Monday, February 25, 2013

Bead Soup Ingredients

Recipe Card Included via Lisa Boucher
What a great surprise and wonderful gift!

Thank you Lisa! It's always fun to get a package in the mail, but it is especially nice to get a surprise package when you have been sick. You included soooo many of your originally designed ceramic beads and findings. You truly out did yourself by making this wonderful selection for me!!!

She has listed every ingredient for the soup on a recipe card, 
and presented all of the Bead Soup Mix in a little recipe box!

Her ceramic beads and findings have great design and color. I find the beads and finding pieces, that she has made and selected for me to use in my project, to be very inspirational. I already know that I will have to make at least a couple of pieces of jewelry with so many wonder things to use.

I will list out everything she has sent in my next post. ( Left the box of goodies at the studio. )
In the mean time, checkout her beautiful clay creations at:
Love it, Love it, Love it!!!  Thanks for the great selection, Lisa.

Free-Form Peyote Challenge

Choose Your Own Adventure

Free-Form Peyote has no set pattern or rules to follow.
Good design elements and a cohesive composition makes it
an abstract art form of off-loom bead weaving.
Taah - Daah!

Please leave your comment. Since this is my first attempt, I really want comments (good or bad).
A special "Thank You!" to Karen Williams for putting the Challenge together. And especially for her "step-by-step beginnings" that helped me get started with my free-form peyote bracelet; a project technique that I have wanted to try for a couple of years now.

I would probably still be working on making the bracelet if not for the fact that I got the "bug" that is going around. I had quite a few days at home sick. So after 2 days of non-stop sleeping, I spent the rest of the weekend beading. Like most projects, once I got started, it took on a life of its own.

I picked up the handmade Kazuri ceramic focal bead when I was in Kenya last summer. (In Swahili, Kazuri means small and beautiful.) The seed beads were left over from other projects and the accent beads of fire-polish glass, pressed glass, fancy jasper stone chips, filigree and gold plated metal were odds and ends. I usually design jewelry with repeating and symmetrical patterns, since those are what most people want to see. This was a big departure from most of the representational artwork that I do.

I really enjoyed playing with the elements and experimenting with the placement of the beads with regard to color and texture.  Since I was slowed down with "the bug," I remembered to take time to photo document the making of the bracelet. This is something that I usually forget to do during the creation of the piece.

Self-Critique: For the next project, I will take time to plan a color palette. The colors are alright, but I just quickly grabbed a few things that were convenient. The center ceramic bead is way too big for my wrist. I usually don't wear what I make anyway; however my friends seem to like to wear what I make. For the next bracelet, I plan to do more open work and to add more surface decoration and embellishments. I also plan to use a snap closure.

Bitchy Little Note:
There is a force out there that really doesn't like me!!!.... It's 3 AM, I am "baby-sitting" my daughter's 15 year old barking dog, who has dementia..... Hubby is really upset, of course he is trying to sleep.... So. trying to be productive, I decided to post on my blog..... Most of you know writing is not my forte, so after laboring over each word for an hour and a half the computer Freezes-up!!!. just as I add the most important items.... The photos!!!  Can not revert or escape!!!! Aaaaarrrrrhh!!!! ... Must do over. What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger......

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Focus on Life: Beauty of Flowers

Beauty of Flowers -- This was an easy focus!

"Earth laughs in flowers."
A favorite quote of mine by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my greatest joys is to take close-up pictures of flowers. Every where I travel I am looking for the flora and fauna indigenous to that place and time. I used the pictures as reference for my pencil work, but now days, I find myself enjoying the hunting and gathering of floral photos more enjoyable than making the floral portraits. I hope you enjoy my selection for this focus. The flowers are a part of my Valentine's Day bouquet from my sweetie! (He also spoiled me with chicken soup for my cold.)

"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch their renewal of life -- 
this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a (wo)man can do."
Charles Dudley Warner

Week 7

Friday, February 15, 2013

February 10, 2013: The Year of the Snake Begins

   Chinese New Year of Snake
As we celebrate the Spring Festival of 2013, saying good-bye to Winter and welcoming the coming of Spring, let us remember that it is a time of renewal, good fortune and positive tidings for the year ahead. It is also a time for social reunion and a renewal of harmony within our personal and business lives.
Chinese Zodiac
I will miss the Dragon (my year), however I welcome the good fortune, 
steady progress, and attention to detail the Snake promises to bring.
The Chinese astrology system also honors the five elements:
water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.
This year is the water element is active in full force,
bringing wisdom and wise choices with it.

