Saturday, January 30, 2016

Evening Elegance Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Lodge



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A few months ago Lisa Lodge of Grateful Artist blog put out the call for those that would be interested in participating in the Evening Elegance Blog Hop in January. Lisa has several kits for sale, so I signed up, because for those that know me, know that Romantic Elegance is my style, so how could I pass this challenge up.

When I got the package in the mail I looked at all the pretties that were in the kit and knew just what I was going to make, so I got started, but what I did not do was take a picture of the items in the kit before I got started making my piece.

Here is what I made.


I did a double needle right angle weave stitch with size 6 mm (from my stash) and size 8 mm (in the kit) glass pearls as the base of my necklace and used the 4 mm purple AB bicones (in the kit) for the center embellishment. Then I added drops along the side of the necklace using size 4 mm glass pearls (from my stash) more of the 4 mm purple AB bicones and tear drop glass pearls (in the kit). The center embellishment drops are done with 4 mm glass pearls, 4 mm purple AB bicones, 4 x 8 mm purple AB rondells (in the kit) and light purple glass drops (in the kit). The seed beads used are size 11 antique gold.
The earrings are made using the Hubble Stitch with cream size 15 seed beads, size 11 antique gold seed beads, and size 10 purple seed beads with light amber glass drops (in the kit).

I hope you like what I have done and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Please leave a comment, because I love hearing what you have to say.

Thank you to Lisa for organizing and hosting this blog hop.

Now please go by and visit the other participants in this blog hop to see what beautiful creations they made using their Evening Elegance kits.


Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Jacqui Kipfer, Seven Oaks Jewellery

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

Saturday, November 28, 2015

CC7A's Last Blog Hop for 2015 November hosted by Christine Altmiller




Hi Y'all,

I apologize for being late with posting the final installment of CC7A's blog hop for 2015, but like most of you understand life gets in the way, please accept my apology . I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful and safe holiday. The month of November was hosted by Christine Altmiller she chose a very pretty picture of her Rose of Sharron tree on a beautiful clear day in late fall.


I am all about taking the colors of the picture and creating from there and this one was a challenge, because of the beautiful blue sky color and the dark dead flower pods and bare branches, but I think you will be pleased with what I put together for this final CC7A blog hop.


I had a string of Aquamarine gemstone chips that I had been hoarding, yes I said it hoarding, and thought that their color comes close to the color of the blue sky in Christine's photo. So I pulled out some aqua rondel crystals and got busy making another Bling bracelet. I do not normally like repeating a pattern over and over, but this one is so versatile, that it does not seem repetitious.


I saw the Pinnacle Lace necklace designed by Renee Kovesky in the December 2015 issue of Bead and Button and fell in love with the pattern. That I went straight to my stash and started pulling out all of the items listed on the material list.  This one is the second one I made and I knew I was going to use this one for this blog hop. The blues are darker that the photo but the bronze color is what I was going for the represent the Rose of Sharron tree.


I was gifted the Sediment Jasper beads by my friend Cynthia Wilson, because she know how much I love this stone. The mineral in this stone give it the blue color and the sediment looks like it is floating in water. I think this stone is a good representative of Christine's photo because it captures the blue of the sky and the browns of the Rose of Sharron tree.

Thank you to Alicia for bring us together to make up the CC7A and to Christine for the beautiful photo to inspire us all.

Thank you to you for stopping by and visiting my post. Please leave a comment I love hearing from y'all.

Now go by and see what the other's have created in this final CC7A for 2015.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Time To Stitch What's Your Bag? Reveal hosted by: Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller



Hi Y'all,

Welcome to mine and Christine's eight addition to A Time To Stitch.  This go around we decided to do beaded bags.  It could be any kind of bag as long as it has beads on it in some sort of fashion.

I had big plans to make more than one bag, but as usual I only got one bag done, and I finished it just in time for the reveal.

I also have a guest on my blog today, my friend Cynthia Wilson.  She does not have a blog, but she wanted to participate in the challenge. So I will show you Cynthia's bag first, then mine.


