Friday, November 30, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color

I am joining Erin and Brandi this year for the Challenge of Color blog hop.  Erin sent us all two palettes that were created by Brandi, and our job was to create a something using at least one of the palettes.  This year the palettes are from the Earth as Art image gallery.  Please check out the link, all of the images are simply stunning.

Here are the two I was sent:

This is
 Guinea-Bissau, which is a small country in West Africa. The website describes it as:  Complex patterns can be seen in the shallow waters along its coastline, where silt carried by the Geba and other rivers washes out into the Atlantic Ocean.  I think it is just beautiful, and I love the colors.

This is the Mississippi River Delta.  The description from the website is:  Turbid waters spill out into the Gulf of Mexico where their suspended sediment is deposited to form the Mississippi River Delta. Like the webbing on a duck's foot, marshes and mudflats prevail between the shipping channels that have been cut into the delta.  I love this one too, the blues and greens together are gorgeous.

I combined this project with another one I've been working on.  I've been creating and donating jewelry to Ivelolharele Retirement Sanctuary, for a silent auction they are having.  They are a horse sanctuary located in Chilton, Wisconsin that I've recently become involved with, and it is a wonderful place.  I used one of Marti's running horses cuff beads for the focal on this bracelet and the first palette for my colors:

I was a little worried that the colors wouldn't look as good in the bracelet as they did on the picture, but I really like the way it turned out.  If anyone is interested, the auction items are on Ivelolharele's Facebook page, I have a few pieces of jewelry and there is a painting as well.

Please take a look at what the other participants created with their palettes! 
Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak  <------------- You are here
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

I signed up to participate in the Kalmbach bead soup party.  They mailed each of us out a package of bead soup from different bead retailers.  Mine was from Beadalotta in Fond du Lac.  Here is what they sent me:
 I just LOVE the colors in this soup!!  The focal is from Earthenwood Studio.  The green and brown beads are Czech glass, the coral beads are shell pearls, and the blue are Czech pressed glass. 

I really have a thing for long necklaces lately.  I used up almost all the beads in my soup, and added leather cord from my stash.  I put the clasp on the side because it was too pretty to get stuck in the back.  
Thank you Kalmbach for hosting this fun event and to Beadalotta for donating my soup! 

You can see what everyone else created here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Echo Creative Club October 2012

I am in the Echo Creative Club this month, I was lucky enough to get a guest spot.  Jeannie sends us one of her beautiful beads and we create a piece of jewelry with it.  I told her I'd be happy with anything she sent and I wasn't disappointed.  Spiders usually make me run far away screaming but I'll make an exception for this one:

And here is the necklace I made with it.

I used Czech crystals and glass beads I bought at Bead and Button this year, and a Kumihimo rope that I had done but not finished and used in anything yet.  I'm not sure I like the clasp, I may change it if I find something that I like better. 

Thanks for looking, please check and see what everyone else did:

Michelle Buettner http://www,
Cindy Cima Edwards
Charlie Jacka

Saturday, August 11, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party - Reveal 2!!

Welcome to the 2nd reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things!!  I have really been looking forward to the reveal.  My partner was Linda Murphy of Bonita Bead.  Can you believe out of the 400 people in this blog hop (world wide) we both live in Wisconsin - I'm about 2 hours north of her.  If you want to see what I sent her, click here.  She sent me such a wonderful collection of beady goodness, here it is:

I just love the pendant and the clasp she sent.  The pendant is a hand painted water color, under glass, with a sterling silver frame.  The clasp is sterling silver, and it's from Israel.  LOVE!!
 These are glass from India (upper left), faceted carnelian (lower left) and 2 different colors of swarovski bicone crystals.
These are a lot of really pretty czech glass in different sizes.

And the prettiest strand of jade.  YUM!

I know you want to see what I made with it:
 From the soup, the glass from India and the carnelian nuggets.  From my stash, I used a goldstone focal, amber chips, sari silk, and paprika links from Missfickelmedia
 I used glass leaf beads from my stash that were just screaming to be earrings, and some of the czech glass rounds.

 Here I used the beautiful clasp, some of the jade, Czech glass rounds in different sizes and green glass chips that I bought at Bead and Button.
 For the focal, I wanted to do something simple that wouldn't compete with it since it is just gorgeous on it's own.  So I did a kumihimo rope with nylon rattail, used sterling silver end caps from my stash, and a magnet clasp. 

I hope you like what I did!

Please go and see what the other participants created with their soups:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beading Babes - Project 5

I recently joined a group called Beading Babes.  It was started by Karyn.  She picks a couple of projects each round, everyone makes one and then does a blog post or posts on the Facebook group on the reveal date.  This is the first project I've done for our group, I joined just as they were doing the reveal for the last one.

