Sunday, November 18, 2012

Love 2 Upcycle: Sustainable Sunday Finds

I'm so thrilled to have one of my pendants  included in this weeks finds. Bee does a fantastic job every week choosing some really great items! Be sure to check it out!
Love 2 Upcycle: Sustainable Sunday Finds: Sustainable Finds from Team Upcyclers... Each Sunday I search our team's shops to bring you a handful of creations to start off your ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Upcyclers Monthly Challenge Reveal + 2 Recipes to share

It’s time for Etsy’s Team Upcyclers monthly challenge. This month’s item to upcycle was denim. There is already a ton of great ideas posted
For the challenge I made earrings with recycled aluminum computer parts, denim and copper.
I had so much fun working with the denim and I really like how they came out. I also liked someone’s idea for a trivet so much I made myself one. You can see it in the upper corner. :)

On the home front I taught my daughter how to make Mock Raspberry Jam using our green tomatoes from the garden. I absolutly love this recipe . You think the tomato seeds are raspberry seeds...very convincing and very delicious. It is such a great way to use up your end of season green tomatoes and you get a fairly high yield. We had 11 jars of jam from one small basket of tomatoes. My daughter made these Swedish cookies using it. They are light and crispy but a tad on the rich side.

Mock Raspberry Jam
2c. green tomatoes cut into small cubes and pureed.
1/2c. water
2c sugar
1 small pkg. raspberry jello

Place tomato cubes in blender of food processor with water and blend til smooth.
Mix ingredients in a med saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into jelly jars store in freezer.

Rosen Munnar Cookies
1c. butter
½ c sugar
2c flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch cookie sheet. Cream together butter and sugar mix in flour gradually. Shape into 1 inch balls and press an indentation in the middle with your thumb. Fill the cavity with your favorite jam. Bake 10 to 15 min or until golden brown.
2-3 doz.

I hope you will give these both a try and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Silver Reactions

I have been experimenting a bit again with different fusing techniques after my studio cleaning adventure that I have yet to finish. I did finish the pot melt pendants...they were so ugly...I didn't even take pictures.

I did try a cool tip from Bullseye glass on chemical reactions using pure silver. The glass is actually vanilla and the colors you see are a reaction with the oxides in the glass and silver. I was blown away...they turned out so cool...what do you think?

On The Homefront...
No good news to share on my son-in-law ...looks like another treatment is failing he's having liver problems because of all the chemo...and it looks like the stem cell transplants are out. They are now looking at some other options and now qualify for some we will see...please pray for him!!!

The weather is turning a little cooler here and there is a hint of fall in the air. We are actually going to get down close to freezing this weekend. I did get beets and carrots  planted in the garden hopefully I can keep them alive till they're ready. I had read an article on people in northern states like me gardening till I am giving it a go. We started some pots outside with zuchinni and beans that I will bring in when it gets colder. I also found a tutorial on making a hydroponic window garden using 2 liter bottles, pvc pipe, and a fish tank pump...I'm hoping to get to it soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New gallery & New upcycled jewelry designs ..Verde Eco Boutique in Mequon Wisconsin.

Yesterday was such a great day! I had an appointment yesterday with a shop in Mequon Wis. called Verde Eco-Boutique. My glass designs and New upcycled jewelry line are now featured there.
As you may know I have been working on a 100% recycled line of jewelry using materials from my hubby’s e-cycling adventure. I thought this shop would be a perfect fit!
They are community based and eco friendly with a big emphasis on the helping the little guy. The boutique carries local artists' crafts (with an emphasis on upcycled), eco-friendly retail, and resale items.
I met with the owner Nancy. She is the visionary behind Verde Eco-boutique and a self admitted character.  Being a character myself we hit it off right away!
My hubby made some great display cards for my upcycled jewelry and he also came along. He loved the store and the direction they are going. He is just as excited as I am. We both think that Nancy has some great ideas and an eye towards the future and Verde Eco Boutique.

