Thursday, November 21, 2013

Links, links and more links...

Have you seen Cindy Wimmer's new book  "The Missing Link"?  If you like using wire and making links, you will love her book.  There are so many links to choose from and they are even labeled according to difficulty. Here are a few that I tried.

"Loopty Loop" link-labeled as easy for difficulty
I used 16 gauge copper wire to make this link and love the
way it compliments the necklace

 "Birthday Bow" link-labeled as moderate for difficulty
This link used 16 and 18 gauge wire-I did mine in bronze.
A little more difficult to make.
You know the old saying, "you have to hold your mouth just right".
The link adds to the romantic, vintage feel of the necklace.

 And one more...
"Double Infinity" link-labeled as more challenging for level of difficulty
My link is made using 18 gauge bronze wire.  I found this link to be easy.

Still many more links to try-30 included in the book.
I am always on the lookout for new links...
Have you made any new ones lately?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Jewelry Pictures

The focal of this necklace started with a vintage man's watch that I removed the insides from. I glued a snippet of a song from a 1920's songbook to the inside and added a few rhinestones before closing it.
What do you do with a blue bird feather?  Well, I enclosed it between two pieces of glass, foiled and soldered it and made a treasure necklace.

 The corkscrew link is made from 16 gauge bronze wire.  I saw the link in Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson and knew I wanted to try it.  I will definitely make more.
 The circle is a copper washer that I stamped with molten solder.

Monday, August 5, 2013

This is what I've been up to lately

I have been working like crazy making jewelry for two upcoming shows.  I can't say that when I am rushed that I feel very creative.  I want to make pieces when I feel inspired by something.  Creating jewelry is relaxing and fun to me-I don't want it to become a chore.

So much for that-this is some of what I've been up too...

Friday, August 2, 2013

My First Time!

As part of my New Year's resolutions, I said I wanted to do things I had never done before.    A couple of weeks ago I had my chance and took it!  

My husband and I were in Myrtle Beach for the week end and everywhere I looked there were advertisements for helicopter rides over the beach.   This was something I had not done and was definitely interested in doing.  It was a fun ride and the view was fantastic!
Before the ride
Views of the coastline and Atlantic Ocean from the air

Would I do it again?  You betcha!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Today is reveal day for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop...

When I first heard about the Hop, I was anxious to join in.  I have lots of beads but can't really say that I hoard beads...well I do have a few that are special..not because of their monetary value but because they were given to me by my close friend, Ginny.  You would have thought that Ginny and I would have been unlikely to become best friends.  But I believe things happen for a reason-and that Ginny and I were suppose to be in a class at the same time and find that we are kindred spirits and have so many things in common. Anyway that was over 2 1/2 years ago and I am so thankful for her friendship.

These were some of the beads Ginny shared with me....they were from a vintage necklace and I just hadn't figured out how I wanted to use them until now.

Although I only used two of the beads in this necklace, I think they do the necklace proud and show themselves off to their best advantage.  The wire bead and leaf focal was inspired by the resined leaves of Shannon LeVart in the Winter 2010 Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.

Although these aren't beads, they are links from a vintage necklace that I have been saving for what...I don't know...maybe a rainy day, which we have had a lot of recently.  Each link has a definite curve.  I don't know what they are made of-I've looked up how to tell plastic, celluloid and Bakelite apart and still don't know what they are.

I used one of Ginny's beads and two of the links to create this bracelet. I liked it so much that I planned to keep it if it didn't sell.  You guessed it-it sold and I missed out.

Lori Anderson did it again!  A great idea was born with her Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.

Hope you check out what everyone else made...
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish
11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict
21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri
31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts
51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics
61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork
81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8
91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives
101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa
111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry
121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy
131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla
151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted
161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wild Turkeys!

It seems that I will never know what I will see when I look out my window mornings-Today, I was surprised to see wild turkeys!

 Here are a few more pictures...
 I think they brought the whole family...

Seeing so many turkeys made me start thinking-What is more than one turkey called?  a flock? a gaggle? a herd?...after searching, it appears they are called a "rafter" of turkeys-Who knew?

Well, I learned something form this-did you?

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Remember this?

It is the glass flower that I found for $5.00.  You can see more about it in my post Scavenging.

I used three of the leaves and added a mix of vintage MOP buttons, bone beads, and Czech glass beads wire wrapped to a brass chain to complete a necklace.  It is one of my favorites and I think it makes quite the statement piece.

I submitted it to Jewelry Affaire magazine for publication consideration and was very excited when I was notified that it was going to be published.

Before printing I was emailed the proof to be sure it was right and that corrections were made if needed...and I got a big surprise!  It looked so good...had they sent the wrong picture?...for a minute I didn't even recognize it as mine! I mean it had been a while since I had seen it and it just looked too good to be mine!  But then I  saw the glass leaf  and thought WOW!  I did pretty good.  Their magazine and photography is the best!

