Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snowed In...

So far 6 inches of the white stuff has dumped with more to come.

Yes, I love snow.  BUT, I don't like to drive in it because I am a big chicken.  So, that means we stay home and do fun Christmas projects and play in snow.  AND the best part of all....I get to bead more...yes, my name is Alison ans I am a beading addict...that felt really good. :)

I just finished these little lovelies with some of my beads
and now I'm off to make another pair for myself
Because of the mix in colors, I've found they practically go with everything. Here's to having a productive day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Closing Shop

Closing shop tonight for the upcoming Christmas show.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I've got Christmas on the mind, how could I not with it surrounding me everywhere I go.  Not that I mind...I have always been a bit of a geek about this holiday.  It usually takes me about a week to decorate due to the massive amounts of decorations I own.  So, as usual, beading is put on the back burner and even more so now that I am fortunate enough to have my jewelry pieces in a cute little boutique AND now I'm preparing for an upcoming Christmas show.  Busy, busy, busy!

One of my bracelets...

My ruby red...

Dreaming of blue skies....

all using my clay beads, which is my goal, but sometimes I do without.

There are just too many different kinds of beads out there;
a gal could go crazy!
Thanks for letting me share and I hope you're enjoying
the beginning of this glorious season.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Directions

Sometimes, yes, sometimes I get bored with my beads.  I hang my head in shame when I say this, but it happens.  When this does occur I try to take my clay new in directions.  I was recently asked to show my jewelry in a shop, & Then Some, and in this little boutique were the CUTEST handmade Christmas ornaments.  And oh, I needed to be a part of it!  So I created these...
Rustic, but still a little shiny...I love them.  I made a million, well, more like 20 and saturated a tiny Christmas tree in the shop with them.  All different colors and shapes.  They look wonderful!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

For the Love of Dogs

I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the past couple of weeks and I do believe my creativity decided to take a vacation.  So, to fill the void,  I decided to work a little more on Abby.  Abby came to us back in April, abused, fearful, and needing much love and attention.  It took a month with us before she even wagged her tail.  I decided to turn to Cesar Millan for the crucial help we needed.  Bought his book and dug right in.  She began to transform right before our eyes.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to finish the book....
Apparently, Abby didn't see eye to eye with "Cesar's Way"  and where she got the matches still remains a mystery.  Anyhow, I just recently ordered Cesar's new book, although in my humble opinion it should have been sent free of charge, and we continue to progress in our training and understanding of each other.  Her transformation is a beautiful thing to watch. 
She even got into the Halloween spirit...

But most importantly, she's happy, loving, smart AND she feels safe.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mokume Gane

This is probably my favorite technique and the first one I learned when I picked up Carol Blackburn's book.  The design possibilities are endless and I think I really enjoy the thrill I get right before slicing into the stack of clay...will it reveal a beautiful design worthy of all that time or will I be left with a pile of well, poo?! I'm happy to say, I've been fortunate...a lot of happy beads have been made and only a few piles of "poo" have been added to the scrap pile.

Here are a couple of my designs when I first began with polymer clay 4 years ago...
Coming up with different objects to inject into the clay is challenging for me and I usually resort to the old round imprints...pens, paintbrushes, straws, toothpicks.  Yes, I get lazy, maybe that's the reason for loving this technique so much.

Here's some of my recent work..
Full of color, just like my life.

Happy Sunday to you!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Many, many things make me happy, but I must say,
when I venture down an avenue with my clay and the
results are successful, I squeal with delight. 
And believe me, my husband will attest to the
squealing part, poor guy.
I adore the look and texture of pottery and stoneware
and decided it was time to figure out how to replicate
it with my clay. 
And by golly, I think I did it! 
Here's what I've come up with so far...

Where do you find happiness?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Spooky Contributions

I've always been a Halloween fan.  Spooky things fascinate me. 
So my contribution to the polymer clay bead
world every year are these little guys...
To get into the pre-Halloween mood last night while creating, 
I watched Mary Reilly on Hulu.  It's a Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde flick...very enjoyable!

But check out this crazy, black cat...
He comes from the imagination of chikiegirlcreations, whom I've always admired. 
And yes, he's polymer it!!