This time we could choose from two projects, Echos of Nefertiti (Bead and Button June/July 2012)  or the Four Leaf Clover Cuff , both created by the very talented Helena Tang-Lim.  I did the Four Leaf Clover bracelet, the pattern is available at her website, as well as kits for the Nefertiti necklace.

Here is the one I did, I used Swarovski Coral Pearls, matte forest green and gold seed beads.  I love the way it turned out. 

The pattern for the cuff is very easy to read and works up pretty fast, even for a beginner.  I loved working with it and I'm doing another one right now.  I can't post a picture though because it's a surprise for someone that reads my blog, and she will know it's for her as soon as she sees it.

Thanks for coming to visit, I will leave you with some puppy love for the rest of your weekend!
 That is my Gunter a few days after we brought him home (he is 6 now).

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Challenge of Literature

Challenge of Literature 2012

If you are here for the Tiny Tin Challenge, go here.

I am very happy to be participating in the Challenge of Literature Blog Hop hosted by Erin from Tesori Trovati Jewelry today.  I have always loved to read.  Books were my own private world when I was growing up, I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading everything I could get my hands on.  It seems to run in my family too, my Mom, one sister and my Aunt all love to read.  Books fly between all of us, sometimes it's hard to keep straight what home they should go back to!  When Erin announced this challenge, I didn't hesitate to enter for one second.  I even knew which books I'd pick.  

One ring to rule them all
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them

I read the Hobbit in 5th or 6th grade, then The Lord of the Rings in 7th.  They were and continue to be my favorite books.  I could probably recite most of them from memory.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to make for this challenge, but I kept going back to the leaf brooch they were given in Lothl√≥rien by Galadriel.  That and Galadriel's ring have always been my two favorite pieces of jewelry from the books.  I didn't think my wire wrapping was good enough yet to try the ring, so I went for the brooch.  It's the first thing I've made from polymer clay.  It is bigger than I wanted it to be, so I think I'll be making another smaller one, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out for my first attempt in a new medium.  

I used translucent clay with the mix I did for the green and pearl ex watercolors to paint the veins and around the edge.  I wish we would have had some sun today because it does sparkle nicely.  

Here is the brooch from the movie Return of the King.  They did a wonderful job capturing it the way it was described in the books.

Image from
Thanks to Erin for having such a wonderful idea and for hosting this, and thank you for visiting me.  Please visit the other participants to see what they created for the challenge:

Tiny Tin Challenge

Valentine Challenge 

If you are here for the Challenge of Literature, click here.

Michelle Mach is hosting the Tiny Tin challenge today.  We purchased two tins, one large and one small, and had to decorate one of them any way we wanted to, or turn them into something else completely.

I haven't done much with papercrafting in a while, except for card making classes that I take when I can.  I wanted to do something with the beautiful paper I have been hoarding. I also thought I'd add some of the buttons I had left over from the button swap blog hop.
Large Tin

Small Tin
I didn't want to change anything on that pretty patterned paper, I thought it was perfect.

Here are some shots of the sides:

I sealed them with Mod Podge.  I think I will probably add resin to the top of the small.  The buttons on the large one are too high to do that (if you have suggestions on how to do it, let me know).

Then I thought I'd try coloring the edge on the tops with my Spectrum Noir markers.  They are alcohol based markers, like Copic markers but much more affordable and they come in a huge range of colors.  Thanks to Brenda Sue from B'sue Boutiques I knew they would work on metal if they were cured with a heat gun. I think I'll do another coat since they look a little streaky in the picture.
I really like the way it looks though with the extra color on the edge.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting this and thank you for visiting me!  Please visit the other participants to see what they did with their tins:

  1. Michelle - Beads & Books - Hostess
  2. Amy - Amybeads
  3. Brenda - B'Sue Boutiques
  4. Dawn - Morning Glory Beading
  5. Debbie
  6. Jeannie - Jeannie's Blog
  7. Kay - Palm Coast Art
  8. Kim - CianciBlue
  9. Mary - MLH Jewelry Designs
  10. Mary Shannon - Falling into the Sky
  11. Michelle - Firefly Visions
  12. Molly - Beautifully Broken Me
  13. Pamela - The Crazy Creative Corner
  14. Patricia G. - My Life Under the Bus
  15. Patricia L.
  16. Robyn - A Ponderance of Things
  17. Shelley - Fabric of My Life
  18. Terry - Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
  19. Therese - Domestic Goddess Enterprises
  20. Therese - Therese's Treasures