Bead Table Wednesday – New Beads and Chain

BTW (Bead Table Wednesday).  A weekly peek at what’s on my bead table.

I think I’m all about bead and chain shopping just now.  Let me take you on a tour of the many goodies laid out on my bead mat today.

Bead Table Wednesday

I was at Michaels on Tuesday and found a bunch of cool stuff on sale.  I especially love the organically shaped pink, orange and ruby colored ceramic beads.  I may wire them and add some rhodinite and carnelian with some chain for a long necklace.  Speaking of chain, I also found the chain on the lower right, on sale at Michaels, as well as the funky brass earring frames. 

The brass wire and handmade ear wires arrived this week from Fresh String Beads.  I also grabbed the whimsical ceramic hearts the moment I saw them on Kristie Roeder’s Artisan Clay Facebook page.  Aren’t they delightful?  I’m going to re-string the necklace I’ve started here and add some of the glass pearls that I set above the necklace.  I think they will help highlight the cream-colored portions of the heart.

If you’d like to take a peek into more studios, of both the people who create beads, as well as those who use them, visit the BTW Flickr group.

Monday Meanderings: A Walk On The Waterfront

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

Bits and Pieces

  •  You can now go to Beads For Busy Gals to see  the pendant, clasp and some of the beads I sent to Elisabeth Auld, my Bead Soup Blog Party partner.
  • ArtFire, the company that hosts my online jewelry studio, was ranked #1 in a Sellers Choice survey of  2,800 artisans  regarding online marketplaces!  The complete article is available at AuctionBytes.  If you sell online or are thinking about doing so, this article is very informative.
  • I’ve changed the look of my blog.  The biggest difference is that the center column is now white, making it easier on the eyes when reading.  The blog also has a clean, modern look now.  Simple and streamlined.  I’m still tweaking it a bit–I need to get my blogroll back on the right side, etc.  What do you think of the new appearance?  Please leave a comment.  I’m interested in your feedback.
  • I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who visited my blog and left comments for the Fusion Bead Challenge Reveal.  Your thoughtful comments and sense of community means a lot to me.  ♥Hugs♥

Waterfront Stroll

On Saturday, I took my dog, Chochi, to the groomers downtown, to get a bath, brush and nail clip. Afterwards we took a stroll along the waterfront.  I thought I’d share a couple of pictures.  I feel so fortunate to live close to the water.  Anytime I need a dose of serenity; Puget Sound is only 10 minutes away.  The Sound has been my friend all my life, giving me solace, strength, insight, joy and calm.

WA state Capitol Building in background

Behind Chochi is boat mooring and behind that you can see the WA state capitol dome.

Boats in foreground, WA state capitol in background

Washington state capitol building in background


Port crane with mountains in the distance

Port of Olympia crane with Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Small boat with the name of Godzilla

This little boat named Godzilla made me laugh!

red tug boat by the dock

I love this little red boat--so stout and boldly colored.

Bead Soup Package

Bead Soup Ingredients Arrive

Lori Anderson has arranged another wonderful Bead Soup Party.  I’ve been partnered with the talented jewelry designer, Elisabeth Auld.  I wrote about Elisabeth and the Bead Soup Party earlier this week.   Just today, I realized that Elisabeth was the Designer of the Week in September at the Art Bead Scene Blog.  Yay, Elisabeth!large soup bowl and ladle

This week all the Bead Soup Partners sent off packages of “ingredients” for Bead Soup.  Our packages were to include a pendant or focal piece, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.  Just look at the lovely ingredients that Elisabeth sent me!

Beads sent from Elisabeth Auld

I was so delighted when I opened the tin which was wrapped with the felt ribbon you see in the background.  This generous serving of beads includes stick pearls, glass, ceramic beads and felt beads.  Also, note the sweet little bird on the right!

