Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some more beaded rings

I liked the first batch of rings I created so much that I needed to make some more. Rings usually take an hour to three hours, depending on the complexity of them. That's "instant" gratification to a bead weaver - many of my projects take 10-20 hours or more to complete. Sometimes I just need something I can finish in an afternoon...and these rings are just perfect for that.
These first two are in the same style as the ones I posted about a month ago - a bit of right angle weave with embelishments. They were woven with bugle beads, and size 11 and 15 toho seed beads.
These last 2 rings were woven in good ol' right angle weave, with size 11 toho seed beads. I added and "edging" to it to give it a nice even band look. It was a bit of extra work, but really worth it. Makes for a more distinct looking piece, in my opinion. What do you think?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I am admittingly bad at finding time to photograph my jewelry. I work a 40 hour regular office job in addition to my beadwork. Every day I wake up at 5am, my dear husband even earlier. By the time I awake, my coffee cup is waiting for me on the living room table. After a few minutes of yawning and snuggling with my hubby I reluctantly find something to wear and get ready for work.
I commute 45 minutes to my office. The work day goes by - sometimes fast, sometimes slow. I drive another 45 minutes to an hour home. We make dinner, we eat dinner. Now it's 6pm. Do I bead? Do I exersize? Do I take hundreds of pictures and sift through them all to find the good ones?
More often than not, I bead. I'll take breaks and do some wii fit, or some stretching and hoop dancing. Before I know it I'm yawning again...and it's time to get ready for bed.
This is my day. Not super exciting, I know...
The weekends, however, is my "me" time. I bead lots, I clean a little. If the mood strikes, my husband and I will get out and hear some local live music. But THIS weekend I promise I'll take some pictures and get some good stuff to you next week.
I even have a bracelet all made for a giveaway (that I still need to photograph, of course), that will most likely start on Monday. Stay tuned! In the mean time, here are some simple yet lovely netted bracelets I made recently.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Beauty of the Flower" Winner Announced

Congratulations to this months winner of the Etsy Bead Weaver's challenge - Melissa Grakowski. Melissa created a beautiful hibiscus flower necklace with a variety of seed beads, swarovski bicone crystals, and freshwater pearls. Isn't it fabulous?!
Take a minute to check out Melissa's Etsy shop for some more of her lovely beaded creations.

Next month's challenge is an interesting one - "Peace Piece". It's been awhile since I've had the time and ambition to participate in a challenge, but I have an idea swirling around in my head...hopefully I can bring it to fruition by Dec. 5th!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beauty of the Flower

My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw the challenge entries for this months Etsy Bead Weavers challenge Beauty of the Flower...every single piece is just WOW! I can easily say, it is going to be really hard choosing just one. They are all amazing! Please take some time to look at each entry, you can get a closer look by clicking on the links below. After you have found your favorite, please head on over to the EBW Blog and vote.

1. Mother of Pearl Brooch - enchantedbeads

2. Crape Jasmine Beadwoven Necklace - MaryTDesigns

3. Cape Primrose - glimmerstone

4. Bird of Paradise - ArtfulAr

5. Lady Slipper - savoystudio

6. Azalea Flower Necklace - Charmingthings

7. Floating Lotus Trinket Box - Medic5415

8. Crystal Flower Necklace - roseworksjewelry

9. The Beauty of the Columbine - dreambeadweaver

10. Mystical Orchid Necklace - CieloDesign

11. Pink Flower Sun Necklace - demetgun3

12. Midnight hibiscus - Lauralia

13. Hibiscus Necklace - grakowsky

14. Water Lily - oraninbar

15. Lotus Bracelet - SpringColors

16. Blue Lotus Necklace - windyriver

17. Warm Winter Bloom Necklace - SmadarsTreasure