Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Holiday Ornament Exchange

Hey Y'all,

Well it's almost Thanksgiving and my vacation ends today. I go back to work after being off since the first of November. I have enjoyed every day of being off and being able to sleep in later than 4:15 am.
In hindsight I should have waited and taken off from the second week in November and that way I could have been off until the 1st of December, but that is okay I will be back to work on Wednesday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so some of my co-workers can be off for the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.

Back around October 21st I received an invitation from Karen Williams to join the Holiday Ornament Exchange Blog Hop, so of course I signed up for the hop.  On November 2nd I received the email with my exchange partner. I was paired up with the wonderfully talented Carrie Johnson. We have exchanged emails with our bios of who we are, our beading styles, and our likes and dislikes. After reading Carrie's bio email I got started with thinking and designing the ornament that I am going to send to her. Y'all it is not your typical Christmas ornament, but I have a feeling that Carrie is going to be very pleased with her ornament. 

So come on back on December 16th and see what I sent to Carrie and what I received from Carrie.

Here is a list of the participates of the Holiday Ornament Exchange:

Carrie Johnson and Therese Frank
Jasvanti Patel and Becky Clay
Jane Knaub and Mandi Bugatti
Sherry Eagle and Amy Severino
Judy J Jacobs and Judy Deshaies
Adrienne Hendricks and Francie Broadie
Cyndi Nason and Karen Williams

Happy Thanksgiving and if you are traveling be safe.

Happy beading Y'all,

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mountain Girl Bracelets

Hi Y'all,

So on Facebook I had seen this gorgeous bracelet that Deborah McDonald had made and I fell in love with the design.  I found out that the design was called Mountain Girl Bracelet by Regina Payne and that I could get the tutorial from her website http://www.nightowlstudiojewels.com. The tutorial can be obtained by giving a donation to the Puerto Rico hurricane relief fund. So I got the tutorial and in February of this year I made my first Mountain Girl Bracelet.

The focal stone is a cabochon that I made Gary Green - Larsonite Jasper.

After finishing the first one I couldn't wait to make another one, but I did not have another narrow oval cab, so I chose a large round oval cab of Orbital Jasper. In April 2018 I had two MGB's made.

Mountain Girl Bracelet # 2

In July 2018 I made my third MGB this one is a gift to my cousin Sarah.  Two years before at a family reunion I asked my Aunt and Uncle and their two daughters to pick out a cabochon each and that I would make them something with the cab they chose. Well I would take those cabs out and play with them, but they just would not speak to me until just before the family reunion in July of this year.

Here is the pieces I made for my relatives:

The first square is a Mexican Crazy Lace cab that my Aunt Betsy chose I did a simple pendant and beaded a Chenille Stitch rope. The second square is a purple Florite cab that my cousin Amy chose I wire wrapped it with silver square wire. the third and forth square is a Bolo Tie and made for my Uncle David he chose a Stony Creek Jasper cab. Last but not least the MGB I made for my cousin Sarah she chose a Red Moss Agate cab.
Mountain Girl Bracelet # 3 

On Regina Payne's Facebook page she sells MGB kits. I tried and tried to get one of her kits, but they sell so fast. Early one morning before I left to go to work I just happened to go on Face book and there was one that she just listed so I was able to purchase the kit. Here is the finished MGB. I made this one in August 2018
Monutain Girl Bracelet # 4 The focal cab is a polymer clay cabochon created by Sherri Kellberg, click on her name for her Etsy shop.  Regina provides everything you need to make a MGB except for the thread and needles.

So as you can tell I'm totally addicted to making these bracelets, on to MGB #5.   I made this one in August also. I made the cabochon especially for this MGB. I cut and cabbed an Amethyst Sage Jasper. This MGB was a birthday gift for my future daughter-in-law Samantha. 
Mountain Girl # 5

This last MGB is a birthday gift for my Birthday Buddy for Life Phyllis. We were both born in November me on the 16th and her on the 18th and we made a pact that no matter where we are in November that we would get together for our birthdays. This MGB is made with another one of Sherri Kellberg's polymer clay cabs. I made this one in October 2018.
Mountain Girl Bracelet # 6 This one is so bright, colorful, and cheerful just like Phyllis.

