Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Monday, January 23, 2017

Let the fun begin!

Hello and Welcome!


My name is Christina, and I am a bead hoarder and jewelry maker. In that order. Seriously, I have a problem, lol!

My design style has changed and evolved since I started my Blog a few years ago. I still love vintage beads and findings and I still incorporate them into my designs, however, I started hiking and got back into bird watching about 2011 and my jewelry started to take on more of what I was seeing and enjoying in nature. I am primarily a stringer, I also do bead embroidery and some basic wire work. I have not really got knotting down yet but I keep trying :)

I am inspired by things like a walk in the woods, a hike along the beach, a pretty bird.  I like earthy palettes with some splashes of bright colors here and there.

My favorite colors are fuchsia, dark teal, evergreen, and lavender. I tend to run screaming in terror of super bright colors (neon) and warmer colors (red, orange, yellow) are a bit of a challenge for me.

I like working with natural stones, wood, pearls, swarovski beads and pearls, ceramics, polymer clay, czech glass (especially leaves and flowers) and Vintaj Patinas for metal. 

I would love to explore enamel beads and lampwork glass beads more. 

I typically use Vintaj brass for metals and findings. I also like Vintaj Art Metal, Pewter, and Artisan Copper. The more rustic, the better. I am not a fan of shiny metal.

I don't like plastic beads, crackle glass, chunky or large beads ( 10mm is about as big as I go for accent beads) glass bumpy beads, rectangles, squares, cubes or chips. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces!






My lovely studio Assistant, Cleopatra, supervising some destashing
And here is where most of the creating takes place, I have a nice corner of the dining room

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muffin tin challenge 2017

What is the Muffin Tin Challenge? You can read more about it here on Heather Power's Blog

I started off with NO muffin tin. I don't bake. In the beginning, I used my Boyfriend's fly tying containers...but I didn't quite feel right with out a muffin tin. 


I ended up getting some disposable ones at the Grocery store. I loved this challenge so much though, I am thinking of getting a vintage muffin tin to be able to continue to create like this. I got so much done!

Here is my loaded tin, with beady muffin mix

And here are my pieces! 

Memory wire wrap bracelets with charms, inspired by Heather Power's Bead Table Wednesday tutorial. 
Snowflake: Peanut beads, vintage faceted seed beads, memory wire, Humblebeads Snowflake bead, freshwater pearl, czech class flower, Swarovski crystal
Birdie: Peanut beads, vintage faceted seed beads, memory wire, Humblebeads Birdie bead, Vintaj Filigree bead, czech class flower, Swarovski crystal

Wire wrapped silk bead earrings inspired by Heather Power's Bead Table Wednesday tutorial.
Robin Eggs: Silk ribbon, seed beads, vintage seed beads, Vintaj bead caps, Humblebeads headpins
Winter wanderer: Silk ribbon, seed beads, vintage seed beads, Vintaj bead caps, Swarovski beads, Freshwater pearls.
Walk in the woods: Silk ribbon, seed beads, vintage seed beads, , Swarovski pearls, Vintaj Arte Metal leaf charms.
Walk in the woods Necklace: Seed beads, Copper rounds, Humblebeads Birdie and rondelles, Aquamarine, Swarovksi beads, freshwater pearls, Vintaj Arte Metal leaf charm. I did not make the cute nest, I won it years ago from Vintaj.

And here is the whole Walk in the Woods set


Winter Wanderer Necklace: Humblebeads House bead, Green Girl Studios nest charm, Mamacita pewter birdie, lucite leaf, freshwater pears, Vintaj bead caps, Swarovski beads, peanut beads, vintage seed beads, silver heart toggle.

And here is the whole Winter Wanderer set:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Studio reorganization

I have been working on destashing my hoard since last Fall. I was making progress then a friend of mine gave me all of her beads ( the plastic bins on the floor ) Yippee for more beads 😊


Friday, January 6, 2017

Beady Blog Update

I have my bead "Studio" completely torn apart at the moment as I am reorganizing, destashing, and cleaning out 20 years worth of hoarded beads. I am trying to decide how to move the extra beads and whatnot along..maybe a destash sale or something like that will be coming in the future :)

Here are a few projects I completed over the last few months




And a current work in progress


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mystery Challenge #2 Reveal

Mystery Challenge #2 Reveal

For this Challenge I was truly stumped. What on earth could I make with blue and yellow beads?

I happened to be digging through the many layers of my stash in an effort to destash some of it (where did all these beads come from???) and I found some kits that I purchased years ago from French General. I had bought a necklace and bracelet kit in colors inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night....and never made anything with them.

So I guess this should be better titled "Oh my goodness I am actually using beads from my Hoard."

Paint the Stars: Yellow lampwork glass - Sabine Dittrich, Polymer clay rondelles - Humblebeads, Paint the Stars bead - Swoondimples, Owl pendant - Andrew Thorton
Starry Night set
Vintage glass beads and cabochons - French General



I hope you enjoyed my foray into bright happy colors :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Luna Moth Challenge Reveal

Allegory Gallery - Luna Moth Challenge

For once I was ahead of the game here, I had the package opened and 2 things made before I even sorted through all of the beads in this lovely kit. Apparently soft, ethereal green is just my thing!



I patinaed and applied swarovski rhinestones to to this Vintaj butterfly pendant, then added more holes along the sides for this multistrand bracelet. Oddly enough, it reminds me of a scene from the Hunger Games (book, not movie) where a moth lands on Katniss's wrist while she is sitting inside the cave.


These little jade? butterfly beads screamed earrings at me! Here they are paired with some topaz crystal drops from Bird Tail Beads.



I dug deep into the depths of my stash for this pendant, It was one of the first things I bought when I started beading on a more regular basis  (aka 2004 ish)

I went a little rustic with this pendant - from Green Girl Studios - that I have been drooling over -forever. It was in my stash for less than a week before getting made up into this necklace. The clasp is made with a vintage milk glass button.

I have had a love/hate relationship with waxed linen thread. Here, it cooperated with me. Yay! Something simple and sweet to accompany the pendant by Andrew Thornton.

I still have some beads left from this kit...I keep wanting to get them back out but have other projects to move on to for now.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tribes Challenge Reveal

Allegory Gallery Tribes Challenge - Forest Tribe

I had several ideas running though my head for this focal, however, I came across a beautiful piece in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine by Susan A. Ray and had a light bulb moment.

I used the waxed linen cording and glass beads from the kit to make a beaded strap on each side of the pendant. I distressed a Vintaj Arte Metal owl charm to go with the stunning handmade polymer clay pendant by Andrew Thornton. I created a wire frame to go around the pendant, weaving beads from the kit into it. I added a knotted fringe at the bottom that includes recycled sari silk, silk ribbon, leather scrap, chain, and an assortment of beads and charms from the kit and my hoard. I had an blast creating this necklace!

Here is Soars with Owls -

Pendant detail -

Strap detail -