Afterwards we drove around mequon...John showed me some of the buildings he had worked on, the quarry's and we stopped and had lunch at this great little hamburger place called Roberts. We hit a few yard sales on the way home I found some beautiful antique floor lamps and a super cool metal coat rack, and a very cool solid brass picture frame with oval glass...they all just need a little TLC...I'll post before and afters soon.

Here's a couple of my upcycled designs.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Proud Mom Moment

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop 3rd and Final Reveal!

It is time for the 3rd and final reveal of the 6th. Bead Soup Blog Party.
This has been my first time participating and I have had such a great experience. It was so cool seeing all the different soups and designs that came about. I have met some fantastic people and was inspired by the work and some of the great blogs out there.

I have to give a big thank you to Lori and all those who helped make this possible…you all did such a great job and this was no small feat!
Created and hosted by Lori Anderson of Lori Anderson Designs. This time around the party is huge with almost 400 participants with 3 separate reveal dates.
Lori has paired up artists who will swap bead soup mixes. The soups have to consist of a focal, a special clasp and coordinating beads. Something to challenge your partner and something you would be proud to give to your best friend. We then have to create something using at least the focal and the clasp…and have these ready for the reveal. We all visit each other’s blogs to see their finished pieces and learn more about them and the pieces they made.  

                                                  Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

                                                        Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
                                                        Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick

Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Studio Clean up Wakes the Fusing Bug in Me.

I have been trying for some time to get my small studio organized. No easy feat...I am trying to get 3 rooms full of stuff into one. You may remember awhile back that my hubby had built a closet organizer for me. I have gotten things fairly well organized except for a few boxes of odds and ends.
This is the day I decide I'm going to take care of some of it.
So I grab a box and open it. It is filled with little boxes. The boxes are full of fused glass cabochons I never finished, mishaps, failed experiments and a good-sized box of dichroic glass scraps.
Ok, I grab the box of unfinished cabs, set up my grinder and start grinding. I spend enough time at the grinder to have 2 full trays of cabs ready to be fired. I put the first tray in the kiln and turn it on. So far so good.
While my kiln is cooking away I grab the box of failed experiments and look at everyone. All still good ideas, if I could just get them to work. Well, enough of that.
My kiln is now up to temperature…my pieces look good…time to cool.
I grab another small box and open it. Cool! A bunch of dichroic glass strips I had fused between layers of clear for the torch. Wait a minute! I pick up the box of failed experiments and pull out a failed dichroic pot melt. They either ashed out from the high heat or didn’t have enough dichroic in them for me. But, these fused strips might hold up to the heat.
So, I set up my clay flowerpots and fill them with the strips.
Meanwhile my kiln has cooled. I take out my finished cabs…nice!
Forget the second tray for now, let’s fire the pot melt!
I get the kiln loaded and turn it on. Wow! Look at the time, I better get dinner started.
I get the chicken ready and throw it in the oven. I decide I can make instant mashed and a can of corn to go with it…in a bit. Ok, back to the studio.
The pot melt is almost done; one of the pots is already empty...time to cool. The piece is going to take a few hours to cool…they’re pretty thick.
So, I head back to the kitchen and finish dinner and we all sit down to eat. I put dinner away and straighten the kitchen. I sit down with the family and we watch a little T.V together. My hubby goes to bed and I hop on the computer. Finally around midnight, my pot melt is cool. I think it looks pretty good. Now I just need to cut them up for pendants and refuse them.

Here are the cabochons I finished

Pot melt with pot sitting on a string of glass.
I am nowhere’s near finished with that box of forgotten goodies. But what a great start!
I will keep you posted on the pot melt experiment!
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party 2nd Reveal.

Hooray the 2nd reveal of the 6th. bead soup blog party is here....A small recap..
Created and hosted by Lori Anderson of Lori Anderson Designs. This time around the party is huge with almost 400 participants with 3 separate reveal dates.
Lori has paired up artists who will swap bead soups. The soups have to consist of a focal, a special clasp and coordinating beads. Something you would be proud to give to your best friend. We then have to create something using at least the focal and the clasp…and have these ready for the reveal. Plus you also visit other members blogs.
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

1st reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. My Partners Piece.

