Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Bead Week at Michael's

Public Service Announcement:
I received an email from Michael's. Bead Week runs Sunday 10/24 through Saturday 10/30 !!
The "Bead Gallery" beads are 50% off. And lots of other beads and findings are on sale too.
I know you all shop there, since we all participated in Lorelei's challenge!

Click here to see the email

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Family Tree

I am starting to try my hand at Tree of Life pendants. The very first one I made with cheapo beads, just to see if I could do it, has, so far, been my best. Go figure!
But I was thinking of making one for my Mom for Christmas, since she's kinda hinted around that she'd like me to make her a necklace. She wears mostly the fine jewelry my Dad has given her, so I never thought she'd want one of my brass necklaces. Plus, she's not really a "jewelry gal" like I am.
Anyway, I tried to make one with the birthstones of her children and grandchildren. It is ugly!!!! All our birthdays are in Oct, Jan & Apr (pink quartz or opal, garnet, diamond), and the colors did not mix well.
So, never mind about the birthstones! Now I'm trying to do 2 colors, green and gold. Not sure I like it. I think I'll try just one color again, maybe garnets for her birthday. But, I wore this one to work and actually got some positive feedback. So, now I need to decide - Keep it or trash it?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Love at first sight

OK, I love LillyPilly designs anyway. I saw this Mother of Pearl with black "Dandelion" oval and just knew I had to have it. The black glass leaf hangs over the pendant when worn, but I hated to cover up the pendant!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Lorelei's Michael's "challenge"

I'm posting earlier than the deadline, to make sure I don't miss it!
I went to Michael's and was able to find all the beads for the task! This actually was a challenge for me, because, while I like all the beads individually, I probably would not put them all together into one necklace. I'm usually more monochromatic. So, this was a good thing to try.

I actually made 2 necklaces, my favorite one is the symmetrical-ish one on the left.

And, they look good worn together!!

This was fun!! I look forward to doing this again! Thanks Lorelei!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Official calling cards

I'm saying "calling cards" because I made them oversized. I wanted them to be reminiscent of Victorian calling cards.

This photo is the entire background of the card. It's a photo of my husband's grandmother (& her little sister). I was hoping to upload the card, with the type in it, but I have not figure out how to get blogger to do that!