Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New beads are up on etsy now

These are the sets that I had intended to list before our vacation... now they are finally up on etsy.

I wanted to make more of the turquoise ones tonight but *horror* ther was only one rod of turquoise left so I will have to order more...I am off to spend some money online with one of my favorite glass dealers ;-)

Easter holidays in Belgium

We have spent a few days on the belgian coast over the easter holidays.
The weather was awesome, almost summer.
We could sit on the beach and swim in the ocean...it was warmer these days than sometimes during summer.

I love sitting on the beach and watching the sailboats...

Today I have to spend my time doing household chores but tonight I am going to light the torch and make some beads and also list some new sets on etsy that were ready before we went away but I did not get to list, beacuse I was to busy packing and pondering what clothes to pack and what books to take to read on the beach... ;-)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

7000 bracelets of hope

The rules of the hop -- make a bracelet in an adult size in blue. The bracelets will be sent to The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group for children's rare disease awareness. The Global Genes Project then sends the bracelets to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support.

My contribution is a romantic bracelet, made of my own lampwork,of course ;-)
periwinkle blue with white polkadots except for one bead with a rose and leaves.
Please take a look at the contribution of all these wonderful artists and designers:

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

2. Jayne Capps,
Mama's Got To Doodle

3. Kym Hunter,
Creatively Kym

4. Mandy Duffy,
Beads for Brains: 365

5. Charlene Sevier,
The Bead Dreamer

6. Lisa Boucher,
Lisa's Clay Happenings

7. Mary Harding,
Mary Harding Jewelry

8. Barbara Lewis,
Painting With Fire
9. Amy Severino,
Amy's Beads
10. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11. Jenny Cameron,
Glass Addictions
12. Susan Ferguson,
Windrock Studio
13. Mortira vanPelt,
Inspirational Beading
14. Brandi Hussey,
Brandi Girl
15. Jenny Vidberg,
Shyme Design
16. Angela Barribou,
Re: Angela Rae
17. Stefanie Teufel,
Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18. Sue Hodgkinson,
Hello Gorgeous
19. Jean Yates,
Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20. Nicki Keller,
Nicki's Reef

21. JJ Jacobs,
Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry,
Star Hitched Wagon
23. Carrie Tahquechi,
Carrie T
24. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
26. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
28. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
30. Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs

31. Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
33. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
34. Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde
35. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
36. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
37. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
38. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
39. CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations
40. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

41. Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
42. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
43. Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
45. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio
46. Lisa Kavanaugh,
Beading Bliss
47. Sue Kennedy,
Sue Beads
48. Raquel Amaral,
Raquel Amaral
49. Robyn Hawk,
Daily Jewel
50. Linda Inhelder,
Must-Haves Jewelry

52. Krista French,
French Elegant Jewelry
53. Andrea Robinson,
Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54. John Rasmussen,
Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55. Breana Fry,
Vault 31
56. Erin Prais-Hintz,
Treasures Found
57. Cyndi Lavin,
Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen,
Speedie Beadie
59. Hope Smitherman,
Crafty Hope
60. Heather Pyle,

61. Adrienne Campbell,
Adrienne Designs
62. Dee Gordon,
Runako Designs
63. Judy Glende,
Judith B. Designs
64. Susie Hibdon,
Vintage Susie & Wings
65. Tania Spivey,
Moobie Grace Designs
66. Norma Agron,
Norma's Clay
67. Ana Novak,
Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68. Johanna Rhodes,
Fire Phoenix Creations
69. Raida Disbrow,
Havana Beads
70. Christa Murphy,
Adventures of One Beady Woman

71. Holly Westfall,
Silver Rose Designs
72. Catherine Pruitt,
Boo Beads
73. Deana Hager,
Just Deez' Art & Life
74. Lupe Meter,
Gem's PC Corner
75. Valerie Norton,
Hot Fused Glass
76. Janet Bocciardi,
Honey From the Bee
77. Kitty Durmaj,
Perles and Life
78. Rose Noble,
Lady Noble Design
79. Sally Russick,
80. Margot Potter,
The Impatient Crafter

