Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop

I chose to participate in the Color of Dreams Blog Hop (click on the picture below to reach the "home blog")
Each participating artist was given an orphan/ooak bead created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique to design with. We were to create something with it and post on our blog April 6, Sunday.
Today's the day!!

I received a little round polymer clay bead with floral canes. Being a polymer clay artist myself, I know what it's like to make small beads. I don't make them very often.

As for my dream? My dream is that everyone may experience beauty during their day. A garden, a smiling face, a giggling child, a piece of art... whatever makes them feel alive.

I chose to use a coppery chain and clasp, and used the clasp as part of an accent in a necklace, bringing it to the front. I hung the little bead on the clasp. Then I created my own sculpted leaf beads, and antiqued them. I used my friend Bonnie Polinski's ceramic flower beads and one of her ceramic rounds as well as some sparkly crystals and more of my leaf beads to create a dangle as the focal.


Check out the rest of the artists in the hop:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Friday, March 21, 2014

More bead soup stuff!!

I've been gathering potential extra ingredients for the bead soup Genea sent me, and waiting for her to receive my soup. She received my package today and says she likes it (insert smiley face here) so I'll post pictures of that tomorrow.

(My friend Bonnie and are also going to do a side swap of bead soups, since she was not able to sign up for the "official" bead soup swap. I'll post that swap separately after she and I meet.)

In case there are those who do not know what this Bead Soup Blog Party is all about... Here is some information from Lori Anderson's blog.

 She says:
Basic Facts:  

::  I pair you with another jewelry designer
by February 28th.  ::

::  You send each other a quality package of beads
by March 14th.  ::

 ::  You make one or more pieces of jewelry or art with those beads, 
incorporating beads from your own stash as needed.
The focal and clasp you were sent MUST be used, 
but don't have to be used in the same piece.  ::

::  You post your creation on the blog hop reveal day, May 3rd,
and you try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs. ::

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Bead Soup has arrived!! Ingredients revealed!

My creative bead soup partner has sent me my bead soup, and it's lovely. It's going to make me think outside my comfort zone/box and that's something I love to do.
I'm sorry, I put the neat little card upside down in this picture, but look at all the little numbered wrapped parcels!!
Clever recipe card!!

Unwrapped!!
My brain is full of ideas. Let the simmering begin!

Now, if the dang clasp I ordered to send to my partner would arrive, I could send hers to her. Here is a creatively distorted picture of what I have put together for her soup (sans clasp). I have also been cleaning and sorting in my craft room, so there are things that will be included in the box that are not in the picture.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Meet my Bead Soup Bead Party swap partner

This is Genea
And she makes beautiful lampwork glass beads (check out her blog)
I love the headpins. Wow.


And she is sending me a package with beads in it so I can make jewelry and show off what I make!! I'll be sending her some, too. It's all a surprise, what's in the package. Sometimes surprises are good. I'm pretty sure this one will be.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I call 'em mandala style doodles.

But Jeannie Havel (pcPolyzine) called them Balinese filigree with a twist. You say potato, I say potahto... I think what really makes me excited is that not only do I love making them and love how they turned out, other people do, too!! What more could an artist ask for? And if - if!! - someone else is inspired in some way by what I've made, then JOY!!
Hearts side one

Hearts side two

Flat-backed cabs

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Clay Doodling away


First inch swap doodle
Yes, I've been doodling with clay. It started when I was making inchies for a swap. I used cane slices and sculpted bits and pieces. I also had fun with mica powders.
Then, for my second swap, I did one inchie set with the cane slice mix, and one with just sculpted components, and of course the mica powders (they are addictive).



Second inchie swap doodle (with cane slices)

Second inchie swap doodle (sculpted)

From there, I just went crazy. The following photo is a doodle created on a 4x6 inch ceramic tile. I'll probably mount it and frame it for my own enjoyment.

larger doodle 4x6 inch

Then came cabochons... And after that, pendants created in store-bought metal bezels. I never would have guessed that sculpting would be so much fun!
cabochon doodles

bezel doodles

Monday, November 4, 2013

"The Rose" Urn/Box

Here is the final, finished box for my mom's ashes. Needless to say, the transfer idea did not work out. It will reside in a columbarium at St. Paul's Cathedral in Peoria, IL. I suppose there might be those who think it's kind of silly to put work into something that will then be buried, but for me it was therapeutic. It gave me a chance to imagine what it would be like to create something for my mom one last time. I know she would have loved it, because she loved her children and was proud of their accomplishments.
I have a whimsical notion that some day in the distant future, an archeologist will find the box and have to work out the details of it: what it was made of and why. Perhaps I should laminate a photo of my mom along with the words to the song and place it in the box... Maybe her obituary, too. Make it a time capsule of sorts.
Next on the agenda: finishing the slide show for the memorial. One of my brothers and his wife have been working hard on getting some other presentations together, and arranging for a family dinner after the memorial.
Love.