Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

Mark Your Calender For Sunday October 2nd!
I’ll be joining over 35 other Handmade Artisans in the

 Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

I will post a Coupon Code on Saturday Oct 2nd.  Simply enter that code at check out and you will receive 15% off the cost of your order.

**It will be a great time to start your holiday shopping, or get something you’ve been eying for yourself.**

All the Cyber Sale shops will be offering sale coupons on Sunday October 2nd.

Check back on Saturday to get the coupon code!

Little Owl Bracelet

Little Owl Bracelet
Little Owl Bracelet

Bead Table Wednesday: New Copper & Some Reorganization Progress

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New Beads, Pendants and Charms!

Yesterday I posted about meeting Kristi Bowman at Shipwreck Beads.  During our visit I bought 2 sets of charms from her and a really awesome pendant.  These are the lovely goodies that are on my bead table today.

These two sets of charms will become earrings.  I especially love the pair on the right.  I don’t know if I will be able to part with them.

copper clay components
Copper charms from Kristi Bowman

This pendant has the most amazing patina.  It practically glows.  I’ll have to really think about how I can do it justice.  You can see more of Kristi’s copper components in her Etsy shop, Dream Some.

copper clay pendant with sea urchin pattern
Sea urchin pendant from Kristi Bowman

I also brought home these beads from our shopping spree at Shipwreck Beads.

new beads and pendants
New beads and pendants from Shipwreck Beads

Studio Update

Last Wednesday, I wrote about my studio/guest room reorganization.  I didn’t get as much done on that front as I had hoped.  It was a busy week.  I had a birthday, we went to the beach, my daughter and her boyfriend visited, I met with Kristi etc.  Good, happy things; but very busy.  So, as you can see in the picture below, the overall appearance is still a disaster (embarrassed to show this).

messy room
Yikes!

But, when you zoom in on things, you’ll see that the chaos is being beaten back!

IKEA drawers in craft room
Labeled IKEA drawers for bead storage

This corner was a tumble of clutter.  (You can see how it used to look here) It looks so nice now!  I took out the white shelving and moved it to the den.  The wooden IKEA drawers are mostly sorted (& labeled–love my labeler!)  by bead color, however there are also drawers for all my pearls, and drawers for sterling silver, copper and brass. The picture below shows another similar set of shelves, with more IKEA drawers, near the door.  You can also get a peek inside my cleaned up closet space.

Bead room organization
Shelving by door & a peek into the closet.

This side of the closet used to be just piles of junk.  Look!  There is even some empty space!  The back of my car is now filled with stuff to take to the Goodwill.

closet organization
I put a small bookcase in the closet to hold craft supplies

And here’s an organizing hint:  The white shelves above the closet rod are designed to hold shoes, but I use them everywhere I need additional shelving.  Just look at how they increase the usable space above the rod!

using shoe shelves to organize craft supplies
Use of shoe shelves to organize craft supplies

I don’t anticipate being so busy this next week.  So hopefully this project will be completed by our next Bead Table Wednesday.  I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have any clever organizing tricks you use in your bead or craft space?  Please share your ideas in the comment section.  Everyone loves new organizing tips!

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I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Meeting Kristi Bowman

Meeting Kristi Bowman

at Shipwreck Beads

On Monday I got to meet up with my online friend, Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  Kristi designs  jewelry and makes wonderful copper clay components which she sells in her Etsy shop: Dream Some.  Quite a few of my earrings include Kristi’s awesome copper charms.

Copper Canyon Earrings

Copper Canyonl Earrings
Copper Canyonl Earrings

Kristi was heading to Portland, Oregon , to attend the Portland Art and Soul Retreat.  She wanted to make a stopover at Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA.  I live nearby, and so we arranged a meeting.

Two handmade jewelry designers
Kristi Bowman and I.

Shipwreck Beads is unimaginably huge!  They claim to have the largest selection of beads in the world!  We wandered up and down over 30, long aisles, filled with beads!

Shopping at Shipwreck Beads
Kristi admiring some beads.
Kristi Bowman shopping at Shipwreck Beads
Kristi Bowman shopping at Shipwreck Beads

We were quite taken by the simple beauty of all the beads draped together in our hands.  Just look at these color ways:

Beautifully colored beads!
Beautifully colored beads!
Beautifully colored beads!
More beautifully colored beads.
And still more beautifully colored beads.
And still more beautifully colored beads.

