Monday, April 07, 2014

Color testing...

So after finishing up several orders I finally got some time to play. Every batch I've ever gotten of Ink Blue seems to be a little different but it still never disappoints...holds true as my all time favorite glass color and I always manage to get cool color reactions with Raku. So I'm digging this heart focal. Hearts are always fun to make :)



In this set I used machine pulled 247 light lavender blue which is an awesome color...I decided to roll it in Raku and encase it in super clear. I didn't get quite the dramatic color to pull out of the raku but I do kinda dig that the base 247 turned a bit greyish blue. 



and one last heart to share...248 gray on this one with a TON of Raku frit...really loaded it up, then raked it a bit and kept working it and reducing it and hitting it with the brass. The colors really went nuts :) Love when that happens!





So now I'm just trying to decide whether to hang onto them and use them in a finished piece (s) OR list them. What do you think?

I haven't made any button focals in a while and I'm really looking forward to getting some of those made this week! Stay tuned for that :)

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Friday, March 21, 2014

down the rabbit hole...

so the thing about getting a new laptop is backing up the old and transferring to the new is a little time consuming especially when I have 642 gagillion pictures...and then I get lost in my own little world for a while visiting old memories and some favorite snaps...














which leaves me itching for warmer weather and wanting to grab my camera, some lenses and head out for a little adventure. Soon enough. 

***all photos were taken by me, using my D3100 and a handful of different lenses

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by!






Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Life & Little Things...

There's lots of things that make me happy...I like to think that I'm fairly simple, easily amused and all about the little things...


Pretty, cute, silly, printed, plain, big or small...mugs make me smile. I can't step foot inside a TJmaxx or Homegoods without raiding the mugs...one or two always makes its way into my cart ;)


I snagged this beautifully thought out and illustrated art journal with writing and drawing prompts...I haven't started it yet, I just keep flipping through the pretty pages thinking about what I will fill them with. I need to think less and just do.


My trusty little laptop took a turn for the worst...it's taken this turn a few times, several times actually but this week I think it finally got to the point of no return...



My awesome brother came to my rescue and gifted me one of his still fairly new apple babies. He buys gadgets and techie stuff like I buy shoes and books (and mugs lol!) I think he thought it was going to be easy to hand over...and then I got a text from him sounding mildly panicked and babbling about feeling like he lost one of his electronic children. So I swore an oath and he calmed down ;)
Now I just need to figure out how to use it. Took me a good 10 minutes to figure out how to get online, several hours to get my BSBP blog from yesterday going and several google searches on how the heck do you right click on a MAC, how do I copy and paste, so on and so forth...



spotted this at the post office and did a little happy dance :)



helped make a cool rain stick for a school project...



been enjoying little giggles from my studio side kick...



been staying up waaaaay to late to devour seasons of Dr. Who and Game of Thrones...sleep is for sissies



and working on lots of colorful new things in the studio!

What are your "Little Things" this week?


Life & Little Things








Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time to start cooking...


Oh how I LOVE BSBP time! Have a look at what my partner Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame sent my way...




could this soup be any more perfect for me?! turquoise and owls and earthy metals...I'm in love...
ceramic owl by susieQbeads




flame painted copper toggle by Gail Grenade-Accinelli...



one of Sherri's amazing macrame owls...I can't even wrap my brain around her talent and how she creates the things she does...take a peek at her blog and etsy shop, you'll be in complete awe...



         



  

I forgot to take a decent picture of the goodies I sent to sherri. It wasn't until after  I had them all bagged up that it dawned on me, so the picture I took was super lame. I was late sending them out so I won't even post the lame-o pic yet because I don't think she's gotten them just yet and I'm hoping she'll take a better picture that I can snag and share lol! 
It's been a crazy, busy couple of weeks so getting to relax a bit, sketch and day dream about what I'm going to create for our May 3rd reveal date is a nice change of pace. 

and why does it feel like I haven't blogged in forever? I guess it has been a few weeks...I really hate that. I miss the days where I had time to blog several times a week! I'll be back tomorrow with a Life and Little Things post though, I have some catching up to do :)

Thanks for your patience!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Life & Little things...


I'm starting to gather up all the goodies to send to my BSBP partner. Aside from that the past few weeks have been filled with snow days, lots of coffee, kid crafts, sketching, journaling, curling up with a good books and lot's of snuggling :)









What are some of your "Little Things" for this week?

Life & Little Things

Friday, January 31, 2014

Guess what time it is?...


It's almost time for SOUP!!! 




I look forward to this every year! 

Have a peek at what I have created with some of my past "soup" :)
















and these are just from the more recent-ish BSBP's that I have saved on this PC. 

You can search "Bead Soup" on my blog and see all the others if you'd like :)