Thursday, May 31, 2012

Finally Friday

Hello, it's Finally Friday time!
Here is the inspiration from Design-Seeds:



I chose to make this post a twofer. Okay, it was a happy accident. I designed this bracelet Saturday and was hoping to make some other things for today's post but had a horrible week at the salon and never got around to making anything else.

I am a member of the Allegory Gallery Design Team and I used beads from the package of beads I was sent- the prettiest yellow colored glass cubes.


Leaf chain from Lima Beads

Etched copper I made


Lampwork Glass bead from Kreations By Karen K

Jasper and Vintaj Natural Brass

The Allegory Gallery Design Team:


I also made this lovely pair of earrings:

Lampwork beads from Cheryl's Art, forged ear wires and soldered copper rings made by me

Here is the inspiration for next week:

   



The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

So did you make anything inspired by this weeks palette? Be sure to add your link below.
Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you reading my blog and I hope you will join in next week.

If you liked today's post please share it with your friends,  pin any of the pictures on pinterest, tweet or share on facebook and google+, but most importantly leave me a comment below.
~Shannon


Challenge of Literature Blog Hop



Welcome to the Challenge of Literature Blog Hop reveal!

When I saw Erin's call for participants I sent her an e-mail immediately.
I knew the exact book I wanted to use for the challenge.
It was a book I read almost 100 times while I was in grade school.
I would always cry at the end of the book and yet I read it again and again.

Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver



From the back cover:
Seventeen-year old Morgan Hackett and her best friend Jimmy have known each other all their lives.  They hang out together. Best friends for life. As they break into the Chicago theater scene to pursue their goals as actors, however, the're discovering that they're on the brink of something more than just friendship. So how could life be so right and then so wrong? After a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it's like the best part of her has died. How could he do this to her? As she begins a downward spiral into depression, she wonders how she will ever cope without the one person in the world who understands her.


I didn't have a copy of the book when I signed up for the blog hop. I hadn't read the book in a while and I wanted to be in the brains of the character's before I made anything so I went on Half.com and bought the book. I read it in less than a week. I cried in all the same spots, I can remember how I felt when I read the book when I was young. I remembering wanting the be their friend.

I decided to make a bracelet using my most memorable quote in the book:

"Knowing what you have to lose, but risking the loss anyway."






I wanted the bracelet to be lightweight and simple because that is what would suit Morgan's personality. I can picture her playing with the heart and key dangle while waiting for the train into the city. I can hear the charms dangling as she rehearses for a play. I can see her running her thumb over the stamping thinking of Jimmy.

Thanks for visiting!
Here are the rest of the participants:




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Buttons



Here she is all ready to go to the Stormville Antique and Flea Market
She loves to go shopping and especially loves Stormville. She find really cute things too!



We went on Saturday and it was Hot! The cool part was the TV station HGTV was there filming for a show Flea Market Finds. I can't wait to see the show because everywhere we went that day there was someone with a camera. I was pouting though because a cabinet I wanted was bought by the show :-(


I didn't buy this tool chest but isn't it cool? We must have walked by it 20 times.


I scored this awesome tin of old buttons and have been having so much fun filtering through.


See the buckle like piece in the back? There were about 5 or 6 of those, they are Mother of Pearl and I am envisioning layering them with some etched copper... hmmm


and here is my cutie again, she wanted to show off her Leopard when she saw I was taking pictures of the buttons she said take my picture mommy. 

Hope you are having a great week!
~Shannon

Friday, May 25, 2012

Echo Creative Club and Finally Friday

Hello :-)
I have a 2 part post for you today.
Today is the reveal for the Echo Creative Club and it's Finally Friday time!

I am going to start with the Echo Creative Club reveal.


I made a simple pair of earrings with the 6 beads I was sent. I am loving the style of earring I made during the button blog hop so I decided to make a similar pair for this post too. They are a great little pair of swingy earrings and would be perfect with jeans.






Here are the other participants:
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com
Our fearless leader--> Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog 
Shannon Chomanczuk http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com   --Me :-)

Today is also Finally Friday. Here is the palette from last week:
color sea
Design-Seeds
 I created this necklace from one of my etched copper pendant and beads from Humblebeads.



Here is the palette for next week:

  

The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

So did you make anything inspired by this weeks palette? Be sure to add your link below.
Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you reading my blog and I hope you will join in next week.

If you liked today's post please share it with your friends,  pin any of the pictures on pinterest, tweet or share on facebook and google+, but most importantly leave me a comment below.
~Shannon

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bead Star 2012

Voting for Bead Star 2012 is open and I have 2 bracelets in the running.
If you have a second I would love it if you would check out the contest and place your votes.

Here are my pieces:
Gin Blossom

Bird Song




Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

~Shannon



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Anklets, a Chipmunk and a Dress Form

Cryptic title I know but I have several things I wanted to share with you today. 
First, I got a dress form a couple years ago. She was pretty beat up, hey for $3.00 what do you expect. She didn't have a stand and I really wanted her to have a stand. 
So, the joy of having a carpenter husband is that when I ask for things like this they show up eventually.






This little guy scared me when I was sitting at the beading table the other day. 
He climbed the screen door!


So cute, but please stay outside



What have I been working on?
ANKLETS
Tons of anklets :-)




This first anklet is cool, it's a necklace...


It's an anklet...



It's a necklace :-)


Another anklet




Fringy shells


So flirty and cute


You can stamp an initial or a heart, star, flower or I could just hammer the little copper disc. 


Looks really cute layered with the fringy one too :-)


Seahorse, Chalcedony and pearls could it get any more summery?



This one has one of my soldered, hammered copper rings. Love it!

Well that's all for now.
Hope you are having a great weekend. 
We are potty training my almost 3 year old so I am sure it will be interesting  :-D

~Shannon

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Finally Friday 5/18/2012

Oh my gosh I completely lost track of days!
It's Finally Friday palette inspiration time :-D

Here's the palette I revealed last week:



and here is the bracelet I made from that beautiful palette:



I started with these beautiful frosty blue Czech Glass beads



then I added some snow quartz



an etched copper bar with music notes on it



some Czech glass flowers on handmade copper ball headpins



and finally I added my super duper, totally awesome, handmade copper clasp. 
I love making these and you will be seeing them in almost everything I make now :-)

Here's the palette for next week:
color sea
Design-Seeds

The rules:
Look at color palette.
Be inspired.
Gather supplies inspired by that color palette.
Create something wonderful.
Anything, jewelry, clothes, a painting, even a big 'ole mess.
Take a picture.
Post on your blog.
Link palette to Design Seeds.
Add link here.
Play again the following week!

So did you make anything inspired by this weeks palette? Be sure to add your link below.
Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate you reading my blog and I hope you will join in next week.

If you liked today's post please share it with your friends,  pin any of the pictures on pinterest, tweet or share on facebook and google+, but most importantly leave me a comment below.
~Shannon