Sunday, April 21, 2013

Featuring Brookly Bead Goddess

This week I will feature an amazing glass artist.  She creates some of the most amazing beads with her torch and some little glass tubes.  Envious much?  Not me! Yeah right!.

April of BrooklynBeadGoddess is to put it in her own words a "glass bead maker and jewelry designer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York."  She believes that this is what gives her the style and flair that makes her jewelry unique.  I have to say I must agree with her.  April has been fascinated by glass since she was a young girl watching the glass artists along the boardwalk at Coney Island.

Check out her Handmade Artist site and profile and she will give you a very good explanation of exactly what it is that she does and much better I might add, than I can.  The technique is called "lampworking" and it is just fantastic.

What I would really like to do her is to show you some of the beautiful beads and jewelry that April has designed and then let you go check it out for yourself.  You will also find at the bottom of this post a variety of places where you can find April and her work all over the Internet, so do be sure to bookmark a few of these because you will want to come back to her again and again.

Product Details:

Beautiful topaz brown glass bead decorated with sunshine yellow, white and pale aqua designs. I made this bead myself by carefully melting glass in a torch flame. Two aqua swarovski crystals added in the middle and wire wrapped with sterling silver
Measures approx 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Don't all us ladies just love to bling out our purses, well now you can with handmade beads by April.  I just love this one.


Product Details:

Be unique and add some bling to your look. I made these beads myself by melting glass in a torch flame. Each one has a different color and design. No two alike. Attach it anywhere you want some artistic flair. Copper wire was used to wrap these beads, silver metal pewter beads in between. Silver metal clip makes it easy to snap on and off. Hook it on whatever you want or take the hook off and slip your neck chain through. Last picture shows how it hangs from my handbag. Very unique and artsy ~
Measures from top of  loop to bottom 2 1/4 inches ( without the attached loop)
These are really fun earrings incorporating a wire wrapping technique as well.  Amazing.

Product Details:
I made these earrings with my handmade glass lampwork beads. Solid black, solid lime and periwinkle with acid yellow dots with a black dot in each. Swarovski crystals in green, yellow and clear wire wrapped in a swirl pattern. Sterling silver ear wires too.

Measures 2 1/4 inches from top to bottom

 Now this one.  This bracelet is to die for.  Amazing colors and the look is Awwwesome.

Product Details:
All these glass beads are made by hand by melting glass in a torch flame. I used a variety of colors to get the "kaleidoscope" effect. Eleven lampwork handcrafted beads with swarovski 6mm bicone crystals in Olivine and Indicolite colors. All components are made from sterling silver ( ball beads, crimps, wire guards, toggle clasp)

Measures for a 7 inch wrist
End to end measures 8 inches

So as you can see here, going to visit April at one of her many locations, is just simply a MUST DO!.  So see you there.

Be blessed.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

T.Rusk4U - Featured Artists of the Week

This week the Handmade Artist is Teresa of T.Rusk4U.  You can always find beautiful things in Teresa's shop.  I am going to show you a few, but first

let's see who Teresa is shall we.  Well first of all she is an amazing artist of handcrafted jewelry. Teresa began like most all of us she has been crafting for a long time, as she says, "for as long as I can remember".  She began her journey by sewing, again as many of us did.  I, myself began with crochet, moved to sewing and on and on and on.  But back to Teresa.  She has a passion for handmade art.  She soon discovered the creation of her own jewelry and was hooked, she loves all aspects of this particular craft and has some amazingly beautiful pieces.  I have shown a few of my favs below.  But she did not stop there, nope not Teresa.

She was so passionate about handmade art that she opened her own B&M (Brick and Mortar) store in Mebane, NC for handmade artists in her area.  If you are in her area or passing through, stop in, it is one of those places that you just must see.  She has beautiful things in her shop there and the area is a beautiful place to see as well.

I just love these adorable hair clips for little girls, made from gross-grain ribbon and adornments of various styles.  This one just says "sunshine".

And here you will see her passion for jewelry showing through.  This is a fantastic wire-wrapped ring created using copper wire and Italian Onyx.  Can't wait to order one can you? She has many different variations of this particular ring.
Now this one is just a beauty.  I love the way that Teresa has wrapped these Green Jasper beads.  She has also created her own chain links to put this together, it is called the figure 8 link.  This one is long enough to just slip over your head.  I like that.  I tend to fumble with clasp so this is just my style and those beads, can you say AWWWWWWWesome.