At last we made our selections and sat down in the little snack area in the back of the store, where we surveyed our plunder.

New beads for Kristi Bowman and Linda Landig bought
Some of the beads we bought.
a pile of glass and stone beads
Some of the beads we bought.

We shared some finished jewelry we brought to show each other.  I shared some of the earrings I’ve made with Kristi’s copper components.

Paisley Blossoms Earrings

Paisley Blossoms Earrings
Paisley Blossoms Earrings

Ammonite Swirl Earrings

Ammonite Swirl Earrings
Ammonite Swirl Earrings

Kristi also shared a lovely selection of her handmade copper components. I didn’t take any pictures of all the beautiful things she brought.  I was so excited by her beautiful copper that I forgot all about my camera!  I did buy 2 copper charm sets and a pendant from Kristi.  I’ll photograph them later this afternoon and share them for my Bead Table Wednesday post.

All in all we spent a delightful afternoon together.  I’m so glad we could meet!

Linda Landig meeting with Kristi Bowman
Kristi and I.

♥ i heart macro ♥ – Grasshopper

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A Grasshopper in the Dahlias

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was taking macro photos in my friend’s garden when she noticed that a grasshopper had found a comfy spot in one of her dahlias.  I zoomed in and here are the results.  I wish I could have such a lovely space in which to sit!

macro shot of a glasshopper in a flower
Grasshopper in a Pink Dahlia

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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Bead Table Wednesday: Rearranging the Studio

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Ch-ch-changes

Today’s Bead Table Wednesday post will not be about what is on my table, but where my table is now. Warning:  Unedited pictures to follow.  These are true pictures of a project in process, not the finished product!

I like to say that I have a bead studio.  But really, I use the term “studio” very loosely.  It sounds good, yah, but in reality it is a guest room, with space for me to bead.  At the moment, there is just a twin bed in there, and we really need to have a double bed, s-o-o-o, I’m hauling furniture around, tossing stuff and moving book shelves into the den, to make more room.

Believe it or not, there is a twin bed in this picture.  Can you see the beige and white floral comforter peeking out from under the avalanche of junk valuable treasures? I had to clear everything off of two low book shelves, in order to move them into the den.  Some of what you see here, will be replaced on those book shelves.  For example, the wooden drawers you see on top of the dresser, will go back on the shelves.  Those wooden drawers are from IKEA.  They were a pain to assemble, because there were so many parts, but I totally love them for organizing my beads.  The black plastic wheeled unit will be moved over by my bead table.  The tall tripod is broken and needs to be tossed.  The black file box goes to the Goodwill, etc., etc.

There is a window, just to the right of the nightstand.  My work table used to be under the window.  But I plan to place the queen bed perpendicular to where it is now, so I had to get my table out of the way.

Making more room in my studio
Yikes! Still got a lot of work to do in here.

The picture below is looking in the opposite direction; away from the window. The tall stacked disaster in the corner needs to be bombed cleared out.  I’m not sure where to put it all.  It includes my button collection (I love button clasps on bracelets).  I also have some of my packaging and shipping supplies here, as well as extra zip-lock bags for my beads and my earring cards.  The wooden shelf in front of the closet may go into the den with the IKEA boxes on it or it may stay in this room.  I’m not sure yet.

By the way, I used to hand-dye silk.  That’s one of my paintings, hanging over the book shelf.  It had been hanging on the wall, but I took it down, temporarily, when I started moving stuff around.

dresser and shelving in guestroom
Those shelves have gotta go...

This last picture is of my new work space.  The bed and dresser are to my back.  The window is on the left and the closet and door are on the right.  My table used to be at right angles to the printer cabinet and the printers cabinet was about where the table is now.  By lining everything up on one wall, it takes up less space.  The white shelves on my table were actually meant as closet shelving for shoes.  It works great on my bead table to give me extra storage space.  The black unit to the right, on the floor, holds scrapbook papers.  I’m not a scrapbooker, but I do enjoy making handmade cards for family and friends.  The woven basket under the table holds bead boards and vellux bead mats.

My bead table and Hamilton printers cabinet.
My bead table and Hamilton printers cabinet.

Thanks for joining me in my studio/guest room today!  Next Wednesday I’ll share more photos of the progress I’ve made on this project.

