Sunday, October 26, 2014

how i feel

There will be no pretty pictures in this posy just plain emotion so if you want to pass you will not insult me.

I am sitting here remembering being 6 months pregnant and imagining how and what my child will be.  Will she (I was pretty sure I was having a girl) be healthy, happy what color hair will she have ( red by the way ) and what kind of mother will I be.

Fast forward 21 + years and now I am thinking have I done what I should have.  We just got back from moving her for the fourth time.  The first time for college.  The second time when she started her dream job and needed to be closer because she doesn't yet drive.  The third because she got laid off and needed to come back home.  But this time is so very different.

Before there was still a need for our involvement.  Take her shopping, to the Laundromat, and help with the little issues that came up.  This the she is not alone.  She has chosen to start a life with her boyfriend.  He will be transporting her.  He will be doing the little things that need to be fixed around the apartment.  They will be taking care of each other.  While I am excited for them I am a little sad.

I do define myself as a good mother although some will say I spoil my kids.  I have been the one that has made sure she ate healthy, took her meds,  helped her in times of struggle.  Have I given her enough information?  Have I prepared her to be a good partner? Will she still come to me for advise?  I know she is ready to be out but still this is so bittersweet.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal!!!

It is that time again when we reveal our take on the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month.  I love this time of the month as much as when we learn what each artist has chosen to feature.   This month it was Kristi's of KristiBowmanDesign turn to host and this is what she made for us.

She calls them Goddess Vessels.  I was instantly in love and told her to surprise me!  

And surprised I was!

I was thinking I was getting a copper one not white copper so I actually had a plan in mind before it even arrived.  I sometimes love it when a plan is side tracked!!!  As soon as I opened it I knew instantly what I was going to do!

Diana had been telling us of her adventure in chainmaille and I have a Facebook friend who always sends my mind working when she post her creations.  Now most of you know that wire and I are not friends in the slightest and so it may be totally surprising you that I am thinking like this.  Wire?  Kristen?  This ought to be good!

Well surprise!  

NO WIRE Chainmaille!!!  Yep I stitched each and every ring myself!  You will see that it is not completed because you know something else?  OH does this one use up the beads!!!

I am totally happy with how this piece turned out!  I was going to go all Celtic mythology on you but with all the research I did do putting it together to make sense was posing a challange.

Please stop by to see what everyone else has created with their vessels I know I am excited!!!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Recycled Glass Beads

I always wondered if it was possible to actually recycle glass for beads.  Recently I was contacted by Jenny at the Bead Chest to check out some of their recycled glass beads.  You know me I love to check out all new beads to be so I immediately said yes.

Here is what they sent me.

Look at the cool color!  I have been trying to come up with something to make with them but frankly I just see pretty right now.  They have a very organic shape and are rather large for what I am used to playing with.

I encourage you to check out the unique selection that they have you may find something that strikes you.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Echo Creative Club - August Spotlight and Reveal!

***  I have to tell you that this post was actually written in August in time for the Reveal but since my computer has been out of commission and all the information was on it, it did not get posted until today.  Smartphones are only great if you know have all the information you need to use it!  LOL***

Welcome to the Echo Creative Club Artist spotlight.  I miss doing a monthly challenge for Jeannie so much so when she asked me to fill in I was more than delighted!

This time I got to pick and of course any of you who followed my journey with Jeannie know I LOVE her Gin Blossoms.

In fact I am kind of addicted.

This is the one I got to play with this time.

I have a love of black and white so you know I was totally thrilled to get it.  I let it sit for a while to tell me how it wanted to be embellished.  Then there it was!  A beautiful pattern by ELLAD2

If you have pinch and O beads you HAVE to make this one!  I love the way it lays and feels and with my chosen colors it is perfection.  I love working on Ella's patterns too because they come with clear instructions and pictures to match!  This girl has skills!

Here is my finished piece Night Blossom and it is truly one of my favorites!!!

If you get the opportunity to play with one of Jeannie's amazing beads let me know! 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the month -Rebekah

Good morning and welcome to the Component of the month hop hosted the month by Rebekah of Tree Wing Studio.

