Archive for January, 2009

Everything’s coming up roses!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

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I can hear Ethel Merman’s deep, throaty voice belting out those lyrics in my head this morning – singing those wonderful lyrics from the musical “Gypsy”. Don’t you just love a day that starts off with a bang? Today is one of those days for me. 2 exciting things plus the temperature is up to -4 this morning on top of it!

I sold a bracelet this morning that I had written about previously – the “Spring is Sprung” bracelet. It was going to be for the purchaser but then she realized that a very special friend of hers had a birthday today. That friend had saved her life! And so the bracelet is going to be a birthday present – and for a friend that saved your life – I think the “Spring is Sprung” bracelet is appropriate. You have the beginning of a new life and the beginning of spring all at the same time.

The second great thing that happened this morning is —- I just got an email telling me that I had 2 pieces accepted into a juried art exhibition! There were over 60 artists who submitted over 250 pieces and 2 of the pieces will be mine!! I’m so excited! This is the first annual juried show of work of artists who belong to ArtsBuild of Wisconsin. The jury was 3 faculty members of the Fine Art Department. The juried group show will run from February 4th to 28th, 2009 and will be presented in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery in Ullsvik Hall at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

The picture on the right faithful readers will recognize from a previous post. Scroll down or up – I always have trouble w/ that part – a bit and you can read about it. The picture on the left is the other item going to the art exhibition.

I was fortunate enough to purchase this lampwork bead from Moon Stumpp of Mixed Media Jewelry. Moon does a wonderful job of making lampwork beads and you will find a pretty fair amount of her beads in my work. I really like movement in my jewelry and I was able to fashion a bail to let the bead move and really show off the wonderful bead.

Both of these pieces are for sale but will not be available for delivery until the show ends.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Saturday, January 24th, 2009


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I love it when a plan comes together! Those words from Hannibal – the leader of the A-Team – were quoted every week after they had eluded the government and made the bad guy pay.

Those words popped into my mind last night when I was looking at the pictures that I had just taken of some of my jewelry. This picture actually captures the colors of the cosmic rings from Swarovski and that isn’t always easily done. I have the light tent that I use, an excellent camera that I’ve learned soooooo many things about and still photographing Swarovski crystals is not an easy thing. Apparently, the planets aligned and things were ‘coming together’. We’ll see what happens next time I want to photograph Swarovski crystals.

This bracelet idea is not original to me – I wish it was. However, I saw the idea in one of my many magazines. If someone knows who the original person was, please let me know so I can give her credit.

When I Goggled the A Team I also figured out where one of my younger brother’s got an oft used phrase of his – I don’t remember it but my brother who is 6 years younger than me does, obviously. “Hannibal’s on the jazz!” In my brother’s butcher shop, it’s generally ‘Phil on the jazz’ but it’s a phrase used often by him when referring to someone else.

As usual, I’ll be posting this bracelet for sale at Always Wired Bead Lady shortly.

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


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I think this quote from Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way fits the stone I used in this pendant or the first part of the quote anyway.

I purchased the cabochon from Bob Stumpp of Mixed Media Jewelry. I was attracted by the various, subdued colors in the stone ~ which is the first mystery involved in the pendant. I usually go for brighter colors. The second mystery about this cabochon is the fact that Bob doesn’t remember what kind of Jasper it is. The surprise might be that I can wrap a perfectly round cabochon and keep it in it’s framework so maybe the whole quote is accurate.

I think this turned out pretty good – if I may pat myself on the back! Of course, if Bob hadn’t cut such a great stone I wouldn’t be able to think that so I probably ought to just shut up.

I put a nice bail on this pendant so that it will fit perfectly on a 6mm sterling Omega chain. The pendant is on the larger size – 2 1/2” from the top of the bail to the bottom of the wrap. I will be listing it on my Etsy store Always Wired Bead Lady either today or tomorrow if things go smoothly.

Kreativ Blogger Award

Monday, January 12th, 2009


I’m terribly behind on this but I remembered about 4am this morning that I had read somewhere that I was awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award. Such an honor, isn’t it(tongue in cheek as I type this)?

I’d not heard about this Creative Blogger so I had to Google it – of course. I love Google – it’s my favorite tool next to the library – well, not right next too it – that’s Marcia’s house. I meant on my list of favorite tools it’s my favorite right below the library. And with the subzero weather that’s coming this week it means when I want to look something up I don’t have to go outside to do it!! So some days, it bumps the library out of first place – sorry, Gloria! She’s my librarian – don’t you love the sound of that – my librarian. Almost like I had lots of money and could afford my own librarian – I think that will be about the same time I have enough money to have my own cook and housekeeper too. And even with the sub zero temps that are coming, I don’t think this will be the week that hell freezes over and that’s about the only way any of this is going to happen!!