Legend is: Buddha asked all the animals to meet him at the full moon, just before his departure from the earth. Only 12 animals came. So as a reward Buddha named a year after each one to honor them for obeying his request. He named each of the years in the order in which the animals arrived. He also announced that some of the animal's personality would be given to the people born in their year.
Chinese months are determined by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year Festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest and fullest.

Dragon = Wisdom
People of the Dragon have good health and lots of energy.
They are good friends because they listen carefully to others.
Full of vitality, creativity, and enthusiasm, the dragon is a popular individual.
Guard against being bossy and loud.
Snake = Luck
 People born in this year love good books, food, music and plays.
They will have good luck with money.
Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking.
Guard against your intuition guiding you too strongly.
Horse = Tolerance
Horse people are popular, cheerful, and are quick to compliment others.
Horse people can be very hard workers.
Your capacity for hard work is amazing; you are intelligent and friendly.
Guard against being egotistical.
Goat = Art
People born in this year are very good artists.
They ask many questions, like nice things and are very wise.
Warmhearted and honest, a gifted naturalist.
Guard against being footloose and fancy free.
Monkey = Fantasy
Monkey people are very funny.
They can always make people laugh, and are very good problem solvers.
You are very clever and your extraordinary nature makes you well liked.
Guard against being a fool.
Rooster = Candor
People born in this year are hard workers.
They have many talents and think deep thoughts.
Your are shrewd and definite in decision making.
Guard against being extravagant.
Dog = Idealism
Dog people are loyal and can always keep a secret.
Sometimes dog people worry too much.
You are generous, work well with others, and are an honest friend.
Guard against a sharp tongue.
Pig = Honesty
People of the Pig are very good students, and always finish a project or assignment.
They are honest and brave.
You are a great companion and an intellectual who sets difficult goals and carries them out.
Guard against expecting too much from others.
Rat = Survival
Rat people are very popular.
They like to invent things and are good artists.
You are honest, generous, and have a good sense of fair play.
Guard against being too aggressive.
Ox = Endurance
People born in this year are dependable and calm.
They are good listeners and have very strong ideas.
You are conservative and methodical.
Guard against being chauvinistic.
Tiger = Courage
People of the Tiger are brave.
Other people respect tiger people for their deep thoughts and courageous actions.
You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love.
Guard against being too stubborn.
Rabbit = Virtue
People born in this year are nice to be around.
They like to talk, and many people trust them.
You work well with others, and value security and tranquility.
Guard against risk taking.

I hope you have found something of interest. I always find it interesting when I learn about other cultures and traditions, especially how they originated and developed.
I love the door guards!

My Bead Soup Adventure

Lisa Boucher is my Bead Soup Party Partner! 

As soon as I found out Lisa was my partner, I visited her website,
Where I found her passion for Stoneware and Porcelain Clay Creations;
Handcrafted clay jewelry, beads, ornaments, and custom components for other artists.

Lisa is one busy lady! ..... She not only makes clay jewelry, beads, and ornaments; she monitors and updates her website, she manages her Etsy Shop: Clayworksnh, she blogs at: Lisa's Clay Happenings, she posts on her Facebook page: Clayworks by Lisa Boucher, and she promotes and markets her creations at local stores.

I think Lori Anderson made a good matchup! She lives in New Hampshire now, but she lived in Florida (a place I love to go) for a while. We share a love of the beach, sea life, and palm trees. We both enjoy the southwest, learning about traditions and books on spirituality, too. 

I am very nervous about making a "Soup" for her. It is a little eclectic and there are a couple of "different ingredients". Hopefully, Lisa will understand I believe that "Variety is the Spice of Life", and that everyone should try thinking outside the box, but in this case, the bottle.

More "teaser" pictures to come.
The Mardi Gras beads don't have anything to do with the Bead Soup. My daughter hosted a "Girls Night Out" out on "Fat Tuesday" complete with beads!  Needless to say, a great time was had by all!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Focus On Life - Feel the Love

Feeling the Love?

Come on, Feel the Love!
Have you ever noticed how dogs like to cuddle up with the least interested person in the room?
The only time these four dogs do anything together is when Dale sits down to have a quiet evening. They love to snuggle-up in the chair with him.
Come-on everybody, get comfy and "Feel the Love".

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Playing Catch-Up

Playing Catch-Up......Yesterday, Today, and in reality Tomorrow

With the blogs and challenges that I have joined in the past few days, I find myself behind before I even get started. Since most of the challenges started at the beginning of the New 2013 Year. So I think that I will try to make a few things and take some pictures. I like making visuals better than writing anyway. This is my First Photo Challenge for Focus on Life.

