Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bead Peeps Swap & Hop: The Reveal

My lovely partner is Dita Basu. You can visit *her* blog by clicking here. She sent me an amazing batch of goodies which you can see right below, which I also blogged about here... :::

I have this incredible idea for a set using some of the freshwater pearls and the geode slice by mixing them with some beads from my stash- here's my idea:

The geode slice reminds me of one I got in Brazil! :) I had one a little rounder with a crystal in the center JUST LIKE this one. I wore it out I wore it so much. Now I have a new one thanks to Dita!

I will post what I made from that stash of beads in a minute- first I want to show what I made FIRST.

Here's a picture of it overall:

Dita sent me the amazing ceramic pendant and the round accent beads from an artist UNKNOWN. If that's YOU, please let me know so I can give you credit! Thanks! The other beads are a mixture of blue goldstone, ivory freshwater pearls, Czech glass, and vintage cathedral beads, (I think they're vintage anyway!), with simple square spacers with silvertone clasp and findings.

The pendant is a Kokopelli and this is what wikipedia has to say about it: "Kokopelli, also known as "the Hatchet Man" or "Hatchetman", is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music."

Here's the necklace and earring set I made using the purple bits above:

And here's a picture of it overall:

As you can see, I switched out the purple freshwater pearls to different purple freshwater pearls. :) I also completely forgot to add in the white diamond pearls. Woops! But I think it turned out pretty awesome the way it did, don't you think??? It uses purple crystals, (a lot of those!), and a lighter purple freshwater pearl, crystal encrusted rondelles, little round amethysts, and some larger faceted amethyst ovals, along with that gorgeous geode slice with that amethyst point electroformed in. Woo! (I'm already wearing it, I love it so much).

Next up is a pretty cool off-center necklace I made using the magnesite beads Dita sent me. I brainstormed with my pal, Kerri, on the beads to use for this necklace. Here are the basic beads I was planning on using:

Two different types of freshwater pearls, some electroplated hematite flowers (tiny!), the magnesite, and a magnesite butterfly...

This is what ending up happening:

It is an off-center butterfly necklace! Here is what it looks like, overall:

I love it! I am a *very* symmetrical person, so this really challenged my comfort zone! Here's another piece that challenged my comfort:

I received that stunning pendant in the Art Charm Exchange in 2014. You can read more about that here. :) The artist is Cate van Alphen- her blog is right here. The turquoise chips are from my partner, Dita. I paired them with vintage Czech cubes, freshwater pearls, gold beads and gold findings. Here's an overall view of the necklace and earring set:

This necklace strayed from my comfort zone because I would never have thought to pair orange with turquoise- but it really worked! :) Very, very happy with how this one turned out.

HOSTESS: Linda Anderson
Natalie Davidson
Marcy Lamberson
Kathy Lindemer
YOU ARE HERE: Andrea Glick
Kristina Peck
Shai Williams
Catherine La Vite
Christina Hickman
gloria allen
Teresa Schurter
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Susan Kelly
Jenny Kyrlach
Michelle McCarthy
Terry Jeanette Carter
Lee Koopman
Laurie Vyselaar
Marianne Baxter
Divya N
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Johana Nunez
Kari Asbury
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Robin Lynne Showstack
Rosantia Petkova
Claire Fabian
Inge von Roos
Rachel Mallis
Sam Waghron
Lori Schneider
Fay Wolfenden
Suse Stelljes
Ginger Bishop
Nelly May
Rebecca White
sheila Prosterman
Catherine King
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)
Krafty Max
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Katy Heider
Deborah Apodaca
Heather Richter
Tami Norris
Brandy Scozzari
Catherine King
Kathleen Breeding
Veralynne Malone
Bobbie Rafferty
Lori Blanchard

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy Mail Art 2016

So in 2015, I did the Happy Mail Art Project. Anyone remember? :) I am thinking I'd like to do it again! Here are some examples from 2015 of the art I made, (some of it is stamp art, and some is hand drawn & colored):

 I did NOT keep everyone's addresses. So if you want Happy Mail again, please send me a message with your address. Please do not post your address on this thread, as I am posting publicly. Thank you! Feel free to nominate your friends for Happy Mail, (send me their address instead of yours!).
Last time I did this, I mailed over 40 pieces of art world-wide!! If you'd like to help with covering shipping, please let me know! (International mail costs a little over a dollar to ship an envelope and US costs $.49- it adds up pretty fast). But don't fret if you can't help- it just may take me a little longer to mail out all the art! *mad love*

Thank you for participating in this year's Happy Mail Art Project! Woo!

YOU CAN SEND ALONG YOUR INFO BY CLICKING HERE, (it leads to my facebook page where you'll be able to message me privately). Thanks!