Thursday 6 November 2014

Hello Again

More than a season has passed since I was last in this space.  I suppose it’s all part of the ebb and flow of creativity - I’ve been in more ebb space than flow.  It’s time to shake off that sleepiness and get to work!


One highlight of our summer was a visit to Parc Omega to see some arctic wolves up close and in person.  The weather was fabulous, the animals endearing, and the day a complete joy.  There were some very real tears and sadness from little one when she realized we weren’t moving in permanently.  It was agreed this would be an annual tradition.

Suddenly, it’s November and Christmas shows are on the horizon.  It’s time for some fresh ideas.  I hope to be sharing more soon.

Saturday 26 July 2014

the creative continuum of 7 artist reveal 6–and 7

Hello friends.  My apologies for the interruption in regular programming here.  What started out as a day delay somehow snowballed into a month.  I held off visiting the lovely blogs of our group until I had posted as a way to push myself but that’s just left me feeling more guilty for not stopping by yet.

Here’s the team:
Monique of A Half-Baked Notion
Christine of One Kiss Creations
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers
Sally of The Studio Sublime
Therese of Therese's Treasures
Alicia of All The Pretty Things
and me makes 7

Today, you will find posts with the final reveal using the packages I sent out.  I didn’t take any photos before sending the pages on the way, but they look a little something like these.

cc7a july focals

With no particular theme in mind these pieces kept evolving the longer they hung around my studio.  Layers of clay, inks, metal paint, patina, resin, it just kept going.  I sent along some other purples and pinks from my stash and I can’t wait to see what they’ve grown up to be in the hands of these artists.

I have to backtrack a bit now to my reveal for the 6th round with the wonderful June wedding theme and goodies from Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers

Meaning: It is said that something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity and a sixpence in your show is a wish for good fortune and prosperity

I’m borrowing someone’s photo here, not sure, but it may be Monique’s – I wanted to show off that beautiful green veining from the Jasper as it really started my inspiration.

cc7a cuff

I had already made these little polymer saucer shapes in a variety of shades and when I found the green to be such a great match to the veining of the Jasper the design just grew from there. 

closure cc7a

I started with a metallic silver leather cuff that just cried for me to weave some of the silk through it.  I am not really sure what pattern I achieved, I was going for some chevrons at the start but it ended up pretty freeform.  A little waxed linen and some apatite chips helped pull it all together.

Then I moved on to a necklace wanting to use more of the great components Cynthia had sent.

cc7a necklace

This time I opted for a neutral grey waxed linen to bring these beads together.  Finally getting to use some beautiful lampwork from Blue Seraphim that I’ve had at least five years and some green quartz that’s been around even longer.


I really enjoyed how both piece came together and ended up so far from what you would think of as wedding jewelry.


I really enjoyed the chance to participate in the CC7A.  I certainly was honoured to be asked by Alicia of All The Pretty Things to take part, and what a privilege to share with all these artists.

Monique of A Half-Baked Notion
Christine of One Kiss Creations
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers
Sally of The Studio Sublime
Therese of Therese's Treasures
Alicia of All The Pretty Things
and me makes 7

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Giveaway Winner!

I should be writing a real post, I’ve been so quiet here of late.  Seems like the time is just flying with the day to day comings and goings.  There was much celebrating of Averleigh turning 4 and my ongoing spring clean out that I hope to be done before spring 2015 is still going on.  I have found it is lots of fun to give away all these things we no longer need or want, while simultaneously meeting my neighbours by using a Buy Nothing Project group.  I let William Morris be my guide:

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Style and smarts, guy was the total package!
It’s time to get to a winner though. Thank you all for your very sweet comments and visiting. It is unfortunate I have not heard from my partner as to if she will be posting, I sure hope someday she does….I really wanted to see that focal shine.  I can appreciate that stuff happens so better late than never is another cliché I can toss in here.
winner of bead soup giveaway!

Truly though, the real joy of the exchange is the challenge to stretch and create in ways I normally wouldn’t.  Then, lovely comments like Cassi Renee’s really put it over the top.

“Your designs are all gorgeous, but that last necklace with the flowers is absolutely a work of art. It's amazing!”

