Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party 2014!

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party 2014 Reveal Day is Here!

Welcome to the BSBP 2014! I had a lot of fun with the beads my partner, Maria, sent. She sent such a lovely variety of beads it was hard to decide what to make at first, but once I sat down with them and played a bit they really spoke to me and I am very happy with what I created! I made four pieces of jewelry and all pieces have been infused with Reiki.

Here are The Beads Maria Sent

The first piece is a Bead Embroidery Pendant with a Daisy Chain Necklace. Except for the turquoise seed and drop beads, all the other beads I used were from Maria. I used a Bone Turtle Fetish for the closure that I've had in my stash since 1978. I love the glass star beads and abalone shell focal Maria sent. 

Next is a bracelet that proved to be a bit of a fun challenge. As you can see, the shells have two holes in them, one at each end. The first idea I had did not work because they wouldn't lay correctly. The second idea worked perfectly and I am happy how it turned out. I used seed beads from my stash to attach the shell beads and the toggle is from Maria.

I made a second bracelet using square stitch with triangle seed beads Maria sent. I had never used triangle seeds beads before and will definitely be ordering some to play with again. They give a really nice smooth texture. 

My last piece is a pair of earrings created with more of the glass stars, and faceted glass roundels from Maria. I will be wearing these a lot this summer. 

Unfortunately, I have to work today during the height of the blog hopping excitement (sigh) but will be  hopping in spirit until I get home. 

Have Fun Hopping! 

Please Stop by my Partner Maria's Blog, Sweet Yarns

- And Here For The BSBP 2014 Participants List -

Friday, March 21, 2014

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is Underway!

I have joined Lori Anderson's 8th Bead Soup Blog Party and have a wonderful partner who lives in the same State. We have both exchanged beads and I would like to introduce her to you all. My partner's name is Maria of Sweet Yarns. Maria is a very talented artist who works with many mediums, not just beads. Check out her blog to see the great ideas and tutorials she shares.

When it comes to jewelry, Maria loves to work with seed beads. Here are a couple of beautiful necklaces she has made. 

These are the beads Maria sent to me. I love the Summer Theme and can't wait to create with them. 

And these are the beads I sent Maria.

Be sure to come back for the Reveal on May 3, 2014 to see what everyone has made! Bead On!

Update: The Reveal Date has Been Changed to May 10, 2014

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Freeform Peyote Challenge

Adventures in Freeform Peyote Challenge 

Reveal Day

I'm very glad I heard about this challenge and was able to participate. I love off-loom bead weaving and have always been in awe of those that do freeform so beautifully. I had only tried freeform once before several years ago when I was learning bead weaving stitches, so this feels like my first freeform project.

Above is the soup I chose to start my adventure in freeform. The herringbone twist in the center was something I was playing with a while ago and I decided to use this as the center or focal in my freeform piece. At this point, I decided to make a bracelet.

Here is my bracelet after a couple of rows. I was loving the feel of it already and couldn't wait to see what it would transform in to. It really did feel like a fun adventure!

Next are a few photo's of the finished piece

It didn't turn out like I had pictured it in my head but it was a lot of fun and a great adventure in learning and getting a feel for freeform. I made the loop a tad too small to fit the button clasp so I will need to find one a bit smaller. I'm not sure I am even finished with this. I might keep adding to it and make it wider. I love the challenge of making a balanced piece while beading freeform. I now have more freeform projects in mind and can't wait to have more fun with this technique! 

A big thank you to Karen and Mandi!

- Below are links to visit the "adventure guides" and "inspired adventurers" - 
now I'm off to see what everyone else made

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Welcome to the 6th BSBP Reveal #2

It's time for the Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal #2, 8/11/12

This is my first BSBP and I had so much fun. Not only was receiving a package of beads in the mail exciting and fun, but I gained new friend! 

Grab a cuppa and enjoy the party! 

This is the bead soup I sent my partner, Marian, from Ms Place. I can't wait to see what she made with the beads I sent her! Please click on "Ms Place" above to visit Marian's blog. 

And this is the bead soup I received from Marian. Now, onto what I made with this lovely soup...

