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!

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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

Hostess:

Toltec Jewels                    http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Artists:

Linda Anderson                 http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                   http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                   http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens                http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                  http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                       http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger             http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                        http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                  www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                    http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                 http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                      http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                       http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack               http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman             http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                     http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                        http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers                     https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                       https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi     https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                 http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                  www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding             http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                      http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                     http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                        http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont         http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                    http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                   http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                   http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                       http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                    http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges               http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen             http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                  http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                    http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                          http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson     http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                   http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Hugs 
KK

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.  
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197893623/tutorial-for-triangulation-bracelet?ref=listing-0

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 - cbriody.blogspot.com



The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison - blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk

Susan Kennedy - www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Melissa Meman - melissameman.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor - www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog


Francesca Watson  - www.francescawatson.com

Hugs
KK

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!
KK

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

I LOVE SUE'S CABS!!!!!

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!!!




Guests


AJE Members



Hugs 
KK

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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVoFooYL5Lw

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  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com 
Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina  http://www.peru-medesigns.com
Cheryl Brown  http://www.dragonflybeads.ca
Johana Nunez Rivera  http://www.artincendi.com
Kelly Morgan http://www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com
Barbara Bechtel  http://secondsurf.com
Heather Boardman  http://www.heatherboardman.blogspot.com
Susan Kolovson  http://www.beadinspired.blogspot.com
Jayne Capps  http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy  http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson  http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Linda Younkman http://www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe  http://www.sandivolpe.com
Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Darlene Mansue  http://www.d7studioblog.blogspot.com


Have fun!!

KK

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.


Hugs
KK