Saturday, April 30, 2011

Barb Fernald!


Barb Fernald really comes up with some fantastic designs. Barb was one of the people who purchased the same beads I used for my Aristan Clay Design Team piece. She molded a pod and ocean stones she found to make the PMC beads. She also made the draped hollow beads and the clasp. She used freshwater coin pearls that match perfectly with the beads I made. She's one talented lady!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal

Today's the day! The day for the Artisan Clay Design Team to reveal their creations. Kristie Roeder, of Artisan Clay, put together a design team. She sends a piece that she made each month, and we have a ridiculous amount of time to put together a wonderful creation using her wonderful creation! Of course, I waited until yesterday to actually put mine together. I've had it in my head for weeks. I made the beads I used weeks ago. I've even sold some of the same beads I made to put this little darling together! But as usual, I waited until last minute. Sometimes I think it works better for me that way.So, ta daaaah! Here's my finished piece. I really like it. The connector component was what I picked from Kristie. It's really beautiful! I may have mentioned before that we get about three days of sun here in the 'burgh so it's really hard for me to get good photos. (Unless I get out the light box I have, which I really despise using...). Today the sun cooperated a bit so I took these outside - ignore any little buggies you see in the photos.
I used gunmetal chain - this necklace is long enough to slip over my neck, no need for a clasp. I also used some connectors I had asked Rocki of Rocki's Supplies on etsy to make me a really long time ago.
Closeup of Kristie's connector piece. It has those peacocky-oil slick colors in it and is actually textured on both sides. I chose to use this side because I had the lampwork bead design in my head the minute I received her piece!
I used metallic black glass, which is flashed in the flame, to get the peacock-oil slick colors on these beads. I used my magic wand to created the dents in the beads to match Kristie's connector. I also used some African trade beads I received from The Bead Chest to complement some of the colors, and some old silver trade beads I had laying around that are somewhat oxidized.

I had to mess with the design for quite a while. Sometimes what's in your head just won't translate into a piece of jewelry, no matter how hard you try! It can be worn with all the interest right in front, but I like to wear it asymmetrically, with the three beads in the front and the focal of Kristie's up the side. I'm very happy with this piece, and will definitely wear it! See what all the other participants made by visiting their blogs!

The other Design Team members are:

Marcie Abney

Shannon Chomanczuk

Carol Dean Sharpe

Staci Louise Smith

Jen Velasquez

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Giveaway



Recently I was lucky enough to receive a gift certificate from The Bead Chest, and I picked out these pretty African beads. Isaac has also just informed he just got back from a 2 week buying trip in Africa and will have lots of new beads on his web site soon! Their strands are really quite generous, and I will never use them all. So, I'm having a giveaway and you can win the beads shown above - a strand of Christmas beads, 15 recycled glass beads, and a pile of bronze beads! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post- that's it! If you are so inclined, you can let me know what you'd like to see in my shop, but otherwise, just a comment is fine! Thanks! I will pick the winner on May 4th in the morning!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday


Finally, after two weeks of not being able to do it, I am back at Bead Table Wednesay. This is what I am contemplating this week. I really like the combo of beads; they were going to be a bracelet, but I think they want to be a necklace instead. Maybe asymmetrical? Who knows. But I do love all the beads!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Beads




Just listed some cool focals in the SueBeads etsy store and have a few more to list tomorrow! Take a look!

Metal Me This


I feel so blessed! Lisa Liddy, of the new store Metal Me This on etsy, had a giveaway to celebrate the opening of her new store. I felt really fortunate to stumble across the message on the Bead Soup News Group, and I entered her giveaway. Unbelievably, I won it! She sent me a selection of bead caps from her new store. The photo above is an example of what she sent, and some of what she makes. She makes copper, brass and silver components for jewelry design - bead caps, connectors, etched pieces, just to name a few. They are really gorgeous! If you get a chance, stop by her shop. You can also find her at Joolz By Lisa on etsy for her jewelry designs.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Springtime Earring Blog Hop



Moira, from The Musings of Mystic Pesto blog, came up with a Spring Time Earring Blog Hop, and I decided I wanted to participate! These blog hops or challenges really help to force myself to make jewelry. I love making my beads and enamel pieces, and it's hard to sit myself down and make jewelry with them on a regular basis! This works for me! Below you'll find a list of participants.

