Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BeadFest Santa Fe 2015

Have you heard... Santa Fe is the host to one of three BeadFest conventions this year.  There will be workshops and shopping for bead enthusiasts and jewelry makers alike.  I'm very excited because I am registered for a couple of classes.

I've purchased many components from Sara Lukkonen from C-Koop Beads but I'm thrilled to be taking a class with her on enameling!!!!  I will definitely be stopping by her booth right after class to see what beads, buttons and components she's brought to the Land of Enchantment.


Cooky Schock is in NM teaching Braided, Beaded and Wired and I will be participating in that class as well.  Cooky has worked published in many trade magazines and shows her work throughout California.  There are many other talented teachers and artists showing their work and teaching workshops at BeadFest. 

                                     http://www.eiseverywhere.com/image.php?acc=1736=132415 Braided, Beaded & Wired: Bangles & Cuffs Workshops by Cooky Schock

Gail Stouffer is an artist who transforms glass, metal and clay to create some amazing pieces.  I believe that during BeadFest Santa Fe she's teaching on metal clay!


As a simple stringer I'm excited to learn new skills and meet folks from around the country.  Last time I attended BeadFest I had an absolutely fantastic time.  There will be vendors offering kits, components, spools of chain and dazzling baubles for every shopper in the City Different. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love Is In The Air

It’s been some time since I’ve posted to the blog.  Sometimes when you’ve been away for awhile things are awkward.  Well let’s not focus on what hasn’t happened and look forward to what might happen.  Let’s spread the LOVE - tis the season for fun, togetherness and romance.



valentines day hearts that fly red heart balloons textured illustrated hard iPhone 6 case



LOVE those around you.
Love yourself.
Love the world.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Hey did you hear...I am one of the lucky winners of the Art Jewelry Elements component of the the month for November!!  The beautiful denim beads created by Kristen Stevens were a great challenge to include in one of my basic beading designs.  Not only because of the bead type but because in my reading of AJE blog posts I see the talent and experience of the group.  An inspiring group for sure.



Intimidated - YES I am was.  I decided to work within my comfort zone and settle in at my beading table.  Suddenly life got really busy and posting was placed neatly on the back burner.  The time with family was wonderful and just what my soul needed.  Plus they are always very complimentary about my jewelry making.  (wink, wink)

I went for a modern design that is a light, colorful and interesting piece to wear.  I included some colorful purple and blue jump rings that I bought at the Santa Fe Jewelers Supply to play off the circular design of the AJE component.  Then to bring it together I added silver beads, a toggle and some silver flowers that I borrowed from a long chain of large and small daisies that I purchased from the Lipstick Ranch.



Thank you Art Jewelry Elements for offering monthly giveaways and tutorials.  I am a regular follower of your blog and truly admire the work of each of your contributors.  I am thankful for having been chosen for the November component giveaway!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beads of Courage


Hi friends!  Life has taken over my calendar so I haven't posted in several weeks.  I sure have missed connecting with my beading friends all across the world.  I was determined to get a post out today because many of my creative friends around the globe are participating in the Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange on eBay.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to help this wonderful organization that connects ART to children with serious illnesses.  Beads of Courage allows these special children to “create” something fun and precious that they can carry with them during their treatments as a symbol of their unrelenting COURAGE
Handcrafted beads in various colors symbolize the different phases of treatment that the children endure; white for chemotherapy, blue for clinic visit, yellow for being away from home, brown for hair loss, etc.  The beads tell a story of the battles these precious children face daily. 
Please stop by eBay and bid on one of the unique handmade beads that these gifted artists have donated to support this worthy cause.  
 
http://beadsofcourage.org/pages/about.htm
 
Keep Creating
Karen