Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blog Hop Reveal!

Kristi Bowman of Kristi Bowman Designs is hosting a wonderful hop called the Copper Big Hole Challenge and I was lucky enough to join in.  The challenge was to make something using one of her wonderful focals that she made using Precious Metal Clay or PMC as it is sometimes called.  You can learn more about it at Cool Tools by clicking HERE.  This was my first time coming into contact with this medium and if Kristi had not told me it was PMC I would have never known.  It is amazing stuff!

Also one of my favorite groups on Facebook is Creative Bead Chat.  They also are having a reveal on July 1st and I had joined in on that one as well so I decided to make 1 piece for both hops.  Their theme was Dreaming of Sun and Sea.  So without further ado here is what I made:

Isn't that Focal Beautiful!

Stacked Bracelets seem to be all the rage right now, so I decided to give them a try except I wanted it for my ankle.  This just screams beach and summer to me I am really happy with how they turned out.  I wanted to try my hand at something besides beadweaving, but of course I had to add my little seeds in the piece regardless.

I need to shave!  Ha!
Here are the 3 pieces that I used to make this stacked set:

The main focal piece of the stack in which I used Kristi's PMC piece and added size 6/0 seed beads using macrame.  I used a bone colored paper cord for this part and even though you cannot see the clasp I used a paper bead there as well.

This was done in a spiral knot using cotton where I also added the 6/0 seed beads to tie it in with the main focal.  I used a button closure on this.

I made this using a tutorial made by Lesley Watt of The Gossiping Goddess and the tutorial can be found HERE.  I am really excited about this technique and I do believe I will be using it again.  Thank you Lesley for sharing!

Thank you so much for joining me and be sure to check out the other lovely creations!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nice to Meet Ya!

I am sooooo excited!  I am being interviewed for the first time!  Shelley from Fabric of My Life is starting a new feature called Beading Friend Friday and I am the first one!  I am so excited about it that I just had to share!

So be sure to check out Shelley's wonderful blog tomorrow to check it out!  She is going to make this a weekly feature and I am so honored that she would choose me to be her first!

Isn't it amazing how small this wonderful world is?  I met Shelley online and just from conversations that we have shared I consider her a close friend already.  She is so witty and sweet!  So be sure to check out her blog "Fabric of My Life" on Friday and see what she came up with!

And as always to you dear readers;


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beading Babes Reveal and a Giveaway!

This is my first time actually participating in a full reveal for Beading Babes as I have not been a member long.  This time the Babes choose Helena Tang-Lim as the designer for the projects.  We had 2 to choose from.   One was the Echoes of Nefertiti Necklace featured in the June 2012 issue of Bead and Button.

I really wanted to try and come up with something different by using unconventional colors and materials but not alter the pattern to much.  Hence Hippititi was born!

Instead of using coin beads I used these stone Peace Symbol beads which gave the design a bit of a twist.  This piece was made specifically for my 10 year old daughter, who like her mom, loves all things that have the Peace Symbol on it.  She is on vacation right now in Arizona but she will be back on the 26th and I really hope she likes it!  I really struggled with this necklace for some reason.  It is only the 2nd pattern out of a magazine that I have ever made and perhaps I just was not experienced enough to tackle it properly.

The other pattern we used was The Four Leaf Clover Cuff that Helena has for sale on her website Manek-Manek Beads.

 I loved loved loved this pattern.  It was so versatile!  It worked up quickly and it did not take a ton of materials to make.  So without further ado here is what I made!

I love this chair almost as much as the bracelet.  Ha!

Win Me!  Read below to find out how!

Modified Four Leaf Clover Cuff
I just cannot say enough nice things about this pattern.  I will use it again and again for sure!  I did make another bracelet with it and modified the pattern but I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it to Therese on a trip to meet her.  Luckily Therese was kind enough to email me a photo of it that she took!  Thank you so very much Therese!

Now for the Giveaway!  You can win this Blue and Green Summery beauty!  All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave me a comment here!  Make sure you include your email address so that I can reach you! And you can receive a bonus entry as well! All you have to do is "Like" Spice Box Designs on Facebook @ Spice Box on Facebook.  I will put all the entries together on slips of paper in a hat and let my lovely daughter draw a winner on July 1st.  How easy is that!  I will ship internationally as well!  Plus in honor of the 6th Bead Soup Party Hop coming up I will sweeten the pot by throwing in a nice collection of beads, crystals, and findings to! 

I would like to thank Helena for making herself so available to the Beading Babes group and helping us with any questions or concerns that we had.  I really enjoyed the May/June Challenge and a big part of that was from Helena herself!  So Thank You Helena!  Ya'll be sure to check out Helena's other patterns for sale on her site @ Manek-Manek Beads.

