Category Archives: Beading

I Heard It Through The Grape Vine

Something you may not know about me

I used to do a LOT of beading… in fact, I have tubes of beads in all colors like painters have tubes of paint! 😉

I used to enjoy beading with needle and thread.  I also made and sold my jewelry.

My favorite stitch was Peyote stitch because I could create my own patterns.  Here is an example of this stitch in a bracelet:

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Different sizes of beads like grapes in a vineyard.  I haven’t done as much beading in the last few years because I have been trying to improve my drawing skills.

So last night, I decided to try combining the two together in my art journal:

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I’d love to know what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

Connecting the Dots

On my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in March, I was inspired by color and patterns.  Here is a photo of black pottery on a turquoise background:

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I also met many talented ladies in our group and hope I can continue our friendships.

One such friend was Dot.  I was amazed by her beautiful handmade art journal that she  brought with her and she was really good about creating art in it each day of our trip!  🙂

So I asked if she would make me one!  And she said, “Yes!”  I was very excited when this beautiful journal arrived in my mailbox in April:

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In exchange for this art journal, I made her this bracelet and earrings – we both love the color orange!  I had to add a few Oaxaca colors to the mix too:

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Many of you may not know that I used to make and sell my handmade jewelry.  But I kind of got burnt out on it.  I found it frustrating that people didn’t want to pay for all the time and cost I put into a piece.  I realize now that I was probably in the wrong market.  Anyway, I still have LOTS of beads!  So I enjoyed creating this set for my new friend, Dot.

I loved my new journal but I needed an idea to get me started.  So when Sharon Mann mentioned on her blog that she was starting a new journal with her daughter and niece using the color turquoise on each page, I asked if I could join in the fun!  (Be sure to check out Sharon’s blog if you haven’t already!!  She is one very talented lady and a wonderful friend!)  I was happy that Sharon agreed that I could join her.  🙂

Here is the first page of my new journal:

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Now I’m very excited to fill my pages with art!  Sometimes all it takes is one idea to connect the dots and get me started, how about you?

Happy Creating!  🙂

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder – Part 2

The experiments with the magazine collages led me to create this beaded wall hanging that I created in 2008: Ms. C - beaded wall hanging It started me on a new path.  I created my beaded collage with a story in mind. Close-up of Ms. C beaded I want to introduce Ms. Chardonnay to you!  I created her “dress” with the flavors and aromas of Chardonnay wine. Ms C close-up of beadwork Such as melon, a pear, green apple and peach!  Can you find them in the photo above? close-up of tiara Ms. C is a former beauty queen from California!  🙂 This is why she is wearing a tiara! One of the reasons I started blogging is because I enjoy writing stories.  So I have decided to stop waiting for the “perfect” day and start! I will be starting an additional blog soon on my wine “characters.”  I hope you will join me! Happy Creating!  🙂