Have all sorts of goofy, sugar-spiked fun tonight!
October 31, 2008
October 30, 2008
Rosanne created this necklace earlier this fall using one of my bird pendents. You'll notice the seed beads on the right. She named this piece Indian Summer, for those brief days in the fall when the weather turns warm again. This was her first asymmetrical design, I'm so proud.
October 29, 2008
October 28, 2008
...Robin, of the hood...okay back to the bead table for me.
October 27, 2008
October 26, 2008
Enjoy your Sunday. I hope it's filled with family, laughs and little creating! I have two Halloween customs to finish sewing. Wish me luck!
October 25, 2008
Notice anything different? OMGosh, for the love of templates. I have been having fits with this one today. It will only let the little sidebar widgets and images go to 125 pixels. Headache city, I can not figure out how to adjust the template to get those sidebars wider. If you can help me, I will send you humble goodies. It's Motrin time.
I'm considering paying for a holiday themed blog template. The search is on... I want something snazzy and all designer-ish, like the fancy blogs.
Holiday items are coming soon! It's the last week of October. That's almost enough to make me say a swear word.
October 23, 2008
I shared this painting in July and finally stole away some time to make beads inspired by the colors and designs of the lilies and lanterns. The painting is John Singer Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Oh how I love art history!
October 22, 2008
The nostalgia of the holidays have inspired me this week. I have my favorites from last year, snowmen pendants and collage ornaments. I also have new ornaments, beads and some very cute little gift bead sets I'm excited about.
Do you give beads as gifts? I do, they are also some of my favorite gifts to receive. My mom gave me a few storage containers one year filled with beads, ah that was a little slice of gifty heaven!
But not to jump too far ahead Block Party Press featured my squirrel on her blog today, she wrote about squirrel-frenzy inspiration!
October 21, 2008
October 20, 2008
I had such a fun time reading every one's comments last week that I decided to do another round. Leave a funny caption for week's photo in the comments and I will randomly draw one winner on Saturday for a free squirrel bead.
October 19, 2008
I do have a few exceptions:1. Art supplies - the gift of creativity is highly valued in our home.
2. Books - you can't give kids enough books, ever.
3. Christmas pajamas - the girls always get holiday pjs on Christmas Eve. (Although this year I'm going to try my hand at making them. I sewed doll pajamas two years ago, so I'm ready to tackle the full size versions.)
Each Sunday from now until Christmas I'll share tutorials that I find, projects that I am working on and my chronicles as Christmas elf while I prepare for the holidays.
First up is this incredibly cute chipmunk who started life as a glove. You can find the pattern here on Etsy. It's from the book, Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves. Add a little dress, an acorn pendant and skip the stitching on the tail and this is the perfect little gift for a certain squirrel collector on my list.
October 18, 2008
Thanks to everyone who participated. You guys had me chuckling all week, it was good medicine. If you haven't read all the comments scroll down to the "You Don't Say?" post and read them, funny stuff!
In fact I had such a fun time with this that I'm going to do it again. So come back on Monday for round 2.
October 17, 2008
A little hedgehog bracelet. Love the clasp!
Right now, I want to dream of fall, it's actually chilly here tonight.
My Autumn Wish List:
Buy a burnt orange cardigan
Sew a fall-inspired table runner
Cook an acorn squash - bought one this week
Go to a pumpkin patch
Shop at a market day or craft show
Visit Lost Maples to see the leaves changing colors
What fall activity or tradition do you look forward to each year?
October 15, 2008
Hedgehogs you say? Really, I never thought of them before. They are a lot like the birds. I could try it. (Thanks to Penguintrax on twitter for the little whisper.)
Okay, there is a hedgehog. Oh my, that's some serious cuteness. Hmm, if I'm branching off into woodland creatures I better give my favorite furry animal a try.
Jess saw these little ones and in his best Motley Crew impression he began to sing, "Squirrels, squirrels, squirrels...short hair, bushy tails, squirrels, squirrels, squirrels."
I didn't wake up expecting to add woodland creatures to my collection of beads, but when the muse comes to visit you never know what will appear on the bead table.
