Sunday, October 2, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements Reveal

The folks at AJE blog again opened up the challenge for anyone to play along. This month it was a Tree Theme! I had these Humblebeads that I'd been wanting to use, they are an acorn, and some little birdies and some branch beads. Unfortunately, I did not get done in time to post with the reveal, but please take a look at what everyone else did! What a fun challenge! It took me a while to get started because this month I was a little busy with work and crate training our new puppy, so I am glad I got one done. It all came together along with the Sarajo's Honey Do challenge... I used the same piece for both! I know, it's not exactly *illegal*, but it is not something I normally do. I love the challenges each month, they are my muse!! Next month I will be better, I promise!

Why, yes, you CAN see some pictures of my new puppy! His name is Goose.

Hahahahaha! Goose is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and he doesn't sit still.

But I managed a good picture ...


Any way, on to my piece...

Thanks for looking, be sure to check out every one else's piece on Art Jewelry Elements blog.


Sarajo's Honey Do reveal

Well, I did it. I finally finished a September challenge. Here's Sarajo's Challenge for this month...

Here's my interpretation. (I actually will use this for two challenges!)

And again, I did not follow the 'guidelines' and I purchased new beads just for this challenge... the orange and gold rounds are perfect to represent the spray paint. I wanted an autumn feel and I found the decoupage tile in my stash. The blue doesn't match the photo, but it did match some Humblebeads that I had just purchased! So... this will also be my reveal for the AJE Tree Challenge.

Thanks for looking! Hop to see all the other projects on Sarajo's blog!

Also, take a look at my post for Art Jewelry Elements, I didn't make it in time to post with the others, but I had fun writing it anyway!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

September To-do list

Pretty Palettes:
 Team Colors - Wednesday September 28th

Art Bead Scene:
"Old Woman from the Poorhouse in the Garden with Glass Ball and Poppies"
By Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1907 - Friday September 30th

Art Jewelry Elements:
Trees - Thursday September 29th

Sarajo's Honey-Do Challenge: Monday September 26th

Inspired by Reading:
This Census-Taker - Wednesday September 28th

Allegory Gallery Design Challenges:
Mystery Challenge 3 - Thursday September 15th

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Where do you want to be?

So Today... My printer at work decides (for no apparent reason) to not communicate with my computer. Takes me hours to fix, and I was not even sure it was fixed when I left.

On my way home, my car decides to do this christmas-light-up-error-dashboard....



And now, I am currently fighting with, the blogger tablet app, and the blogsy app to make them all play nice together. (They absolutely will NOT.)

After lots of swearing, and before swearing off technology forever, I think to check the Farmers Almanac for Mercury in Retrograde dates, ya know, just for shits and giggles...

YUP. I'll be darned. Sure enough...

TODAY is the start of another cycle of the seeming backwards motion of Mercury.

For those that don't know (believe, understand, realize, etc) this starts a month or so of complete and utter frustration with all types of communication (which in 2016 is mostly technological in nature).

In addition to communication, "the planet Mercury rules travel, contracts, automobiles, and such. So,when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions."


You have been warned.

SO, it is very possible that you are here and don't want to be...
Click where you want to be, and hopefully the link works!
Do you want to be at ART BEAD SCENE REVEAL?
Do you want to be at SARAJO's HONEY DO LIST REVEAL?
No? How about INSPIRED BY READING AUGUST? Not written yet, check back.

Hopefully this helps you find your way (around my blog and in the universe)!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal

This month was meant for everyone to play along.... It's the Artisan Headpin Challenge. Each month the ladies at Art Jewelry Elements host a challenge with artisan components. This month we were all invited to use anyone's headpins in a project.


I like a challenge, so I tried to use the headpins that I already had in fun and unusual ways.

Here is a necklace I made to show and teach single strand braiding.
I used a headpin from Marsha Neal Studios.

This next piece is a re-do of an older necklace and I added some art beads from Ren Farnsworth of Designs in Glass, including the headpin that I used for the focal.

I made earrings, too! Unfortunately, since I don't make many earrings, I made these too heavy. So, I'll be re-doing them soon. These headpins and art beads are from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio.
She had them in little kits all ready to go!
Thanks for looking! Check out the AJE Blog for the full information about this bloghop.
Here's the list of participants:


Alison Herrington

Renetha Stanziano

Karin Grosset Grange

Gloria Allen

Deb Fortin

Cate van Alphen

Mona Arnott

Shai Williams

Sarajo Wentling

Kathy Lindemer

Solange Collin

Brooke Bock

Melissa Meman

Patricia Handschuh

Tammy Adams

Melissa Trudinger


AJE Team Members:


Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Jen Cameron: Blog: Glass Addictions by Jennifer Cameron



Pretty Palettes August Reveal

Welcome to my reveal for the Pretty Palettes from Halcraft Beads. Every month I try to make something with Halcraft beads, either from Bead Gallery or the line that Joanne's carries. 
This month the inspiration was berry colors! Thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for picking such fun inspiration palettes. 
And for some "The More You Know"... blueberries are the only naturally occurring blue food. 
If you would like a long drawn out argument, go ahead and Google it... but FOR THE MOST part,
Blueberries are the only naturally occurring blue food.
(Blue Corn, Purple Potatoes, and Red Cabbage are all MORE purple than blue)

Here are the beads Erin P-H chose for herself and her partner this month...

Here are the beads I choose... I took them off the tags and I always forget to take a picture...

Here's my wrap bracelet I made with them. I got all the same size rounds and used leather and silk with a Saki Silver button.

Thanks for playing along... Check out what everyone else made by CLICKING HERE and going the post! Thanks again to the Halcraft Team for hosting this.