Cynthia calls this Dragon Warrior against Cancer. Cynthia found the dragon at Hobby Lobby and knew that she had to do a bead embroidery piece with the dragon. The dragon is copper tone metal with purple crystals in the wings and eye. She scattered other crystals and purple glass pearls around and swirled purple seed beads all around. the border around the motif is done with super duos and size 15 seed beads. Cynthia whip stitched around the edges of the purse with purple iris size 11 seed beads, and along the bottom of the purse Cynthia did a lace trim with the size 11 seed beads. The strap is done with super duos.

Now my purse.


I had glued the Glen Green/Larsonite Jasper and Citrine  cabs to a piece of bead backing and was waiting and waiting for the cabochons to speak to me. Finally they began to speak to me and I am pleased with how it turned out. I went to Hancock Fabrics and was looking for some material to make a purse to put the bead embroidered piece onto. I found some ultra suede but it was to flimsy. I saw some satin that I liked but not stiff enough. then I saw some canvas and it was perfect.
I cut a strip of the canvas and a strip of some white broad cloth for the lining. There it sat up until Thursday when I sewed the bag together and glued the motif to the flap and when it was dry I sewed it down as well.  I decided to do a diagonal design and put a glass pearl at the intersections. I had to open back up one side so I could get my needle and thread inside of the bag. As I was stitching the design on the bag I was thinking about what I was going to use for the strap. I knew I did not have time to bead one.  I remembered I had this rolo chain and it was long enough to make an across the body strap.


This bag is going to be my nieces Christmas present. She is in college and it is the perfect size to carry her cell phone, driver license, student ID and some money. (The citrine looks like it is fractured, well it is, but on the inside the outside of the cab is very smooth and not fractured, some people call the fractures on the inside of a transparent stone angel lights.)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment I love hearing from you.
Thank you Christine for being my partner in the on going A Time To Stitch challenges, you are the best.

Now please go by and visit the other participants in this challenge.

Therese  (you are here)

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artist September Challenge hosted by Cynthia Machata



Hi Y'all,

Wow another month has gone by already and it is time for the CC7A September challenge. This month it is being hosted by Cynthia Machata. The photo that Cynthia chose was of a lake where her family visits often. The photo was taken at sunset showing all the beautiful reds, golden yellow, and orange tones. Cynthia named her photo Indian Summer.

I made three pieces for this challenge. One I did with the color pallet in mind the other two just happen to go with the colors in the photo.

Here is my first piece.


I got this Swarovski bicone mix from Fire Mountain Gems and after it arrived in the mail I realized that it would go with the colors of Cynthia's photo.  I have been making these bracelets for a few months now they are very easy. The base is ladder stitch with size 4 cubes and then you embellish the top with either crystals, gemstone chips, or pearls and size 11 seed beads I like to use clear AB or silver lined clear.

Here is the second piece.


A bling bracelet done with 4 mm Swarovski crystal pearls.

Here is my third piece.


I have gotten into doing Lapidary work and I love it just as much as I do bead weaving.  Although I have a ways to go to be as good as those that I admire. This cab was made from a slab that I purchase on Rocks Of Ages Designs on facebook.

Here is what I did with the cab.


A simple wire wrap with square copper wire hanging form a copper viking stitched chain made by a friend of mine.

Thank you Cynthia for supplying such a beautiful inspiration photo. Thank you Alicia for bringing us all together. A big thank you to all of you that have came by to visit please leave a comment I love hearing from you.

Now please go by and see what my fellow CC7A members created for this month's challenge.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine 

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Creative Continuum of Seven Artists August Challenge hosted by Monique



Hi Yall,

I hope all of you have been enjoying your summer and are now settling in for the fall and winter.  I have been pretty much vacant from the blog since June.  My Mom and I drove, rather I drove and she rode, across the country from Montgomery, AL to Henderson, NV for a family reunion. The round trip was 4,398 miles. So as to not bore you with details and not to get off track of this blog post, we had a fabulous time lots of fun, laughter, and site seeing. Now on to my post.