If you can't tell, the theme is Self-Portrait.
BTW is your cup half full or half empty?
Looks like mine is empty from this angle,
but let me assure you it has more inside than the eye can see.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

So much to do.....

So much to do.... so little time.
Hurry-up and Wait..............................................
Do you ever find yourself caught in a vicious circle of need to get this done, but first this has to be done, however I can't do that until this is finalized, and I can't get going on it because someone else has a say in what happens and when it happens?
So what do you do? .......
....... I try do what I can in the moment, I try to keep on making a plan that is subject to change, and I try not to stress-out, so I can quickly and efficiently put my best plan in action when the time comes.
Keep in the moment. Keep good, positive thoughts. What you live does come back.

The opening and unfolding of a beautiful, sweet smelling rose;
seems like an appropriate visual for today.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spring Shine on a Winter's Day

Spring Shine

Oh, What a Day!
My husband had flowers waiting for me when I got home today.
I can't help but notice how nicely the colors fit with the 2013 Pantone Spring Colors.

I continue to Blog Hop and I am getting involved in a few new projects....
Can't wait to find out who my partner is for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori really goes all out in putting this together for all of us. There are 500 people participating this time! If you haven't heard about it, visit her blog to find out all about it and to find out about Lori. 

I have also joined the Bead Journal Project 2013, Focus on Life, and Baublicious' Free Form Peyote Challenge. There are so many wonder-full blogs challenges and groups of people participating. I am looking to get creatively energized and to get to know a lot more people in the beading world. The Bead Journal Project is a project a month with a series aspect, while the Baublicious Free Form Peyote Challenge is revealed at the end of February. Need to get to work on that one, since I have never done any free-form peyote projects before and I'm sure the end of February will be here before I know it. The Focus on Life project is also a year long one that has a new theme posted every week. We are then to take a picture that captures the idea in a unique, everyday snapshot. I have a little catching up to do on that one. Just very grateful to everyone for letting me participate, since I missed the very beginnings.

There are Lots of Wonderful, Loving and Generous people in the world.
We all need to focus on finding and building relationships with them as we share our creativity, common interests, and life journey. Take a short blog hop and see who you can find!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Key to Personal Evolution

Shared this on Facebook a few days ago. It is a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Try to take time to read the article that explains it's creation;
and our need to create.

The “Amulet of Khepra” Talisman
Collaboration between Eusheen Goines, Jason Burruss, and Chris Lawrie
Borosilicate Glass Filla-Cello Cab by Eusheen Goines, 12 ct. Oregon Sunstone cut by Chris Lawrie, 6.5 ct. Teardrop Cut Moldavites, and Madeira Citrines in .925 Argentium Silver and 14 kt. Yellow and Pink Gold-Filled
3,3/4” x 2,5/8”
Custom for Eusheen Goines, Not for Sale

In the beginning there was void… impermeable void of all nothing. Creation sparked the instantaneous formation of matter, and gods were given to these instances to signify the magic of the Universe, the magic of creation. Now I will tell you of ancient Egypt, and the lost following of the God of Creation, Khepra…

The scarab appears out of nothingness. Small holes in the desert does it seem to burst into spaces. Finding ways to enter into everything, including homes and temples. It is no wonder why the Egyptians revered this insect, for it seemed magical in significance and permeated it’s way into their very culture. They believed that the scarab had the power of manifestation, and was symbolic of the creator god Khepra.

Khepra had other names, but when he took his night form he changed from Khepri to Khepra. Khepra was the night god who after an intense day of setting the sun and creating the life of our known existence, he would spend his nights in peace. We create, every day as artists, and every night after the work is finished, we have time to our own self.

Many of us have found that during this introspective and relaxed mode of creative thought that we are at our highest state of intuition. Night creation is for our selves, and the day is the time of work. So many of us revere the night as the time to play, when the veil is thin and the hour is late states of heightened intuition occur more frequently.

The thoughts seem channeled as if the second the daylight mode of our mind is turned off we have freedom to think outside of our linear analytical methods that consume our waking life. As if we become in tune, with our true inner and higher self during these nights of creation.

The artist once realized upon this path begins to wonder if the analytical stresses of our waking life fueled by the perpetual need to create art for survival, is necessary at all? We find a great spiritual glory in the realization that once we give faith to our intuition, and create for pure intention of our true art, that our art blossoms and will care for our being. Once the true purpose is realized, the fears are washed away within the harmony of being. We create to create, of our highest forms of art, with the nicest mediums that we can source. Not for fear, money, or greed, but for the higher purpose and understandings that we achieve through the process of creation.

