Friday, March 30, 2012

Have You Met My Muse?

(C) 2012 Theresa Buchle

You can have a Muse of your very own. Let me show you how April 11, 18 and 25 at Nomadic Notions from 6:00 to 8:00 each night. Click on the link for more details. Make one in these luscious ocean hues or choose your own palette. She is all about being unique.

I've been a dervish in the bead room today (the whirl is implied). Beads literally flew from my fingertips at one point! Then I stopped and cleaned them up, but I kept going. What I ended up with were earring samples. Then I went looking for my supplies to keep making those earrings. Unfortunately I had to stop because there were other samples to be made first! Anyway, have a fabu weekend and keep on beading on!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Oh Just Kiss My Aster

(C) Theresa Buchle 2006
You can learn to make this little piece of wrist art with me at Nomadic Notions in Austin on April 6th and April 13th, from 6:00 - 8:00. Click on the link for more information or contact me. I would love to see you there.

In the meantime, I'm having such a good time teaching there that I'm working on new goodies for classes. Info to follow so stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Handy Definitions

Inspire : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions

Prolific: marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity

Discombobulate: upset or confuse

Ah, a day in the life of a beader. sigh


Monday, March 19, 2012

And The Winner Is . . . .

I used a random number generator provided by Research Randomizer and the number generated was 1. So congratulations Mary Newton. It looks like your granddaughters might get some new pretties!

Now, if you didn't win beads here, hop on over to Marcia DeCoster's blog and try your luck. I did. I figured I should try to fill in the hole that will be left by the departure of the pink beads. Bead on!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Once Upon A Time . . .

I really liked pink. I mean, I LOVED pink - once upon a time. Now I don't really like it so much. I realize it's a very hot color and a lot of people adore pink, but not me. And, once upon a time . . .

I sold beads at bead shows, on the internet and in my own little bead store. You may remember Bumble Beadstm or not. It died a calm, peaceful death in 2003. As a result of having had said store, I still have a lot of beads but not nearly as much room. So . . .

I am having a little giveaway and it's very pink. Here's what we have. There is a lovely vintage cabochon (it was sold to me as vintage - I can only tell you what the seller told me). Some Czech glass - bicone shaped beads, leaves, flowers. Delica beads - 15 grams each of three different colors/finishes and about 12 grams of size 15 cuts in, well, pink. I'll use a random generator to decide the winner, but please tell me what you like pink! Oh, and perhaps what you'll do with your winnings. Be sure to leave an email address if you don't have a Google account! If I can't find you, I'll have to give it away to someone else. I'll close comments Sunday night. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's Coming!

Bead Soup Blog Party

I know I'm signing up. How about you? I'm going to start putting together my swap package this week.

Are you just about ready for a GIVEAWAY? I've got it ready. I just have to get photos of it. Then I'll post it and you'll have your chance. In the meantime, Lorelei is having a little giveaway. Go check it out.

Other than that, it's Wednesday and I was away from my desk the past four days. I have a lot to do today, including a promised photo. Therefore, I am out of here. Bead on!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Paying It A Bit Forward

I finally finished the hop. It took a while, but I visited every participant's blog and got to see the finished soups. Yummy! My dear Gaye has been wearing the necklace I finished. It looks great on her, but then I knew it would. The minute I started putting it together I know exactly who that necklace belonged to. I have some ideas for some of the other beads Skylar sent met, but that piece will be for yours truly!

So, Gaye was here this past weekend and instead of beading or knitting, we went through some of my stash. It seems that I have a plethora of a certain color bead and it's not a color I always appreciate. I believe that some of these beads are deserving of, shall we say, a more loving home. As soon as I find a good focal to add to them, I'll post a GIVEAWAY! Yep, I haven't done this in a while, so it's time to pay things forward. In the meantime, I think I'll go work on that little project for me. Oh, and that project for me will most likely result in a tutorial available to all of you.

I hope you enjoyed the hop. There is still time to catch a glimpse of some amazing talent. Bead on, my beadlings!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Swap/Hop

Well, I won't ever try to schedule a post again. This was supposed to pop up in the wee hours of the morning. My apologies, beadlings!

Ta-da! My finished piece with the beads provided to me by Skylar. I did not use all of the beads she sent, so look for additional pieces coming soon. I will add a bit about the beads used. The focal and lampwork glass are from Crystal Brashear of Rubyroo Glass Art. (Crystal is a fellow Texan.) The crystal rounds are some Chinese crystal I picked up somewhere along the way. They sparkle purple and green - yum! There are amethyst fire polished beads sent by Skylar and some faceted alexandrite glass, which totally surprised me. I really thought those faceted tabs were serpentine jade, but no - they turned blue when I pulled the piece out to show someone. But that particular blue is still echoed in the streamers on the focal. There are some metallic bronze glass spacers, a few faceted green spacers that accompanied the lampwork,  and of course the lovely grape leaf focal, all supplied by Skylar.

So the idea now is to hop from blog to blog in the party and see all the participants' finished pieces!

The Participants (Matched By Partner)
Hostess, Lori Anderson
Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer

1. Adlinah Kamsir(Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)

2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)

3. Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)

4. Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman

7.Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu

15.Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)

16. Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)

21. Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski

22. Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)

24.Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)

25.Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs

32. Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)

33. Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)

37. Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)

41.Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)

43.Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday

45. Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)

48. Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent

54.Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)

55.Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)

65. Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)

66. Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)

76. Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)

78. Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)

83. Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)

93. Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick

97. Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)

98. Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Well, that's a hop! I hope you enjoyed it. Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 2, 2012

I Won!

Last week, the lovely Lori Anderson had a little contest to supply the caption to a photo. You must go see for yourself because, as she stated, words fail. Anyway, I supplied what she said was her favorite caption:
"On Craig's List: Great car, low mileage, unique paint treatment, gently used. OOAK, cash only, GPS coordinates for viewing upon request. "
Now you really want to go look at the photo, don't you?

Anyway, this is what I won for being just a bit silly:

The heart is a pendant. The bird can handle a little hole in her wing to become a pendants. The pottery shard drops are divine. The fuschia and root beer beads tie everything together. I have a couple of ideas in mind.

Be back tomorrow for the blog party!

Big Reveal

Well, the big reveal for the Blog Party is at midnight! I am excited. I may spend all day tomorrow hopping from blog to blog just to see what everyone made with their beads. There will definitely be a lot of bead porn and eye candy. I hope you all will join us.