I don't think I have ever shown you this necklace. I created this and submitted it to a publication but it got cut. I love this piece! It's so asymmetrical and earthy and I love the Pewter bird focal and toggle clasp, both from Green Girl Studios. I am still waiting for the publisher to send it back to me along with the other pieces that weren't accepted and the pieces that were. I will get this in my shop as soon as I get the package back.
I am so excited to see the awesome turn-out of the book giveaway, already 48 comments! woot woot! These are great books and I hope you all tell your friends about the giveaway too. The more I do this, the more they'll send me great books to give away so let's keep up the comments!!
Yesterday was a sad day. We traveled back home again to attend the funeral of my Uncle B. He is married to my Aunt C, who is my father's sister. It was a sad but beautiful day and the service was lovely and really celebrated Uncle B's life. He has been struggling with his health for the past few years of his life and we are quite relieved that he is no longer suffering. I am picturing him up in heaven with my Grandmother, playing cards, drinking a beer, and smiling proudly down at all of us, happy that he no longer has to deal with dialysis, and memory loss. We will all miss him dearly.
Today I am headed to the studio. I hope to get a bunch of new pretties made for my shop. No deadlines looming, no interuptions, nothing but good solid creativeness flowing. I better go before I lose any more steam.
Enjoy today's Bead Blogger links:
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Inspired by a lampwork glass champagne-hued Basha Bead and a shibuichi mermaid pendant, Andrew creates a whimsical and sophisticated necklace.
Strands of Beads
Melissa has a fun time exchanging bead stashes with a friend to create a new bracelet.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
I really think Barb Switzer is a super person and editor! I was thrilled when she interviewed me last year for the online newsletter, Simply Beads!
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei tests the waters with some new bead elements from Pork Chop Show.
Katie's Beading Blog
See pix of Katie's workshop offerings for the Bead & Button Show in June. Registration opened this week and classes are already filling up!
Jewelry & Beading
Cyndi wants to know, wanna be facebook friends?
Oh, geez. Jean's tooting her horn again about her new book, Steampunk Style Jewelry...
Cindy Gimbrone, the Lampwork Diva
Rewind: Cindy's Art Noveau inspired Stile Floreal bronze clay pendants.
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has a special Paris post on photographing jewelry.
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Barbe will be tooting Jean's horn for her new book Steampunk Style at CHA.
Art Bead Scene
January's Art Bead Scene Challenge is a snowy landscape with a solitary magpie painted by Monet.
About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy has developed a quick link list to help you find the jewelry info you need.
A Bead A Day
Unraveled star beads become springy coils in Lisa's wintery white dangly earring project.