Challenge of Music Blog Hop

Beautiful Day Charm Bracelet
David Christensen cane glass, my lampwork glass spacers, charms

Charms from Hint, Candace Wakamoto, Green Girl Studio

Charms – Andrew Thornton pod headpin with swarovski rondelle, Thai Hill Tribe heart

It’s a Beautiful Day

The incredibly talented Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found is hosting a blog hop today, the Challenge of Music! We were to pick our favorite song and design a piece of jewelry related to that song.

I have many many favorite songs. Probably you do too! Many songs that speak to you, remind you of days gone by, boyfriends, rough times, fun times, plain old joy. Music has really always been a part of my life – at one point I played the piano. At one point I played the flute. My dad used to quiz me about songs on the radio on the way home from my grandmother’s house on Sunday nights. My first record was a Van Halen song! My cousin dated a radio dj and send me tapes of really cool bands like Santana. We would make up dances to songs we played on our boom box with my neighbors. Music is always there. When you’re happy, when you’re bored, when you’re sad, when you need some noise.

It was really really hard for me to come up with a favorite song. I love Led Zeppelin – almost every one of their songs. Thank You has to be one of my favorites – it almost became the subject of this post. However, after thinking and thinking and waiting until the last minute, I had to pick Beautiful Day by U2. This is about a man who loses his material things and feels better because he realizes the value of what he has. There are many reasons I chose this song, and you have many blogs to get through today, so I’ll leave with you with video and the words. Maybe you’ll have a beautiful day today too!

Here are the lyrics, and a link to the music on youtube!

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

Here’s a list of everyone who is participating today – check out what kind of music they like!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Marcie Abney
Christine Altmiller
Elisabeth Auld
Lori Bowring Michaud
Shannon Chomanczuk
Cece Cormier
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Malin de Koning
Beth Emery
Michelle Escano-Caballero
Erin Fickert-Rowland
Therese Frank
Amy Freeland
Tanya Goodwin
Stephani Gorman
Amy Grass
Beth Hemmila
Kristina Johansson
Jennifer Justman
Tari Kahrs
Susan Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Kathleen Lange Klik
Kirsi Luostarinen
Paige Maxim
Beth McCord
Natalie McKenna
Alice Peterson
Cat Pruitt
Bobbie Rafferty
Johanna Rhodes
Cynthia Riggs
Sally Russick
Sarah Sequins
Amy Severino
Staci Smith
Kristen Stevens
Lola Surwillo
Stefanie Teufel
Sandi Volpe
Holly Westfall
Shaiha Williams

7000 Bracelets for Hope

Today I am participating in the 7000 Bracelets for Hope blog hop! Erin Fickert-Rowland of Elysian Studios and Christine of One-Kiss Creations are hosting the blog hop today for Global Genes, an organization that helps children with rare diseases. The concep is we make a blue bracelet to give to a family who has a child with a rare disease, to show our community support. I am so lucky that my children are healthy and active, I can’t imagine the pain I would feel if one of them would have something seriously wrong. I think it would help to know that someone was thinking about me, supporting me, and recognizing the courage with which I approach life everyday – this is why I am participating! The bracelet above is the one I made. You can see what the other bloggers made by checking out the list below! And here’s a link to Global Genes if you are interested in finding out more, or participating next year!
Elysian Studios and One Kiss Creations

Crafty Hope The Gossiping Goddess SilverRose Designs Firefly Visions Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry Michelle Mach Pine Ridge Treasures Backstory Beads Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Sue Beads (you are here)
MiShel Designs Created Treasures Taralinda Muses My Life Under The Bus Elizabeth Creates SilverNikNats Erin Siegel Jewelry Carolyn’s Creations My Life…one bead at a time Fresh Baked Designs Songbeads Sunshine Bliss Lori Anderson Rainy Days Designs Pat Barden Jewelry Tell Your Girlfriends Therese’s Treasures Windrock Studio Bead Lola Bead Spice Box Designs Antiquity Travelers Vitamin C…A Daily Dose of Creativity Beads and Bread Sharyl’s Jewelry and Reflections Ahtee’s Blog Thoughtful-Notions Beads for Brains:365 Wild Sally Road All The Pretty Things Skye’s Creative Chaos My Addictions…Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti Lindy’s Designs Falling Into The Sky Star Hitched Wagon Mama’s Got to Doodle 10KDgroup

