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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting ready for back to back craft shows!

Today I am spending my time finishing up a few pieces, organizing, polishing, and putting the price tags onto the pile of jewelry that I have made for the 2 craft shows that I have coming up. The first show is Oct 27th and the next is Oct 3rd, why did I sign up for shows on consecutive Saturdays? What was I thinking? Hope all goes well, will post pics of the set ups later.... Annita

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Here is what is on the beading table todayW

I have been working to build up my stock in preparation for 2 shows that I have coming up, one on Oct 27th and another on Nov. 3rd.

This will be a double wrap bracelet with orange crystals and a vintage button for the clasp


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What's on the beading table right now?

Picked up some nice glass pearls at my local bead shop The Beadles in Broken Arrow on Friday. This is what I have done with them so far....

Monday, September 17, 2012

I now have an ETSY Page!!!

Whew! I finally got around to setting up my ETSY page:

Have been adding items to it ( I think I am up to 10 so far) I had put it off due to not really having any good quality pictures of my work, but my step-son was here over the weekend and let me use his "fancy" camera with my light box and they turned out great! Here are some samples of the collages that I made:

Let me know what you think, I used a free photo program called Picasa 3 and it makes it easy to add the watermarks, edit, and make the collages.

Hope you will give my ETSY a look over too and let me know if I need to change anything etc.since I am a newby! Annita

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Charity auction for Calibre Audio Books

I am participating in an auction to raise money for a Charity and would appreciate any and all of you to go the the following link and look at the many items of beautiful jewelry that are being auctioned off. We had a bead swap and then made our creations from the beads we were send by our partners and will be auctioning off all the makes for the charity.

This is what I made for the event, Annita

What I have been up to lately

Haven't blogged for a while, been really busy with family things. I have however managed to do a little bit of jewelry. Did some wire wrapping and here are the results

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Finally finished the tubular netting pieceI

It is finally finished and boy is it heavy! Decided to add the chain to make it longer to keep it from being too heavy to wear. Annita

Friday, August 24, 2012

I have been wire wrapping for a bit

Went to a Gem and Mineral Show last weekend with my hubby and picked up several interesting items.

This is what I have done with them so far:

As you can tell, I still have many more to play with so I had best get back at it!

So long for now, Annita

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

BSBP second reveal is this Saturday!

Be sure to visit all my fellow BSBP participants and see what they reveal this Saturday

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Monday, August 6, 2012

What's on the beading table today?

Today I am rotating between three projects:

I am still working on the tubular netting project that I started a few days ago

I am mostly working on a commissioned double wrap bracelet for a customer of mine, but I can only work on it in short sessions as these seem to be difficult for me to do for long periods, I tend to get my shoulders to hurting after a while with these since I like to use longer lengths of thread to avoid lots of knots in the bracelet. When I finish with adding all the crystals I will be searching for the perfect silver button to use as a clasp.

The third project on my table is a necklace that I am working on based on my "fruit loop" bracelet pattern. I am graduating the loops so that they will be fuller and longer as you get to the front of the necklace, since this one is for me, I only work on it when not much else is in the works.

Happy Beading! Annita

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Win a torch on a blog, count me in!

Saw a link for this blog with a chance to win a torch...hope I am lucky

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Learning a new pattern : Tubular netting

Saw a link for this pattern and had to give it a go: Here is the link:

It was slow to start, but getting faster as I go along, think I will make a necklace, add cones to the ends. Will post pics of completed project soon! Annita

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Finished the barefoot sandals

Here are the completed barefoot sandals. I hope that Hannah likes them! Annita

Monday, July 30, 2012

Barefoot sandals - Part 2

One done, one more to go. You will have to excuse my ugly foot, I had to pull it up higher on my ankle than it would normally be since I am a size 7 shoe.

Now back to the worktable to make the other one and to get mailed off to Hannah!


Now on to another project

My niece is getting married on the beach in the Bahamas at the end of August, so I offered to make her some barefoot sandals to wear. I finally started on them and this is what I have so far:

I am making then to the measurements of her foot ( she wears a size 8 shoe ) so I tried them on my sister's foot (her step mom) since she is also a size 8. Yea! they fit perfect.

Now all I need to do is finish the ends and add the lobster claw clasp, will probably add a short length of chain with a crystal dangle to make somewhat adjustable around the ankle.

Will post pics when finished. Bye for now, Annita

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party First Reveal !!!

Finally finished all my makes from the Bead Soup that I received from my partner Alice
here is what I started with:

I used the ceramic focal bead along with some wire and a mix of seed beads to create this necklace and earring set and used some of the red and brown beads to make a coordinating bracelet:

I then used the fab artisan made button by Collins with some "wonky" pearls that I had to make a necklace and earrings:

Alice had included a piece of silk ribbon and I had never used fibers in my work so I struggled to come up with a design idea. I added some copper washers and came up with this necklace and earring set:

I also made something with the blue beads that were in the mix. I had a glass tube bead that was the same color so I used it as a focal and added some silver disc beads to create another necklace and earring set:

All in all I found my first experience at a Bead Soup Blog Party to be an interesting and challenging endeavour!

Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with, especially my partner Alice. This is what I sent to her:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How to wire wrap a marble

Finished wrapped marble

cut two lengths of wire (I used 20 gauge) approx 10 inches long, then bind them together in the center with a smaller gauge wire (mine was 24 gauge)

wrap the wires around your marble bringing to a point at the top directly above your binding wire

with your marble in the loop of wire pull the pair of wires apart from each other so that you have wires in the north, south, east and west directions

create your bale loop at the top with two of the wires and wrap them with the other two wires

at this point you can either trim all 4 wires or use one or more of them to create spirals for accents

these are the tools that are used

I had a little trouble getting the remarks lined up to the photos, but I think you should be able to follow.

Happy Marble Wrapping!