Friday, August 31, 2012

The Phantom Of The Opera Blog Hop!

The lovely and apparently crazy Pamela Sears of The Crazy Creative Corner is hosting a blog hop today based on the Phantom of the Opera! When I heard about it, I said, yes, I'll play! I love that musical! My kids love that musical! Sometimes we go around singing the songs from it! And she gave us soooooo much time to get it together! So guess when I made my pieces? Yep, Thursday my true nature and fashion, I guess. I just seem to have so many distractions and things to do lately, with kids and jobs and Bead Fest took so much time, blah blah blah.  Everyone is in the same boat!  So here are my pieces for the Phantom Challenge!

I actually made the necklace first, but I'm going to show you the earrings first.  I really like them!  I made them with my own shimmering lampwork beads, a pair of vintage chandelier crystals my mom gave to me, and a pair of pretty pearls!  Of course, you know the chandelier crystals are for!  

I like how they turned out!  Of course, there's nothing like a challenge to point out personal shortcomings - I really need to add a few more hours in the day so I can make some more of my own ear wires.  And I need more jump rings.  And round beads. 

This necklace actually went through three rounds of change before I finally came up with and decided on this design.  I had something in my head since the day Pam opened the challenge, and these pieces are nothing like it, but I like them nonetheless.  I like the large chandelier crystal I used for the focal - and the smaller ones with my shimmery beads went really well too!  I don't usually wear matching things, but these of course were made to go together!

Here's a list of the rest of the participants!  Why not go visit them today and see what they made for the Phantom of the Opera challenge!  And thanks Pam!

The Crazier Sister - Our Host!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bead Fest Philly - Bead Swap

I'm finally getting around to post about Bead Fest, and I thought it might be nice to post about my Bead Swap first. Diana, from Suburban Girl Studio, organized the Bead Fest Bead Swap and assigned us all partners, as well!  My partner was Kathleen Lange Klik from Modern Nature Studio.  She's so sweet.  She's a great photographer and we talked for awhile about that since my daughter is so into photography.  Here are the beads she gave me, in no order:  Unicorne, FireFly, Elaine Ray and Marsha Neal.
Then Flame Craze, Javanese, Green Girl, Humblebeads and Captured Moments.
She made this felted bead all by herself!  It was a labor of love, I'm sure!
But the most special one that she gave me was this one - she took this photo on a trip to St. Lucia and made it into this lovely pendant!  It's so special, she made it just for me! 
Bead Fest was a lot of fun, and I'll return with some more photos of goodies on Sunday - now I have to go get ready for the Phantom of the Opera Blog Hop which is tomorrow, and the Challenge of Travel, which is Saturday.  Good luck to me....

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup - Reveal Day!

Today is the third reveal for the 6th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by the amazing Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. My partner was Sandra Wollberg (from Germany) and in addition to the ear wires, focal and clasp you will see below, here's a reminder of what she sent me for my Bead Soup. 
As is my usual style, I waited until Friday to make my pieces.  One, I work better under pressure, and two, I spent about 2 months getting ready for Bead Fest Philly and had no time to think about anything else!  But I think I'm pretty happy with how things turned out! 
Sandra made these ear wires from copper.  I used these gorgeous copper lantern beads she sent, as well as the opalite dagger beads.  I think they make a great pair of earrings!

Then, I made a bracelet.  I used copper chain that I had, and since the clasp was a three-strand clasp, I made a three-clasp bracelet!  Two strands are the copper chain.  On the middle strand, I used the bead caps and opalite rounds she sent, and the last two links were made from pretty copper beads she also sent along.

The last piece of made was the necklace with the focal that Sandra made.  She etched two pieces of copper and made them into a book!  I wanted to use one of my own beads in this piece, and I chose the coral ribbed round that is one of my new favorites evah!  I topped the bead with a bead cap from Lisa Liddy and used plain chain to highlight the focal.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my soup!  Here's a list of everyone else who is playing this time, and it is large, so you'll need to take a few days at least!  Hope you have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems

Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog

Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda

Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels

Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez

Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads

Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road

Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts

Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color

Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny

Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads     YOU ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs

Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Friday, August 24, 2012

Egg Beads

I just added a bunch of egg beads to my SueBeads etsy store!  You can go check them out while I take some photos of the loot I bought/traded/swapped for at Bead Fest 2012!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Key Charms

I listed some metal patina beads tonight!  I got the Ranger Patina by Vintaj from Melinda Orr, and they look great on these little brass key charms.  Check them out in my SueBeads etsy store!  They are listed individually so you can buy one for a dangle, two for a pair of earrings, or many for a necklace!

Monday, August 20, 2012

I'm Back and Listing on Etsy!

Hi!  I'm back from Bead Fest!  I'll start posting and giving you the run down tomorrow! I am listing some items in my SueBeads etsy store today!  I have lots to tell you about!  I met many of you, did a great bead swap, won a prize, had a date with my boyfriend in Philadelphia, it was a full weekend!  But for now, you can start finding some new items in my SueBeads etsy store!  Thanks for checking in!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bead Fest Or Bust Sale!

