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.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Customers Work - Sharon Borsavage

I love seeing what my customers make with my glass and recycled supplies.
Here is a brand new piece from a wonderfully talented artist Sharon Borsavage. It is absolutely gorgeous….Sharon has a wonderful eye for color and texture. And combines some very unique items into something wonderful....I just love her work!
I am so pleased….one of my lampworked beads is part of the focal.


Here is another piece of Sharons using my lampwork beads.

Be sure to check out all her incredible pieces and the wonderful work of  all the artists she uses.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Love 2 Upcycle: Our 1st Upcycled Creativity Challenge

Love 2 Upcycle: Our 1st Upcycled Creativity Challenge: In the Spring of 2012 across our Etsy Team Discussion board came a thread from Gray, shop owner of Knotsewtrashy . That post and Gray's idea...