November 2014 archive

Work in progress

| Beads

Hello friends, thought I’d do a quick post to share with you all what I’m currently working on. Some vintage pretty Japanese millefiori beads are on my work desk in this lovely burgundy color that I adore.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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Time to chill out

| Friday links

Hello friends, happy Friday! What cool plans have you got this weekend? Let’s start the weekend with this song by British sensation Sam Smith…

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The result of being snowed in

| New pieces

Hello friends, yesterday was definitely a day for staying in! As a result of that, I finally finished the necklace I started (Read all about that necklace in this post).  At the rate the snow is falling, I am going to end up creating a lot of new pieces!

I finally went with the lighter green and gold beads to go with the pendant.  I thought that the lighter green made for a nice contrast with the deep bottle green of the pendant.  And I’m quite pleased with its length, it is neither too long or too short.

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On the other hand I still wanted to use those dark green glass beads and there was a unfinished piece with Japanese millefiori beads sitting on my desk for the longest time. These Japanese beads date back to the 60s and is very different from the Italian milefiori beads.  It is more delicate in its design.  Something about its delicateness worked quite well with the dark green beads, together with the ribbon clasp, I thought the piece came out looking quite sweet and feminine looking despite its more somber color.

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Choices to be made

| New pieces

Hello friends, remember the green Czech glass pendant, I found a couple of weeks ago? (Read all about it here)

I started working on it but its not quite coming together yet.  So far, I’m hesitating between two ways of doing it.

First I started with these dark bottle green beads..

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But then, I found these other green beads that I decorated with gold caps in my bead box and they seem to go quite nicely with the pendant too!

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Can’t wait to see how this necklace turns out!

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Baby, its cold outside..

| Friday links

IMG_7262.JPGThis week brought us the first snowfall and freezing temperatures! Brrr…

With such weather, all I can think about is cocooning inside and drinking lots of hot cocoa.  But before signing off for the week, I wanted to share a few fun links.  As it turns out, there’s a theme to my roundup this week.

Secret libraries? In Paris? What could be more fun than that?  Here is the list…After hitting one or more of these libraries, you can treat yourself to some hot chocolate chez Angelina.

If secret ones aren’t your thing, how about a library converted from an old train car?  Read all about it here.

Did you grow up reading the Arabian Nights? Well, there’s a retelling of the tales coming out soon.  Here is a short excerpt of the upcoming book, poetically titled The Wrath and the Dawn.

Have you been following the big stand-off between Amazon and Hachette books? Its a feud that’s been brewing awhile with vocal supporters on both sides.  Well, they’ve finally come to a resolution and it can only be for the good of us readers.  Read all about it here.

And finally, who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice?  This amazing book has survived 200 years and has been re-invented, re-imagined and re-created in so many ways.  Here is a fun compilation of the various covers it has had over the years. Which one is your favorite?

Bon weekend everyone!!

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A ring or two

| Throwback Thursday

You know how sometimes you’re looking for one thing and find something else instead?  l was looking for some old craft show pictures when I stumbled upon photos of some rings I made a few years ago.  Yup, at some point, I tried my hand at making rings.

It all started with a big bag of old beads that I had bought at the Puces de St. Ouen (big antique market) in Paris. I had bought the bag without looking closely at all the contents because I had seen a few choice beads that I knew I wanted.  I was then  surprised when I got home to find a number of old cabochon beads.  At that time, I hadn’t really had much experience working with cabochons, in fact, I had gone out of my way to avoid them.  Most of the ones I got still had the metal bar, rusting and corroded, running through the hole which were impossible to take off.  These I had to discard.

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Then it occurred to me that maybe I could try making rings with some of them.  Now, at this point, I did not have any experience making any rings at all. I figured, how hard could it be. Well friends, making a ring presents its own special challenges. I easily lost three to four cabochons before finally coming up with two I was happy with it.

Here is the first one in tones of green…

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I was quite proud of  this one as I used two cabochons to come up with this flower design.

Then I also made this more ambitious ring which is being tried on by the lady who did buy it in the end.

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I’m happy to report that both rings sold right away and I barely had time to take a few photos of them before they were off to their new homes.  One of these days, I might try making another one just to see if I still can!

 

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Show recap

| Craft show

Hello friends, today I thought I’d share a recap of a show I did recently. Its been awhile since I did a show so I was both apprehensive and excited. Its always nerve racking to show your wares to the public but I was at the same time excited to see all the wonderful crafts on display.

I need not have worried so much. Set up proceeded smoothly and contrary to my worries, I hadn’t forgotten anything crucial. It was quite a busy show and it was nice to interact with people. Working from home can be quite isolating and its always refreshing to meet people and have some live feedback.

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Being along however doesn’t allow me much time to go around and admire the other stands. During a short lull, I took a short look around and while I couldn’t take a lot of pictures, these two stands quickly caught my eye…

The first stand featured hand carved bird houses and bird feeders using local trees.

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They were really pretty and were clearly hours of patient work on the part of the artist. I can imagine a few lucky birds living in these houses.

The second stand which caught my eye featured some handmade signs with quirky and funny sayings. There must have been one sign that caught everyone’s eye because people would stop and look and laugh hysterically at one of her signs. Curious I took a look and realized why people were laughing…

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This, my friends, is why its always fun to do a show!

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Silver or gold

| New pieces

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Hello friends, today on my work desk, I found myself working in blue tones. It is not the usual color I gravitate to but it does come in lots of different lovely shades.  Take these two pairs I just finished.

The first pair is in tones of blue and silver (remember these enameled beads from the Bead Bonanza?).  I love the swirls of blue on silver so I thought it appropriate to add some sterling silver links to make a dangling pair.

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So will it be gold or silver for you?

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No two alike

| New pieces

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Hello friends, how is the start of your week so far?  Today, I had a couple of things I wanted to finish on my work desk and ended up with two completely different necklaces.  The first necklace (pictured above) features a group of 19th century trade beads in the distinctive red brick Venetian color.  I’ve had these beads awhile but for the longest time couldn’t figure out what to do with them.  I was stuck with the idea that they should somehow match, which was why I couldn’t do anything with them. Finally, I thought that I didn’t need them to match exactly, the fact that they were all the same color with different canes and patterns was enough to make a harmonious looking necklace. Once I got over the block, it was easy to finish this piece.

IMG_7182.JPG The second piece is completely different. It doesn’t feature any trade beads at all, instead, it features this pretty and delicate little charm which dates back from Paris in the 50s. It is a tiny charm but the colored glass which decorates the flowers are in impeccable condition.  It is such a feminine looking charm so I thought a simple chain necklace accented with some vintage glass beads would be the perfect way to showcase it.

Eh voila, two new pieces for the new week!

 

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