Saturday, March 11, 2017

Unfinished Objects Blog Reveal


Hi Y'all,

Today is the first of the UnFinished Objects blog posts.  Karen Williams put out the word about possibly putting together a Unfinished Object support group just to see how many people would be willing to join. Well everyone has unfinished object projects that you stumble upon and tell yourself you really need to finish this one day, whether it is a beading project or sewing, or polymer clay, or whatever it may be we are all pretty diverse in our creating. So of course I told Karen that I would be in for the adventure of getting some of my if not all of my UFO's done.  

Karen decided that one of the best ways to have this group is on Facebook and she was right, not everyone does a blog these days, but most are on Facebook. It is easier to post a question for help in the support group on Facebook and get an answer from a lot of knowledgeable people, than to do it on your blog.  For those of us in the group that do have a blog Karen said that we would have regular blog reveals of the projects we managed or almost managed to get finished.  

So here we are the fist UFO Support Group blog hop.

I am such a procraftenator that I put off my UFO project until I saw Karen's email about the date of the blog hop. I just finished my project Thursday but too late to take a good picture until yesterday.

Here is the UFO before I finished it.


I started this bracelet and decided that the colors just were not doing it for me and I got bored with it. One of my co-workers saw one of the Super Duo netted bracelets that I did for another one of my co-workers and wanted to know if I could make her one with Topaz or yellowish tan color. Of course I told her yes.  So when I got home I remembered that I had started this bracelet and felt like it fell into the color that she was wanting, but I still could not make myself finish it, I just really do not like the color of the super duos. So as I state earlier in the post the deadline was looming, so I put on my big girl panties and got to work.  

Here is the finished bracelet 


I will take this to work with me and see if she likes it or if I have to make another one in a different color. To be honest I really hope she likes it. I have already seen her wear an outfit that this bracelet will go perfect with.

Up next is my next UFO that I will have done by the next UFO blog hop.


I started this peyote stitch beaded box sometime in 2015, another project I got bored with, I can't really tell you why I got bored with it I really love the colors. I guess I just wanted to go onto something else.


This is the baggie I stuck everything in, so it would all be together when I decided to come back to it.

Thank you to Karen for bring us together in this group. Thank you to y'all for stopping by, please leave a comment on what you think I love hearing from you.

Here is the rest of the blog hop participants. Hop on by and visit with them for a little while and leave a comment, because like me they love hearing from you too.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss CreationsAmy Severino, Amy BeadsTherese, Therese's TreasuresKim Dworak, CianciBlueLiz E, Bead ContagionMargo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of BooksCynthia Machata, Antiquity TravelersCathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Liz Hart TreeTop Life


Happy beading Y'all

Therese



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

UFO Reveal March 11, 2017





Hi Y'all.

Come back on Saturday, March 11, 2017, and find out what UFO I finished in Karen Williams UFO Support Group Challenge. Still working on it, so I need to go and get busy.
Here is the blog roll for the 11th as of right now.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz E, Bead Contagion
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Happy Beading Y'all

Therese

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BSBP Hoarder's Addition - Meet my Partner

Hey Y'all,
I'm back after taking a year off. 2016 was a year of changes and readjusting, but all is well now and I am back.
I follow Lori Anderson on Facebook as well as in the blogs, but I must confess I am on Facebook more than on the blogs, I saw that she decided to do another BSBP and the sign up was going to be on January 28th. I said to myself, this is just the thing to get me back to my blog, so I signed up.

This time around Lori made it about hoarded beads and that when making up our boxes for our partner we were to include a hoarded bead or beads and these are the must use items in our creations.

Lori partnered me with Babette Cox out of Rowlett, TX this is Babette's first BSBP.

I forgot to take a before picture of what I sent to Babette, but she was kind enough to send me the pictures of what I sent to her.


The hoarded items I sent, well to be honest they are all hoarded items, are a lampworked glass focal bead by Juli Cannon of  Studio Juls and a brass and copper clasp handmade by Melinda Orr of ORRTEC. I also included a cabochon that I made and wire wrapped. The rest of the beads are from my stash of beads. I put them all into the box I had made for a challenge by Janet Bocciardi in October 2014.

