Monday, October 28, 2013

Fiber and Jelly - Featured Artist

Fiber and jelly sounds like a sticky combo. But Mona, one of the featured spinners at Beadware's annual holiday sale, is accomplished at both. As I started to get inquiries about this year's sale, the most common questions was "will you have that fabulous jalapeno jelly again"? The answer is yes! Mona is busy making batches of jalapeno and of blackberry jelly. Yum!

Mona will also be doing fiber spinning demos along with Jan. I actually know both these accomplished artists from a totally different facet of my life, motorcycling. We three belong to the same women's motorcycling group. Oh what tangled webs we weave in our lives!

 A finished project - rainbow towels.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Weeks Work

This week I am still working in blues and greens. Yesterday I started working with the most gorgeous snakeskin jasper. Click on the photos to enlarge them so you can see the detail in the stones. You will see these and more at my upcoming studio sale!

 Snakeskin jasper, Czech crystals, glass and pewter. This stone is so pretty. 
The earrings remind me of the shape of an ice cream cone. SOLD
 Agate, glass and pewter. SOLD
 Snakeskin jasper, glass and copper. Another amazing stone. SOLD
 Sodalite, square glass beads and pewter. SOLD
 Another beautiful snakeskin jasper pendant 
on a double strand of soft green glass seed beads.SOLD

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Featured Artist - Almond Branch

Another of the artists you will see at Beadware's annual holiday sale is Sandra Saldivar of Almond Branch. Sandra was my occasional booth neighbor this summer at the Seattle Waterfront. I just love her handmade bags and journals. She studied Visual Arts at Seattle University which is obvious in they way she selects and combines fabric colors and patterns. The cosmetic bags have water proof or resistant lining in them. They come in an assortment of sizes and fabrics. A great gift idea!!

cosmetic bags

tote bag

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Featured Artist - Mary Lou McCambridge

Artist Mary Lou McCambridge says "Painting is a passion! I love all things creative." Mary Lou will have paintings and art cards at Beadware's Holiday Preview Sale on Nov 2 & 3. Her recent work is
mixed media using rice paper, gold leaf and acrylic paints. Mary Lou has a long history in art, attending the Burnley School of Professional Arts (now known as the Art Institute of Seattle) and working professionally  as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has done everything from print and web logo design, to illustration, to fine art painting. her work is vibrant and full of life. Here are some examples:

mixed media

mixed media

 mixed media
Baby Firs

Olympic Mountains - acrylic

Sunset - digital painting

Friday, October 18, 2013

Featured Artist - Side Door Pottery

Side Door Pottery is just one of the great artists you will meet at my studio sale on Nov 2 & 3. You may have seen Linda Ricci's beautiful pottery at the Port Orcahrd farmers market this summer. Or if you have been to one of my studio sales in recent years you would have seen her work. Side Door Pottery is whimsical painted porcelain that is functional and sculptural.

Plates, bowls, cups, serving pieces and pitchers. Tiles and sculptures. Bird houses and feeders, garden stakes and birdbaths. There is something for every taste.

You can view many more of Linda's creations on her Facebook page. You can also see her work at local galleries in Port Orchard and Poulsbo as well as gift shops in the area.


Fish Pitchers

 Bird House Ornaments

 Horse Hair Pottery

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another Blue Day

The one on the left has a moonstone in the center with iolite and blue glass seed beads. The one on the right is three sodalite mixed with iolite and ending with blue glass seed beads. 
Both have pewter toggle clasps and are choker length.

A dumortierite pendant with smokey blue Czech crystals, pewter and a double strand of 
pale grey glass seed beads. Pewter toggle clasp. Dumortierite is the birthstone for Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22). It is said to stimulate the brain and bring enhanced intellectual capabilities. It assists with all mental skills especially math and language. It assist in the retention of information and is a useful aid for students. It helps to stabilize emotions. SOLD.

A moonstone flanked by peridot, iolite and labradorite.Pale grey glass seed beads 
and pewter toggle clasp. This is choker length. SOLD.

These sweet little bracelets are a mix of blue gemstones. Iolite, sodalite, blue goldstone, labradorite, rock crystal, and moonstone. Accents and clasps are pewter.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Shop local and give local

Email invitations went out this past Friday for Beadware's holiday preview art show and sale. This annual event is a special show for the customers on my email list. It is a chance to see and purchase Beadware designs before they are snapped up at the many holiday shows I do in November and December. If you did not receive your invite and would like one, send me an email to get onto my mailing list.

This years event will be Saturday and Sunday November 2 and 3 from 11 to 4pm at my home studio in Southworth. Besides Beadware, there will be a variety of other artist's wares to choose from. I will be featuring each artist this month on my blog so stop back to learn more about each one.

This years artists are:
Ann Haines - Beadware.  Colorful, tasteful, understated, simple designs including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, ornaments and pins.

Linda Ricci - Side Door Pottery. Beautiful, delicate and functional items. Pitchers, pots, plates, bird houses and garden decorations, tiles and ornaments.

Mary Lou McCambridge - Painting is a passion. I love all things creative! Vibrant watercolor paintings and art cards.

Sandra Saldivar - Almond Branch. Handmade journals, tote and cosmetic bags in a variety of sizes and patterns.

Mona Gollan - Scrumptious jalapeƱo  and blackberry jelly.

There will also be fiber spinning demo's by Mona Gollan and Jan Morgan. We will have tasty munchies and beverages.What better way to shop local and give local!

Friday, October 11, 2013

More Blues

Another week of blues. I have made these designs before in purple. Here they are in blues and greys.

 Sodalite with blue glass seed beads and pewter. Sold.
 Sodalite with sterling, blue/grey glass seed beads and pewter. SOLD
 Jasper with sterling, grey glass seed beads and pewter. Sold.
 Jasper with sterling, pale grey glass seed beads and pewter. Sold.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Shades of Blue

One of my customers is looking for a blue necklace so this week I will be working in shades of blues and greys. If you see anything you like send me an email! So far I have added these to my collection:

 Owyhee jasper, jasper, copper and glass seed beads. SOLD
 Owyhee jasper, glass seed beads and gold plated brass.  SOLD
 Owyhee jasper, glass seed beads and copper.  SOLD
 Iolite, sesame jasper coins, blue agate teardrop, glass seed beads and pewter. SOLD
 Iolite, sesame jasper coins, blue goldstone, glass seed beads and pewter.
 Sodalite, glass seed beads, pewter and a Swarovski crystal teardrop. SOLD
Sodalite, Czech crystals, glass seed beads and pewter. SOLD

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Pearls

I have started to beef up my pearl selection in preparation for holiday sales. 
I am loving this new dainty earring style! 

 Freshwater pearls and gold plated brass. All have SOLD.
 Freshwater pearls, pewter and copper filled sterling
Freshwater pearls, glass beads, goldplated brass. All have sold.