This is all about my journey into the beading world that has inspired me to grow as a beader and a better me. Hang on it may be a bumpy ride but I will promise if you stick around you may find fun and friendship and watch me celebrate my family and friends as well those talented albeit sometimes twisted bead artists that inspire me to create my pairings!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal - Linda For Real this time!

I sincerely apologize my post is so late.  No real good excuses other than I have been sick all this week and my daughter and hubs came down with it yesterday.  

Linda, our lovely host for this month provided us will an amazing choice.  Frankly I had the hardest time choosing.  

You can see why cant you?  Since I love sunflowers so much I went with the cute little layered sunflower.

I actually had 3 plans fall apart as I went to create this.  And as you will see it is currently unfinished because of the sickness that has befallen our house.  (PUKE BUG SUCKS) but I am extremely happy with the way this is working out.

And hey did you see it will be asymmetrical!  I know I am not one to do this.  I will do a more complete post about this when I am finished because I did learn a lot!

Please go see what everyone else choose and stop back to see me later!

AJE Members

Hugs from a distance!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements: You 'LIKE' us!

 Excitement abounds over at Art Jewelry Elements!  Be sure to hop over to enter our week long giveaways!!!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the month Reveal - Sue Beads


This is what she offered up this month for us to play with.

Now I would have also loved some chicklets but I can not resist the chance to play with her cabs!!!!  If you saw my last post I was part of the Waxed Linen Blog hop and now I need linen and chicklets!

So on with my creation.  I should tell you that I had a little health hiccup earlier this month just when Sue's cab arrived and I needed to keep my mind off the waiting and itching.  LOL  I also new from the moment I picked my cab (actually she made one special for me....Thanks for that!) what I wanted to do.  That does not happen very often.  Here is where the inspiration came from.

I loved making the Dutch Spiral with twins so much I new it would make a good necklace!

And I embroidered the pendant with twins too!!! 

I was able to wear this on Mothers' Day to the Rochester Lilac Festival and got a few comments.

Sorry this post is so short I am working through a migraine but that does not take away the love I have for this necklace that is now a cherished part of my collection!!!  Please check out what everyone else choose and made I can not wait!!!


AJE Members


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop.....Yep I did it.

Welcome to the Irish Waxed Linen Hop hosted by the lovely Diana of Suburban Girl Studio!

I have seen projects done with it and I thought it would be cool so I mentioned to Diana that I would love to give it a shot but getting some right now was not a possibility.  I have the best friends because we worked up a little trade and she sent me some with a couple of coordinating beads of hers (swoon).  She is always so encouraging if you want to start something new.  I had heard of Irish waxed linen but I had never worked with it.  So for those of you who are not familiar with it here is what I found out about it.

As its name implies, waxed linen thread is a thick thread made from linen fibers. The thread is coated with a thin layer of wax, which gives it strength, weight and durability. Waxed linen thread is used in a variety of crafts and sewing projects.

As per usual I did not get pictures of the little kit she sent but I have now made a promise to myself and you that I will make sure to have my phone on hand when opening packages and get pictures right then and there.  Any way I went directly to Pinterest to see what I could find.  The first thing that popped up was this awesome YouTube Tutorial.

It is an excellent way to start using waxed linen and it uses seeds so you know I was hooked!  AND I was able to use this incredible button I have been hoarding of Diana's!  I love the glaze she used on this!

I also have to tell you the color she sent me Williamsburg Blue is amazing!!!  I wanted to do a triple wrap bracelet but I did not measure correctly but that is perfectly fine because I love love this bracelet. 

The next thing I wanted to try is a necklace.  I know I was being a bit over zealous but the color of the second kit just inspired the use of yet another one of Diana's flower pendants I had.

This turned out awesome but I still need to find a way to finish the clasp part.  If not Shelby swears she will steal it and make it a choker.

I wanted to know if it was the linen or the weaving that I was enjoying so I also decided to try it with some other cord I had lying around and an awesome shank button by Lisa Peters.

While I did enjoy the process of weaving and love this bracelet I would definitely prefer to use the linen.  It is stiffer and seems to stay where you put it much better.  So where can you find some?  Well I searched for you and guess what?  I found awesome colors, price and hey she is awesome!  Go check out Mary of White Clover Kiln.  Just look at this awesome selection!

So there is my part of the hop please go check out what everyone else has done. I will be doing my hopping on Sunday as today as you are reading I am either getting ready to leave, on our way or actually riding the trails for the first time on 4 wheelers!  I am very excited.