Another beautiful piece is one Teresa calls Southern Seas.  It is a very calming piece. I am for some reason simply drawn to these colors.  This casual set will make choosing a piece for a nice spring day out at a picnic a 'no-brainer'. 

This is the shop you will find in Mebane, NC where you will see many more of Teresa's jewelry pieces as well as other pieces of handmade art that she has created.  Check her out when you are there.  Tell her Pam sent you, she will love to show you around her shop.

The following links are all the places that you can see pieces that Teresa has created and well as learn more about this amazing artist that I am proud to call my friend.

So sit down with a cup of coffee and a danish or something and prepare to be amazed.

Be blessed

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I See Trouble

Yep, I think I am in trouble.  I am normally such an organized person and for over 40 years of working in various administrative positions from entry level to executive level, project management to real estate and property management, I have always been a bit OCD about organization.  So what happened?  I just don't have a clue.  I have always had my jewelry and quilling and crochet supplies organized as well, but the last month or so, it seems to have fallen in to the wastebasket.

Let me just show you.  Here is a photo of how I work, so that I can move around the house and sit anywhere and work.  Actually this is a photo of the tray for a project I am about to begin for a custom order that I need to get out.

And the next couple of photos are of my little studio area that is in one side of my bedroom. I wish I could have thought to do a zoom of this so you could see exactly how messed up this is.  However, you can see that little space in the center.  Yep, that is where I work when I am in there in the afternoon when I am not homeschooling my grandson.

Yeah, I know, really messed up. I just
have to laugh. 

Well see what happened was, I had everything organized. I have these books with individual trays for beads that hold several different groups of beads, you can see that on the tray in the first picture.  Well each book holds 8 of these trays and I had all my seed beads in one book and swarovski crystals in another and then I have Czech beads, other glass beads, twin beads and Tila beads in another one.  Then there are all those little boxes you see stacked up.  Yep, some of those are various stones and beads that I pick up along the way that don't really fit into the books of categories.  But then there are all these little trays that came from an organizer that a friend gave me that came from the hardware store.  They hold clasps and findings that don't fit into one of the stackable storage boxes.

But then about a month ago, I came into a huge stash of beads that had been 'damaged out' at a local craft store for one reason or another.  Perhaps they had just been opened and nothing was missing but they don't sell them after that or it was missing a bead or a pendant or some such nonsense.  Anyway, I was really really happy to get all those things.  Just one itty bitty problem,  I don't have enough storage.  Well I did go buy 3 more stackable storage boxes which you can see in the photo directly above next to the recipe box with all those delightful stickers to show the various cultures of the recipes that will go inside. Now you say, "it looks like the boxes are empty.  Yep,some are.  What I found out and is begun in the top box, is that I needed more storage for finished pieces that I store this way to take to shows and to the area markets to show off or sell.

So I guess I have done all this and shown off my really bad side here to do this.  HELP!!!!!!

Got any suggestions, please leave them in the comment section.  Keep in mind that in a couple months I am going to have to move, so storage that can easily be packed, moved and then unpacked successfully would be a good thing.  All suggestions are welcome.  Got to get this under control.  I can't work like this and now because of this I am taking over the dining room table which is where I do the lesson planning and school work with my grandson, so he is feeling a bit squeezed right now.  So to alleviate his stress, we have been having some classes outside walking around, but there has to be some organization for him as well because he does not work well in clutter of any kind.  Being ADHD, he needs order to his surroundings, it really does help.

OK, that's it for now.  Looking forward to some suggestions.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Be blessed

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Featured Artists for Week April 7

This weeks feature is one of my favorites in the Handmade Artists World.  She does such a variety of work that she has actually branched out and created two shops.  This one The Alchemists Vessel has a lot of variety and you can spend all day long just looking at all the individual pieces of work.

This artists in her own words says "Eclectic and fun, I try to bring a sense of whimsy and femininity to the pieces I create. As a self-taught artisan I find that not being confined to the traditional allows me to be freer in my designs."  I could not have said it better, truly. She has beautiful designs and I am always sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what she comes up with next.  Me I play around with ideas in my head, not Alix, she actually gets them done.  She is awesome.