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I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Bead Soup Blog Party

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is the amazing organizer of an event that now spans five continents and 21 countries!  This is the fourth Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori has organized and the second one in which I have participated.

Here’s how it works:  Lori paired up all the participants.  We all sent our partners a special focal bead or pendant, a pretty clasp and some accompanying beads.  We could add anything to this “bead soup” that we wanted.  We all made one or more pieces of jewelry and today we are sharing what we have created!

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner was Lori Dorrington.  Lori is a lampwork artist (handmade glass) and a jewelry designer.  She has a blog called, “Lori’s Adventures in Etsyland” and she has an online shop called, Lori’s Glassworks.  Here is a picture of the wonderful beady goodies that Lori sent me.

Beads from Lori Dorington
Bead Soup from Lori Dorington

Clockwise from the left, we have Lori’s pretty lampwork glass beads, tiger-eye beads and a clasp, some small green pearls and garnets.

My Bead Soup Necklace

I knew right away that I would make one of the lampwork beads into a pendant and that I’d like to have two strands in the front, with the other two lampwork beads serving as a transition from two strands to one strand.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace
Focal Bead

I purchased some little bead caps to add importance to the lampwork and I bought this cool leaf chain that I dangled from the end of the lampwork focal. The lower necklace strand is mostly garnet, with some pearl highlights and the upper strand is mostly pearls, with one cream-colored lampwork bead in the middle.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace
Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

I’ve been designing this necklace in my head for several weeks now, but last week I suddenly remembered that I had some hand dyed silk in a deep red.  I found it in my stash and it was a perfect match!
I’d never finished a necklace with textiles before, so I had to push myself into new territory–which is the exact purpose of this exercise.  I added some fine copper chain to give added strength to the ribbon in the back.  I don’t particularly like necklaces where the ribbon just ties in the back, so I finished it with copper cones and the clasp that Lori sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace
Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

The transition (see above) was a little tricky for me.  At first I had larger beads where the two strands come together, beneath the lampwork, but it was too bulky and the strands jutted out awkwardly.  So I re-strung that portion of the necklace using smaller beads.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace
Spiced Cranberries Necklace

I named it the “Spiced Cranberries Necklace“, because the deep reds remind me of the cranberries that grow so well here in the Pacific Northwest, along the coast. And here’s a little bonus:  click on the link, if you’d like a yummy recipe for a Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider Drink.

A Giveaway

I also made some earrings with the tiger-eye beads that Lori sent me.  I placed a copper wafer and a green Czech glass bead above the tiger-eye and then I topped the earrings off with a small mookite bead.

These earrings will be given away as a “thank you” for visiting my blog during this blog hop.  All you have to do to be entered to win the earrings is to leave a comment on today’s blog post.  You must include your email address, or your link must lead to a blog or other website where is it easy for me to locate your email address.  If I cannot find your email address, I will choose someone else.  This giveaway will be open until the end of the month.  The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator.

Tiger-eye, glass copper and mookite earrings.
Bead Soup Giveaway Earrings

The Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the Bead Soup Blog Party participants.  Have fun visiting as many people as you can.  I know this list is overwhelming, so I want to thank you for visiting my own little corner of the bead blog world.  I sincerely appreciate it.

These are the partner pairs.
The Hostess with the Mostess (!), Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
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19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
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You are here!     118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
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For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Sneak Peek and a Giveaway!

Bead Soup Blog Party Sneak Peak & Giveaway

This is it:  My necklace!

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

What??? You don’t find it amazing and beautiful???  Uh, well, I guess you’ll have to come back on Saturday, when the big “reveal” takes place.  Over 300 people from 5 continents were paired up, swapped beads and have been busy as beavers creating original jewelry designs with the goodies they received.  On Saturday we’ll show it all off to the world!  Please come back!

And to entice you to do just that, I’m offering a little giveaway. I’m giving away a pair of earrings that I made using some of the beads that my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Lori Dorrington,  sent me.  All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on Saturday’s blog post.  The drawing will be open until the end of the month.  I will use a random number generator to determine the winner.  You must either leave your email address with your comment, or your comment must have a link to a blog or other website where I can easily find your email.  If you don’t leave an email address or I can’t locate it, then I’ll choose someone else.

So I’ll see y’all right back here on Saturday, OK?