Sunday, February 28, 2010
What a great song on many levels... You might be wondering, "what is she thinking?"...actually, I never realized what the song was about. The novelty of a band with odd instruments and what looked like upside-down flower pots on their heads sort of overshadowed the music itself when I was in a more youthful time.
However, the words below definitely helped me today and I will continue to use this song as an anthem for overcoming adversity! How Cool!
Here are some of the lyrics:
When a problem comes along you must whip it; before the cream sits out too long you must whip it; when something's going wrong you must whip it now; whip it into shape ; shape it up get straight ; go forward, move ahead; try to detect it; it's not too late ; to whip it ; whip it good when a good time turns around; you must whip it; you will never live it down unless you whip it; no one gets away until they whip it; i say whip it whip it good i say whip it; whip it good!!
I also encountered another way to overcome adversity today... the solar STAR! I found this at our local Meijer grocery store today. It is SOLAR powered!!
If you have a Meijer store, make sure you get one of these, they are so sparkly and fun!!
All your troubles or areas you might be feeling some adversity in will melt away when you see the colors it cycles through at night, red, green blue...ahhh! Beautiful!! It is dark outside now and I'm telling you, this star is gorgeous!! :)
In preparation for getting inspired and starting another new week, I hope you will join me in a quick trip down blogger lane to see what everyone has been up to...
About.com Jewelry Making Tammy got the 411 on some very cool new metal stamps. Though these can also be used with clay as well.
Art Bead Scene The Art Bead Scene begins a new monthly feature - the ABS Carnival Blog! Let the Carnival begin!
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts Bopping Along the ICE Resin Blog hop - My resin version of Little Egypt.
Beading Arts Do you want to try lampworking? Cyndi's been busy at the torch again.
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi uses a candy mold to make a new resin pendant.
Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva Cindy takes a bead shopping trip to the Great White North and almost passes out!
Studio Chronicles Melanie unleashes her grumpy feelings with a little rant and a bead sale! A mystery package is the catalyst for this creative challenge. Up for it? You could win a free book!
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei had a chance, a while back (2008) to have a nice little interview with etsy seller, Patina Queen! This is Lorelei's wire supplier, and she ROCKS!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! jean is breathless with delight when she receives a gift from her friend the artist Lisa Kan!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Andrew shares his feelings about the awesome new Spring issue of "Stringing" magazine.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I received these beads as part of the Rings & Things blog partner program.
I was gathering materials earlier today so I could sit down to create something and discovered this PVC bracelet band that I found in the bargain bin and blogged about last summer.
I was thinking it would be fun to wire some of these beads to the band in a random design. Not surprisingly, my random idea flew out the window for a more structured design.
I think the flower-like form is pretty cute and after wearing it all day, I have pretty much formed a loving bond with it. :)
I caught a glimpse of it on my wrist in the hall mirror a few times today and it makes me smile. As always, that equals success in my book!!
I have also posted a picture of the earrings I made for a coworker to accompany a bracelet she asked me to fix that she had bought on vacation.
I stole a couple of the triangular shell beads from her bracelet so she would have earrings too and it just so happened I had received these special beads in the mail!
The sparkle on these electric beads is really amazing. My coworker wore them all day on Monday and every time I saw her, I saw the sparkle! It was great! I even heard her get some unsolicited comments about them!
I hope everyone is getting in a little bit of fun and crafting this weekend! The snow is falling AGAIN pretty steadily right now... One day soon I NEED TO SEE GREEN!
FTC compliance disclosure, notice of material connections: the items in this post from Rings&Things were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blog Partner Program for review or design purposes. More info about the Rings & Things Blog Partner Program
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I enjoy making bracelets, but these beads are going to have to become part of a necklace, but FOR SURE worked into earrings!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So, back to the beads at hand... I think these would be so adorable clustered together in a dangly pendant with each shell pearl hanging at a slightly different length. Either a ribbon, cord or chain would make a great necklace for something like that. OR, maybe even a necklace that incorporates ribbon, cord AND chain!
The possibilities, as always, are only as limited as your imagination!
Monday, February 22, 2010
I will then pull out the similar groups individually so you can see how pretty they all are through the week. It is a slightly different approach for me, but I'm sure you can understand how the beads made me do it! :)
I also wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone for playing along in yesterday's challenge to guess the meaning behind the bracelet I made on Saturday. There were lots of great guesses and some sweet stories too!
I hope you are all having a great week so far!! :) If not, think SPARKLE...that usually helps!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Once I had a chance to look at the beads that went into the necklace, I thought it would be fun to make it into a bracelet.
I wouldn't have guessed the meaning behind it if I hadn't been told and thought this might make a fun challenge here.
So, if you are the first person to identify the type of bracelet I was going for here, I will happily send you a random bead mix of miscellaneous pieces and parts that have been previously showcased on Abeadaday!
