Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sand and Sea Blog Hop


I have nothing to share.  I signed up for this wonderful Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Lodge months ago.  Life has been super crazy and I have not had time to create.  Lisa sent me some wonderful beads and my Mojo is just gone.  I am so sorry Lisa and Ladies.  I try really hard not to commit to something and then never follow through, but I think on this I am going to let you down. 

But for the rest of you please check out what all the other Ladies made.  You will not be disappointed.

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie

Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

Kim Booth, The Pink Martini Boutique

Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life

Leah Tees, My Beady Littleeyes

Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Monique Urquhart, A Half Baked Notion

Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs

Cindy Anderson Wilson, It's My Sea of Dreams

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings


Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess

Friday, November 16, 2012

Birthday Surprise Challenge Reveal


One day I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Therese of Therese's Treasures.  I opened it up to see some wonderful handmade beads and a cabochon along with an invitation to join Therese and a few others for Therese's Birthday Surprise Challenge.  Therese sent this to all of the women that she has been able to meet in person in the beading community.  I was lucky enough to get to meet her earlier this year, it was a fantastic trip and Therese is as nice in person as she is on her Blog.

Therese was actually one of the first Blogs that I started to follow and I love seeing her lovely work and reading about her life.  She is always so helpful and inspiring to me.  This Hop, in fact, is a wonderful example of that.  You see, today is Therese's birthday, and she sent all of us these wonderful Bead sets from Golem Studios.  Personally I cannot say I know many people that would send someone else a present on their birthday, that is how awesome and kind she is.  She is always there with an encouraging word or gesture when you need it and often times when you don't.  She truly has a heart of gold!  I <3 you Therese!  I wish you many blessings, not only for your birthday, but for every day that you have!

Here is what I made:

I had to have a photo with the infamous chair!
Closeup
Back
With Ribbon Closure

It just ties on!

I have to admit that I really had no idea what I wanted to do right up to the last minute.  I started this piece on Wednesday at about lunch and finished it just in time to take a photo of it at dusk on Thursday.  The beaded beads I used in the band were designed by Kelly Dale.  I am a big fan of Kelly and for all the she does for the beading community.  Kelly runs a YouTube channel called "Off The Beaded Path" where every week she uploads a new video tutorial.  I have to admit I would have never been able to pick up beadweaving like I have without Kellys wonderful video tutorials.  Kelly last month uploaded a video called "Meridian Earrings" that was made using these beaded beads and joining them together with Crystal Montees.  These beaded beads remind me of little pillows and they are really simple to weave up.  That is when inspiration hit!  Right at the very last minute!  Yay!  I did not use the large round beads that matched the cabochon because I had planned to try to make some earrings with them.  However I just ran out of time.  I am so sorry Therese!  I do promise to use them sometime in the near future and share that design as well as soon as it is finished. 

Thank you all so much for visiting us for this wonderful blog hop in Therese's honor!  Be sure to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and please wish Therese a Happy Birthday!  She is truly deserving of it!  Don't forget to check out what the others made in her honor as well! 



Kristen Stevens      
http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Lola Surwillo          
http://beadlolabead.blogspot.com

Marla Gibson  <----You are here      
http://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com


Therese Frank   <--------- The Lovely Birthday Girl!    
http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

Peace and <3

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Window Shop Holiday Hop


Welcome to the Window Shop Holiday Blog Hop!  This wonderful idea came from the lovely Rita of Jewel School FriendsShe challenged us to create a "Holiday Window" for our shop -- share our handcrafted shop information, product line, and links to our online stores for the Holiday season shoppers.  Sounds pretty simple right?  Unless you are like me and my shop is still closed.  /sigh.  I had surgery on Halloween and it has pretty much put me out of comission on getting my shop back up and running again.  That being said I have been busy creating stuff to stock the shop with.  So since I do not have a shop I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite handmade shops.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate and if you just happen to find something perfect for you or a friend, tell them I sent you lol!


The first shop I would like to introduce you to is RoEnchantedDesigns on Artfire.  Rose makes really lovely jewelry and I just happen to own several of her pieces.  In fact I recently bought a necklace from her to send to my mother for Christmas.  RoEnchanted Designs is truly enchanted and I love the bits of whimsy and romance in each piece.  Oh and did I mention how affordable her work is?  Her handmade art pieces are a steal!