I made this macrame necklace using the beautiful polymer clay focal Marian sent, which I bezeled with seed beads. The cord and other beads were from my stash. I made a necklace just like this one, except for the cord and beads, back in 1978. A timeless piece I will enjoy wearing!

All the beads in this asymmetric bracelet were from Marian, as well as the pretty clasp. The only things from my stash were beads caps and crimps. I used herringbone spiral stitch with the seed beads she sent. I love all the colors! 

These earrings were made with polymer clay headpins made by Marian and copper beads that she sent. The only thing from my stash are the earring wires that I made. I am happily wearing these earrings today for the party! They are simple earrings but they suit me quite well and I love them! 

Everything in this fun bracelet was sent by Marian, including the clasp. Yes, I know, I made two bracelets, so which one do I wear to the party? ......That's easy, I'll wear one on each wrist!  

I know I already said it but I'll say it again, the BSBP is a lot of fun! Along with making a new friend, I met so many great people with the same passion...BEADS! And the host, Lori Anderson has done a fabulous job of organizing 400 people swapping beads. Can you imagine the work? Wow! Thank you very much, Lori! 

I hope you enjoyed your, here is the list of all participants in the 2nd reveal so you can continue hopping. Have fun! 

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Sunday, July 15, 2012

My Bead Soup Has Arrived

I received my bead soup from Marian Hertzog of Ms Place for the 6th BSBP, hosted by Lori Anderson!

Who doesn't love receiving a package of bead soup? Now let's see what's inside!

As you can see, that's a lot of beautiful soup! Marian included handmade polymer clay beads made by her own lovely hands; buttons, ceramic and glass beads, copper beads, chain and clasps, silk ribbon, seed beads, and a very special package that included some of her stash she has had since the 1970's. I have stash from the '70's as well and I really appreciate her sharing some of hers with me. I wish I had thought to do the same! Whatever I make with those beads will be something I keep for myself, for sure! 
Thanks very much, Marian!

I am going to have a lot of fun creating from this bead soup and I can't wait to get started. I have some ideas already so please come back for the reveal on August 11, 2012! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

I have joined the upcoming Bead Soup Blog Party, organized and hosted by Lori Anderson. This is the 6th BSBP but my first and there are 400 participants, the largest BSBP to date! Because this one is so large, there will be three reveal dates. My partner and I are in the second reveal, 8/11. It sounds like so much fun and I am so glad I joined. I went to many of the blogs during the last BSBP and was very inspired by all the beautiful makes that were created by the participants!

Here's how it works: Everyone must have a blog. We are partnered with another artist and we send each other a "bead soup", a mix of beads of our choosing to include a focal and a clasp along with other coordinating beads. We only have to use the focal and the clasp, it is up to us, but we can also add beads from our own stash. The idea is to think outside the box and work outside our comfort zone using beads chosen by someone else. This is what is so appealing to me and what makes it fun, as I will undoubtedly create something I never would have otherwise!

Meet my Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

My BSBP partner is Marian Hertzog of M's Place, a very talented artist and I am excited to work with her! She not only designs and makes jewelry, as well as makes amazing polymer clay beads, but she is also a very talented fine artist. I would like to share some of her inspiring work....

I absolutely love this necklace, "Summer Fun", made with fiber and her own handmade polymer clay beads! Very yummy!

This is not jewelry, obviously, but I had to share this amazing "Leaf Angel" she made from polymer clay!

Her talent doesn't stop with handmade polymer clay beads. This is a bracelet M made for the bridesmaids in her son's upcoming wedding. A very beautiful and special piece that I'm sure the wearer will cherish for a long time to come!