This is what Rebekah gave us to choose from.

This was very exciting for me as I have never worked with any component like this before.  These are hand painted leather.    However when they arrived something happened.  A good many of you know that my Daughter Shelby occasionally dabbles in making jewelry and when she got a look at these she was in love began begging me to let her play with them.  It was a hard decision but if you had seen the look you would have given in too.

So I would like you to hop over to Shelby's blog and take a look at what she created!
And as always I am so excited to see what everyone else has made!

Guest Artists

The AJE Team
Jenny Davies-Reazor -
Francesca Watson -


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy-Chicks-Choose-Chicklets Blog Hop

Hosted by the lovely Rita of Jewel School Friends.

I was completely thrilled to be one of the lucky participants for this challenge.  I am a huge fan of Sue of Suebeads.  She is not only a friend but a very talented artist.  And lets face it these chicklet beads are so fun and happy who wouldn't be excited?

Well I wanted something special to showcase this little treasure so it sat and sat until it started talking.  I know you have heard me say this before but it is so true for me.  I put so many options together but unless the bead is chatting up a storm it just doesn't fit.  So like I said it sat and sat.  In fact it sat until Friday.  I had a few other pieces to complete while I was waiting for it to get chatty.  Darn thing just wouldn't speak I tell ya.

So I had to finish up a necklace from the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month that Linda had hosted because I finally knew the right way to clasp it.

Dont you know that little chicklet began screaming at me!  I knew just what to do!  

I loved how this turned out and to be honest since I am going to BeadFest in August I am getting a whole strand to play with because I can see a bracelet full of them.

Now you all should know I have to remake this.  And this is why...

Did you see that thread!!!!!!  You should have heard the words when I found it!!!  (Well probably not cuz some of you think I am too nice to say what came out of my mouth)

I will remake it and wear it because it is just so precious!  Now I want you to go check out what everyone else made with theirs!!!  I am so excited to hop!

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:              SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website           SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads               SueBeads


Toltec Jewels          


Linda Anderson       

Jennifer Reno         

Shirley Moore         

Kristen Stevens      

Marybeth Rich        

Jael Thorp             

Melissa Trudinger   

Andrea Glick          

Nan Smith              

Blanca Medina        

Shai Williams          

Carolyn Lawson       

Rana Wilson            

Robin Reed             

Robin Showstack     

Sheila Prosterman   

Karla Morgan           

Kari Asbury              

Kelly Rodgers           

Jayne Capps             

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi

Heather Richter       

Chris Eisenberg        

Kathleen Breeding   

Linda Landig            

Crystal Thain           

Cheri Reed              

Heather d-Entremont

Dini Bruinsma          

Lori Schneider         

Tammy Adams         

Melinda Orr             

Lennis Carrier          

Cynthia Machata      

Elizabeth Hodges     

Debbie Rasmussen   

Tanya McGuire        

Charlie Jacka          

Ev Shelby                

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Jasvanti Patel         


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal - Francesca

I may be babbling a bit but hey it is my blog!  Ha Ha

So Francesca supplied us with these amazing glass cabochons.

We could have them drilled or not.  I choose drilled.  But as usual I forgot to take pictures when I received it.

A little funny story about mine is that a few days before I received it my muse had taken a vacation and I was looking for inspiration and Derek came down the stairs and pulled out these two bags of beads.  He knows how much I love orange.

Then Francesca's pendant arrived.  It was perfect!

So I set to thinking up how I wanted to design the necklace.  I wanted to mimic the triangle shape.  Beads on the tray and needle threaded I set to play.  Well guess what?  I love the design so much that
I knew it would be perfect as a bracelet.  Yep I got side tracked.  But thanks to Francesca I actually took the time to write a tutorial.

As as you know if I get sidetracked I did not get my pieced finished even though I had made sure to set time yesterday to finish it but then yep you guessed it DRAMA killed it.  Here is what I have completed so far and my intention is to finish it today!  I love it!

Please make sure you hop along to see what everyone else designed.

Guest Designers

Carol Briody -

The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison -

Susan Kennedy -

Melissa Meman -

Jenny Davies-Reazor -

Francesca Watson  -