Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Blu Mudd Round Six Challenge (Black and White Victorian)

             "The Sexiest Necklace Ever!"

     I can't begin to tell you just how much I LOVED this challenge!  As soon as I saw the
beautiful ceramic pieces that Moriah Betterly had created I had already envisioned what I
would be making in my head-sort of like an epiphany!

      So I set upon creating "The Sexiest Necklace Ever!" which is ironic because as we
all know, the Victorian Era was one of sexual repression!

     The wearer of my jewelry set will be ogled coming and going because yes, with apologies
to Justin Timberlake", I am bringing "Sexy Back"! The front is made with shell pearls and
pewter findings, not to mentions the fabulous Blu Mudd ceramic Victorian Silhouette and
scroll tube bead! The back is composed of four strands of beads...a/b crystal rondells, FWP,
miracle beads and specially coated pyrite, not to mention the special chain, pewter clasp and
the fantastic flower connector made by Blu Mudd that hangs down the back for that little extra
"Ooh La La" factor!  Oh, and did you check out the earrings???  Made with silhouette dangles
and pewter and again the fabulous scroll tubes made by Blu Mudd's very own Moriah Betterly!
     'Til next time...


Monday, September 1, 2014

                                                     Blu Mudd Design!

I am honored to be part of the Blu Mudd Design Team of talented jewelry designers and of course to use Moriah Betterly's beautiful ceramic components!

I was sent a fall assortment of an oak leaf bracelet bar, an acorn connector and 3 tube beads with little leaf designs on them!

As soon as they arrived I started gathering beads to use and found that I had accumulated a mountain of them.  It took a while to winnow them down to the few items I would use, but i did it!

I grabbed this and that out of the pile and started to place my design on my bead board-yes I use one.  Magnesite, Czech Picasso Beads, Czech Fire Polished Beads, Chain and Vintage Tassels that I updated with the tube beads!

Never one to conform, I chose to use the oak leaf as a focal piece of my triple strand necklace.

I have to say that although I was happy with my first design I couldn't leave it alone and  revamped the inner and outer strands by changing out the outer one completely while the inner one just got an adjustment with the acorn connector changing position.

The finishing touch to the jewelry suite is the tassel earrings!

I hope you like my design because I really enjoyed the challenge!


                                           14TH Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge   and the inspiration photo!

As usual I procrastinated until the very last minute for this challenge.  I only entered one
                                        Woodland Creatures/Father Christmas.

I actually bought the ceramic beads right away, but let them simmer with the others in
the bead soup pot until they were ready to be served up into a necklace! The crystals
and other beads started to boil and once I added the Christmas  tree clasp and the flower
focal that looked like a wreath I knew it was done and ready for its photo op at 10:45 pm
on Sunday, August 31ST!

                                          Here it is...my creation!  I hope you like it!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design                                     Challenge!

                   (Featured Artist Sue Kennedy of SueBeads and Hosted by Toltec Jewels)


Another bead another challenge!  This time it was a single Chicklet bead made by SueBeads.

I was very fortunate that the color I received in the random selection was a beautiful blue.

Did I start designing my piece immediately?  Of course not-that would be SO unlike me.  I waited until the day before-early for me-to start gathering beads in the pallet that I had already chosen in my mind when I first got the Chicklet.

Melding the "blue willow" pattern style of antique Asian Bowls and "Wedgewood Blue" antiques my delicate design began to take hold!
Using some vintage pale blue seed beads, fresh water potato pearls, Czech glass leaves and some fabulous green patinaed seed beads cut on the diagonal, gear shaped spacers and of course the SueBeads Chicklet as a focal with a large crystal perching atop the Chicklet it all came together.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and see my work,

Thank you for the pleasure of participating in this blog hop Rita-aka Toltec Jewels and Sue Kennedy-aka SueBeads!  I really enjoyed this challenge!
Please take some time and check out all the other artists' beautiful designs and blogs!


Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                               Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads


Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com


Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 10, 2014

                                              Bead Soup Blog Hop 201   

Hello Bead Soup Bloggers....

Welcome to my "hopping, happening blog"!

This is my second year and  I was lucky enough to be paired with a wonderful
lamp work artist!  Her name is Sharyl Helton King and she is quite talented.  It
was a wonderful coincidence that Lori paired us up as we have both worked in
the medical field!

Sharyl sent me a wonderful soup that included many of her works of art as well
as crystals and my all time favorite...carved scarabs!

This hop I only made one piece.  Of course the beautiful focal was made by Sharyl
and I chose to use some curved metal tubes that were included in the soup that she
sent me.  I added a strand of hematite with a specialty coating on it as well as 
crystals and chain finishing off the piece with the vintage looking 2 strand pearl clasp.

Usually it takes me forever when I make a piece of jewelry because I will lay it out
on a bead board and fiddle around with it about a dozen times.  NOT this time though.
I opened the box that the soup was in and the bead and the tubes were kind of in
the position in my final design!  I placed all of the items on my bead board and what
you see is the original design!

I hope you like it because it is one piece that I will be keeping!  



Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Color Of Dreams Blog Hop-April 6, 2014

                                                            The Color Of  Dreams...

                                                         The Color Of Dreams...


     What is the color of my dreams AND  do I even dream in color?
     The answer to both of those questions is I really don't know.  What I do know however, is
that I do dream.  I dream of many things, but mostly I dream about beads, Beads, and more BEADS! 

     To paraphrase Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.. "I had a dream"  and it was to actually finish
this piece on time.  The fact that I made this piece just before I sat down to write my blog, has
EVERYTHING to do with what one would call procrastination. 

     You see, I am always a day late and a dollar-or in this case a jewelry idea-short.  I thought,
and I thought and I thought and I ended up putting off making this piece.  I had one great idea
that didn't come to fruition.  I designed a second piece, which I was unhappy with.  You know
the deal...I made a third piece which I think looks ok, but being the nut that I am I will probably
will remake it a fourth time.

     Ok, so not really what you would think of as a dream so here is the deal... the rest of my
dreams are about birds...beads and birds...and birds that actually leave my tools and beads alone!
I think that's a great combination...Now I feel like Steve Martin and his wishes..."if I had one
wish it would be for world peace"...I guess you have to be a certain age to
remember that SNL skit!

     So that's about my dreams and wishes!

     Now that I have been trying to post this for HOURS-since 4pm EST-my new dream is that I will actually be able to do it BEFORE the next CENTURY!

     I hope you like what I finally designed.  I know that I really enjoyed being included in this
 blog hop!  Thank you everyone for taking the time to peruse and ogle my work.


     Oh and p.s. I used sugilite, pewter, fresh water pearls, Chinarovski, a vintage focal and of course the fabulous polymer bead made just for this blog hop!