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I got this darling little bird nest charm from Artbeads. I knew immediately that I wanted to make something sweet and lovely for spring – a fresh time, a time for renewal, time for the birds to come back. One of the first signs of spring is the sound of birds chirping. And they like to chirp very early in the morning, in the dark, as if a sign – it’s ok to get up, this is a beautiful day!

little birds

I also used some birdie connectors, glass beads, and freshwater pearls.

Of course I had to make a pair of earrings to go with. I decided to play with wire and do something a little different. I’m not sure how much they complement the necklace, but I think they turned out nicely.


Disclosure: I have received this product (bird nest charm) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said product and have not been paid to endorse said product.

speaking of beads
I had let my Bead & Button subscription lapse for an issue or two. Then I panicked and renewed it. The other day the June 2010 issue arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was so happy to see it – like an old friend. I can’t be without my B&B. I wish I still had the time or the inclination to do this sort of intensive beadwork, but when Lily was born it seems that my artwork decided to go in a new direction. And that’s cool.


I still love my beads of course, but have turned toward using them in more simplified jewelry rather than beadweaving with seed beads (oh, the good old days, when I had the luxury of spending 30 hours on a bracelet!). I’m still very fond of B&B, and I love to see what other people are doing with their seed beads. Perhaps in the future…you never know. My beads and my John James needles are at the ready! And I’ve got a dish of beadwork projects sitting on my table – repairs mostly, but I’d really like to get to them. Someday!

i can if i think i can
I’ve been watching the latest season of Ruby (I’m a bit behind!). I think she is amazing, and so inspiring. I love her honesty, and she’s funny, flirty, and determined to enjoy life no matter what. She looks wonderful, and I’m so happy that she’s lost so much weight so far. I know she’ll reach her goal.

~sweet dreams~

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my favorite magazine

Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

I finished reading the May/June 2009 issue of Somerset Studio. My favorite article is Spirit of Steampunk, by Ramona Szczerba, featuring her wonderful steampunk art.

page 37
Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

So cool! I love her palette, the whimsy, and the contrast between the natural and the industrial.

Other articles that got my creativity all worked up:

With One Palette by Tammy Kushnir – beautiful colors and imagery.
Rainbow in a Box, by Connie Govea Stuart – cool idea!
Souffle Papier d’Art, by Sandra Evertson – I want to make some souffle papier too!
N. 104, by Linda Trenholm – the treeshouse of my dreams.
Type Drawers, by Lynne Perrella – just simply neat-o.

love those ancient traditions
I ordered the sealing wax and seal for my aubergine project. I got a pearly moss green wax, and an Eiffel Tower seal. I’m so excited! I get excited over strange things. I can’t wait to try it out!

bead stuff
In magazine-land I also finished the June 2009 issue of Bead & Button. Two articles caught my eye.

Triple Time necklace, by Cindy Pankopf, page 38
Triple Time necklace by Cindy Pankopf

This is a little Steampunky itself. I love the colors; matte metallic beads are some of my favorites.

Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo
Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo

Very pretty. I bet it’s wonderful in the sunlight with all those crystals and facetted beads!

I’ve been thinking about letting my Bead & Button subscription lapse. Not that I don’t like it (although there are a lot of ads these days). I just don’t bead like I used to. It would hard though because I’ve been reading B&B since issue #4 – the latest is #92! And I have all of them, minus a couple. Or maybe I’ll switch to Beadwork magazine. I haven’t decided.

one more item in magazine-land
I bought the latest issue of Somerset Life (I had a 50% off coupon, so why not?).

Somerset Life - Jul/Aug/Sept 2009

De-lightful! Can I just jump into the pages and live there? It’s so lovely.

life is in the details
Enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet before I get up in the morning. Listening to my Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs album.

~wishing upon a star~

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Now that my MA pieces are done and off in California, I’ve turned my attention to creating some jewelry. I realized the other day that the only jewelry I’ve made this year is the pair of earrings I made for Julie for her birthday. And they barely count – all I did was throw some beads on wire and attach to a finding. Here they are:


Don’t get me wrong – I think they are quite pretty, and I still want to make a pair for myself.

For now though I’m working on a necklace; it’s a project from the December 2007 issue of Bead & Button. I don’t make very many projects from magazines – I’d like to, but I’m always so busy with my own projects. But once in a while I try one, just to do something different. And it was a project in Bead & Button that initiated my love of Swarovski crystal. I never cared for it – I felt it was too cold – until I made this one bracelet, and I’ve loved it ever since. Anyway, here’s the magazine:

Bead & Button magazine - December 2007

The necklace is by Bia Alessi – gorgeous!

And here’s the article:

Crystal Showers pendant necklace by Julie Glasser

This necklace was designed by Julie Glasser. It’s a not-too-complicated pattern for someone who is familiar with right-angle weave. For me, it’s been a bit of a struggle. I don’t know what it is with right-angle weave, but even with the simplest of designs I have problems. And I never have problems with any other stitch. My needle always seems to be coming out at the wrong place. But I’ve managed to get my pendant almost completed:

Crystal pendant, design by Julie Glasser

This picture, as with any picture of Swarovski crystal, just doesn’t do it justice. The sparkle! Like stars.

I almost forgot about the Holiday Memories ATC Swap I signed up for at Artella. I wasn’t sure what to use as the foundation, and I knew I’d seen ATC blanks, so I did a little searching and found some at Artchix that are made from watercolor paper. Now I suppose I could have just made my own, but here are my reasons for not doing so:

1. I don’t have time
2. I like to support my favorite arts & crafts suppliers
3. This gave me the opportunity to also order some Artchix collage sheets

Of course reason number 3 was the deciding vote. Being on a limited budget, I only ordered two collage sheets, along with the ATC blanks, but I’m happy with that. I love Artchix collage sheets – I have a bunch already, and I have used them in many projects. Of course now I don’t remember which ones I ordered (I think it was maybe about a week ago) but that’s ok, because now it will be a surprise when I get them.

By the way, if you’re curious about the title of this post, my two-year-old daughter Lily is going through an I-don’t-want-to-wear-my-pants phase, so the words “where are your pants” is a common refrain in my house. Oh, the joys of living with a two-year-old!

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