Friday, April 27, 2012

Messy Workshop Blog Hop

Today I'm joining in the Messy Workshop blog hop that Brenda Sue from B'sue Boutiques is organizing.  When she originally posted asking for people that were interested, I didn't even have to think about joining in.  I can't work neat.  I've tried, it lasts for about 15 minutes then I have everything spread out all over the place where I can see it better.  It also doesn't help that I have severe Craft ADD.  I crochet, bead, do lampwork (not good enough yet to show off) and scrapbook/make cards.  Beading is my favorite out of everything though.  I've started bead embroidery and stitching, and I'm trying to resist metalwork.  I also just started working with polymer clay.  I usually work in the living room, either at the dining room table (we very rarely eat there) or on the couch while I'm watching TV.  My husband just bought me a really nice swing for the backyard, once it gets warmer I hope to do a lot of beading out there.

So here it goes, if messy makes you twitch you should probably go read a different blog:

Here is my current mess, and Ninja who likes to help/supervise.

These are buttons that I received in the Button Swap I'm doing, they are from my wonderful partner Jayne.  I love them!  I may have told her my favorite color is blue.  You can never have too much blue.  I'll be working on these this weekend.

This is a druzy my husband bought me for my birthday.  I just did the necklace not the wire wrapping.  Amethyst is one of my favorite stones.
Here is the first part of a set of earrings I'm working on, I have a friend that adores pink.  And the other piece is going to be a necklace focal.  The rings were from Shannon at Miss FickleMedia, I LOVE her shop.  Marcie Abney shared the tutorial on her blog a while ago for these.

These are earring I just finished, with Twin beads and Czech crystals.  Sorry about the crappy picture, I ran out of daylight. 
I was playing with my cuttlebug and the new Vintaj embossing folders, A couple of them turned out nice so I'm going to play with their patina inks next.  It took a few times to figure out the right combination of plates to get the right pressure on them.  
These are some lampwork beads I got at a kind of local (2 hours away) bead store.  They had a lot of artist lampwork there.  These need to be a bracelet and earrings.  They've been telling me that since I bought them.
And finally here is Stevie.  He knows he's beautiful, but he doesn't mind hearing it a lot!  He also tries to help/supervise.  And he really likes to pounce on Ninja while he's sitting in the middle of the table.  You can imagine the disaster that happens after that.  Mostly now I stack my trays and put them on something high when I'm done.  

I hope you enjoyed my mess, please take a look at what everyone else has to say:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Robin Delargy:
Kim at Cianci Blue  <<<<<<<<You are here>>>>>>>>
Jennifer Jazwick-Smith
Mary Shannon Hicks
Tracy Swartz
Jacqueline Marchant
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Terry Matusyk
Laurel Steven
Dr. Brassy Steamington
Pamela Takeshige
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Outre Art
Linzi Alford
Deb Davis
Tamara Jones
Harry Wood
Gerry Nickerson
Elizabeth Owens-Dwy
Georgene Lockwood
Charisa Sloper
Jennifer Justman
Mary Deis
Cheri Reed
Sondra Kolner
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Lori Anderson
Sandra McGriff
Shelly Joyce
Joan Williams
Kashmira Patel
Deb Beechy
Ginger Bishop
Kelli Jacobson
Natalie McKenna
Andrew Thornton
Mary Govaars
Kate Mulligan
Lisa Lodge
Tami Luchini
Monique Lula
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Susan Lloyd
Cynthia Wainscott
Stephanie Amanti
Alicia Marinache
Sam Hamp
Lennis Carrier


  1. Too fun! Thanks for sharing! Give Steve a pet for me!

  2. That's great! Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Isn't it funny that most of us have cats??? I think that really says something about us. :) Love the work you do. Very pretty. I have to keep my stuff in one room or it would take over the whole house!

  4. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE! I have added lampwork, enameling and metal work in the last year or so...that is why my workspace has taken over more of my house. My cat pretty much ignore the mess!

  5. Cats are wonderful..mine help as well but hid when I took pictures.

  6. That druzy is so pretty! I love it. Stevie looks like he could be cousin to my Nosey who likes to jump on the table mess so the dog can chase him off and create more chaos. Don't resist metal work! It is so much fun!

