Off to the Beach

Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm off  to the Beach for a few days......of course, I'll be beading.   Got the Primrose Lane Spring Show to get ready for.  Aaaaah, just being close to the ocean makes me feel good!

Until then...........Happy Beading!
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Should You take it for a Test Drive?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Can you really be sure that your jewelry is really going to look and feel the way you think it should look and feel when someone's purchased it and actually wearing it out in the real world?

I mean, really, do yo think those pearls are going to actually hang down her back all evening without wanting to......slip off her shoulder, hang down in the front?

Some of  what-I-think-are-great-ideas for jewelry turn out to be "what was I thinking?"

I could let Margot wear them for a bit....and don't get me wrong, she's my Dream Assistant, but she's got her limitations!!!!

So, with all that said.....I take my jewelry for a test drive by actually wearing it (and I could also be secretly looking for compliments).  On many occasions after wearing my jewelry, I have to go back to the drawing board so that the "what was I thinking" can turn into "that's more like it"!

I think it's a good idea and it's always worked for me!  I want someone who wears my jewelry to really enjoy wearing it....they won't if it hangs lopsided, or an edge is too sharp, or basically doesn't look as good wearing it as it did on the bead board (if you use one....maybe that's my problem!)

I want to thank my Dream Assistant, Margot, for her always excellent assistance and my "pearl" model for her patience and her ability to be absolutely still during the shoot.

Until then.............Happy Beading! (and test-driving)
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7000 Bracelets of Hope-Blog Hop

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thank you to all who visit in support of the Global Genes Project and 7000 Bracelets of Hope project.  The bracelet I made for this project has a beautiful lampwork glass bead made by Alana from Flameboyance Glass.  Supporting this focal bead are czech glass beads of varying shades of blue along with a dangle chain with tiny glass dangles of blue.  The heart charm and chain symbolizes the love I send to the recipient of this bracelet and that it will give them strength.

Please support this important project by visiting the blogs of the other contributors to 7000 Bracelets of Hope and thank you to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for inviting us to participate.

 1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3. Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4. Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer

6. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9. Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11. Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12. Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13. Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14. Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15. Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design

16. Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20. Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
24. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium

26. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
28. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
30. Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs

31. Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
33. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
34. Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde
35. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre

36. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
37. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
38. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
39. CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations
40. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

41. Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
42. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
43. Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
45. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio

46. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47. Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48. Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49. Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50. Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
52. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53. Andrea Robinson, Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54. John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55. Breana Fry, Vault 31
56. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

57. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60. Heather Pyle, Aquariart
61. Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs

62. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64. Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65. Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66. Norma Agron, Norma's Clay

67. Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
71. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs

72. Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73. Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74. Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75. Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass

76. Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79. Sally Russick, WireWorked
80. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

81. KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82. Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love
84. Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy
85. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

86. Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87. Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88. Deb Beechy, Beetique
89. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91. Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92. Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
93. Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94. Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

96. Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97. Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98. Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99. Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100. Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores

101. Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets
102. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103. Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105. Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals

106. Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107. Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108. Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109. Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110. Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

111. Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112. Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.

If you are just learning about this and would like to make a bracelet to send in, send your bracelet, including a business card and a note to the family receiving your bracelet to:

7000 Bracelets of Hope/Global Genes Project
24701 La Plaza
Suite 201
Dana Point, CA 92629

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I Must Have Gotten Busy........

Friday, April 15, 2011

because I totally forgot to tell you when the Primrose Lane Spring Show is going to take place.  Mark your calendars for April 28, 29, 30 in Coburg Oregon (just north of Eugene).  It's quite the Spring Affaire!

So grab a friend.................

post signature   Until then...............Happy Beading!

I tell Myself to Stay Calm

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 I may appear calm on the outside but.........

.......there's a show to get ready for.  What have I been doing?  Anything?  I'm running out of time!!!

So no matter how much I tell myself to be calm, it just isn't working....

But, it always seems to work out in the end....there's nothing like a deadline to get those creative juices really flowing.

I always have such great fun at the upcoming Primrose Lane Spring Show as I get to hang out with three wonderful gals that all love creating beautiful jewelry.  Most importantly, we support each other and have learned so much from each other. 

Until then..........Happy Beading! (and stay calm!)

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7000 Bracelets

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Me and 110 other creative types are participating in
The Global Genes Project, 7000 Bracelets for Hope. 

A call went out for participation from Lori Anderson of  Pretty Things.  Please show your support by letting others know through your blog or your website about this community of millions that have a rare disease.....awareness is just the beginning.

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Off the Beading Path...........

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's late but I wanted to post....nothing involved, nothing elaborate, but a reminder, not only to myself, but to everyone because...........

It really does!

So, try a.....
Until then.............Happy Beading!

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