Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my little snowy friend! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Freestyle Christmas Exchange

I participated in a a fun, different kind of Christmas Exchange swap this year. We each put together a baggie of fabrics, threads, and embellishments from our own stash, and swapped bags with each other. The plan was to create something for the person who's bag you received...out of their stash of goodies. This is what I created for Karen out of her materials...

The petals were all machine quilted and finished individually. Each one is a little sandwich of linen and cotton with a touch of batting in the middle. Add a button center, a felted leaf, a wool covered wire stem...and "ta da"...a happy flower is born. :)

And this is what Carol created for me!

She made this wonderful little wall hanging out of mostly wool fabrics with a piece of linen for the owl's body and a checkered cotton for the binding. The yo-yo eyes and little ladybug bead in the corner are so signature "Carol", and I love that her design captures her whimsy and personality so well. I feel honored that she made this for me, and I will think of my dear friend every time I look at this piece!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Front Clasp Necklaces

These are a few new necklaces I designed with front toggles/closures. Each necklace has one of my larger lampwork beads as the focal point.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Presents Textiles

I just participated in a great event over the weekend called "Tennessee Presents Textiles" in Vonore, TN. There was a fashion show of one-of-a-kind handmade clothing, as well as a trunk show by Rachel Clark.
Several of my necklaces were used on the runway, and I had a chance to setup and display my jewelry for sale in the afternoon as well.

Proceeds from the event went to support a series of week-long fiber arts residencies for all fourth grade students in Madisonville and Tellico Plains. I feel good about having participated in a fund raiser for this worthy cause, and I had a great time too! :) For more information, check out the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finished Lampwork Necklaces

If you look back at my post on October 5th, you will find pictures of several little piles of beads waiting to be turned into necklaces. Here are those finished creations...

I named this necklace "Lavender Fields". The original pile of pastel beads started out with a few more yellows in the mix, but the ones I ended up using fell mostly on the cooler side of the color wheel. The dusty purple and mossy greens definitely gave it more of a "moody" feel, buy I love the whimsy that comes from adding the little glass leaves! It now belongs to my precious mom, whom I love dearly. :)

Here is a long necklace I made out of an assortment of black & white beads. There are a lot of transparent grays and tiny silver beads between my lampwork beads for some added sparkle. Very classic.
Lastly is a deep, purple necklace with rich, mossy green undertones. The amazing mixture of green & purple came from the faceted Czech glass beads that I used as larger spacer beads on this one. They are gorgeous accents that came from White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. I just fell in love and had to have them as soon as I laid my eyes on them! I think I do a lot of my bead shopping that way...letting my eyes graze over rows and rows of beads until something jumps off the shelf and begs me to take it home. I never really know what I'm going to do with my beads until I live with them for a while, but their color always speaks to me the loudest...and I love the glisten and feel of glass beads...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Experimental Pendants

These are some different beads I've made recently. I'm experimenting with wire wrapping and some other unusual ways to turn them into necklaces or pendants, but the verdict is still out on the final presentation. Any suggestions? Each bead is about 1.25" wide.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back from Fine Art in the Park

Whew! I just got back from Fine Art in the Park in Jonesborough, TN this weekend. It was a two day show this year (which was nice), and the weather turned out absolutely perfect!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by my booth! Please check back periodically, as I am constantly adding new things for sale on ETSY and trying to keep the site current with pictures of my most recent creations. :)

A few of the most enjoyable hours of the weekend were during what seemed like my own private concert by The Barefoot Movement. The spot for musicians to setup was about 10 feet away...directly across from my booth. Several groups played live music on Friday & Saturday, but these guys were really good. If you like bluegrass, then I would definitely check out their website and have a listen to some of their music!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More Focal Beads

Here are more some more pendants in the making...can you tell I love landscapes? :)
I'm so in love with these last two...I may just have to keep one for myself!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lampwork Earrings in the Making

I've also been busy making pairs of beads to turn into earrings for the show! Here is my pile of earrings "pre" assembly!

I've designed several different styles of earrings, but my favorite at the moment is these really long sterling silver earwires. They show off the beads so nicely and I love how they move when I wear them!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Focals, Focals, Focals

What have I been doing recently??? Spending lots of time in the studio torching and making focal beads for pendants!!! Here is a small sampling of the fun I've been having...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

3 Beaded Necklaces

Here are a few beaded creations that I finally finished this week. The first is my absolute favorite and will be a lovely accent during the holidays!
This neutral one is beaded around a gemstone donut that incorporates matching gemstone chips into the chain and hangs very gracefully on the neck.
The third was created after I made some basic geometric shapes...and figured out a pleasing way to arrange them into this necklace.

To tie everything together, it's clasp is even beaded in the same manner as the accents in the front.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Piles of Lampwork Beads

In addition to focal beads and pendants, I've been busy making smaller beads from which I will create a few necklaces for my upcoming shows. This little pastel pile will be turned into a long, gorgeous necklace similar to my "Summertime" design (but with a little more yellow mixed in). About a week ago I got some really nice buttery, yellow glass and have really enjoyed experimenting with it!

I'm also going to make a long black & white necklace...

 a short purple necklace...

 and a short red & black necklace.

Hopefully I will be able to post pictures of the finished necklaces before I leave for my show! Right now I'm enjoying them divided by color in their little white they patiently wait to be turned into something special. :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sterling Silver Nest Pendants

You know when you have something in mind and your brain needs work out all the details before you can execute the plan? Well, I've had this idea marinating in the back of my mind, but it took me a while to find the perfect beads and get up the nerve to actually attempt it. My main concern was that I would end up "wasting" a lot of wire in the process, but that turned out to not be the case. Here are my two different attempts at making a bird nest pendant as a gift for my sister-in-law's birthday.

