Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal

The day is finally here!!!! Below you will find the list of participants, please go check them out. I am #210 on the list, so you have a lot of eye candy to see! This is my first Bead Soup Party, and  I've had a blast. You can see my piece below.  I love the result, and I had plenty left over to make something else!

 My lovely porcelain donut was a mix of blues and greens. 

 I chose a twisted herringbone to mimic the flowing lines of the donut and the clasp.

 I love how the quartz rounds pick up the color in the focal.

 I like using the freshwater pearls to hold the donut, allowing you to still see the details of it.

 Love these soft greeney blue stones. Not sure of the name, but they really tie the blues of the rope in nicely with the focal.

Thanks for checking out  my piece. Now go have fun with the rest of the party! 
Big Hugs!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, BeadsandBread  YOU ARE HERE

Friday, February 25, 2011

Button Swap and a Giveaway!

Pile of random buttonsJust in case ya'll thought I was all caught up in a Bead Soup frenzy, (which I sorta am) I just found a new challenge! Michelle Mach is hosting a Button Swap. Head on over to her blog and sign up for some great fun. I love using buttons as closures on bracelets. They make interesting statements on shirts, purses, shoes, just about anything. I decorated some sweat jackets for my kids one year with Christmas ones.

And the awesome Ms. Lori over at Waterstone Jewelry is having a giveaway. She makes the most phenomenal leather clutches, purses, and other goodies.

My other big news is that my LBS is hosting a trunk party today and tomorrow, and I'm heading out of town. If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, head on over to MoonStone Beads for the trunk show.  
Won't get to blog hop for Bead Soup til I get back on Sunday. Think I'll probably be up all night? Yep, me too. Good thing I got the cute dog to keep me company, huh?
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Love your Blogging Buddies

So this post is really a response after reading Lori Anderson's post over at Pretty Things today. She asked, Why do you follow a blog?  It really made me think about the blogs I have chosen to follow. She gave some great info (as always) and now I'm going to make sure the people who have been wonderful enough to make comments on my posts, actually hear back from me! I think this is the coolest thing. To be able to meet people and get to know them (virtually) and develop friendships. This is one of the things I love about Facebook. (There are many things I don't like about it as well). In a world where people are so busy living life, I'm thrilled we have created a way to meet and stay in touch with each other.
That was all I really wanted to say. But since one of the things I enjoy most on blogs is the pics people post, here are a few for your enjoyment!!
The cutest dog ever.

Traveling thru the gorge between NC & TN.

 NC fall colors.

 Really cool shape, color and texture. (Yes, I know it's an orange peel, but still...)

 Sting Rays at Ripley's.

 Food Junkies. Particularly love apples and bananas. Go figure.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Margie & Me Reveal

Well, I'm a tad bit late. Friday's are always crazy around here, and even though I only had about an hour's worth of work to finish my piece, it just didn't happen last night. So, enough of the excuses.
I chose to work with the Madrid piece for this challenge.  If you haven't heard of the Margie and Me challenges, go check it out at LaBellaJoya's site. I've had so much fun working on these.
Here is the pic of the inspiration:
So, I had just received my copy of Karen William's "Free form Peyote", so I knew I wanted to try it.  Wasn't sure how that would work with this very stylized and structured image, but I was hoping for the best. And....I am very pleased with the result. Free form peyote is nothing like I imagined. You really have to concentrate (or at least, I did) on the color flow and movement. Karen's book was priceless in helping me understand this concept.  There is also so much movement in it, I had to take several pics from several angles to show it all.
When I started out, I thought I had a lot of yellow in my palette, but it doesn't look that way in this view.

Loved learning how to flow from color to color.

This view reminds me of a river.

This one looks more like a patchwork. The difference between some of the yellows was very subtle. There are 3 different colors just in the toggle.

I love all the different textures from the bead types.

This was definitely an awesome experience, both with the challenge, and with learning a little about freeform peyote.
Blessings! Shirley

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bread Baking Day

Ok, I decided to show the steps for making our new favorite, Braided Cheese Bread.
It's funny, when I'm frustrated about how a beading project is going, it helps to make a batch of bread. My lovely new dough mixer will make either 3 or 5 loaves at a time, so we have two regular whole wheat loaves, and the cheese bread.

Roll out to a rectangular shape.

 Brush with melted butter. Generously sprinkle garlic powder, and oregano (or your favorite spices) across the surface.

 Add cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Start rolling from the long side. Try to keep it a tight roll.

This is what it should look like when you finish rolling.

Cut into 3 equal sections.

Start rolling a section into a tube shape.

 One tube done.

After you finish rolling them into tubes, squish  (technical term, you know) one end onto your granite counter (love my granite) or cutting board, so you can start braiding them.
When you finish braiding, tuck the ends under all nice and pretty.

So, the tricky part is lifting this heavy braid quickly and dropping it just so into your bread pan. And, my little confession (just so you don't think I'm an expert or anything); my braid was just a tad too long for the pan. Therefore, it rose a bit unevenly, as you can see below....

And yes, for some reason, when I braid, whether it's filled or not, it rises a lot higher than if I don't. I'm sure there's a scientific reason for it. If you want to google that....

