October 30, 2014

Chocolate, Beads and Love - Bonbon Bead Workshop

Chocolate, beads and love - they all produce the same chemical reaction in the brain, I'm sure of it! We've all had the rush of finding a swoon worthy bead, one that makes your heart beat a little faster when it's in the palm of your hand. Your head starts swimming with ideas and the possibilities of what to make with that tiny treasure.

Now think of a melt-in-your-mouth, melt-your-soul chocolate confection. My friend Erin introduced me to Moonstruck chocolates years ago and they are a bit of heaven on earth. Think of artisan treats lining a display case, each piece of handcrafted chocolate a delectable treat with delicate sugary details decorating their chocolate shells.

Imagine beads that look good enough to eat, each one displaying layers of leaves and flowers as a sweet bonbon. Like learning to create heavenly European chocolates, the secrets of these scrumptious Bonbon beads will be revealed in my next online beadmaking workshop. Sign up today to save your space and you'll be creating your own mouth-watering beads just in time for holiday gift-making!

Let's take a look at the color palettes of the beads that will be featured in the class:  

Bright and cheerful, these candy-cane inspired colors are fun and playful. They are elf-approved hues that are a jolly treat! These are the beads that will be making during the class and the recommended color palette to start. These beads will make whimsical ornaments and stocking stuffers for the young-at-heart on your gift list.

The Woodland Holiday color palette will feature chocolate browns, sage greens, cream, purple, copper and rose colors. This collection will work beautifully with rustic and earthy jewelry designs. They are florals that can be easily translated into non-holiday designs for those who are little more down-to-earth on your gift list.

Twinkling snow, frosted branches, glimmering icicles, the winter wonderland color palette captures the icy hues of the season in gold, creams and dreamy purple of twilight. Pair these beads up with pearls, golden-brass findings and shimmering crystals to create your own winter wonderland jewelry designs. Wear these gilded pieces to upcoming holiday parties.

Classics never go out of style and for the traditionalist I couldn't resit these red, green and gold creations that would bring instant holiday glam to any outfit during the season. These will also make beautiful ornaments, start checking off your gift list! I have the perfect ornament project included in the bonuses using these beads - they will be your go-to gift this year.

Can you hear Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies chiming in your head now? As visions of plum, violet and lavender dance in your head this color palette offers another non-holiday take on these bonbon beads. Purple, everyone loves it! And you can see by using a monochromatic color palette these beads are transformed into flowery designs that would look great for your bohemian chic jewelry creations, your garden-inspired designs or ultra-feminine jewelry.

You'll get the inside scoop with detailed videos taking you step-by-step in mixing colors, creating the leaves and flowers and decorating your beads. Along with the videos you'll have step-by-step written directions with photographs. You'll learn finishing tips to offer more design options - we love having options don't we? You'll discover the easy tricks I use for making beads in a flash and you'll soon master making your sweet bonbon beads and ready to transform them into jewelry and gifts.

And then you can dive into the 10 bonus projects featuring the bonbon beads. Because as lovely as a pile of beads are, seeing them in action and having great gift ideas can take tons of pressure off during this busy time of year. Create them into gifts to fill stockings and put under the tree, give as treasured presents during Hanukkah or design jewelry to wear to your holiday shindigs -  making this the class that keeps on giving!

Don't worry if you've never made a bead before, you will be a bonbon bead expert by the time you are finished with the class!

Sign up here and save your spot today - class starts on November 7th but you'll have lifetime access to the class and videos. Work at your own speed and schedule before the crazy holiday festivities begin!

October 24, 2014

Autumn Inspirations

I have finally had a moment to catch my breath this week. This has been the craziest two months of moving, workshops, retreats and putting my world back together in our new home. 

I'm so happy here. We are right by town but still in a woodland area near a beautiful trail. We have been going for family walks this week to explore our new neighborhood. I can tell this forest is going to soak into my bones through each season and inspire new beads. 

One of my favorite treats this week has been Chai Hot Chocolate. Steep a chai tea bag for a few moments and then stir in hot cocoa and top off with whipped cream. Autumn in a cup - you're welcome! 

