Winner Announced!

Well, here goes ladies.  You each have a great chance here.  I have literally just now put your names in a hat.  Drumroll please…I’m reaching into the hat and out comes the name:  Linda!  Congratulations!  And so sorry Sharon, there will be more giveaways like this (I’ve got some stash to de-hoard!)  Linda, if you would email me your address  (arusse71@maine.edu), I’ll get these out within a day or two.  Thanks for playing you guys!

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Nellie Week 3

I completed a very fun project for my Nellie No Friends homework this past week:  I designed buttons and a button card.  This would be such a fun swap!  My buttons were made from Sculpey and two molds that I created using some sort of vintage stick pins.  The buttons were baked, dusted with eye shadow, glazed, and dusted with ultra fine glitter.  The card was made from a vintage record sleeve- something called Tunes from Hawaii.  I love finding buttons at yard sales or flea markets but there is something extra special about them when you find them still attached to their cards.

 

Here are the Sculpey molds

 

My goal for the week:  Slow down and clean the house…

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Bead Giveaway!

I love working with beads.  I must admit though that from time to time I have to put them away as I become a little over-saturated in bead work and bead visions.  But given a little time away, it just takes a trip to the Beadin’ Path in Freeport and I’m right back in love.  The colors, shapes, finishes, metals… I also love teaching my beading workshops.  All the women (and so far one man) who have taken my classes have been wonderful.  They always have something to teach me.  And everyone seems to leave inspired to string more beads.  I love to pass on inspiration.  That is why, as promised, I am announcing a bead giveaway, my first of hopefully many blog giveaways!  Everything pictured below is up for grabs, all you have to do is leave a comment answering this question:  What is your favorite thing about Spring?  I love springtime and it’s very near (despite the snow we just got yesterday) so I thought that would be appropriate.  I’ll put everyone’s name in hat and pick a winner on Monday.  Good luck!!!

 

 

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Another Fabulous Bracelet Class

Last night I had the privilege of leading a beaded photo bracelet workshop with 6 lovely ladies.  I love learning from my students and this set definitely kept me on my toes.  They taught me many little lessons, like watch out for that certain toggle clasp (it was a real bugger!), and that 13 year olds really do know everything,  and that Mod Podge will make an ink jet printing run but clear gel medium (Diamond Glaze) will not.  Here are pics of their lovely creations:

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is the day I will announce a bead give away, so stay tuned…  There will be some goodies up for grabs!

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Chandelier Pendant Class

I led a workshop tonight with some lovely ladies from the Gardiner area.  They created these wonderful beaded pendants. (I apologize for the cat and dog hair stuck to my necklace stands.  That long haired cat and plush German Shepherd of mine really know how to shed some fur!)

 

 

 

To me, these want to be paired with jeans and cowgirl boots.  Yee-haw!

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