April 30, 2008
I'm like a kid at Christmastime waiting to see the magazine in person. Along with my project they featured my Sundry bracelet kit and there is article on Bead Retreats that mentions the Bead Cruise. Yes, this issue is the Heather Powers special edition. (har, har!) The magazine will be in stores on May 6th!
Yep, it's a banner day here at the humblebeads studio! Now back to making more beads for the show this weekend. Next week you'll see a wave of new wafer beads and urchins in my etsy shop. So many beads, so little time...
April 28, 2008
Along with the beadmaking, I'll cover some tips on using polymer clay beads in your jewelry designs.
April 27, 2008
Here is the first version of this bracelet, the updated one went a little heavier on the surface embellishment and the clasp went from a single loop to something more substantial.
I'm beyond excited about the classes for our next cruise. I'm so blessed to be able to work with such talented artists! Now I'm off to finish the samples for my beadmaking class. Have a peaceful and creative Sunday evening!
April 26, 2008
April 24, 2008
I've had a few emails asking what music I played on my blog this week, it was "Human Thing" by the Be Good Tanyas. Here is another one of my favorites, called "The Littlest Birds."
Which fits well with tonight. I just finished 80 bird beads. I did a few different colors. Why in the world did I make that many birds? I have a bead show coming up next weekend.
If you haven't stopped by the Art Bead Scene this week, I'm giving away a free bird bead to one random winner who chimed in about procrastination. Tomorrow is the last day to enter. Speaking of last days, you have until 10pm tonight to enter my Link Back Contest. Scroll down to read the details. Thanks to everyone who participated so far. I'll be visiting blogs tomorrow. There have not been enough hours in the week.
April 21, 2008
The prize is over $50 worth of art beads in my William Morris' Garden pattern.
April 20, 2008
April 18, 2008
This pendant sits across my bead table over in Jesse's workspace. I think I may have to steal one of them. He has been working on a series of William Morris Pendants for his etsy shop. Yum-o!
April 17, 2008
If you stopped by last night you saw the version of this slide show with music. Can't say I was loving the music, since it keep playing every time you came to the blog. I don't like music playing unless the viewer can stop and start it themselves. I might use a music one on facebook or youtube, but not my blog.
1. Go to flickr, organize your photos into a new set or use an existing set.
2. Go to slide.com, click on slideshow.
3. On the left-hand side there is a list of places you can add your images from, click on flickr.
4. Pick which set or sets you'd like to add to your slideshow. Don't do a slideshow with a 100 photos, we internet folk get bored easily. Use your best only please!
5. You can edit your photos, change the text, rearrange them. Play with the features. I liked the simple fade option. (You'll find it under the view more options on the box that says, "customize your design.")
6. Save it. Here you can choose to have it sent automatically to your social network sites or blog. But be warned, if you have more than one blog it sends it to the first one you have listed, opps! I'm not sure if there is a way to change this. You can also copy the code and paste it to your blog, which is what I did here.
I'm in so much trouble. I have all sorts of ideas for using my photos!
April 16, 2008
April 15, 2008
1. Thread your beading wire through the flower part of the clasp, string on a crimp bead. Crimp using crimping pliers.
2. String art bead, spacer, 5 wood beads, spacer, amazonite bead, spacer, 19 wood beads, spacer, amazonite bead, spacer.
April 14, 2008
There is someone for everyone!
Inspired by my day dream of a picnic in the Hill Country. I see a large tree in a field of lavender. On a fresh vintage flower sheet we lay out sweet, light cakes, lemonade and watermelon slices, with salt and lime. Ah, sounds like summer to me...
April 13, 2008
So in no particular order:
Needle felted project for Ornament Thursday
Entries for Bead Star Competition (I have 2 in mind)
Carve gingko and other flower stamps
Collaboration Exploration projects
Quilt for my bed and a few decorative pillows
Thanks to Lisa, now I want to make skirts for my girls
New beads (expanding my humblebeads line for the summer)
Etched metal pendants inspired by Semiprecious Salvage.
Grow flowers from seeds for my lackluster yard
2 new classes/samples for the Bead Cruise
Okay, I feel much better writing those down. Now I don't have the cloud of unfilled projects looming over my head.
April 7, 2008
Either way, I like them for their sassy little beady selves. Not my usual fare, but different can be good!
So maybe your teetering around your comfort zone, wanting to push ahead. Maybe it's submitting to a magazine for the first time, opening an etsy shop or applying for a big arts fair. Hey, go for it. You just never know what might happen!
Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday sale is going on today. Free shipping with orders from my etsy shop. Go take a peak. A few new beads, pearls and some of my favorites are all just waiting to sneak into your studio and inspire your next creation!
April 6, 2008
This pendant is amazing, all 1" of it! Have you ever seen anything so cute? I have a real thing for houses, they symbolize our inner selves, the part we protect from the outside world. I often dream of my grandmother's homes, I think my subconscious is seeking out places that are safe, where we belong. Home is definitely where the heart is for me!
I'm going to mix it with some gunmetal chain and reddish/copper humblebeads for a necklace for myself. Oh, I need more hours in a day!Old Door Charm from Mamacita Beadworks. I want to order a few of these, I have a plan for a necklace using a key pendant as the focal point and what's a key without a door?
The key is from the Venerable Bead and she is just awesome! She made this special order for me in 1 day.
Okay, so that's the eye candy for today. Tomorrow is the Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday sale and I have all sorts of goodies for the Etsy shop that I'll be listing throughout the day. Along with a few surprises! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I hope it's peaceful and filled with beautiful things.
April 4, 2008
I've added pearls to my etsy shop. I have this incredible design to submit to the magazine using keishi or cornflake pearls, so I've been stocking up on them. I plan to offer them in my etsy shop on a regular basis.
Here is that special order bracelet that I talked about earlier this week. The white glass bead was a vintage bead from her mother, along with some of the beads on fringe. I mixed it up with amazonite and crystals.
And finally, I was thinking about jewelry booths this week and put together a new flickr group, Jewelry & Bead Booths. Add your booth or display photos to the pool, I'd love to see them!
April 1, 2008
I'm working on a bracelet for a client using some vintage beads that belonged to her mother combined with a set of my disk beads. The beads she brought were coral, shells and vintage white glass. I loved the muted colors and knew I would do something inspired by the beach.
I love the beach in winter time. It's quiet and there is something wild and untamed about the water and ice that take over the sand. The beach is rough and held back by fences. There seems to be an age old struggle of nature trying to take back the man-made elements forced upon the landscape.
So as always, through my art I work out my nostalgia and longing for home by creating objects that transport me back to those places.
(the beach photos are from flickr, click on the image to see them in greater detail and for the photo credits.)
These two sets of Winter Shores beads can be found in my etsy shop.