners anywhere around the world.

Fat Paddy will be drawn on April 1st, 2014... yes, on April's Fool, no joke :)  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

100 Pairs 100 Days: Part 7

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Here is my newest installment of the "100 Pairs 100 Days" Challenge, hosted by Amy Freeland of  Copper Diem. Amy is a longtime supporter of Ears to You, a wonderful morale-boosting organization, which distributes earrings to women undergoing cancer treatments. All shades of BLUE will be featured this week. All the earrings presented in my 100 Pairs 100 Days posts will be donated.

Here is my seventh set of 10 pairs (#61-70):












The pair in the second photo at right (the dark blue stoneware/caramel Czech beads) is one I shared previously: I created them for week 29 of the Art Jewelry Elements earring challenge. 

It's never too late to join Amy as she creates for a great cause :) I will be back on March 21st to share Part 8 :)

**Close-ups, and details and on components, are on the 100 Pairs 100 Days Pinterest board**

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Sneak Peek at the Bead Soup

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So I have my soup ingredients sorted, and I'm getting ready to mail them to my lovely partner, Cheryl of dragonflybeads. Here's a pic of some of what I'll be sending:




I'll post a "better" photo once I know Cheryl has received them :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Prepping for BSBP and Some Cattitude

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Over the past weeks, Lori Anderson of Pretty Things has been hard at work pairing eager jewelry makers in her 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party. This is the first time I have dipped my finger in the soup, so naturally I was a bit uneasy about the process. But, not to worry, Lori makes sure we "first-timers" have an experienced chef to guide us. 

I am fortunate to have a talented lampworker, potter and designer to help me in the kitchen: fellow Canadian Cheryl Brown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. As you will note on Cheryl's Facebook page and her blog, dragonflybeads, she makes beautifully styled pieces. Here are some of the gorgeous pieces she designed for last year's BSBP:




Cheryl and I have exchanged a few emails about what we like (we seem to have a lot of "likes" in common) and now I need to fine-tune my soup(s). Dang, it's much harder than I thought to cut back and not send one of EVERYTHING *TeeHee* 

Cheryl, I am excited to get this recipe exchange underway. I hope you feel the same :)

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And for those readers who think I have given up on showing my "cattitude", here's a completely irrelevant pic and link. Just because... well, it's for cats:




Seen on Hauspanther.com, Kate calls these "Unbelievably Cute Cat Scratchers", and I agree. Available from CaturdayBangkok in four styles, this one is my favorite. OK, I have cats that are scared of everything BUT dogs, so I think this is the one they'd pick :)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

100 Pairs 100 Days: Part 6

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Here is my newest installment of the "100 Pairs 100 Days" Challenge, hosted by Amy Freeland of  Copper Diem. Amy is a longtime supporter of Ears to You, a wonderful morale-boosting organization, which distributes earrings to women undergoing cancer treatments. This week I have decided that PURPLE is on the menu. All the earrings presented in my 100 Pairs 100 Days posts will be donated.

Here is my sixth set of 10 pairs (#51-60):










The pair in the third photo at center (the crocheted flowers) is one I shared previously: I created them for week 23 of the Art Jewelry Elements earring challenge. 

It's never too late to join Amy as she creates for a great cause :) I will be back on March 11st to share Part 7 :)

**Close-ups, and details and on components, are on the 100 Pairs 100 Days Pinterest board**

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