Peace and <3

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's all in a name.......right?

I recently had a customer and friend ask me where I came up with the name for Spice Box Designs.  After explaining it to her she told me I needed to make a blog post about it.  First of all let me say that I was touched that someone would want to know anyway.  So thank you Shelley for that :)  Names seem so important these days.  It seems like we as humans need to have a label for everything.  When it comes to naming a business, well that becomes a whole new ballgame.  It goes beyond just a name into something a little bit larger than that, which is a brand.  You have to build up an image of what you want your business to be.  I'll be honest and admit I am not really to worried about a brand or an image.  This reflects me artistically but like all art it is completely open for interpretation.  However that being said, I spent months trying to find the perfect name. 

I started with Sparkle Pretty.

I took a few words from lyrics from Ani Difranco and combined them and that is how I came up with that name.  Alas it did not stick around long because apparently there are several others that also liked Sparkle Pretty lol.  Just google it and you will see what I mean.  So that started the hunt for the "Perfect" name.  I read many articles off the web on what it takes in building a sucessful image and it always boiled down to a brand name.  So the brainstorming started!  I googled so many different plays on words just to see if it was already taken.  It seemed like everything that I actually liked was already claimed by someone else.  /sigh

Then like most inspiration it came fast and hard as I was browsing my book stash for something new to read.  Ok maybe not new, but something I have not read in a while when this struck me:

OMG!  One of my favorite books of poetry just seemed to jump out at me and the name was born.   It fit and felt perfect like a well worn glove on a cold day.  I love this book of poetry.  If you have not had the pleasure to read it I can tell you that it deserves a full 5 stars on your Goodreads list.  It is a book of poems that covers all subjects that we go through in life.  Love, Death, Religion, Sex, Sorrow,  and Joy.  Not to mention it is by Leonard Cohen who has a voice that just makes me melt lol.  Every time I read it I always hear it in his voice, yummy!  So that is basically where Spice Box Designs was born.  I am not sure where this journey is going to take me, who knows where I will end up.  Right now I just know that I am enjoying the ride (and sharing it with you) :)  In parting I am including a poem from one of my favorite poems from the book.  I hope you enjoy!


    Loving you, flesh to flesh, I often thought
    Of travelling penniless to some mud throne
    Where a master might instruct me how to plot
    My life away from pain, to love alone
    In the bruiseless embrace of stone and lake.

    Lost in the fields of your hair I was never lost
    Enough to lose a way I had to take;
    Breathless beside your body I could not exhaust
    The will that forbid me contract, vow,
    Or promise, and often while you slept
    I looked in awe beyond your beauty.

    Now I know why many men have stopped and wept
    Halfway between the loves they leave and seek,
    And wondered if travel leads them anywhere -
    Horizons keep the soft line of your cheek,
    The windy sky's a locket for your hair.

      ~Leonard Cohen
Peace and <3 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Time to Stitch Blog Hop

It is such a pleasure to be able to participate in Therese's Treasures and One Kiss Creations first Blog Hop.  Therese and Christine were some of the first followers of my blog so when I saw these wonderful and kind women were coordinating a blog hop I just had to jump on board.  I decided to do the peyote challenge aspect of it as I was a bit short on time.  I did learn a new stitch however, and it is called the Cellini Spiral.  I love the effect it gives and it is basically circular peyote done in varying size beads to give it a lovely effect.

My first piece was a commissioned piece that is already at its new home.  I call it Shelley's Vision as it is named after the beautiful lady that commissioned it.  I used Size 8/0, 11/0, and 15/0 seed beads in teal for this one.  I ended it in a short fringe and attached copper chain to finish the piece.

Because I enjoyed the effect so much I just knew I had to make another one.  I am also part of a facebook group called Operation Tackle that Bead Stash and they have a challenge every month.  June's Challenge is to create something using some leftover beads in 5 differnent colors of the rainbow.  I knew I just had to join in and I thought that perhaps I could tie that piece in with the Hop here as well so I made a piece called, "Orange You Glad."   Notice the Teal Size 15/0's that I used as a leftover :)  I love this stitch but it does tend to be a real time sink, so if you decide to try it make sure there is something good and long on TV to watch while you sew :)

Thank you for visiting with me and be sure to check out the other participants in the Blog Hop @

Marla Gibson  <--------You are Here

Thank you so much Ladies for hosting this.  It has been a blast!  I would love to do anymore Hops that you come up with in the future.  

Peace and <3