Saturday, April 21, 2012

More Bead Shopping

I'm not even going to blush when I say that the last post wasn't the whole of my purchases from the last two bead shows. I also hit the pearls hardcore. The first purchase was made from JC Pearls. I buy from them often; they are my favorites when it comes to pearls. The keshi pearls are for a specific necklace. The small pearls are for stitching and are very tiny. I'm going to need some very good light when using them! 

The next photo is what I call "drive by" purchases. I got them at various places, none of which I really knew. The silver discs are silver plated, and should be fun to use. The small blue pearls I hope to use in a bracelet.

And finally, Theodoras Beads. Oh, the beady decadence! I used to think of myself as conservative, but one look at these beauties and any thought of moderation goes out the window! I am already in the process of beading around one of the green ovals. I'm not sure you can have too many of these.
Finally, there is the class I took at one of the bead shows from Karen Thomas of The Queen's Beads. I had seen so many stitched beads on the Bead Soup Blog Hops, and wanted to know HOW they were done. I just had to find out. Karen insisted it wasn't as hard as it looked. I was skeptical. She was right! This was my first ever class for stitching with beads, and Karen was a great teacher. It was so much fun, and I am hooked! I actually finished this pendant in the four hour class.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Face Lift

This blog is getting a face lift and adding beading to the mix. Of course I will be including shots of the garden just because I have to. I will be sharing my learning experiences about photographing and blogging the beading, so if anyone has any helpful comments I would appreciate them. I have been following the Bead Soup Blog Hop for a couple of years now, and that has inspired me. I have learned several things along the way. 1) I hate black backgrounds. They seem to make it very difficult for me to view and read, thus I tend to skip over them. 2) I love when you can click on a picture and make it larger. This makes it easier for me to see things. 3) I find poor photos very distracting. They make it very difficult to see things. Notice a trend here? I want to be able to SEE things, and I want you to be able to SEE things. This is what has held me back until now. I have been intimidated by the great shots that others take of their jewelry, and I’m not sure my photography is up to snuff. Still, as several people have said, you have to just DO IT! So, without further delay, here we go!

My recent bead show hauls were so exciting, I just have to share. Everyone likes a little vicarious bead shopping, don’t they? These clasps are from Elka Designs. They are so fun! They are pewter, brass and copper. I didn’t buy them ALL this time, I just bought MORE. Jolanta is one of those great people who is in love with beads, so it’s absolutely impossible to resist her stuff. 
The copper and brass bead caps just sang to me. They almost walked into my hand. After I brought them home I found I don’t even own a bead large enough to fit them! My daughter reminded me that I came back to them half a dozen times, and said I would eventually find a bead to go with them. Some of the copper with green patina beads have already been used. The silver tab beads are destined for another of what my kids call my “Chief Mom” necklaces. They are very tribal in nature. They are big, and pretty showy.
The one above is one of the two I’ve made. I love the naga shell beads in their raw form. I chose the blues because they go great with denim.

Then there was the Beadroom. Yum! Laura is one of those rare vendors that actually has a GREAT web site. Treat yourself to a look because a picture of tubes just doesn’t do the beads justice. She has a great selection of Czech glass. I especially liked the peanut beads. I couldn’t resist those little daisy beads.  My first tila beads are in an iris finish. Of course in my house iris finish is known as Dragonfly Beads. *Big Smile* And that folks, is a story for another time.