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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

heart trees and totem poles

painting by emily carr
sketch by emily carr

heart trees
Being that its a while since I last wrote anything for this blog and I can't begin to write about everything I've done, I'll start with this. Heart Trees and totem poles are the same! Heart trees are the heavily spirited weir wood trees in  the Game of Thrones. Totem poles are the heavily spirit-inhabited carved trees from our own world. My first memory of the image that would haunt me, until I discovered that the artist, Jack Gaughan,  had taken some of his ideas from Emily Carr. When I first saw her pictures I was amazed. Her work is so full of archetypes that it goes straight into the deep corners of your brain. Yet, when you can compare her pictures to photographs of the same scene you realize that while she had this amazing eye for color and composition, her paintings were often intensely realistic at the same time.
At this time of the year my thoughts turn to totem poles and I stuff my brain with images, spend some time sketching and coloring them and, yes, try to bead them. Right now, I'm using purple and light blue, trying to get the effect I see in those painted animal heads. It is so hard. Realizing heart trees with their strange bloody faces, both symbols and old gods in their own right were simply another expression of totem poles has been a real mind-opener for me. I feel rejuvenated and ready to bead another

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 SEED BEAD EDITION!!

UPDATE!! Susanne Stelljes is not feeling well. Let us hope she is able to hop! Here is her blog

wonderful, so full of colr

                                                                    earrings to delight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still working

    Linda Anderson did us all proud on this blog hop. As you all know she put in a lot of work selecting our partners, getting us all ready for this big day and taking on,is it two, is it three partners on top of that. I’ve been folowing her adventures in her blog.
    My partner was Susanna Stelljes. WE can’t even speak each others languages but we managed to communicate. Ok we communicated in English, its me that can’t speak her language. Here is a link to her blog, which is managed in a completely different way than mine, and maybe yours. she chose to organize her blog with pictures, so you get the ig picture right away and then you can go in and look at all the little pictures
queek ever helpful

    I organized mine around words. words mean more to me that pictures. Although I write daily, I’m never as good with them as I want to be. One of my other social media delights is playing words with friends. 
    Here are the jewelries I made for the blog hop. Thanks to the bright ,opalescent colors Susanne sent they are more exuberant than my usual. First up are the earrings. I so enjoyed making them. I sat down and made them the day I received my beads. I think they are the best earrings I have ever made. 
    Next is the curvy pearly bracelet. Such lovely colors. This bracelet has already found a home.
    Then I made a bugle bead bracelet with a knotted clasp. I cannot say this idea was mine, I saw someone else make  a bracelet this way. but I did not get who they were. However the idea stayed with me as I am always looking for good new ideas for bugle beads. Bugle beads are surprisingly useful and right now they are my favorite bead.I also started a  but haven’t finished it. The same for the little beaded bead. I just enjoyed all those colors and beads so much.
    Last is a celadon bracelet, a bangle with no clasp. Here I used a trick I have seen used in commercial jewelry. Stretchy thread. I made an inch of beadwork with it so the bracelet will slide over your hand. I toyed with ideas of various sorts of embellishment but the supreme simplicity of the monotone effect was so pleasing I left it simple.

    As you can tell from everything I had a wonderful time with this blog hop. Now I’m off to the hopping part to check out what everyone else made. By the way, I'm recommending you start with the seed beaders. That's where all the excitement is!

Detail from bracelet, a la Diane Fitzgerald

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  
 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//
Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Linda Anderson
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore

Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson

Labels: Bead Peeps, Swap N Hop 

Celedaon simplicity

Saturday, April 11, 2015


this is the butterfly and flower necklace I am collaborating on  with a friend

butterfly wings
    Today is Pepitas butterfly hop.She is a beader who lives in Secovlje, Slovenia, but maintains contact with the big world of beaders through the internet and she is now a friend to all of us.
I made a couple of things. One is a necklace with two butterflies on it but you can’t see them very well.  And in my list of disasters I’ve misplaced my butterfly bracelet I was working on.  But, lucily, I have the second butterfly for the necklace just sitting there, unattached.  And even better, I have a big butterfly I made some time ago. Now I’ve found my bracelet but I can’t find my big butterfly. Tommorow, during the blog hop I will try to make sense of everything.
    Just remembered I took lots of pictures of the big butterfly. While I constantly see people making perfect beaded butterflies in my beading groups, I am not one of those people. My butterfly looks as if she's made of splotches of bright butterfly color Now he has a lot of little butterflies for company

