Friday, February 24, 2012

A Little Bitty Donald


I made this little guy for my boss (at the job that pays me...not the bead shop, since that would be me) for his birthday since he is a huge fan of Donald Duck.  The pattern came from a Japanese book that I don't know the title to--not sure if I got the beak quite right, but he's so sweet.  About 3" tall.  The Boss loved him and was so excited that he actually received something that I made.

Hope you enjoy.  I have a customer who's requested a Minnie Mouse...I have a book coming and hope that I can create her as well. 

Enjoy and Bead Happy!
Michelle

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Cooking is Finally done

I have to say that except for a few parts, my necklace was finished almost a week ago.  The earrings earlier this week (except for the ear wires which I just made).  I did just finish the bracelet last night.  I'm normally a silver, sparkly girl, but I've been really getting into MATTE gold.  I love the softness of the finish.  And then pair that with watery blues and rich browns?  You had me at matte. 

Thank you to our hostess with the most-est...the lovely Lori Anderson.  She's set out to host this GINORMOUS blog hop party with 362 participants.  Thank you for all the work, Lori!  I was paired with the lovely Fiona from England.  I opened the package and was so excited to see all the possibilities...there was so much to work with.  Thank you Fiona!  Your goodies made me sit down and PLAY--normally I work, work, work--so this was a lovely treat!

The big reveal.....
I made 4 pieces of jewelry and still have many beads left over.  I usually don't work with crosses...but this one will now have special meaning.  More on that a bit later in the post. 


There was a LOT of little tiny links to make.  I used red brass, steel wire and bronze wires.  Of course I had to use bits of my lovely matte gold chain. 


I whipped this bracelet up using .5mm gold leather.  It makes a very light weight but sturdy base to the bracelet. 


I had to make earrings.  I'm such an earring girl and with my short hair, I love to show off big earrings.  Can't wait to wear these. 

OK..why the cross and the necklace will have a special place in my heart....Tuesday I went in for my biopsy.  It's the 1st surgery that I've had since I had my wisdom teeth removed as a teenager.  I received my results on Friday, the 1st day I wore the necklace.  Great news!  No cancer!  I will still have to have a full hysterectomy in a short while, but at least no cancer was found.  I'm thankful that after all the time of talking to doctors, that someone finally listened to me.  I found that I'm in the 4th stage of hyperplasia--which has a 30% chance of turning to cancer.  So the big surgery is a preventative measure.  I'm OK with that.  I don't have children (I have the shop and a four-legged kid) and if I do, one day feel that I need to be a mother, I can adopt.  Thanks for reading all that...but that necklace will hold a special place for me.

Please visit all the other bloggers who are participating in the Bead Soup Party!

Please Click on the link to visit our hostess's website to view the full list.  Click on each participants name to view their completed projects.



Many hugs and much joy....
Michelle

Friday, September 9, 2011

Beady Soup Goodness

I've been a bad bead soup party partner!  I received my lovely beads from Fiona of Christals Creations and took my pictures but didn't send out a post.  I did work on my finished piece over Labor Day weekend--yes, I did play instead of work which is what I do every weekend.  Those beads were just calling out to me.  I haven't worked on it since then, but it is almost complete!  I will finish it on Sunday. 

Miss Fiona sent me a lovely stash from England.  I love the watery blues that she send me and started to formulate my plan.....I'm please with the pieces...yes, I did say pieces--that I've created so far.  I've got 5 pieces in the works and will still have lots of beads left over from this bundle of goodness.

On Tuesday, I'd appreciate some good vibes sent my way.  I'll be having a minor surgery...my 1st surgery since I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 15.  This will then be followed up by the big surgery sometime in October.  I will be out of commission for about 2-6 weeks.  My surgery will help me, but will throw me into instant menopause.  I guess if I'm going to get hot flashes, I'll start getting them when it's cold outside...LOL.  I'm in good spirits, but if you think of me on the 13th, send me lots of positive thoughts and light.

Bead Happy,
Michelle

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party


I'm late (almost late) for a very important DATE! My partner, Fiona Christie, is getting her package shipped out tomorrow. The lovely Lori Anderson is hosting another Bead Soup Blog Party. There are a whopping 362 participants this go round. Hope you visit as many of us as you can when the big reveal date rolls around on September 17.

I hope Fiona likes her ingredients. I had fun picking them out! Have you visited the other blogs yet to get a sneak peek of what they've sent to their partners.

Many Hugs!
Michelle
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Drumroll Please......

Whew!  It's been a VERY long time since my last post.  I won't make the excuse that I've been busy because everyone is busy.  I haven't been up to snuff so between running the shop and working my other job I've just been plain old exhausted after 5 years of 70 to 90 hour work weeks.  I have some more medical tests going on this upcoming week and I'm hoping that what they find may help solve some of my physical problems and get me creating again. 

Ok, enough about me personally and on to the BEADS!  I do have some very exciting news to share and if you have a subscription to Bead and Button magazine, you will have already seen my project.  I made the cover (just a small corner, but the cover) after submitting my very 1st stitching piece to the publication. 


Yep, that's me up there on the left.  I have totally fallen in love with Tilas and this idea just popped into my head at the paying job.  I'm fortunate that I have a boss who is accepting of the few minutes it takes me to sketch out my ideas on sticky notes! 

I hope that all has been well in Blogland.  I have lots to catch up on in the blogosphere and it may take me awhile!

Have a wonderful week!
Michelle

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Pinch of This and a Dash of That

The big day is here!  Reveal Day of Lori Anderson's (the Hostess with the Mostest) Bead Soup Party.  The roll call on this swap has an AMAZING 210 people in attendance!  Can you imagine if we were at a real party?  The diversity of style is just incredible and it for sure would not be dull.

My blog partner is the talented Serena Trent.  Serena took much better pictures than I did for what I sent her and what she sent me...my picture is in the lower right corner. 


Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
 
I made three pieces using the beads that Serena sent to me. I made the 1st necklace using one of the bars that Serena made. I drilled some additional holes in the bar in order to hang dangles. Next I added the neckstrap with basic knots using waxed linen (I knew 6 years ago that it would come in handy some day!). I made a wired embellishment on the opposite side using steel wire in 19g and some silver plated wire in 26g.

The second necklace I used the focal that Serena sent, I didn't use it with Mr. Bee facing out. I flipped the pendant over and was fascinated with the pattern on the back. I added various beads in black, silver, crystal, hematite colored glass and a just a pinch of yellow lucite flowers as bead caps. I added a length of polyester chain. I really like how this one came out--I wore it yesterday. I also made a matching pair of earrings.


 

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane   You Are Here!
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio


11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats


21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul


31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio


41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux


50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa


60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver



70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 


80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations


90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads


101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman


111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 


121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry


130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter


140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 


150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 


160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings


170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread


The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Enjoy the hop around the blog-o-sphere! And THANK YOU for visiting!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm so EXCITED!

It's that time of year....Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is hosting her wonderful Bead Soup Blog Part!  Yippee!  I'm so Excited...and I just can't hide it.... (can you tell I'm channelling the Pointer Sisters?)

The countdown begins....  Check out Lori's blog post to see the list to date!  It's a HUGE list!
Bead Happy!
Michelle