August is Monique's month and she chose a wonderful picture for our inspiration.  Short recap on our monthly challenge. the CC7A was brought together by Alicia of All The Pretty Things blog. She asked six of her blogging friends ChristineCynthiaMoniqueSallyEmma, and myself if we would like to participate in a monthly challenge spanning seven months where each month one of us is the host. Of course we all said yes and thus the CC7A was created.

Here is Monique's inspiration photo Colorful Chaos:


St. John's Newfoundland. If one could not get some kind of inspiration from this photo, then a funeral is in order because one's muse has died.

Here is what I beaded for this challenge:


I enjoy doing the patterns by Debi Roberti from  Around The Bead Table. This Brocade bracelet is just one of the two styles that come with the tutorial I am currently working on the second one, which is in turquoise and bronze.


 My co-worker Wanda gave me Kelly Dale's book Beading with Montee's.  When I showed her a bracelet and earrings that I had made from the book, which I intended to give to her, she exclaimed "Oh can you make me a set in orange and blue?" so I did. After I made the set I realized these were two of the colors in the challenge. If you are wondering why she requested orange and blue, well we live in Alabama and in Alabama this time of year there is only two things that mater the University of Alabama football and Auburn University football. I am a Bama Girl (Roll Tide), so it was a little difficult to work with these colors, but I put on my big girl panties on and beaded on through it. LOL!!!!


Last but not least, Super Duo Knit Herringbone Bracelet Potomac Bead Company the link is to the You Tube for the video tutorial for the bracelet.  I had placed an order for some beads from Beads To Weave on Etsy, and when they arrived I realized (yes again I realized) that the Southwestern raku mix was a perfect mix for this month's challenge. Oh and by the way this bracelet feels so good on the skin it is so flexible and very comfortable to wear.

Thank you Monique for the fabulously colorful picture and for hosting this month's CC7A challenge.
Thank you to Alicia for bringing us all together and thank you to all of you that stop by to read my blog please leave a comment I love hearing from you.

Now please go and visit the others to see what wonderful colorful creations they made for this month's challenge.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Creative Continuum of Seven Artist - June - Soft Summer Hues - Sally Russick



Hi Y'all,

Welcome to the June reveal of Creative Continuum of Seven Artist blog hop.  June is Sally Russick's month and she chose a soft color pallet for us to create with.

If you are not familiar with the CC7A group, let me fill you in.  Last year Alicia of All the Pretty Things blog asked six others if we wanted to be a part of a group that chooses themes to create by and each of us will be given a month to host the challenge.  Last year it was based on a title or event of our choice and a bead soup for us to create with. This year it is based on a color pallet from a photo we chose.  It could be a photo we took ourselves or one someone else took.

Sally took this photo of garlic plants and pulled out the soft hues of green, mauve, bluish gray, gray, and off white.  I chose all but the bluish gray to work with in my piece.

Here is the bracelet I made using the green, mauve, gray, and off white colors.


I am a member of the Facebook group Seedbeadersters and this three drop peyote bracelet pattern was this month's challenge. If you want to try this pattern you can find it at Fusion Beads the pattern's name is Mocha Swirl.  Sally's color pallet was perfect for this bracelet. Don't you just love those colors together? I used Miyuki  Delica seed beads:  eggshell, matte rainbow finish gray, a shimmering chartreuse green, and matte mauve. I chose a summer maiden button for the closure.

Thank you Sally for the beautiful soft color pallet. Thank you to all of you that stopped by to take a look at what I created this month. Please leave a comment I love hearing from you and then go by and visit the others in the CC7A group to see what they created with Sally's color pallet.

We are skipping July because too many of us will be vacationing in July, also one of our members had to take a leave of absence from our group for a little while.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine

Happy beading Y'all,
Therese

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Time To Stitch Eight - What's Your Bag Sign Up




This is a reminder that Saturday June 27th is the last day to sign up for ATTS 8 What's Your Bag? challenge.  You can sign up here or here (my original post) or on Christine's blog. So come on and sign up and in November reveal your bag!

Happy beading Y'all,
Therese