Here is what Babette sent to me.


The hoarded beads are the turquoise nuggets, the coral, the teal hashi beads, and the clasp these are treasured beads, because they belonged to a dear friend of hers that has passed away. The lampworked bead was made by Babette just for me.

Babette made the card she sent.

Babette is like so many of us creative people. She does lampworking, stamping, PMC, and much more.

The BSBP reveal is March 25, 2017, so come on back and see what I created with my beads.

Happy beading Y'all,

Therese 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Evening Elegance Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Lodge



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A few months ago Lisa Lodge of Grateful Artist blog put out the call for those that would be interested in participating in the Evening Elegance Blog Hop in January. Lisa has several kits for sale, so I signed up, because for those that know me, know that Romantic Elegance is my style, so how could I pass this challenge up.

When I got the package in the mail I looked at all the pretties that were in the kit and knew just what I was going to make, so I got started, but what I did not do was take a picture of the items in the kit before I got started making my piece.

Here is what I made.


I did a double needle right angle weave stitch with size 6 mm (from my stash) and size 8 mm (in the kit) glass pearls as the base of my necklace and used the 4 mm purple AB bicones (in the kit) for the center embellishment. Then I added drops along the side of the necklace using size 4 mm glass pearls (from my stash) more of the 4 mm purple AB bicones and tear drop glass pearls (in the kit). The center embellishment drops are done with 4 mm glass pearls, 4 mm purple AB bicones, 4 x 8 mm purple AB rondells (in the kit) and light purple glass drops (in the kit). The seed beads used are size 11 antique gold.
The earrings are made using the Hubble Stitch with cream size 15 seed beads, size 11 antique gold seed beads, and size 10 purple seed beads with light amber glass drops (in the kit).

I hope you like what I have done and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Please leave a comment, because I love hearing what you have to say.

Thank you to Lisa for organizing and hosting this blog hop.

Now please go by and visit the other participants in this blog hop to see what beautiful creations they made using their Evening Elegance kits.


Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Jacqui Kipfer, Seven Oaks Jewellery

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

Saturday, November 28, 2015

CC7A's Last Blog Hop for 2015 November hosted by Christine Altmiller




Hi Y'all,

I apologize for being late with posting the final installment of CC7A's blog hop for 2015, but like most of you understand life gets in the way, please accept my apology . I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful and safe holiday. The month of November was hosted by Christine Altmiller she chose a very pretty picture of her Rose of Sharron tree on a beautiful clear day in late fall.


I am all about taking the colors of the picture and creating from there and this one was a challenge, because of the beautiful blue sky color and the dark dead flower pods and bare branches, but I think you will be pleased with what I put together for this final CC7A blog hop.


I had a string of Aquamarine gemstone chips that I had been hoarding, yes I said it hoarding, and thought that their color comes close to the color of the blue sky in Christine's photo. So I pulled out some aqua rondel crystals and got busy making another Bling bracelet. I do not normally like repeating a pattern over and over, but this one is so versatile, that it does not seem repetitious.


I saw the Pinnacle Lace necklace designed by Renee Kovesky in the December 2015 issue of Bead and Button and fell in love with the pattern. That I went straight to my stash and started pulling out all of the items listed on the material list.  This one is the second one I made and I knew I was going to use this one for this blog hop. The blues are darker that the photo but the bronze color is what I was going for the represent the Rose of Sharron tree.


I was gifted the Sediment Jasper beads by my friend Cynthia Wilson, because she know how much I love this stone. The mineral in this stone give it the blue color and the sediment looks like it is floating in water. I think this stone is a good representative of Christine's photo because it captures the blue of the sky and the browns of the Rose of Sharron tree.

Thank you to Alicia for bring us together to make up the CC7A and to Christine for the beautiful photo to inspire us all.

Thank you to you for stopping by and visiting my post. Please leave a comment I love hearing from y'all.

