Monday, February 23, 2009

Intro to Flora Beads on-line class prep

I'm gearing up for my first on-line class which will take place on March 21st at called Introduction to Textured Flora Beads. I know a lot of you have seen my workspace before and how unbelievably chaotic it usually looks, but I couldn't resist taking a picture or two...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Double Strand Lentil Necklace

One of the reasons I mostly stopped making swirl lentils was that I could never find a way to string them up that I really liked. I love how this piece turned out and it was so easy to take apart and put back together in different ways. It's kind of exciting to be working with this bead shape again, I've missed them!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine Hearts

I love hearts...I just don't make many of them. Here are a few from past years for the occasion. Happy Valentines Day and lots of love to you and yours!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Blue Green Flora beads are the most fun to make...

not sure why...whenever I made caned flora beads, I almost always avoided blue for some reason (me too Susan :o). But these well, the blue makes me think Lapis and I love how gold (that has always been a favorite of mine) looks with blue and green. I did like the purple too like Marla did so I'm sure more of those will be coming. Something else that Mel noticed is that the outie textures are cooler than the innies (are we talking about belly buttons or what?) I'm right there with you Melly. You should be able to see what we mean if you look at the largest image either here or on flickr.

I'm using findings from Vintaj with these beads so I'm calling them Vintage Flora...tricky huh? Loving how the red coraly orangy brown looks too, so I made a first simple necklace so you can see the style that I'm going for. I've never been great at making jewelry so linking and unlinking and making loops is about all I can bring myself to do. Oh, btw this is all to get ready for the wholesale show, ACRE coming up in Las Vegas in June. I think I've finally found a theme :o) If you are interested, there are a few up for sale here.

Monday, February 02, 2009

A few more new ones...

I'm definitely enjoying myself and learning what I like and don't like with each new batch. If you'd like to comment on your favorites and your *not* so much favorites, it's fun to do it on my flickr site where you can make a little box around different areas and leave your note with it.