I used sterling silver wire for both of them, and the eggs are some really beautiful glass drop beads from White Fox Bead Studio. One turned out more realistic, and the other more stylized...but I think both are really pretty. In the end, I let her choose...because I wasn't sure which one she would like better.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Beads at White Fox Bead Studio!

Just took another batch of beads to White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. Thank you, thank you to everyone who has purchased one of my glass creations! I'm thrilled that they have been so well received!

In addition to new beads, this batch included about 10 glass buttons as well...let me know what you think of them! So many people who love beads, love fiber art as well...and I thought they might provide a spark of inspiration for someone.

If you have purchased my beads and used them in one of your creations, please send me some pictures! I'd love to see the finished pieces!

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Very Talented Sister

What can I say about my sister? I am always amazed at her talent and constant drive to accomplish whatever she sets out to do. Maybe some of that energy will rub off on me someday. I could get so many things done around here! :)

Her most recent endeavor has been some really creative woodworking, and she has made the most amazing dollhouse and treehouse for her kids. I don't have any pictures of them yet, but I got to see them "in progress" last week. They are so cool! Hmmm...what could she make for me? I'll have to think of something and put my order in for Christmas soon! :)

You would be amazed at how much of her work I found in a quick stroll through my house! Here is a small sampling of what she has made for me over the years...

This is a wooden locker that I bought a while back and she painted for me with a continuous landscape that wraps around all 4 sides. It is one of my favorites because landscapes always make me smile!
Look at this fun wooden stepstool / box that she painted for me more recently.

I picked out some patterns and colors she gave me back this gorgeous finished piece. I love how it turned out!

Not only does she paint amazingly, but she has created some really beautiful mosaics as well. Her house is full of treasures! This is a wall mirror she made for us that will hang by our door when we're finished remodeling.

Speaking of remodeling, she also helped me lay hundreds of square feet of tile! Talk about being a nice sister!
This is an antique Singer sewing machine box that was falling apart and had seen a lot of wear.

We stripped the black paper off of it and she gave it a happy face lift, don't you think?
And here is a little painting that was a "thank you" gift for helping out with her wedding. It is a treasure to me...just like she is. :)

We do stuff together all the time, but I'm really looking forward to holidays this year. There is always at least one special project (if not many) that we pick out and do together near Christmas, and we always have so much fun! I'll be sure to post some pictures of our creations...whatever they turn out to be. :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Upcoming Shows

Well...I've gotten so backed up with things recently that I haven't been able to post in a while! I've been really busy getting ready for 2 upcoming in October and on in November.

Here is a pile of new beads that I've got to turn into jewelry!

Here are a couple flower shaped beads that I'm experimenting with. My plan is to turn them into pendants...but I'm still figuring out the specifics...
My next show is "Fine Art in the Park" at the Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN on October 23 & 24 from 10am-5pm each day. It will be my second year to participate in this juried art show with a large variety of talented artists. There will also be local cheese, chocolate, and wine tasting...need I say more?...and admission is free! Jonesborough has a lot to offer, and is one of my all-time favorite places to visit (even when the show is not going on).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Jewelry Case at The Art Market Gallery

Well, I now have a brand new case at The Art Market Gallery! It is larger and taller than the one I started out with, and has a built-in light which showcases my work better. It's amazing what a well placed light can do for jewelry! :)
What can I say about joining the gallery? I've really enjoyed working with and getting to know some of the other artists. It is turning out to be a wonderful experience, and I'm learning a lot. I'm really grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this group, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Button Frenzy!!!

I have the beginnings of a nice little stash of glass buttons that I will be taking to a Wearable Art Show in a few months. I have been invited to participate in Tennessee Presents Textiles, a fashion show and sale put on by the Monroe Area Council for the Arts on November 13th.

My jewelry will be showcased on the runway alongside some really beautiful fiber art clothing, and I will have the opportunity to sell my work there as well! I'm really excited about the event, and net proceeds go to support a series of week-long fiber art residencies for students in Monroe County. Visit one of the links above if you are interested in purchasing tickets, and stay tuned for more buttons!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Gorgeous Variety of Leaves

I don't know the name of this particular plant, but I couldn't resist photographing all the different varieties that I could find on a recent trip to Jonesborough. They had huge pots scattered all along downtown Main Street with collections of different plants in them. Everything was in full bloom and thriving...aren't they spectacular?

I am always so inspired by nature, and I know these colorful beauties will somehow find their way a future project.

Monday, August 16, 2010

White Fox Bead Studio

I just dropped off a bunch of lampwork beads at White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. There are some earring sets, lots of focals, and some funky sets of beads as well!

This is a great bead shop! If you've never been, you should definitely plan a trip soon. They offer tons of classes, have a really good variety of beads and supplies, and are super helpful.

White Fox Bead Studio
145 Cherokee Heights Drive
Maryville, TN 37801

Check them out!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Art Dolls - My Round Robin

Our Round Robin is finally complete, and here is my finished doll! As you can see, I took a slightly different approach to the construction of my doll than everyone else. She is more of a 2D piece, and is destined to live in a shadowbox and hang in my studio. :)

I'm so pleased with how she turned out! If you remember back 6 months ago, we started with a group of 7 of us who each made a basic doll of our choosing. We took turns each month embellishing all the other dolls until we had added something to each of them. It was really fun seeing them develop and become more and more interesting as the months went by!

I'm also pleased to announce that all 7 dolls in our Round Robin will be exhibited in the National Heritage Quilt Show at the Living Heritage Museum in Athens, TN from September 4th - October 29th. It will be so nice to see all the finished dolls displayed together, and I'm sure the quilt show will be fabulous as well! Be sure to check it out if you're anywhere near Athens!