Thanks everyone, and Cassi Renee I will be in touch

Monday 26 May 2014

The creative continuum of 7 artists–reveal 5!

If you were looking for my Bead Soup Blog Party post, find that here – Psst – there is a giveaway!

Here we are, end of May almost and it’s time to bring you another installment of the CC7A.  It’s crazy to think it’s already the end of May, but really here we are.  As a reminder here is the gang, brought together by Alicia to have a grand old time.

Here’s the team:
Monique of A Half-Baked Notion
Christine of One Kiss Creations
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers
Sally of The Studio Sublime
Therese of Therese's Treasures
Alicia of All The Pretty Things
and me makes 7

This month Alicia has provided some gems for all of us to be inspired by the seasons.  I received some pretty crazy lace agate and, yet again, did not take a photo before I got down to business.  I had the little bag sitting on my work table and while I was working on another project this one sort of jumped up and butted in, in the best of ways. 

I was mixing some cut away bits of clay and was enjoying the striated silver/grey/white when I realized it would be perfect for the cab. I went skinnier and skinnier on my pasta machine until I had a long thin piece to play with.  This is also when the gems turned decidedly winter in feeling.  I felt like a was wrapping the cab face with a polymer scarf against a cold wind.

upclose winter veil

I tried not to cover up too much stone, just enough to be secure in its voluminous polymer folds.  About the only time I tolerate yellow is with a cool grey so the rest of the palette was really shouting “go on – just use yellow would you!”

So I did!

disc detail

Oh drat, I didn’t really give you that view all in focus… but I made these three little textured concave discs in polymer that I later drilled holes in one I decided which way was up and to act as the clasp (button style) on the right.

full winter veil

I went very different on the knotting.  I was going for a denser bunch on the right and thinning out on the left.  I will need to explore more but I like that it is a bit unexpected from one side to the other.

winter veil on

Lastly, a view of it on.  I must dash today so I won’t talk your ear off.  Today is Averleigh’s 4th birthday and while the official party with friends will be on the weekend coming up today calls for celebrating too!

photo (2)

She certainly looks up for an adventure with her cheesy grin before preschool.  I also had to stifle a giggle as she started to recount a story to me this morning “Back when I was three…” sheesh!

Saturday 10 May 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

The time has come and I am so excited to share with you my creations for this the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!  I’m posting a little late, but with so many blogs I hope that will just be a minor detail, and if you are just arriving forget I said anything about it! (If you saw my last post, hang tight giveaway details at the end).

This is my third BSBP and I am so very happy that Lori Anderson has found a way to keep this fun ride going, despite all the struggle.  First time around I was paired with the delightful seed bead wiz Lois Moon de Padilla and you can find that reveal here.  Last year I had the pleasure of being paired with the lamp work artist Cindy Ritchie and I so enjoyed creating with her beautiful glass; that reveal is here.  This year I was excited to be paired with Cindy  Boissonneault who shared that she was in the process of opening a bead shop! Whoa.

I was thrilled with Cindy’s selections for me, as a reminder, here is the group.

my bead soup 8bsbp

The inspiration was fast and furious right from the start.  Those pale blue geode type stones made me want to try to recreate that look in polymer instantly.  I’m still working through that idea and I’ll share the complete trimuph/disaster once done but it was not in time for the reveal.  The large and gorgeous clasp deserved a focal treatment and while I was dreaming about that piece I set to work procraftinating.  Truly, I create other piece of jewelry to procrastinate on the main idea of the challenge.  If you know the cure, please do share!
I love seeing chip beads “en masse” colour blocked if you will.  I grabbed a stunning gumball sized glass bead from Julie Bowen and a short time later – done!

bsbp8 chip bangle A Polymer Penchant
While my head kept on turning over ideas for the main event I opted for some earrings.  First I grabbed a pair of the same polymer beads I had included in the soup I sent Cindy and the daggers she sent me were just the thing.

bsbp8 flower earrings A Polymer Penchant

I love how suited these beads are for each other.  Here I am attempting some full sun photography to show off the sparkly, but I don’t think I really have the knack for it. Bear with me, there are more attempts.

