Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Challenge entry, Honey ,here we go!

Another month, another challenge.This one was about how to heal the world, and the problems that we face on a global level.
So I thought honeybees. With the colony collapse disorder, their disappearance is a major issue.
Sweet little insects, so important to life as we know it...
So here we go, a honey bee necklace dedicated to busy little bees all across the world. For their lightness, movement(*shout out to Marsha*) the sweet substance they produce to feed and heal us.
Notice the cubic zirconium drops, that are like drops of honey, and the topaz Swarovski stones in the center of the bead embroidered semi circles (*shout out to Lisa*)looking like honeycombs?
I really like this one. Makes me very happy. I just wanted something different, something that I haven't seen in any magazine or book. Did it work, I wonder?
Let me know ladies.
Then here is the picture of the day for you. Happy Sammy rolling around in the grass celebrating another perfect day.
And finally here is a happy picture of mommy and baby, baby of course wearing the honeybee necklace. Isn't she the loveliest?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tell me, what's your method of madness?

So some ladies keep their beads in tubes some don't, some have studios and some have rooms for beading, yet some only have desks.
I have a chest full of beads, and it gets chaotic.
I sit on the floor when I use it as a table. I don't have a proper beading tray, I use small triangular little ittsy bittsy traylings.
As a matter of fact, chaotic is a gross understatement. I live in a teentsy weentsy apartment with the hubby, his bike in the bedroom (the bike oftentimes takes showers too),Samantha Regina , best boxer daughter in the world, two kitties and enough acrylic paint in the kitchen cabinets to finish small church ceilings with. And then of course, about 50 lbs worth of beads and miscellaneous items related to beading.
All those magical beady items reside in a chest that also doubles as a coffee table. When I don't put things back to where they belong, the controlled chaos becomes unbearable random mayhem.

So the first picture shows what I use the paint for. That's my favorite mural I did, not much before I moved from NY. It's a re- imagining of a painting I own from a certain Karl Baagoe from the 1800s. Dutch seascape painter. I made the mural for a grandpa who wanted a boyish maritime painting for his grandson's bedroom. I haven't been painting much since I took up beading.

Then we have the infamous dark chest of wonders. And part of what resides in it.
In order first.As it should be. But you know, sometimes life creeps up on you, bites you in the derriere ,and there goes organization.

Notice, that I organize my beads by colors not what they are.
For example not by size, shape , material they are made out of (except for pearls, they have their own box),but color. Because when I think of jewelry, upcoming projects, I think in colors and textures, but colors first and foremost.... (I also tend to organize my books in the same fashion , and so Proust gets to sit on the same shelf with fairy tales, if they both have purple bindings. Since I am a highly visual thinker, I will find everything this way just by thinking about the color of the book I need. This encourages some interesting lateral thinking exercises. I don't have anything against the Dewey Decimal system, it's just not for me.)

And then there is the before picture of sad chaos.

So the question is, how do YOU organize your stuff? I do not know anyone in person who beads (except for one very nice lady called Bobbe, but I have never seen her stash), and I am dying to know how everyone else does it? I came to do my own thing based on how I do everything else, and most things I tend to do differently then most people I know.
Please leave me comments and tell me what you do. Think of this as a bead organizational survey.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Flaming June

Marcie over at La Bella Joya has a beading challenge every month, where she makes beautiful things based on architecture, paintings or other works of art, and challenges herself, and her readers to create jewelry with a specific color scheme based on the piece of art.
How cool is that?
I just discovered her blog and I knew I had to join the fun.
She had to paintings to inspire us this month, Vermeer's Girl with the pearl earring and Frederic Leighton's Flaming June.
Well, Flaming June is new to me, and I was captivated by the unusual color combination.

So here is what came of it. I am very intrigued by these colors together, so there might be more orange creations coming soon.
The picture of the painting is from Wikipedia.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Guess what time it is?

Well, of course it's Etsy Beadweavers challenge time.
Time to vote again ladies and gentleman.
The winner now is decided by an in house voting, but a public voting is still taking place at the team blog, where I am the last entry, number 31.
But please, vote for whoever you think is the best this month.
My personal favorite this month is the Balrog piece by my friend Marsha Wiest-Hines, you simply must check it out right here on her blog. It's all embers and ashes, a fiery infernal beauty so gorgeous it makes me want to weep.
My other favorite is my friend Sharayah Sheldon's Dead Marshes, because it truly captures the feel of those dead marshes, eerie with the lights of dead, elves , men lost in war floating just under the surfaces of the water. Incredibly moody and wonderful.
Then my other favorite is Rosita Pisarchick's Edoras piece, which also does a wonderful job on representing her chosen theme, the imagery of Edoras. A warrior's pectoral necklace, how unusal and beautiful!

As for my humble piece, it's an ent necklace that was made by men, not by ents, representing ents and entwives too. (The ent is in the middle, the Greenman figure, but it's surrounded by entwifely order , almost as if it was in the garden of the entwives, rather then in the wilderness of the woods.)

This piece was a blast to make. I hope you'll enjoy looking at it.