Monday, May 21, 2012

Blue Bird Winner!

First I really want to thank EVERYONE for their fantastic comments. You all made me feel so great about my work this weekend.

This morning I am on the run. The camera has been reserved by my son for a school project so while I have the birds in my hands, I am the only one that can see them, well Roxy took a look too but as shes a Yorkie, and it was not a dog treat, she was not impressed.

I am POSITIVE our winner will love them though, and I promise a picture before they leave here on the way to her, even if i have to take it on my iphone.
I downloaded a random number generator for my iphone and came up with Nancy at Rising Designs as my winner this round.
Congrats to Nancy, I will email you shortly.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hi!  Welcome! 
Come on in, and Enjoy Some Bead Soup.

I am glad you could make it today to the bead soup blog hop hosted by  Lori Anderson
The projects I am showing today are all made with beads from a lovely Pastel cup of bead soup kit from Nan at SpiritedEarth
Nan will have a limited number of kits available for sale, grab them up they are beautiful in person. I hope you have as much fun with them as I did.
You can see Nan's blog here: Spirit Rattles
Here is a reminder picture of the great kit I received.

I love the blue bird on the pendant in this kit, but I have a rough time wearing necklaces with pendants that hang from a single center hole. They often hang too low, and get caught under the edge of my shirt, or the neckband needs to be a bit tight to have them be high enough on my neck. To combat this, I made my necklace with a silk sari ribbon base and a sliding clasp out of one of the round beads and the single hole flower. Not only is the ribbon at the back of the neck super soft and comfortable, the necklace is completely adjustable.

I added two of my own Lampwork beads, a bird house and a nest with blue eggs. Since these two beads are quite different in size and weight, I staggered them quite a bit on the neckband, this kept the bird house from turning to the back too, a win win.
A few silver butterflies, freshwater pearls and czech glass beads are mixed in with the seed beads to add a little shine to the ribbon on the bottom half of the necklace.

For the earrings, I made two flying blue birds and used a bit of ribbon to bring the green into them.
I loved these little birds so much that I have another set in the kiln!
See below for a drawing to win a pair of birds of your very own!

For the bracelet,I made a one sided bird, so his back side wing wouldn't rub against my wrist. I attached the flower disks with jump rings. Leaf chain and a PMC silver flower toggle I made finish it out. The leaf chain gives the bracelet a little movement but it is super light, something I prefer in a bracelet.

For the last project, I used brass wire. I love the way brass ages naturally, so I did not patina it. With the special pendant Nan sent ( It says Cup of Soup on the back side) I decided to use a set of lovely Boro beads from my stash, and some milky blue glass beads.
The boro  beads were made by Deborah Pierce of Pierces Designs

Ok, I am ready to call this Soup finished.
I can not wait to wear my loot!

Please  be sure to stop by the blog of my favorite designer, and our hostess, Lori Anderson

AND the blogs of the two other lucky designers Lorelei Eurto and Patty Gasparino

Finally, if you would please leave a comment, I will enter your name in a drawing for the pair of blue birds I have cooling in the Kiln. I will make them into earrings for you too if you like.
No picture yet as they are still HOT HOT! I will post a picture of the shy birdies when they are finished with their hot nap. Drawing will be Monday morning 5/21.
 Please be sure you have an email attached to your user name or leave me a way to contact you!

Thanks For stopping by!
Well, Blogger is vexing me.
I cant figure out how to put a link to my website over there to the right so
its going right here till I can figure it out.

Carrie T.   <-- my website that has past work and a link to etsy etc.

Friday, May 4, 2012

I received my beads for the May Bead Soup Mini blog hop.

The beads are from Nan at Spirited Earth. 
I love them and I have been out in the bead room pulling out all kinds of coordinating beads.