Bird A Week Challenge: Weeks 36 thru 39

I am doing catch up with the bird a week challenge.  I  had to take a little break, but want to continue the challenge since I have come so far into the year.  So, I sat down and drew and doodled whatever came to mind.  And here are my Bird A Week  for weeks 36 through 39:


My One Year Blog Anniversary!

I can’t believe it has been a whole year already!  My main reason for starting my blog was prompted by my younger son going off to College.  I also wanted to share my interests and passions.  What started off mainly as a place to share my lampwork beads, jewelry, and doll making quickly evolved to add photography, digital graphics and scrapbooking.  The more I blogged, the more fun things I discovered in the digital world.  Now I just blog about whatever takes my fancy.

Today, I am again doing what I did exactly one year ago: helping my younger son move back to school; this time for his second year in college.  I also wanted to thank everyone that have visited my blog and left kind comments by giving away a couple of my lampwork creations.  I will have a random draw a week from today, on September 25, 2011.  For those interested, just leave me a comment on this post.  And here are my two creations; a lampwork vessel pendant, and lampwork beads bracelet.  Both are all handmade and finished in sterling silver:

And again, thank you so much for visiting!

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) Reveal! Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is again hosting this wonderful event! In a nut shell, the BSBP is a blog event where jewelry makers gather, are paired off, exchange beads, and make wonderful things with the beads they receive.  For this party, I was paired off with the very kind and thoughtful Tracey Weiser of Summer Smack. Tracey sent me a most wonderful bead soup! For the moment, I was not able to find the photo of the beads she sent me, so I will just point them out as I go along.  Tracey’s beads were a collection of earthy polished stones, wood, brass bird charm, and handmade copper clasp.  I was able to use them all , and here are the things I made:

First off, I made this wire wrapped bracelet. I used the main focal Tracey sent me along with the small round stone beads.  I added Czech polished beads, copper chain, and clasp:

For this necklace, I used the delicate off white stone (bone?) beads, brass bird charm, and handmade brass clasp from Tracey.  I complemented them with cut glass beads, and Czech polished glass beads to achieve a more vintage feel.  I really like the bird charm on the back of the necklace:

I used what remained of the white stone beads, combined them with Vintaj brass components, and finished them with copper lever back ear wires to make these earrings:

I glued on Vintaj components to the wood beads from Tracey with the polished stones and hung them on copper lever back earwires to make these earrings:

And for the last earrings, I dangled the tiny stone beads from some components I had:

And finally, I made a necklace for my Blythe Doll, Pinkie with what was left of the tiny stone beads:

That’s it. I just want to thank Lori Anderson for organizing this fun party, and to Tracey for being such a nice partner! Now for the list of participants and their blogs go to the Official Bead Soup Blog Party List !  Thank you for stopping by!

Vintage Beads From Europe

I am a lover of all beads, especially vintage beads. So when Vente of Vintage Beads From Europe approached me to try out some of her wonderful vintage bead mixes, of course I said Yes! Vente’s passion and interest led her to open her own on-line store where she offers a variety of soft and hard vintage plastic beads as well as metal findings and jewelry accessories.  And here are the bead mixes she sent me:

Ideas are already spinning in my mind as to what to make with these fun beads – check back  later to see what I come up with!

Cup Bead Soup Update #2

Here is the second update of  Lori Anderson’s Cup Bead Soup where I am the artist of the month.  Lori has come up with a gorgeous bracelet with the pink/orange beads I made:

Photo: Courtesy of Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

For more information and detail, visit Lori at Pretty Things.

Zentangle Challenge #39 “Love Is All You Need”

The Diva has challenged us this week with the theme “Love Is All You Need” in rememberance of all those who perished and were affected by the tragedy of 9/11 ten years ago.  My idea of Love is Family; our immediate families, our community, country, and global families:

Drawing Lab 2011: Jackson Pollack

I found this weeks assignment pleasantly freeing. The style of art was to do a “Jackson Pollack”.  I chose my favorite colors, and just went at it:

Zentangle Challenge #38 “Better Than A Pair Of Ducks”

I’m getting behind with so many things lately.  Life just kind of happens.  I love to zentangle, so I do make a point of completing the weekly challenges.   This week, the diva challenged us to use the tangle Paradox, and here is my tangle:

Drawing Lab 2011: Student’s Choice#8

For this weeks student choice, I did the Draw A Cat lesson:

Update Hummie’s World PSE Class

I have been obsessively working through my PSE class.  Since I just signed up for the Photography class to learn how to better utilize my SLR camera, and I want to sign up for the Designer’s class coming up in October, I thought I would try and finish the PSE class as soon as possible.  One of the tutorials utilized a site called Wordle.  I found it interesting enough that I thought I’d share.  You can basically create “word clouds”.  I used it to make this layout:

You type in words, and it arranges it in different ways.  I think this is such a neat and useful toy.

Cup Bead Soup Update

Lori Anderson of Pretty Beads has extended my Cup Bead Soup Artist for the month of August into September – yay! And here is her first creation.  She has made a beautiful chandelier pull – it never occured to me to make them out of hollow beads:

You can go to Lori’s Cup Bead Soup Blog for more on this beautiful creation.

(Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson)

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 35/52

I like drawing vintage style characters, so for this week, I drew a chick with a bonnet: