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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Yes, it is finally "Reveal Day" for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party - which means that today, almost 500 artisan bloggers around the WORLD will be showing you for the first time and telling you about what they created with the soups of beads received from their partners...including me and my awesome partner, Susan Walls of Susan's Art Circus.
First, a reminder of the incredible soup that Susan sent me - I had sooo much to "cook" with and had such a great time!
Filled with mother of pearl, shells, shades of blues and greens, sea charms, and a beautiful Tribal silver starfish focal, this treasure box was a perfect match for my ocean "spirit" - and the timing was great as we were due to spend a week on the Gulf coast which was great for feeding my muse!
My first piece was a necklace to feature two of the focals - a mother of pearl piece and the silver starfish - and also use one of the clasps from the soup. I added a "fun" silver turtle to the focal and then used the blue and green crackle glass beads along with more mother of pearl rounds, plus blue chalcedony, tropic jade, and rainbow jasper, all wired with sterling silver.
"Beach Dreams" Necklace
Of course, then it was natural for the "fun" turtle to get some "friends."
I LOVE this set sooo much and have already worn it many times - it is definitely a keeper for me :)
With such a wonderful soup collection, my muse kept going but this time I moved to a different color inspiration while still following the ocean/beach theme.
"Sand Dunes" Set
Finally, I used the beautiful turquoise nuggets provided along with chips of amethyst, quartz, and turquoise in a memory wrap bracelet with whimsical sea charms from the soup.
"Beach Wrap" Bracelet
I still have leftover soup, and in this case "leftovers" are great! So, I'm sure I'll be adding to the "Beach Collection" in the near future. It has been such fun getting to know a new super-talented friend, and I can't wait to see what Susan has created with the soup I sent her. Be sure to "hop" over to Susan's Art Circus and see for yourself. And then, check out all the other incredible creations and blogs today and this weekend - you can get the complete list from our fearless leader Lori Anderson at Pretty Things. Have fun hopping!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
As in an "extra" week until the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal - Lori, our fearless (and I mean, fearless, bless her heart) leader, is facing extremely challenging health issues (please keep her in your thoughts and prayers) and has asked that we move the reveal date back one week. So, if you stop by here tomorrow you won't see the incredible necklace, bracelet, and earrings that I can't wait to show you....
But since I now have an extra week....when you stop by NEXT Saturday, May 10th, you might possibly see that awesome necklace, bracelet, pair of earrings PLUS even more great items since the stash I received from my super soup partner is overflowing, and my creative juices have even more time to play! :)
Friday, April 25, 2014
I am so pleased today to finally feature my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Susan Walls of Susan's Charming Trinkets. Susan and her art are all about creativity and fun, and I am having such fun getting to know her as we participate in this year's soup exchange. I hope you'll get to know her a little bit more here and take the time to visit some of her sites. Welcome, Susan!
Explain the story behind your store or trade name.
Let’s see…to be honest I’m not entirely sure how I came up with that name. My business started for me back in 1996 (or before) as Hardwear by Susan. I was into everything creative and focused on nothing. It was (and still is sometimes) pure artistic schizophrenia. The original name was a play on words as my husband is a software computer guy…Hardwear, software…most days that’s an inside joke. As I started to hone in on jewelry as my focus, and themed charm jewelry, Charming Trinkets was uttered one day and I thought it sounded right. I’ve been that ever since…but am having a branding identity crisis yet again and I’m seriously thinking of changing it to Susan’s Art Circus. (my current web and blog name) Just the word circus explains my creative process, my home life, and so many other things!
2. Explain how and why, if applicable, your work has changed in the last 5 years.
Change has happened gradually with the opening of ideas and really concentrating on what I love to do and shedding the things I don’t like so much. I’ve zeroed in much better on running with my intuition and gut rather than overthinking everything. (not everyday but more days that not) That translates into jewelry pieces with more of a mixed media flare, more varied mix of materials and themes, and much more of my sense of humor. I don’t worry so much that the general public will or will not like it. I just go with it…
3. What and/or who influences your work? OR What and/or who motivates you in your work? How do you find your muse?
My family is perhaps my best inspiration on a daily basis. We hang out together a lot and share many humorous stories, jokes, or situations. There always seems to be laughter in my house. Aside from that I love all kinds of people. Part of my career was spent in the restaurant business dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Faces show up constantly. I work all the time so motivation comes in waves. Sometimes it’s the pressure of an upcoming show, other times the thought process of an idea. And the days when motivation seems to be lacking? Well, that I can normally fix with a cup of strong coffee and some studio clean up!
4. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Two things: the freedom of being able to work for yourself and the control that comes with that. It’s very freeing after many years of working for someone else to be able to figure it out for yourself. It’s also a blessing (and some days a curse) to be able to figure out your own destiny and work your passion.
I hate to admit my shop is totally empty currently. I am headed into my first show of the season and everything is going with me!* But if I had to pick something off the table it would be a bracelet filled with images from my own mixed media painting. It’s a fairly new technique I’ve been creating and allows me to take photos or fragments of a painting or larger work and turn it into a wearable piece of jewelry.*Susan completed this interview over a month ago, but I'm just now posting it (see earlier post "Excuses, Excuses, Excuses"). ;)
You can find Susan and her work at the following sites - be sure to stop by!
www.thecre8ivecircus.etsy.com (my jewelry supply shop)www.susanscharmingtrinkets.blogspot.com (my old blog but has lots of stuff still there)
"Stay tuned" as Susan and I (and almost 500 other "beader-bloggers") participate in the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party next Saturday, May 8th - stop by here to see the creations I make from Susan's wonderful soup and start hopping to Susan's blog to see what she created with my soup...and on to the other talented designers!
"Friday Feature," is a highlight available to artisans/bloggers who follow this blog - just become a "GFC" (Google Friend Connect - in the right hand column) and I'll forward you the information. If you know of someone who might like to be featured, let them know about this opportunity!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Awol, I know...and when I've been supposed to be blogging about the amazing Bead Soup Blog Party exchange that I'm participating in (our big "reveal" of creations is coming NEXT Saturday, May 3rd). If it matters, I do have some good excuses (a couple of unexpected hospital stays, a much needed vacation), some reasonable excuses (extra Mimi time with the kiddos, some final celebrations with soccer girl as she approaches graduation, a calendar full of graduation and wedding preparations), and yes, those excuses that just don't hold water (procrastination, "oh, I've put it off for so long so where do I begin now"). But, I'm here now so here we go...
First, let me say I am thrilled to be paired with the multi-talented Susan M. Walls of Susan’sCharming Trinkets. Just a reminder, with the BSBP, each partner sends a "soup" of beads which must contain at least one focal and one clasp and a variety of other beads. As the "cook," our guidelines are that the design(s) must use the provided focal and clasp. I was wonderfully surprised and so excited to receive the following soup from Susan - who apparently miraculously tapped into my love of all things "ocean" :)
As soon as I opened the package, I immediately knew that Susan had a great whimsical character and sense of fun that I would love. :)
Each package was wrapped carefully with a touch of beautiful color.
And in a way, she was :)