Friday, April 29, 2011
Fire Mountain Gems is giving us the free tutorial to this gorgeous necklace (click HERE). It is designed by Catherina Thomas. I love how it just slips through its own loop in the front and that pearl....wow, how dramatic!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Here's a free beautiful rope necklace tutorial (click HERE) to use with your "Ruby's Convertible Beaded Cuff" (click HERE). It is a twisted tubular herringbone; sounds complicated, but it's not. It is from Squidoo.
Monday, April 25, 2011
It's a slider, a beaded bead, a bead cuff, a caged bead, a netted bead, a "Ruby's Convertible", call it whatever, it is gorgeous. You can find the free tutorial from Ruby's HERE.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
A friend suggested calling it, "Run with the Wind".
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I stopped at Goodwill the other day and picked up some beat up cuff bracelets; perfect for covering with cane slices. I painted on some liquid clay (upper left corner) and let it sit for 10 minutes while I made a cane sheet. Ran it through the pasta machine and then cut a strip to apply to the cuff. I trimmed the edges, baked it and voila--a new bracelet!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Yesterday I received a letter from Bead & Button magazine (click HERE) saying one of the pieces I submitted to their Bead Dreams International Competition (click HERE) was juried in! Along with the letter was a contract giving them the rights to publish my piece. I feel like I have won the lottery! My piece will be on exhibit from June 3 to June 12 at the Bead & Button Show (click HERE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is the largest consumer bead show in the world. The Bead Dreams exhibit (photo below) is visited by over 10,000 people each year.
Monday, April 18, 2011
You can download the free pattern for this beaded closure (click HERE). It is worth the free registration as Rita Sova of Sova-Enterprises offers many free patterns, information sheets, graph paper and charts. I found this while scrolling through Beads for Brains blogspot (click HERE). Mandy of Beads for Brains has a great blog full of references, photos and info. She is always creating something interesting.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Over the weekend, a couple of us took a master class from artist, Becky Joy.
Becky Joy (in the hat) giving us a demonstration of her painterly technique (below). The wind was so bad, we had to move to the ramada and start another painting from another vantage point.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Plein Air Painters group went to the Desert Botanical Gardens to take photographs to use as references. We also got permission to come back next week to paint. Of course, my favorite is the second photo above. Textures. It was great!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This is my computer class on Monday mornings. Trying my hand at Photoshop Elements 8.
Great teacher and assistants, nice big teaching screen and two hours each week.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
The Bracelet Group's bracelets. Each of us incorporated the crystals from the Paris flea market into our bracelets in different ways. I served desserts and drinks and we each did show & tell for our bracelets.
It was really special and I was so glad to be a part of it.
Whatever I could think of to decorate with beads, I did. Beads everywhere.
I used up some vintage beads on the napkin rings. The 2" memory wire is perfect for napkin rings and little girl's bracelets.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
My Easter Basket. I fell in love with this felted bowl the last time I was at the yarn store. It is about 28" around and feels scrumptious. I love the colors and the sheer size of it. And let's not forget the texture. Oh the texture! I thought I could knit that! And then remembered I can't get past a scarf so I treated myself.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I got to the last two rows of this great scarf and dropped all the stitches. I love, love, love the yarn, so will do it again, but will invest in the right knitting needles. I thought I would save and buy some cheap wooden ones that had terrible points, but I pushed on thinking it's almost done....it was done all right.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A beaded basket to hold your jewelry. This tutorial is from BeadJewelryMaking.com (click HERE). OK, not exactly Easter.....maybe more Mother's Day, but toss a couple of beaded eggs in there and you're good to go.