  7. LOL at the twitch! Love the sweet kitty.

  8. great mess! Mines usually like that all the time.

  9. Excellent! I'm so happy you mentioned the Cuttlebug w the Vintaj folders because you are so works JUST FINE. I have the Big Kick too and it was totally not necessary to have to use the folders. So if they have the Cuttlebug already, all they need are the folders, which are FAB! We carry a bunch of them and the inks, too at B'sue Boutiques. LOVED your mess, thanks bunches for being part of this hop, MUCH appreciated and so very glad to have you along!

  10. Cute cats, and great mess!, thanks for the tour!.

  11. Love the kitties and can only imagine the mess when they play on your table. Too funny!

  12. If I couldn't stand messiness, I'd be twitching all the time:) Thanks for the tour!

  13. you did so much better than I did in taaking photos of your buttons, I just ripped into mine & started working!

  14. Love Stevie and Ninja! A studio with a cat is like a human without a soul....Brassy

  15. Oh, thank goodness I don't have kitties to pounce in the middle of my mess! Ninja and Stevie are both beauties.

  16. I can just see the craziness that ensues when the kitties begin to play. I love that, what a great vision into your creative home! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  17. I had a lovely visit to your studio today. I love that beads tell you what they want to be. I've never described it so cleverly, but have had many similar experiences. Oh and your beadwork is lovely.

  18. Loved looking through your pictures. The druzy is dreamy! I am a kitty person , too! Must be the blessings of the whiskers that give us the ideas!

  19. I see your a fan of the 12'' work space, just like!

  20. We should start a support group ' Creating with Cats' >.< lol I have two as well, both boys. The oldest likes to sit in my chair and 'guard' everything, while the younger likes to get in to everything, until the two of them trash the place chasing each other around >< ... not that the place needs any help getting trashed ;)

  21. I think cats are really jewelry artisans by night..we just don't see them because we are sleeping ; ) Great tour! thanks for sharing your creative journey!

  22. I didn't take kitty photos but I have two studio cats (and an upstairs cat...they don't get a long) and three dogs, two of which come down and live in the studio with me. Cats are definitely part of the picture, even if they DO bat beads around late at night in the dark (bad, kitties).

    Thanks for sharing your happy space with us!

  23. Thank you for sharing! Your kitty is adorable! :)

  24. We do not use our table to eat on either.....usually covered in beads or clothes, lol. Thanks for sharing your space and some of the things you create there, lovely.

  25. Tables are for eating? Oh well so is my lap. Love your mess, who can work with everything in its place. your creations are wonderful, don't you just love those embossing folders. And your two helpers are adorable. Thank goodness my girl can't get on the tables. Gerry

  26. Loved seeing your mess! Your cats are awesomely adorable!!! I can bet the mess they make when they pounce around your mess! LOL

    You have some great creations that come out of that mess! I love the amethyst and druzy necklace as well as the twin bead and czech crystal earrings! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  27. Stevie is wonderful and so is Ninja. I wish I had a cat!! Your mess is great! ...and your art work is beautiful!

  28. I swear if cats had opposable thumbs we would be in some serious trouble! Loved seeing your workspace and all the stuff you've got going on! Beautiful! Warmly, Tracy

  29. ...and what is a real workshop without a Ninja? Love those lampwork beads. Enjoyed looking at your "mess."

  30. So many workshops with cats!!! We can't work without them! I love those buttons, too. Thanks for sharing your space with us!

  31. Are you close enough to sneak off to the Bead and Button show in June? I am so tempted to get there this year.

    When I did try to have the table for family dining it was always a challenge to finish a project (or get to a quit spot) in time to get dinner on the table.

    I can cross stitch outside on a swing or rocker, but I don't think I am coordinated enough to try beading there.

  32. I see some Vintaj patinas! I wish I would have taken part in this blog hop - I could have shown my dog since everyone is showing their cats. My cats are not allowed in (I can't get them back out)

  33. Loved seeing your workshop and cute cat helpers! That druzy is dreamy!

  34. I love your sweet cats! Cracks me up how many of us have them! I enjoyed your tour and the elements you shared with us! Looking forward to seeing your metals after the patina's have been applied. :-) Kris