Friday, September 30, 2011

Blackberry bramble bead necklace

Vines and berries, leaves and stamen....everything but the stickers! I like how this turned out. Be sure to click to enlarge and see the details.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I have some of my berry beaded jewelry ready to post;
I really admire the jewelry artist, author, beader Laura McCabe. She developed interesting necklace designs based on wild weeds  that commonly grow in her home area,New England. her work started me thinking about what common weeds growing wild in my native area, northwest Washington would lend themselves to beaded necklace designs.
My favorite, wild blackberries came to mind first. I remember Br'er Rabbit outfoxing Br'er Fox by crying "Don't throw me in the brier patch, do anything, anything, but don't throw me in that brier patch." Of course that is exactly what Fox would do, and Rabbit would be home!
In late summer we would go on wild blackberry picking excursions, I would have a small pail which I was expected to fill before I could go exploring. I loved those sweet summer days, The warm cedar scent in the air, the mysterious animal tracks and sometimes droppings. Mom warning me to stay close, as bears loved berries too (along with wandering kids).We pinicked all around a huge patch of berries one day to see bear wandering up the hill away from us. He had picked his way around the opposite side of the patch as we circled around unknowingly. No problem, there was plenty enough for us all. Guess he wasn't in
a mood for kids!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Om

I've added Daily Om to this blog so that on days when i don't have the oomph to get a project up there will be something else for you to see. Something I often find valuable and helpful and hope you do too.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A sample of Today's harvest. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

PC Cockatoo

Little Cockatoo, another after
Christie Friesen's style. He is scheduled to become a focal bead in a pearl and crystal necklace.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Little fish

Little fish.
Another small pastel focal bead, created with a delicate necklace in mind. I've got a nice little stash of focals now so soon they must start to become more.
Still working on the blackberry bramble bead necklace evenings, and to top it off I've come up with both a bracelet and earring ideas to go with!
Get busy Rae.

Dragon fly

Simple little irredescent dragonfly focal bead. I think she would look just right on a necklace of pastel seed beads and tiny pearls.With maybe one or two slender matching ribbons. Hmm.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New color scheme

A new color scheme developed for me from last night's dinner.
We had salmon patties, buttered sesame seed broccoli, and creamed Peruvian purple potatoes.
Rich salmon, lively spring green, and medium pinky lavender. wow!
Beads?, clay? both?