Friday, September 28, 2007

Etsy Bead Weavers September Challenge

The entries are in for the Etsy Beadweavers September Challenge. "Show Me Your Colors" Please stop by pick your favorite and place your vote.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

In Loving Memory of John M. Mayer

John M. Maher Nov 17, 1917 - Sept 20, 2007 Your smile is gone forever Your hands we cannot touch thank God for precious memories of one we loved so much It breaks our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Brenda thank you so much for sharing your Daddy with me. By knowing John my life was enriched with his gentleness and kindness. His love for life and the stories he told took me to an erra, a place and time of the city which no longer exist. Our travels around town were always such an adventure. I mispronounced the street names and he was always trying to figure out what street I was trying to say. Life was an adventure and we alway found our way to and from the old neighborhoods. Thank goodness for Tammye and Brenda who could guide me via the phone through some of the places we would end up. I saw and learned a lot about New Orleans from John. I learned to love this City of New Orleans through John's stories. I learned never to get my hair cut at the same time he did from the ladies on the other side of the Barborshop. I have had a hard time living down that Cajun haircut!! The angels watched out for the us when the car broken down and a tire went flat. I know with them being here on earth for us they are with him now in Heaven. I mourn the loss of a friend who I loved to spend time with. I have peace in my heart knowing he is with the loved ones and friends who went before him. Peace be with you John.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fiesta Flamingo Bracelet

The Flamingo Hotel-Las Vegas was the inspiration for the color choices I used in creating the Fiesta Flamingo Bracelet. The vitral rivolis sparkle like the neon lights on the strip. This piece was created for the estybeadweavers September challenge. "Show your Colors". Voting starts tomorrow. It is going to be hard choosing a winner as all the entries are gorgeous. You can see more pictures of Las Vegas here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September Bead Journal Page

My bags are packed, my beads are in my carry-on (large purse) and we are ready for flight in the morning. Las Vegas here we come. We are staying at the Flamingo Hotel. A perfect theme for my September Bead Journal page. Flamingo Carved Tagua Nut This bead holds so many memories for me of great trips with my friend Marcie. One of our many following Judith across country on her trek from Tombstone, AZ to Atrium, New Hamphsire. Beading together trying out new bead projects. Good friends, good food and time spent with friends. I finshed a few other bead projects this month. I realized when I put them all together there was a lot of purple. This sent me on a quest to find out what I could about the color purple. Not to mention a trip to the store to find something to wear with all this purple! Purple is the color trend for fall this year. To read about the color purple go here It's time to call it a night "Gracie" You got a plane to catch in the morning!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

What are you going to do with all those Rivolis?

Has the sparkle and colors of all those wonderful rivolis caught your eye? Now that you have them, what are going to make with them? I promptly got on the internet and ran over to Bead-Pattern Centeral. I had my eye on the Laura McCabe Crown Jewels Crystal Ball. I used topaz rivolis with copper iris metallic delicas. I have been wearing it on a bronze chain. I am keeping my eyes open for a antique copper chain. I have a purple one in the works. I hope to get it done before Monday. That should be easy right? It has been a week of medical procedures, doctor appointments, more medical procedures and fighting with insurance. A new job for my husband meant a business trip to Houston and a hurricane that formed so fast in the gulf it hit before he had a chance to make it home. There we go living on the edge again!! Thanks goodness all is well and he is home safe and so are we. Now if you would like to pick up some of those rivolis for youself check out Cindy's Crafts.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

A Bead Book To Inspire You

The Art of Beaded Beads will take you on an adventure exploring design, color & techniques. The wonderful thing about experimenting with beads is you can make one for a pendant. If you really enjoyed the pattern you can create two more for a set of earrings. I found this book to be very informative. I am ready to begin my adventure in creating beaded beads. Are you ready? The Tetrahedron Bead by Diane Fitzgerald. I am coloring outside of my normal range with raspberry lined and olive matte delicas. My plans are to make two smaller Tetrahedron beads for earrings. I bought antique brass chain and assembled a necklace with a brass clasp. 8mm raspberry puffy crystals with 4mm olivine A/B crystals complete the design.