Bead Soup artBLISS winners and Pay it Forward Handmade

Multiple winners today and another chance to win my bead soup necklace and be part of the Pay it forward Handmade movement. First of all thank you so much for all the amazing comments on the Bead Soup and to all that participated I just love this blog hop and online community! A special thank you to those who helped spread the word about artBLISS and got a chance to win the earrings.  The winner did a great job of spreading the word and had multiple entries. Here is what Kimberly Flood had to say:

WOW! Very pretty pieces! I really LOVE the colors. That pair of earrings on the far right are my favorite. I think its the color of the purple. I need to learn to macrame. I shared on FB, liked on FB, shared on G+ and tweeted about it.

Kimbelry you are the  winner of both pairs of earrings.  My youngest son was my assistant  and both times Kimberly's name was pulled from the pile of papers. Please email me with your address and I will get them out to you.

 

 

Bead Soup 6 Necklace by Sandi Volpe

 

  I decided I wanted to gift the bracelet and necklace to 2 special women, my bead soup partner, Kelley  and our   amazing leader Lori Anderson. Kelley  commented that the bracelet was her favorite out of all the pieces, so Kelley you are the new owner of my bead soup bracelet!  For the final chance to win,  I have given the necklace to Lori Anderson to  use as  a giveaway at  artBLISS. You can come meet Lori at the Meet and Greet Friday night, September 21 or the Don't Trash it Destash it Saturday night September 22,2012. From the artBLISS website.

We are thrilled that the authors of three of this year's hottest new jewelry design books will be present at artBLISS 2012!  Kerry Bogert will be signing copies of Rustic Wrappings, Erin will be signing copies of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and Lori Anderson will be signing copies of her Bead Soup.

Yes, but there is more I jumped on the Pay it Forward Handmade movement today over at the The Gossipping Goddess with Lesley Watt

Here's how it goes...

I’ll send a surprise gift to the first three people who comment on this blog post and then pay it forward. The gift will be handmade by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days (yep, mystery gift at a mystery time).

All you need to do is leave me a comment and make sure you include your email address (if your profile doesn’t include it). I’ll then contact you for your snail mail address and ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes general stuff like that).

To complete signing up you MUST play along too. To do this you must blog a similar post (please note your blog must be current, so please include your blog address when commenting) and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on your post.

So, do you want to play? Then comment below and let's get the ball rolling...

And if you're not one of the first three you can still copy this post to spread the word and really get the game going! I’ll send a surprise gift to the first three people who comment on this blog post and then pay it forward. The gift will be handmade by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days (yep, mystery gift at a mystery time).

All you need to do is leave me a comment and make sure you include your email address (if your profile doesn’t include it). I’ll then contact you for your snail mail address and ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes general stuff like that).

And if you're not one of the first three you can still copy this post to spread the word and really get the game going!

Since I did not get 3, I am paying it forward by randomly selecting  3 commenters on my blog and sending gifts. This is officially closed.

 

 

 

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal and Giveaway

I was parntered with another Virginian for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party, Kelley of My Life One Bead at a Time, can not wait to see what she makes!!! I hope we get a chance to meet in the near future! Kelley sent me a color combo that I do not normally work with, which is the point of the party.  I really wanted to use most of my soup and decided to work with waxed linen.

The earrings were laid out to be done, but I wanted to make the necklace first. The  black waxed linen really made the colors pop, so I decided to use it for the earrings and bracelet as well.  Below are the results and I pleased I was able to use the focal, both clasps and almost all the beads. The necklace and earrings are knotted and the bracelt is 3 strands crocheted and braided.

Enjoy hopping and now for the giveaway.

I had so much fun at Bead Fest I would like you all to  come to ArtBliss in Dulles, Virginia  September 21-23, it is a great event put on by Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix, from the ArtBliss website:

"We are thrilled that the authors of three of this year's hottest new jewelry design books will be present at artBLISS 2012!  Kerry Bogert will be signing copies of Rustic Wrappings, Erin will be signing copies of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and Lori Anderson will be signing copies of her Bead Soup."

Lori, our fearless leader will also be coordinating a Destash It  social Saturday night that anyone can attend.

It is 10 minutes away from me  so I will be  taking Kerry Bogert's lamp working class and enjoying spending time with old and new friends.

Please spread the word about ArtBliss and better yet try to come.

Please check the ArtBliss web site for all the details.

 I am giving away both pairs of earrings!

I will enter your name in the drawing for each time you spread the word about it, an extra chance for registering (those that are already registered get another chance too, just note it in the comments).

I have plans for the necklace and bracelet and will let you know when I post the winners, it is a surprise!  I will draw the winners out of  hat on September 1.  Good luck and enjoy all the other bead soups, there is a tab at the top of my page with all the participants. Thanks to Lori and Kelley, I just love this creative community!!

