Saturday, February 28, 2009

Where have I been?

This treasury has almost expired & I'm just finding myself in it! Oops! Thanks GardenJewels! The treasury is called "To Lie in a Meadow" and features my "For the Meadow Fae" necklace.

Treasury Time

CrochetbyMommaJ included me in her fabulous treasury "Green With Envy." My bracelet, also titled "Green With Envy" is included. Apropos? I think so.

And, like I needed more beads (wait, I always need more beads!), I ordered some cute lucite flowers from GroovyChickSupplies on Etsy.

I need to take some better pix of my entry for the February Art Bead Scene Challenge for my Etsy store, but I'm waiting to do that setup when I have a few more things made. The Feb challenge revolved around Klimt's painting "The Kiss." I bought one of HumbleBeads' awesome 6-holed spacer beads designed around the piece and then designed a cuff around it in two-drop peyote.
I'm also working on a piece using some strawberry quarts rondelles that I've had for years. A sneak peak...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Listings

Now that I've finished my Rings & Things entry, I'm trying to play catch up on my Etsy shop, as well as getting my entries ready for the Fire Mountain Gems & Bead Dreams contests. Not sure that I'll get my entry for the March Etsy Beadweavers Challenge "Temptation," but who knows? I've got ideas, but I might have to take Dave's advice and spend a few days icing my wrists.

(I really don't want to... I'd rather bead!)

New Etsy Store listings!

Beadwoven Bracelets:

Steampunk Earrings

Glass Tile Pendants

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's finished!

I don't usually push myself this close to a deadline, but I did this time. Today, I finished putting the final fringe on my entry into this year's Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock!" contest. I was going to enter another piece (and may still enter it - I took new photos), but this one got under my skin and I HAD to finish & enter it.

As is my usual, I started off playing with new stitches. I previously blogged about getting The Art of Beaded Beads: Exploring Design, Color & Technique edited by Jean Campbell. I've had more fun making the confetti beads and variations of my own beads that I often forgot that my wrists were hurting! It wasn't until I started making a pom pom bead that I had to breakdown and buy some painkillers. But, I'm really happy with the results. So, after I hit "Post" here, I'm off to fill out the online application and get her in.

I present "Having a Ball" featuring approx 20mm wood beads beaded in RAW with size 10/0 & 11/0 seed beads, the center bead is done the same way with fringe, small beaded beads using 6/0 & 11/0 seed beads and fringe & chain up the size in 8/0, 6/0, 10/0 and 11/0 seed beads. I luff me some seed beads.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Found Myself!

Not in the philosophical way, but in a "holy crap, that's my necklace!" kind of way. I was looking through the latest Rings & Things catalog, finding the bits & pieces for my entry into their "Your Designs Rock!" competition. Lo and behold, on page 133 of the 2009-2010 catalog, there's my "Queen's Green Collar!"

Guess that's just a little more incentive to get my entry in!

I'm currently trying to figure out which pieces I'm entering in which competitions. I pulled my "For the White Witch of Narnia" piece from Etsy, redoing some of the stitching to make it a little fuller and to lay more like I wanted it to. I've also pulled a few more, knowing that I'm entering them in something, but not sure. I've also got a piece that I finally finished, thinking about entering it in Bead Dreams, but I think it's going to go toward the FMG competition this year. Once I've got it figured out, I'll post more!

Also, I just bought Jean Campbell's "The Art of Beaded Beads." I'm loving this book! I've been making the confetti beads featured on the cover, planning on something huge and colorful. I also really like the anemone beads, so I'll probably try those out next. There aren't enough hours in the day for me to bead!

Monday, February 9, 2009

February Challenge Voting is NOW!

Voting has officially begun for the February Challenge, "Tropical Holiday," today,February 9th and ends midnight February 15th. The best way to show your appreciation for the efforts of these amazing artists is by taking on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. (The ballot is on the side bar at right on the EBW Blog.) Again, the individual pieces are listed below the mosaic where you can visit each entry for more information by following the link. Be sure to visit the EBW Blog to vote NOW!