Handmade pendant by Elisabeth Auld

I think I literally gasped aloud when I saw this gorgeous pendant.  Elisabeth made it herself!  I LOVE it!!!! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t have been luckier.  I’m so glad that I have such a talented partner!  And she made the clasp, as well.  Wow!  Thank you Elisabeth!

The big Reveal date will be Saturday, February 26th.  Be sure to come back then to see what everyone has made with their Bead Soup ingredients!

Handmade hook and eye clasp

Give Away News

Lori Anderson, who arranged this Bead Soup Party joy, is having a fabulous metal stamp giveaway on her blog, Pretty Things.  She has a very cool set of metal  stamps (worth $70)  to give away to some lucky winner (Me? You?).  Click here to find out how you can enter your name for the give away.

Fusion Bead Challenge

The Challenge

About 20 readers of Lorelei Eurto’s blog, Inside The Studio, are participating in a jewelry challenge.    We all bought the same beads, green leather cord and a cool pewter owl clasp from Green Girl Studio.  We could then add any other components that we wished.  Today we are revealing what we created.

Fusion Bead ChallengeGreen necklace with pewter owl toggle clasp

I was able to find all the items for the Challenge except the Lucite leaves.  So I just substituted some glass leaves that I already had in my stash.  I added some green tab-shaped glass beads which I found at Michaels when I was shopping for our last Challenge.  The color is the same green as the lichen that hangs from the trees in the woods behind our house.  The tabs also have pretty amber highlights and I liked the wavy surface texture. I echoed those amber highlights with ochre colored wood discs.  The only other thing I added were two twisted wire gunmetal colored rings.

Pewter clasp from Green Girl Studios

I used two strands of the teardrop shaped beads, to give a fuller texture.  Then I merged the two strands as they go through the glass  tab beads and the wood beads.  I wired the leaves near the gunmetal rings.

Fusion Bead Challenge necklaceThe challenge, for me, came with using the leather cord.  I had rarely used leather before and I wasn’t sure I could get the knots seated closely enough to the beads and looking neat.  But I think I pulled it off OK.   I’m quite pleased with how this turned out and I am anxious to visit all the other blogs to see everyone else’s designs.  Come blog hop with me.    Enjoy!  You are here!

Bead Table Wednesday ~ BTW Jan. 19, 2011

BTW:  Secrets!

This is my second BTW (Bead Table Wednesday) blog post.  The idea of BTW is to let readers get a peak at what is on your bead table at the moment. I love taking a virtual look at others’ work in progress.  The only problem is that I’ve got two secret projects underway today.

two wooly sheep

Psst, can you keep a secret?

Soup’s On – Secret Project #1

Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, is hosting a Bead Soup Blog Party.  She has paired all the participants and we will be exchanging packages of pendants, fancy clasps and accent beads.  The idea is to stretch our creative muscles by designing with beads that someone else has chosen for us.

I am so happy that my Bead Soup partner is Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.  Elisabeth designs beautiful jewelry which is available in her Etsy shop, Beads For Busy Gals.  She also has a delightful blog.  I encourage you to check it out.

Little Bit Naughty Red Velvet and Black Chain Necklace

Multi-strand necklace by Elisabeth Auld.

So what’s the big secret?   The beads I will be sending  to Elisabeth were all laid out on my bead table, this morning. I would have liked to photograph them for BTW before I popped them in the mail, but I want the beads to be a surprise for Elisabeth, so no peeking ‘till after they arrive at her doorstep.  We’re keeping a secret from Elisabeth.

Lorelei Fusion Challenge – Secret Project #2

This is the third challenge from Lorelei that I have done.  All the participants in Lorelei’s challenge purchased the same beads, clasp and leather cord from Fusion Beads in Seattle.  We can supplement these components with anything we want from our stash.  It is always amazing to me that 40 people working with mostly the same beads will design such a diverse body of work!  It such a treat to see everyone’s creations!

So what’s the secret here?  I can’t reveal my final design until January 21st, even though that is what is on my bead table today.  So here’s a tiny peak from when I was just laying out the beads and starting to experiment with different arrangements.

