Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Color of the Day - Purple

A few new necklaces. The first 2 have magic jasper pendants. The third one is rhodochrosite. All three use deep amethyst glass seed beads, sterling silver tubes, pewter hangers and toggle clasps. The earrings are sterling silver, silver plate and glass beads with copper filled sterling silver earwires. Dark purple is an "in" color this season!
 These have since all sold. Good for me, but sad if you wanted one! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bright Dangles

These are a fun and popular earring design that are made with bright colored, very luminescent beads. The ear wires are copper filled sterling silver.   
All have been  SOLD

Friday, September 16, 2011

Celebrating Fall this weekend

Do your no rain dances for this weekend please. As much as my garden would like some rain, I have been enjoying setting up my Beadware tent in dry and sunny weather this summer. Saturday you will find me at the Quilcene Fall Fair along with Blue Fox Glass. On Sunday I will be in Silverdale at the Peterson Farm Fall Fair along with Blue Fox Glass, Eastern Wind Glass and a host of other local artists. This event helps to support the Kitsap Food Coop and Great Peninsula Conservancy. For links and details please check out the events section of my Facebook page.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Halloween is coming....

A friend wanted a Halloween bangle bracelet. And you always need matching earrings.
I can never make just one of something!

 Lemon Drops!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More Black and Silver

 Sterling and silver-plated beads with dainty heart clasps. All have been  SOLD
 Starry Nights. All have been  SOLD
 Sterling Silver Earrings. All have been  SOLD
Crystals and Glass. All have been  SOLD

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunshine, tugboats, theft, disrespect, and Rice Krispies

This past weekend I had a booth at Harbor Days, along with Kandyse of Blue Fox Glass and Dawn of LaGrave Designs. The weather was gorgeous and the setting perfect. My booth was 50 feet from the harbor with a cool breeze, views of the tugboats and Olympics in the distance. And having friends to share a room and dinner with each evening makes for a fun weekend.
It was a busy weekend with many folks there to tour the tugboats and watch them race, check out the tall ships and see the new boardwalk and park.
Saturday two if my items disappeared. In the last 2 years of doing booths almost every weekend, I have had only had one theft, a pair of earrings this past August. This day a bracelet and ankle bracelet disappeared. And folks were so rough on my things Saturday! Dropping them on the sidewalk, bending, breaking, stretching, cheesy popcorn fingerprints on earring cards, dripping ice cream on my displays, etc. 

Glass gardens are a fancy, fringed beaded bracelets I make that take a lot of work and a lot of beads. I usually put them out front because they are interesting and in the sunshine their sparkle draws folks in. The sixth time my purple one hit the ground it broke in 3 places. I re-arranged my display and put them back by my cash box so I could keep on eye on anyone who touched them. I also had a woman pull so hard on a necklace she broke the clasp. I know that my memory wire bracelets are indestructible, but did a lady really have to totally straighten one out and let it snap back? Another woman grabbed a crystal sun catcher and promptly dropped it on the ground. Retail value of my losses on Saturday: $144. Two steps forward, one step back.
An artist puts thought, creativity, time and a little bit of themselves into each piece they make regardless of how small or the price. Being so rough on my things was disrespectful. As my booth neighbor Kandyse said, it felt like a personal violation.

Sunday was another beautiful day – and Olympia redeemed itself. The day was extremely busy. Folks were appreciative and they bought many things. In the end I made my goal for the weekend. And the best part of the day – Kandyse made more than 2 times her best ever show!!

Kandsye and I often get booths next to each other so we can share funny stories, commiserate as needed and keep a running commentary on people and dog fashion. One of the memorable things this weekend was a sticker on a skateboard – “I do what the Rice Krispies tell me”. So when is the last time you listened to your Rice Krispies?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Harbor Days

This weekend I will be down in Olympia at Harbor Days - weather looks gorgeous so if you are looking for a destination come on down! Booth #29. Tour one of the many tugboats in the harbor or watch the races at noon on Sunday. Check out their website for more info.  http://www.harbordays.com/

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This weeks work

Another busy week in the studio. Agates, copper, glass. Take a peek!
All have been  SOLD

These have been selling like hotcakes. These are the last 3 square agates I have. 
I am trying to find more of these stones.
 A reddish agate with blue streaks hanging from matte black diamond and dove grey opal seed beads.
 A red and gold agate with rust and pale topaz seed beads. 
Another reddish agate with wisps of blue and gold hanging from smokey grey 
and shimmering grey seed beads.

The next 3 use LillyPilly pendants. The pendants are made out of shell that is etched using a CO2 laser. Very delicate and detailed.

The next three pictures are of necklaces and earrings that use hand blown glass beads. The earrings use Niobium wire - excellent for anyone with metal sensitivities.

When friends travel they often bring me back beads as souvenirs. These beauties are from Italy. They are glass flecked with copper. I used copper for the findings to bring out the warmth of the beads.