October 14, 2008
I just wasn't witty enough to come up with a funny caption for this image, but there seems to be a story here. Leave a caption for this photo in the comments. I'll draw one random winner on Saturday for a free Winter Dove Bead. Yep, they are new.
The little house sculpture is about 3" tall, I wish I could remember the artist's name. We picked it up at an art fair a few years ago.
October 13, 2008
The bead show was fun. I picked up some brass/copper/gunmetal findings, just some basics for a great price! I spent Sunday morning finishing up new holiday beads. After the show I sat down and created the samples for my new holiday line. I have new ornaments - birds and retro snowflakes. I made some dove beads and a few new bird necklaces. I also pulled out my holiday inventory because I think it's time to start listing these bad boys again. Now, if you'll excuse me Bing Cosby and I have a date in the studio.
October 11, 2008
Tomorrow I'm going to the bead show with my dear friend. We'll spend time chatting and scheming creative plans. I like scheming! Maw-ha-ha-ha. (That's my evil craft laughter. You know, because the laugh is just about standards.)
October 9, 2008
October 8, 2008
October 7, 2008
Harvest Napkin Rings
4 silver 5mm flat spacers
4 copper 14mm coin pearls
Nickel seed beads
Bronze bugle beads
4 gunmetal headpins
4 gunmetal headpins with balls
10" green wire mesh ribbon
Bracelet memory wire
1. Cut 1 loop of memory wire, cut at 1/4" after the loop overlaps.
2. Use round nose pliers to create a loop on one end. Use flat nose pliers to close the loop completely.
3. Randomly string bugle beads and nickel seed beads to cover the memory wire, leaving a 1/4" at the end. Use the round nose pliers to create another loop to close the wire.
4. String the flat spacer and disk bead on the ball headpin. Trim wire to 1/4" and create a loop with the round nose pliers. Attach to one of the memory wire loops.
5. String a nickel seed bead and pearl on a headpin. Trim the wire and create a loop, attach to the other memory wire loop.
6. Cut 2 1/2" of wire mesh ribbon, tie around the headpin loop of the disk bead. Twist the ends of the wire mesh to form a point. Pull the middle of the ribbon to open in the shape of a leaf.
Repeat to create 3 more napkin rings.
They look like a little pumpkin patch don't they? They almost make me want to go buy a set of cloth napkins. (I just happen to have one that I used as a back drop for something!) Ah, I will probably give this set as a hostess gift, I don't throw many fancy soirees.
October 6, 2008
The Etsy Texas Crafters street team is having their monthly promotion today. You can view all the sale details here. In my shop, I'm extending the free shipping discount and for orders over $30 I have a free gift for you!
I had a wonderful weekend. I actually took the day off yesterday. My schedule has helped me keep on top of the orders. I could shed a tear over how happy this makes me! Yesterday I did some cleaning, rearranging my yarn drawer and made a skirt. Yep, I sew. It was for my youngest, I appliqued a little squirrel on it. I'll take a photo when she comes home from school. Oh and I did some fall decorating. Trading out the seashells for squirrels, acorns, leaves and pumpkins. Now if only it would get cold around here. I keep looking at my scarves, wishing for a chill in the air!
On the bead table today: owl & raven necklaces, pumpkin and leaf inspired earrings, Thanksgiving napkin rings...and some tiny little teal birds for earrings. Yep, cuteness abounds today!
Have you started decorating for fall or any crafty seasonal projects? I'd love to hear about them!
October 4, 2008
First, the upcoming Bead Art Originals trunk show that I told you about earlier this week, sign up for the newsletter for a chance to win earrings or a pendant from some of our members.
The newsletter will have upcoming events, news, specials and articles from our members, should be a good one!
Next up is the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge with beads from Gabriel and Elaine Ray as the prizes. The theme this month is a Dark and Stormy Night. Here are the contest details.
And it's Saturday, so there is always a free bead giveaway for Studio Saturday on the ABS.
Free inspiration: my buddy Jennifer from Jangles has an awesome newsletter with 10 weeks of free holiday projects. Visit her website to sign up for the newsletter. You have to scroll to the bottom on the front page.
And one more from me for good measure! Free shipping this weekend in my etsy shop. No need to do anything, the listings are already adjusted.