It never fails - the end of the month comes and at 9:30pm I decide that it would be perfectly feasible to design and string just one more piece for the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge. Yep. Here it is - not bad, eh? The silver focal bead is by Anne Choi. The quote is from "All's Well That Ends Well": Simply the thing I am shall make me live. The pear and coordinating green accent beads are by Melanie Lukacs of Earthenwood Studio. I chose a pear, not for any particular symbolism, but simply because the fruit theme and fresh green color seemed very positive and life affirming. Light green and violet is one of my favorite color combinations, so I decided to combine the ceramic beads with amethyst. I finished the piece with sterling flowers and spacers, violet and purple seed beads, olive green Swarovski crystals and a slightly floral-themed toggle clasp. I ended up finishing the piece at 10:52, raced around like a madwoman and took a truly awful photo and uploaded it to Art Bead Scene at 10:58 (11:58pm Eastern time - I'm never quite sure which time zone to apply for them). No sweat.
I keep meaning to show you the Short One's Halloween costume hat, but inevitably I forget to get it out of his closet before he goes to sleep. Maybe tomorrow. Can you believe it's October already? Of course, the stores around here already have Christmas displays up - it's truly annoying. Whatever happened to waiting until after Halloween, much less after Thanksgiving, to start selling Christmas?
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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