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Inspiration Interview: Erin Prais-Hintz    Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today begins a new feature on my blog where we interview some of my favorite designers and feature their work using Humblebeads. 

I'm so excited that our first interview is with one of my dearest friends, Erin Prais-Hintz.  Erin is an innovative designer who always thinks out of the box and adds heart and soul into every creation.  Her business is Tesori Trovati, which means Treasures Found in Italian and couldn't be a more perfect description of Erin's jewelry.  Her work has been seen in numerous publications, received rewards and she has worked for several design teams over the years. Erin is also a regular contributor for my blogs the Art Bead Scene and Earrings Everyday.

That's the two of us above at my Inspired by Nature fall retreat last year.  And on the right, one of my favorite necklaces from Erin.. 

To see more of Erin's work head on over to her inspiring blog and Etsy shop.

Humblebeads Long Bead

Humblebeads Disk Beads with one of Erin's Simple Truths Pendants.

Humblebeads Branch Lentil & Disk Beads

Humblebeads 6-Hole Spacer Bead

Thank you for sharing your inspiration and work with us today Erin!

Head on over to my Facebook Page and share your latest Humblebead creation.

Spoil Yourself this Weekend - Humblebeads Sale    Friday, May 10, 2013

You know you've been eyeing that bead, it's calling your name - just whispering to come roll around on your bead table.  Treat yourself to a bead packaging that will arrive with a special gift surprise gift from me! 

Shop here for beads or here for jewelry - the code works for both sites!

Yep, I'm all about spoiling you this weekend, whether you have kids, fur babies or offer a motherly heart and advice to someone in your community - women need lots of treats and goodies this weekend.  Being a mom of any kind is serious hard work!

My Mom & Me running around shopping in Jamaica on this year's Bead Cruise!

She is my best friend.  We are prone to midnight phone calls just to chat.

She is my rock, my biggest cheerleader and always has a kind word.

She is amazing, strong, full of hope and prayers.

Where would I be without my awesome Mom?

I wouldn't be who I am today!

Thanks Mom!

Love

You!

 

Art Bead Scene Challenge    Thursday, May 9, 2013

I created two pieces for this month's challenge on the Art Bead Scene.  I loved the warm yellow tones and lush flowers.  I had the perfect focal - a new Queen Anne's Lace pendant from Vintaj.  Isn't that just the loveliest! 

I paired it with a textured arte metal blank to give it a little punch.  For color, I grabbed my trusty Branch Disk beads in golden yellow and Yellow Wobble spacers.  (They were a special edition, but I have them in a more mellow golden color on the website.)

I added in some Vintaj leaves in copper, brass and arte metal to mimic the fullness of the inspiration painting.


Not stopping at just one inspiration, I pulled together a tulip inspired piece too with my Leaf Pendant and a lavender wobble.  Love those little wobble spacers, they go great just about anywhere! 

I will have this pendant as a free project on my website tomorrow and if you subscribe to my newsletter, it's already in your inbox!


The inspiration painting from the Art Bead Scene with a color palette provided by Brandi Hussey.

Join in the fun and create something for this month's challenge too!

Bead Inspiration: Perfect Pairs    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dandelion Wine Focal Bead

"Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with the spices from a million flowers." - Ray Bradbury, "Dandelion Wine"

Dandelion Wine Focal Bead - Dandelion Photo - Dandelion Bracelet

 

Beach Inspirations    Saturday, May 4, 2013

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

May is here and summer is just weeks away.  My sleepy little town will suddenly burst with life and activity as summer homes are opened again, hotels fill and families come looking for a quiet vacation and a step back into a simpler time.  Summer in South Haven, they were made for each other!

Walking on the beach, sitting with my feet in the sand or looking for tiny treasures on the shore are some of my favorite activities.  My soul is at home near the water and I'm so thankful to finally be here to enjoy it all summer long. 

And yep, that is my beach shown above.  That is the popular South Beach that has the lighthouse and pier.  There are several beaches we plan to visit over the season up and down the lake shore.  Some filled with happy childhood memories and others waiting to be discovered. 

Did you know Tom Hanks filmed the beach scenes from the Road to Perdition just minutes away from South Haven?  It was quite a big deal back in the day.  South Haven has had several brushes with Hollywood over the years. It also has infamous gangster ties with Al Capone himself having a summer home here, complete with secret beach tunnel getaway.   You'd never guess anything happened around here, but every place has it's secrets doesn't it! 

My happy place!

Day Lily Pendant     Friday, May 3, 2013

You know what I love?  In the summer when all the Day Lily's are in full bloom and you run across a whole field of them! That just reminds me of everything joyful about summer! 

