Thursday, January 8, 2015

Art Jewelry Elements week in Review!

I wanted to share with you the amazing posts that were shared this week on the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  If you are not familiar with it I am happy to introduce you and if you already know about it but just got too busy to read then here is a brief description and link for you!

Friday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/feliz-ano-nuevo-happy-new-year.html

Linda is livin her dream and sharing the heritage.

Saturday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/december-component-of-month-reveal.html

This was the reveal of the Component of the month hosted by Diana you will be amazed at all the beauty!

Sunday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/using-your-bead-stash-pitfalls-of.html

Lindsay talks about the pitfalls of bead hoarding and boy can I relate!

Monday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/unearthed-beads-of-fremont-state-park.html

Diana shared one of her excursions while visiting Utah.  You need to check out the beads, pendants and buttons she saw!

Tuesday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-little-glass-vocabulary-lesson.html

Sue introduces us to three types of glass used in lampwork and holy wow I was impressed!

Wednesday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-little-glass-vocabulary-lesson.html

Jennifer has reached hoarder status and I am so jealous!!!  Look how she is organizing!

Thursday - http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/metal-clay-lovehate-relationship.html
Caroline has a love/hate thing going on with metal clay but if you ask me I am in love with her creativity!

I love being a part of this group!!!

Hugs
KK


Monday, January 5, 2015

Art Jewelry Elements December Component Reveal Very Very Late

Welcome to my part of the Component of the Month Reveal for Art Jewelry Elements.  I know this is very very late since the reveal was to be on January 3rd and this is January 5th.  We had a modem issue so no Internet for a few days made this happen.

This is what Diana had for us to choose from.....

If you know me you are very aware that I not only love Diana but I am addicted to her stoneware! She makes the most amazing pieces with a feel that warms me. I do have a small stash that I hoard!  I know big surprise.

When I got my piece I knew I wanted to play in white.  So I gathered all my white beads with a couple additions because well I did not have a huge stash of white.

I played with components because I thought that was where I wanted to go but the beads again had a mind of their own.


So I started playing.  And I really liked it!

So I went with it and here is what I created.


I will totally be making a bracelet to match and no Shelby is not stealing this one!

Please go check out what everyone else created because that is what I am doing tonight after dinner!
Monthly Winners

AJE Blog Team

Hugs
KK

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.

Hugs
KK

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!!!!



Hugs
KK

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.



Hugs
KK

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! 

Hugs
KK

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 - http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson - http://francescawatson.com/

Hugs
KK