Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Crushing on Calliope

Okay, I think I'm officially in love—with a new glass, that is! *Ü* The newest love of my life (besides my darling hubby, of course!) is an odd batch of silver-laden glass by the Double Helix company. It's called Calliope and I recently made a set of round beads with it that I think are "to die for!"

Isn't it fascinating how the colors change, depending on the light? And although my camera manged to do a pretty good job, there's just no way to describe the luscious mother-of-pearl iridescence and the lovely flashes of blue, amber and purple inside each bead. *sigh* Yup, I'm definitely having a love affair and can't wait until we meet again! *Ü*

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Thrill of Springtime

Ooh, I just adore Springtime! I love that sky seems bluer and the sun starts to shine longer and brighter after months of gray clouds. I love that the flowers start to bloom and become nature's jewelry on bare branches and lawns. I love that the birds are singing and the frogs next door formed a band and decided to join in. Aside from my allergies, it's one of my favorite seasons and very inspiring to me. I want to get outside and exercise more, and I have all sort of Spring-themed designs tossing around in my head. As usual, the artistic side of me almost always wins out over the athletic, but I'm getting there! LOL

Here's some fun beads I made the other day, when I was playing around with variations on my Bella Blossom series. They remind me of the doodles I would draw as a child, therefore I'm calling them my "Doodle Daisies." Aren't they fun?! I think I feel the Springtime call to create a necklace or earrings out of these soon…maybe they'll even inspire me to do some power-walking outside?! *Ü*

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Weekend Get Away

This past weekend, Kraig and I took Ashley and her boyfriend, Jonah, to visit Bainbridge Island for the day. Since we moved out to Washington a few years ago, we've made it a goal to visit all the islands in our area, so this was our third one to explore. Bainbridge has a beautiful residential community and I loved looking at the variety of architecture as we drove down forested roads, looking for a good beach to hunt for shells and sea glass. We never found one, as the beaches there seem to be all rock and driftwood, but we did discover a wonderful little ice cream place in town called Mora Iced Creamery that was to die for! (And judging by the crowd we found when we got there, we're not the only ones with that opinion! *Ü*)

Although we didn't find our dream beach experience there, it was really nice to get away for the day to just relax, soak in the sunshine, and enjoy the beauty around us. I can't wait to try another island visit soon (but not until after I finish doing our tax return. *sigh*)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Heart Happy

It's been a little while since I last blogged, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten all about you guys! *Ü* Life got a little crazy these past few weeks—including Katie coming home for a few days on break from school, my brother paying us an unexpected (and much welcomed!) visit, Kraig getting tooth implant surgery (ouch!), and my allergies driving me batty to the point where my eyes are streaming tears like I've been watching the world's saddest movies all day. I still haven't figured out exactly what I'm allergic to out here, but I'm guessing it's some sort of mold or pollen that is unique to our area, since I've never had itchy eyes like this before. Thankfully, I finally discovered some eye drops that are helping quite a bit now. (***big sigh of relief!***)

With all this going on, I still managed to sneak in some torch time in my studio and have been busy making some custom orders and playing with my new press from GoodGlassCo.com. I've been drooling over this press for quite a while, but they're hard to find in stock, so I was thrilled when Mag told me she had one I could buy! Here's what it looks like:

There's a handle you attach to one half and you can make the cutest little puffy hearts with one side and the other side has some sharp ridges that help create other types of bead designs. I normally like to hand-form my own hearts and will continue do that with the larger sizes, but I know I will love making these smaller ones for earrings, etc., especially when the Maple Valley Farmer's Market starts up again this summer. ;-D

And isn't that Reichenbach Pearl Pink color gorgeous?! It's another new color I just picked up and am really impressed with. It was hard to capture the true blush pink that it is in real life though, mainly because it has a shampoo-like sheen to it that is sooooo yummy!.

So that's my update for now, but more news coming soon, I promise! *Ü*

Monday, March 1, 2010

March is Groovy, Man!

Now that it's officially the month of March, I guess I can finally spill the beads—I mean, beans—that I have two more projects featured in the March issue of Bead Trends! "Yeah, Baby!" I have a necklace and a pair of coordinating earrings, made with some of my favorite bead designs, which I've dubbed my "Groovy Flowers" series…
I also have a bracelet design that I didn't submit to the magazine:

I don't know why, but every time I make or look at these beads, they just make me happy! LOL I'm not sure if it's their Retro looking graphic shapes, the yummy mix of chocolate brown, sky blue and hints of white—or a combination of both? I also make these in a brown and pink, but the blue is definitely my favorite so far. Next, I think I need to try it in classic black and white!
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