Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Busy as a Bee

I thought I'd share a few images of things I've been working on. The first is my messenger bag. It's really big. I had no idea it would be so big! Why do people like big bags? Everyone loved it at class and wanted to make their own. Even my Mom loves it and wants me to make her one. You know, it does have one very nice feature: I can put all my sewing gear into it and haul it off to class. That's kindof neat...And come Fall, I can put all my bead class goodies in it and haul them off to class....And you know, it kindof looks good sitting next to the front door asking "Where will you take me next?"..... I think I'm starting to like this big bag.....How'd that happen?! :)~ PS The exterior fabric is honeybees on a honeycomb and the interior is just the honeycomb.

I've been working on some bead things. I can't put the full images up yet until the recipients receive these little lovelies (because they might see them on my site!). So here's a close up image with full ones to come soon!

Meanwhile, I've been working on Melanie's cab project. I know exactly what I want to do. But the big thing is getting it to work. I must make the "Function" before I can make the "Form". (Form Follows Function). Before I can begin my weaving, I had to design the prototype, which is what I have been doing when not posting on Beadweaver. I can't show you the prototype, because it would give away the surprise! (I'm saving the finished piece in it's full form for the very end). I hope to start weaving once I've transferred the keep staying tuned! Shown right are the two fabrics I've chosen for the project - a blue suede and a lovely little art nouveau iris design...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Bead It Forward

Jeanette Shanigan is putting together a beaded quilt and is asking the beading community to bead a small 1.5" x 1.5" square to contribute to the quilt. The theme is "Metamorphosed like the Butterfly" and the beaded square should represent the butterfly theme. Sounds beautiful, doesn't it?! I've included a link to the pdf "rules" and the squares must be received no later than April of 2007. I'm also including the project under "Support Beaders" at left, in case you need to click back here in the future. The quilt will be auctioned off at the annual "Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer" fundraising event.
I think it's a great idea and hope everyone who reads this will contribute too!!!
PS If you have a blog, please create a link to the event - let's get as many beaders involved in this as we can, not only is it a great cause, but I can't wait to see the finished piece!!!!
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Friday, May 26, 2006

The Lone Beader

I've discovered another great blog of a great beading artist: The Lone Beader. Her work encompasses bead embroidery and includes beadwork interspersed on oil paintings. Currently she's working on an owl "painting" which I think is going to be just gorgeous when she's done. My favorite is her "Rudy's Dream"; the red chair is a wonderful backdrop for the little dog and she's done a great job of shading and texturizing. I think it's outstanding. She is also featured in this month's Beadwork magazine: "What Our Reader's Did". Be sure to check out her blog by clicking on the title above. I think you'll find her work very inspirational!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Create Your Own Linked Tabs

Bravenet News just delivered a nifty newsletter which includes step by step instructions for creating clickable tabs with HTML. You'll need Photoshop to create your tabs....but the possibilities are endless. The Bravenet team also includes the CSS rules for proper spacing and placement on your site. If you're new to blogging, check it out. You can add tabs to your site or buttons - or beads - or even your own decide! What a great way to make your site look both professional and personal. Click on the title above to get to the step by step instructions. If you create tabs and upload them on your site, will you send me a link? I'd love to see what you do! Have fun!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Lowell Herrero's Art Prints

I love Lowell Herrero and I thought I'd share his website with you. You may have seen his cards at Long's....which is where I first found his depiction of a group of ladies enjoying a day at the beach: "Beach Vacation". My favorite series is his "Seaside Characters" which I've included a link to in the title above. His rendering of large women is so wonderful and a great reminder that beauty comes in all sizes. Enjoy!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Vintage Styles in Vogue

While on vacation, I came across a great little "find" of vintage patterns from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Here I've shown a few from the late 50's & early 60's. I love old patterns and modifying them to bring them up "to date" or not - just keeping them in their intended style. These little dresses are great for our hot summers and I'm having a hard time deciding which one to make first. Perhaps one with pockets so I can embellish it with beads.....

You can purchase old vintage patterns online - lots of sellers out there - a quick search on Google will bring you pages of sites to look at. Another great place to find them are thrift shops and estate sales. I've included a link in the title above to the McCall's/Vogue/Butterick site where out-of-print patterns can be found. Ric-rac used to be a favorite embellishment - what could be a more perfect 'update' than beads and crystals?! Besides, it's always fun to add a little glamour to a summer wardrobe. Have fun with the links! PS If you'd like a close-up of the image or a pattern number, send me a note.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Another Beautiful Day...

"Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses."
John Weitz
American Designer

I'm back from vacation and it was gorgeous! Good news: All three bracelets pictured in my May 10th snippet sold & Sherril is inspired to create more.....Diane Keaton has a bigger heart than I ever knew (and so much style to go with it!).... Yes, Angels and Demons is a better book than the Da Vinci Code - Wanna know how to get a book to #1 on the NYT Best Seller list? Boycott it. Same with the film....The best place for fried oysters on the west coast is the Gulfstream....Our count is up to three rattlesnakes in as many weeks....Summer is quickly moving in as we go from record lows to record highs (and there's no such thing as global warming?)....I trailed a Ford Valdez the other day with a sticker plastered in the middle of the rear window which read "I voted for Bush".... I didn't get any beadwork done on my vacation but I did do a little sewing. I didn't know it but BIG purses are BIG; will this trend come north? I hope not, I have a hard enough time finding my keys.... I'm very happy President Logan didn't get away with doing in Aaron. Countdown: 5 days, 9 hours, and 20 minutes....

Have a great day and stay tuned for some yummy sights I found while out surfing.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Alma Stoller's Paint on Fabric

You probably are wondering why I am so intrigued with fabric. Well, I'm taking a sewing class. Actually 3 sewing classes. Anyhoo, so I'm always on the lookout for pretty and unique fabrics. I found Alma Stoller's blog today and she discusses how to paint fabric. She lists the materials and supplies and provides step by step photos for the process. It reminds me somewhat of batiking, although her process is a little simpler. Check it out by clicking on the title above. And once you're there, be sure to scroll down and check out her gorgeous little beaded fabric bead necklace - how did she do it?!! It's yummy! Ohhhhh, I found more beads on her website!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Shop Etsy by Color

I was over at the Etsy shops earlier today. You know, I think it's the greatest thing to hit the internet. I can't wait until I'm done with a project that I've been working on and I can set up a shop of my own!!! Anyway, what I wanted to write about is this really funky feature of Etsy. They have a page where you can choose a color from a color "chart" (well, it's not really a chart but it's a really coooooool color picker) and then it will show you items that have that color range. As if that wouldn't be enough, you can then throw it out (literally toss the item off the page!) and look at the next item. Each item comes up with it's own little "sales tag" which allows you to click directly on the item and go from there. You can also reload the color "chart" to start over (click on "clean up" at the top of the screen). Check it out by clicking on the title above.

Some shops that I want to mention too, that have way cool things, are MaryMo's Handbags and Bonnie heart Clyde's t-shirts. These links came to me from Hello Indie's ezine. And don't forget to check out Janet's new Etsy shop Firefly Lampwork Beads! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Storm Rising Designs

Camilla has redone her website and taken new photos of her beautiful jewelry pieces. She's also offering a "Create Your Own Sale" - a 15% discount on purchases of $15 or more. What could be more perfect for Mother's Day? Take a look at her newest gems by clicking on the title above. And don't forget to check out her blog which is listed at left under "Beader's Blogs". Enjoy!