Friday, February 26, 2010

Bead Tube Tower

I am always on a quest for a better way to store my seed beads. I think I found it with the new Bead Tower Storage by Bead Smith. I bought mine from Cindy's Crafts. Of course I no longer have 3 & 6 tubes. I traded them for flip-top containers when I bought my bead pavilions. They look great filled with beads but I found it hard to access my beads with the pavilions stored back to back on a shelf. Traveling with this kind of storage system is out of the question. I will be saving my money for more. I think these things are better than sliced cheese! Without further a-do a video showing you the Bead Tower Storage.

Excuse my frog. I spent the better part of the night at a neighborhood watch block party, outside in 40 degree temperatures. P.S. If you have seed beads tubes you would like to recycle I would gladly pay postage to take them off your hands.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Something Magical

There is something magical about Green Girls Studios beads. How else could I explain how this perfect bead ended up in my gift bag from Bead Cruise 2010?
Everyone knows a coffee cup is never far away from my hand. FusionBeads is debuting new beads from Green Girl Studio Treat yourself to a bit of magic and enjoy free shipping from

Bead Soup Party

Heather and some of our San Antonio bead friends are planning to meet up first at Ann Pearce's bead shop for a Bead Soup Party!

This is what we are bringing. 1 16" strand of beads in teal, blue, green or brown to share for our "bead soup" 1 clasp and stringing material. focal bead basic tools.

We'll throw the beads in a bowl and scoop them out to each of our guests. We'll have two hours to make a necklace or bracelet while we chat, laugh and have fun!

Following our little soup party we'll head over to the Rings & Things trunk show for some serious bead shopping!!!
I will be in San Antonio visiting Heather, (humblebeads) so come out visit with us at the show and catch up!

Here is a link to the Rings & Things Trunk Show:

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Turn Left

I pulled out the flip-flops and off we went to enjoy our first warm day in along time. We drove west through country roads crossing over the Luling Bridge. We could see the smoke from a marsh fire burning out of control to the north. The air was still and the waters mirrored this tree's image. Bright red foliage lite up the moss hanging from the trees as we passed by the marsh. I call this swamp land. I love to bird watch as we drive by. I really wanted to take pictures of the wildlife but that man of mine drives too fast and stopping to take a photo isn't an option. It takes a woman with a steady hand to shoot a picture at 35 mph. Lucky for me there was road construction that brought us to a stop while I snapped this shot. Swampland color palette courtesy of Photoshop.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Is It Time Yet?

Cricket and I are ready for spring!
Looks like Cricket is ready for a hair cut too.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Spring/Summer 2010 Color Report for Bead Artist - Spring/Summer 2010 Color Report for Bead & Jewelry Designers
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Margie will guide you through this season's colors and show you how to use them. Color schemes that are daring, snappy, elegant, subtle, glamorous, and flamboyant... they're all in the Spring 2010 Color Report for Bead & Jewelry Designers. Benefits: -Seasonal inspiration for your contemporary designs -Forecast information designated by the individual PANTONE® Color # -Suggested gemstones, Delica® and Swarovski Component colors -Color swatches are referenced to the PANTONE for fashion and home color palette. Visit and find your color sensibility.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

What another Dragonfly?

On Bead Cruise 2010 Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio gave a demo using Vintaj brass to wrap one of her beautiful cabochons. She made something that I thought was difficult seem so simple that I had to give it a try. I am very pleased with how my piece turned out. I have been a fan of Melanie's work for a very long time. I have enjoyed using her Art pieces in previous Bead Cruise projects.
Queen of Denial

Dragonfly Melody

Triton's Daughter

Thank you Melanie for being a 2010 Bead Cruise sponsor. I love the leafy face cabochon gift. Please stop and visit Melanie's blog and read about what goes on in her studio. For a quick fix stop by her Etsy shop. You will find some way cool new resin pendants. Planning your next project visit Earthenstudio and place an order. You will be sure to find that special piece to incorporate in your jewelry designs.
Thanks for stopping by. Beverly

Friday, February 05, 2010

Spring Brings Dragonflies

It was exciting to see two finished dragonflies after the class. Terry and Lissa were wearing their dragonflies before the end of the cruise. Heather made special Humblebeads for this color combination.
The chain and clasp were purchased from BelloModo Check out our bead cruise sponsors at
There are a few kits left that will be making their way to my etsy shop in the future. 2 Teals, a Purple and a Blue. The kits will come complete with a spiral bound booklet.
Now I have two things left to get done on my list and my deadlines will be complete. I wondering how much beading I can get done during the Super Bowl. Ha! probably not much with the nailing biting that will be taking place.

***Note I do not receive any monetary gain from promoting Humblebeads and bead cruise sponsors***

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

"A Sea of Memories"

Bead Embroidery Collar.
Snakeskin Jasper stones surrounded by an assortment of Keshi and coin pearls. Swarovski pearls unite the components. The finishing touch uses antique bronze chain to bring a contemporary look to the design.
A Sea of Memories.
Original design by Beverly Herman 2010