Sunday, April 25, 2010

Expressions and Mosaic Monday...

I made another piece for the monthly challenge from, Art Bead Scene Blog. If you'd like to read about this months challenge please go here. It's about a lovely painting by Paul Klee, Insula Dulcamara. Also, if you would like to see this months entries please go here.
For this piece my good friend, Marie Segal from Art From My Heart made this beautiful cabochon. I found through Maire Segal's Artbead/Cab that the colors were rich and inviting as found in Klee's painting. Then, even though the colors I chose in this piece are a bolder expression then found in Klee's work, I still felt the connection between them. Thus, I'd like to introduce to you:

I would like to thank Mary from Little Red House for being our lovely hostess for all our Mosaic Monday's. I very much enjoy looking at all the beautiful mosaic pictures that our friends here in Blogland have made! If you would please to stop in at Mary's she'd love to have you! So this is for you Mary...Thank you so much!
This week I decided to try something a lil bit different for Mosaic Monday, I hope you enjoy what I've done.

I do want to apologize for not posting a lot this week, I haven't been feeling good and I had another surgery. I'm home but I've been resting. I hope to be back on track very soon!
Thanks so much for stopping in today and I hope that you have a beadiful day! So...until the next time, Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New pieces, a Monthly Challenge and Mosaic Monday...

These next pieces that I made, I did for a monthly challenge for, Art Bead Scene Blog. I still have one more to finish that I want to submit also, which I will be working on this week, but I thought that I'd give you a sneak preview now.
First, you must know about the monthly challenge:

This is, Insula Dulcamara by Paul Klee, 1938
31 1/2 x 69 in, Oil on newsprint, mounted on burlap. Klee Foundation, Bern, Switzerland.
This painting is the largest of Klee’s finished paintings. If you would like to read more about this wonderful painting, please go here to the April Monthly Challenge. They have a fantastic article wrote all about this painting of Paul Klee.
Now, here's the monthly theme: Your entry this month can be influenced by the colors, pattern or whatever you choose to focus on for your creation. Just remember to include at least one art bead in your design.
Also, if you'd like to view all the entries so far please go here to Flickr.
So, here's Moon Dance again for yous to see:

I'm going to submit him because I feel in comparison to all the muted colors, the black made a bold statement and through Moon Dance I feel the contrast generated in the same boldness as in Klee's painting. The Artbead/Cab in Moon Dance was made by Marie Segal at Art From My Heart and the mold was made by Maureen Carlson.
My next piece is "The Colors of Klee".
This Artbead/Cab was made by Kristie-Lou Brigham at, Sculpted Windows Wire Wrapped Jewelry Journal. I felt that the wonderful colors that Kristie used to make this with the exclusion of the black are incorporated into this artbead/cab and matches so perfectly with Paul Klee's painting, also the moon to me signifies the half moons found in each corner at the top of Klee's painting. So I knew that I had to make a piece from this and submit it also.
Introducing, "The Colors of Klee"

Next I want to tell yous about my piece, "Inspired" With this wonderful Steampunk Artbead/Cab that Beth at Bellesanbeaus Crafts made for me I was so inspired by the blues and greens in Klee's painting and also the primitive face, that through this gorgeous Artbead the Beth had made I feel involked the very same feeling that I felt when I had seen Klee's painting. So, I'd like to introduce to yous:

I really enjoy making the mosaic pictures and then looking at all the wonderful mosaic pictures that everyone makes every week. But it's all thanks to Mary, at Little Red House. So, a big thank you to Mary for hosting this event! Also, if you would be so kind to visit Mary she'd love to have you, and while you're there to look at all the other mosaic pictures our friends here in Blogland have made, there's some beautiful and fascinating ones to for you to see!
Thanks so much for stopping in today and I hope that you have a beadiful day! So...until the next time, Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mosaic Monday and Moon Dance...

