Saturday, March 31, 2012

Colors of Spring Blog Hop

Today is the big reveal for Sally Russick's Colors of Spring Blog Hop! We picked a color palette and purchased a small set of her ceramic-enameled beads and created jewelry around that palette. I chose the Pantone Color of the Year Tangerine Tango! I don't usually work with tangerine, but love it with blue - especially turquoise blue! It would have been really nice if I would have taken a photo of the beads together before I separated them, but I didn't. Oh well.I picked up these very very funky-shaped turquoise wannabe beads from Dakota Stones - they aren't real turquoise, at least I think not given the price, but they sure look like it and are gorgeous! After I made the necklace, I thought I probably should have separated the beads with small 3mm sterling rounds, but didn't want to tear the necklace up. Keep that thought in mind, as there will be a test at the end of this post! Of course, the tangerine lentil is the one that Sally enameled, using Marla James' porcelain beads.

Included in the set were these lime green barrels. They had earrings written all over them. I paired them with greek ceramic beads in fun spring colors, and I think I really like these earrings!
Finally, these lime green rounds were included as well. These were paired with greek ceramic gears and very small carnelian rounds. The colors look great together, even if they don't on the screen!

Here's the test - you can WIN this pair of earrings if you post a comment and answer the question - should I tear up the necklace and separate the beads with little sterling rounds, or leave it like it is?

I'll put all the names of commenters in a hat and pick the winner on Tuesday April 3rd! You can also check out everyone else who participated by visiting them on the links below!

Host: Sally Russick
Margarita
Therese Frank
Kim Bender
Cabaret
JLynn Jewels
Christine Altmiller
Sweet Lilac
Cherrie Fick
Jenny Vidberg
Driftwood
Sabine Dittrich
Hope Smitherman
Solar Power
Nicole Rennell
Erin Fickert-Rowland
Bell Flower
Patti Vanderbloemen
Kristi Bowman
Starfish
Shannon Chomanczuk
Elisabeth Auld
Cockatoo
Alice Peterson
Donna Bradley
Sodalite Blue
Kristi Harrison
Cilla Watkins
Tangerine Tango
Lesley Watt
Maryanne Gross
Susan Kennedy *YOU ARE HERE*
Courtney White Breul

Friday, March 30, 2012

Godspell Jr.


My son and his friend waiting for the cake!


So, I mentioned that the two evenings right before spring break were spent watching my son in his 8th grade musical, Godspell Jr. I had never seen Godspell before, but I knew that I knew the story. This Godspell verion is the Jr. version, which means all the adult themes are fairly well removed. Godspell was actually written by a CMU student as his master's thesis in 1970. It eventually found it's way to Broadway, where it is actually showing right now. Godspell goes through the parables and then at the end, briefly the passion of the christ. The kids did a fantastic job and my son had a wonderful time participating! So much so that when he goes to high school, he wants to participate in the musicals there and let me tell you, our local high school goes all out!

So, tomorrow is the big Colors of Spring reveal with Sally Russick - watch for my items and a giveaway!

Then on Sunday I'll try to tell you about my trip to Bedford! It was fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Beads or Where Have I Been?






I can't believe it's actually been so long since I posted a blog post. I have been quite busy, my son had a musical, the boyfriend and I went to the Omni Bedford Springs for a weekend, and we visited my grandfather in Florida for a few days. I have been trying to do the spring cleaning and I had to get a new roof and I spent a LARGE part of my day today with Verizon to no avail. I'm not getting emails and I'm very frustrated. Plus I'm not getting the channels I want on TV and do you know how hard they make it to deal with anyone on the phone AND how hard it is to use their web site? Gah! Anyways, here's some beads I listed in the SueBeads etsy store and I'll post some photos of Bedford and Florida and the musical - all fun things, just busy busy busy! I'll be glad when spring break is over and we can get back on a schedule!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Robin's Eggs!



I made some glass beads today, woo hoo! I made 5 pair of these cute robin's egg blue robin's eggs! They measure about 16x10mm and would be really cute in your bracelet or if you want egg earrings! I'll make more on request, too! I also made one pair of these speckled eggs, I think they are pretty cool with the raku! You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store right now!

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Enamel Listed






I listed some new enamel beads in the SueBeads etsy store - I have been liking doing enamel for a few days now, but must get back to making glass beads! I cleaned up my bench today - I wish I would have taken a photo for the "before" and not just the "after" - you would not BELIEVE how much better this is!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ornamentea: Charm Swap 2012

Erin Prais-Hintz; Doris Galyon; Marya

Jenny Davies-Reazor; Heidi; Glenda Adams; Charlene Jacka


I participated in Ornamentea's Charm Swap this year! It was fun - make 7 charms and send them in! Pay for postage, and they will send you 7 different charms back! Very simple! Here's photos of what I got back! They are all so different and cute!

Erin sent one of her Simple Truths Pendant (kanji for beauty); Doris made an amazing little book; Marya made a cool peace sign charm. Jenny made one of her ceramic pendants; Heidi's charm means "luck"; Glenda made a very cute floral charm; and Charlene made a nest for a cute little owl to rest on!

For the life of me, I swear that not only did I take a photo of the charm I sent, but made 8 of them and I can't find the photo or the charm! If I do, I'll post it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Dangles



I made these earrings with some enameled beads, similar to the orange and gray set below! I think they are so springy. This is just one idea of what you can do with my enameled beads!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Inspiration - Orange and Gray

Orange and Gray Floral

Orange and Gray Spacers

Orange and Gray Enamel Beads


Yesterday, Lara Spencer on Good Morning America wore a really cool necklace! It was orange and gray, dangles all the way around, with one gray bead first, three orange, then one gray; they looked like either czech beads or lucite. She stated on Twitter that it was vintage. I couldn't find a photo of it to show you here. I loved the color combo of orange and gray, and I sat down to make some beads! They will all be found in the SueBeads etsy store in a bit!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Marsha Neal's Silk Color Palette Challenge


I was lucky enough to get in on a little challenge by Marsha Neal. She not only makes gorgeous beads, but she sells silk ribbon bundles. 12 of us were chosen to pick a palette based on a photo, and you can purchase that palette! Please click here to vote on your favorite and visit Marsha's blog. Voting ends tonight (sorry, I spent all weekend doing kid stuff and didn't realize it ended so soon!). The color palette I chose is called Dinner in Tuscany and is based on the top right photo!

Inuit

Forgot to add my Inuit piece to the keep your sanity post, here it is!