Monday, December 25, 2006

Ornaments: And the winner is......

NPR sponsored a craft contest for ornaments inspired by the news of 2006. To see what people really think of what's going on in the world, click on the title above. To read more about the contest details, click HERE. I know some of you are surfing the web on Christmas day.... :)!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Beautiful Free Form Necklaces

free form peyoteFrany has recently completed these gorgeous necklaces and has allowed me to share them with you!!!! Aren't they beautiful? I love the mixture of the carnelian chips with the pendant in the autumn hued necklace (my favorite color is orange!) and the green piece is also gorgeous with it's drop fringe and dichroic centerpiece.

free form peyoteAbsolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing Frany!!!!

(PS - to see more of her beautiful work, click on the title above!)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More Great Links

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been very busy and with it being the holidays.....I don't want to take an official time out though because I can always find something to share! So, for this week, I thought I'd share some new links to bead artists. They are a mix, as usual, from all over the world and a few were shared by Louise Hill. I hope your holiday preparations are going well!

bead embroideryDenise Perrault
Marcia deCoster
Anna van Blerkom
Melanie Potter
Holle Randy
Suske de Kloe
David Small Beadwork
Elises Parlatelje
Kim Anderson
Jan Mancey
Betsy Youngquist
Andi Stern
Sandra Miller
Villi Helmi
Linda Ahuna
Beadworkers Guild
Huib Petersen

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Fire Jewels

Louise Hill of Louise Hill Designs shared with me this interesting new product. It's a Swarovski crystal illuminated by an LED and run via a battery pack in the clasp. The original design entailed using guitar wires to transfer the current from the battery to the crystal. Have you seen one? The product is not a product of Swarovski, but is a product of FireJewels, an independant manufacturer who uses Swarovski components in its designs. To read more about these crystals, click on the title above and you'll be redirected to the manufacturer's home site.