I made two pairs. The first were made with vintage copper teardrop beads that I enameled. I used the sterling silver bead caps that look like flowers and swarovski crystals. The second pair is made with my enameled flower charms. They look like those little violet flowers you see in your yard from time to time!

Have fun visiting everyone else's blog and seeing their springy earrings!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Beads 2011 and Happy Easter


OMG! I received a copy of Beads 2011 in the mail yesterday - I failed to notice that on the label it said "Advertising." I thought it was the copy I ordered for myself. It wasn't - it was my copy from the magazine because, are you ready? I.AM.IN.IT!!!!! I was so excited! I can't believe it. I hadn't heard from them so I just assumed I wouldn't be in it and decided to try again next year! So imagine my surprise! I have some enameled pieces in the issue, plus a lampworked bead I made that resembles the ocean - one of my signature beads! I just had to post about it, I am so happy!!! And there are so many wonderful beads in this magazine, by so many wonderful people that you all know!

Also, Happy Easter to everyone!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bedford Springs

We had our second night at Bedford Springs earlier this week. It rained the whole day - when we got there, it was even thunderstorming! We made the best of it thought! We played ping pong in the kids' room for an hour, then decided to go eat dinner. When we went out side, it had stopped raining so we went on a hike. We had a great walk, saw this tree that a woodpecker is handily destroying!The tulips around the fountain opened up and are gorgeous!
After our hike, we went and had dinner in the tavern and then played a few games of pool. I lost every one, but I did come close on the second game - we each had one ball left, but I couldn't sink mine before he did. Oh well... after that, we took a beer out to the fire pit and had a nice conversation with someone we met out there.
In the morning, we took advantage of the mineral pool and had a dip for a bit before we ate and checked out. Then we went on another hike. Sadly, we did have to go home after having such a wonderful time together. On our drive, we took the long way and came across this buffalo farm! It's a very strange sight, considering most farms in this area are cows!
Then we came across this really cute little place that had all kinds of fairy tale figures. I had to have Jason pull over so I could take a picture of this one!
All in all, it was a very fun get-away and I highly recommend Bedford Springs Resort and Spa if you need a little getaway!!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Enameled Flowers Earrings



Here's a cute little idea for some earrings using the enameled flower charms I just listed in the SueBeads etsy store!

Enameled Flowers and Broken Nose Update






This morning after the treadmill and before I took the girl to the ENT to get her broken nose checked, I made some enameled flowers! They are made from flattened bead caps and Thompson enamels and I think they turned out very nice, in all their spring colors! Today is supposed to be the only sunny day of the next 7, so I did take some photos and they will be listed in a bit in the SueBeads etsy store. Some of the photos came out dark, though, so I will try and reshoot! I made some more when I returned from the doctor's office, too, so there are several sets to choose from! To me, these little charms are screaming to be dangles on earrings or even bracelets!

The doctor said that although her nose is broken, since it is not crooked and not causing her much distress or any breathing problems, that it can just be left to heal on it's own. She can even go back to softball. Sigh...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday






Here are my beads for today - what I made the other day before we went to Bedford Springs again. Tomorrow I'll have some more photos of our trip - we had just an awesome time together! You can find all these beads listed at my SueBeads etsy store!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bead Cap Day and Broken Nose




Today is bead cap day! I made glass beads in the morning yesterday and enameled bead caps in the afternoon yesterday. They will be available in the SueBeads etsy store shortly! Since I live in Pittsburgh and we get about 3 sunny days a year, the photos here are a little darker than the actual beads.

So on to the broken nose part. I got a call yesterday late afternoon from my daughter. She called to let me know she got hit in the face with a softball. The trainer got on the phone to tell me I should take her to get x-rays when she gets home...yay. This is the same girl who got a concussion last spring playing softball. I took her to the urgent care place and sure enough, they said she has a broken nose. At least it's not crooked or anything, just swollen and black and blue. I have to take her to the ENT on Thursday for evaluation. It's always something!