Bead Table Wednesday

I’m about a third of the way done with it now, and I will say that I’m loving how it is turning out!  Come back on the 21st to see the end result and visit all the participating jewelry blogs.

This week’s BTW was kind of a tease, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!  To see everyone’s BTW pictures, visit our BTW Flickr Group.

Monday Meanderings – Too Pretty For Words

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

Three weeks ago I showed you this orchid in bud.  Look what has happened in the meantime!

Ocidium orchid with yellow flowers

a spray of yellow ocidium in bloom

several branches of ocidium with yellow blooms

Blooming orchid on antique printers cabinetA few words about this corner of my studio.  The orchid is perched on an antique Hamilton printers cabinet that houses many of my beads.  On the wall to the left, is a hand painted Tlingit drum that my husband bought for me many years ago when I taught at Wa He Lute Indian School. To the left of the drum, is a silk wall hanging of autumn leaves,  that I painted (dyed).

ArtFire Artisan Wedding Fair

Handmade Wedding

Are you planning a wedding or do you know someone who is?  Then check out the Artisan Wedding Fair from January 17th – January 31st.   Nearly 75 ArtFire studios are participating in this wonderful event, aimed at helping you create the wedding of your dreams!


Karina wearing the bridal jewelry I designed for her.

Many of the participating studios will be offering coupons or sales.  Everything in my jewelry studio will be marked down 10% during the entire 2 weeks of the Artisan Wedding Fair, (this sale also comes at a good time to get your Valentines Day jewelry).  No matter if you are planning a traditional ceremony, something modern and edgy or a casual, fun event; you’ll find fine handcrafted or vintage items to make your special day unique and memorable.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Artisan Wedding Fair studios lately and I’ve discovered beautiful and delightful wedding and shower favors, jewelry for the bride, and bridal party, purses, centerpieces, perfume, invitations and thank you notes, wedding albums, cake toppers and more.

You don’t have to go searching all over ArtFire either, because we have a blog,  Artisan Wedding Fair, with live links to all the participating studios, as well as having articles and great tips on how to make your dream wedding a reality.

Last summer I designed the bridal jewelry for this pretty bride, Karina C.  I love these pictures.  Her joy is so evident!  Feel free to contact me if you would like to have custom jewelry designed for your special day–or any day!

bride and flower girl with custom jewelryedited to add: Here are all the links to everyone’s studios.  Please feel free to contact the shop owners with any questions you may have.  We are here to help!

Bridal Jewelry :  Necklaces, Earrings,

Bracelets, & Wedding Rings!

Linda Landig Artisan Jewelry everything is 10%
off during the Artisan Wedding Fair everything is marked at 10% off! Look for the Sale tag on specially priced items! special for bridesmaids  orders – 50%  off the
regular priced necklaces and/or earrings, when you buy 4+ of any item.

Dresses, Fragrances, Headpieces, Footwear

Bouquets, Flowers and more

Cards, Invitations, Placecards, Holders, Guest Books

Handbags and Gifts

Centerpieces, Favors , Cake Toppers, and Gifts

Tablecloths, Napkins and Gifts


Other Merchandise of Special Interest 15% off my Special Occasions section.  Use coupon code is “WeddingFair”

Create your Own:

Printers Cabinet Update

On Wednesday I gave you a peek at my work table.  So now that I’ve still got you all in my studio, I’m going to keep you here one more day and today I’ll share some of my reorganizing efforts that have been a spin-off of receiving an antique Hamilton Printers Cabinet for Christmas.

Printers Cabinet

Antique Hamilton Printers cabinet

The printers cabinet gives me loads of space for organizing my beads.  Let me pull open a couple of drawers for you.  I put my art glass in the top drawer, with  all my lampwork glass from Beads and Botanicals on the left side of that first drawer.

Lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals

Lampwork glass beads by Beads & Botanicals

Lampwork from other artists fills out the rest of that drawer.

art glass drawer in my Printers Cabinet

The next drawer contains my ceramic bead collection.

