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I miss my beads. So I decided to make beadwork my “car/vacation project”. I used to always use my own designs, but these days I lean toward making projects from magazines, which is what these bracelets are. The design and creation are simple, and I love how they look.

These bracelets were designed by Nancy Zellers, and were featured in an article in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine.

I made these while traveling to and vacationing in Beach Haven NJ last week. I plan on making two more bracelets – perhaps a little excessive, as I’m keeping them all for myself! But I really love these beautiful cube beads, and I’m enjoying making the bracelets. Plus we have two more car trips in August/September, and I need something to do on those long rides.

Do you have any projects you work on in the car or on vacation? I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!



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small moments
I’m making an effort in my life to live in the moment (when I can remember to anyway) and to purposefully take note of the little things around me. I think that we should take pleasure in the details that make up our lives, and that our lives will be more satisfying and fulfilling when we do.

So here are some recent small moments:
Brushing my daughter’s hair and enjoying the feel of her hair on my hand. Grass by the parking garage at work that was covered with a layer of dew drops. Sweet delicious blackberries that I had for breakfast several days in a row.

I finished reading the April 2009 issue of Bead & Button. I have to say it’s somewhat difficult to find the articles between all the ads these days. I remember when B&B first started there were no ads at all. And now apparently they’re making up for that.

Anyway, here are my favorite articles:

Hibiscus Twist, by Kerrie Slade, page 36

Hibiscus Twist by Kerrie Slade

Flowering Fringe, by Merle Berelowitz, page 42

Flowering Fringe, by Merle Berelowitz

And finally, a great article on page 58 on the phenomenal work of Marcus Amerman. The work in this scan, titled Postcard, is 11 x 17 inches, and made with size 13 charlottes, which are tiny tiny beads. His beadwork is just amazing.

Marcus Amerman

my favorite magazines, on the cheap
I’m so excited – Post Script is having their back issue sale again! I’ve been waiting forever for another sale. I picked up a Sew Somerset, a Somerset Workshop, a Somerset Studio, and a couple Somerset Memories. All for $21. You can’t beat that, and I certainly can’t resist.

~visions of magazines dancing in my head~

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but what about the beads?
I realized the other day that I never mention my beading magazines. Or magazine, since I only read one these days. I’m so lost in my Somerset world – I have truly neglected my poor beads.

So here is the February 2009 issue of Bead and Button (and I just got the April 2009 issue yesterday)…

the cover…cool necklace!
Bead & Button February 2009 - cover

page 4, necklace by Gay Dries. This is stunning. I love how it’s asymmetrical.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p4, by Gay Dries

page 50, bracelet by Carol Butler. This bracelet really appeals to me. It looks like it would drape beautifully. I wouldn’t choose the gold beads though – I don’t care for gold in jewelry. And I’ve never cared for mixing silver and gold together.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p50 by Carol Butler

page 64, necklace by Jeka Lambert. This is my favorite piece from this issue. It’s so pretty, and elegant, feminine and vintage.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p64 by Jeka Lambert

It’s difficult for me to do any real beadwork these days because it is so time-consuming. I do have a few ideas in mind for some simple beaded jewelry that wouldn’t take too long, plus I have two bracelet projects that I started – um, let’s just say it was a “while” ago – that I want to finish.

delightful things
I received a lovely package in the mail yesterday – my order from Joggles! I got some glitter glue, ribbons (the “tea rose” Special Effects – absolutely gorgeous!), rubberstamps, Tim Holtz journaling tickets (very cool), Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips, rub-ons, German scrap, velvet leaves, and Steph Francis perle cotton 5 for tatting. Lots of goodies.

Here are the rubberstamps I got…

These are by Crafty Individuals. They are the unmounted reddish-colored stamps. Aren’t they lovely?
rubberstamps by Crafty Individuals

And this little cutie is called Girls Rule, by Tim Holtz. I’ve wanted this one for several years now and she’s finally mine. With a name like Girls Rule how could I resist her?
Girls Rule rubberstamp by Tim Holtz

~eagerly awaiting my Artchix order~

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I worked on my frame some more last Friday. I added more gold paint around the inner part of the frame, put another coat of red paint on the peg-stand, and I planned out each step that remains to be done. If I don’t write down exactly what I still need to do, I’ll forget something. Especially since I am going to apply a layer of matte varnish which will need to be done before the crystals, the vellum, and the ribbon are added. I can see me gluing all this other stuff on and then realizing that I never applied the varnish! I also ordered, and received, the Swarovski flat-back crystals that I wanted.

I finally bought a copy of Bead & Button’s special issue, Vintage Jewelry. I’ve wanted it ever since I saw the first ads announcing it. I love it, and there are several projects I’d like to try. I lent it to my mom for the time being – as soon as I get it back I will post some pictures of my favorite projects.

My Top Secret Mission is coming along – I printed out a bunch of pictures on regular printer paper so I could play around with layouts and decide which scrapbook paper to use as the background for each page of the book. I do have a few more pictures to print out. I bought a pad of K & Company paper to use as my backgrounds.


This collection is called Roam. I love K & Company – they make such beautiful things. I bought this particular pad from Addicted to Rubber Stamps.

Along with the black flat-back crystals I ordered some clear and blue zircon crystals as well for my Top Secret Mission. I ordered the 1.9mm size, and they are super tiny. I wish I had gotten a larger size. oh well. I also got some beautiful ribbons from Joggles.



Aren’t they gorgeous?

Now that I’ve got most of my supplies (I probably will buy some acrylic paints too) – let the fun begin!

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