Monday, February 28, 2011

Color Palette Blog Walk

Get strollin'. 

It's time for a walk through some blogs looking at color--which, by the way, I can pronounce correctly now thanks to the continued efforts of my friend, Jason, who I drove nuts prounouncing it "keller." 

Here's the story:  I found the blog of a lovely girl named Brandi who shares the inspiration of colors.  She has herself a little brandigirlblog.  While browsing through some of her wonderful posts, I kept seeing palettes.  That's a selection of colors that have been inspired or pulled from a photo or some other piece of work.  She's hosting her second blog walk to share lots of palettes inspired by lots of other folks, even some who aren't bead people, and I'm one of 'em!!

I have two palettes to share...both are inspired by a walk that I took a couple of weeks ago in Pittsburgh.  I had the most amazing Saturday afternoon wandering around the city with my camera and, even though I was feeling cold from the wind and it seemed like sort of a drab, cold, winter day, I saw tons of cool things that captured my attention enough to make me snap a pic.

Here's the first palette...I call it Reflecting in Pittsburgh.  It was late afternoon as I was walking down a street surrounded by high-rise buildings.  I looked up and saw this amazing reflection of one building in the windows at the top of another. 

The gorgeous blue sky looked even brighter in those mirrored windows.  The greens and yellows of the reflected building were refreshingly bright.  But, my favorite part was the movement and googlieness of the shapes.  It's all about regimented edges and sharp lines mixed perfectly with melted, flowing shapes.  I took about a dozen photos of this scene that was waaaay high up near the top of the building.  I had to crop quite a bit out of the pic, but I wanted to capture just this piece that looks like a painting to me.  It's all about coolness, freshness, fun, and flow. 

Now, on to my second palette of this walk. 

I saw a big Antique sign while in the Strip district and found myself browsing through some seriously awesome goodness at Mahla & Co. Antiques.  They're part of the 16:62 Design Zone.

In about two hours browsing through the shop, I was less focused on interior design, which is their mainstay, than taking photos of some of their great pieces.  I'll share more on another post sometime, but for now I'm headed in one direction.  A display of old toys caught my eye...especially this old box of crayons.  This shot of old craftiness is the inspiration for my second palette called "Antique Crayons."

I'm not usually a primary color kind of girl, but I love the blue and red of this palette and how the golden yellow makes the orange and green so rich.  The orange gets the biggest share of the palette because it's my favorite of the bunch.

So, now you've seen what I have to offer...please go check out the rest of the folks walking with me!  There's a group for each day of this week so you can spread the love on lots of links:

The main page back at Brandi's is here:  Color Palette Blog Walk 2

Monday - 28 Feb 11
Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog -
Erin at Treasures Found -
Jen at Jen Judd Rocks - (You're here!!)
Shari at Exploring the Wonders of Life -

Tuesday - 1 Mar 11
Karen at Creative Thoughts and Inspirations -
Julia at UlvDesign -
Jessa at The ReArtingDotNet Blog -
Lyn at Lyn Foley Jewelry Blog -

Wednesday - 2 Mar 11
Jescalyn at Peach Honey Love -
Paige at Paige Maxim Designs -
Katrina at Ma Joie Press -
Jenni at Jenni's Beads -

Thursday - 3 Mar 11
Christie at Displaced Urbanite -
Rachel at TatterBeans -
Brittany at The Home Ground -
Cindy at Sweet Bead Studio -

Friday - 4 Mar 11
Rachel at Balanced Crafts -
Wren at Each Day -
Kelly at Mackin Art -
Kristy at Simply Shiny Blog -

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Welcome to my stop in the Bead Soup Blog Party

I'm getting straight to the goods...

My partner in partying is Ms. Judy Glende from Judith B. Designs.  I'm so glad that I got to know her through this swap because her designs and blog are wonderfully inspiring!   I have been oohing and aaahhhing over her etched pieces, so I actually tried my hand at some chemical etching last weekend.  I'd love to say it went wonderfully, but I ended up with much more of a cool science experiment than awesome pieces--lots of lessons learned for next time.  But, on to more important soup creation.  Judy sent me some gorgeous blues and coppers--the most wonderful etched copper focal is the inspiration for my piece...Butterflies in the Garden.

