Thursday, June 30, 2016

Deco Point Set, Green Pink and Golds

Deco Point Bangle and Earrings
Bangle $75.00

Deco Point Earrings $55.00

Triple Pod Earrings $75.00

Leaf Earrings with Crystal accents $45.00

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sorting and Organizing

I am feeling a little overwhelmed getting ready for a 2 day show at the end of next month (Traverse City Higher Art, during their film festival), I just got work back from one gallery and need to send new stuff.  I always go by color groupings.  There are no earrings in the photo, but I'm trying to color-organize my larger work and see what colors I can play with for fill-in.

Then I went to drop off Uprooted 3 at the Ella Sharp Museum for the Statewide Fine Art Competition. My friend Brian had told me to check out the Grand River Brewery.  It did not disappoint (all the food looked amazing, I got the Scotch Eggs), plus, it was around the corner from the Jackson Antique Mall, which I hadn't visited in years and once frequented.

I found something to fill that blank space in the yellows.... they usually don't have size 8 or larger vintage women's shoes at antique shops.  I was short in my organizing in travel hat boxes and scored a barely used Samsonite one too. 

Aaannnd, this cute turquoise blue bud vase. A nice $3 treat. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rose Gold Hexagon Jewelry Set

I hunkered down last night to finish off this jewelry set.  I am really into this coppery-rose-gold colored seed bead right now.  It's quite dazzling with the crystal-colored bugle beads and larger faceted seed beads.

I did have a difficult time deciding whether to keep the necklace with just one pearl (which is the clasp) or add a second one. I posted the question to Instagram and Facebook last night.  The official tally is 15 people preferred 1 pearl, 11 people preferred 2 pearls.  Honestly, it's easy enough to add the second one back on for a buyer, you can see what it looks like (on me, in a bad photo late last night working) at the bottom of this post.

Hexagon Necklace $120.00

Hexagon Bracelet $75.00

Hexagon Earrings Plain $45.00
with Pearl Drop $48.00

I also had a difficult time deciding between earrings with a pearl or earrings without, so I made both because they don't take as long as the necklace does.  I'm trying to beef up my jewelry stock since I have a show the last weekend in July (29th and 30th) called Traverse City Higher Art.  It's at the ECCO Event Center, 121 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI.  The show runs 10am-6pm both days.

Necklace with 2 pearls.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Upcoming June Classes!

I have been so busy prepping and making sure I have enough beads, needles and thread that I've been forgetting to post reminders on workshops that I'm teaching in June.

On June 11, 2016 I will be at the 577 Foundation for Fiber 577 Workshops.  I'm teaching 2 half-day classes.  The 577 Foundation is located in Perrysburg, Ohio.  It has the cutest downtown so if I were you I'd plan on staying later or the entire weekend.  I also suggest checking out Grand Rapids, Ohio, which also has an adorable downtown (and pop into Angelwood Gallery who carries my jewelry).
The first is Two Drop Peyote Stitch which is my beginning beadweaving class.  As of Tuesday this week, this class still had 3 openings.  This is 9am-1pm.  This cost of this class is a steal.  You can register HERE.

The second class is Russian Leaf Stitch, this is a more intricate beadweaving stitch so the class limit is smaller and there was only one opening as of Tuesday.  This is We have a lot to cover in 3 hours (noon-1:00 is lunch).  You can register for Russian Leaf HERE.

On June 24 and 25 (Friday and Saturday), I am offering a 2 day Russian Leaf Class at Interlochen College of Arts.  The first day we will learn the basics of the Russian Leaf Stitch (pictured above).  The second day we will review and then move on to turning the leaf into a pod form (pictured below).  As we work, I will discuss how I use these pieces in my work, but also the many variations that these components are useful for.  I love teaching Russian Leaf in 2 or 3 days because it really gives everyone time to practice the stitch (of course there's take-home directions too), and combine the pieces they're making.
You can register for Russian Leaf at Interlochen HERE.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer Jewelry Matching a Dress

I thought I'd be getting tired of looking at pinks, whites and neutrals, then I pulled a dress from my closet and a tube of glorious 15/0 seed beads from my stash.

The earrings, dress and tiny two-leaf bangle I wore to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's "Taste of Art and Life" event, but I've definitely kept going on filling out a grouping of these colors. 

I'm in full jewelry-making mode for a a show I'll be at in July, "Traverse City Higher Art" which is being hosted during the Traverse City Film Festival, so if you're up that way, come say hi!

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I guess this post is going to be more of a journal entry.  It feels like life is about what you don't have yet {these days} so no one looks around to be excited by what's already there.
I'm not quite a year in my new house, when I moved in, I planted a lilac (thanks mom)  and tulip bulbs, I have a natural green thumb thanks to my mother, but I understand certain plants are like taking care of any relationship, and sometimes I don't have time for that, so I have been more than excited by spring at "All Strings Attached."

No one has cared about my yard in YEARS, I have a really old lilac in the back (yay, best flower scent ever), a big forsythia bush, Plants popping up everywhere, some leftover of a rose bush that I can bring back to life, pink peonies in the back corner, I know they're really hard and picky, I can't believe they survived,

If you let beings grow, make space, they bloom.

I don't have a lot of windows in my house, I need to remind myself I deserve flowers.  So I wandered my yard with my clippers and filled vases. I'm sure it looks weird to the neighbors as I pick out the best dandelion, throw off some branches, and prefer the shape of some specific hosta leaves.

It's been the best meditative day ever, I'm always thinking about structure, color, pattern in my artwork and nature has all of that,

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Latest Color Set at the Lansing Art Gallery

I sold a number of pieces from this original set at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast, but I did manage to make a shorter leaf necklace and a few other items to match the pink, gold and off whites that I had been working with.

The lariat necklace sold along with the cluster earrings (although I finished a new pair this week in these color palette also).  Pop over to the Lansing Art Gallery while the remaining pieces are still there!