Hamilton printers cabinet with ceramic beads

In the back row, the two bird beads and the bead tied with raffia are from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth.  The blue flower pendant and the green circle are from Nancy Schindler of Round Rabbit Extra.  The curved bracelet focals in the front right compartment are by  Shattera of Shattera Clay Studio.

Watercolor painting of boats in the mangroves of Costa Rica

Yesterday I hung a favorite watercolor, by Susan England, above my printers cabinet. Susan and her husband, Andrew, run a small, remotely located, vacation spot in Costa Rica, called Cabinas Los Cocos .  My husband and I have stayed there several times.  Susan is an artist and painted this scene from the mangroves behind their place.  This picture fills me with so many happy memories, that I knew it would fill my studio with joy.

BOC Second Saturday State of Your Studio

This post is part of the monthly Beads Of Clay Second Saturday State of Your Studio blog hop, where you can share the state of your studio (your creative space) with other clay bead makers and jewelry designers.

What?  It’s not the second Saturday???  That’s right, it’s almost the third Saturday of the month.  Ah well, better late than never!

Bead Table Wednesday – BTW Jan. 12, 2011

BTW – A New Regular Feature

Bead Table Wednesday

Every Wednesday a group of beaders are sharing what’s on their bead tables.  We have a BTW Flickr group and many of us are blogging about it as well.  To learn more, or to join, go to Heather Powers’ blog Humble Beads.

A look at my bead table

My bead table on Wed. Jan. 12th

I have this wedding necklace on my bead table today.

Artisan Wedding Fair

Nearly 75 Art Fire shops have come together to put on an Artisan Wedding Fair from Jan. 17th through the end of the month. Everything in my shop will be 10% off during this event.  Our blog,  Artisan Wedding Fair , has lots of helpful hints for planning your wedding. Beginning January 17th it will have live links to nearly 75 artisan shops where you can find everything from handmade wedding invitations to wedding attire to table toppers and more!

A Wedding Necklace

This is a necklace I’m working on for that event. I’ve used tip-drilled white fresh water pearls, oval freshwater pearls and little, softly faceted sterling silver beads.  I haven’t added the clasp yet, but it will be the heart-shaped clasp that you can see to the right.

If you are not a beader, you may be wondering what those metal thingies are at the ends of the necklace.  They are called Bead Stoppers and they prevent the beads from rolling off the wire before the clasp is added.  I love them!  I can’t tell you how many times I used to have beads fall off the wire and roll all over the floor before Bead Stoppers were invented.

I hope you will visit the Artisan Wedding Fair blog and if you know someone who is getting married, please point them in our direction!

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge

New Challenge

I just joined a monthly challenge sponsored by  the Art Bead Scene blog.  According to their blog, here’s how it works:

“Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.”

There is a monthly winner, a blog hop to see everyone’s creations, and a weekly featured artist.

This month’s inspirational painting is Brown River by Wayne Thiebaud.

Jewelry inspiration for the Art Bead Scene Challenge

Brown River by Wayne Thiebaud

Here is the necklace I created in response to this painting.

Ceramic pendant by Yolanda's clay

Ceramic pendant by Yolanda's clay

The pendant for this necklace is a pretty artisan made ceramic square by Yolanda’s Clay, that features a little bird rising up in flight.

Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings are known for “clear light and vibrant color”.  This color sense is evident in the intensely hued yellow in the fields, which  I tried to capture  in  the bright yellow ceramic pendant and in the glass beads all around the necklace .  There are echos of what is known as  “strikemaster” purple, throughout the painting and that color is also echoed throughout my necklace.  Although the painting doesn’t depict any birds, one could well imagine them in this scene.  Perhaps my little birdy is singing the praises of the beautiful fields and winding rivers that Wayne Thiebaud has mastered so wonderfully !

Necklace for Art Beads Scene Monthly Challenge