I really have not posted much lately - I have been incredibly busy! I finally finished creating my 75 Bracelets for the Rare Organization! Most of the bracelets feature lampwork beads from the extremely talented Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads, though I have used a multitude of artisan beads and components that I have hoarded over the years! I have only photographed 45 of the 75 bracelets today (my camera battery went low, so must continue photographing in the day or so!)
I took my Mom (who has lived with me since November 2010) to Florida this past week for a quick, 5 day visit with one of my brother's and his wife, who live in Clearwater/St. Petersburg, and to visit with her old friends whom she has not seen in a long, long time. No disrespect to my brother, sister-in-law, or my Mom's friends, but the highlight of my trip was meeting this little guy:
This is Elliot - OMG the cutest, sweetest, most adorable little fella I have ever laid my eyes on!!! My brother and his wife lost their Jack Russel Terrier - named Biggie Smalls (I did not name him!) to cancer this past June. They adopted Elliot - an approximately 2 year old rescue about a month later. This little guy had an unhappy first 2 years - fostered, the pound, etc. The tide has certainly turned for him...for the better!!! I miss him so very much!
It was nice catching up with family and friends - and to put faces to names of my mother's friends- most of which she has been talking about for years!
In between, I have managed to make a few pieces of jewelry:
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|Raku Beads - Elements Pottery - these beads are gorgeous!|
|Bracelet made using Lesley Watt's Tutorial - I felt it was befitting to use her gorgeous bronze button, too!|
|Clay! - Marla's Mud, Marsha Neal, Lesley Watt Toggle|
|Another bracelet using Lesley Watt's tutorial - and her button, of course!|
|Okay...I am addicted to this bracelet design! This time, I used a handmade lampwork button by Unicorne, which perfectly matched these Czech Glass beads.|
|Gorgeous lampwork beads by Donna Millard, Bead Caps by Metal Me This, and Bronze Headpin by....you guessed it...Lesley Watt!|
|I banged on some heavy gauge copper and attached these absolutely gorgeous lampwork beads by Radiant Mind. The texture on these beads (nuggets) is amazing!|
|I also banged on some silver, too!|
|Had these silver disks FOR.EVER....I like them with the tiny lampwork beads by Radiant Mind.|
I would like to thank all of the artisans for creating these beautiful handmade components - without their creativity....where would I be now? I shudder to even think about that!
I have actually made TONS more jewelry...but that will have to wait for another post!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little world! Have a great day!