Barb Fernald!

Barb Fernald really comes up with some fantastic designs. Barb was one of the people who purchased the same beads I used for my Aristan Clay Design Team piece. She molded a pod and ocean stones she found to make the PMC beads. She also made the draped hollow beads and the clasp. She used freshwater coin pearls that match perfectly with the beads I made. She’s one talented lady!

Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal

Today’s the day! The day for the Artisan Clay Design Team to reveal their creations. Kristie Roeder, of Artisan Clay, put together a design team. She sends a piece that she made each month, and we have a ridiculous amount of time to put together a wonderful creation using her wonderful creation! Of course, I waited until yesterday to actually put mine together. I’ve had it in my head for weeks. I made the beads I used weeks ago. I’ve even sold some of the same beads I made to put this little darling together! But as usual, I waited until last minute. Sometimes I think it works better for me that way.So, ta daaaah! Here’s my finished piece. I really like it. The connector component was what I picked from Kristie. It’s really beautiful! I may have mentioned before that we get about three days of sun here in the ‘burgh so it’s really hard for me to get good photos. (Unless I get out the light box I have, which I really despise using…). Today the sun cooperated a bit so I took these outside – ignore any little buggies you see in the photos.
I used gunmetal chain – this necklace is long enough to slip over my neck, no need for a clasp. I also used some connectors I had asked Rocki of Rocki’s Supplies on etsy to make me a really long time ago.
Closeup of Kristie’s connector piece. It has those peacocky-oil slick colors in it and is actually textured on both sides. I chose to use this side because I had the lampwork bead design in my head the minute I received her piece!
I used metallic black glass, which is flashed in the flame, to get the peacock-oil slick colors on these beads. I used my magic wand to created the dents in the beads to match Kristie’s connector. I also used some African trade beads I received from The Bead Chest to complement some of the colors, and some old silver trade beads I had laying around that are somewhat oxidized.

I had to mess with the design for quite a while. Sometimes what’s in your head just won’t translate into a piece of jewelry, no matter how hard you try! It can be worn with all the interest right in front, but I like to wear it asymmetrically, with the three beads in the front and the focal of Kristie’s up the side. I’m very happy with this piece, and will definitely wear it! See what all the other participants made by visiting their blogs!

The other Design Team members are:

Marcie Abney

Shannon Chomanczuk

Carol Dean Sharpe

Staci Louise Smith

Jen Velasquez


Recently I was lucky enough to receive a gift certificate from The Bead Chest, and I picked out these pretty African beads. Isaac has also just informed he just got back from a 2 week buying trip in Africa and will have lots of new beads on his web site soon! Their strands are really quite generous, and I will never use them all. So, I’m having a giveaway and you can win the beads shown above – a strand of Christmas beads, 15 recycled glass beads, and a pile of bronze beads! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post- that’s it! If you are so inclined, you can let me know what you’d like to see in my shop, but otherwise, just a comment is fine! Thanks! I will pick the winner on May 4th in the morning!

Metal Me This

I feel so blessed! Lisa Liddy, of the new store Metal Me This on etsy, had a giveaway to celebrate the opening of her new store. I felt really fortunate to stumble across the message on the Bead Soup News Group, and I entered her giveaway. Unbelievably, I won it! She sent me a selection of bead caps from her new store. The photo above is an example of what she sent, and some of what she makes. She makes copper, brass and silver components for jewelry design – bead caps, connectors, etched pieces, just to name a few. They are really gorgeous! If you get a chance, stop by her shop. You can also find her at Joolz By Lisa on etsy for her jewelry designs.

Springtime Earring Blog Hop

Moira, from The Musings of Mystic Pesto blog, came up with a Spring Time Earring Blog Hop, and I decided I wanted to participate! These blog hops or challenges really help to force myself to make jewelry. I love making my beads and enamel pieces, and it’s hard to sit myself down and make jewelry with them on a regular basis! This works for me! Below you’ll find a list of participants.

I made two pairs. The first were made with vintage copper teardrop beads that I enameled. I used the sterling silver bead caps that look like flowers and swarovski crystals. The second pair is made with my enameled flower charms. They look like those little violet flowers you see in your yard from time to time!

Have fun visiting everyone else’s blog and seeing their springy earrings!

Beads 2011 and Happy Easter

OMG! I received a copy of Beads 2011 in the mail yesterday – I failed to notice that on the label it said “Advertising.” I thought it was the copy I ordered for myself. It wasn’t – it was my copy from the magazine because, are you ready? I.AM.IN.IT!!!!! I was so excited! I can’t believe it. I hadn’t heard from them so I just assumed I wouldn’t be in it and decided to try again next year! So imagine my surprise! I have some enameled pieces in the issue, plus a lampworked bead I made that resembles the ocean – one of my signature beads! I just had to post about it, I am so happy!!! And there are so many wonderful beads in this magazine, by so many wonderful people that you all know!

Also, Happy Easter to everyone!

Bedford Springs

We had our second night at Bedford Springs earlier this week. It rained the whole day – when we got there, it was even thunderstorming! We made the best of it thought! We played ping pong in the kids’ room for an hour, then decided to go eat dinner. When we went out side, it had stopped raining so we went on a hike. We had a great walk, saw this tree that a woodpecker is handily destroying!The tulips around the fountain opened up and are gorgeous!
After our hike, we went and had dinner in the tavern and then played a few games of pool. I lost every one, but I did come close on the second game – we each had one ball left, but I couldn’t sink mine before he did. Oh well… after that, we took a beer out to the fire pit and had a nice conversation with someone we met out there.
In the morning, we took advantage of the mineral pool and had a dip for a bit before we ate and checked out. Then we went on another hike. Sadly, we did have to go home after having such a wonderful time together. On our drive, we took the long way and came across this buffalo farm! It’s a very strange sight, considering most farms in this area are cows!
Then we came across this really cute little place that had all kinds of fairy tale figures. I had to have Jason pull over so I could take a picture of this one!
All in all, it was a very fun get-away and I highly recommend Bedford Springs Resort and Spa if you need a little getaway!!!!