Friday, September 16, 2011

Bead Soup Has Arrived!

And it hot!
I have to be honest, this go 'round was a HUGE challenge.  The glorious beads sent my way by Miss Amy ended up frying my brain.  I have NEVER worked with seed beads before...they are very, very tiny and I will be forever finding them hidden in cracks and crevices all over the house because when they drop, well, it's all over.  BUT, because Amy sent such a generous amount, I am happy to report I was able to create not only a necklace, but a pair of matching earrings.
So let's break this down:
Pros:  A bright and cheery assortment of beads.  Every time I glanced their way I couldn't help but smile.  So shiny, so sparkly.  And the colors all complimented each other perfectly, not to mention my pretty little fishy pendant (I refer to her as Gladus).  Also, everything was extremely lightweight so I didn't have to worry about piling it on, and oh, did I pile it on.
Cons:  I have always worked with neutral, earthy colors (hence my name).  When I opened my box from Amy, it was like beams of light filling the room. This is not really a con, but it stumped me quite a bit ;)  And have I mentioned the seed beads yet?!  Oh good god they are TINY!!!! do you work with these things and create such treasures?!  I bow down to your talent!
So without further adieu....
My double stranded necklace and earrings.

I even added a couple of my polymer clay beads.
Amy, thank you for your generosity and the challenge of thinking outside of my box.  I believe we can all fall into the same ol' same ol' routine and sometimes we need to be shaken up.  
Cheers to all!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I just packed up my tools....


This means no more bead-making for a whole month.  And it's funny, I've been in a bead idea rut for awhile, and as soon as the clay hit the box, ideas started to flow like water.  What is up with THAT?