Hi, Happy Mosaic Monday! I really enjoy making the mosaic pictures and then looking at all the fantastic mosaic pictures that everyone makes every week. But it's all thanks to Mary, at Little Red House. So, a big thank you to Mary for hosting this event! Also, if you would be so kind to visit Mary she'd love to have you, and while you're there to look at all the other mosaic pictures our friends here in Blogland have made, there's some beautiful and fascinating ones to for you to see!
My good friend, Marie Segal from, Art from my Heart had sent me a gorgeous Moon Face Cab that she had made from a mold from her good friend, Maureen Carlson. You can find Maureen at Maureen Carlson's Center For Creative Arts. Plus, I'm part of a team at "Operation Tackle that Bead Stash" so I knew that I had to use up some of my black "Bead Stash" that I already had to go with Marie's awesome cab that she had sent to me.
So, now I'd like to introduce to you...
Moon Dance

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I hope that you have a beadiful day! So...until the next time, Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

She's Finished...

I have to thank everyone that has given me advise and fantastic pointers, I appreciate all your words of wisdom! Lisa at Indigo's Beads, Nicole at Beadwright, Ralonda at Beaded to Bless, Marie at Art from my Heart and Beth at Bellesandbeaus Crafts. I've learned quite a bit from my first bead embroidery piece and with all your help my next will be so much better, thank yous so much!
Now I want to thank everyone for helping me to give her a name. Silke, at Metamorphoris, Lisa Criswell at Indigo's Beads, Aryd'ell at Gypsy's Ramblings and Ralonda at Beaded to Bless.
I had fun with her, learning and making her and even though I still have to buy a frame for her yet, I'd like to introduce to you...
Dream Angel

Now if I could only learn how to take good pictures I'd be in business.
I hope that everyone has a beautiful weekend! Until the next...Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I've been nominated for...

I've been nominated for a "Kreativ Friends Blogger Award" by my good friend, Lisa Criswell. She's a very talented woman that you should really get to know. You can visit Lisa at her blog, Indigo's Beads or at one of her shops, Shop Handmade at Indigo's Beads or at her new Etsy shop at Indigo's Beads. Lisa also sells patterns at The Bead Coop. Lisa is a mother, a wife and a very wonderful and very special friend! Thanks so much again Lisa for this Award!

Here are the rules to be followed for this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know.
5. Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers'
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Okie dokie then, 7 Things about myself that you probably didn't know...hmm

1. Growing up I was the only child.
2. I've dyed my hair blonde (by total accident, I only used the entire bottle of Sun In, I was trying to streak my hair only, really...) since I was 13 years old. Boy oh boy did I get into a heap full of trouble over that to, but after a short time we realized that we liked it this color, and it's been this color ever since...well except a couple of small mishaps. (read #3)
3. I lived in Florida and in West Virginia some years ago for some years. While I was there because of the good ole well water I had, it turned my blonde hair a very bright shade of orange! Let me tell you, it was very hard to get that out of my hair! It would have been a nice shade of orange if it wouldn't have been so bright. lol
4. I've always wanted to move to New Zealand.
5. I'm terrified of heights of any nature, spiders, mice and snakes if I don't know that they are there. Back when my sons were younger I once was on a Ski Lift with my second oldest son, Michael, well let me tell you I never thought I was getting off of that alive! He's quite the dare devil! Then a few years after that I was on a Ferris Wheel, again with one of my lil darlings, no names mentioned here...(Mike lol) and needless to say I've never, ever, never again have been on a Ferris Wheel nor do I have the urge to be on one again!
6. I collect dolls, hummingbirds, Angels, Religious pieces, clocks, Roosters, Wall hangings, quilts, beaded pieces and ornaments. I do have a pig collection and a tea cup collection also but they're put away now due to my small home. I also have enough refrigerator magnets to fill 2 refrigerators but I have them all on my lil apartment size refrigerator. I love magnets! I have them from all over to! friends send them to me, gosh I have some from England, Korea, Bristol (I'm a Nascar addict!) the list goes on from there.
7. I've had at least 500 or more surgeries for my kidneys in my life time. I had lost count years ago.

