October 12, 2015

New Autumn Beads

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." - George Eliot


“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - L.M. Montgomery

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” 
Humbert Wolfe

 How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence, through the empty-vaulted night At every fall smoothing the raven down Of darkness till it smil'd. 

Read more at http://quotes.yourdictionary.com/raven/quote/12624/#MEgSzKzqYGShZyA0.99

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." - William Cullen Bryant

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
Lauren DeStefano

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”  Ray Bradbury

Hope you enjoyed a little autumn inspiration today - visit my Etsy shop if you'd like to grab a few of these limited edition beads.

August 19, 2015

Beadfest Preview

Visit me at Bead Fest this weekend at booth 559a! I can't wait to see what all the beadmakers in Artisan's Alley have created. That's the best place to start at the show. 

I'll have the new fall beads available online when I get back. Which is your favorite? 

July 17, 2015

Inspired by Nature Fall Retreat

It's that time of year again! General registration for my fall retreat opens tonight at midnight EST.

I'm super excited about this year's projects, they are filled with color, texture and motifs inspired by treasures found on the forest floor. We'll play with polymer clay, copper and wire for three days of jewelry making bliss surrounded by the most beautiful woodland setting with a picturesque river as our backdrop.

This is my favorite event of the year, the one closest to my heart where I share my hometown and inspiration with my students. It's a small event will only 20 spaces open. My past retreat students get the chance to sign up early, so we are 1/2 full right now.

If you have been pining to join me for one of my retreats this is the one not to miss! It's Halloween weekend in my sleepy hometown of South Haven, MI. You can read all the details here.

I'll leave you with a few photos of the class projects.

Psst...East coast friends, Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery is hosting a 2 day retreat where I will be teaching polymer and metal classes inspired by the waterfalls of Pennsylvania. That event will be the weekend of September 18th. We'll have details soon. (That's in Ligonier, PA)

July 15, 2015

The Editors Take the Art Bead Scene Challenge

This amazing painting was painted by Dutch Renaissance painter Balthasar van der Ast in the 1600's! You can read all about our monthly challenge here. When I saw this painting I fell in love with that collection of shells. Shells were considered exotic to the growing upper class during the Renaissance, collected from tropical locations from merchants traveling the globe. The Dutch would paint still lives with flowers, insects and other mementos that would not only show off their wealth but had a deeper meaning that all the things of this world are temporary and transient. 

I decided this month to create beads for the challenge. One thing I loved about the painting was the play of pattern, color and shapes from one shell to the next and created small collections of headpins inspired by the shells and berries in the painting. 

These are one-of-a-kind sets and can be found on my website, here

Stop by the Art Bead Scene today to see what our other editors were inspired to create! 

June 30, 2015

AJE Firefly Challenge

Earlier this month the Art Jewelry Elements posted a challenge for summer inspired by Fireflies. I had to jump on it. I love these night time dancers that entertain us during hot and humid summer nights. The fields around my house light up with their display and I have fond memories of chasing fireflies as a kid growing up in the country. 

My first pendant is a simple design with one of my firefly charms, Czech glass, a feathery Humblebead disk and a brass colored dyed hematite. I worked the chain up with a series of large jump rings juxtaposed by a copper flower clasp.

My next piece is a bracelet that uses similar beads to match my pendant.

My final pendant I pulled out a bead I had been hording for years, years I tell you! Isn't that funny how you can fall in love with a bead but you have to wait until it really speaks to you before you take it out of the bead box. 

This pewter pendant is Mamacita Beadworks. I stacked a series of art beads on top of the pendant to suggest a summer night - a golden disk bead with tree branches wrapped around it. A lampwork bead from Sea of Glass that looks like a starry night. A ceramic bead from Earthenwood Studio that reminds of wood and the forests, along with a little wooden bead. And finally a tiny disk bead with wings wrapped around it. 

The best part of the firefly pendant - those squirmy little legs underneath! It reminds me of a character straight out of Tim Burton's James and Giant Peach.

Visit the other participants and see their firefly inspirations!

Guest Designers:
Melissa Trudinger - https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/aje-firefly-challenge-reveal/
Mary Detray - http://www.brassrabbitstudio.com/blog
Keren Panthaki - https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams - http://www.paisleylizard.com/
Veralynne Malone - www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Terri Del Signore - http://artisticaos.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers - http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com (you're here!)
Susan Delphine Delaney - https://susandolphindelaney.wordpress.com