Skeerdy Cat Hairstick with Polymer Clay Bead by chickiegirlcreations

Friday, September 10, 2010

Can you smell it?

Well, I sure can!  The fabulous scent of autumn
is in the air and my innerchild is screaming with excitement. 
Not only is this my favorite time of the year,
but it's also my favorite time to create. 
Fall colors just seem to suit me well. 
So I've begun some new avenues....
Acorns, to soon adorn a necklace...

and some new egg-shaped fall beads with a
beautiful faux lampwork look.

More colors to come!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Back from the coast and I am feeling good! 
We had a such a fun time and saw some beautiful places.

Yes, this was a really big tree,
but I have this thing for trees...

Lots of romantic walks on the beach with my hubby :)

and yet,
I still woke up feeling (and looking) a bit like these guys...

but I've never been a morning person.

So I'm home, refreshed and ready to go! 
I even created this beach inspired bracelet for my jewelry shop and I'm really digging the natural feeling it has.

Now on to fill some custom orders that came in while I was away.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ahhhhh, vacation...

It's finally here! 
Headed for the beautiful Oregon coast tomorrow
morning for some well deserved rest and relaxation. 
The boys are excited and cannot wait to build their sand castle "cities". 
My shop will be closed while I'm away...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Capturing Beauty

Abigail, my pitie, was chasing butterflies again this morning. 
You can't imagine how funny it is to watch this "ferocious" puppy frolic in the grass
after these delicate creatures ;)
Anyhoo, butterflies....
they inspire me! 
I whipped up some more tiles/pendants last night and applied some bright, eye-catching colors.

and the smaller one...

They have a slightly old, vintage feel to them (kinda how my body felt when I woke this morning).
Hope your day is full of beauty!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Wow, what a fun weekend!  Set my little booth up at the Bead Stampede in Sisters, Oregon amongst some really big guns....I felt a little out of place (not to mention tiny), being that it was my first show and all.  But I seem to have held my own.

I was the only poly clay artist there so explaining the process and techniques involved
in my work to every customer became a little tedious.  
 Book with LOTS of pictures showing some of the steps is definitely in order for the next show.
But I'll tell you, my favorite part of the show was meeting the other artists. 
They were so wonderful and so very helpful!
Now I'm home and can breath a little easier.  Time to work.  I have so many new ideas....
more to come!

Btw, that's my Mom in the corner there, without which this show would not have been possible. 
Thanks Momma!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Closing Shop

I'll be closing my Etsy shop tomorrow through the weekend.  Bead show starts Saturday and I'm taking all inventory with me.  Excited and nervous, but I'm sure it will be fun.
Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bottling time....

I woke up this morning with a smidgen of terror in my heart...
the show
is in
1 week!!
And of course, I'm nowhere near prepared. 
See, this is my first bead show and I really have no idea what to expect.  I've done the research, figured out my layout, written my lists, and now I am trying to bead like mad.  The hold up....
are they not gorgeous?!  My boys, my life. 
Summer time means camping, fishing, hiking, biking, laking, and any other outdoor activity you can think of.  I spend my days fulfilling their every desire.  So that leaves me a couple of hours at night before I go to bed, to bead.  Adding to that, sales have shot up along with more custom orders than I can keep up with, meaning my inventory is low; too low for a bead show (dang, nice rhyme)!
Hence the panic.
And now I will kick myself because it really sounds like I'm complaining.  I'm not.  My life is wonderful and I am so extremely fortunate.  I just need more time!! 

OK, one more, 'cuz I just can't help it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's a Faux Thing...

I have to admit, I never knew what that word meant until I dove deep into the polymer clay world. 
Fox, huh, oh pardon me, f a u x....I am such a DORK sometimes. 
Here's the wonderful thing about this medium...the ability to simulate so many different types of surfaces.  Probably the reason why I never get bored and why I am so often accused of having polymer clay ADD (yes, I'm all over the place and darn proud of it)!
So here's my latest experiment...
Ringing any bells yet?

It's suppose to look like ceramic.  I love these greens.

These were made from a mold of a fern collected on a recent hike.
Simulated ceramic or rather faux ceramic.
Polymer clay excites me way too much!