Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wrap bracelets

I've fallen in love with wrap bracelets.  I bought a stretch bracelet at a popular department store a few years ago and loved it, but it wasn't long before the elastic frayed and broke.  I kept the bracelet because I loved the colors of the beads together and I knew I would eventually use them in another project.  This is the result.

I loved this bracelet so much, I decided to make a fall version with some cube beads I had.

These are so quick and easy to make I'm sure I'll be making more soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beach vacation

We returned from Carolina Beach (NC) on Sunday, and are now back to reality.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pics from the trip, but first, remember the suitcase I was fixing up for my beads?  I finished it, and was very pleased with the results.

I used some vintage-looking fabric, and made push pins by gluing owl buttons to plain metal push pins.  It held everything perfectly--even the new beads I bought.

Here are a few of my favorite beach pics:

 Hannah and Katie 

 Travis with a gun on the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship

 Hannah, Katie and me (my hair got a bit wild in the back)

 Storm clouds over the ocean

Katie, Travis and Hannah

We had a blast!  I wound up visiting a local bead shop twice, and also picked up a beautiful copper pendant at a farmer's market.  I'll post pics ASAP!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New glass beads

I've been back on the torch a little lately.  It's easy to forget how much fun it is.  I'm really into making swirly beads, but I wonder if they look a little too much like marbles...

The little polka dot ones were fun to make, too.

I was inspired by this recent blog post from Jennifer Jangles to make my own craft suitcase:  http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-craft-suitcase.html

I'm hope to have pics soon.  Right now it's sitting outside in the sunshine, airing the musty smell out.  I hope to have it all fixed up to take on vacation next week.  I can't wait!  Carolina Beach, here we come!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back in business

I've been very terrible about posts for the past 3 or 4 months.  There has been so much going on that jewelry has had to take a bit of a backseat.  But, now things seem to (hopefully) be settling down, so I'm trying to get back to business.  

I created this necklace a few weeks ago to match the dress I wore to a wedding.

I wish I had a picture of the dress handy, because the necklace matches it perfectly.  

I've also been back on the torch a couple of times lately, and have pictures to share later.

We're heading to the beach in a couple of weeks for a much needed vacation.  I've got a couple of ideas in my head for beach jewelry, so I'll be posting more soon.  

It's good to be back!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bead table Wednesday

I've been seeing a lot of jewelry made from wine corks on Pinterest lately, and have been itching to try to make something.  I'm thinking something summery, so I gathered these beads to work with.

These colors scream "beach" to me.  I'm not sure which ones I'll wind up using--just depends on how the mood strikes me.

Now to find the time to work on it...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

Today is the day!  We finally get to reveal our creations for the Bead Soup Blog Party and see what everyone else came up with.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was paired with Stephanie Weiss, who's blog can be found here.  She was kind enough to send me two soups--one in my comfort zone, and one outside it.  This is the comfort zone soup:

I had a blast working with these beads, and I adore the colors.  I wound up making a necklace, bracelet and earrings from the set.

Next, came the set that was outside my comfort zone.  I don't work with black much.  I tend to lean toward browns and warm earthy colors.  This is the soup:

The bracelet I made came  pretty easily.  I knew almost immediately I wanted to use the tiles in a bracelet, strung on stretchy cord.  I made little metallic beaded beads to use as  spacer beads.

The seed beads used in the beaded bead are a mix of copper, silver and gold.  

I have to admit I struggled with the necklace.  I had the hardest time deciding what to do with the plain black pendant.  Finally, I found these little metallic flowers, glued crystal flatbacks in the center, and strung the pendant on leather cord.

And, finally the earrings to go with this set.  I used the black/metallic square beads and made some more beaded beads to dangle from them.  The square beads were difficult to photograph because of the finish, but I think you can get the idea.

I really love the results of both soups!  This is my first year participating in this blog party, and I've had so much fun!  Click here to see what the other participants came up with.