May is here, this month will be gone in the blink of an eye as I prep for my beadmaking workshop and create inventory for Bead & Button.  And then it will be summer.  Already.  How does this happen?  6 month's fly by before I feel like my head is above water since moving here.  I've tried to mix in living a life, while I'm making a living.  Some days I do better than others. 

But now I'm looking out over the idea of summer - farmer's markets, days at the beach, Forth of July celebrations, birthday celebrations, my 20th wedding anniversary - it's all waiting out there for me.  I wish I could grab hold of those fleeting moments and slow down time.  Just for a while. 

I'm digging beaded jump rings at the moment - give it a try the next time you sit down to work on a project!

Day Lily Pendant

Bead Inspiration: Perfect Pairs    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"The tulip is, among flowers, what the peacock is among birds. A tulip lacks scent, a peacock has an unpleasant voice. The one takes pride in its garb, the other in its tail." - French Proverb

Peacock Pendant - Peacock Photo

 

Ombre Feather Bracelet Tutorial     Friday, April 26, 2013


 

Ombre was a popular dye technique for fabrics through the ages but it's now a trendy coloring you can find on anything from nails, to cakes, to dresser drawers, to hair dye and so much more.  If you have a Pinterest account, you know how popular this dip-dyed color effect is in the craft and fashion world! 

This is a bracelet you can whip up in less than an hour.  Loving the feather, right? It's new from Vintaj and makes the perfect cuff for a bracelet. 

Supplies:
Tail Feather Pendant - Vintaj
5 Ombre Feather Disk Beads - Humblebeads
Bronze Bird Clasp - Green Girl Studios
Large brass chain - Vintaj
4 5mm brass jump rings
5 1" brass eyepins
Vintaj Patina Paints: Quartz, Opalite, Cobalt & Aged Bronze
Paint brush & a small plastic lid for a paint palette

ombrefeatherinstructionsDirections:

1. Bend the feather with your hands to form a curved cuff, slow and gentle will give you the best results.

2. Paint the feather. Start with quartz, then opalite and cobalt. Let the paint dry for a few moments and then do a light coat of aged bronze.  Apply sealant and wax.

3. Use round pliers to form a loop with the end of the feather.

4. Create links with the eyepins and disk beads.

5. Attach the links together with chain nose pliers, opening and closing the links.

6. Attach the links to the feather with a jump ring.

7. Use a jump ring to attach 3 links of the chain to the other side of the feather.

8. Use jump rings to attach the bird toggle clasp to the chain and links.

Ombre Gallery:

Ombre Feather Pendant

From Vintaj: Circle Frame.  I hammered and painted it. Stained Glass Window Pendant: I connected it with waxed linen to the frame. Elongated Half Oval Chain: I took a few of the links and used them to connect to the chain to the pendant.  Humblebeads Ombre Feather Pendant.

Ombre Disk Earrings

Delicate flat oval chain and earwires from Vintaj.  Geometric Ombre Disk Earrings from Humblebeads.

A special thanks to Vintaj for sending samples from their new collection.  The links above showcase the ones I used.

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Bead Inspiration: Perfect Pairs    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cherry Blossom Bead Inspiration

Join me each Wednesday for a new feature here on the blog - a little bead inspiration and beauty. I'm so ready for blossoms to take over the country side!  Until then, I will have to let my beads do the blooming.

Cherry Blossom House Bead - Cherry Blossom Photo

 

Bead Studio Makeover    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Organizing my studio

I spent a good part of the weekend reorganizing my studio.  Creating is a messy job, but there needs to be some reason and structure to run a business!  My dear aunt Rosanne - you know her well if you've seen us at Bead & Button or one of my trunk shows, came to rescue my very artistic, un-organized self on Saturday.  She came armed with bins of all sizes, plastic boxes, bags and labels.  We started in one corner and worked our way around the room.  Sorting out one cubby hole and box at time until we found some sanity.  Then we labeled everything and the process became much easier, it's so simple to put things away when they have an official bin.  I keep all the frequently used items closest to me, things I use less are put on the shelf on the other side of the room. 

That's my buddy Oliver, he couldn't decide where he wanted to be cat-egorized!

I included the photo from our long drive home on Saturday night.  The sun was setting, it's my favorite time of day.  I love the colors through the bare branches.  Reminds me of my beads!  But the reason I put the photo in the collage is to remind myself that this is a journey.  There are many more boxes to go and little by little they will find a home too!

The best part of getting my act together - rediscovered beads!  I had a ton of disk beads in all sorts of containers so I put them into mini sets of 5.  They are actually my deal of the week.  Any order of $50 or more from my website will receive a free set of 5 beads - it's my random act of beady kindness! 

How do you control your bead storage?  Do you have a clever way to organize and store your jewelry inventory?

 

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