Well, back to the Kreativ Blogger Award – it seems to have many variations. Write 6 things about yourself, write 6 things that you value, write 6 things you don’t value?, award 6 other people the Kreativ Blogger Award. It seems someone really likes the number 6, don’t you think?

So I guess I’ll have to figure out today who my awards will go to. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode of ‘When the Blogger Blogs’. It comes on right after my brain kicks in.

Spring is Sprung – the Grass is Riz’, I wonder where the birdies is

Friday, January 9th, 2009


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This anonymous little poem was quoted quite often in our family while I was growing up. I always assumed it was because my dad was a part time farmer and was glad to see the snow go. Of course, that also meant a big garden ’cause my mom canned anything that grew in those days – and still does.

To me this bracelet featuring lampwork beads by Dave Fehr of Madison epitomizes spring. I know most people think of spring and think of pastels – pinks, greens and blues – but not me. I’m sure that explains a lot to most people right off the bat!

The clear white background of these beads leaves plenty of room for the colors to come – the pinks and blue, the purples and lilacs. The beads already have the soft green of the first sprouts of spring that poke through for those early flowering plants. You can also see a bit of blue which is the color of the cloudless spring sky. I added bamboo coral beads which practically shimmer in the light. Can’t you hear the dirt calling your fingers to dig deep into the earth? And the yellow Swarovski crystals signify the spring sun warming the earth before it turns to the harsh heat of summer. All in all, this bracelet speaks highly of spring and the new year coming.

If you would like to purchase it please check out my Etsy store. There is a link on the right side of this screen or you can click on the Always Wired Bead Lady .

M5 Creative Corners

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Waterfall Watercolor Wall Hang Quilt


In an effort to keep up my New Year’s resolutions to blog more often, I thought I would blog about Tina from M5 Creative Corners. She’s a teammate of mine from our Etsy group – eSmarts. Our group was formed by a very forward thinking lady, Anna Lee Husband of GahooleTree on Esty. Anna has great marketing ideas along with a very creative mind to design wonderful jewelry.

I have to say that when I saw her business name James Bond immediately came to mind — M5, M16 that James works for and all that. Well, James Bond she isn’t but she is a wonderful artist with a needle and thread!

Tina sews a wonderful variety of items – at the present time the wall hanging Waterfall Watercolors is my favorite. However, if your walls are full as mine are you could think about some of the other items she sews. Handmade cloth wallets are very affordable at 12.50 as are her cloth book covers at 9.00. Sometimes you need a small gift with a big impact and I believe that Tina can fulfill that need for you.

If you would like to check out her Etsy store M5 Creative Corner Tina would be more than happy to help you with any special orders that you might have.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

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Those words are ringing in my head as I write. They are especially true again this year as our area of southern Wisconsin had record snowfalls in December of 2008. I currently live in an area where the average snowfall is 35 inches. Last year we had record breaking snow for the 2007-2008 year – over 100 inches. After December 2008, we may be on our way again for the 2008-2009 year. According to the Farmer’s Almanac we will!

Only today we had ice – that shiny, slippery coating that looks pretty on the trees but nothing else. I’m so clumsy that my hubby parked as close as possible to the door at church and got out and walked me up to the sidewalk to make sure I didn’t fall.

When we went home to MI over Christmas, I received a wonderful stained glass snowflake from Marti Whipple. I had to take a picture of it to try to show how pretty it is. I have another friend, Ann Miller of Glass Artistry of Oregon, WI who always comments on how hard it is to take pictures of her stained glass pieces and I totally agree. This snowflake is small enough that I was able to use my light tent to show the basics of it but I really can’t get a good picture of the glass that Marti used for the individual pieces. The glass itself has a nice frosted effect to it and was an excellent choice to make snowflakes. It really has that hoar frost look to it.

As for resolutions for 2009, I will try to post every 3-4 days on my blog and I will try to add 1 new piece to my Etsy store every day. Anyone else make resolutions? I made a list of 8 or 9 things last year for my business and was able to accomplish most of them. I just pulled it up and actually – I did quite well. I fell down on the resume/folder for galleries but got everything else done. Well, except I didn’t get everything organized quite as well as I intended but that can be my third resolution for 2009. Maybe putting it in print out there for everyone to see will help me accomplish it.