Navy Blue Jeweled Flower w/Antiqued Lacy Silver filigree Bracelet $10.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Blue Azure Leaf Pattern Pottery Cuff Bracelet w Brass & Agate Charms $20.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Vintaj Brass Dragonfly Necklace w/ Leaf Charms & Chunky Front Clasp $20.00
RoEnchanted Designs
Be sure to stop by and see all the other wonderful work she has HERE.  And everything she sends comes in Amazing Gift Boxes that are a piece of art alone.  I am planning on having her make me some to use for my shop once it gets going again.  

Next up is Janet of
Pink Poppy Studio.  I just love love love her jewelry.  Her work is understated pieces of art that often feature gemstones and other fine materials that is inspired by nature.  I do not own any of her work yet, but I have several of her pieces on my wishlist.  (hint hint ha!).  I am going to let her wonderful handmade jewelry speak for itself.  



biwa freshwater pearl, london blue topaz, and sterling silver starfish gemstone necklace. OOAK charm necklace.  $38.00
Pink Poppy Studio
buddha pendant, london blue topaz gemstone, and sterling silver necklace.  $68.00
Pink Poppy Studio
gemstone and porcelain sterling silver dangle earrings with keishi pearl and crystal quartz. OOAK. $37.00 
Pink Poppy Studio
Isn't her work amazing!?  Be sure to check out her shop by clicking HERE.  I really love her nature inspired work, and what woman is not a sucker for natural gemstones and sterling silver.  These beautiful organic pieces would be fantastic under a Christmas Tree or in a stocking!

And last but not least I would like to introduce you to TangleWood Thicket. by Kasey Sorsby.  TangleWood Thicket is home to most things winged, magical and whimsical. Here you'll find OOAK (One of a kind) Needle Felted Soft Sculptures.  This is another shop that is on my wishlist.  I just love the bright colors and sweet faces that her pieces has.  Once again I am going to let the pictures speak for themself.

OOAK Pinkberry Neddle Felted Dragon Fantasy Soft Sculpture Plus Wool Art Doll $175.00
 TangleWood Thicket
  






OOAK Custom Made Needle Felt Goblin Fantasy Fiber Wool Soft Sculpture Art Doll $150.00 
TangleWood Thicket
OOAK Labyrinth Inspired Black Fiery Goblin Needle Felted Wool Fiber Fantasy Soft Sculpture Plush Art Doll
TangleWood Thicket
See what I mean?  Ah-maz-ing!  I would love love love to own one of these wonderful custom made pieces of art.  I love the vibrant colors, all the details, and the fantasy theme (I love dragons)!  One day I will have one of these babies sitting on my bed waiting to greet me when I go to bed.  You can see more of her custom work by clicking HERE.  

I could go on and on sharing all the wonderful shops that are out there that make amazing handmade pieces of art.  Handmade artisans put so much love and time into their work.  By buying handmade you can buy with confidence.  No more worrying about sweat shops and child labor.  And while I cannot speak for every handmade artist, I feel pretty confident that most of them will stand behind their craftsmanship 100%.  So this Holiday Season, spread the love by buying handmade!

Be sure to check out the other blogs that also joined along @


P.S.  All photos belong to the original photographers!
 
Peace and <3  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Time To Stitch 2 Blog Hop Reveal

Therese and Christine have done it again!  This time they paired up to continue on their "A Time To Stitch" Blog hop series.  The first time these lovely ladies hosted this hop was back in June.  The last time the challenge was to make something using Herringbone or Peyote or both.  If you would like to take a trip back in time to see what I made you can click HERE.

The challenge this time was to create something using Right Angle Weave (RAW) and/or St. Petersburg Stitch.  I wanted to do something simple this time.  Something that I could wear everyday.  My first piece was made using St. Petersburg Stitch.  I love how this turned out.  There was a pattern published a while back in Beadwork Magazine, which I just loved!  I have a copy of it somewhere I just did not want to go and try to find it lol.  I thought I would make my own version.  So here it is:





The next two pieces are made using RAW, which I happen to love by the way!  This bracelet was made following a patten by Ella from http://ellad2.com. Ella's patterns actually taught me RAW and she makes/writes such fantastic tutorials that even a newbie can follow. I made this bracelet using 4mm Jasper Rounds and 11/0 seed beads with a natural wood button.  I just love the way it turned out!


