Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Art Bead Scene Sept Challenge

Maine Beach Cabin

Pendant handmade from earthenware clay by me. I found this seaweed on the beach when we were in Maine this summer and brought it home in a container of very cold seawater which I refrigerated until I could make the mold from it. This is the pendant I made. The lines of seaweed made me think of the log cabin quilt pattern in this month's ABS Challenge. I used several of the colors in the quilt that I like and made up this necklace. The wire wrapped beads are also made by me from ceramic clay.

                                                  Close up of the pendant on this necklace

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday I am Running Late

China buttons from a Flea Market in Maine

 I want to thank all of you who commented and wrote to me about my vacation happenings.  So nice to hear from all of you and to hear that I was missed.

I have several pics for my BeadTable Wednesday.  Some fun things I picked up in Maine at a cool Flea
These are some "china buttons" which I think means porcelain buttons that I found at the Maine flea market. I also found this set of quite small antique Victorian buttons. They all seem to have leaves and flowers. I love to use these on my free form peyote stitch bracelets. The porcelain ones I don't know what I will do with them but since I love to wire wrap I am looking forward to seeing where that will take me with them.

Victorian Metal Buttons

the set is totally gorgeous (click the link above to see it all)
peyote stitch bracelet with my handmade copper button--just finished this and wanted show it off
                           the clasp is also a button I made, just much smaller and sewn on like a button

               this button which is in front is slightly domed so it has some slight movement which is fun
                         I am keeping this one for myself for now.  It is fun to wear. I will probably                            part with  it when the Studio Tour comes in November.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Back from a Nice Long Vacation

I have been on vacation for almost 3 weeks and have had a great time visiting with family, doing some Staycation activities at home and lastly a wonderful trip to the Beach in Maine where the weather was sunny and the water much warmer than usual. 

 Tree House My husband Jochen began  building  for the grandchildren--They helped put up the ladder stairs.

I made these fold form earrings

 All of us--parents, aunt, kids made these fold form leaves
we had never done it before--it was such fun and the results so exciting

Jochen redid our deck during this time.  You can see it under the outdoor fireplace my son and his wife are putting together for me --my birthday present.

We had such fun cooking hot dogs and makings Smores over the fire--even when it rained

Fishing was by far the favorite activity of the kids. They fished in the good weather, in the rain and in the dark.  They caught them and then put them back.  Never tired of it. 
The roof on the new part of my studio was put on during the Staycation part of my vacation

I received my copy of Heather Powers' book and could show off my pieces in it to my family.   And later during the stay home part, I had time to write a review of it for and my Newsletter.  What a wonderful book.  I feel so honored to be a part of it.

Now my Etsy Shop is back open and I am preparing my September Newsletter and adding pieces to my website.  I am going to spend this week reading all those blog posts I missed.  I have quite a bit more traveling planned for September so I didn't participate in the Bead Soup Blog Hop but look
forward to seeing what all of you have made.

I am glad to be back.  It feels good to be blogging again after such a nice long vacation.  Thanks for stopping by.

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