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Willam Morris Beads    Saturday, May 3, 2014

You know when an artist just speaks your language?  Their images just make your soul sing?  Designer William Morris speaks my language - loud and clear.  Mr. Morris was a textile designer who was part of the Arts & Crafts Movement which celebrated the marriage of nature, design and the handmade. The Arts and Crafts Movement was from the 1860s-1910's.

"It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration." - Wikipedia

That my kind of movement!   Inpsired by William Morris' designs and colors I created three sets of pendants and beads in a few of my favorite styles.

Above is Honeysuckle.  Oh my gosh, I loved tasting honeysuckle as a kid and every time I smell those sweet blossoms it takes me right back to my childhood.

This set is called Willow Bough inspired by the branches of a Weeping Willow tree.  I love, love this design. Jess made me the most spectacular jewelry box with the pattern on the front of it.  It's definitely near and dear to my heart.

And the last design is called Windrush.  I've seen it in several colorways over the years but decided to go with a blue/teal monochromatic design.

You can find these in my Etsy shop.  I only have a few sets available now. These are some of the new styles I will have at Bead & Button this year as I'm working on a series of Art Inspired beads.  Which ones are your favorite?

 

Mojo Challenge Week 7: One Color    Monday, April 28, 2014

Sometimes too many choices can be stifling - causing a creative paralysis. So this week we are going to limit our choices to increase our creativity. It's about to get monochromatic up in here!

Your Assignment:

Make a piece of jewelry with just one color, varying to value (light & darkness), shape and texture for interest.  

Tips for Working with Just One Color:
Start this assignment at your bead boxes, gathering up variations of one oclor to work into a design. Find beads that are different in shape and size, go for interesting textures. You can use texture in the beads or mix in wire or fibers.

Check out this awesome article on Making Your Monochromatic Magnificent by color guru Margie Deebs and the article from Brandi Hussey on the Color of Metal is required homework for this week!  You'll notice in each of my examples below I used metal as a contrasting color for my designs.

Share your progress!
If you write a blog post about your Week 6 Challenge share the link by clicking on the blue button below.  If you don't have a blog leave a comment here to let me know you participated in the Facebook group this week.

What is the Jewelry Mojo Challenge? Click here
 to read all about it.  Can you still join? Yes! You can follow along and do all 12 weeks or pick and choose the ones you find inspiring. 

30 Words: Motherhood    Friday, April 25, 2014

Joy and pain
Pure love
Unconditional.
 
First and last thought 
of every day.
 
They are first
Always.
 
I'm never perfect
But I'm here. 
Unshakable.
 
My heart lives outside of me.
 
 
30 words or 30,000 words - there are never enough to express the depths of loving someone else as much as I love my daughters.  This photo was taken several years ago, at the start of the teen years and is one of my all time favorites as I think it captured each of their personalities perfectly.
 

30 Words Thursday hosted by Erin at Treasures Found: Grab an image (preferably one you shot or one you have permission to use). Write exactly 30 Words (no more, no less). Post it. Head on over to Erin's blog to see the other entries for this week.

Bead Table Wednesday    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hello and welcome to Bead Table Wednesday! Today on my table are wishes and dreams because I have no time for making jewelry right now and I would really like too. But I am feverishly filling orders and very busy with deadlines this week. But a girl can dream! I picked up these Czech glass beads at a store I visited in Florida while on the Bead Cruise.  They have just been calling me to play, soon beadies, soon!.
 
I have a few new colorways for my Feather series. These are very summery and some will be heading off to Ornamentea very soon along with lots of other goodies for a Humblebeads Trunk Show. I'll share more details about dates when they have safely arrived at the store. 
 
Another thing I've been playing with that will be making it's way into my shop in different colors are new shapes for my Branch Disk beads.  My Branch beads are by far one of my most popular designs and I thought it was time to branch out into different shapes. Ha, I'm puny.  So in my Etsy shop I have tiny rounds and these fun wafer disks.  

And the other new shape that I have been playing with is square disk beads. These would be awesome for earrings and also they would look great as spacers. 

Here you can get a better view of the shape of the square beads.  

So this is what's on my Bead Table today.  If you'd like them to be on your Bead Table next week, check out the new beads in my Etsy shop.  You know, just trying to be helpful. 

What is Bead Table Wednesday? It's a day to connect with other bead and jewelry artists around the world to share the good, the bad (as in awesome) and the ugly - hey I know what your bead table really looks like because mine looks the same!

You can share your blog posts in the InLinkz tool below or you can share you photos on Instagram with the tagged #beadtablewednesday

 

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Mojo Challenge Week 6: The Poetry of Beads    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh no, I had lost my mojo for the Mojo Challenge! I've been scrambling around between events, deadlines and battling viruses. Fun! And terrible for blogging.  But I'm back and we are going to tackle the next 6 weeks with excitement and creativity - because that's why you are checking in each week right?  

Your Assignemnt:
Create a piece of jewelry inspired by a poem, quote or a song.

Nothing Gold Can Stay inspired by Robert Frost's poem.

Tips for Getting Your Beads to Sing:
If you have my book Jewelry Designs from Nature, I have a great article on the poetry and beads that you should check out.

So how to do you get from a song, quote or poem to a piece of jewelry?  Look for visual clues in the text, it may be a symbol like a nest or bird, or a word or it could be a color or imagery described a poem. Find beads that express those ideas as your focal and work from there. 

Don't spend a lot of time searching for the perfect quote or song.  Pick one that is already meaningful to you and gather up your beads.