Not only is she a wonderful artisan but she is a wonderful friend.  She is a bit zany, and that is great; she is a bit funny, and that is amazing, she can laugh at herself and that is awesome.  Can't say enough about the person I have come to know.  But I digress, let's get back to her work.  Here are some of my favs from


This is lovely is called the "Peek-a-Boo" bracelet. It is described as substantial and supple and a tailored look for the office as well as a fabulous date night accessory.

Here we have the bold look using some common hardware items.  This is one of the ideas I had been playing around with, but Alix has done a much better job with this design, so I am simply going to defer to her talents.

This is a lovely piece as well and it is called Ants Chainmaille and Czech glass bead bracelet.
It is a beautiful display of Alix chainmaille work.

Now let's move on to another shop.

BlackbirdMetalWorks is a division of the TheAlchemistsVessel.  Here you will find Sterling Silver and Fine Jewelry pieces created by Alix from her myriad of design talents.  You will have a very hard time choosing which piece to purchase.

Here are a couple of pieces that I love.

This Filigree Leaf Motif Sterling silver ring is absolutely gorgeous.  Hand created by Alix with love and attention to detail.  This is a piece that will last your lifetime and you will be showing it off to everyone you see.

This beautiful ring is just to die for.  The deep green of the malachite with the markings of the stone are beautiful when handset in this sterling silver and hand soldered and detailed band.  The band is also stamped sterling silver.  I am saving my pennies here.
Another shot of this beautiful ring.

Make sure that you check out each piece in the collection of jewelry that is created with a passion unmatched by many. 

You can find Alix at the following locations.

No excuses, go take a look.

I hope you have enjoyed this feature, if so, please leave a comment and share to your social networks so others may investigate the talents of Alix.

Be Blessed

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Unusual Easter Sunday

Today began as any other, nearly.  I got up and said "howdy and thank you" to my Lord.  Then I realized that my whole house was out of sorts.  I had a splitting headache, as did my daughter and my grandson, well let's just say he woke up on the wrong end of the bed today too.

But we are nothing if not persistent.  So we had breakfast, did a few things around the house, cooked a couple things for an Easter dinner we were attending at a friends home and took off for there.  The afternoon only got worse before it got better however.  It seemed that everyone was out of sorts and everyone wanted to take it out on my poor little grandson who just simply did not understand what he might be doing wrong.

It came to a bit of a head at the dinner table when he was being forced to eat some mashed potatoes that he did not want.  He did not like them.  You see, I put a bit of mayonnaise in mine and my friends does not.  But she also offered a dish that is his favorite, mashed sweet potatoes.  Bless his heart, he was told that he could not have more of his favorite until he ate the ones he did not want.  Well he was having none of that.

Finally, he just looked up and at everyone at the table and said "You can't tell me how to eat. I know how to eat."  I just stared at him and normally would have reprimanded him for being so impertinent to adults, but realized that we were being totally unfair.  No one else had mashed potatoes, no wonder he did not want to eat them, no one else was so why should he.  My friend had made just a bit of them because she knew that he liked them, what she did not know was that he prefers sweet potatoes. 

To compromise, I said, "Jaeden, take one more bite of the mashed and then I will give you more sweet potatoes."  He did and I did and he ate two more helpings of sweet potatoes.  I looked at my daughter and my friend and said, "what?" "He likes them better, and hey, they are actually better for him, so sue me."

After that, things seemed to improve, he played, hunted a few eggs my daughter hid for him and played in the hammock in the front yard which he absolutely loves.  He was happy, I was happy and so was everyone else by evenings end and we had defeated the devil.  He did not win, he did not take our joy away in our time together and though we had a few tough moments it was a lesson that we must all persist and push through to get to where we should be.  And everyone should realize, children are people too and they have likes and dislikes just as we do.  We must always "be what we want them to become".  If we want them to be fair, then we must be also, if we want them to understand a situation, then we must look at the situation and understand it as well.

I did talk to him about the way he had spoken to the adults at the table and let him know that it was not appropriate to do that, however, that being said, I did understand what he was trying to let us know and that he should always try to find a way to let me or his mom know how he feels.  His response to me was this.

"Mimi, I love you and God loves you and He understands that we don't always know exactly what to do, so if He can forgive us, then I forgive you too."

I cried, I laughed and I hugged and loved my 'little man' and know that the Lord blessed me today on this day we celebrate His resurrection.  For this I am thankful.

Be blessed