I hope everyone has a great Halloween!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The ground in the woods near my house is covered by a thick layer of leaves. A quick hike in the morning gives forth so many beautiful sights. It is a slow go because my youngest is determined to walk herself over all the bumps and stumps so I have time to take in all the treasures all over the ground and around. My oldest seems to stuff every other leaf in his pocket as he treasure hunts as well. We always come home and put his findings in books to flatten them and you would be hard pressed to find a book on the shelf without a leaf in it:)
On the end of these pieces are fun treasures as well. Disc beads, pressed bead, wood and leather dangle on the red and a leather button, globe locket, stacked brown lamp work beads and an antiqued brass leaf decorate the brown.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
So the discs found a home on this fun charm bracelet. The colors are more reminiscent of the outside we had a week ago but this is a way to capture those beautiful hues and carry them with you.
This week was a little crazier than others...(and there is still Friday)...I guess the fluctuations keep us on our toes and make it all more interesting. I hope everyone had a good week...be it wild or mild. TGIF to all!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The three beads in this piece were so fun to make. I layer solid color glasses then a layer of clear and repeat until I achieve a nice size and shape. Gravity pulls the dripping glass down and I wrap it on to itself to swirl and mix the glasses while they are hot and liquid. It creates motion and depth in the bead and I love the unpredictable results. It sounds a little complicated but the glass does all the work.
Majestic Swirl in the Etsy Shop
Majestic Swirl in the Etsy Shop
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
How can it not inspire us. I made disc bead after disc bead of rich reds, oranges and greens. I think my favorite is a glass called "Tomato Soup"...so fun! I simply wrap molten glass gently onto itself while spinning the mandrel and "babysitting" the glass in the flame. It is a pretty easy technique. I am thinking they will find a fun home on a necklace or a pair of earrings very soon. They need a dusting and a bubble bath and a scrub to get the release out of the core but then they will be on their way.
The temps cool tomorrow.....but so it goes. I will stack my wood and start up a nice fire in the fire place and embrace all the amazing things that are cool and crisp around the corner.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tomorrow is wonderful Thursday! and then rolling on to the weekend filled with festivals and Oktoberfest celebrations near and far....time to get a whole bunch of outdoor fun in before the frost bites and the snow flies. I have orders going out for some early Christmas shoppers (whoa I am so jealous of how prepared you are!) and I am setting up for a few shows in the fall. I hope to be in the Fisher Price annual sale in early November. I will post the info soon. Hope the week is going well for all!
Monday, October 3, 2011
The fall colors are rolling in all around WNY and I can't help but feel inspired by the crisp air and changing landscape. Beautiful reds, oranges and earthy browns to come. Happy Monday to all!