Friday, December 30, 2011

This isn't easy

One of my dogs is sick, not a cold or under the weather kind of sick.
She is dying.
Most of my pets were brought into our home long before we ever thought of having children and now that we have a daughter it is very hard to explain to her why we keep loosing them.
She can't understand why my MinPin Lexie, who used to jump and play and bark wants to only stay in her cage and sleep. She can't understand why she is getting so thin.
She asked today what was wrong with her dog.
I didn't lie.
I told her the truth.
That Lexie is old and sick and will be going away soon and won't be coming back.
and then I cried
I cried because it is hard to watch your pets get sick and die
I cried because I saw the heartbreak in my daughter's eyes at the thought of her dog going away and never coming back
and I cried at the thought of loosing her Baba (great-grandma) who is not well and in a nursing home.
I cried when I heard my daughter playing, telling the other toys that one of the other toys was sick. I know that is how she is processing it all but it is hard to hear.
I cried because the other day she asked where her Baba was, when told Baba was in the hospital my daughter asked if she was sick.
I was not ready for my 2 year old to have to know death.
I know she doesn't really understand/comprehend it at the age but she will sense the losses and the emotions of those around her and that's difficult as her mom.
Thanks for listening.
Author Unknown

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Work

I have been happily beading away in my, sorta warm, dining room.
Here are a few of my newest pieces. I posted pictures on facebook already so if you follow me on facebook you have already seen these :-)

Pendant by Nancy Schindler

Pendant by Kylie Parry

Thank you so much for visiting

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Artists Helping Artists Silent Auction

Winners are:
Copper - Mags $35.00
Bracelet - Cathy Obbema $55
Thank you all for your bids and to the winners I thank you both very much!

Several artists in the blog community have decided to band together
to help a fellow artist in need.  

I have decided to auction off 2 items. 

 Item 1 is this bracelet which I made for the Lorelei and Shannon's Lima Bead Challenge. It features handmade beads by Genea and MaryAnn Carroll. It also has Vintaj natural brass, czech glass, wood, and ribbon. Value is $40
The bidding on this is starting at $15.
To place a bid for this write BRACELET and your bid amount.

The second item, or items, up for bid are these handmade -by me- copper components. 

(sorry for the sad looking photos I was at work in the salon all day and have no light so I took these on my iphone on the kitchen counter)

The horse pendant is huge, measuring over 2-1/2 inches high. The others are smaller coming in at 1-1/2 inches and less. Value is over $35.
The bidding on these is starting at $15.
To place a bid for these write COPPER and your bid amount.

Please leave a comment along with your bid. If you are the winning bidder, you will receive an invoice after the close of the auction. There must be a way to contact you. If you have email preferences turned off in your profile, please leave your email.

Many people are auctioning items to help out! Please visit these the other artists below and place your bid!

Please consider supporting this auction by visiting the entire list of participants below:
Marie Cramp and Lori Anderson 
Barbara Bechtel and Staci Louise Smith 
Erin Fickert-Rowland 
Keirsten Giles and Susan Fincher 
Amanda Cargill Austin
Feel free to return and bid again!

Happy bidding!

Bidding will end on December 11th!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

December 2011 Art Bead Scene

December 2011 Art Bead Scene

As soon as I saw the inspiration picture for December's Art Bead Scene I ran home and finished this necklace which I had started.

Chrysler Building, 1928-1930
William Van Alen

I love the lines, the grey color, the industrial feeling against the blue sky.

My necklace pairs a button turned pendant with Labradorite, Pyrite and Smoky Quartz.

I love the flash of blue that Labradorite gives off.

I added a wire spiral and a single Swarovski Crystal to the center of the button.

A Labradorite teardrop swinging off the bottom of the button/pendant.

My handmade clasp.

Visit Art Bead Scene Here:

Thank you for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color Blog Hop 11/30/11

I chose the color gray. What was I thinking is what I asked myself when I got the first e-mail with my color palette. The palette's are from Design 
Yellow, Maroon and Gray? How was I going to create anything in those colors?
Then a friend told me "You don't have to use all the colors just as long as you use gray you'll be fine." Thanks Catherine :-)
{autumn leaf}
I pulled out all the gray beads I had, then grabbed yellow and maroon beads and pendants. I surprisingly had a lot of yellow pieces from Round Rabbit and from Marsha Neal Studio. 
I started with this necklace. A Marsha Neal Studio pendant, crystals, czech glass, agates and a couple beads from Starry Road Studio, all knotted on waxed linen.

Then I made this bracelet using a Round Rabbit tattoo heart charm, crystals, czech glass and waxed linen.

Once I got into the groove of this yellow and gray thing I was ready to add maroon into the mix.
I grabbed this Round Rabbit piece, czech glass, vintage lucite, jade, leather and Vintaj.

Thanks for the visit! I hope you like my creations. I can't wait to see what everyone else made for this challenge. I hope you'll hop around! I am #48 if you are keeping track.


Here is the official list:
1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mini Me

I was so proud when I got out of the shower this morning and walked down the hallway and saw this scene at my beading table:

My daughter had watched me alter some Vintaj charms and pendants the other day so she found the Vintaj cards and the file and was making some of her own

When I walked out I asked "What are you doing?"
She answered "I making things."
I am so proud :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I Heart Macro

Time for I Heart Macro again.

I was working on a Christmas themed craft with my daughter this afternoon and couldn't resist taking a pictures of her beautiful hands, chipped nail polish and all.

When she was born I would sit and stare at her perfectly formed fingers and fingernails. Now that she is 2-1/2 I can't believe the things she can do and how fast the time flies.

Also, I need to share a great giveaway:

The fabulous Lori Andsrson is hosting a week of giveaway's and sales. Go check it out.

studio waterstone 

Thanks for visiting! Now be sure to stop by the other participants and Lori's fabulous blog.