Bead Table Wednesday...Bead Fest Beads

Fantastic time at Bead Fest.  My goal was to buy art beads and lamp work was at the top of the list.  I got a beautiful selection from  Anne of Gardanne, Heather of HMB Studios,  Jan of Molten Mayhem, Karen of Leonardo Lampwork, Kerry of KabsConcepts and Sue of Sue Beads.   I also picked up some ceramic pieces from Diana of Suburban Girl Studio  and Jenny Davies-Reazor and some metal from  Green Girl Studios and  Lisa of Metal Me This. Finally, it was exciting to walk in to the show Saturday morning with my partner in crime Sally Russick and be lead to the Beaducation booth by Lisa Niven Kelly.  So much of this weekend was so much fun that I will be mentioning all the great people I met  and beady goodness as I create.

Second picture is with eveyone's business cards. Enjoy, I enjoyed the beads, meeting new and old friends and the creative energy of everyone. Such a generous creative community.

Crafters Devotional Blog Hop

I have been in a more refelective mode this year and not always as creative or productive as I would like, so I jumped on the Crafters Devotional Blog Hop as a way to jump start my creativity. Thanks Elizabeth and Sharon for being the creative motivators!! Although I have not completed the projects I have 2 picked out and one on deck. Check out page 111, which is ironic that 11 is my lucky number...I most be on the right path. I was born at the time 7:11, house was 1111, my first condo 2511 and my wedding anniversary 11/11.

I also seem to notice the clock at 11 past the hour? Anybody know numerology?

Anyway,  the project is a Stones for Healing or chakra bracelet. I have been curious about the various properties of stones and minerals. I am making one in hopes that will help my creativity or at least remind me.

The Blank Slate:Cigar Boxes. I have a collection and a plan for this project, so will report back when I have completed my projects.

Getting ready to head out for Bead Fest Philly and I am sure that the energy and Art Beads I find as well as meeting old and new friends will have me inspired to come home to create.

Please come back next Saturday for my Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal, where you can find plenty of inspiration from the first 2 reaveals!!  What projects are on your list?

Round Nose Pliers...a review and why a good pair will make wire wrapping easier

When I started making jewelry I bought a set of pliers from Michael's with a 40% off coupon. I really wanted to learn how to wire wrap. I started taking classes and my first wire wrapping class was with a fantastic instructor. I had my Michael's round nose pliers and was having trouble. My instructor said let me show you why you are having trouble...the jaws do not meet, there was too much space between the round nose jaws. I really could not get a good grip on the wire to make a decent loop. I tried my instructor's pliers, Lindstrom Rx and had an aha moment...better pliers equal better loops.

I ordered the round nose, flush cutter and chain nose Lindstrom rx and my wire working improved ten fold.

I have since bought bail making pliers, a multi step wrapping pliers and most recently a Revere round nose pliers....oh my goodness....love them!!

I still love the Lindstroms, but they are on the small side which is great for tight spaces and small loops.  The Revere pliers  give me larger loops and have no spring which is nice. Deryn Mentock, a fantastic instructor recommended these pliers in one of her classes and I finally got a pair on sale from jewelry tools.

My advice is to try different pliers and see which one feels the best in your hands and helps you  make loops. Bring some inexpensive craft wire to your local bead store or o a class and try out different pliers before you buy.   Buy the best pliers you can afford,  but buy one that feels comfortable and is easy for you to make loops. Which round nose pliers do you like?

 

 

 

 

Bead Soup Blog Party number 6 and a giveaway!

I am lucky  to be participating in  the fabulous Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori Anderson organizes.  Lori, is a talented jewelry designer,  great writer and one of the most generous people I have ever met and I am lucky to count her as a friend too!!! Anyway, run to enter Lori's current giveaway  there are some fab prizes including a chance to win Lori's upcoming book Bead Soup. You have until July 13th to enter!

 

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Challenge of Music Blog Hop..."Wildflower" by Sheryl Crow

Today is the reveal day for the Challenge of Music blog hop, hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz I decided to sign up because I am inspired by many music artists, but Sheryl Crow in particular.  I listen to her itunes Original album alot.  This album  explains her journey and creative process. Her song Wildflower, came to be when she got out of her own  way. I have wanted to create a piece inspired by Sheryl Crow and  Wildflower for a long time so the challenge was perfect for me. Did you know that Sheryl Croew used to be a teacher until she wrote a jingle for McDonalds that earned her such a tidy sum that she decided to try to make a career as a music Artist.

Thank you Sheryl for the inspiration, taking a leap of faith on yourself and blessing this world with your beautiful music!

I had many designs to work on, but the pendant spoke to me for this challenge. I used a handmade pendant, chain and clasp some rose quartz and blue qurtz, do not remeber what it is and finally some sari silk to match. Lyrics below.