Close Up


And last of all is this Hollow Core Beaded Bead I made that also uses RAW.  I found the tutorial for this @ Beadaholique's YouTube Channel.  If you would like to learn how to make this bead you can click HERE.  It is a great tutorial and you should totally check it out! 



Thanks again so much for visiting with me and be sure to visit what the other participants came up with @

Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller  Your Wonderful Hostesses!  Thank You!  <3

Kristen Stevens
Shirley Moore
Marla Gibson <----- You Are Here!
Kim Hora (who I recently got to meet!  Love her!)
Karen Williams
Nikki Byers

Peace and <3 Ya'll!

p.s.  sorry for the crappy photos!  I have had these made for a while now, but I just photographed them and I am a bit under the weather.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Please Help!

My daughter, Trinity goes to Saltillo Elementry School.  Her school recently submitted this video:


for a contest that Glidden Paint is doing called the Colorful Classrooms Contest!  Glidden® Paint will donate up to 200 gallons to transform one lucky elementary school into a brighter, more colorful place to learn and grow.





This is a fantastic school!  My daughter is dyslexic and they have really helped her with it and she now reads at her age level!  They have been fantastic in helping us with any concerns that we might have.  Saltillo School District is also a Mississippi Arts Commission, Whole Arts School.  What that means is that they teach through strengthening education in and through the arts by promoting sequential, comprehensive arts education in grades K–12.  I will be honest and say we bought our house in this town because of this school district! My daughter takes Drama in the area they show on the video in fact.

You can learn more about the school by clicking here. So please help Saltillo Elementry School win by voting one time HERE!  One single click of a mouse button can make a world of difference in 800 childrens' lives!

Thanks you so very very much! <3


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop Reveal

Two of the coolest women ever decided to host this event, Shelley Graham Turner of Fabric of My Life and Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs, to try and get us in the Holiday Spirit!  The object was to exchange something that we made with a partner that reminds you of the Holidays.  My partner was Dyanne Cantrell of Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations.  Dyanne does some amazing work so make sure you check out her page!

One of my favorite designers is Cristie Prince of Glassy Jewels.  She recently had a design published in a special edition of Beadwork and as soon as I saw it I just knew I had to make it.  So off to her website I went and purchased her kit for her "Princess Kate Bracelet".  I went with the silver color scheme because it reminds me so much of the sparkling lights of the season and sparkling melting ice.  We do not get much snow here in Mississippi, but every so often we have some pretty severe Ice Storms.  I just loved this bracelet, it is so pretty and sparkling!  So without further ado...






Now to show you what Dyanne sent me!  She must have seen on facebook or maybe on another blog that I just love bells.  The bracelet she sent me is full of tinkle!  It reminds me so much of  "It's a Wonderful Life", where the child says, "Every time a bell rings an angel gets it wings."




She totally nailed me with this one.  I love Christmas!    Here is her beautiful bracelet...





Growing up we really did not celebrate or decorate for Christmas so now that I am an adult in my own household I tend to go overboard.  And there is no telling how much time she spent putting each bell and light on, one by one.  I just love it!  Thank you so much Dyanne!

Be sure to check out what the other participants exchanged with each other!

Michelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
 Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florian http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo/  Lynn Jobber  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftus http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewels http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joyce http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier http://www.windbent.net
Marla Gibson  http://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmann www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orr http://www.orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille  http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie  http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Lori Jean Poppe http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods) http://skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com

Peace and <3

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photography

I apologize for being away for so long.  I have been super busy!  Last weekend I photographed a Wedding for one of my employees as she could not afford a professional photographer.  The ones she called were going to charge her $1500 to spend all day with her, which seemed really outrageous to me.  I have done a wedding or two before so I told her I would do it and not charge her anything as a Wedding present to her.  I did not supply her with any prints,  I just  burned DVD of almost 300 photos.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites here with you.  I hope you like them!

After Makeup was complete






These are just a few of my favorites.  Overall I am really pleased with how they turned out.  I finally ordered some beads so I hope to have some new work soon.  I am finished with my Holiday Bling Blog Hop piece and it has been sent off.  She should have received it by now but I have not heard anything back from her about it yet.  I hope she likes it!

Peace and <3