Now onto my 7 nominations

1. Marie from Art from my Heart
2. Tobi Britton from The Pink Pixie Forest
3. Sarah from Bead The Change
4. Liz from The Crimson Moon
5. Tracey from a Beadiful Mess
6. Jean Hutter from Totally Twisted
7. Kristie-Lou Brigham from Sculpted Windows Wire Wrapped Jewelry Journal

I have to say that I almost gave this to a few more of my friends, Nicole, you were one of them but then but I seen that you had just gotten this award. Silke, I see that I had already given you a Kreativ Friends Blogger Award...I wonder if you might want two of them. lol Gosh, it's always so hard to decide! Beth, I would have given you this one to but Lisa beat me to it. lol Bobbi, you also were another but Lisa beat me to that to. lol hmm, Lisa's pretty quick. lol
I want to thank you again Lisa for this great and wonderful award! I will wear it on my blog with honor!
I hope that you have a beautiful rest of your day! Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Snow Angel, Ice, Princess, Snow Maiden??? Help...

I started a new project. It seems ever since I had started beading I've always had a interest in Bead Embroidery. That's all I can even think about any more besides Cabochons...I even dream about it! Now I know that some of you may think that's totally crazy but it's the truth! Which leads me to say that I could no longer wait and learn I had to start and learn as I went! I've learned that you do not use pen when writing on your fabric...this makes for a bad day. Please keep in mind though that I have no clue what I'm doing, just attempting some new stitches and my hand at Bead Embroidery. But gosh, I'm having a blast doing it and learning from it and even using some of my "Bead Stash" (that's for "Operation Tackle that Bead Stash".) I've also used some of the beautiful beads that Marie Segal from: Art from my Heart had sent to me, plus...2 of the gorgeous white cabs that Marie sent. Then I even used some gorgeous beads that my dear friend, Kate from England had sent to me. (Kate's coming here to Ohio in May to visit and it'll be the very first time I'll be blessed to meet!)
Then...I also bought a few new things to, but shhhh please don't tell Sarah from: Bead The Change.

The beautiful Polymer Clay Blue and Pearl Winter Snowflake Lady Face Cab was made by, Kristie-Lou Brigham from: Sculpted Windows Wire Wrapped Jewelry Journal her blog or you may purchase some of her gorgeous work at Kristie's E-bay store Sculpted Windows Jewelry. Kristie has a wide variety of very lovely handmade pieces from Wire Wrapped Pendants to Polymer Clay beads and faces.
I also follow the Bead Journal Project 3 (BJP) with, Robin Atkin's being the founder. Here's Robin Atkin's wonderful blog: Beadlust. You may also find Robin at her website. If you have a chance please stop in on the many Bead Embroidery Artists and see all their amazing, gorgeous and incredible pieces!

Well, I'm not quite finished with this piece yet but...I'm almost there. I have to tell you's though that I'm somewhat intimidated to cut this piece in a circle the way I had planned. But my good friend, Lisa Criswell at Indigo's Beads has given me some wonderful pointers. Thanks so much Lisa! Oh...I have to say Congrats to you Lisa for your 1st sale and Congrats to you for finding out that you're going to be teaching your very first improvisational bead embroidery class...way to go girl, I'm so happy for you! if you haven't been to Lisa's blog yet, please stop in to see all her fantastic Bead Embroidery pieces!

Even though I'm not quite finished with this piece yet, I'm not sure what to name it, maybe you's can help me by leaving me some suggestions in my comments. I sure would appreciate any ideas on a name for my very 1st Bead Embroidery piece. Snow Angel, Ice Angel, Snow Princess, Ice Princess??? hmm or will I use your name that you pick out for me???

I hope that everyone has a great day and a very Happy Easter! So until the next time...Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Mosaic Monday...

Happy Mosaic Monday to you! I wanted to make a mosaic picture of Easter things I have here in my home and my Easter Day today. So I hurried after I had gotten home from a wonderful but ever so tiresome day and made these mosaic pictures for you. Not only do I enjoy making these but love to look at everyone's also! I wouldn't be able to do either without Mary, at Little Red House. Thank you Mary for making this all possible! Also, if you would be so kind to visit Mary she'd love to have you, and while you're there to look at all the other mosaic pictures our friends here in Blogland have made, there's some gorgeous ones to for you to see!

This is my daughter-n-law, Donna in the nursery for baby Sofia. My son, Mike and Donna decorated the nursery so cute, I just love it! I almost didn't get a chance to see how precious this looks because it's upstairs and boy did I have a very hard time getting up the steps, but I finally made it up there and I'm so glad I did!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Easter and I hope that you had gotten a lot of great goodies and that your day was filled with family, friends and lots of love!
Happy Easter!