Yep, there's a sale going on! From Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, you can get 20% off in my SueBeads etsy store by using coupon code BEADYGIRL.

The following artists/designers are participating in the sale!  Check them out!

Melinda Orr - Melinda Orr Designs - 15% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL  
Enter for the Leather Bracelet Kit Giveaway on the blog

Lorelei Eurto Lorelei Eurto Jewelry - 20% w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Marsha Neal - Marsha Neal Studio - 10% off your entire purchase 
from my Etsy shop including the special SALE section 
that has items marked down 30% off.  Coupon Code: BEADYGIRL
Every listing purchased during this date from Marsha's Etsy shop 
will get entered into an additional drawing for a $25 
Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop Gift Certificate 
(see her blog for extra info).

Staci Lousie - Staci Louise Originals - 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Sue Kennedy - Sue Beads - 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Jenny Davies Reazor - 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Lisa Peters - Lisa Peters Art - 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL 
(sorry not applicable for RING KITS)

Mary Welsh Hubbard - 20% off

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bead Fest Sneak Peek!

 Pretty Eggs!
 Turquoise Ocean Frit Beads!
 Coral pretties!
 Cameo beads in many colors!

I've been hoarding the beads for a little bit now, but wanted to show you a sneak peek of some of the beads you will find at my table at Bead Fest Philly!  These are all my new favorite, and hope they will be yours too!  Whatever doesn't sell at Bead Fest will go up for sale in my SueBeads etsy store when I get back!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


That's my booth number at Bead Fest Philly August 17-19.  You can see me there and get some beadies from me!  And you can use the above pass to get in for free!  Yep, $12 value free!  And I have some post cards, if you'd rather me mail you one!  Just let me know!  And I hope to see you there!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bead Fest or Bust Sale Coupon Code!

In anticipation of Bead Fest, a bunch of us are getting together to have a great sale for you!  You can get 20% off in my etsy store by using coupon code BEADYGIRL from August 10 - 12!  I know, my etsy store is a little sparse right now.  I'm saving all the beads for Bead Fest.  When I get back, I'll have a bunch of inventory to load in the store - well, I hope not, but probably!  Right now, there are a lot of items that are going to expire so this is a chance to get a great price on them!

PPPSSSST - the discount might show up a little bit early if you check!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

New Beads

I'm so burned out this morning with making beads, and feel like I'm nowhere ready for Bead Fest, but there's a point, I guess, where I have to do inventory and see what I need to do with my week, so maybe that will be today.  But I wanted to introduce you to some new beads I made this week.  They look like cameos, to me, so I'm going to call them my Cameo Series beads.  I really love them all, but my fave is that green in the middle.  It's made with CIM Dirty Martini and, as my boyfriend says, looks very victorian.  I can see these being used for weddings.  Although, I would say I'm a bit late for the wedding bead gig.  Oh well, better late than never.  I will have a limited supply of these at Bead Fest (my booth is #456 in the Artisan Section) so if you want some immediately, come and get them!  Otherwise, I will slowly ramp them out when I get back and take about a week off!  You can also let me know now if you'd like some, and I'll make your custom order when I get home! 

Also, if you want a pass for Bead Fest, let me know - I have post cards and book marks that will give you free admission to the Expo! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bead Soup Preview

First, I have to apologize for being noticeably absent lately, on this blog, on comments, on commenting on blogs, on facebook, in groups, etc!  I have been getting ready to sell at Bead Fest Philly on August 17, 18, and 19, and have been making beads twice a day most days!  That leaves a little bit of time to clean and package up beads, along with the day-to-day stuff that a house, two kids, a boyfriend and life brings!  But I do want to show you what my partner for Bead Soup 2012 sent me!

Sandra Wollberg is from Germany.  She has a blog called Stories from the City of Brass.  She makes very very pretty jewelry!  Currently, she is showing a reveal to a challenge she participated in and I must say, that necklace she made is gorgeous!  She is so generous, too! She sent me these vintage earrings she found in Germany.  They are so cute, I can't wait to wear them!  And I get to tell everyone the story of where they are from!
Sandra made the focal herself - it's a gorgeous etched book!  You really have to see it up close to appreciate the pattern, but I think you can see it's paisley!  Love it!
These are the other beads she sent along - the top photo shows the clasp and copper beads; the second photo shows the moonstone rounds, dagger beads and 2 crystal shaped beads.  The bottom first photo shows the YUMMY farfalle (peanut) beads that she sent me!  Can't wait to use those!  And the last photo shows the head pins, spacers and jump rings she sent.
In addition, she sent me a pair of ear wires she made herself!  I love them!  They are very sturdy and beautifully done!  They've been antiqued and I really really can't wait to use these as well!
I send Sandra a bunch of stuff and failed to take a photo of it, for above reasons.  But you can see what I sent to her on her blog! 

Thanks for checking in!  Hope to get some more posts up before I leave for Bead Fest! 

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