Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Practical Magic

These are the things I know: You always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, plant rosemary at your gate, keep lavender for luck and fall in love whenever possible.
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

Monday, July 29, 2013


My friend Ronnie loves her bling.  Especially BrisingBeads bling.  :)  When she asked for a "colorful" necklace for her birthday, I broke out the sparkle.

The fabulous Ronnie Fabre!
I've had a music note focal stashed for quite a while, so I added this in amongst the bling.  I think it makes a nice touch, don't you?

Bling detail

Overall, I think outlining all of the colorful cabs helps define each one.

I added short fringe in spots, for some extra texture.

The best thing about this necklace?  It made a friend happy.  :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

One of the BEST things about summer

comes in a ten pound box.


I have two boxes purchased and properly packaged in the freezer.  Two more boxes to go.  Yum.  So good on cereal and in oatmeal throughout the winter.  And PANCAKES!  And, pie!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Standing Up

I've long rebelled against the ideal of "bravery."  Mostly, because to be brave is something that people without power or with less cultural position and power are asked to do on a regular basis.  To be "brave" denies the power of fear - facing one's fear, overcoming one's fear, challenging one's fear.  Being "brave" feels like being asked to stand in silence, hoping for a good outcome.

No, thanks.  The time for that has passed.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Oh, this was so much fun!  I pirated my own Bead Stash and challenged myself to come up with something I'd never tried before.

Here's what I started with:
Just a basic outline on felt and some funky felted cocoons.  Or are they bubbles?  I found them here.  I just love the funky shape and colors.  I attached each cocoon with thread and beads, trimming some of the beads to different sizes and shapes.  I wanted the piece to feel really organic and off-beat.

I also had a stash of sequins that I hadn't used yet, so I broke out that box and added it to the mix.  Anchoring the sequins with crystals and/or black seed beads in colors that matched the cocoons, I'm really happy with the blend of texture and color.

What do you think?
A little bit of flash, a sweep of felt.
Lots of fun.

I added some funky, chunky czech glass beads on the neck strap and dropped the three remaining cocoons from the bottom for a bit of movement.

Not too bad, I think.  I enjoyed working with the sequins, and look forward to playing with them again.  Once I got through the doubtful phase (you know, that point where you think "This sucks eggs and I'll never make a pretty piece of jewelry again."), I got really excited about the cocoons.  And the piece is so lightweight, it's hardly noticeable when you have it on.

I don't know about y'all, but I'm going to keep playing with my bead stash.  There's fun stuff in there!

If you want to check out the rest of the Bead Hoarders Bloggers, here's the list.  Get started!  And, a big thanks to Lori Anderson, for dreaming this fun beady adventure up!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Monday, July 15, 2013

Nature Jewelry

J's a big fan of nature jewelry.  She supports all of the wildlife foundations, using the photos from their outdated calendars as artwork for glass cabochons.  She then donates 15% of every sale of nature jewelry to a wildlife foundation.

Here's some recent pieces, all available on Etsy.

Seaside  - I love the delicate 'waterdrops' of this fringe.
Family  - Polar Bears!
Pink Butterfly  - These cabs feature J's own photography, from our garden.
And, then, there's the masterpieces without art cabs, that still carry a nature theme.

Autumn Turn   The beaded detail on this geode is just gorgeous.
And, then, this recently finished piece.

Sensual Midnight  Mixes an agate cabochon with cats eye cabs and a vintage brooch.
So lovely.

Friday, July 12, 2013

My "Fight" Song

Because sometimes, I forget.

Beautiful In Me, by Amy Steinberg.

If you love this, check out Amy's other tunes.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

In the Queue

I spent Saturday night lining up these necklaces to work on. 

This petoskey stone collar has had residence in my head long enough.  Actually, this will be my second try at it.  As the state stone of Michigan, and as a symbol of wonderful memories of family vacations with time spent hunting the stones on the shores of Lake Michigan (near Sleeping Bear), I want to get the colors of the sky and the sand just right.  We'll see.  The stones in the center will drop from the bottom of the embroidery, giving the piece some movement, just like the river mouth where these stones were found.

 Then, there's this piece, which hopefully will become a funkified blue mix of spirals and texture.  I continue to be inspired by Lori Anderson's Bead Hoarders Blog Hop, coming up on July 20.  Don't know if I'll have this finished in time... we'll see.  It uses a fun glass button that I found in the Catskills (NY) a few years ago, an onyx cabochon from Quartzsite (AZ), and a spiral lampwork cabochon from the Bead and Button show (WI).  I've been wanting to play with the teal glass drops (from CA) for quite a while.  Looks like I'll have to think of an appropriate national name for this piece.

These three smaller pieces combine some favorite stone cabochons.  I'm intending to add a plethora of charms to spice them up a bit.  I see the blue cabs as the focals for a watery collar, very delicate but seaworthy.

And, it's been a while since I've played with a face cab, so I can't resist.

This face I want to play with a bit, bring out her wild side.  Maybe add a word.  Maybe fringe or peacock daggers.  We'll see what happy accidents happen when I let her say what she wants to say.  :)

I'm hopeful I can have these done by the end of July, since then I go into production mode for the holiday shows.  But I've got lots of transcribing, researching, paper writing, interview lining up, french translation studying, class teaching, house painting, and reading to do, as well.  Sigh.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Freedom, from a woman's perspective

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” 
-- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is 
no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set 
upon the freedom of my mind.”
--- Virginia Woolf,  A Room of One's Own

It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. 
It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. 
It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, 
it’s about changing the very face of power itself. 
 --- Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Above all, 
be the heroine of your life, 
not the victim.”
---  Nora Ephron

It is not our differences that divide us. 
It is our inability to recognize, accept, 
and celebrate those differences.
--- Audre Lorde

I was in love with the whole world 
and all that lived in its rainy arms.
--- Louise Erdrich

Though we tremble before uncertain futures
may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength
may we dance in the face of our fears.
--- Gloria Anzaldua

may you find your freedom within...

and, may our national legislation uphold freedom and equality for the humanity of all.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Lori Anderson is at it again!  Coming up with a fun prompt for a Blog Hop.

I couldn't help but sign up for this.  'Cause my stash?  Oh, my.  Truly, I have so many beautiful things just waiting/begging/hoarded to become jewelry designs.

So, I'm starting with these... 'Cause felt bubbles!
Or, are they cocoons?  Or seed pods?  Or, put all together, a beehive?

Not sure... But you can see the embroidery shape I'm thinking they need to fit into.  And, they kept me up ALL NIGHT, trying to figure out what to do with them.

I have a custom order I have to finish before I can dive in, but I'll try to show my progress as I move forward towards the July 20 deadline.