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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Nellie Week 2

Here is my simple yet interesting Nellie No Friends Week 2 homework.  We were asked to neatly arrange a collection of items on a postcard sized area, each item following a certain criteria.  First I needed to find something from my childhood, so I started with the little lamp.  It’s from the dollhouse I had as a little girl.  It actually plugged in to a bureau that had batteries  in it so that the lamp actually turned on.  The D stands for dollhouse.  How I loved playing with my dollhouse!  I often have glimpses of great art I could make with dollhouse furniture.

We were also asked to add something from our craft stash and so I piled on the googly eyes, neatly of course.  We then had to add a bit of texture, so on went the vintage mini pom-poms.   I needed a piece of jewelry, hence the cool queen and a piece of nature, which is the little mussel shell from a beach here in Maine.  These arranged collections are so fun, I could play around with this idea all day, even altering the pics with some sort of online app.

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Button and Bead Bracelet Class

Last nights’ Button and Bead Bracelet Workshop was a great success.  Nine crafters walked away with some fabulous creations.  I love it when students teach me new ideas.  It happens at almost every workshop I lead and last night was no exception.  The room was buzzing with different spins on how to make this bracelet.  In 3 hours, these chunky beauties were made along with a couple of button rings to match:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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