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.