Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Akiko Ishida

Akiko Ishida is a Master Weaver who works with seed beads. She creates luxurious beaded bags using the loom method. To view her work, click on the title above. From there you will need to click on "Works" and select one of the four items listed to view a gallery of her bags. Once you have selected a gallery and an image, the fish on the lower right will allow you to scroll through the rest of the gallery images. She has a huge library and her bags are all very beautiful. I hope you enjoy this wonderful Japanese artist's work!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I've been tagged by K-Style Designs

I've been tagged by Karen over at K-Style designs to answer a list of questions. I'll do my best. In the meantime, be sure to check out her blog by clicking on the title above. Not only does she make her own line of jewelry, but she's got a vast array of beautiful artists and sites that she features, perhaps you'll find something lovely. I found artist Estyn Hulbert...

1.If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? On the rim of the Ngorongoro.
2.What's your favorite article of clothing? A turtle neck sweater.
3.Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? The heart.
4.What's the last CD that you bought? Adrienne Young: Plow To The End Of The Row
5.Where's your favorite place to be? Outside
6.Where is your least favorite place to be? Inside an MRI
7.Where's your favorite place to be massaged? feet
8.Strong in mind or strong in body? Both
9.What time do you wake up in the morning? 5:30 am
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? My knives
11.What makes you really angry? Being treated with disrespect
12.If you could play any instrument, what would it be? My vocal cords
13. Favorite colour? Orange
14.Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV? Neither
15. Do you believe in an afterlife? Why not
16. Favorite children's book? Where The Red Fern Grows
17. What is your favorite season? It's a toss up between Fall and Spring, with Winter a close second.
18. Your least favorite household chore? Folding laundry
19.If you could have one super power, what would it be? To heal people
20.If you have a tattoo, what is it? No tattoos
21.Can you juggle? Barely!
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? I have two & could not choose between them.
23. What's your favorite day? Any day that I can be out in the middle of nowhere
24. What's in the trunk of your car? An old 486 and dog food
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? Filet Mignon

Friday, February 23, 2007

Snap Preview Added

Dear Readers,
I've added Snap's previewing function to my "Beaders Blogs" and "Eye Candy" lists. Check it out by moving your mouse over the Beaders Blogs list on the left. I hope you find the previews useful when searching through these lists. I've opted to leave it out elsewhere, just to keep things simple.
If you don't like the preview function, you can disable it by clicking on the upper right link at the top of the image box.
If you'd like to add the Snap Preview function to your blog, simply click on the title above and you'll be redirected to the Snap homepage.
To learn more about manipulating Snap so that only the links you want to preview are enabled, click Here.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lidija Fairbanks

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Lidija Fairbanks work, it is a feast for the eyes! Lidija's beadwork centers around free form peyote. Unusual necklaces and one of a kind bracelets are beautifully composed with an eye for color, texture, and style. And if that wasn't enough, her dolls are amazing sculptures of art.

Lidija also has a blog! Be sure to check it out: Lidija's Blog. On her blog she features her works in progress, her adventures, and other artists including a French beadwork artist named Armelle.

Be sure to check out Lidija's website and her blog. Her website can be found by clicking on the title above. Her Blog can be found by clicking on her name. Enjoy!

Thank you to those who shared her link with me: Katrina and Louise

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Create Your Style

I was just over at Suzanne Cooper's site, reading her newsletter, and I found a fun link to the Swarovski website. I thought you might be interested in seeing the free bead patterns! If you click on the title above, you will be redirected to the webpage where the pdf's can be found. Check out some of the beauties in the Jewelry section. I particularly liked the "Lime Stringed Bracelet" by Italian Bead Artist, Donatella Ciotti (She is the author of a lovely beadwork book on creating beaded flowers with wire). To read Suzanne's newsletter and learn more about the goodies on the Swarovski site, simply click on her name. Thank you to Louise Hill for sending me the great links and to Suzanne for publishing them!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Inspirational Sources

I thought I'd share a few links with you this weekend, in case you're online looking for inspiration. Only one of these sites has beadwork on them. All are incredibly creative websites. They are also all French. Each site is beautifully done and requires that you spend a little time exploring the site to see how it all works. I'm not going to tell you anything about the links, I will leave that for you to discover. Make sure your sound is turned on. Have fun!