Now go by and see what the other's have created in this final CC7A for 2015.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Time To Stitch What's Your Bag? Reveal hosted by: Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller



Hi Y'all,

Welcome to mine and Christine's eight addition to A Time To Stitch.  This go around we decided to do beaded bags.  It could be any kind of bag as long as it has beads on it in some sort of fashion.

I had big plans to make more than one bag, but as usual I only got one bag done, and I finished it just in time for the reveal.

I also have a guest on my blog today, my friend Cynthia Wilson.  She does not have a blog, but she wanted to participate in the challenge. So I will show you Cynthia's bag first, then mine.


Cynthia calls this Dragon Warrior against Cancer. Cynthia found the dragon at Hobby Lobby and knew that she had to do a bead embroidery piece with the dragon. The dragon is copper tone metal with purple crystals in the wings and eye. She scattered other crystals and purple glass pearls around and swirled purple seed beads all around. the border around the motif is done with super duos and size 15 seed beads. Cynthia whip stitched around the edges of the purse with purple iris size 11 seed beads, and along the bottom of the purse Cynthia did a lace trim with the size 11 seed beads. The strap is done with super duos.

Now my purse.


I had glued the Glen Green/Larsonite Jasper and Citrine  cabs to a piece of bead backing and was waiting and waiting for the cabochons to speak to me. Finally they began to speak to me and I am pleased with how it turned out. I went to Hancock Fabrics and was looking for some material to make a purse to put the bead embroidered piece onto. I found some ultra suede but it was to flimsy. I saw some satin that I liked but not stiff enough. then I saw some canvas and it was perfect.
I cut a strip of the canvas and a strip of some white broad cloth for the lining. There it sat up until Thursday when I sewed the bag together and glued the motif to the flap and when it was dry I sewed it down as well.  I decided to do a diagonal design and put a glass pearl at the intersections. I had to open back up one side so I could get my needle and thread inside of the bag. As I was stitching the design on the bag I was thinking about what I was going to use for the strap. I knew I did not have time to bead one.  I remembered I had this rolo chain and it was long enough to make an across the body strap.


This bag is going to be my nieces Christmas present. She is in college and it is the perfect size to carry her cell phone, driver license, student ID and some money. (The citrine looks like it is fractured, well it is, but on the inside the outside of the cab is very smooth and not fractured, some people call the fractures on the inside of a transparent stone angel lights.)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment I love hearing from you.
Thank you Christine for being my partner in the on going A Time To Stitch challenges, you are the best.

Now please go by and visit the other participants in this challenge.

Therese  (you are here)

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artist September Challenge hosted by Cynthia Machata



Hi Y'all,

Wow another month has gone by already and it is time for the CC7A September challenge. This month it is being hosted by Cynthia Machata. The photo that Cynthia chose was of a lake where her family visits often. The photo was taken at sunset showing all the beautiful reds, golden yellow, and orange tones. Cynthia named her photo Indian Summer.

I made three pieces for this challenge. One I did with the color pallet in mind the other two just happen to go with the colors in the photo.

Here is my first piece.


I got this Swarovski bicone mix from Fire Mountain Gems and after it arrived in the mail I realized that it would go with the colors of Cynthia's photo.  I have been making these bracelets for a few months now they are very easy. The base is ladder stitch with size 4 cubes and then you embellish the top with either crystals, gemstone chips, or pearls and size 11 seed beads I like to use clear AB or silver lined clear.

Here is the second piece.


A bling bracelet done with 4 mm Swarovski crystal pearls.

Here is my third piece.


I have gotten into doing Lapidary work and I love it just as much as I do bead weaving.  Although I have a ways to go to be as good as those that I admire. This cab was made from a slab that I purchase on Rocks Of Ages Designs on facebook.

Here is what I did with the cab.


A simple wire wrap with square copper wire hanging form a copper viking stitched chain made by a friend of mine.

Thank you Cynthia for supplying such a beautiful inspiration photo. Thank you Alicia for bringing us all together. A big thank you to all of you that have came by to visit please leave a comment I love hearing from you.

Now please go by and see what my fellow CC7A members created for this month's challenge.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
October: 
November: Christine 

Happy beading Y'all
Therese