I'm working on sharing the bead love, while reducing the amount of space needed to house all my cool stuff! :) It's a win-win situation!
I can't wait to hear your thoughts! If you ALL "get it" I will think, gee I must have been living under a rock or in my very own bead-bubble again!
If you are the first to get it right, I will contact you through your blog, website or email address.
AND...it just wouldn't be Sunday without taking a few minutes to load up on inspiration from our fellow bead bloggers below:
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean is embroiled in a conundrum--help a girl out!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Working with Jill MacKay's new line of decorative bezels, Andrew experiments with resin and takes advantage of the bezels' deep walls.
Art Bead Scene Art Bead Scene teams up with Margie Deeb for a color challenge.
Beading Arts Cyndi's new bead embroidered necklace has everything but a name!
Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva Inspired by the color of summer gardens in a seed catalog, Cindy creates a new bead.
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Celebrate the many uses of Ice Resin with Melanie's blog latest blog series which highlights some of her newest works
Jean Campbell Jean reviews Margie Deeb's (pretty fabulous) Spring/Summer 2010 Color Report.
Jewelry & Beading Have you heard of Zulugrass? Find out about the wonderful industry that's helping to support the Maasai, and enter to win a piece!
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei is still a little nervous to try her hand at using resin. But the pendant in this necklace turned out nice at any rate.
About.com Jewelry Making Tammy reminds you about a thriving jewelry community and how to keep up with news on her site.
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi restrings a strand of cheap plastic beads with a wristlet. Repurposing is great!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
When I saw it, I remember going through a rendition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's, "How do I love Thee? (Sonnet 43)".
Here is my version:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
1. I LOVE the brown hemp cord used especially against the cute light colored flowers.
2. I love that the flowers make me think of Hawaii (which I've always wanted to visit)
3. I LOVE the chain that was used to give it a bit of an edge while still maintaining a girly vibe.
4. I love the great shell beads that bring thoughts of ocean breezes...
Basically, I love this bracelet!! After mentioning to Tish that I'd like to buy it if possible, she suggested a trade. She thought a random mix of beads would be fun to receive, so random it was!! Hopefully she actually finds something fun to play with!!
THANKS TISH!! It came today and I just absolutely adore it!! :)
Thanks also to everyone for your encouragement and for those who were able to stop by the bead shop to chat and allow me to sign their book, A Bead in Time. I had a great time and will keep you posted on future events and giveaways!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
It had just turned to spring when I was working on projects for the book. In my neighborhood you MIGHT see an occassional dandelion, but most people prefer not to have them.
I am a real pushover for the underdog in any situation and was determined to find a yard full of them to photograph. After driving around town, I discovered that a local school yard was covered in them!
Most projects in the book have the inspiration photo I used to create each piece. So, here is the "ode to the dandelion" project. I had never worked with these brooch forms before and it was lots of fun!
I also wanted to take a moment to thank the following individuals who have been so kind as to post new reviews of the book.
Dave Robertson of Rings&Things in Spokane, Washington. THANK YOU Dave!!! :)
Davinia of Deez News from Australia who was one of the recent giveaway winners. She had some very kind words to share! THANK YOU!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I'm not sure if I would use them as demonstrated on the box, but like the cuteness and brushed silvery look for use in another project.
Once the netting, shown earlier in the week, is "stuffed" with the beads, you could sew on a spattering of sparkly crystals to the outside.
Sounds good in theory, but I think it is one of those trial and error situations!
I hope everyone is having a great week, one more day till the weekend arrives!
If you are going to get snowed in this weekend, don't forget to pick up milk, bread and BEADS! :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I'm amazed there is so much of it and very intrigued to start playing with it.
It seems very crafty and I could really use a good craft to do right about now!
Being able to freely express yourself creatively seems to help keep the flow balanced, sort of like "in with the good air, out with the bad".
I'm not sure how far this material stretches and if I can fit just one bead at a time in the little tunnel. How fun this is going to be to experiment with!!
I like the silvery tint to the netting that will complement the pale green in an interesting way. I greatly enjoy making jewelry for myself that I know will be a conversation piece.
I noticed someone looking at my wrist today and even though I had on the most sparkly piece of jewelry I have ever made (using 140 6mm crystal ab2x swarovski bicones), she didn't comment.
I think it was too pretty and perfect... Maybe it was too expected or maybe she had seen it many times before and it didn't make her squint her eyes and do a double take. People do like that.
So, maybe that's my next jewelry making mission...dare to be different! :)
If you have any cool netting ideas or experiences with this material, please share!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I've been thinking of many ideas for using the fabulous handmade beads that were sent to me by Mikki of the Beaded Carpet. Here is the original post from a week or so ago.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
They very nicely complement that adorable lampwork heart with the raised dots and flourishy-leaf design.
