My new blog will be used to showcase my love of paper and color, and all things crafty :). You can find it here.
Currently I am working on Andrew Thornton's Deep Waters challenge and have many other new things to show you.
In my last Beady blog post, I mentioned the Bead & Glass Boutique For the Love of Beads Challenge, which I never did finish. I am one of those people who can't do something with beads if they don't speak to me. And, so sorry Amy, these ones did not speak to me. I even tried to add to them, take away from them, and to no avail. So, they sit in my bead-soup stash, awaiting further inspiration. :(
On another (lighter) note, I have finished a few pieces in the meantime:
Thanks to Amy at Bead & Glass Boutique, I managed to get my hands on Amee K. Sweet-McNamara's newest book, Soutache & Bead Embroidery. Such beautiful designs!
I have tried my hand at soutache a few times, and really love the flow of the braid and the textures when mixed with glass beads. So, I had a thought...I emailed Amee K. and asked her if I could showcase her book and pictures of the finished pieces in her book (NOT the instructions of course, let's make that clear right now...) as I bead along with the book project by project. Her response : "You bet your sweet bippy you're allowed to do that! Blog away Fabulously Crazy Girl!" Ha! I love Amee, she is just so...loveable.
Here is my first project from the book: page 79, Blissful Abundance Necklace. Being a creative person by nature, I tend to not follow instructions exactly, and like to make the overall piece a little bit mine...lol. As you can see in the comparison pics, I varied from the overall construction of Amee's piece by not including the smaller focal piece. This was mainly because the bigger focal cab is a lot larger than was intended for Amee's necklace design, and therefore, another smaller focal would have been too much, in my opinion. I am so thrilled with this piece, I am seriously considering keeping it for my own :)
|Closer up of my piece|
My second piece from the book, page 19, Princess earrings, is still in the works. But what a fabulous pattern to use as a base for soutache knowledge instruction. Yes, I should have started at the beginning of the book, but, I am that "fabulously Crazy" girl, as Amee so politely puts it...heehee. Thanks Amee!
|Amee's beautiful Princess earrings|
|my "in-the-works" Princess earrings|
I will post more pics when I get them finished of course!
And lastly, for this fabulously long blog post, my mystery kit reveal from Amy at Bead & Glass Boutique !
This is my mystery kit from Amy for the month of February:
Between life happening, and well, life happening, Amy and I both forgot about March, but I know that April's mystery kit is on its way as we speak. So excited to get it...I could use some beadspiration!