Saturday, December 6, 2014
Honestly I can't believe how fast these past few weeks have gone by, Christmas is right upon us and for me this means making lots of jewelry for lots of markets!
I dive into the jewelry making zone and do not come up for air until after the last market, for me this means next week Sunday, last market in Austin at Gibson street artisan market.
I did also dive into my unused bead stash! Yes I do actually have unused beads!
The kind that stare at me accusingly;....'when are we going to be allowed to be part of one of your creations?'
I specifically have a little bag of pearls that somehow I do not 'see' anything with, so I forced myself to use one of them in this piece and fitted all other beads around it.
I do think I created a successful necklace, it came out pretty and I love the blue hues, I also used these pewter spacers that I never seem to find a use for....actually honestly I am pretty proud of this necklace! I'll let her do the talking herself.......
Friday, November 14, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
The weather is supposed to be nice too, not too humid and a temperature in the mid eighties sounds like a perfect shopping day to me, besides that it's the first weekend of Austin City Limits so there are probably lots of people in town, really looking forward to it!
Friday, September 19, 2014
I have worked hard to be able to present several new items, one set especially looks very luscious to my opinion, my fingers are literally hurting but it's so pretty!
The set is made with glass crystal and pearl beads in chocolate, 'gold' and a deep red.
Here is another view of the complete set.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Red Creek Jasper set in antiqued copper viking knit bezel and embellished with tiny little garnets, all gemstones used are from Magpie Gemstones
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
I know, a week later than what was announced in the Banner over there in the margin! --->
This was due to the fact that the absolute gorgeous and wonderful host of this blog hop, Lori Anderson, had fallen ill, please send her some healing thoughts while you read this....
Just to refresh your mind, this is the Soup that was sent to me by Evelyn from Raindrop Creations (You will find the link to her blog a little further in this post)
I absolutely love a good challenge but I must admit I had quite the brain rumblings going on trying to come up with something that I thought was splendid and not just...well.....boring, I did not just want to bead a necklace, I wanted that focal to shine!!!
In the end it was actually with the help of Heather of The Crafthopper that I came up with something, she handed me this gorgeous bundle of sari silk in the exact color that also appeared in the focal and there it was, that click, and all of a sudden I really saw it!!!
I really think it does bring out the focal the way it deserved, center stage!
The clasp to me was not nearly as hard to work with, it was just pretty in itself and so I really knew from the beginning what I wanted to do with it, it needed to be a very simple bracelet, so it really would be all about the clasp, since the claps had a heart I picked red pearl beads to go with it, to emphasize the color of a heart.....
So without any more ado:
For the necklace with the focal I used the sari silk that Heather gave me and added some swirls on each side with copper that could hold the pink and orange beads also given to me in the Bead Soup.
I had to add some of my trademark: I swirled a crocheted chain around the silk.
I also sewed some more of the pink pearly beads and some tiny dark red/purple freshwater pearls in the silk, I gathered the ends with copper to be able to attach jumprings which could hold the clasp hook closure.
I really like how it came out!
For the heart clasp I made a simple single Viking knit brass bracelet which I filled with deep red faux pearl beads and finished with two brass handmade end caps, I also added an extender of 'home grown' jumprings :)
I really think that also in this piece the given clasp is taking center stage!
I really LOVED this, it was hard but also a lot of fun, it is so different when someone else picks you your beads and focal and clasp to work with, but I seriously loved the challenge, it made me think outside of my comfort zone and I think that is exactly the reason to do a blog hop like this, it taught me again something new, working with the sari silk (with which I have now fallen in love I must say) so I am absolutely looking forward to the next Bead Soup party!
Leaves me to once more thank Lori for all the work she has done, you are most precious and will always have a spot in my heart!
Please make sure to hop on over to Evelyn's blog Raindrop Creations to see what she has done with the Bead Soup I sent her.
And if you are ready to see some other blog-hoppers, you find the list with all blogs that are participating here.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
This week besides creating 8 new necklaces, several bracelets and some ear cuffs, I also worked on a new look for my booth; stands for necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings.
And I really love it!!
We are set up at the wein and saengerfest in New Braunfels today, still going to be here until 8!!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I had so wanted to see André Otha Turner Fife & Drum Band! She is the grand daughter of the late Otha Turner and I was really interested to see how she is keeping up the legacy of her grandfather.
Oh well, there is always next year, right?
By the way my guitars were quite popular and it did not take long for them to get sold, I am already working up new ones for the upcoming Gruene Market days this weekend :)
Hereby I leave you a picture taken obviously through a car window that needs some washing, of the early sunrise and the bridge over the Mississippi river, when we drove to Clarksdale to set up our booth...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
We are so excited to go there again!