Miss Clara
Emma Cassi
Apolline a Paris
Madame Mo
Astier de Villate

PS See if you can find the animation "Le Disparition 1 & 2" on Madame Mo's site.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Karen Gilbert

I have a new gallery to share tonight! Karen Gilbert makes interesting metal based jewelry using beads as accents. I really like her designs, they are unique. One of my favorite is not shown on her site, but can be found here: Poppy Brooch. Another favorite is this one using bugle beads: American Craft Show. You can also read about her and see more of her work at the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery. To view Karen's homepage, please click on the title above. Enjoy! (note: Image above is Beadweaver's)

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Thursday, February 08, 2007


I love the name Pandora. It's the name of an exciting, new website that plays popular music, streaming as a radio. The "Radio Stations" are set up by the user based on a style of music the user chooses. So, for example, I created a station based on "Robinella" a great new female vocalist from Tennessee. Pandora will then stream music based on her style of work. As a user, you have the option of voting on what songs you like or don't like. It's a completely customizable radio station. And you can create more than one.

Pandora is the child prodigy of a group of musicians and Tim Westergren, who together started the Music Genome Project. Not all musicians or songs are in the database yet - I tried "Miriam Makeba" but she's not on board. Yet. When Pandora couldn't find her, they promised me they would research her and get back to me.

Pandora gets its customers by word of mouth.

To read about the genius behind the madness, check out Tech Republic's article on Tim Westergren. To learn more about how Pandora works, check out Wikipedia's review. Or just click on the title above and set up your own Radio Station. It's easy.

PS To see my current radio stations, scroll to the bottom of Beadweaver and on the left you'll see "Robinella Radio" and "Piano Radio". I listen to the Piano mostly, it's lovely music for the soul.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Your Favorite Artist Studios

The journal, Fiber Arts, has recently posted 46 artists studios online for all to see. Most, if not all, are inspirational. Such great organization. Of particular interest to me was my discovery of David Chatt's studio. I've seen it before - the pictures of his studio, of his beads - and love it. But what I loved most was the story that went with it. Forever the Artist. I think what inspires me most about him is he is following his dream. Click on the title above and you can read David's description of his studio.

You can also VOTE for your favorite! The categories are: Best Organization, Best Stash, Best Use of Space, Best Setting, Most Inspiring Display. To see all of the studios and to vote, click on this link: Artist Studios. Voting closes February 15th.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Beading Daily

Have you heard? Interweave Press is going to start a news blog with all kinds of goodies...Here's what their saying about the 'zine:

"Starting in Spring 2007, Interweave Press will unveil a new and exciting online adventure that is for bead lovers just like you! Whether you're just getting started or already live to bead, then you will want to be a part of Beading Daily, a community that shares your passion for beading. Beading Daily offers a free e-newsletter, free beading projects, a daily blog, galleries, technical resources, event updates, all the latest new-product announcements, and more."

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Jane Burch Cochran

Jane Burch Cochran uses beads and buttons to embellish the surfaces of beautiful, handmade art quilts. What makes her work particularly unique is the way she uses beads for her surface design. If you look closely, you'll see her beads outlining a figure or adding dots for emphasis. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but I am particularly drawn to her two quilts "Life Line" and "Winged Victory". I like how she has used white beads as dots, varying in density, to give the figures they surround an ethereal quality. In other works, her beads and buttons appears like stars. I love "Last Dance" too! I bet her quilts are gorgeous in person. Click on the title above to view her work. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Carmilla's Blog

Carmilla has sent me a link to her new blog and I wanted to share it with everyone. Her work is lovely! She has a few "Serpentine Ndebele" bracelets featured - all beauties- and a wonderful free pattern for creating a pendant. Please click on the title above to see her work and welcome her to the world of Bead Blogs. Thank you Carmilla for sharing!!!

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