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wishing you a Happy Easter...

I wanted to wish everyone a very lovely, wonderful, blessed and joyous Easter! This Easter Sunday I want to share some quotes with you and a few other things to.

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. Written by, Charles M. Crowe

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. Written by, Robert Flatt

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. Written by, St Augustine

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. Written by, Martin Luther

For I remember it is Easter morn and life and love and peace are all new born. Written by, Alice Freeman Palmer.

According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion. The day of resurrection is observed on Easter Day or Easter Sunday that comes two days after Good Friday.

Easter also marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period, a season of fasting, prayer and penance. Easter is a moveable feast. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25 and is linked to the Jewish Passover. If you would like to read "Why Does the Date for Easter Change Every Year?" please go here.

Easter Bunny and Easter Egg hunts have become part of the holiday's modern celebrations and are also celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike now. Many Christians also observe the religious aspects of Easter by attending Sunday Service in the morning and a wonderful Easter Dinner after wards.

Here are some of the Beaded Easter Crystal's that I made:

I also wanted to share with yous this Easter Sunday some beautiful beaded Easter gifts that my sweet mother had made for me some years ago:

and this adorable Easter village my mom had gotten for me years ago.

Today I won't be making Easter dinner, I'm going to my daughter-n-laws, Donna and Cat (their sisters) Aunt Sharon and Aunt Karen's home for a Easter Egg Hunt for my grand-children and some of their other relatives. Then I'll be going to my second oldest son, Michael to see Sofia's room. She's my 7th grandchild and is due in June! After I leave there I'll be going with my youngest son, Joel and his girlfriend, Heidi to her parents home for Easter dinner. Also to meet them and her family for the first time since they've been together.'s wishing you the most beautiful of days and a very

Happy Easter!


Friday, April 2, 2010

A Big Thank You!

I have a few things that I want to share with everyone. Last week I received a box from my very good friend, Marie Segal from: Art from my Heart

Gosh, it felt like Christmas all over for me! Marie, I want to to know that I did the happy dance which in itself had to have been a real site lol and you made my entire day...week...well I'm still thrilled! Thank you Sweetie I loveeeeee everything!
In the picture below are some beading books, beads and some earring findings.

Now, cabs, cabs and more Cabs


Then today another very nice surprise! Tadahhhhhhhhhh Oh my goodness Marie, thank you so much again! I just love everything! In fact everybody that has come over since last week has seen all the gorgeous Cabochons that you sent me! My grand-daughters especially love the heart cabs, now I can't wait until they see the Butterfly!

Now for Christmas Marie sent me all of these gorgeous ornaments that I still have to get busy making. They're collector items from The Cracker Box. My heart is still filled with the joy of when I opened this box my dear friend...thank you! I'm sorry that I didn't post this earlier, but I had been so sick with my kidneys and in and out of the hospital with so many surgeries.

At this time I also want to thank my very good friend, Silke Powers from: Metamorphosis
Silke was so kind to send me this gorgeous and handmade scarf that she made for me! Silke, I'm so sorry that I hadn't posted this before. I had wanted to but, here I went again. So today I looked through my computer because I knew I had taken pictures the day I had received it from you, guess what??? I found them! I have to tell you that I was so excited...I just loveeeeee your scarf you made for me. Thank you so much again Silke, you're so sweet! Also thank you for all your love and your cards that you've sent me, they mean so much to me!

I also want to thank another very sweet and wonderful friend, Lynda Dunham-Watkins from: Swoopin' Along! Besides being a good friend to me, while I was so sick and in the hospital Lynda had made this:

To go along with this Lynda was so gracious to add my name and then open the door to prayer for all our friends here in Blogland, at home and our families to! How wonderful and kind is that! All we need to do is: Leave the name to be added to our list in the comment section. Then Lynda will add them each evening.
Thank you so much for this Lynda! Marie had called me at the hospital and had told me about it and I have to say that I was so very touched...Thank you Lynda!
I also want to thank everyone for all their prayers, love, cards, beautiful gifts and friendships...I love all of you's!
I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your day!