I'm not done making these MGB's I have five more lined up to make.  There is a Facebook group just for the Mountain Girl Bracelets, it is called Mountain Girl Bracelets and Kits. 

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a comment I love hearing from you.

Happy beading Y'all,


I'm Still Here!

Hi Y'all,

I can't believe the last time I was on my blog was May 1, 2017. Wow I had no idea it had been that long, well I just want to let y'all know I'm still around.

So let me tell you a little that has been going on in my life since May 1, 2017. I have moved around a couple of times, still in Montgomery, AL though. I have mostly been on Facebook it's easier to connect with people there, but I have missed blogging. I will be retiring from my job with 25 year on July 1, 2019 and I can hardly wait. My plans are to open an on line store to start selling my jewelry, I will now have the time to organize and keep it up to date. I'm also planing on doing the art festival circuit as many as I can get in on. I want to teach and take classes in learning more about silversmithing.

I've been doing a lot of beading it's the one thing that helps release the tension of the day and keeps me sane. Here are some of the items I have been creating.

Dutch spiral necklace made with ivory and olive green AB size 11/O seed beads the focal is bronze colored freshwater pearls and African Brecciated Jasper round beads. 

Jill Wiseman earring design.

My own earring designs.

Sidonia’s Handmade Jewelry on You Tube

Bead embroidery pendant featuring a Agate cabochon and a Chenille stitched rope. 

Well that's all for this blog post. I hope all is well with all of my blog friends.

Happy beading Y'all


Monday, May 1, 2017

Unfinished Objects May Reveal

Hi Y'all,

Wow I can not believe how time flies it is May 1st already.  This reveal sneaked up on me, Well to tell the truth I forgot about the reveal date until I received the reminder email from Karen Williams, of Baublicious blog, that put me in a rush to try to get my UFO finished,  Well you know what they say about best laid plans... You guessed it I did not get my UFO finished.  I will show you a picture of how far I got though and a promise to have it done by the next UFO reveal.

Before I show you my UFO let me recap on The Unfinished Objects Studio Support Group.  Karen Williams asked her newsletter readers if we had unfinished objects of any sort, that we look at and say to ourselves how much we should get them finished. A lot of us responded with a yes we do have unfinished projects that we would like to get finished. So Karen put together a support group on Facebook for those of us that have UFOs so we can have a forum where we can show our finished objects or to ask questions to others in the group. She also asked those of us with blogs if we would like to do reveal dates and of course we agreed to reveal dates, because it was just the incentive to get the UFO's done.  This is our 2nd reveal and this time it is not just the blog group but also the facebook group that will be revealing on today.

Here is a picture of my UFO before I started to get it finished.

I stuck everything in a baggie and put it in my I am going to finish this one day box. I had gotten the base of the box finished and started on the sides of the box.

Here is how far I got with the box.

I finished the sides now all I have to do is the lid. I have not decided if I want to put feet on the box or not, you will just have to wait for the next reveal date to find out what I decided.

Thank you Karen for bring us procraftinators together into a support group, so that we may over come our procraftination and get our UFO's done. I need to work a little harder at over coming my procratination.

Thank you to all that have stopped by my blog. I appreciate your visit. Now please go and visit the others in this blog hop, hopefully they will have completed their UFO's.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Francie Broadie,  FAB
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz Hart, Treetop Life
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Christi Carter, Sweetpea Path
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books

Happy beading Y'all,


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party - Bead Hoarder's Edition

Hi Y'all,

Well the big day has arrived the BSBP Bead Hoarder's Edition hosted by Lori Anderson. Lori always does a wonderful job at organizing these blog parties. These blog parties are a lot of work pairing people up with a partner, gathering blog address and Pintrest boards, sending out emails and Facebook postings. My hat is off to you Lori and to your helpers for keeping this party organized and running as smooth as possible, thank you.

This is my fourth time participating in the BSBP and this time around I was partnered with Babette Cox a wonderfully talented person. Here is a the items that Babette sent to me.