The butterfly focal has such a lovely patina and I was really into the copper.  So, this is a big-time copper work.  I layered tons of flower pieces to create a few pretties for a wired-up garden so my butterfly could have a home.  I kept the chain simple since there's so much going on out front.  The handmade copper hook clasp from Judy was perfect to finish it off at the back.

The blues in my box from Judy found a home, might see some familiar pieces up in my blog banner for this month. 

That's why I chose the color blue!  I had an absolute blast one evening working for hours creating danglies and moving them around on the chain to create the perfect balance.  That pretty bit of chain spent time hanging up on my bead table until I could figure out the best way to finish it off.  Luckily, I had some coordinating silk and a little leather that worked perfectly!

I made some matching earrings, too.

I hope you enjoy!

Don't forget I'm only one of 210 designers involved in this Big Bad Bead Soup Party...go check out some of these other blogs and the pieces and parts they traded and maded. (I made up that word on purpose!  haaaaaaaaa)

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things - Thanks to our host!!
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design 
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs - My party partner!!
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks You're here!!! 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead Soup Memory Lane...

With the big reveal for the Bead Soup Party coming up on the 26th, I thought it'd be a good time to take a look back at some old party pics.

A year ago, during the first Bead Soup party hosted by Lori Anderson, I was the luckiest designer ever because I got paired up with Julie Nordine from Credit River Art Glass.  I was in awe of Julie's work and wasn't sure I could really design anything up to her standard.  But, then I amazed myself with what I came up with.  Even better, she amazed me with the fun twists and turns she took with my polymer clay bits during her reveal post.  I loved up on her glass in my post.  I still love this photo of Julie's creation from February 2010.

I again struck it lucky on the second go around in June 2010 when I met Cindy Dolezal.  She sent me an absolutely gorgeous green organic pendant that she crafted from clay.  I made it my own by mixing it with orange.  More importantly, Cindy loved on the recycled glass spiral shape and actually ended up using it as a clasp...that's so out of the box!  Here's her original soup post from that swap...and here's mine.

It has been fantastic getting to know these lovely ladies better and following their work throughout the year. So, many thanks again to Lori, the Bead Soup Master and to my two inspiring Soup compadres, Julie & Cindy. 
I can't wait to show off what I made from my Judy Soup!!  If you want a hint, check out my blog banner for this month... :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BTW: Blue Bead Bunch Giveaway

Bead Table Wednesday means a Bead Table Clearing Giveaway!!

My color of the month has been blue. 
It has been a good color for me, as you'll see in my Bead Soup post on Saturday, but I have been a bit too busy to dig in appropriately and get some blue goods dones or bits of blue beads listed in my Etsy shop.

So, since I gathered this big bunch of blues, I'm sharing with you!!!

It's just one big stash--no splitsies this time.  There are things I've gotten in other giveaways that I'm sharing plus lots of my own random finds.  

Recycled glass, felt, resin, trade beads, lampwork glass, polymer clay, ceramic, vintage glass, stone, crystal, pearl...there has to be at least $100 worth of beads in here and I'm not really even scratching the surface in my blue bead drawers.

The handmade beads that I can identify are from...
Lisa Stevens at Seaurchin ceramics
HMB Studios lampwork glass

Everything in here is good...all things I would use myself, if I actually made time to make stuff.  There are even some of my own polymer clay pieces in there.

I'll randomly select a name from the comments on this post, so if you don't have a blog, please leave your address so I can track you down to send you the goods.

I'll draw winners on Monday, 28 February at noon, so I look forward to hearing from you!

Whoo hoo!!!

I'll ship overseas if you don't happen to be here in the CONUS.  (That's Continental United States for you civilians out there...haaaaaaaaa)


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