Perfect Pairs : Beautiful Birch Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The birch begins to crack its outer sheath
Of baby green and show the white beneath....
~ Robert Frost
Perfect Pairs : Amazing Acorns Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Customer Gallery Friday, September 26, 2014
It's time to show off some of the amazing creations by designers who use my beads in their work. I love seeing your inspired creations. Please share them with me! You might just end up featured on my blog. Let's see what these talented ladies have been up to lately.
First is a beautiful autumnal hued creation packed full of art beads designed by Lorelei Eurto. She paired up one of my Bonbon Flower beads with my Mum Connector. I love the colors and textures of this bracelet.
Check out Lorelei blog here for lots of beautiful jewelry and she has an upcoming webinar at selling at craft shows you might want to check out!
This lovely pendant is from Valerie Mathews of Just Imagine Jewelry. I'm smitten with the fall-ish feel of this necklace. Valerie paired up my Autumn Whisper Feather Pendant with a bird from Kylie Perry and a sweet little wire nest. Valerie is a talented designer, be sure to stop by her shop.
Calling All Bead Nuts! Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Featured Designer: Martha Thomas Friday, September 19, 2014
I love seeing what my customers make with their Humblebeads! Please don't let your art beads stay hidden away in boxes, pull those treasures out and make something to wear or to give as a gift.
Art beads are happiest in fresh air being admired by all!
I thoroughly enjoy seeing jewelry show up in my Facebook feed that feature my beads! I'm always thrilled at how clever designers are and love seeing all the different ways my beads are used. If you share something on Facebook make sure you tag me either as Heather Powers or Humblebeads. Or share your creations directly on my Facebook page.
Martha Thomas of Martha's Ruby Acorn is one such designer who brightens my day every time I see one of her jewelry creations sporting a Humblebead! So much so, that I just had to share some of my favorites with you. Enjoy the eye candy!
A bright and sunny Van Gogh Sunflower Long bead is paired up with lampwork glass and lush silk ribbon.
Humblebeads Bittersweet disk beads are paired with pearls. I love the little touches here like the bead caps on the bottom of the pearls and the pieces of wire curled into tendrils.
Martha is really strutting her stuff with the peacock theme - I love it! Here the peacock pendant is paired with lampwork beads, peanut seed beads and accents of Czech glass. Isn't using the waxed linen a great way to showcase those lampwork beads.
H: Martha how long have you been making jewelry and what's the story behind your business name?
M: I've been making jewelry for about eight and a half years now. I never tire of playing with textures and colors. The name for my shop came about like this . . . I love the simplicity of acorns, as well as the saying: inside every acorn is an entire forest. To round out the name I included my birthstone: ruby. And voila! Ruby Acorn was born!
Scholarship Winners Wednesday, September 17, 2014
First, thank you to everyone who wrote in and shared your story with me. It's brave to throw your hat in for a scholarship like this and I wish I could give one to everyone who entered.
But I did the best I could and decided to offer three full scholarship for my Polymer Clay Design Bootcamp instead of just one.
All the entries were placed in a bowl and Jess drew out three random winners. Here they are:
For those who didn't win, I could feel from your emails that you are ready to start creating more and was hoping this was going to be a push to get you going. And I think it should be, even if you didn't win. I think those who entered realize they would really love to learn to make beads or improve their skills. Beadmaking is crazy fun, who wouldn't want to do it!
Scholarships - Giving and Getting Monday, September 15, 2014
I'm very thankful for my business and it is the main income for our family. With our upcoming move, there is a something I really, really want but it's just not in our budget at this time. (See, I do get it!)
You may or may not know that one of my dreams is to illustrate children's books and products for the gift, paper and decor markets. You know, fun things like journal covers, holiday cards, fabric, etc. You can see my portfoliohere.
There is an art class taught online by one of the top agents in this field, this is a dream art class. So I'm asking those who I have inspired over the years to consider giving me the gift of inspiration and helping me take this class.
I have a scholarship campaign to help me reach my goal! Every donation adds up and I'm at 25% right now. Click here for more details.
Humblebeads In Action Monday, September 15, 2014
Finally got my jewelry making mojo back after Bead Fest, I found time this weekend to make a few pieces with new Humblebeads and beads that I picked up at the show.
The iris bracelet above pairs up my new beads with a new instant favorite - White Clover Kiln! Mary makes beautiful round ceramic beads in colors that look like we sat down and made beads together. Humblebeads and White Clover Kiln - they were made for each other! The bracelet is knotted on metallic colored leather cord.
Lots of new adventures on the horizon, including moving into a new house with a bigger studio. Yeah! It's only about 10 minutes away, but a move is a move. Boo! Hmm, I need to hire someone that could pack, they would know exactly how to organize my random junk and could weed out all the things we don't really need. Oh wait, that's like a fairy godmother, not a mover. Well, that would work too!
My fall is crazy with creative goodness:
HumbleHoliday - Pet ornaments, decor and holiday cards coming soon.
Polymer Clay Cane Design Bootcamp - starting this week!
Inspired by Nature Fall Retreat - I have two openings due to a cancellation.
Baltimore Bead Society Workshop and Presentation in November. Details soon.
Bead Fest! Friday, August 22, 2014
It was a crazy week to finish getting ready for the show. You'd be suprised how many steps go into each bead and when one is making hundreds of beads in a week it does take a village or at least the inhabitants and visitors of one Michigan farmhouse. I had lots of helpers last week. I'm thankful!
I have so many new beads for this show. I'd say over half my booth are new beads! Like these leafy pendants and of course I made disk beads to match.
I made a new batch of bonbon beads that are featured in the current issue of Stringing magazine in a project by Lorelei Eurto.
A new batch of autumn inspired bird totem sets.
On our drive over here to Philly we saw the leaves are already starting to change and my booth is definitely reflecting the change of seasons.
Bead Fest Prep Friday, August 15, 2014
It's the final countdown! I am in the middle of finishing up beads for my first time at Bead Fest in Philly. My butterfly beads will be making their big debut.
New pendants in progress. These are in brass bezels.
Filling up trays as quickly as I can! This one will be all the new beads for the show.
Getting ready for the show isn't just about making the beads. There is the booth, marketing materials, etc. I made these postcards to handout while I do a demo on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 - 1:45 showing how to use the bead spinner with memory wire and peanut seed beads.
I'll be signing books in my booth, I have a limited quantity. If you have a copy bring it and I will be happy to sign it!
Along with beads, books and finished jewelry I will also have kits at this show. The ones above feature Humblebeads, Vintage Meadow leaves and lampwork by Sea of Glass.
So all this will be happening in booth 559A. Be sure to stop by and say hello! I better get back to it!