Monday, August 20, 2012

Where Have I Been??????

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 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!


  1. OH! how beautiful and busy you have been. I am in LOVE with the 5th bracelet down. The flower clasp is absolutely beautiful!! I would love to be gifted it!. lol. Donna Millard Beads are stunning. Mr. Elliot is just to adorable. He is loved now and you can see it i his baby face. I am glad you enjoyed our hot little state. And maybe next trip take it the Autumn season.. It may be a little cooler then.. I cannot wait till it cools off here.. But that means birthdays for the kids start rolling around.. :) Hope you are doing well and looking forward to our next chat!

  2. Wow - What a great batch of beautiful jewelry!

  3. Wow, you have been busy. Beautiful each and everyone. So incredibly creative.

  4. Patti these are eye-popping gorgeous!

  5. Elliott is just adorable Patti - such a sweet little face. ANd my gosh you've been busy!I can see you're feeling the autumn vibe -I'm being drawn to those fall colours too, my favourite time of year. All those pieces are gorgeous but I particularly like the butterfly button bracelet...that is so my style,love it!

  6. oh Elliot is so sweet! You have been so busy, for such a great cause! I managed to donate 7 bracelets last year ... but 75! Holy Smokes! That is amazing! And what beautiful bracelets you have here. I have Lesley's pattern on the top of my list to try ... and I see everyone is just crazy for it! :)

  7. Oh my goodness what beautiful beautiful pieces!!And Elliott?!?!I think I a in love:)

  8. Patti, each and every piece that you created is a gorgeous work of art! The folks who receive them will be delighted. You are an inspiration and thank you for the information you included. WOW!