Friday, May 1, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 The Big Day .......

This is my  first Bead Peeps  Swap N Hop and today I will reveal the jewelry I designed with the beads that my swap partner Marianne Baxter send me all the way from California. I  would love to visit California  its in my bucket list  for next year hopefully .Marianne is  a glass artist and is working on a new line made of PMC and glass . She uses a torch and loves to work with glass  because it changes so much before the final piece comes out of the kiln she said and I am  the opposite I am afraid of using a torch but it's on my bucket list of things to do for this year also . She does lots of volunteer work and I do also so we have lots in common. She lives in the West coast I live in the East coast.She said that she is usually so over the place and me also another common thing we have ,ha,ha.  Marianne sent me a lot of  great beads  plus lots  extra beads that she wanted to detach  so she  donated  some beads  to  my senior students at a center where I work  .I made several extra pieces of  jewelry and  they will be sold at the senior center and the money made will be used for beads and supplies that are very much the center. I also gave several seniors beads to create whatever they wanted and they  made some very special pieces  that they will get to keep .I work with a very special group of ladies .They are very greatfull for the her donation of beads .I wish we had more people like her . I made my jewelry pieces this week and at one point I did not think I could make the deadline .It has been a very ,very ,busy month lots of great things are happening ,4 of my designs will be in Jewelry Affaire July issue  magazine plus I will be doing several workshops and two of my mixed media works will be in an gallery exhibition  plus this hop .
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Bead Stash sent by Marianne  my color palette

The next three color story are the extra beads she donated .




 Focal piece made by Marianne Baxter
I made this necklace using two  chains and layering them and over the focal piece which is the pendant.

Chain necklace made using focal piece .
Copper pendant on a mixed media chain with copper closure sent by Marianne Baxter.
knotted Necklace made with large glass beads and triangular small glass beads sent by Marianne Baxter.

Copper disc drop earrings using 4 burnt  orange beads sent by Marianne Baxter .
Memory Wire beaded bracelet made with textured beads sent by Marianne Baxter..

Knotted necklace made with  large glass beads with honey faceted jasper and mini diamond shape glass beads sent buy Marianne Baxter.
Knotted Necklace
My students Work with donated beads by  Marianne Baxter .
Red Oak Senior Center
My students used beads donated by Marianne as well as beads we had at the center .
Student work
Student Work
Student Work

Student Work

Student Work
Student Work

 Student Work 
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List of other Swap N Hop participants

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Swap N Hop beads from Marianne Baxter

My Swap N Hop beads send to me by Marianne Baxter .Well I finally had the chance to blog about the beads she send me. Marianne send me a big stash of  beautiful beads .I will talk more about Marianne on day of reveal  but here are the beads she send me . I will have  something extra  but you need to wait for reveal .

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 2015 Pretty Palettes Inspiration Challenge

I am late on posting because I have been sick  for the last two weeks any way better late than not posting anything at all .The inspirational picture that Erin posted Sky Portal  well it took me a while to figure out what it was .It looks like a giant jelly fish  and two people below getting ready to be eaten .But when you take the time to look and observe you can see the beauty of it and then you get taken by the colors .I had planned to go bead shopping but I did not have a chance  to buy new beads so I used some bead gallery beads I had on hand and here is my inspiration. Thank You Erin and Molly for bringing in the inspiration .

Y Necklace Pearls ,Crystals and Chains



Wire Wrapped Necklace Glass and Tassel
Big  Fresh Water Pearls and Crystal Brass Cuff  Bracelet


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pretty Palette -January Inspiration Pantone Color of the Year Marsala 18-1438

January Pretty Palette Inspiration is inspired by the color Marsala which is Pantone color of the year.When Pantone announced this color to be the color of the year I was like'' What '' but the more I did research on Pinterest the more I like the color .I find the color to be sophisticated ,fun ,with a touch of retro depending on how you choose a color compliment it.I must confess that I don't own anything in this shade but I did find a nail polish in that shade  and it belongs to my daughter . I just remembered I have some Christmas decoration in the color  because I don't like decorations in the color red. Well then I cant say that I don't have anything in that shade. I was just thinking that  a velvet jacket would look great in that shade or velvet skinny jeans and adorned with the jewelry I made with Erin Prais -Hintz January Pretty Palette Halcraft USA. Thank you Erin and Molly .Visit E
Visit and take a look at what Erin design for January Pretty Palette at.                                                                                                                                                             

This is a list of beads that I used.

MSKU#463510374677 Resin druzy purple 11mm
MSKU# 10172478 Dyed quartzite ruby round 10mm
MSKU#10149762 Amethyst luster glass beads 8mm
MSKU#10321778 Red glass opaque round 4mm
MSKU#10374635 Glass pearl purple mix 6mm

I also used chains and buttons that I bought a while back .I had planned to make something with the polymer clay  and the nice long zipper  but I  had no time because of the storm that was coming to our are so that got put into the back burner until next week. In the picture you also see the bottle of nail polish that I was talking about  I put in the picture for kind of inspiration .

Wired Wrapped With Chain  with Buttons  Drop Necklace 
''Cherrie Bomb ''Wire Wrapped Necklace with Drop Pendant with button .
Beaded Crochet Necklace
Chain and Druzy Necklace
Mixed Media Leftover Buttons and Chain Necklace  .This one was made with left over materials .

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

                           Lots and lots of beads in my craft room'' oh ''my god.

I love beads and when I buy them its for that special jewelry piece but sometimes that special piece will take a long time for it to be designed. I have precious beads ,semi-precious and the very inexpensive but pretty beads.I don't a problem mixing them all  because it makes the piece unusual .I also have a collection of buttons ,zippers and fabric that I also incorporate in my designs. About two months ago  I took out my bead organizer and decided to make something with those forgotten beads, enjoy.


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.