81. KJ,
KJ's Beadacious Beads
82. Lana Kinney,
Something Unique by Lana
83. Melissa Meman,
Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love
84. Karen Bien,
Everyday Gypsy
85. Rebecca Anderson,
86. Cyn Gagen,
Creative Edventures
87. Niky Sayer,
Silver Nik Nats
88. Deb Beechy,
89. Marian Hertzog,
M's Place
90. Kerry Bogert,
Kab's Creative Concepts

91. Judy Riley,
Three Red Beads
92. Charlene Gray,
Gray Girl Studio
93. Erin Fickert-Rowland,
Elysian Fields
94. Sharon Palac,
Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95. Maryse Thillens,
Glass Bead Art
96. Christine Altmiller,
One Kiss Creations
97. Eileen Bergen,
The Artful Crafter
98. Bobbie Rafferty,
Beadsong Jewelry
99. Rebekah Payne,
Tree Wings Studio
100. Mari Aparicio,
Mis Amores

101. Tracy Statler,
Make Bracelets
102. Marcy Lamberson,
Studio Marcy
103. Kim Stevens,
Picking Poppies
104. Karyn White,
Releases by Rufydoof
105. Elisabeth Auld,
Beads for Busy Gals
106. Lisa Hamilton,
Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107. Serena Trent,
All Things Made Jewelry
108. Sharon Driscoll,
Right Turn Artwerks
109. Debbie La Rue,
For the Love of Beading
110. Maggie Towne,
Maggie's Bead Towne

111. Cassandra Watsham,
Designs by Cassandra
112. Mary Ellen Parker,
BeeTree by m.e.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The German Bead Babes challenge....Reveal Day

Here finally my contribution to the german bead babes challenge ( due for the 9th but I could not access blogger for the whole weekend) Blissed out by your favorite song. I admit to having had some difficulties chosing the right song. My favorite these days is Rolling in the deep from Adele, I could listen to it all day...but then I decided to go with an oldtime favorite piece that I love since i was a little girl: the Ave Maria from Gounod. The center piece is a handcast replica from an antique Medaillon of the Virgin Mary. I added a few of my own lampwork beads in my favorite colors: dark ivory and turquoise. The rose beads are vintage bone beads nad there is some turqoise stone as well as some beautiful purple jasper. the chain is sterling silver. And here are the other girls:
The Bead Babes:

1. Janna Harttgen - Palimpa-Lim

2. Stefanie Teufel - Stefanies Sammelsurium

3. Nicole Keller - Nickis Reef

4. Berit Borchardt - Berit Borchardt

5. Rebecca Anderson - Songbeads

6. Maryse Thillens - Glassbeadart Lampwork

7. Krista French - French Elegant Jewelry

8. Linda Djokic - Lutka and Co

9. Karola Stein - Karolas Fundstuecke

10. Doris Radlicki - Doralila Beads

11. Jenn Judd - Jen Judd Rocks

12. Saskia Kaffenberger - Perlendistel

Friday, April 8, 2011

Finally! New sparkling rocks and soon even wishing stones!

I am so happy!!! :-)))

Finally I can go back to making my sparling rocks and I will try some new wishing stones this weekend!

You may remember that I wrote about my frustration with the silver leaf not working any more for making this longtime favorites ... after trying a few brands of silver leaf I gave up and ordered a book of pure silver foil. It is much sturdier, no need to stop breathing while working with it and the beads get even much more sparkly...just look at the wonderful sparkle compared next to the vintage rhinestone brooch in the picture.

Unfortunately, there is also a downside to this, it is much more expensive than regular pure silver leaf and that means I will have to rise the price tag on these, so from now on the new, more sparklier ;-) rocks will cost 2$ per piece for the approx.10x10mm rocks.

For the wishing stones, I will have to see, but they will increase in price too.

These 4 sets will go up on etsy tonight.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New beads...with my well-treasured Z99 enamel

Yesterday I mustered all my courage and opened the last large jar of Z99 enamel from Zimmermann, the legendary pink-purple color that is no longer made. To give it room in all its beauty I used it on simple single coloured beads where it can develop all its glorious hues.

I made sets each in turquoise, pink, green and yellow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

And the winner is...

Stefanie !
please write me your adress and also what colours you would prefer.

I had been away for several days for a reeducation therapy for my knee and despite the promises there was no internet access available.
While I was away a wonderful package full of marvelous beads from Lori arrived...I can't wait to get started working with them.