Saturday, December 6, 2014

2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop....it's here!!

First of all I want to thank Lori Anderson, the fearless organizer of this fantastic blog hop, for all the work she does, thank you for yet another fun event! If you click her name first of all you can see the creations she made for this year's bead hoarders blog hop, also you will find on her page the links to other participant's pages!

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.......




Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

I will have to post later tonight! I'm at a show today and did not get my pictures ready yet, so stay tuned and please check back later!! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

New work

Some of the new pieces I have been working on, looking forward to doing Gruene Market days this weekend, I know not a lot of people will agree, but I LOVE this weather! Come and do your Christmas shopping!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First time doing a market in Austin!

I am actually super excited about it, it's going to be something different to set up in Austin, I will be attending the Gibson Street Artisans Market on the corner of Gibson and S. Congress! Ready for new faces and new colleague vendors.
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

Gearing up for Gruene Market

Let's just hope we are not going to be rained out!
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.

The earrings have a handmade balled copper headpin at the bottom and niobium surgical steel ear wires.

I love how the necklace wears, all beads are hand wrapped on copper, the centerpiece hangs from a copper chain and closes in the back with a crochet chain and handmade copper clasp, it's length is in between 16 and 16.5 inches, it can be adjusted using the handmade extender chain.

The bracelet is just so pretty! All beads are wrapped with handmade balled copper headpins on handmade copper jump rings, it's longest length is 7 3/4 inches, but it can be shorter using different holes.

Here is another view of the complete set.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Finally a new post

I did not have the means to work on photographs on this new computer but this has been fixed, so finally posting a new pretty, I think I am keeping this one for myself.
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

Set up at art squared in downtown San Marcos

It's been a while since I posted and I have been working on my display, I REALLY love it now!

Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party FINAL REVEAL!!!!

It is here, the long awaited day to reveal our creations with the Bead Soup we received!!
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

New display...

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

Early bird!

The sun was not even out when I left this morning!
It's a gorgeous day for a market and we are set up in Gruene.

Sadly my post would not upload this morning, but I'll be out there again tomorrow! 




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

new post a'brewing

I still have a little report of our trip to Mississippi to write with some fun pictures although I have not had the chance to make nearly as many pictures as last year where I had much more chance to leave my booth and even shoot some images of the people playing.
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

There is music in the air.....

The past weeks we have been working hard to prepare for the 11th annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale Mississippi!
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

Wimberley Market Days today

It is a nice and cool day, perfect day for shoppers and they sure have come out in droves! Looking forward to a good day! We are going to be here until 4.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Inspiring views from my window

If anything living in the Texas Hill Country is just plain relaxing with such wonderful wide views.


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

Gorgeous morning!

Look at this wonderful sunrise!
It greeted me this morning on my trip to San Marcos where you can find me at the farmers market until 1.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

About my very first Bead Soup Blog Party

So one of the reasons I changed my website into a blog (for which the idea was already there but I needed a little tap in the back to finally do it) is that I am taking part in the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party.
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

No market for me tomorrow...

I have been battling headaches since a couple days now and so I am taking a little break from market, sorry about that.
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

We're here in Gruene!

We are set up today and tomorrow at Gruene Market Days from 10am til 5pm.

Friday, February 21, 2014

How it turned out....

I have been busy with all kinds of things, some of which extremely exciting!
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

On the table today

Most of the time, it seems like all creatives do, I have several projects going at once.
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

Just something to look at

Normally on Saturday I would have done market, but today I did again extend my 'winter-stop' a bit longer.
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)
Enjoy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Working on making it look good!

Of course I came up with all kinds of good ideas right before sleeping, you get in that zone between sleep and wake where it seems the brain is working hardest really seeing things clear. I hope I remember half of the things I thought about! In the meantime: of course Valentines day is upon us and it is that time of the year where I see many more guys looking at my jewelry with renewed interest, so I make the cute hearts and such for them to give to their sweeties! Here is one of the cuties I made a couple days ago......in the meantime, sit tight to see this space become decked out.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yes indeed a BLOG!

Seeing how many things are being created in Casa del Kruse every week...no...even every day, I think a blog would absolutely not be a bad idea. Of course there are plenty enough blogs in the world, but for the sake of me myself even keeping track of all things that are growing from under my or my husband's hands, I think it would be great to see how things develop and how better to keep tabs on all things creative than through a blog! I know that even since I started creating jewelry I have already made so much progress and it is actually in that way sad that I do not keep better track of things, I think it will be enormously interesting to see where I will be at in a couple of months, a year, a couple of years! So...here it is...the new blog.....the new CREATIVE blog! Why not right away add a pic of some of my latest musings in wire. Lately I have been experimenting with braiding, nudged in that direction by one of my BFF's and weaving based on the soumak style tapestry weaving hailing from the near east.... Some examples of both can be seen in this picture