I couldn't not be happier!

If you haven't submitted jewelry for publication-try it-it isn't as hard or as intimidating as I once thought.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


There is always a parade on the fourth in Beaufort.  The fun is-that anyone can join in-there is no plan-you just show up before it starts and get in line.  There are usually lots of children riding tricycles, bikes, dogs, tractors, wagons, boats and our own "Sweet Potato Queens"-you name it and you might see it.  Of course everyone decorates their vehicle and themselves in red, white and blue.

One year it was pirate attire for the husband and I rode our Segways in the parade.
My brother-in-law followed by my sister on their tractors...

Then when it is dark-fireworks over the water-a beautiful sight to see!

What do you do to celebrate?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Show and Tell

Here are a couple of necklaces I have been working on for an upcoming show.
The pendant is a former drawer pull and has a great vintage patina.  I paired it with gray glass pearls, black Czech beads, rhinestone roundels and silver links from a vintage watch fob.

The second features a vintage brass shoe nails tin...

and I made the chain using wire wrapped emerald green Czech beads, champagne fresh water 
pearls and forged and soldered links. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Meet "Jewelia"

I searched for a dress form for a long time in hopes of finding a vintage one but in my area they are few and far between.  I finally found a new one at Pier One last fall.  I thought she would get a lot of attention and be a good display for an art show.  

Oh, I forgot to introduce her-this is "Jewelia"-so named because she does love her Bling!

So far she hasn't been to a show because she needed  a dress and I just haven't been inspired.

A few nights ago, a light bulb went off and I knew just the dress she needed.  I collect old crocheted doilies and dresser scarves and had a big hat box full in the attic.  I pulled them out and started pining them to the form.  I knew I must be on to something when my husband came upstairs to see what I was doing and commented about how good he thought the dress looked.  WOW!

Before long she had a new "old" dress...

 What do you think?  
What is your dress form wearing?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Have you heard?  Lori Anderson is having a Bead Hoarders Blog Hop challenge.
This is what Lori wrote about the Blog Hop...

"So what's this blog hop design challenge about?  Well, I've noticed that I'm really, really good at collecting beads, but not so good at parting with them!  I've amassed a scary number of beads that need to see the light of day.  I have excuses -- lots of excuses.  This one is too special, this set cost a lot more than I usually spend, this set needs just the right accent beads." 

If you would like to join you must comment on her post with your name, email and blog address and then post the badge on your blog.  Sign up deadline is June 28th and the date to post your creation is July 20th.

You might want to check it out!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Re-purposed Treasure

A while back I found an old silver plate serving spoon and added it to my collection of
 "I'm going to do something with this one day" pile.

The slotted spoon is the one I'm talking about.  All the others are destined for silverware necklace pendants.
I have looked at it and looked at it trying to decide what this should become, today is the day I'm doing show and tell.

Finally, inspiration!  I had my husband cut the handle off and then annealed the the spoon bowl and hammered the heck out of it to flatten it.  I was a little disappointed with the way it turned out. After the heat and hammering it was very dull and the areas where the silver plate was worn seemed to stand out more, so back into the drawer it went!

After a few months, back out it came-I tried tumbling it, which only helped minimally.  Then I used a Pro polish pad on it (are these suppose to be moist? I just bought these and they are dry) and like a miracle-the shine was back.  I drilled a hole in the middle and riveted a piece of brass filigree and smashed metal button to the center. Since it is kind of flashy, I thought a simple chain would be best. So I made a chain from 18 gauge bronze wire.

Now for the reveal....
I like the way it turned out-I don't know about you but sometimes I just have to ponder for a while...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh, Suzanna!

Exploring Raleigh-

Sunday my sister and I were in Raleigh for my grandchildren's Monday graduation.  With a little time on our hands we checked out a few of Raleigh's hidden gems-my favorite bead shop, Ornamentea-who doesn't need a few more treasures.

Then because I needed some chalk paint, we were on our way to "Two Old Birds"-had never been there before and didn't know that we were in for a delightful surprise!  This store is part of "Vintage Village" and this is what we saw as we drove up....

Now my son's family has been in Raleigh for 13 years-how on earth could I have missed this? The village is at 9300 Durant Road-you might want to check it out if you are in Raleigh!

Two Old Birds had just the Annie Sloan chalk paint I needed ....
And Suzanna's Antiques has so much eye candy it was hard to see it all...
There is even a pair on sidewalk skates like the ones I used to have-telling my age!
The Village is made up of tiny old building-packed to the brim!
I can already see a trip in the fall when it is a little cooler-SO WE CAN STAY LONGER!!