Check out my Inspired by Nature Jewelry Challenge from a few years ago for some instant inspiration.  I paired up photographs with a poem and gave design tips for each set. 

Share your progress!
If you write a blog post about your Week 6 Challenge share the link by clicking on the blue button below.  If you don't have a blog leave a comment here to let me know you participated in the Facebook group this week.

What is the Jewelry Mojo Challenge? Click here to read all about it.  Can you still join? Yes! You can follow along and do all 12 weeks or pick and choose the ones you find inspiring.  

 

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Mojo Challenge Week 5: Jewelry Redos    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I took a little hiatus due to my travelling schedule. I hope you are all ready to jump in and start again with week 5 of the Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge.  Let's rev up those creative engines this week!

Your Assignment:
Take apart a few older designs and use the pieces to create a new creation. 

We all have that pile of jewelry that we have either fallen out of love with or it sat in a box because it was only 'meh' and didn't have the design punch we were hoping to achieve.  Maybe it's older jewelry that is no longer in fashion or doesn't fit your style any longer. Whatever the case, I know you have some jewelry that could use a second chance.  I know I do!

So pull out those pieces, remember to snap a before photo and then get to work disassembling and then working your mojo.

Tips for Redos:
*Look for pieces that have special beads you'd like to reuse. 
*Take apart a few pieces to give yourself more choices and who knows, maybe you'll be on a roll and create several new designs from your reclaimed goods.
*Focus on the principles of good design to make sure your round two is a stronger piece of jewelry.

Here is a must-read series on the 7 Principles of Design for Jewelry Making on Fire Mountain Gem's website. (Scroll down on at the bottom of the article for the links to the entire series.)

Share your progress!
If you write a blog post about your Week 5 Challenge share the link by clicking on the blue button below.  If you don't have a blog leave a comment here to let me know you participated in the Facebook group this week.

What is the Jewelry Mojo Challenge? Click here to read all about it.  Can you still join? Yes! You can follow along and do all 12 weeks or pick and choose the ones you find inspiring. 
 

Bead Table Wednesday    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Finishing up some last minute Bead Cruise beads before I head out tomorrow. These are my hibiscus flower pendants in process.
 
See you all March 31st when I return with the Mojo Challenge. You have two weeks to catch up or revisit your favorite challenges so far.
So what's on your Bead Table today? Share the good, the bad or the truely messy!

Vintaj Art Bead Partner    Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm so excited to announce today that I'm the next Vintaj Art Bead Partner!
 
Vintaj and Humblebeads go together like peas and carrots.  Their earthy natural brass, copper and arte metal findings are the perfect compliment to my nature-inspired designs.  Last year the Vintaj team assigned me the theme of field journal and I could have been more pleased with such a sweet theme. 
 
You can win that big pile of Vintaj and Humblebeads above - click here to enter.
 
The Vintaj team has put together a Pinterst board with my beads, their components, jewelry they made for the theme and a few tutorials. They will be featuring the Field Journal theme on their website this month and on their blog.  
 
 
The Vintaj Partner beads will be in my Etsy shop while I'm on the Bead Cruise.  My assistant will be shipping out Etsy orders while I'm gone.  Poor guy, I go on vacation for a week - he gets to go to the Post Office.  
 
 
If you are quick you can still use the discount code SAILAWAY for 25% off your Etsy order today.  

Bead Table Wednesday    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There may be 6" of new fallen snow outside my window, but in my mind I'm already lazing on tropical beaches in the Bahamas.  My bead table this week is filled with prep work for the Bead Cruise.

On the Bead Cruise we have a costume party every year and this year the theme is Disco.  So I needed some crazy, long golden and big ol' hoop earrings to go with my ensemble! Check out my Disco Dance Fever Pinterest Board for some fun.

I also made a starfish bracelet that was going to go in the Bead Cruise booklet but got chopped due to space limits. I will write up the tutorial for the Art Bead Scene when I get back from the cruise.  It features a sweet pendant from my friend Erin (Tesori Travoti). There are also beads from Genea and BlueberriBeads. The back of the starfish says, "Refresh Your Soul." That's just what the sun, sand and surf will do, that and hanging out with 50 amazing bead-obsessed cruise buddies. Nothing like kindred spirits to refresh the soul. 

And then, we are working our tails off on orders and stocking up for the cruise.  Yep, that's my Wednesday. You can't even SEE the table tops around here - don't be fooled by my neat and tidy presentation above.

Bead Table Wednesday is a fun way to connect with other beady creatives. You can share your bead table or work in progress - messy or staged. There are no rules! Share your post  below or on Instagram. Use the hashtag #beadtablewednesday. 
 
So what's on your bead table?
 
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Big Sale and March Schedule    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hello Friends! 

March is whizzing by and I'm making my final Bead Cruise preparations which means winding down my production schedule and putting my shops on vacay next week. 

I will traveling on the Bead Cruise from the 20th until the 28th. (Don't hate me!)

Humblebeads will be open until March 18th. 

Shipping Schedule:
 
Etsy
Etsy orders will ship daily until March 18th.
 
Website
Website orders placed before Thursday 3/13 will ship out by Monday 3/17. 
 
Please note: website orders placed after the 13th will ship April 2nd.
 
Stock Up Sale - Click on over to my Etsy shop and save 25% off your order with code SAILAWAY until Friday.  This includes new items, sales and bead bundles - everything! These items are in stock and ready to ship.

Shop the Sale Now! www.humblebeads.etsy.com
 
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