Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Long Awaited Introduction To My Swap 'n Hop Partner, Rachel!

I got the most cheerful partner- her name is Rachel, and she is AWESOME. ^_^

You can see some awesome stuff on her website- by clicking HERE. I've picked out a few of my favorites of her handmade jewelry from her shop... here they are:
 This is, "Old World Cuff."
This is, "Last Midnight Necklace."
These are, "Moonlight Earrings."

Poor Rachel must think I'm such a flake- even though I got her beads to her on time- my communication skills have been seriously lacking!!! Life has been throwing some serious hardballs, (don't ask- I don't want to be a "negative Nancy.") I really hope that Rachel forgives me for being such a poor communicator. Sorry Rachel!

With that being said, Rachel and I have had some wonderful talks on the phone and via email... this is what I've learned about her:

- copper is a new favorite material
- she likes to ski but not snowboard
- she's the oldest of her four siblings, (just like me)
- she's been making jewelry for about 10 years
- art major with a minor in metals, major in sculpture or ceramics
- she took part in a massive pillow fight in New York
- likes some video games like the Sims (I also really like the Sims)
- lives in Georgia, the peach state
- she's addicted to Netflix

^_^ And that, folks, is my intro to my Swap 'n Hop partner!

Have a beautiful day!
~Andrea of ZenithJade Creations

--> photos by Rachel!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap 'n Hop Delivery of Goodies, to & from

This is what I sent my partner, Rachel M:

First, I ordered some goodies from Donna Millard- she's a marvelous lampwork glass artist- you can see more of her work in her Etsy shop here! I specifically had these sent directly to Rachel as I wasn't sure I could have them shipped to me and then me ship to her on time! ^_^

Here is an up-close view of the focal with a few of the coordinating beads:
Donna also graciously let me use her pictures, as I never had these in my hands to photograph! Trust me on this though, (as I've bought from her in the past), these are EVEN MORE AWESOME in person!!!

Here's an overview photo of the bird sets Donna offers:
I chose the middle set. I wanted to send Rachel beads in a blue and purple palette, and those were a perfect blend of the two. JUST GORGEOUS.

So, with this set, I covered the two out of three bases- a focal (the birdie!) and coordinating beads. ^_^

I couldn't stop there, though!!!

I also sent a wealth of matching artisan beads and a copper clasp- handmade by Jami Shipp! It was tough to part with beads from my stash, but I thought that Rachel would appreciate the beads I could send to buff up her artisan beads collection! *grins*

These are galaxy wrapped glass cubes on handmade earwires made by Shelley Grahm Turner of Tori Sophia Designs.

A lovely handcrafted lampworked bead by Marcia Seever of Shazazz Glass.

Here's the whole lot of extra beads (and the copper clasp) I sent Rachel. :) I also sent two strands of freshwater pearls, (I ADORE pearls!), and a couple of rainbow calsilica beads, (that had purple in them). I do love art beads! And one of the joys in getting them is sharing them! ^_^


And now on to the beads that Rachel sent me!!!

Ok, Rachel sent me a whole box of cool stuff. The leather here is HIDING some of those lovely little organza bags. I do not think I thought to put Rachel's goodies into cute little organza bags. :( My bad! That would have been really clever!

So, I think I said that I ADORE freshwater pearls... Rachel made me a lovely focal piece using freshwater pearls and sticks and a crystal + copper wire, (one of my fav materials to work with). ^_^ It is on the small side (for me) but still awesome. Wootz! But that is NOT ALL.

LOOK AT ALL THOSE LITTLE BAGGIES. Holy monkies!!! There are predominately green beads in there, (one of my favorite colors!). There are some mystery beads with white stripes, some African? trade beads, some ceramic beads sharing the same baggie as kyanite, magnesite beads, a little bag of mixed beads including faceted tigereye, aventurine beads in different shapes, yellow turquoise, (which is a blend of jaspers, I think), a bunch of really rad metal bits!, Czech glass, a bag of mixed freshwater pearls, and a really cool copper clasp. O.O

Also! She included some art beads, (I am thinking I might have to send Rachel some more beads)-
some enameled stick components by Numinosity Beads... here they are:


I love and adore all the neat new things I have to play with for the Bead Peeps Swap 'n Hop Challenge... Rachel, you totally spoiled me! Thank you so much!!!

*mad love from Wisconsin*

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap 'N Hop Informercial ;)

1. Why or how did you get started making jewelry?
2. What style(s) of jewelry do you like to make?
3. What materials do you prefer to use (and which ones do you avoid)?
4. What techniques do you prefer (and are there any you don't like)?
5. What colors do you use most, and which do you run screaming from?

1. I started making jewelry in 1999, sooner if you counted the macaroni and beaded necklaces I made for my Mom when I was a youngin'. I first began making jewelry because Brazil inspired me to do so- they have some of the most incredible wirework known to man down there. It is amazing. I was an exchange student back in 1998-1999. :) I didn't even wait to get back before trying some wirework of my own!!! LOL. INSPIRED.

2. I love to make classic beaded jewelry with lots of freshwater pearls! My favorite material to work with are FW pearls. And art beads! I LOVE ART BEADS! *drools*

3. I love everything, pretty much, except for cheaper plastics. :)

4. I *JUST* got into metal stamping, so that's probably out for now as a medium as I'm just too new. I don't enamel or do anything with a torch. I don't have a cat-free and safe place to play with fire! I also don't have a kiln. Boo! With all that being said, I do love beading and wirework, and some loom-work and stitching. (Although not too much of both the latter). I also work with polymer clay!

5. I like jewel-type colors the best, but will try anything. Really. Just don't send me something you wouldn't use yourself! I also collect: cat anything, Hello Kitty or peacock stuff. Love all of that.