Rather than just straight stringing, I was thinking it might be fun to do a right angle weave somehow using jet black bicones...hmm. Something to think about!
Another option would be a 3 strand bracelet with the heart and cubes strung in the center and a couple outer strands of bicones and other complementary beads.
I noticed that Artbeads.com posted LOTS of great heart designs on their facebook page if you are still looking for ideas!
Friday, February 12, 2010
If I could jump in the air and click my heels together, that's what I'd be doing! Instead, I'm celebrating with some lowfat popcorn :)
I'm so glad it's Featured Designer Friday....finally!!
During a phone conversation with a coworker earlier this week, she mentioned the bracelet she ordered on Etsy had arrived and next time I was in her "neighborhood" to stop by.
It took us a while to connect, but we finally had a few minutes to take a break together to admire it!!
WOW! I was so impressed with this bracelet that I think my mouth might have hung open for a minute before I could speak. All I could say was, "wow"! No wonder she was so excited about it!
I immediately knew I needed to contact the etsy seller who made the bracelet and ask if I could share her work today. I was so glad she agreed!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
In fact, these fun designs are on BOTH sides of the bead! I also like the balance between the dots and the little flourishy-leaf.
It is beads like this one that makes me wish I had some glass and a torch. The only down side to that would be that my husband and dogs might never see me again!
Now if I am obssessing with beads, I can still be in the same room with everyone else. I can't wait to show you the cubes that go along with this heart bead, but that will have to wait until another day!!
Friday is almost here, ahhh....can't wait for that sigh of relief at the end of the Friday workday!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It's been many years, probably 4 or 5 since I have worn one. I am pretty good at keeping tabs on the time. I think I might have developed a 7th sense :)
On one hand I think it will be fun to design a watch band for it and on the other hand is the concern that I will rely on it too much and then it will rule me! (like coffee!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on that and get some cool watch ideas just in case!
My first thought is to use a couple strands of stretchy cord with a variety of colors and maybe even a random pattern.
I once saw a freeform peyote watch in a magazine that was VERY cool, but I have never successfully pulled off freeform peyote. I have a tendency to want to stick with some kind of pattern.
I can't wait to hear your ideas!!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It was very pretty watching it from the 22nd floor of my building as it covered everything in sight!
What do you think?
Monday, February 8, 2010
In the mean time, try focusing in on this great sun-shiny yellow shell bead. This came from Joann, Etc. and I believe it was in the button aisle!
Okay, one more time, THINK WARM SUN-SHINY DAY!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
As long as you know all your people are safe, groceries are in the fridge and there are plenty of beads to play with, it is not a horrible thing!
I hope you will join me!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! :)
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei's blog has a new look. And she heads to cooking school!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Kim Miles! Who makes prettier Valentine's day, or "just for yourself" gifts than Kim? Wait til you see what she has up her sleeve...the Ace of Hearts, so to speak!
About.com Jewelry Maing Catch up on the latest jewelry web news from contests to free tutorials with this handy list of links.
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi did "knot" stress out making this new necklace!
Cindy Gimbrone aka the Lampwork Diva With the help of Vintaj brass, Cindy whips up a set of tethered butterfly earrings with her bronze floral charms.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
As usual, my use of beads often has to do with the supply available.... Since I had these 6mm black diamond bicones in the same container as the red bicones, when I ran out of red, it made sense to use them. :) I just love swarovski crystal beads...what would I do without them? Let's hope I never have to find out!
Friday, February 5, 2010
She also has so many fabulous rings that are very diverse, from some that look like fireworks exploding to some like this turquoise ring that are chunky and fun!
Mamasakio, otherwise known as Shirley, also features earrings for every design taste and color combo.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I probably should have waited until the weekend to blog about these beads since they have only been in my possession for a few hours.
I haven't really processed how special they are or gotten over the emotional experience, BUT I just couldn't wait to share them!
These beads came in the mail today as a surprise from my friend and fellow bead blogger, Mikki Ferrugiaro of the Beaded Carpet.
When I saw her name on the package, I started tearing at it trying to get it open before I even took off my coat and scarf.
I left a huge pile of torn box and bubble wrap in my wake and finally got to see what was inside and my jaw dropped open!
The letter inside was SO SWEET! Mikki said she was proud of me and, in keeping with the message in my book, wanted to help me remember this time. She made beads inspired by my book cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh! She has called these "Beads in Time". Awww!!
She has taken polymer clay and you can see in the focal bead and the two beads to either side that the clay is wrapped around what looks like coral. I have no idea how in the world she did this, but it is the coolest thing I have ever seen, the colors and beachy vibe are PERFECT!!
Mikki, I'm sending out a great big hug!!! I am just so in awe of your creativity, thoughtfulness and generosity!! THANK YOU!!
Okay, tissue please....!