Sunday, February 26, 2012

Preparing for the Oscars

My humble creations are not in the same ballpark with the fabulous jewels we will see tonight on the Oscars but they do share a bit of the same glitter. I finished Melanie Potter's Go for Baroque pattern and just love it. The earrings are so pretty, I made a couple more sets in blue and gold to give as gifts. In addition to learning how to make a dimensional chevron chain, the pattern taught  me how to make the bead caps and a tabbed closure which give it such a professional look. I know I will use those techniques again.
Melanie Potter's Go for Baroque Pattern
But the best part was finishing one of my UFO items just in time for my sister's birthday. I have been helping her build a web site for her new personal assistant business, Usquared Services. She came up with the name, which I think is adorable, and participated in her first vendor exhibit at a wedding event.

Because some days, it takes 2 to get through your to-do!

She really liked the dark purple and black color combination and, when I saw the colors on the cab below, I knew it just had to be a gift for her. The cab was a find on eBay, which I bead embroidered, and then added the strap of spiral rope using 15/0 seeds accented by 8/0's along with medium black stones to give it some visual interest.
Greta's Birthday Gift

Hope you have fun watching the Oscars tonight. I just loved The Descendants but the odds seem to be in favor of The Artist. I'm just glad Billy Crystal is back in the hosting seat!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Arizona Turns 100 This Week

Arizona is one of the younger states, turning 100 on Valentine's Day. I thought it only appropriate to bake a cake to commenorate the occasion. Now, baking is not one of my particular talents but last night we sure had fun eating the corners that were removed to create the state shape! And, in case my artistic renderings have you curious, the blue at the upper left corner is my attempt at the Colorado River, with the green sprinkles representing none other than the Grand Canyon. I guess it's a good thing I went into banking....

Arizona Centennial 2-14-2012

And, just to go along with the Arizona theme, I found this wonderful excerpt from the book "Cowboy Ethics" that seems a good code for just about anyone!

Last but not least, here are my recent projects. As you can see, I have been on an earring jag. The middle set is part of the Go for Baroque kit by Melanie Potter, mentioned in my last post.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Three Cheers for Melanie Potter!

Last year, I purchased Melanie Potter's Go for Baroque kit. I finally had a chance to start it last week-end and was merrily working along until I hit the instructions for the strap made with a dimensional chevron chain. Uh oh. Do you ever have that moment where no matter what you do, you just can't translate the instructions into the intended shape? I read and ripped, read and ripped and then turned to the web for some help. But I couldn't find much of anything. So on a chance, I wrote an email to the nice folks at School of Beadwork and the very next morning a reply was waiting for me from Melanie Potter herself offering a telephone tutorial to get past my beaders block. I decided to give it one more try before engaging Melanie and presto, I got it! She must have sent some karmic waves my way. I told Melanie that I have always been a fan of hers and now I am a super-fan. I hope to finish the project next week and will post some pics then. Meantime, here's a photo of the kit that will direct you to the School of Beadwork web site. Anyone that nice is sure to get more business from me!
Go for Baroque by Melanie Potter

Here's my most recent completed project: Spellbinding Spangles, designed by Grace Nehls, and featured in the December 2011 Bead and Button.

What are your plans for Superbowl? I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fan but since they are not part of this year's line up, I am leaning toward the Giants.

Hope you have a bead-utiful week!

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