Sunday, 30 December 2012

All you need is love....

With the New Year right around the corner it is time for those resolutions.  I have been thinking for some time what resolutions I plan on making and the inevitable loose weight, pay off the bills, get more exercise rose quickly to the top; but I don't think I will make those resolutions, I think I'll just do them. My resolution this year is to love more and to express it openly...I will let my family know that I love them, I will let my friends know that I love them and I will give love and be kinder to mankind but most of all; I will love myself.

To go along with this sentiment I made a "love" necklace.  I had purchased the focal beads from Sharon Driscoll some time ago and now seemed such an appropriate time to use them. I love the fresh colors and the happy feeling this necklace evokes. Along with Sharon's beads I used seed beads, fire polished round crystals and pearls.

Happy New Year to all my friends and may it be filled with Love....

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas to all

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The gifts are wrapped, the baking is done, the stockings are hung.....and now to wait!!
From my tree to you...Merry Christmas!

We have what we call "Bling Day" at work on December 21st, so of course not to be outdone, I made myself a little bling. It went very well with my tiara, sequin top and rhinestone shoes.  A very fun day and it certainly put everyone in a holiday mood.

Bling it On
Here is to a great 2013 and lots of blogging...........

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Happy Holidays, Happy Holidays.....

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2 has finally arrived!

I was oh so fortunate to be partnered with the lovely, talented and generous Sonja Stille. I knew immediately that we were alike and that I would have no problems designing something for the lovely Sonja to wear. Sonja is leaving on a cruise in December and I thought this would be a great addition to her evening wear. Sonja told me she wore a lot of black so I kept that in mind. Sonja and her husband are remarkable people because they are very involved in kids with cancer and host Hunt for a Cure. Keep up the great work Sonja and I truly hope you enjoy wearing your gift on the cruise.

I made Sonja a bracelet and matching earrings in shade of charcoal grey and silver. The bracelet is made using a right angle weave stitch and embellishing over it with seed beads and smaller pearls. The earrings were made using the Enchanted Rivoli Earrings pattern by Csilla Csirmaz. I had just participated in the 7th Beading Babes Project and this was one of the challenges we were given. I loved the pattern so much I had to make a pair for Sonja. I used a 8 mm pearls instead of a rivoli in the center and did minor adaptations and viola a beautiful pair of elegant earrings to go with the bracelet.

Again did I mention how lucky I was to be partnered with Sonja. She knew just what to make me and I absolutely love the set. She was worried I wouldn't like it.....silly girl, how could I not. Sonja made me a complete set and I have received so many compliments...yes I couldn't wait for Christmas I opened my gift and I wore it. The set is made of copper links and enameled focal beads. I will let Sonja elaborate on what she used when you visit her blog. This is what Sonja made for me.

Thank you, thank you Sonja, I love it and thank you Shelley and Marlene for being such generous hosts.

And now please join me in the hop and see what everyone else made:

Shirley Moore
Lori Bowring Michaud
Catherine King
Dyanne Cantrell 
Sonya Stille
Elaine Ray
Gina Hockett
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Debbie Rasmussen
Renetha Stanziano
Ginger Bishop
Miranda Ackerley
Sandra McGriff
Tammie Everly
Alicia Marinache
Melinda Abrahamson
Rita/ Toltec Jewels
Chandra Merod
Mary Govaars
Kelley Fogel
Tiffany Goff Smith
Heather Rats Otto
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner

Friday, 14 December 2012

Happy Anniversary to me....

A whole year has passed since I started blogging and wow it's been an incredible journey. A journey that has introduced me to lots of new friends and has pushed me to be and believe that I am an artist. When I look back at my posts they bring back found memories and each and every one means as much to me today as the day of the original post. I can see how I have grown in my creativity and I have all of you to thank. It doesn't seem like a year has passed, it has gone by so quickly. I am excited to start another year of blogging and another year of designing beautiful things. I realized this past year that I love doing blog hops and look forward to more in the new year. I am excited about Lori's hops - Memories and Thanks and the 7th Bead Soup Blog Hop. I am also participating in the Sci Fi Blog Hop coming in January. And Saturday is reveal day for the Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2. I love it and can't wait for more. In honor of my 1st anniversary I made something special. When I started this piece I was thinking of the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop and made this for my mom. I know she would love it but I know she would want me to celebrate my anniversary with it. My mom was "my mom" and I know she is looking down on me and proud of what I am doing.

Thank you to all my blog friends, thank you for reading my posts and lifting me up with all your positive comments. I hope that I inspire some of you as you have inspired me. Here's to another year!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Beading Babes Reveal day has finallly arrived....

Reveal days are always so exciting for me, the preparation, the anticipation, the excitement, the wonder and then the day. I loved each and every project, so much so I made double's on some.  Being part of Beading Babes is wonderful and pushes my creativity. I generally buy the magazines Bead and Button and Bead Works and as I flip through I plan on this project and that project but I have to be honest, until I joined Beading Babes I rarely made anything from a pattern. I have found I really enjoy following a pattern and have learned valuable techniques that I can now incorporate into my own designs. Thanks to Karen for being such a great hostess. Can't wait for project 8.

Now for my reveals......

Enchanted Rivoli Earrings pattern by Csilla Csirmaz
I love these earrings and have received rave reviews for the ones I made myself. They are so elegant and yes enchanting and I have made several pairs. I didn't use the called for size 9s but I think they turned out gorgeous.

Gothic Butterfly bracelet pattern by Mikki Ferrugiaro

This was my favorite project, the best bracelet I have ever made. I love the fit, the feel and the design.

I loved this design so much I had to incorporate it into a necklace.....

 And of course earrings to go with it....

 Scalloped Pearl bracelet pattern by Angelle Procopio

A cute bracelet and so different from the above.  Scalloped Pearls was really fun to make and an easy pattern to follow. I had to have earrings to go with this one as well.

Roller Beads necklace pattern by Cathy Lampole
Last but not least the Roller Bead necklace. The roller beads were really fun to make and I can see making lots more and incorporating them in other pieces of jewelery or just switching the necklace up.

Thanks again Karen, hope everyone enjoys!!!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Can you believe its December already.....

This year has just flown by, I cannot believe we are so close to Christmas. The year has been a busy one, both my daughters moved out and although it was time, it was very bitter sweet. I am happy for them and they are flourishing in their independence. We have become good friends and as much as I thought I wouldn't see them, the opposite has proved true. I don't see them every day but when I do it's awesome.  My husband and I have rekindled a very romantic relationship and relish spending time with each other. I also have an awesome relationship with two sisters and a brother and we have discovered a cousin we never knew we had and she lives in Australia! Who knew! My two fur babies provide me joy and constant companionship. I am truly blessed....AND in just 12 short days it is my one year blog anniversary.  Blogging has been so much fun and have met so many wonderful friends. I love curling up with my i Pad and reading through all those I follow - it's like visiting with friends.

I have been busy busy, but I can't show off anything just yet...reveal dates are coming. I did finish a fun little project. I just love the feel of the bracelet on and the bubble beads just make a person happy.

Happy Blogging!!