Friday, May 9, 2014

My designs for the 8th Anual Bead Soup Blog Party 2014


Finally the day has arrived The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party 2014.Thank You Lori Mc Daniel Anderson for making it possible. This year my bead partner is Donna Conklin. owner of The Mandrel in Harbor City ,California you can view some of her work at or you can visit  . .Donna send me some of her beautiful handmade glass beads which gave me a chance to push my creative boundaries.  To my designs I added chains, leather, charms and some of my semi- precious beads .I love to play with different techniques and materials if we don't experiment then we are not looking for other possibilities .


This Big and Bold piece has energy  and intensity. Big glass pendant and blue and purple glass beads made by Donna .


Focal   with a spray of charms and beads .


Sterling Silver toggle send by Donna.

A wire wrapped   spray of faux  glass pearl and seed beads  with mother of pearl  necklace.


Knotted pearls on silk cord with a big wired wrapped pendant. and some  small mother of pearls.
 I want to thank her for sending me lovely beads.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Paper Bag Journal and Hardcover Book Bag ....

I love to recycle and reuse and whenever I have the time or moment I craft with my found  treasures.You don't have to know how to draw ,paint or even sew its all about using something you already have and just personalize and make it fabulous.Below is a pictures of my paper bag journal made from paper shopping bag and a handbag made from a very old hardcover book.

Paper bag journal
Some of the materials used for my journal


Inside my recycled paper bag journal

A spray of beads hang from center

 Romantic Book bag -Handbag

The romantic book bag  was made with a very old hardcover book .I removed the pages  and left the book with only the cover .I  had some leftover scrapbooking paper left from previous project and decided to use it .Everything used to make the bag is repurposed ,the pearl handle was made with a strand of pearl that was repurposed from a necklace.The pendant was adorning a mason jar but the jar broke , the fabric bow was a small piece fabric left from a previous project. I  only reuse things that could be given a second chance .Remember any imperfection ,and scratches make your design more vintage inspired .You could also mix old and new for a more unique look.