Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Great Beading Class!

We had another wonderful beading class this Saturday at June Bug's in Picayune.  We worked on the Gossamer Lacework Necklace and the ladies came up with gorgeous colorways. I even got to meet two new ladies, Reba and Maureen.  Some of the women brought in their work from past classes and other projects so we got to have show and tell : )  Beautiful work, ladies!!

First table left to right: Evelyn, Reba, Barbara; Second table left to right: Clara, Maureen, June

Monday, September 27, 2010

October Beading Classes

I have 3 beading classes scheduled for October--1 with my Picayune ladies and 2 at The Bead Shak in Gulfport.  Details are below.  I'm very excited to start teaching at the Bead Shak and I have discovered there is a Gulf Coast Beading Guild. 

Jeweled Orb Pendant 

Date: October 9, 2010
The Bead Shak
20431 Landon Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

Time: 2-4 pm
Cost: $20 plus supplies


Captured Pearl Cuff Bracelet

Date: October 16, 2010
June Bugs Checkered Cupboard
120 W Canal St, #B
39466- 4508 Picayune, MS
(601) 798-2226

Time: 9-2 pm
Cost: $35 plus supplies


Serpentine Bracelet 

Date: October 30, 2010
The Bead Shak
20431 Landon Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

Time: 11-1 pm
Cost: $20 plus supplies


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Portable Work Tray and Chicken Coop Progress

This weekend was for design and construction on a couple of different fronts.  I made a great little portable work tray for my beading projects using an inexpensive picture frame (8.5 x 14 in) with a shallow, flat frame as the base.  I covered the glass on both sides with adhesive cork sheet and put it back in the the frame.  The cork takes up just enough room to keep everything secure and stable.  My bead containers don't slide around and I have somewhere to stick my needle so it doesn't end up in the couch!

We also made some progress on the chicken coop this weekend; we were able to get the walls framed!  It's starting to take shape!!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Captured Pearl Cuff Bracelet in Sunfire.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Here are some photos of our adventures from Labor Day weekend when my husband and I went to Horn Island with some friends on their fabulous boat.

West end of Horn Island, MS

My friend and I relaxing : ) !

Paul and a juvenile shark he caught on hook and line just off the beach.  We let it go.

Close up of Paul's micro shark - a juvenile spinner, I believe.

Upon closer inspection, Horn Island isn't as pristine as it appears. 
All of those black dots and patches are nasty tar balls.  It never ends....................

End of a perfect day  - Sunset on Graveline Bayou by the boat launch.

This last weekend we did much more productive stuff that was a bit less fun-- yard work!  The exciting part of that was that my husband started building us a chicken coop!!  We're going to keep 4-5 chickens for our own supply of tasty fresh eggs : )  We've only gotten the footers laid at the moment but hopefully there will be more progress soon.

Laying the footers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Masterpieces from Mistakes

In today's Jewelry Making Daily the topic was "Making Masterpieces from Mistakes".  I can't say how true this is!  My Art Deco inspired bracelet design resulted from a mistake. 

I was trying to make a flat, peyote/herringbone stitched square with triangular sections in the design.  I didn't have the right sized beads in the herringbone part and it kept curling in on itself.  Instead of fighting it, I used the curl to make the dimensional turnover shaped components and the design unfolded from there!  Yay for mistakes!!  New inspiration from the unexpected!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jeweled Orb Pendant Pattern

The pattern for the Jeweled Orb Pendant is now available in my Etsy shop.  The tutorial includes instructions for both 5 bead-round and 6 bead-round Orb Pendants.

Variations on the 5 bead-round (right) and 6 bead-round (left) Orbs before they are made into pendants. 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

Tomorrow my husband and I are going with some friends to Horn Island --can't wait!!! The weather is supposed to be beautiful. 

I've been writing a couple of new patterns and hope to have them for sale in my Etsy shop some time next week - the Jeweled Orb Pendant and the Queen Anne's Treasures Pendant.

 Queen Anne's Treasures Pendant

I've also managed to work on a new design that incorporates some of the lovely pale green variegated jasper beads from the gem and mineral show I went to a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Facebook and Organizing

I finally decided to step into the 21st century and join Facebook.  I made a business page for SPD and then some type of glitch made it inaccessible unless I was logged in to FB.  I used FB help center last night and it appears to be fixed--Hooray!!!!  Now my "Follow me on Facebook" button actually works!

In other news, I did a complete rearrangement/cleaning of my studio area this weekend.  It was very disorganized due to too many creative impulsing all at once--I guess not a bad thing!  One of my cabinets was blocking a window and I wanted more light in the room.  Everything is still not quite put back together, but I really like the arrangement of my work area.

Since I was doing lots of cleaning this weekend, here is a photo I found of a custom jewelry set I made for a friend for a St. Patrick's Day Ball.  Hopefully a pattern will soon follow!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bead Class: Gossamer Lacework Necklace

I will soon be offering another beadwork class at June Bugs Checkered Cupboard in Picayune, MS, organized by Gerry of Clay Designs by glee. Please contact June Bugs to reserve your place in the class.

Gossamer Lacework Necklace Beadweaving Class 

Date: September 25, 2010
June Bugs Checkered Cupboard
120 W Canal St, #B
39466- 4508 Picayune, MS
(601) 798-2226

Time: 9-2 pm
Cost: $35 plus supplies

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gem & Mineral Show

This weekend I went to the Harrison County Gem & Mineral Society show.  It was a smaller show but well worth the trip.  I picked up some freshwater pearls to use in a Capture Pearl Cuff Bracelet, some red velvet Chinese crystal, and type of greenish jasper.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Captured Pearl Cuff Bracelet

Captured Pearl Cuff Bracelet

Instructions available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jeweled Orb Pendant Workshop

Last Saturday I got to teach another great beading class with the ladies in Picayue, MS.  We made Jeweled Orb Pendants and even managed to finish them during the class time.  I loved seeing all of the different color combination the ladies chose.  The Orbs were beautiful!

Left to right: Gerry, Barbara, Clara, Sidney, Alice, Evelyn, and June
June's Orb

Sidney's Orb

Evelyn's Orb

Barbara's Orb

Clara's Orb

Gerry's Orb