Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pantone Fall 2013 Color Forecast

Whew! Judging by the way the leaves had just changed and then the wind blew them all down in the space of about two weeks here, I'd have to say the Autumn season is definitely upon us! I'm a little late to the party sharing Pantone's Fall forecast, but there's still a few more months left to pull together that killer outfit or accessory in some of this year's hottest color trends!

I've already been busy creating some new lampwork glass bead designs that would fit in nicely with this color palette, like these…

Caramello Leaf Headpins
Baroque Delphinium Set
Marrakesh Mixed Bead Set

I love jewel tones and I can see myself wearing any and all of these luscious colors! My favorites are Acai, Samba and Vivacious, paired with one of the softer neutrals like Linden Green or Carafe. And I can't wait to head out to the studio and make more beads with these rich color combinations. What are your favorite shades that you look forward to wearing this Fall? *Ü*

Friday, October 25, 2013

Feeling Lucky? Bead Magazine Giveaway!

Edited to Add: This Giveaway has ended and CONGRATULATIONS to Kay of KaysKreationz, for being the lucky winner! Her #4 comment was chosen by Random Number Generator and I'll be shipping this great issue out to her soon. I really appreciate everyone who entered and shared some of their favorite Autumn colors—and please check back here often, since I'm sure I'll be doing another fun giveaway before the end of the year too! *Ü*

I'm so pleased to let you know that my "Rivendell" Necklace is featured with step-by-step instructions in the lastest issue of Bead Design Studio! I received two copies of the magazine earlier this month, but admit that I forgot all about it underneath of pile of mail (ack!). But since there's still a week left to the month, I hope it's not too late to offer my extra copy to one lucky reader?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment to share you favorite Fall jewelry colors by October 28th and I will draw names on the 29th to announce the winner. Please don't forget to include a way for me to contact you and Good Luck! *Ü*

Monday, October 21, 2013

Whitworth Family Weekend

This past weekend was Family Weekend at Whitworth University, where our two daughters are both attending school. Kraig and I were so excited to see Katie and Ashley for the first time since we helped them move into their dorms in August, and we couldn't have asked for nicer weather so we could all enjoy some fun time together on the beautiful campus and surrounding area. Here are some of the highlights of our visit…

We brought both the girls' beloved pets up with us as a special surprise (where they each proceeded to smuggle them into their rooms for the whole weekend—shhhhhhh! Please don't tell! LOL)

Katie and Lion, her Lion Head mini bunny
Ashley and Romeo

On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a lovely country drive out to one of the great Pumpkin Patches that were in the area…

Gorgeous new barn with a cool "castle tower" that I just loved!

…and while it turned out to be quite a challenge to get a decent family shot, we finally managed to snag a few good ones (after too many outtakes to share here, thanks to a ton of weird spontaneous poses by the girls and the *ahem* unusual compositions taken by Katie's boyfriend, Ian?! LOL)

Then after a delicious lunch at one of their favorite diners, we headed out for some shopping, walked around campus to enjoy the Fall color, and caught part of a soccer match (we won, yay!)…

We couldn't figure out if these white things up in a tree were supposed to be ghostly decorations for Halloween, or underwear…and we were too afraid to ask!!

We managed to cram in a great visit in the short amount of time we had, but all too soon we were saying our goodbyes for the long drive back home, while the girls went back to preparing for their upcoming midterms. I can't wait to do it again soon (and maybe we'll try to see if we can smuggle Max in this time?!!) *Ü*

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Find: Spicy Frit Rack

Always on the look-out for a fun surprise at my local thrift shop, I happened upon this spinning spice rack the other day and thought it would make for a great storage piece! As is often the case whenever I stumble upon something like this, I wasn't quite sure what supplies I wanted to put in it at first—but then the light bulb in my brain went off and I decided it would be perfect to store my favorite frit blends in my glass studio…

I used to have my frit (crushed glass bits) stored in a plastic bin that I would have to sort through whenever I needed to find a certain color I wanted to work with. But now everything is out and easy to see—and makes for a pretty pop of color on my work table too. I forgot to take a "before" photo when I first brought it home, but I don't think it will be too hard to use your imagination for that, right? All I had to do was rinse out the empty bottles, pour in the frit, and transfer the labels from the original bags to the new jar tops (I used my handy-dandy bottle of Un-Du from my scrapbooking days—works like a charm!).

I love that it can hold so much in a compact area, especially since my table space is limited. (But to be honest, this isn't all the frit I have! LOL) The tops have flip lids so I can choose to sprinkle a little out at a time, or unscrew it to pour a larger amount.

If you don't have a need for frit storage, there are plenty of other supplies you could use this concept for, such as headpins, buttons, sequins, or small beads. The only bummer is that one of the jars was missing when I bought it—so if you happen to have an extra one of these laying around you would like to send me—please feel free! *Ü*

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Design Challenge No. 5 Reveal

Whew! These past two weeks have flown by and time for another Challenge reveal already? To refresh our memories, this is the Inspirational photo I chose for this Challenge:

To be honest, I've been swamped with getting myself prepped for one of the bigger bead shows I do that is coming up in October, so I wasn't able to get too carried away with it. Although I did make more Raspberry beads (an obvious choice, but it also worked in my favor to bring to the show! *Ü*) Two other artists stepped up to the Challenge and submitted their fabulous designs that I'm sure will prove to be much better inspirations to you all…

The first one is a pair of beautiful earrings by Janet Bocciardi of Honey from the Bee. I love all the different shades of pinks and how she combined the textures of the glass beads and the fibers together!

And Janine from Esphera Travel Blog shared this bracelet incorporating floral lampwork beads, antique brass, and the more gorgeous wine-pink pearls I've ever seen.

She also made a coordinating pair of earrings with raspberry colored Swarovski crystals wrapped around the ear wires. I love how just that little touch gives them a unique flair. And I was stunned to read her blog and see that she lives in and travels the world in a Mercedes-Benz truck and creates all her jewelry while on the road?! Now that is traveling in style!

As for my little Giveaway of one of my Berry beads, Janet ended up being the name I drew from the hat. Congratulations, Janet! Thanks so much to both of you talented ladies for entering this Challenge. I am wowed by your inspirational ideas and ingenuity! *Ü*
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