Monday, February 23, 2009

Some new things

I have been busily beading, and have a few things to share! First, earlier this month was my nieces birthday (she turned 9 on February 11Th), so I thought I would make her something. After searching the web for awhile, I found the cutest pattern for a hello kitty pendant done in right angle weave! This is just a quick picture I snapped while it was in the box before I wrapped it up and sent it to the birthday party, but I think it turned out VERY cute, and the birthday girl was quite pleased! The necklace also has beaded beads (done in RAW), and I made some earrings to go along with it.
This other necklace is something I am donating to my mothers church for a charity auction they are having. We got these new beads at work, and they spoke to me! This is what they said...
I am also very happy with how this turned out. I cant remember where I saw the inspiration for this piece, but through my searching of beaded pictures(1000's of them!) the pearly part is similar to some of Laura McCabes work. The necklace is constructed with herringbone stitch, and the little beaded slide (but it doesnt actually move) is done in right angle weave. The pearls at the bottom are just fringe attached to the herringbone base.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The entries for the challenge are in and yet again, they are simply beautiful, creative and amazing! Imagine that all of these entrants took the time and talent to create these inspiring challenge pieces! You can click on the item in the text list below the mosaic which links to the Etsy Shop listing of each entrant where you will see more detail of each piece! Be sure to go to the Etsy-Beadweaver blog on the 9th when the poll will be available for you to cast your vote, February 9th thru the 15th!
1. Caribbean Surf Collar by: nemeton
2. Scorpion Fish by: njema
3. Dreaming of Hawaii by: randomcreative
4. A Walk on the Beach by: beadsandblooms
5. Peace on the beach by: PFordCustomJewelry
6. Orchid Beauty by: ArtfulAr
7. Rainforest Necklace by: charmingthings
8. Blue lagoon necklace N961 by: FleurDeIrk
9. Paradise by: beadsforever
10.Pink Flamingo Fantasy Necklace by: gypsyeyesjewelry
11. Sultry Salty Sand and Surf by: janetkemp88
12. hawaii '09 necklace by: thebeadedlily
13. Tropical Sunset Garden Necklace (1384) by: clairecreations
14. The Lively Sea by: farfrumplainjane
15. Tropical Holiday bracelet by: 6Carmen6
16. Beachcombing the Sea of Cortez - A Tropical Holiday by: dreambeadweaver
17. What if I'm a Mermaid by: ThesePreciousThings
18. Tropical Breezes by: RegalBeads
19. Tropical Chic - Choker by: Triz
20. Spinny Girl on the Beach by: BeadArtbyShari
21. Tropical Garden by: SpringColors
22. Tropical Paradise Necklace by: CieloDesign
23. Coral Reef Cuff Bracelet by: FrancescasFancy
24. TORTUGA by: caraway
25. CRYSTAL LEI by: fashionsfrome
26. Tropical Nights by: SmadarsTreasure
27. Tropical Flower Brooch by: enchantedbeads
28. Tropical Dream Cuff by: arosebyname
29. Calypso Necklace by: DeepSeaBeads
30. Tropical Whale Tails Bracelet by: SalamanderHouse
31. Tropical Holiday by: veroque
32. Caribbean Sunset by: totallytwisted
33. Bougainvillea Bouquet by: KerrieSlade
34. Tropical greenwood by: beadshead
35. Beachcomber by: vanishingpearl
36. Island Treasure Chest by: BeadazzledofOregon
37. Mayan Sun by: ThreeFatesDesign
38. Girlie Drinks and Sunsets by: HannahRachel
39. MAUI WEDDING by: Chrisbeads
40. Strelitzia by: MadeByOlga
41. ti leaf and orchid lei by: beadwoman3
42. Sunset in the Islands by: 1965angelika
43. Tropical Treasures by: BeadCatcher
44. On The Beach by: SilverDragon
45. Loopy Lei Necklace by: beadworkbyamanda
46. Tropical Rainforest Getaway by: Bead4you
47. Sea and Sand Necklace by: Beadmatrix

Voting begins on Monday, February 9th and ends midnight February 15th. The best way to show your appreciation for the efforts of these amazing artists is by taking on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. This month there are so many exquisite entries it will be even more difficult to choose just one! (The ballot will appear on the side bar at right on February 9th.) Thank you, enjoy and be sure to go to the Etsy-Beadweavers blog to vote between February 9th and 15th!
Many thanks to Ann of Francesca's Fancy for compiling the information and creating the Mosaic.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My first EBW Challenge entry ever!

I finally completed my challenge entry for the Etsy-beadweavers February challenge "Tropical Holiday". I decided to make a flower lei after thinking about lots of beautiful tropical flora. This is fashioned after a ti leaf and orchid lei that I saw online. It is 46 inches long, and felt like it took forever to make! The whole piece is constructed using herringbone/ndebele stitch.
Now on to the next project!