Bead Soup Blog Party Mess and Hoarding

Monday, January 24, 2011

Havoc abounds in my bead room in preparation of putting together a stash of various sundry items for Leslie, my BSPB partner.  I had to soften up this picture so that it doesn't look as bad as it really is.  How does "stuff" seem to accumulate all over.... a saw, chain nose pliers, hammer, .........oops, don't want to give to much away.  Well, it felt good when I was done and hope Leslie likes what I put together for her.  It will be in the mail probably tomorrow. 

Are any fellow beaders out there "hoarders"?  When it comes to my beads and bead related items (otherwise known as "my stash") that I have, there are definitely things that I put in a special place and think, I'll use that, don't know when, but I know I'll make something from it or with it some day.  Just knowing it's there gives me comfort.  I can go look at those things when I want, think of things to do with it when I wake up during the night, go through my things and have that discovery moment when you're going through your stash and you see things that you forgot you had but know you had to keep them because you knew you'd make something with it some day!!!!  Well, you get what I'm saying.

The Bead Soup Blog Party provided me with a challenge to go through "my stash" and try to become an un-hoarder.  Now, things in "my stash" may not seem that special to someone else, but we each have our own special "stashes" that make us be hoarders.  So, I can thank Lori Anderson and her BSBP for helping me to become an un-hoarder!!!  Thank you, Lori.

Well, my bead room has been cleaned up and I feel so much better!!!  What has the BSBP done for you???

Until then....Happy Beading!!!


Introducing........My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'd like to introduce you to Leslie, my Bead Soup Blog Party partner.  We are both BSBP newbies and I think she's as excited as I am to be a part of this remarkable event.  Leslie was the Art Bead Scene's Designer of the Week....check out her beautiful and creative design.  She's currently a busy working MOM and her etsy shop is in the works. 

Keep tabs on Leslie's blog for interesting posts....I especially like the interview she had with her daughter, Madelyn.

Well, I better skee-daddle, as I already know I'm behind in getting my goodies ready to swap with Leslie.....the ideas are in my, I need to make it happen!

Until then...........Happy Beading!!!


Re-Inventing Myself

Monday, January 17, 2011

In November, 2010, I decided that I needed to do something different in relationship to my jewelry.  My work has evolved, trying different methods and mediums.  Taking workshops has helped build my techniques and skills.  It has also shown me what I do and do not enjoy doing...and given me an appreciation of the work that goes into a creative process.

From my "Oui" Series

My interest lies in working with metal, wire, vintage elements, and cold connections.  I enjoy working with all kinds of beads and incorporating them in my designs.  My thoughts went to my etsy shop and how I had ignored it for so long.  With a new determination, I decided to re-invent myself by giving my business a new name and become focused on creating a style of jewelry using the methods and mediums that I enjoy the most. I do not want to limit myself and know that I will continue to grow and learn while still
maintaining a "style"!  

Thus, Suite7 Bijoux Designs was born.  It has a French theme which some of my pieces reflect.  It was definitely time for a makeover.  Many jewelry artists have a definite style to their creations that with one look at a piece of jewelry you know who the artist is...designers such as Stephanie Lee, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Ruth Rae, and Denise Yezbak Moore.  They are and will continue to be an inspiration to me.

Until then........Happy Beading!

Bead Soup Blog Party---Just Around the Corner

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bead Soup Blog PartyThere's a party going on....well, not right now, but starting January 7, 2011 you can sign up to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party by visiting Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.  This will be my first Party and looking forward to being able to put some beautiful beads and findings together for someone and then waiting with anticipation to see what is created with those beads.

Come Join in the Fun.  Mark January 7 on your calendar!!

Until then.....HAPPY BEADING!  Oh, and HAPPY 2011!