I have emptied my camera so I got as much room for pictures as possible and the batteries are loaded :)
Today I am packing the car and putting the last finishing touches on some jewelry, I created some music related pieces and am quite content with them I must say!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Especially this time of year after it has rained of and on and everything looks green and fresh, the live oaks are dropping their old leaves and have their little sprigs of catkins covering the branches now and soon new bright green leaves will start to sprout.
This morning I had an extremely special sighting sitting at my studio table, I had actually thrown out a couple of slices of old bread and all of a sudden saw some movement out of the corner of my eye.
Very slowly and skittish this slender little fox came over to the bread and it took a little while before it had all it's courage gathered to actually sneak a slice, all the while providing me a wonderful chance to snap a couple of pictures.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The idea is that you are paired with another jewelry designer, send each other a 'bead soup', a combination of pretty beads, a focal and a clasp, and you design one or several pieces with the 'soup' you have been sent and this is then revealed on your blog at a certain date (may 3rd in this case)
My partner in beading crimes is Evelyn from Raindrop Creations as I mentioned in my previous blog post.
The soup I sent her is a combination of czech glass so called picasso beads, deep red pearls, coral beads, hand made clasps and jumprings and the focal is a gorgeous agate set in a braided bezel.
I received from her the following ingredients: gold colored heart shaped connectors, gold colored rose spacers, a gold colored branch toggle clasp, a lobster claw heart clasp, round 'cut away' glass beads, raspberry faux pearls, cream flower beads, orange faceted crystals and as focals square vintage style floral beads.
Now to come up with some nice designs using the materials I have been given!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I am absolutely planning on being back next week 3/29 at San Marcos Farmers Market from 9 til 1 on San Antonio str.
The week after that on Wednesday 4/2 will be the Market on the Quad at Texas State University from 9 til 4.
We are also preparing for our trip to Clarksdale Mississippi where we will set up our booth at the 11th annual Juke Joint Festival on Saturday 4/12, we are really looking forward to that and working hard to make sure we have some awesome and fun art in our booth!
Besides the markets I have also been working to catch up to finish pieces for my 'Year of Jewelry' challenges, I am running a bit behind, but have several pieces ready that are only waiting to be photographed.
I also am working on a blog post to reveal the 'bead soup' I got sent by my Bead Soup Blog Party partner Evelyn from Raindrop Creations, again the waiting is on the, in this case processing of, the photographs, please stay tuned!
In other jewelry news: I got an awesome present made by the husband of my friendy friend Heather, an absolute truly gorgeous hammering block (tree stump plus anvil that has been set into a hollow in it!) so I have been changing gears once more in jewelry techniques and been experimenting with hammering, so much more fun when there are not things jumping all over your table!!!
Presented are some of the results, they are just telephone pictures and the pieces still have to be cleaned up, but I am liking these new things I am working on :)
Happy weekend to all!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
We were added quite last minute to the Gruene Market Days in Gruene Historic District.
This is a two day market so I was in quite a frenzy getting everything ready.
It was gorgeous weather and there was a good turn out, so I am already looking forward to the next time!
I also was officially added to the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!
I am now working on getting my bead soup ready for who ever is going to be paired up with me and I SO look forward to see what is going to be sent to me!
Tomorrow I am finally going to be able to go back to the San Marcos Farmers Market, which is held downtown San Marcos from 9am until 1pm on San Antonio St. between LBJ and Guadalupe Streets
Finally I wanted to show you how the cross turned out that I was making.
The gray looking beads are gorgeous Labradorite, I wished you could see in the picture the blue and green flashes that go through them, but I have not yet figured out how to capture those in a photo.
The nice big blue bead in the top is a Kyanite, both gems come from Magpie Gemstones :)
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Today I am working on a cross inspired by one I saw from someone else in a jewelry group I am in on facebook, I am using labradorite in it, I think I like the direction it is going in.
I also added a crochet chain to a heart I had previously made as part of a scarf pin, so it now changed into a necklace.
And then there are the clasps I need in endless amounts, next up will be to hammer these for extra strength and then give them the antiquing treatment with 'that stinky stuff'.
Once the clasps and cross will be done they will be tossed in a tumbler for several hours to give them that finished sheen and harden them some more.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
It had been freezing last night and I did not see myself drive the Backbone with a fully loaded car with the chance of hitting an ice patch.
So I stayed home and enjoyed working on pictures.
Here is one of the results, it is a piece made with gorgeous piece of moss agate.
Again I used a braided bezel on this and it is antiqued with Liver of Sulfur (or 'that stinky stuff' as I like to call it)