How are you enjoying the season? 

October 16, 2014

Art Bead Scene's October Challenge

Today the editors of the Art Bead Scene have risen to the monthly challenge over on our blog. This month I picked this colorful and playful painting by Milton Avery. I have to say it's the color that grabbed me when I first saw this painting. It captures a surreal palette that definitely excludes the excitement of the season. 

To play along I made beads inspired by the painting. I created this necklace with my bead, a leaf headpin from Thornburg Studios, enamel accents from Gardanne and a ceramic bead from White Clover Kiln. 

Here are the rest of the beads I created for the challenge. These are a very limited edition. Once they are gone, that's it! I will have them in my Etsy shop in just a bit.

This month the Art Bead Scene has mixed things up a bit with our challenge. We are now using Pinterest as the place to show off your entries. And there is a bead category for beadmakers to enter. So jump on over to the Art Bead Scene to check out the challenge and see what everyone else made this week! And then pull out those beads and play along.

Art Bead Scene October Challenge
Art Bead Scene Editor Blog Hop

September 26, 2014

Customer Gallery

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.

Lorelei Eurto

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!

Ellen Lambrix
Ellen Lambrix shared this gorgeous necklace on my Facebook page. She has my Meadowlark pendant handing under a Vintaj brass branch and a ceramic bird. Love the pop of yellow that has the bird and flowers signing to each other.

 Valerie Mathews
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.

Kaushambi Shah
My friend Kaushambi knows how to rock a Humblebead. Her playful owl necklace is sporting one of my Birch log beads. It's a fantasitic design with a Kylie Perry owl and tiny leaf chain.

I never would have thought to pair up my disk beads like this with a house bead - it works so perfectly!  Love the chunky peanut seed bead element that balances the art beads.

This necklace pairs up my little Fanastic Mr. Fox bead with Czech glass and a few of my disk beads. What a great color palette with the black accents, it remembers me of folk art designs.  Visit Kaushambi's Etsy shop, Ornament Lounge to see her art bead jewelry.

Rebecca Anderson
The clever Rebecca Anderson created these adorable earrings with Humblebeads Matchstick Charms and her tiny beaded beads. I could just eat them up they are so precious!

Same design, different color - it's a smart way to work if you sell your jewelry! Stop by Rebecca's blog SongBeads to see more of her work.

 Malin de Koning
Malin created this asymetrical pair of earrings, love how subtle the differences are - just enough to make them interesting! The purple disk beads are Humblebeads. 

Malin really excels at creating asymetrical jewelry. I love this bracelet and it's vivid pop of color that plays off the muted hues. Malin has three art beads as the focal and one of them is a Humblebead disk. Check out Malin's blog to see her designs.

Stephanie LaRosa
This design by Stephanie was featured in Stringing magazine last year, so I may have featured it before but it's worth a second look! Stephanie used accents in all the colors of the Autumn Whisper Feather and mixed it with silver toned chanrms. The purple suede looks like it was made to go with my bead.

Doesn't this piece make you want to go for a woodland walk on a sun-drenched trail? I can not tell you how much I love the yellow paired up with my Falling Leaves Cuff. I would have never thought of that color combo and I have to say it's perfect! I like the Czech glass between each large bead, I bet this is a fun bracelet to wear.

Stephanie paired up big chunky stones and glass with the delicate Tree House bead. Great contrast of shapes and colors. Stephanie is a very prolific jewelry designer, visit her Etsy shop LeClair Rose Designs to see her work.

Are you suddenly feeling like you need more Humblebeads? Today is the last day of my sale.

September 24, 2014

Calling All Bead Nuts!

If you are nuts for art beads it's time to squirrel away a few new Humblebeads! 

We are having a moving sale this week. Use code MOVINGSALE for 25% off your orders until Friday at midnight.


This is our lovely new home - the whole bottom level will be my studio. I'm beyond excited! It's on the outskirts of our sleepy little town near the river and woodland trails. We are almost packed and will be working through the move. I'm looking forward to feathering our new nest!