Now to decide what to send M for the Bead Soup Blog Party. I have been looking through my bead stash and putting different combinations together but haven't decided yet which one's to send. I just might have to flip a coin and hope for the best. At first I was worried about this process of choosing just the right beads, but M is so nice and I think will be happy with what I send her. It's all about having fun and we both love beads of all types and colors! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Check Your Neck

Thyroid Awareness January 2012
January is Thyroid Awareness Month and I'd like to share some information about thyroid disease, as it's on the rise in children and adults and it's not uncommon for people to go years before getting the proper diagnosis and treatment. Many people do not know what the thyroid gland is until they are diagnosed, not to mention how important its function is to our quality of life. The most common form of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone) caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid and destroying it, known as Hashimoto's disease. I suffer from Hashimoto's disease, which has caused me to become hypothyroid. However, you can become hypothyroid without having the autoimmune disease. You can also become hypothyroid after having the thyroid removed for thyroid cancer, or be born without a thyroid. The other form of autoimmune thyroid disease is Graves' disease, which causes hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone). Regardless of the type, a malfunctioning thyroid causes a host of symptoms because the thyroid is responsible for just about every function in the body, so if your thyroid is not working properly you can not function properly. A prompt diagnosis and proper treatment is very important to avoid it wreaking havoc on one's life. 
Some symptoms of hypothyroidism are extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain (including nerve pain), muscle weakness, dry hair, hair loss, dry itchy skin, dry eyes, poor memory and cognition, sleep apnea, weight gain, weight loss, a feeling of swelling in the neck, bowel problems, menstrual and fertility problems, depression, anxiety, and high cholesterol. 
Hyperthyroidism carries some of the same symptoms as hypothyroidism such as fatigue, memory problems and bowel problems, but more commonly someone might have palpitations, fast or irregular heart beat, irritability, anxiety, increased perspiration, weight loss, and shortness of breath. If autoimmune Graves' disease is the cause of a person's hyperthyroidism, they also have the risk of developing thyroid eye disease (TED). Some people can have both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. 
The above information and lists of symptoms is not complete and varies in each individual. For more information about thyroid disease and How to Check your Neck Mary Shomon @ website has great information and is the author of several great books on thyroid disease.
Thyroid Awareness Art
I made this pair of earrings today for Thyroid Awareness month. They are made with sterling silver-filled wire and Swarovski crystals. They are available from my Etsy Shop and 20% of all sales will be donated to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, AARDA

If you haven't seen Allyson Jones Averell's art, you must go take a look. This photo shows a body painting Ally did for Thyroid Awareness 2012 on herself. She used the word "Believe" and painted a "Butterfly" with flowers on her neck in honor of Thyroid Awareness. The butterfly is well known as the symbol for the thyroid gland. You can find Ally and her beautiful artwork on Facebook at this link - You can see her body painting from last year here - and read why she chose the word "Believe" in her artwork this year here - 
"Story of the Shield Gland"
Timely diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease is a worldwide problem and I recently learned while talking to Anna, a thyroid patient from Sweden, that thyroid patients in Sweden refer to themselves as "turtles". That seemed strange to me at first because I couldn't imagine how the turtle related to the thyroid. Anna carries with her a beautiful turtle pendent as a sort of mascot. She told me, "Turtles are often used as symbols for us, as they're called "sköldpaddor" (shield frogs). Anna related the turtle to "Zeno and Aesop and their story of the slow and ridiculed tortoise that eventually reaches the finish line in front of the hare. I think it suits us, nice and slow, but we'll reach our goal in time with hard work and struggling." The turtle now has a new meaning for me and I think of it as a shield of protection. I think you'll agree, Anna's turtle pendent is beautiful and I can see why it has become her "mascot". 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Welcome to my first blog. I make jewelry and love all handmade arts and crafts. I started making jewelry in 1977 after I landed my first job out of high school at a shop named "The Bead Nook" at a local shopping mall. I mostly made strung jewelry and lots of macrame. I taught macrame classes back then and would love to teach again. Over the years I mostly made jewelry for gifts. For several years I wasn't able to create very often because of illness. In recent years I have been learning off loom bead weaving techniques, metal and wire work. Of late, I have fallen back in love with macrame, or what is now called "micro macrame", when I made a couple of pieces for Christmas gifts. I combined macrame with bead weaving for one of the gifts and metal work with another, which has inspired me to come up with new designs incorporating these techniques with the knotting.

Here is a simple macrame necklace I made with a bead woven Cellini spiral (aka peyote stitch in the round using different sized beads).

And here is a necklace I made using hammered copper with the macrame.