Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pretty Palettes: February 2017


here's my piece with the wooden beads from Michael's...

Check out the blog for Halcraft Beads! Join the fun next month!

Artbead Scene: February 2017

Wow, this piece of art was FILLED with inspiration! I finished two pieces, but I had sketches for another one, that I still may finish! Here is the piece, It is called 'The Two Crowns' and it took me a few looks before I saw the second crown (of thorns). But what captured me was the colors of the ladies dresses and how the artist managed to capture the feel of the fabric.

My first piece is inspired by the horses reins...
I used charms by Andrew Thornton. He made these of polymer clay and the finish is AMAZING! They sparkle like the coins on the horses reins.

My second piece was inspired by this corner with the rose petals, the blue/green gown and the tapestry hanging.
I used a connector by Jade Scott (retired) and a polymer rose by an artist I found on etsy called Ordinary Women, but it is no longer active. Plus some ceramic funky rounds by Andrew Thornton.
Plus, two glass head pins by Ren Farnsworth!

Yay! Thanks for looking, check out all the links to the artists, and check out the blog ArtBeadScene!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Inspired by Reading: February 2017

This month's book was a collection of short stories by Susanna Clarke titled "The Ladies of Grace Adieu and other short stories". I read the story about Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth called 'Antickes and Frets'. Along the way I stumbled upon a review written by another of our book club authors, Ursula K. Le Guin, and quoted it here...
"Not all the tales are so self-destructive. “Antickes and Frets,” for example, is a neat bit of fancy-work on the grim web fate wove for Mary Queen of Scots. Told of magic worked by embroidery, Mary in her captivity undertakes to assassinate Queen Elizabeth by sending her a skirt embroidered with little pink flowers, and sure enough the pink pustules of the pox break out on Elizabeth’s skin. Then the magic is turned upon Mary herself, and the tale takes another turn. The metaphor of stitching the future into place is a striking one, well used."
A VERY abbreviated summary of the family feud between Elizabeth and her cousin Mary by Katy Steinmetz:
"Scotland and England have been frenemies for centuries as Mary Queen of Scots knew well. Mary became Queen of Scotland as a babe and was next in line for the English throne after her older cousin Elizabeth I. Elizabeth, however, refused to acknowledge Mary as her heiress and was threatened by the Roman Catholics who saw Mary as the true queen. So when Mary foolishly ran to Elizabeth for help, following some poor political and personal decisions, the ever cunning Elizabeth did not come to her aid. Instead she had her cousin locked away for the next 18 years of her life and, after an assassination plot was revealed, ordered Mary's execution at the age of 44. Thankfully, beheadings don't factor into most family rivalries these days."

I chose to highlight this tumultuous royal relationship with a heart pendant that has nails embedded in it. The pendant is by Maku Raku and you can find others at Allegory Gallery. I decided to make a two strand necklace to show the two family lines of the Tudors and the Stuart's and used purple to showcase the royalty.

I had a blast at bookclub meet up and can't wait for the next book! Thanks to Andrew and William for hosting us every month! Check out our Facebook page for Inspired by Reading and Allegory Gallery's website.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Inspired by Reading -- January 2017

Inspired by Reading: A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan

It's been a while, but I've managed to make some pieces for this months book club book. We had a fun meet up at Allegory Gallery, we were missing a regular but we welcomed a new member. We had some wine and brownies and I finished three necklaces all with a house themed art bead. 
First is a Jade Scott pendant with African turquoise and glass bead dangles. 
The Summer Wind pendant I paired with wood beads on leather.
The third is a Humblebeads house with hand knotted pearls. 

Make sure to check out every one else's projects on our Facebook site. 

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