Artisan Clay Design Team – Next to Last Reveal

I’m part of Kristie Roeder’s Artisan Clay Design Team! Sadly, this will be the next to the last reveal day we have – she’s going to close the group with the next challenge. I made these earrings with the components she sent me this month! I love them! I was thinking of making two bracelets with the components, but I really wanted earrings! I made the beads especially to go with the gorgeous colors in the charms! You can visit Kristie’s blog here! And you should visit her etsy store here – she has some really really pretty things going on in that store! I love the “bursts” in Oatmeal that she has listed right now! Please visit her blog to see what everyone else in the group made! And thank you, Kristie, for having me as part of your team! I enjoyed it, and I love your work!

Floral Beads

I don’t usually do florals but, as I was sitting at my torch on Friday, feeling depressed because I wasn’t “feeling” it, I decided to just do some round beads. I made a bunch of round beads in pretty colors wrapped in silver foil, and then the idea just kind of hit me. I had some vine cane looking at me, and some other colors sitting together that wanted to be floral cane. I love making round beads and thus, my florals were born. No, they aren’t extra special hard to make, or any better than anyone else’s, but since I never do florals, I was kind of happy! I think they are pretty for spring! You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store!

Dry Wallin’


Transparent Pink


Transparent Clear

So, I did spend my day with my boyfriend drywalling his bedroom addition. I didn’t make beads or frit paddles but I did photograph some beads I made the other day so they will be listed later. Also, I made these cute heart earrings for my show, and I have some leftover – if you are interested in purchasing them, they are $12 with shipping included! Just shoot me a message or a comment and I can send you a paypal invoice! They are made with heart beads that I made using my Zoozii heart press. Cute!

Oh, and I CAN make you some heart beads as well, if you like!

Getting Caught Up

Earrings made with my ribbed barrel beads!

I am slowly getting caught up! I think I published and responded to all my blog comments – thanks so much for your patience! I am getting through my list of things I really need to do, and that doesn’t even include cleaning my house or grocery shopping! But I’ve been taking these last few days off to get back on track. Sunday was lunch with a beer at Wild Wings and then Super Bowl! Yesterday I spent the entire day on the computer and went to my son’s basketball game! Today, I have spent a large amount of time on the computer, have plowed through a few things on my list. If I don’t help boyfriend drywall his new bedroom tomorrow, I will be making beads!

Oh, and I have an exciting little project to complete too! I am doing frit paddles for Val Cox Frit, testing out to see how the frit looks on clear glass. I’ll be opening an etsy store for my jewelry, soon, as well! AND I’ll be making some beads for the goody bags for the Bead Cruise sponsored by Heather of Humblebeads – woo hoo!

I have to file my assessment appeal – I wonder, why do other cities know how to assess properties for taxes and Pittsburgh and Allegheny County just can’t get it right?????? I am bewildered at the place in which I live. That’s saying it mildly.

Hope you are all having a good week. I hope to list new beads soon, but in the meantime I have a very nice selection of beads in my SueBeads etsy store still available and my web site, SueBeads, is always available for made-to-order beads!

Kristi Bowman Design Copper Component Blog Hop!

Welcome to Kristi’s first blog hop! She made some of her beautiful copper components, and invited us to purchase one and come up with a design and then do a little bloggy hop to see what everyone made! I love her work, as she knows, so I was right on it. I picked the sea urchin style which is just gorgeous! I used her piece as a connector, front and center, and made the little copper clasp. Which I don’t like and will change… (hmmmm, I see a little pattern here).
I made some beads that I think go amazingly well with the copper piece she made. They bring out the colors in her piece, and her piece brings out the colors in my beads! A perfect combo!
Here’s my finished piece. I really like it, except for the copper clasp I made, as I mentioned. I was under a little time crunch because I have a show today that I am not ready for but I’ll definitely come up with a better clasp.

Here’s a list of everyone else who is participating – check out their blogs and see what they made! I will be visiting everyone’s blogs tomorrow, but may be a little late as I expect to be totally swamped with customers clamoring for my jewelry and other items at the show! LOL!

Sue Kennedy You are here!

Lana Kinney is sharing on Kristi’s blog.