It was never about the material, only the beauty attained from the vision fulfilled. The instantaneous moment of creation that we find so addictive and inspiring. The key to perpetual evolution.
 — with Chris Lawrie Lapidary ArtChris LawrieJason Burruss and Eusheen Goines.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Great Ideas and Fleeting Dreams

George Takei post from Facebook. Too true....

Try to keep a note pad and pencil by your bedside to jot down the ideas just before you fall asleep or right when you wake up. Unfortunately, I enjoy exploring the possibilities of the ideas as I continue to fall asleep, and wake up to a day already in chaos. Although, I do keep my i-phone by my bedside just in case.....

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blog Hopping

So, I spent all my blogging time looking at other blogs and posting a few to my Blog List. Saw a blog that was very interesting and had a challenge coming in the month of April, but it seemed like it was designed for writers so I didn't ask to join. However, I am going to use the premise for my April Blogs. You will have to check back in April to see what it is all about. Still trying to figure out how to create an interest and network for my blog. Contests, blog hops, cool stuff for sale, pictures of pieces I've made, pictures of pieces others have made, interesting musings......

And, I need to include at least one visual!

Edit Note: Forgot to SAVE all the blogs that I added to my Favorite Blogs List!!!!!
                 Guess what I'll be doing in tomorrow's post.....


Just didn't feel like posting anything last night.
I need some tips and suggestions for my blog.... at least some comments.... or why am I doing this? I hate writing. I on the other hand LOVE sharing ideas and creating something from something else. Can't create from nothing..... Can create from chaos.... Do it almost every day.
Staying true to myself, I will continue to post tonight.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet, sweet silence....

I won't disturb the sound of silence tonight....
Tomorrow will be soon enough.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald

The New Year has been with us for about a month now and happily,
Spring is just around the corner!

According to Pantone, "This season, designers overwhelmingly address consumers' desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize. The color direction for spring builds upon these compelling needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. This allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance."

They go on to explain the psychology of the Spring 2013 colors.
Dusk Blue: Calming sense of serenity;
Tender Shoots: Invigorating, active and cheerful;
Lemon Zest: Cheerful and refreshing;
Linen: Light and airy;
Poppy Red: Seductive, sensual and celebratory shade, a spirited true red;
Nectarine: Bright, effervescent, with a tangy burst;
Monaco Blue: Classic shade offers both stability and depth;
African Violet: A statement color, with a touch of intrigue and the unexpected;
Grayed Jade: A hushed mood of quiet reflection and repose;
EMERALD (2013 Color of the Year): A lively, radiant green, that inspires insight and clarity, while enhancing your sense of well-being.

Hopefully you can find YOUR balance, individuality, self-expression, and excitement in your daily life when you adorn yourself with the Pantone Spring 2013 colors........
Oh, if it was only that easy!!!
But they are a fun mix!!!  Give yourself a challenge - use them in your next project.
FYI: My BEAD SOUP will include them!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm A Contender

Did another Birthday Party today.... sweet bunch of 3rd grade girls.
Cleaning in the studio continues as does the sale.

Now for the GOOD NEWS, I'm signed-up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party; it's my first ever!!! Can you tell that I am excited????? Lori Anderson of Pretty Things hosts this annual event. Got to get my Bead Soup cooking for my partner, who I will be paired with on February 2nd. Each Bead Soup must have: 1 Focal, 1 Special Clasp of a unique nature, Coordinating Bead Mix of quality, and I'm adding an extra Surprise. Not sure what that will be....hmm... chocolate, special blend tea, embroidered work-surface ??? The whole premise of this bead exchange is to expand your design powers by using materials from someone else's stash. Of course I'm nervous about whether my partner will like what I send, but if I send something that I would send to a special friend, I think that it will be okay. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, PLEASE let me know. Thanks!!! Go to go.......gone.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Colors that Enhance

Long day.... just got home.
Worked with sorting seed beads for most of the day.
Had a birthday party for a sweet second grade girl, 8 years old. Wow!
Interestingly enough, I first noticed this something about young girls and color choices when my daughter was in Girl Scouts, a young girl will naturally choose colors that compliment her skin tone, hair color, and eyes. For those who remember "Color Me Beautiful", choosing colors that enhance our appearance seems to be something that we have a natural ability to do. So follow your intuition and see where it takes you the next time you have to choose a color.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday.... My Favorite "F" Word

The blog's Primary Focus provides information to anyone interested in learning and creating body ORNAMENTATION; most often jewelry arts. A vast and varied array of information relating to and about jewelry arts, artists, techniques and medium will be presented with comments, quips, inquiries, and pictures.  Occasionally a fuzzy bunny might pop up; no worries......