bsbp8  dagger flower earrings A Polymer Penchant

Next I used some of my favourite beads from my last bead soup, along with some of the tiny ones from this soup and some lovely blue birds from blueberribeads.  Just for fun I decided to do them asymmetrical, so it’s like they are having a little conversation almost.

bsbp8 asym bird earrings A Polymer Penchant

Then it was really time to figure out this great big gorgeous clasp. I love the oval shape and when I started thinking about repeating this shape it just screamed butterfly to me.  I spent more time staring at the design trying to figure out what materials to use to attach to the clasp than anything else. In the end, it’s basically laced up with the waxed linen to allow for enough movement to operate the clasp.

bsbp8  butterfly A Polymer Penchant

Initially I had planned two smaller ovals as the bottom “wing section” on each side but as time ticked down I really wanted to be sure those two angular cut stones made an appearance in finished jewelry.

bsbp8  butterfly close A Polymer Penchant

I created the dimpled polymer wings and treated with a variety of iridescent paints to emulate that blue flash of the clasp. It is really such a treat how it changes as you tilt it. I love that kind of jewelry that can be different as you move, each time someone catches sight of it.  Again, the joy of working with polymer I created the oval shape but did not commit to where the holes would be until the very end.  For a while I thought I might top them with resin, but in the end I preferred the contrast.

bsbp8  butterfly side A Polymer Penchant
As I talk about the piece and add photos I realize I didn’t take any with the clasp undone, but I think you can imagine it.  When worn the part you squeeze and release to open the clasp is on my right as I am right handed.  Small miracle that I remembered that as I put it all together.

bsbp8  butterfly clasp A Polymer Penchant

With thoughts of spring birds, butterflies and flowers I turned my attention to the daggers, that I always saw as petals, and the drop shape stone. 

bsbp8  spring goddess A Polymer Penchant

Once I selected her lamp work head (local artist who did not include business card) I saw a chance for the additional challenge of adding some green to this mass of blue.  I think I like it.

bsbp8  spring goddess close A Polymer Penchant

I wired the daggers together and then covered with polymer, textured, highlighted, and turned into shank buttons almost by threading a little chip stone on a silver headpin before curing.

bsbp8  spring goddess full A Polymer Penchant

Similarly, the silver daggers I made into a bunch of little flowers then strung them together and made a polymer cap for either end.  This design really is so different then I had originally dreamt.
Those are the five finished designs I have to show off today. The others in various stages are still all over the studio so I’m sure they will make an appearance in this space soon. Especially those open shape silver tone beads, you know I’m going to fill them with polymer.

Many thanks to my partner Cindy and our wonderful hostess Lori for this special treat of goodies to play with and a reason to do so.   Thanks to all of you who come by to visit, it is much appreciated! I have been very good all day in holding off running to everyones blogs to see what they’ve made before finishing my own.  Most of all of course I am dying to see what Cindy made with the soup I sent. As a reminder, here it is again.

bead soup

But before I run off for real, there is the matter of a little giveaway to make up for my tardiness, but most of all to thank you dear readers.  At this point if you were thinking blue, boy are you on the right track!  I’ve calling it my soupçon of BSBP because that is exactly what it is.  It’s not a full soup in the sense we’ve used here for the party, but rather a pinch of this and a dash of that that came from me making using my soup.


You will find another pair of those peony type flower beads. Two pairs of beads I created specifically for that butterfly piece yet somehow, didn’t appear. Three polymer disc beads that were still on the bead mat from my entry for the March ABS challenge. The last of the daggers and chips and a few glass beads I grabbed to add but never did. There you have it, one soupçon to win.

Just leave a comment to enter.  If you would like to share through social media, or follow the blog etc for extra entries please feel free – it is always appreciated -  just add another comment so I can count reliably.  The drawing will take place June 10th.  I am going to leave this open for entry for a whole month so that when people make their way around they won’t be disappointed (that’s still more than 100 blogs a week pace – egads!)

Now lets all hop on to the wonderful blogs partying it up today

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                           Pepita Handmade
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                              

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                                   Something to Do With Your Hands
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd