Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Giveaway...gotta love 'em!

Nope, haven't won anything...yet...but there is always a first time.  One of my fav blogs, Lori Anderson's "Pretty Things" has an Auntie's Beads giveaway.  Just follow the link and leave a comment.  I just love black...goes with everything in my wardrobe!  If you aren't logged in, be sure to leave a way for her to contact you if you win.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Snow and Beading...a perfect combo!

What I did during the Tulsa Snowmageddon...bead, of course!
The snow was deep on Carl's patio but inside he was watching hunting shows and I was beading.
I had a limited selection of seed beads at his house but I remembered I had the little red lampwork beads from the Oklahoma Bead Society bead swap in January. 

 I combined those with the black and red seed beads and a few inexpensive butterflies from Hobby Lobby which I also happened to stick in my purse before the storm.  Voila!  Beading project!  I didn't have findings with me so I beaded a bumpy peyote necklace and clasp to go with it.  Very comfy around my neck. 

To fill up the rest of my time, I spent some time learning to weave a netting stitch. 


OBS Beadathon: Eleven hours of fun.

Wonder of wonders, I "almost" made it through the entire first OBS Beadathon.  I planned on staying 4 or 5 hours at the most and ended up being enticed for 11 hours by Mazzio's Supreme Pizza and the incredible productivity of a great workspace and congenial co-workers.  I finished 3 projects which is unheard of productivity for me.  The best part is I really like all of my projects. 

I have very little experience with stringing projects so I decided to concentrate on stringing for the day.  Lots of experienced stringers around to give a little help! Barbara Bellatti helped inspire me with my first project of the day, a simple stone necklace.  She volunteered a few bronzite pebbles from her stash that really made the project come together.  Love the earrings too which I put together from various beads in my stash and a couple of round green stones from our venue, A Memory to Scrap, in Broken Arrow.

I strung a second string of simple black and clear glass beads which although attractive may need to be restrung with bigger spacers so they lay correctly flat across my neck.  I have worn this strand to work and I like it too.  Very light and comfortable.

And lastly, about 10:00 p.m.,  I strung this metallic necklace. Jan Rogers was keeping me awake by talking to me and of course, there was Shane's dancing.   I read somewhere that "metallics are having their moment" and I have to agree.  I see metals everywhere on everyone!  Of course, for me it isn't jewelry without earrings.

Thanks for viewing friends!  Thanks OBS members for helping me ! 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bead Blast is Coming!

The Oklahoma bead society is having their 5th annual Bead Blast on April 16, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Union 8th grade center.  Come join the fun with classes, beads and findings as well as finished jewelry products.  Vendor tables are available for as low as $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  Don't forget to vote for your favorite bead creations at the door.  My soon-to-be-created masterpiece should show up in the beginner category unless I wimp-out.  See you there!