Sunday, August 8, 2010

Got My Bead Groove Back!

It's all thanks to the Bead Haven August Challenge kit.  This is a local dealio, but I loooooove it and want to share!!  My new LBSO (local bead store owner) hero, Joanne, and I were talking the other day about creative blocks.  I have had zero crafty energy lately.  My new job is much more stressful than I thought it would be and I've had a headache for about six days now.  Massages, medicine and some exercise are helping, but I really felt the best this weekend when I sat down and got my bead groove back!!!!

Here's what came in the kit...picture jasper, abalone, gold-tone spacers, and Swarovski bicones in "purple velvet."

I first went for this focal...

The photo's from the Fundamental Findings Etsy shop where I got this fantastic Pamela Wolfersberger lampwork tab bead back in the fall.

But, I started finding a lot more brown and purple around my table so I got to the point where I laid out five different "focal" arrangements.  There's
lepidolite (a purpley stone),
 coconut shell (from my Hawaii trip in 2007!),
lampwork from Sue Beads (that I got in a bead swap),
and a dark wood floral disk.

I decided to go with one long piece that could be worn with any of those "focals" all around.  I added lots of purple Swarovski crystals and pearls, vintage glass, and brass accents to separate each section.  I'm so thrilled!

If you're in my local area, please go into the Bead Haven shop here in Peninsula Town Center in Hampton and vote for my piece!


  1. Welcome back Jenn's Groove! :) So glad you came back to us. We were going to send in the rescue team because Jenn really needed some beading time. It's a good thing we didn't have to resort to that.

    :) Great necklace Jenn! Love the MOP... and purple... well that's my fav color... so it's a win/win in my book!


  2. Girrrrrrl~ LOVE that photo. It made me want to pick up the phone and call you just to say Heeeeey! at 6 in the morning. :D It's good to see yo' face and that necklace is super fun!

  3. Awesome piece! I am so glad to hear you are making a comeback after the extra stress at your new job too :) Good for you! Love your attitude (and style :))

  4. Awesome that you are getting back into it - it's a life saver for me when it comes to destressing from work. Check out: there is a special shout out for you.

  5. No no no -- no long headaches for you! That's something I know about all too well and I feel for you!

    Love that necklace! And are you going to BeadFest in a couple of weeks?


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