Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017 - Reveal

Welcome to the reveal for the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017!

My partner this year is also our Hostess, Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Designs, click here to visit Linda's Blog. This year there was also an optional twist where you made yourself the same kit of beads you sent out to your partner. It was a fun adventure digging through my stash. In chatting with Linda, I realized my 2 favorite colors, teal and purple, were colors I rarely worked with. We ended up sending each other similar beads and colors too!

These are the beads that I sent to Linda

I was surprised that I had enough beads to make 2 sets!

And these are the beads and goodies that Linda sent to me

Orange, my nemesis! But the fox pendant from SummerWind Art just sang to me. But what on earth goes with orange?? I had the perfect white, teal, and orange polymer clay beads from Humblebeads!

Earrings to match

And on to the Lampwork beads! Digging through my stash, I found some Kim Snider lampwork butterfly wings that had similar colors. Heather of Humblebeads had a fantastic idea on how to use the wings on one of her Bead Table Wednesday videos, I had to try it.

Matching earrings

I also have been wanting to try a bracelet design I found in Jewelry Affaire Magazine, the designer's name was Melinda Barnett. I am so in love with how jingly this is...I need to make more!

I made super cute pair of earrings with the lampwork Birdies, I learned how to make the little wire nests from Heather Powers (her video tutorials are the bee's knees.)

Here is a simple summer necklace using the pretty lilac first ever attempt at an adjustable knot clasp.

For this necklace, I broke out one of my precious Anne Choi beads, a lampwork birdie from Nikki Thornburg and a pewter feather pendant from Green Girl Studios...and did something I never do because it just hurts my hands too much - I made a wire-wrapped bead link chain.  The saying on the Anne Choi bead is "Paint the flying spirit of the bird."

Pendant close up

Another bracelet

One unfinished necklace :(

And the whole group of finished pieces

Be sure to stop by the other Bead Peep's blogs to see what wonders were created with swap beads!

Linda Anderson - Hostess - 
Non-Seed Beaders 
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman

Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker

Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips

Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury

Shai Williams
Betony Maiden

Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 

Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis

Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell

Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez

Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson

Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden

Karin King

Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Krafty Max

Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop

Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano

Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris

Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

Friday, March 24, 2017

BSBP Bead Hoarders Edition- Reveal

Hi and welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition- Reveal, hosted by the wonderful Lori Anderson.

I had 3 partners this year, it was so much fun chatting with all of them and getting to know them. They sent me the most awesome hoarded beads!

My first Partner is Kathleen Breeding of 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Here is what I sent to Kathleen:

And what she sent to me (and my kitty)

And what I made with Kathleen's beads
I patined the Vintaj Brass peacock piece and added a vintage cabochon and holes for dangles at the bottom. This design is roughly based on a Art Nouveau Sautoir

My second Partner is Terry Carter of TappingFlamingoBling

Here is what I sent to Terry

And what she sent to me

And what I made with Terry's beads
I have had the lapis zuni bear bead in my stash since 1998, he was a gift from my Sister and I never found the right project for him until Terry's handmade button arrived. I turned the button into a clasp.

My third Partner is Brenda Ballou
Here is what I sent to Brenda

And what she sent to me

And what I made with Brenda's beads
I reformed the copper pendant into a cuff adding holes on either side for beads. I also patined the copper and added a touch of color to the Robin's breast.

Robin detail

I hope you enjoyed my pieces! Many thanks to my Partners for the awesome goodies they sent me! Thank you Lori for being an amazing hostess!

Here is the linky thing to get the list to visit the other Participants. Happy Hopping!

BSBP List of Participants

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: