Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winter Blues? Artbeads Rescue

Okay so it has been a while and let me tell you why (whether you want to know or not)  I have had the hardest time focusing.  I know it's sounds like I am whining ( I actually am) but I also know that there are much worse things to deal with than the inability to focus (see previous post...still sending good thoughts to all my friends) I have been flitting in and out of Blogger, Facebook and The Hive trying to keep up with all of you and I still plan on trying a driveby to all of you!  I can so prove this by showing you my bead tray as of late.  While it may seem organized (to avoid lose of beads to curious imp) it shows that I have not been able to complete but 1 project in the last month!  Here is the tray

And this is what I was able to finish

I don't know if any of you remember when I took my first beading class and I had too tight tension and made this on to fit an imp well....I finally ripped it all apart (yes I did) and completed it!  Now Shelby won't take it off (not even for me to get a good picture).  This one had me in a bunch too!  Remember EVERY row on this is reinforced and I have been wound a little tight lately so my tension was still off.

So I think I told you all last week that I got my first Artbeads Challenge assignment.  Winter.  Well since we are in the middle of it...yeah I can do that.  So I chose my beads and sent my request to Duchess (who by the way is soo sweet) but as you will see I was in 2 totally different moods when I choose.  I also have 2 really different and beautiful (if i choose colors correctly) designs.  Here is what came in the mail today and boy did I need them!

Winter Storm

Vintage Valentine
I need to tell you right now (besides Seeds of course) my new favorites are firepolished rounds.  Especially the ones in the top picture and guess what here's the link to Artbeads firepolished selection.  They have a great variety and I am so glad they do.  Right now 3mm are my personal favs.
Now in the second picture you fill find the most gorgeous 6mm rounds.  I fell in love when I saw them on the site and let me tell you when I got them I was not disappointed!  The color and glow of them is stunning!  I had these rivolis and I think my theme might work perfectly AND I have yet to use rivoli's in any of my pairings.  Thank you so much Duchess and I hope I do not disappoint.

Hey you know what?  I have to tell you about the most awesome seed bead collection you can get from my sweet friend Lori Cook at her Out of the Flames Etsy shop here's a picture but let me tell you this collection of seeds is superb for anyone just starting out in seed beads.

Heaven for me!!!!!
Go check it out if you can.  It is a great deal. Oh and when you get there you have to check out her cabs!

Okay so now you get the idea of where I have been.  I will be starting my Artbeads designs this weekend so wish me luck on the focus thing.  I also know that the Margie and Me reveal is this weekend so do not forget to stop by at LaBella Joya to hook up with all the goodness our friends have created from this month's inspiration.

Hugs and Blessings

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your/Shelby's new bracelet..and oh my--those winter storm beads are intriguing. Great colors. Firepolished beads are beautiful..And addictive!

  2. oh my gosh! I recently renewed my love for firepolished rounds! I picked up a pile of them last fall.

  3. The beads are all beautiful & I can't wait to see what you make with them!

  4. Great selection from Artbeads. I just love them.
    I thought you were doing OWOH????



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