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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beads of Many Colors

I don't think that I have kept it a secret that I like Czech Glass beads. Well, actually that is an under-statement. I absolutely Love Love Love Czech Glass beads. Especially the multi-colored ones. Lately I've been posting alot about wanting to explore color. What better way to explore than with my all time favorite beads. So here is my latest creation. It is so colorful that I can't even pinpoint what color it is!!!!
Here's the long view.
The bracelet is embellished right angle weave made with multi-colored purple and green Czech Glass cathedral style beads. I also used a seed bead mix of coppery browns and metallic purples for the embellishment. When you are wearing it, the second you move your wrist, the colors seem to change right in front of your eyes. The play of light is also quite interesting with all the iridescent beads in this piece.

You can plan on seeing lots of multi-colored Czech Glass embellished with seed bead mixes from me in the future.  After all it is a no-brainer for someone wanting to play with color without having to spend a fortune on beads. In closing, I'll leave you with another pic. This time a close up. And by the way did I mention that I Love, Love, Love Czech Glass beads?

TTYL and make it a good day

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is it Autumn yet?

Just now, as I'm writing this post, I am realizing that I really need to get outdoors more. My favorite season has got to be fall. You know, not too hot and not too cold. So as I'm typing, I'm wondering to myself, " Is it even really fall yet?" So I'm trying to picture what colors the leaves on the trees are. Then I realize, that I really don't have a clue!! Anyhow, I just now went to and got my answer. The fall equinox happens at 11:09 pm on September 22. So, now that I know, I can't wait for it to officially begin.

I'm sure you heard the saying that there is no where quite as beautiful as autumn in New England. Well, that saying happens to be true. Here is a video to prove it.

Hope you enjoyed the video. Anyhow, here is my latest project. It is a netted choker in autumn colors. The colors in the Czech glass beads, honey and Sapphire, and the gold bugle beads remind me of the Autumn sky line here in New England. Specifically before it gets too dark, when the sky is a very dark blue and the moon is gold and the trees are full of amber colored leaves.
Yes, Autumn in New England can be very inspiring. Now I just need to get out there more, after all it is my favorite season!! OK, seeing as I've been blogging a while now and you still don't know much about me, I'll let you in on a little secret............One of the reasons I love fall so much is because I sneak most of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups out of Tammy's and my nephew's Halloween candy. After all, chocolate can be inspiring too, right?

TTYL and make it a good night,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Color Purple

Ok, so I fnally beaded something which to me, is in fall colors. I have always thought of dark purple as kind of a fall color. Not dressy enough for winter holidays, and not the light purple you see all spring and summer long. Anyhow I beaded up some earrings in a dark purple and mettalic gold. Golden Glow is also a color on the Pantone fall color chart I posted a while back. So, here they are, another pair of brick stitch earrings. This time I also designed the pattern myself. 
According to Margie Deeb (The Beader's Guide to Color), this is a luxurious color pallette. I tend to agree, as this dark purple and mettalic gold together remind me of royalty. I think the best thing about the earrings is that I made them with a small amount of beads that I already had in my stash, left over from other projects. You will probably be seeing a lot more earrings from me, since it has become a recent goal of mine to seriously play with color without spending a small fortune on new beads. As usual, I hope you'll stay tuned for more. In closing,  I'll leave you with a few color pallettes I found on the web. The first is royalty and the second is luxurious. TTYL and make it a good night, Debbie.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog Giveaways are Cool

I've been checking out blogs forever, it seems, but hadn't been an active follower until just recently when I started this blog. Now I actively follow many blogs, because the world wide web is full of amazingly talented and creative people. One of my favorite blogs has got to be Inspirational Beading by Mortira. She posts alot about what inspires her and then shows her resulting beadwork. She also has alot of other info such as beading tutorials. So anyhow, she recently had a blog giveaway, and the color of the beads was so incredibly vivid, I just had to enter. This was the 1st blog giveaway I had ever entered, so imagine how special I felt when I won the gorgeous beads from one of my favorite beaders!! Here's a pic of the beads. They are 8mm round cobalt vintage lucite beads. The color is even more amazing in person.

Thank you Mortira for your generosity and your inspiration. You can check out her amazing beadwork and blog at .

Since then, I have been paying more attention to giveaways. I plan on having one soon, too. I think it will be good karma, seeing as I just won one. I just need to find a decent prize. In the meantime, check out this giveaway on the talented Andrew Thornton's site. Auntie's Beads is giving away some Chinese glass beads. Here is the link .

So now its time for my latest beadwork. Another flat spiral bracelet. This time I got to play with a little color.
Remember the Pantone fall colors I posted a while back? Well, this bracelet comes pretty close to matching 3 colors on the chart. I used  some two toned crystal and rose Czech glass beads which resemble living coral from the chart and then I used  blue lined purple seed beads which resemble the lagoon and purple orchard from the chart. I think the colors look nice together, but to me it doesn't look very fall-like. What do you think?

Oh well, fall has just begun, and I am still studying color, so sooner or later I guess I will come up with some Autumn colored beadwork. As usual, I hope you'll stay tuned for more.
TTYL and make it a good night,