1. Alenka (Pepita) - hostess -->
2. Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) -->
3. Beti Horvath -->
4. Kathy Lindemer -->
5. Kepi -->
6. Christine Altmiller -->
7. Amy S. -->
8. Dini Bruinsma -->
9. Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) -->
10. Alicia -->
11. sheilaposter -->
12. Therese Frank -->
13. Rebecca White -->
14. Rachel Mallis -->!blog/c1jlz
15. Liz E -->
16. Ana (ACBeads) -->
17. Jasvanti Patel -->
18. Carolyn -->
19. Nan Smith -->

Friday, April 10, 2015

Apologies for my jasper intrigue

     This is a small blog hop sponsered by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. It gave me a lot of trouble. I had all the colors right but the design just wouldn't come. I took it apart and redid it and it came back easier. But when I attempted to pull it together it fell apart. Somehow I can make bracelets, wonderful bracelets but my necklaces seldom work.
      Here are some of what I did manage to make. The bracelet has a touch of whimsey because the oval beads resembled olives. I made it soon after attending a class by Joyce Scott. The other big pieces of jasper I bezeled around. And that was as far as my experiment with the jasper went.
cocktail olives

funky bezels
Here is the list of blogs, but I couldn't link them, so you'll have to visit someone else on the list to continue on your way

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Sheila Prose, Cheap Charms
Terri Wlaschin, Baking Beads in the Keys
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, Li Raysa Designs


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Round Round and Rounder

These beads I got from Lori Anderson.

my first art bracelet
bugle bead bracelet

This just photographs ugly!

bezels of my own design
Lately I've been in a ferment of creativity. I've made designs, I've made my own designs, I've made other peoples designs. I make a lot of samples and I cut half of them apart and make them over.  I am very pleased with this. Its what I was hoping for. To have it happening is so very rewarding. My freindship with April is taking off too, she is teaching me more and we have even begun collaborating. She has taken my ugly duckling and is convinced she can make a swan out of it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

On entering a contest

Theres a contest I entered, a quite surprising one. The theme was the Kolam, a ephemeral work of art, created from a grid into complex designs and colored red ochre and white,or four very bright colors;  Divya’s contest, the Kolom or Kolongol. Whan Divya first proposed the contest I was intrigued by the images she posted and while I liked the brightly colored palettes, I found myself drawn to the simple red ochre and white color scheme. I ordered some delicas in these colors.  Because I am so very literal  I saw a simple design of knots which I made using the Easy Bead program. Then Divya posted more pictures and directed us to look at Kamala’s website(which by the way has an amazing selection of vegetarian Indian recipes as well as an elucidation of kalongals and many examples along with instructions on how to draw them. I immediately saw that my comprehension of kalongal was flawed. They were designed from a grid of dots, in the number 3,4,15, etcetera, and then the lines were drawn around, or to the dots. color was added last. It is an elaborate process, yet way the dots morphed into the designs was , besides being a good design technique and maybe related to pentangle, just fascinating to me. But it wasn’t so easy to translate these designs to the 22 bead wide peyote base I was using. I developed another design and then using Kamala designs, made a thisrd in the three dot kolongol. SoI went for a traditional interpretation with a learning curve thrown in.
A number of Indian designers joined in on this contest. There were many good designs. Some of my favorites were earrings that match my bracelet and a bead in four bright colors.

Kolam bracelet

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bead Peeps Interview

1. Why or how did you get started making jewelry?
2. What style(s) of jewelry do you like to make?
3. What materials do you prefer to use (and which ones do you avoid)?
4. What techniques do you prefer (and are there any you don't like)?
5. What colors do you use most, and which do you run screaming from?

Starting out on the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop, this promises to be a grand occasion and I really want to get it right. Linda posted some questions for us to answer and I'm so didactic that I'm going to answer them. Jewelry making  was the first pursuit I started at the senior center where a friend was teaching a class in jewelry making and I realized I was old enough to go to it. Soon I discovered I was fascinated by seed beading I taught myself through a collection of books. Last week I went to a bead retreat, Beading in Paradise down in Key West
what I learned at the bead retreat was that my work is sloppy. It got that way because I have learned from books and not people, when something was too hard or I didn’t understand it, I attempted to fudge. There was no one to offer criticism or to point out the importance of thread paths. It seems like these are little things but it add s up and this way makes the bead stand up correctly while that way makes it floppy. Having Kim Strathis to myself for 3 hours at the bead retreat while she helped me through every part of a not so tricky once you’d done it part, that was eye-opening to me.