Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Earlier this summer I discovered Earth Songs Studio and the beautiful glass artistry of Julia Spittel.
I purchased three pendants and strung them with a selection of beads.
Each pendant inspired my color palettes.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Today is a civic holiday for me: an opportunity clean my studio and finish up some projects.
This necklace was started during the winter and finally wrapped up today.
My project began with three wooden faces I painted silver
and I had a filigree necklace I was dying to upcycle.
My classic evening lap desk.
I just hand-sewed beads around the faces.
I glued some felt on, to make the back of the filigree look tidy again.
Then I reassembled the necklace with jump rings.
Upcycled and refreshed!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
I always prefer to wear more fiber in the summer. It is so lightweight and colorful.
This necklace is a perfect example of everything I love.
My unique pendant beads are actually vintage french ribbon.
Each year in Paris, I look for ribbon samples
that salespeople used to show customers a ribbon collection.
This year I did really well in the Paris antique markets. I found several boards like this one.
You can see an entire collection of the same design in many color options.
The strips are just long enough to create these little ribbon "pocket beads."
I folded my ribbons and secured a ribbon edge metal component to create a finished edge.
I stuffed the beads with a little felt and hand sewed the sides closed.
With my beads completed, I strung my necklace with beads in a similar bright color palette.
The bead strands were a gift from Sarah James and Candie Cooper.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I have always referred to this doggie as the King of Belgium. Several years ago I was in Brugge, Belgium on one of those canal boat tours. We were speeding along and I looked up to see this well known local. I only had one second to snap a picture with my cheapie camera before we flew past.
To this day, I keep the picture on my computer screen.
One day, I hope I will be this relaxed.