Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A few of my favorite supplies now on Etsy

I've decided to relaunch the site for excess supplies and some of my favorite materials for beadmaking and jewelry. Currently it's loaded with cord, sterling chains, and my favorite colors of micro frit, 00 which is the smallest size before powdered glass. I love using it to add surface texture or just a subtle visual texture to the surface of my beads. Mmmmm.... Most people don't carry 00 as more popular grinds are 0 or 1. I buy it myself in bulk and thought I'd share. I'm offering each color with or without a metal tin. The tin adds $1, flip the cover and use it as a frit tray, excellent! Packaged a little over 1.5 oz. A little micro frit goes a long way! It's 96 coe but I use it successfully with a variety of coefficients -- 90, 96, 104, all good. Hope you like it!

Monday, August 11, 2014

a tapestry of texture

I had so much fun the other night twisting all kinds of stringers so I thought I'd experiment with a highly textured surface in my old tapestry style of beads. Definitely something I'll be experimenting with more. They all have a periwinkle dichroic base then are overloaded with texture.

a tapestry of dichroic color
I can't wait to get to the studio to play a more... and speaking of studio. I think I'd mentioned that I might be shifting spaces? It's truly all I can think about. Upper level, lot's of windows, it's own entrance. I need to get in and measure it all out so I can start planning. So fun!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Should be doing something else...

So I'm standing here in Mom's half empty house and know I should be spackling nail holes (forgot the spackle) or mulching (need to buy mulch) or packing up books (sibs need to look first).... Guess what I'm going to do instead.

It was truly a fairly productive day so I shouldn't feel too guilty. We went to the PO to forward Mom's mail, then to Eye Care for mom's new glasses, Phoebe and I got Stella (87 volvo 240) inspected and she passed. Miracles do happen! I was tech support for my lovely neighbor Anna helping to set up wifi... iPad purchase saved for another day. Then took Mom's car for fill up and oil change chatting with the people of Bigelow Village about Mom's move and plans to sell. I think I've just run out of steam. Cool studio, hot beads, and an icy spritzer sound pretty good right about now. Spackle and mulch saved for another day.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Exciting times...

It's been a while since I've enjoyed a true dialog on the blog. Times are changing and I thought I'd share...

The past few years have been tricky while my Mom was experiencing some health issues. It's been difficult to truly immerse myself in the studio and embrace all the ideas dancing around in my head. But, Mom is now settled in a fabulous assisted living facility and is doing SO much better. It's truly a miracle, the people there are wonderful and kind and Mom is healthy and happy. I tell you... sign me up when the time comes. I'll dance in the door with bells on after seeing how it's turned things around for Mom.
Healthy and happy Mom with sister Sue at the Eisenberg
And with Mom settled I'm able to redirect thoughts to Beeboo. Timing couldn't be more perfect that a larger upper floor studio space is opening up in my building. It's a gorgeous space with it's own back entrance, lot's of windows and very cool structural elements. I can't wait to move in! Wish me luck that it all works out :^)
Love from Beeboo

Monday, December 30, 2013

Back in the saddle...

I was back in the studio over the weekend after a crazy busy holiday show season. I always say that I'm not going to overbook myself then I schedule something every weekend. Fun but no time to create.

So, it was wonderful to get back into the studio again. I'm loving the new leaf with flower braided linen bracelets and want to expand and experiment! The leaves are calling to me.
The next generation was the garden style linen bracelet, so fun and speckled with hearts, flowers, and buds. Mmmmm.....

Then came the sterling silver garden bracelet series in a similar deep cool color set here although alternate color palettes can be found in my Etsy shop. When I create one of these garden bracelets my mind is leaping ahead to pendants and necklaces. I'm so looking forward to the quiet winter months to play with some new designs!
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