Monday, September 12, 2016

Glass Artistry by Earth Songs Studio

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

Freestyle Beading


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

Vintage Paris Ribbon Necklace


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.
Thanks girls!


Friday, July 22, 2016

The Wonderful Window Dog In Brugge, Belgium



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.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

The French Mannequin Head


2010
Every year in Paris I look to see if this tiny store in the 6th still features this mannequin head.
Happily, they never disappoint.  This is five years of styling.


2011


2013


2014


2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gone With The Wind Inspired Curtain Necklace

This necklace is inspired by that famous scene in Gone With The Wind when our leading lady decides to turn the velvet drapes into a dress.  
Even as I child I thought "why not."
Everything can be repurposed and refashioned.
So this necklace is what I would have made with the curtain tie backs.

This gorgeous tie back and tassel is only $5 in the John Bead Outlet.
I know.  $5 is a steal.


I cut off several of the individual tassels.  These already have a nice knotted loop I can add a jumpring through.


When I cut through fibers I wrap the area with tape so that everything does not unravel.


See, cut, secured and perfect.


Now the ends are easy to glue into an endcap.  I use Beacon's Quick Grip because it absolutely works for these types of projects.


My last touch was to attach this $10 scarf bead from my local consignment store; My Sister's Closet Boutique.

Curtain tie back to necklace!