Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Lady and Memorial Day

Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of my favorite images. She makes a frequent appearance here in the Southwest in churches as well as art displays. I was unfamiliar with her story when we first moved here and purchased this painting. It was only when our cousin visited and told us she liked our painting of Our Lady that I learned a little about her.


Since then I have been drawn to her image and have also featured it in some of my creations like the Oglala necklace below.



Her sweet image seems a good one as we find ourselves pausing tomorrow to reflect on the many sacrifices made by our service men and women.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Earring Palooza

Earrings are a great project to give you the satisfaction of finishing with a reasonable time investment. Usually when I find a pattern I like, I go on a tear making multiple sets for myself and to give as gifts. Earrings have become my go-to hostess gift and look very festive attached to a nice bottle of wine.

Here are some of my recent earring projects.

Paisley Drops - Design by Jane Lock in August/September Beadwork 2010

Heliotrope Earrings - Design by Reem Iversen from Beadwork's Favorite Bead Stitches 2015
The engineering of this design is a marvel. Often, stitched earrings can be a bit flimsy but these are dimensional and substantial. This is one of my favorites - ever.

More Heliotrope and a Holiday Bonus Pattern from Ellad2

The last set on the lower right was a free holiday pattern offered by Ellad2, one of my all-time favorite designers. She has an Etsy store and her own web site and I can spend hours getting inspiration from her work. She is so generous with her copyright permissions which allow you to sell her designs as long as they are not mass produced.

Floral Swirl Earrings -- Design by Cheryl Erickson from Beadwork June/July 2014

I have always marveled at artists who make their own findings and resolved to learn the basics this year. I signed up for a Craftsy class by Lisa Niven Kelly and here is my first set of earring findings. By the way, I am not being paid to mention Craftsy but I've seen lots of different sources for online classes and I think Craftsy is a wonderful option. I have taken four classes so far, the instructors are great and prices are very reasonable. They often have specials and once you sign up, you are notified of flash sales which offer classes at even lower prices. Best yet, you don't have to pay for a monthly subscription. I have enough of those already!

Craftsy: Make Your Own Wirework Findings





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yay! Greg Iles' New Book Magically Appears!

Oh the wonders of technology!

Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors after I read his four-book Penn Cage series last year and had the opportunity to hear him speak at the Brandeis Authors' Luncheon here in Phoenix this year. We learned that the fifth book in the series was due for release April 20 so of course I pre-ordered it and was so happy to find it magically awaiting for me.


The Bone TreeThe Bone Tree by Greg Iles


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Beady Friends and Kitty Kats

I've made some great beady friends through blog hops. One friend is Lynne Bowland, aka Islandgirl, who shares a love of beads and furry friends. As a result, many of her beady creations feature furry friends.

Last year, I splurged and bought a bead and waited for some design inspiration which recently came in a pattern by Lynn Davy called Peyote Paradise. I love the wavy, whimsical look of the peyote and thought it made the perfect complement to the playful bead.

Thanks to my beady friend, Lynne, for the centerpiece of this fun creation!


 
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