Monday, September 26, 2011

A Little Respite in the Pines

Well, I am headed to the north country to get away from this heat that is wanting to linger on even though fall has begun. I am traveling up to Prescott, Arizona for our guild's (AZPCG) annual Polymer Clay Retreat. I finally finished covering all those spice jars...whew! I don't think I want to see another spice jar for of 26 jars made (I made an extra one just in case). Here is a photo of the camp where we will be staying.  Lot's of eating and playing with clay which puts a smile on my face!

Here are a few more of my spice jars. They are all wrapped and ready to go. I had to make a few with desert themes.

At the retreat, I will be working on some items for my studio and learning some new techniques. I promise to share when I return.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yellow Spotted Fever...Anyone for Soup?

Let's PARTY!!!

Anyone for Soup?

I can't believe how HUGE this party is...Wow! Many thanks to Lori Anderson, our host for this Bead Soup Blog Party! This is quite a party and I can't imagine how many hours it took her to put this together. I am so thankful that Lori partnered me with another polymer clay artist and an international one too! My partner is Norma Agron (with an accent on the "o" in Agron) from Norma's ClayI came across Norma's work from the last Bead Soup Party when I was blog hopping and I instantly became one of her followers. Norma has been using polymer clay as an artist medium since 1994 and is a certified Puertorican Artisan (since 1995).  You can click here to view her Etsy Shop. I really love Norma's creations. Her creations really sparkle with that Latin flair. She is not shy about mixing bright colors with earthy tones. So, I wasn't too surprised when she sent me these beads.

 The bottom right were gifts from Norma (dragonfly pendant and owl bead). She inserted a short note letting me know that it was ok if I didn't want to use the focal beads. But for me, a challenge is a challenge and I wanted to use the focal beads as well as the clasp. I will be honest, it is a challenge for me to use yellow in any jewelry design. My colors tend to be purples, browns, and blues. And well, yellow polymer clay is not something I have to replenish a lot because I don't use it much. I loved the small tan and brown beads that came in my bead soup and I knew I could use them right away in the design of the necklace. I wasn't sure about the bright pink beads or the copper seed beads and where those would fit in so I set them aside (I will use them eventually in another design). The focal beads reminded me of something tribal. I came up with the name Yellow Spotted Fever for my necklace.

I added some Czech turquoise colored beads to match the light turquoise colored beads that Norma sent me. I also added some light tan round wooden beads to bring out the tan color in the focal beads and added some little brass leaf dangles. This necklace comes with matching earrings as well.

This was a fun learning experience. I am happy to say that I will definitely try using more yellow from now on in some of my future designs. Please check out Norma's blog to see what she did with the bead soup that I sent here. Thank you Norma for my bead soup. I will treasure your gifts!

Please make sure you take part in the Bead Soup Blog Party. Just click here to find all the other participants. Take your time and have fun blog hopping. There are so many talented artists and I am sure many beautiful designs!

If you would like to participate in the next Bead Soup Blog Party, the next one is in February 2012.  Please visit Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog for additional information.

As always, thank you for stopping by! Have an awesome day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Preview

I wanted to give you all the heads up on Lori Anderson's 4th Bead Soup Blog Party which is happening this Saturday, September 17th! This is Lori's first international one with 5 continents, 21 countries and 362 participants...her biggest Bead Soup Blog Party thus far. It is going to take me more than a couple of days to blog hop, but I will thoroughly enjoy it! I will be posting the necklace and earrings that I designed with the beads that were given to me from my partner Norma Agron (Norma's Clay) this Saturday for the Blog Party. So, please come back and visit this Saturday and join in on the fun! Here is a list of all the participants so you can take a peak.

These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel