Sunday, July 10, 2011

A great Canadian blogger I found!

I love this new blogger I just found yesterday. My Organized Chaos.  She's a young mom, shares great information, product reviews, recipes and has tons of giveaways on her blog. Right now she's featuring a great Rockport shoe giveaway, just click this link and I hope it'll take you there, haha!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday...

Well, this is my first week participating in BTW, I love seeing everyones messes as they create, it makes me feel a bit better about my own.  Here's my messy bead table this morning. This is all the beads and supplies that I used last night while I made a little summery bracelet. What a mess!
And here is the bracelet I made with all that mess. I love blue and green together, I think it just screams summer. 
Well, my kids are on March Break this week and my husband is away on course, so I am the one; the referee, the chief cook and bottle washer, the chauffeur, the fun maker.... I am the one!!  We have to head to the city tonight for my daughter's basketball tourney. I hope they do well (or even better...WIN).
I love to steal a few minutes here and there for me and a little creating, uninterrupted is even better, but not likely.  Oh well, such is the glamourous life I lead.

Have a fun-filled day everyone, whatever it entails!

Lisa



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Have you seen the fantastic prize up for offer over on Gr8Findings.
She's giving away this gorgeous collection of handmade silver findings, they'are gorgeous! And only a little promotion of her blog in return, not a bad deal, eh! Just four little steps will get you four entries to win.
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Anyway, I am off to enter, I would love the opportunity to play with these goodies. 

On another note, I stopped at the mailbox yesterday and inside was a card from Lori Anderson thanking me for participating in the BeadSoup. I thought that was so thoughtful of her, to send out a card to all who participated, that's a lot of work again for her. She never stops. Thanks Lori, it was a ton of fun and I hope I can participate again in August.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa

Monday, March 14, 2011

A day at the farm...

Well, I think I got through all the soup, finally. I know I didn't comment on each and every one but I did hit quite a few and I've got to say I saw some glorious designs. That was the tastiest soup I've ever devoured!! Thank you everyone for providing me with so much inspiration. Also, thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented on mine. My picture was terrible I realized afterward and I apologize for that. And another big thank you to Lori Anderson for organizing such a huge event.





Last Saturday, my sister and I spent the day at my local wool shop and took a class on wet felting by fibre artist Marilyn Rand, see what beautiful work she has created. We had the choice of either a tea cozy, a small purse or a vessel. I chose the vessel and my sister chose the tea cozy. We had such a fun day and I really love felting, both wet and needle. This was the third felting class I have taken and each time it amazes me how unspun wool(photo #1 below) can turn into such interesting, strong and useful pieces(like my vessel in photo #4). I think I may use it for a vase for some dried flowers. Wouldn't a big bunch of hydrangeas be pretty in that. I may also try to shrink the length down a bit as well, it is pretty tall right now. We also made a cobweb scarf but I didn't get a photo of that.


Thanks for stopping by and have a very happy March break everyone!! I am taking my kids to see Rango tomorrow, hope Johnny Depp doesn't disappoint!

Happy Crafting,

Lisa

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oh Happy Day -- Reveal Day










I am so excited that today is here. I cannot wait to start hopping around and seeing everyone's beautiful work. Oh inspriation abounds!
Here's a link to all instructions for the bead soup that was painstakingly organized by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. She deserves a medal for all her hard work, what a huge undertaking to make this happen and pair up 210 participants.
Lori has the date for the next soup as August, boohoo. I will be on vacation that month and won't have time to participate. I'll just have to sit and drool over everyone else's fun!

My partner is Lynne Bowland from Islandgirl's Insights, she's a lovely lady who is also from the east coast of Canada. She is an incredibly talented beadmaker, or should I say glass artist and sent me the most gorgeous beads to work with, she made this challenge easy for me.

Here's what I made with her beads. Photo #1, the three strand necklace was my first attempt. I kind of liked it but it was just too much for me. I am more of a single-strand girl, I guess. I love what others make with multi-strands but I just wasn't diggin' my own. So back to the drawing board and came up with #2. Now I like the second one much better and I really like the wire wrapping effect. Remember I am new to jewellry making and the wire wrapping is a new technique to me.

Photo #1 The one I took apart!
I tried to twist the three strands together, but , blach...
I do like the knotted strand, that was an easy technique I will definitely be using again. A good learning experience overall!











And here's the keeper.
I love doing the wire wrapping technique, although I do need more practice at it. I am not usually a symetrical kind of girl so this was challenging for me to make it balanced. I prefer the willy nilly look! Anyway, like I said these beads were easy to work with and have swayed me over to the blue side. I never really liked blue much before but know I find myself looking for more blue beads and ideas. I can't wait to make something summery in turquoise!!


So here's the link for all the others, I would love to see some more beginner beaders work. I have so many of you pros saved and LOVE all your work. If you leave a comment, and I hope you do, let me know if you're new at this too!!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!


Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?


Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:


~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads


Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.


Here's what I made!





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Come see what the rest of us made!



1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things


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



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 YOU ARE HERE


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






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


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


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



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






The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!




Be sure to visit the hostess blog, Pretty Things

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'm a lucky girl...







to receive such a treasure as this!!




Bead artist, Lynne Bowland of Islandgirl Insights sent me these treasures yesterday to play with as my bead soup ingredients. I cannot say enough about how beautiful these beads are. I am not a blue lover but these might convert me. SHE MADE THESE, I am in awe of her talent.




I have a few ideas swimming in my head, just need some time, alone and uninterrupted to play.

My photography skills are not the best yet. I just got a new camera and I haven't quite figured everything out yet. I am excited about taking a photography course soon though!