The Hoarded beads are the turquoise nuggets, the coral, the clasp, and the teal and white beads, These beads are very special to Babette, they used to belong to a dear friend of hers that has passed away and resides in heaven. The lamp worked glass focal bead was made as a gift for me. I really hope Babette likes what I did with the beads that she sent to me.

Here is what I made using the hoarded beads and the focal bead.

I made a rosary using the hoarded turquoise nuggets and the teal and white beads. The rest of the items are from my stash.

I also made dangles from the turquoise nuggets, the coral, and the teal and white beads combined with items from my stash. I made six dangles, but they did not hang well from the bottom of the focal glass bead, so I took three of the dangles off and made a pair of earrings out of two of the three dangles I removed. I made a bead woven rope using turquoise 8'0 seed beads and blue and lime green 11'0 seed beads and the hoarded clasp, I did the rope using the Russian Spiral stitch.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Thank you Lori for hosting this Bead Soup Blog Party.

Please click on this link http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2017/03/welcome-to-bead-soup-blog-party-bead.html for a list of the other participants.

Happy beading Y'all,


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Unfinished Objects Blog Reveal

Hi Y'all,

Today is the first of the UnFinished Objects blog posts.  Karen Williams put out the word about possibly putting together a Unfinished Object support group just to see how many people would be willing to join. Well everyone has unfinished object projects that you stumble upon and tell yourself you really need to finish this one day, whether it is a beading project or sewing, or polymer clay, or whatever it may be we are all pretty diverse in our creating. So of course I told Karen that I would be in for the adventure of getting some of my if not all of my UFO's done.  

Karen decided that one of the best ways to have this group is on Facebook and she was right, not everyone does a blog these days, but most are on Facebook. It is easier to post a question for help in the support group on Facebook and get an answer from a lot of knowledgeable people, than to do it on your blog.  For those of us in the group that do have a blog Karen said that we would have regular blog reveals of the projects we managed or almost managed to get finished.  

So here we are the fist UFO Support Group blog hop.

I am such a procraftenator that I put off my UFO project until I saw Karen's email about the date of the blog hop. I just finished my project Thursday but too late to take a good picture until yesterday.

Here is the UFO before I finished it.

I started this bracelet and decided that the colors just were not doing it for me and I got bored with it. One of my co-workers saw one of the Super Duo netted bracelets that I did for another one of my co-workers and wanted to know if I could make her one with Topaz or yellowish tan color. Of course I told her yes.  So when I got home I remembered that I had started this bracelet and felt like it fell into the color that she was wanting, but I still could not make myself finish it, I just really do not like the color of the super duos. So as I state earlier in the post the deadline was looming, so I put on my big girl panties and got to work.  

Here is the finished bracelet 

I will take this to work with me and see if she likes it or if I have to make another one in a different color. To be honest I really hope she likes it. I have already seen her wear an outfit that this bracelet will go perfect with.

Up next is my next UFO that I will have done by the next UFO blog hop.

I started this peyote stitch beaded box sometime in 2015, another project I got bored with, I can't really tell you why I got bored with it I really love the colors. I guess I just wanted to go onto something else.

This is the baggie I stuck everything in, so it would all be together when I decided to come back to it.

Thank you to Karen for bring us together in this group. Thank you to y'all for stopping by, please leave a comment on what you think I love hearing from you.

Here is the rest of the blog hop participants. Hop on by and visit with them for a little while and leave a comment, because like me they love hearing from you too.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss CreationsAmy Severino, Amy BeadsTherese, Therese's TreasuresKim Dworak, CianciBlueLiz E, Bead ContagionMargo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of BooksCynthia Machata, Antiquity TravelersCathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Liz Hart TreeTop Life

Happy beading Y'all


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

UFO Reveal March 11, 2017

Hi Y'all.

Come back on Saturday, March 11, 2017, and find out what UFO I finished in Karen Williams UFO Support Group Challenge. Still working on it, so I need to go and get busy.
Here is the blog roll for the 11th as of right now.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz E, Bead Contagion
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Happy Beading Y'all