But it doesn't bother me a bit that it's a monster of a  loaf!  This is really yummy, and of course, best on the first day!  If you'd like to make it and need a basic dough recipe, let me know. Otherwise, enjoy!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

When the Hurt Runs Deep

The title of a new book by Kay Arthur. The subject of my new church ladies group discussion. It's so funny how easy it is to see God's perfect timing. I am having to deal with a lot of family history that is extremely hurtful right now. I would much rather do anything rather than deal with these issues. But I have to, because of my mom.  Have you ever done something for someone else that you wouldn't have done for yourself? Usually it involves conquering a fear, like going on a boat, or in an airplane, or touching a snake. I'd much rather touch a snake than have to deal with these family members.
So, I'm very glad I'm starting this book, cause I feel as helpless as a baby right now. And that is definitely not a feeling I enjoy.
Unfortunately this situation has also affected the two things I'm really passionate about right now: making bread, and beading.  So, I forced myself to make a couple of extra loaves of bread to give away.  They weren't anything fancy, but for the ladies' that I gave them to, it was a blessing.  Which is what I consider my bread baking to be, so it was a good feeling.
Now, on the beadwork end of things, I am trying freeform peyote for the first time, with the help of Karen William's awesome book, Freeform Peyote Beading.  It is a lot harder to be random than you would think.  I really have to concentrate, and get into a specific zone.  Which has been really, really hard while all this other stuff is going on.
So, I'll give you a little sneak peek of the piece so far. Can't show it all. First, because it's part of a beading challenge I'm in right now. Second, because this stuff looks really gnarly til you get it finished!

And, now I'm gonna leave you with a smile on your face, cause this is just the cutest mutt ever.
She has a very heavy work load.
Blessings, Shirley

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Hearts

Yes, I am feeling the need to talk about Valentine's Day. It means a lot of things to each of us, at different times in our life. When you're a kid, it means candy and giving goofy cards. When you are a young adult, it can mean a romantic date, a hot night on the town, or giggling with your peeps at a sleepover.
When you are newly married, it is a mandatory vase of roses and chocolates, and dinner and movie out on the town.  We have been married for almost 22 years, and I'm sure my husband is grateful that Valentine's Day has never been a big deal for me. After the few requisite years of flowers, I opted to save the money spent, and do something fun. Now, I bask in the quiet moments we share, sometimes each day, sometimes each week, just talking and sharing our daily lives with each other. That is my true Valentine's gift at this stage in life.
Now, enough sappiness.  Have you seen some of the cutie pie stuff on Etsy for Valentine gifts? Well, as I was blog hopping for Bead Soup participants, I discovered Lisa Boucher's blog Clay Happenings. Hop on over there and check her out. She makes some great pendants. Totally fell in love with a little red heart pendant necklace on her site.
So, I have to leave you with a little HISTORY lesson before I go. Do you know the history of St. Valentine's Day? We use "Mystery of History" in our homeschool curriculum, and got to read the story a few months ago.  There were actually TWO men named Valentine who lived in Rome in the 3rd century that were martyred for their faith on February 14th. Now, the Romans had a holiday they celebrated on February 15th called Lupercalia. This was a festival time to honor Juno, the goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, god of nature. During the festival, young couples would draw a name out of a box, and pair up with that person for the festival, and exchange gifts. Some of these led to courtship and marriage.  Yes, it was hard for Christians living in Rome to deal with the pagan festivals. So, in 495, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14th as St. Valentines Day to try to replace the pagan festival. Did it work? I'm sure Christians did spend time praying for the persecuted on Feb. 14th at first, but gradually things blurred together. Is it wrong to spend a special day once a year thinking about love? Of course not. Just sad that St. Valentine isn't better remembered for the sacrifices and hardship endured by many Christians.
As you smell the lovely roses, and enjoy the intimate dinner for two, remember the greatest LOVE gift of all: Christ's love for us.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Sunday

I know, for most of the United States, today is SuperBOWL Sunday. But for me, it is also a Super SUNDAY. Our pastor's message today was awesome. He gave us this analogy to ponder: Our journey with God means HIM being in control, not us. HE is the driver. We are not the passenger in the front seat. Nor in the back seat. God asks us to ride in the trunk. So, imagine the trunk. First: dark. You can't see where you're going. You have to trust God. Second: you can feel every bump in the road, and it feels like you are speeding along, out of control. You have to trust God. Third: You are getting beat up by all the things rattling around you, smelling the awful stink of the spare tire. You have to trust God.
Wasn't that great?!!! I love visual pictures, and this one really hit me hard. The analogy was a good one, because my husband always tells people that I have my foot on the gas, and he takes care of the steering. :) We will celebrate 22 years of marriage this April, and I was just thinking how cool that we are at this wonderful stage in our marriage. It is the place where you know the other person's heart, and you know their love for you. So you can sit back and snort laugh when they make fun of your personality quirks, and relish the fact that they know you so well.  Our kids were laughing uncontrollably at us, and I just pray for them to have this moment in their life as well.
Now everyone is home, hanging out, lazing out. We may watch some of the SuperBowl, we may not. I am most certainly going to go get some beading time in, cause I have my bead soup, and Margie and Me challenge deadlines coming up quickly. I also have a piece I'm working on for my bead shop. Oh yeah, I can hear them calling my name.....
Have a blessed Super Sunday!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's Here, IT'S HERE!!!!!!

Oh, I'm so excited, my Bead Soup arrived today. My dear partner, Tara at The Newbie Beader's Blog, has had a tough time getting it to me. She is in the middle of moving, and it came back to her once.
So, without further ado, here are my lovelies to play with:
 A stunning porcelain focal, and beautiful filigree clasp. Gosh, no hardship there in using these gorgeous pieces!
 Yeah, seed beads in a wonderful mix of blues,  dyed quartz, and a cobalt faceted bead with copper accent coating.

 Sodalite, lovely pressed glass in various shapes, and a soft turquoise stone. (Not sure on the name for that one.)

 And, last but certainly not least, a charming mix of size 8's and some marvelous freshwater pearls.
My brain is racing with so many ideas. I've gotta go now and play....