Thursday, November 1, 2012

Feels like a Snow Day without Snow.

Today I had an unexpected day off  from my job.  It felt great like a snow day without snow.  I slept late, cleaned the house did laundry, took down the Halloween decorations, put up fall and Thanksgiving decorations, had my nails done, had a couple of nice long phone conversations, sent a package to my daughter and got some of my clothes ready to take to a consignment sale. I think I must have a very dull life because I am most excited about the post covers I installed on my rusty posts.  Sadly I did not have time to make any jewelry.  I could really use a few more "snow days without snow".

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal

I am taking part in Lori Anderson's sixth Bead Soup Blog Hop.  There are 400 people from all over the world taking part in the party so imagine my surprise when I found out my partner is from my state.  Her name is Kim and she lives about 2 hours form me.  Please visit her blog cianciblue.  As partners we exchange a focal piece and a clasp.  Kim also sent me some nice beads. She sent me a beautiful copper leaf made by Patricia Healey and another artist made clasp available at Missficklemedia. We are required to use the focal and clasp in one or more designs.  We are assigned a reveal day and post our creations on that day. I love the things Kim sent and I am very excited to show the things I made with her thoughtful gifts. I cannot wait to wear them.

                                          These are the things Kim sent me.

                  This is the necklace I made from the focal piece.

                          Here are a few pictures of the focal piece

       This is what is made with the clasp and some of the beads Kim sent

 Please visit the other blogs(listed below) and share in the reveal. I hope you enjoy looking a the reveals as much as I enjoyed participating in the party.  Thank you Lorie Anderson and to my generous and thoughtful partner.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto

Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works 
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Please visit the other blogs(listed below) and share in the reveal. I hope you enjoy looking a the reveals as much as I enjoyed participating in the party.  Thank you to my Lorie Anderson and to my generous and thoughtful partner.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Showing off my Bead Soup

  My partner Kim Dvorak from CianciBlue

I received the most beautiful bead soup from my Bead Soup Blog Party partner Kim Dvorak from CianciBlue.  I love, love it.  Kim told me the beautiful focal leave is from Patricia Healey and the cool clasp is from Missficklemedia.  I have been so busy with work and my family in town.  I have had little time to play with my soup.  But my wheels are turning and I have some ideas.  I cannot wait to try them.  I think I will have a nice reveal and some beautiful pieces of jewelry to wear when I go to Seattle in September for my son's wedding.
Thank You Kim! You are thoughtful and generous. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sixth Bead Soup Blog Party

I Will be joining the Sixth Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson . 

                                     My partner is Kim Dvorak from CianciBlue

We got a late start getting our soup out to each other. One of the reasons.....we both forgot to exchange addresses!  But now we our on track and should be getting our treasures any day.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Bead and Button Show

I was lucky to attend a class taught by Melissa Cable.  She taught us how to set up a compact etching tank.  She showed us how to use it to etch our own designs on the metal.  She also showed all of the different ways to use faux bone.  Melissa also taught us how to set a stone using the frame form tool she invented.  I riveted everything together and made this great cuff bracelet.


I took the Painting with Fire Class by Barbara Lewis and learned how to glass enameled iron beads with a torch.  I made this cute bracelet with the beads I made.

I bought the kit and some glass powder.  I want to make more beads. But need more practice to get them perfect.

 My sister thought it was silly to waste time buying tools at Bead and Button.
I thought it was smart.  No shipping fees.

                                                                                        This Says It All!!!

I am so lucky to live in Milwaukee where the greatest bead show in the country takes place.  I was there almost everyday of the show.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kyla's Visit

Kyla came to Wisconsin for a quick visit. She bought Vaughn and Baby Catlett.  We got to see Vaughn walking and fully mobile.  He got to see snow for the first time.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super "food" Bowl

I thought today would be a great day to work on jewelry while my husband is preoccupied with football.  But we ended up cooking and eating most of the day. We made pretzels with asiago cheese/mustard dipping sauce. Shrimp with cocktail sauce, spinach spanakopita and guacamole. We had fun even though the Packers were not in the game. I thought the halftime show was entertaining and the food was great.