On a lighter note, I was so happy to find out this morning that I won a giveaway in Lisa Liddy's new shop on etsy, MetalMeThis! That cheered me up considerably! I'll do another post so you can see what she sends me!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Omni Bedford Springs

Way back in December, I purchased two Groupon coupons for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort for me and my sweetie to have a little getaway. Life got in the way for literally four months, and the coupon was set to expire on April 3oth. So in mid-March, I finally got around to making our reservations. As luck would have it (or procrastination) there were no weekends with two nights available. So on Friday we headed to Bedford Springs Resort for one of our getaway nights. Friday was a fairly beautiful day in the 'burgh, and we thought we'd be able to go hiking. Again, as life gets in the way, Jason had to work a lot of the day so we got a later start than we expected. But it was still a very lovely ride together and we arrived after 5 pm.
We checked in, got stuff situated in our rooms, and checked out the place. Wow, it's fantastic! The outside is beautiful and the inside boasts several restaurants, an indoor mineral pool, spa, and much more.
We stopped in the tavern for a beer and the hockey game. They don't get FSN, so we ventured out to Everett, PA to the Union Hotel. They have a basement sports bar and they had the hockey game on and nicely priced pitchers of Yuengling! We had a very nice time together, and went to bed with plans to go hiking on Saturday.
This was our view out the Tavern window on Saturday morning. You can't really see it in the picture, but it's raining sideways! It was cold and windy. So we relaxed a bit over lunch, and went on our way. We stopped in the town of Bedford for some antique browsing. We wound our way home the long way and stopped at a very large nursery full of regular AND unusual plants. I got this lovely little orchid!


Winding our way home, we stopped at a Lowe's to purchase a plant pot for a palm I have. When we got out of the car, we saw this double rainbow! All in all, we had a fantastic time and can't wait to to back to Bedford for the second night of our getaway! We have plans to return in the summer when we can take advantage of all they have to offer, including hiking and trap shooting!
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments about my 7000 Bracelets of Hope bracelet! I appreciate each and every comment, and will be visiting your blogs today to see what creations you made!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

7000 Bracelets of Hope Blog Hop




Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, is hosting a blog hop today! It's part of the 7000 Bracelets of Hope Campaign by The Global Genes Project. The bracelets are given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support. This is the bracelet I made! I have to say I'm pretty happy with it! I used my own lampwork beads, silver beads, quartz nugget beads, czech beads and freshwater pearls. This is an ocean-themed bracelet, and I used a little fishy charm on the toggle clasp. You can check out all the participants and what they made by visiting their blogs from the list below!

Bracelet Blog Hop

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3. Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4. Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9. Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11. Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12. Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13. Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14. Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15. Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16. Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20. Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
24. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
26. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
28. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
30. Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs


31. Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
33. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
34. Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde
35. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
36. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
37. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
38. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
39. CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations
40. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

41. Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
42. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
43. Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
45. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio
46. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47. Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads YOU ARE HERE!
48. Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49. Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50. Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry


52. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53. Andrea Robinson, Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54. John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55. Breana Fry, Vault 31
56. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60. Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61. Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64. Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65. Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66. Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67. Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman


71. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72. Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73. Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74. Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75. Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76. Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79. Sally Russick, WireWorked
80. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter


81. KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82. Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love
84. Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy
85. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86. Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87. Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88. Deb Beechy, Beetique
89. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts


91. Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92. Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
93. Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94. Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96. Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97. Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98. Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99. Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100. Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores

101. Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets
102. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103. Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105. Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106. Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107. Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108. Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109. Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110. Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne


111. Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112. Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Suburban Girl Studio



Recently, Diana of Suburban Girl Studio had a giveaway on her blog and guess what? I won. It was this fabulous pair of earrings. I wore them last night whilst watching the Pens beat Tampa Bay! I really really like them. They are very lightweight and perfect with so many things. I love her little ammonite charms. And guess what else? She sent along a few little goodies for me to play with, as well! What a generous person she is! I hope you check out her shop, if you haven't already!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More New Beads


I got some time on the torch yesterday, so I have some more beads listed today in the SueBeads etsy store! I had fun making the mosaic at Big Huge Labs.

Tonight is the last night of my class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. I'm going to see if they have any classes in the daytime coming up - these nighttime classes are too hard on me, and the kids have too many things going on for it to be convenient!

I'm off to make my Blue Bracelet for the blog hop on Saturday - Lori Anderson is hosting a blog hop for the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. The Global Genes Project is a group who will donate the bracelets to families who have rare diseases, just to let them know someone is thinking about them and understanding their plight.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Beads Listed





I had a little time at the torch yesterday, so I made some beads I hope you like! You can find them at the SueBeads etsy store! I am finally going to get to the chiropractor this afternoon - it's been a long time! I didn't want to go until I was fully recovered from my surgery, and boy does my neck and back need it! It's really raining here and yet another softball game was cancelled for this afternoon.

Art Bead Scene Ornament Hop!

Better late than never! I participate every year and didn't want to miss it this year - the Art Bead Scene Ornament Hop!  I'm also...