Well the 1st. reveal is winding down. I have to say this has been one of the most fun events I have participated in. I have met and had the pleasure of viewing the work of so many talented people.
Lori has done an incredible job and throws a great party. Learn more about Lori here…

One of the members Tanya of put together the coolest list of the 1st reveal with pictures and bio. She will be putting together a list for the entire reveal. What an incredible task. She has done an incredible job!

Learn more about Tanya here…


HerHere is what I sent.

Here are the pieces my partner Marge put together. She did an incredible job with the soup I sent. Something I could never have imagined. Check her out here...

Friday, July 27, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party 1st reveal

So today is the 1st reveal day of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. A day we have all been waiting for. 
For a complete list and links to other participants blogs please visit..
First off I want to thank Lori, the creative force behind the bead soup party and our wonderful hostess. She has done such an incredible job putting this all together…with a little help from her dear hubby and a few good fairies. ; )
You can learn more about Lori, her work, and a bit about her life here..
Secondly I want to thank my partner Marge Beebe for sending me such a great bunch of goodies to play with.  Please visit Marge’s blog to see what she did with the beads I sent her.

Here is what Marge sent to me.
This was my first Bead Soup Blog Party and I am having a wonderful time. It was so fun to pick out a bead mix for my partner and wait for mine to arrive. I also loved the challenge of creating something different from our norm using someone else’s choices. I am anxious for the reveal and the blog hop should be a lot of fun. I have done a bit of hopping…a lot of very talented and interesting people.

Here is what I made.
For my piece I wanted something versatile. And I just fell in love with the hand dyed cloth Marge sent and had to use it. I also wanted to use some of the recycled copper wire I grabbed from my hubby’s e-cycling.

I am very happy with the piece and plan to do a few more like this. The finished design is convertible. Each strand can be worn individually or in a combination. The piece can be worn with or without the pendant and bail. And the pendant can also be removed from the bail to add your own pendant for even more options. Another plus about this design is that the strands can also be wrapped around the wrist as bracelets.
See you at the next soup!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

5 Giveways at Lori Andersons Pretty Things Blog

5 incredible giveaways from Lori Anderson of the Bead Soup Blog Party fame.
Lori came back from the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee with some goodies she wants to share...5 chances to win! details here...

Just a little peak at one of the giveaway packages.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Love 2 Upcycle: Upcyclers Creativity Challenge #2: GLASS

Love 2 Upcycle: Upcyclers Creativity Challenge #2: GLASS: Our second Upcyclers Creativity Challenge was a huge success! So many ideas from so many Upcyclers!  This month's judge, Marcy from Rinnovat...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Soup I Sent Marge

I wanted to share the soup I sent Marge. I had something entirely different picked out at first. After I hopped over to her blog and saw her wish list I decided to go with these. I can't wait to see what she does with them.

On the family side: We did manage to see a firework show for the 4th. Although quite a few shows were postponed or canceled because it has been so dry here. We added a new town to our list of firework shows we have seen. We went to Whitewater this year. It was a pretty decent show and they had a carnival and parade also. We skipped that because of the heat index of 100+...instead we sat in air conditioning and ate Chinese food.

On the home front: My garden is losing it's battle against the rabbits and chipmunks. The tomatoes, peppers and onions are doing well. All my other plants zucchini, beans, melons, lettuce..all of them are little nubs just barely alive. We have tried everything from flashy noisy things to blood meal, fencing and even an owl shaped cut out. Maybe some wolf urine or something along those lines.

Hope you all had a great 4th!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Soup I Received and More on My Partner Marge

Here is the soup I got from Marge. Some wonderful handmade ceramic beads, hand dyed cloth, a very large natural stone bead and lot's of great little coordinating beads. I can't wait to get started.
A little more on My partner: Marge has a wonderful sense of humor. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, avid crafter and the Data/Technology Coordinator at Literacy connections. Who by her own admissions is suffering from a form of crafting ADD. She has an interest in many including jewelry making, crocheting, cross stitch, clay, knitting, loom weaving, dying fabric, tatting, embroidery, and sewing. I really enjoyed being paired up with Marge and going through her blog. It made me chuckle a lot..let's you get to know a little about her life and has some great info. She also has some computer related how to’s…on Picassa, Etsy, and Blogger. Definatly worth checking out. I know I will be using them!