 

 

"Wildflower"

Quiet hour You have always been my wildflower Showing up wherever beauty's lost its way Your heart must breakI was free Until I heard the song you sang me to me Pulling me away from everything I knew To be with youAnd everything I know just fades away And every time you go it hurts me so I don't know why when I know we're free Free to flyHere we are Burning faster than the closest star Falling back down to the Earth I love you so it sometimes hurtsCloser still You will find me standing on the hill Waiting for you with my arms stretched open wide Now, come insideAnd everything I know just fades away And every time you go it hurts me so I don't know why when I know we're free Free to flyAnd everything I know just fades away And when a wildflower grows it picks its space And that's the way it is when nature plays its lovely hand We'll understand everythingEverything, everything

 Please enjoy and visit all the other participants.

Little Bliss List Poem

Little Bliss List Poem

The kitchen is clean the laundry is done.

Off to the studio for some creative fun.

I can not believe that in 2 short weeks

I will be dipping my toes in the Caribbean Sea.

Thanks to Liv and the gals in my class

Building a Blog that I love was really a blast.

A weekend of fun with my boys by my side

playing and laughing and movies oh my!

Ballentine Farm, Waterford, Virginia

Ornament Swap Blog Hop

Thanks to Sally Russick, of Wireworked for organizing the ornament swap and my partner Jennifer Justman of Souls Fire Designs.
A huge thank you to Jennifer for taking a beautiful picture since in a rush to get it out I did not take a picture.
I am in to re-purposing old Christmas cards for ornaments this year. I used a dove from a unicef card I sent many years ago.
"Doves, usually white in color, are used in a variety of settings as symbols of love and  peace."
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and  Love and Peace for the New Year!!
The same dove is on the second side of the ornament I made for the
Please visit the other participants to see what they have created.
1. Sally Russick   WireWorked Handcrafted Jewelry
2. Kim Hora   KimmyKats
3. Kathleen Lange Klik   Modern Nature
4. Susan Kennedy    Sue Beads
5. Jenny Davies-Reazor    The Art of Jennifer Davies-Reazor 6. Christine Altmiller    One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry 7. Jeanette Blix Ryan   Jeanette Blix Metal and Wire Jewlery 8. Holly Westfall  Silver Rose Designs ~ Handcrafted Jewelry 9. Mallory Hoffman   For the Love of Beads 10. Tamara Soper  Handcrafted Baubles by Tamara 11. Rebecca Anderson  Songbeads 12. Jen Velasquez   Jenn Judd Rocks 13. Jennifer L Justman   Souls Fire Designs 14.  Sandi Volpe  Sandi Volpe Handcrafted Jewelry 15.  Melissa Meman  Melismatic  Eclectic Art Jewelry 16. Hope Smitherman  Crafty Hope 17. Patty Gasparino  My Life Under the Bus 18.  Cindy Wimmer  Sweet Bead Studio 19. Erin Prais-Hintz  Tresures Found/ Tesori Trovati Jewelry 20.  Alice Peterson  Alice Dreaming

Day Three...See me at the Virtual Craft Show

 

 

7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things. Pictured above is my giveaway.

Can you believe it????

Here's how you win:

For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don't have to do all four)....

Commenting on her BLOG

Facebooking the page

Twittering the page

Blogging the page

***** Please note, the way you win is by doing all of this on Lori's BLOG, not mine or the other artists. Lori is coordinating the giveaways and will give us the name of who won the prize we donated!******

During the craft show,  you can use coupon code Virtual15 in my etsy store to take 15% off your order, plus be entered to win a a $25.00 gift certificate in my shop for every purchase or comment that you are spreading the word about the Virtual Craft Show.

We all have 24 hours...

I know we all have 24 hours, but sometimes I feel as though  the hours, the days, the weeks, the months fly by and the routine of life takes over. When I get free time, I do not always use it wisely.  I am better if I have a plan or trick myself to clean the house so I can create new pieces,  learn a new technique, or just read.

I make time for family and friends, enjoy running and reading outside, volunteer at school , see my girlfriends for bunko and book club.   Enjoy time with all my boys including my Dad and brothers.  But sometimes it feels like I living ground hog day:-)

Where do the hours go?

  • wake up drink coffee, a must
  • laundry started
  • dishwasher emptied
  • one off to school
  • breakfast, lunches the next two off  to school
  • exercise
  • run errands and volunteer
  • lunch
  • create and clean
  • one home, snack and homework
  • 2 more home, snack and homework
  • soccer
  • dinner
  • finish homework
  • read
  • bed
  • repeat

How do you spend your 24 hours?

 

I love blue and red...

I love anything with blue and for the 7000 bracelets of hope challenge I needed to create a blue bracelet. I will be posting the bracelet tomorrow.

In coming up with the design, I had another color that needed to be changed.

I needed to change the color of  my toes.   The pink I had on was not going well with the red flip flops, that I hope I can keep wearing  until next winter.

Because I love blue with red...I decided to go with blue toe nails..ta da, thus  the inspirationg for my 7000 bracelets of hope bracelet.

Stay tuned to see the finished bracelet Saturday April 16, 2011.