Friday, January 27, 2012

Golden Goddess

Isn't this beautiful? 

Jaynee learned how to do beaded embroidery over winter break.  Obvoiusly, she's a natural.  For this beauty, she broke into her stash of druzy cabochons.  The sparkle on these is unbelievable.  Paired with the matte seed beads and pearls and crystals she used, the effect is just stunning. 

I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Here's the Etsy listing for this necklace:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bead Soup Buddy

I have a new beady friend, Theresa Buchle of,  who is my BEAD SOUP BLOG partner.

Theresa lives in Texas and does wonderful bead weaving.  Love love love her bracelets!  So I've put together a bead soup that I think she'll love!  Sorry, can't show you yet.  Next week, after she's received the goodies in the mail.

And, I'll also share what I've received from her.  So excited!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Dentist

Or should I just call this post, "Fear"? 

I have a long history with the dentist.  I was born with a cleft palate, which screwed up my teeth, speech and hearing.  As a teenager, I went to the orthodontist weekly.  Dr. Satan Reinstein - horrible man.  Really.  He had no compassion at all.  I think (I know) he was happy to use his dental tools to inflict pain.  And his treatments didn't work.  View the current state of my mouth and my crowded, misplaced teeth.

Today, I go to have a front tooth pulled and replaced.  BIG sigh.  I admit it.  I'm scared.  Even though my current dentist is kind and compassionate and very gentle.  And listens to me when I tell him that I need kids-sized instruments used on my mouth.  The last time this tooth was worked on (20 years ago), it crumbled and had to be rebuilt.  I don't want that to happen today.

I want simple and pain-free.  And kindness.  Above all, gentleness and kindness.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Desert Priestess

While I lived in Vegas, I spent a great deal of time at the Sekhmet Temple, in Cactus Springs.  This oasis in the desert both formed my life and saved my life.  Last night, I enjoyed Priestess Anne Key's memoir of her time at the Temple, "Desert Priestess."  I see how the work I do in Gender & Women's Studies continues what I learned as a priestess - giving women (and men) the tools to empower themselves.  Even my jewelry is an expression of this...

It was nice to read about old friends - I could almost smell Patricia's little cigars and hear Corbin laugh like a little kid because I could figure out the mess he'd made of his beadweaving repair.  I miss the  smell of the desert.  And the sunsets.  And, the stars.  Mostly, I miss the hot desert wind.  And my Desert Moon family.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party

I get to go to the party!  Very excited to be a part of this.  If you want to check out what all the fuss is about, travel here:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beaded Laughter

Lampwork artist Sylvie Landsdowne is featuring bead supporters on her blogsite "Beaded Laughter".  Stop by and check out the beady support being offered.  (A big improvement over the Ryan Gosling parodies.)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Work in Progress

I like to set up a bunch of beadwork projects at once.  Typically, when I can't fit any more new treasures in my bead bin, I take a day for set up.  This involves moving a bunch of cabochons and beads around on my bead table, until things click together.  Sometimes, the connection is made through color.  Sometimes, there's a story I want to tell through the beads.  Sometimes, I see an image in my head that I want to recreate. 

Once I have a bunch of designs that I like, I begin to match patterns to the design.  After tracing the patterns onto felt, I begin to glue pieces.  I have a pretty good sense of spatial design, so I rarely measure placements.

This is very different from how I approach my school work.  In my studies, I'm fairly methodical.  Get the idea, gather the data, do the research, compile the bibliography, write the first draft, edit, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite - all within the parameters of my discipline. 

Maybe that's why I love bead embroidery so much.  It sets my creativity free.  I can even color outside the lines, if I choose.  I don't have to follow a pattern.  Love that.

Wonder what these templates will look like in a few months...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Oh, seed beads!  How I love your infinite colors.

Usually, I'm pretty frugal.  Beads, well, they are my one true vice.  Especially seed beads.  Right after the holidays, I went on a seed bead binge.  99 different strands, but who's counting.  :)

Wait til you see what I do with these lovelies...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

EBEG = Wow!

"Winter Wonderland" was chosen as the seasonal theme for the Etsy Bead Embroidery Group. Here's a collection of the creations.  To follow this group, check out:!/pages/Etsy-Bead-Embroidery-Guild-EBEG/303381193012490 .
Can't wait to see what theme the team works on next!