Here are a few of Marge’s pieces.

There are 400 participants this time sure to check our hostess Lori Anderson's blog with a complete list of participants w/ links...

Have a Happy 4th...See you at the reveal!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

This month I joined my 1st Bead Soup Blog Party. Created and hosted by Lori Anderson of Lori Anderson Designs. This time around the party is huge with almost 400 participants with 3 separate reveal dates.
Lori has paired up artists who will swap bead soups. The soups have to consist of a focal, a special clasp and coordinating beads. Something you would be proud to give to your best friend. We then have to create something using at least the focal and the clasp…and have these ready for the reveal. Plus you also visit other members blogs. I just love this idea…it really gets you to think outside your comfort zone and helps get some traffic to your blog.

You can learn about Lori and the party…plus a list of participants here…

My partner for the swap is Marge Beebee...this is Marges 3rd swap.
I am so excited. I checked Marge’s blog and think I have the perfect soup for her. I hope she likes it.
You can learn about Marge here...
I am really looking forward to the challenge…See you at the reveals!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Love 2 Upcycle: 2nd. Upcycled Creativity Challenge

I am participating once again in the Team Upcyclers 2nd Monthly Creativity Challenge
I belong to this great team on Etsy called Upcyclers.  The team is just full of creative people sharing there ideas on  recycling and repurposing. Last month the group started a “team challenge” where one person from the team picks a random item and we have to figure out what to make out of it.  This months challenge was to use glass jars. 

This has been so much fun... It has really made me open my eyes on more ways to re use items and keep more thing out of the landfill!!

If you would like to see everyones creations, they will be pinned here: Upcyclers Creative Challenge Board.

Here are a couple picture of my entry....I made a set of canisters for my bathroom. I used spray paint and doilies on the jars. And made knobs of polymer clay.. which I glue on the lids and painted. (They look much nicer in person....I had a terrible time getting decent pictures)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Working for the Weekend!

I got some gorgeous sari silks a few days ago. From Mudhound Studio on Etsy.
This is the first time I have ever used it…but I am in love. They are such beautiful colors. Have a nice soft sheen and I love that wonderful tattered look.
I made a few bangle bracelets made with recycled copper wire, silk, and some of my lampwork beads…If you would like one …just leave a comment.

On the home front: My daughter is out of school for the summer. We have been having a great time…working on projects, trying some new recipes and working in the garden together. We have also gotten out our old telescope and have been spending quite a bit of time with that.
The family did manage to get a garden dug. It’s fairly nice sized 12’ x 6’ and a nice 8’ round herb garden…and of course I’m mulching right in the garden…no compost pile or weeding for me!
This year we are using a little more of the intensive gardening and mixing plants together. I planted sunflowers with pole beans around them. The idea that the sunflowers grow fast and make a nice trellis for the beans to climb. We planted beets and carrots in between the zucchini and tomatoes. I made short tepees from sticks which I planted snow peas around and in the center planted some lettuce and bok choy. They are both cool weather crops so hopefully the shade from the peas will keep them from bolting….well that’s the idea anyway. So far things are going pretty well except the chipmunks and rabbits have been nibbling some. We made some recycled yard ornaments… from computer parts of course…they have a nice flash and make a bit of noise. So run little critters run!! This weekend I am putting up chicken wire for the rabbits and I hear blood meal keeps away the chipmunks…plus it’s a great fertilizer.
My daughter and son-in-law will hopefully be able to come for a visit this weekend. It’s my youngest daughters birthday. Dexter is doing fairly well with his intensive chemo treatment…but they did make one rush to the ER since he started.
Hopefully he will be up for a cook out, cake, and a bonfire. It will be good to see them. It has been a few weeks since we saw them last. I would also love to take them all to the old outdoor theatre…none of the kids have ever been to one. Cross your fingers for good health and good weather.