Diana Ptaszynski 
Susan Kennedy
Blanca Medina
Cheryl Brown
Johana Nunez Rivera
Kelly Morgan
Barbara Bechtel
Heather Boardman
Susan Kolovson
Jayne Capps
Michelle McCarthy
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Linda Younkman

Sandi Volpe
Toltec Jewels
Darlene Mansue

Have fun!!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal - Lesley's turn

It is time for another reveal.  I am so excited to tell you all about my journey on this one.

Here is what Lesley of TheaElements gave us to choose from.
I have to tell you lately I have realized that I do so much better with surprises on a general basis.  I am so inspired when it arrives.  I have been trying to use my stash as much as possible and I have a gorgeous stash of artbeads to work with but it seems that it is much harder to pick a component and then start picking beads.  I cant seem to choose which component to start with.  One of the other reasons I have discovered I work better with surprises that are part of challenges is that I AM challenged to make what I have on hand work.  That is so much fun for me.

As per my usual I forgot to take a picture of the component before I began to work with it.  I have to get better at remembering to do that.

So I had a bit of extra fun and challenge with this one.  Those of you who read my blog know I love twin beads by Preciosa.  They just speak to me.  So I wanted to do something a bit different and try my hand at a pattern that I have been looking at and admiring for quite a while.

Jill of Jill Wiseman Designs put out a YouTube video of a Dutch Spiral.  I have loved the look of it for some time but just haven't gotten around to playing with it.  I loved her "sticky uppy bead" rule and this cinched it for me.

Because of the beauty of the ammonite I wanted to mimic the spiral so here is what I created!

It was a bit of a bugger for me to use the clasp as it was and not just use it as a button but I really love copper and purple together.  Let me know what you think and be sure to pop over and visit everyone else to see what they have done with theirs.


Friday, April 25, 2014

My Czech Beads Competition

For any of you that follow me you know I am totally and completely addicted to Preciosa Twin beads.  They have a new competition every month for anyone who loves their beads with the possibility of winning 1000 grams of beads.  Click on the logo above for more information.

Let me repeat 1000 grams of amazing Preciosa beads!!!!

They have a theme each month and will pick 4 winners each month.  You can enter as many times as you wish.

April is Easter/Spring theme so what better piece to enter than the one I just finished in the Spring Fever Challenge I just did.

I love finding ways to incorporate twins in all sorts of stitches.  They have the best texture and organic look that I like to design.  In fact I have posted two tutorials using them on the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  One using twins in a Russian spiral you can see here and another using a cubic right angle weave variation you can see here.

Get yourself some twins and play!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Fever Blog Hop

Welcome to.....

Hosted by the amazing Lesley of TheaElements, Caroline of BlueberriBeads because frankly we have all had enough of this long winter and needed some color!! Here is what they put together.

Lesley made all these and I would have loved all any of these sets.

Caroline rocked these bird sets in fact she and I may have to chat because I have always wanted to make an necklace with the theme of Bob Marley's 3 Little birds.
They also got together with Claire of Smitten Beads who added sari silks.
I have never worked with fiber and I was more than a bit nervous but look at the colors!!!
So you know I needed some color and since I am a stalker fan of both Lesley and Caroline I through my name in and crossed all fingers and toes and waited.  Obviously we would not be here if I didn't get picked to play but I had to show you my excitement. Then there was the waiting......which is a bit longer coming from the UK but well worth the wait!!!!!

Here is what I received.

I was more than happy!!!  But where to start? Actually I did have an idea before the beads actually came.  If you know me you know I try to incorporate twins in everything.  Those little beads and I are very happy to play together I was just hoping I had the right color and when this pendant arrived I new I did.  Now I will also tell you this color scheme scared the hell out of me.  I have never thought of yellow and purple together but Lesley, Caroline and Claire did it so I gave it a go.

Now I should remember to take pictures of the beads when I first pair them but I always seem to be in the creative mode when inspired like this so I forget.  I knew I wanted to bead around the fiber so that it would show because frankly it is gorgeous!!!!  I have never ever purchased fiber and always always turned away from anywhere it was displayed but that had changed.  Someday I want all of the gorgeous colors in Claire's shop!!!

So what did I do?  Well I concocted a netting with the twins that worked perfectly with the fiber peeking through.
I was going to have just the chain and pendant and make something different for the birds but they all wanted to play so I had fun putting one of Caroline's bird's on Lesley's bead that kinda looked like a nest.  On the other side it looks like a bird sitting on an egg (let's not think that she actually laid it okay because that would really have hurt)  

How to finish it?  I sort of ran out of the twins ( I hate when that happens I should have an unlimited supply of all of the twins ya know) so it was kind of decided for me that I would need to have some of the fiber sticking out but I really love it.  I love the softness.

Thank you does not even cover how happy I am that I was able to play along. 


Now lets all go see what everyone else created shall we?

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