February 2015 archive

For the bead geek in me

| Beads, Reading pleasures

IMG_7985.JPG
Usually the arrival of mail merits but a cursory attention but today I was so happy to see the postman arrive. You see, I’ve been waiting impatiently for the arrival of my complete set of Beads, the official journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. Yes, you read that right, it’s a journal about beads.
Now, beads are fascinating to different people for a number of reasons —they represent man’s impulse to create and to adorn oneself, they serve as anthropological and cultural markers of different times and places and well, because they’re pretty, just to cite some of the many reasons. Believe it or not, we learn so much about a particular society by studying their beads. For me, having these old beads is like holding a piece of tangible history in my hands. It fascinates me no end.

Anyway, the Society’s mission is to undertake and promote research on the many aspects of beads and bead making. Their journals represent the best of the research out there and it is constantly updated and enriched as more research is carried out.
I’m lucky to be able to acquire a complete set of their journals before they become out of print! I can’t wait to dive into them!

IMG_7983.JPG

0 comment

It’s the oscars this weekend

| Friday links

IMG_7948.JPG

Happy Friday friends! I’m sure you must be looking forward to some down time this weekend. The cold shows no sign of letting up so this weekend is all about staying in and watching some Oscar worthy movies.
Then it’s on to the show itself on Sunday!
So to get in the spirit of the awards show, here are a few fun Oscar related links. Enjoy!

I haven’t seen all the nominated movies but there are predictions aplenty about the winners…

Of course a great deal of the fun is checking out all the gorgeous gowns and jaw dropping jewelry. Let’s revisit past iconic dresses shall we? Any favorites to add here?

Ever wonder how the winners celebrate? Here’s a glimpse

And that’s it folks! Have a great weekend!

0 comment

Happy Chinese New Year

| Throwback Thursday

 

IMG_3675

 

Kung Hei Fat Choi friends!! Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Ram (or sheep) according to the Chinese calendar.  And as it is also, Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from last year’s festivities to welcome the year of the Horse.  Horse years are characterized by lots of dynamic changes and fast movement and there was certainly a lot of that in 2014!  I wonder what this year will bring?

IMG_3684

 

 

 

IMG_3687

0 comment

Inspired by Valentine’s Day

| Beads, New pieces

IMG_7883.JPG
Happy Monday friends!! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. Valentine’s Day with its unabashedly romantic colors of pink and red inspired what I’m currently working on. Oh and the fact that I’m dreaming of spring!
I have these lovely vintage Venetian beads with the most luscious color combination of pink and green dots. I’ve been hoarding them (like a miser, I know) but I’m finally ready to show them off to the world. Anyway, I thought I’d experiment and make hoop earrings with them. I normally don’t make hoops but thought I’d give it a go with these beads.

IMG_7884.JPG
I’m a bit worried that they’ll be too big. So I have to take them out for a trial run once I finish with them.
What do you think, too big or just right?

0 comment

Valentine weekend

| Friday links

 

 

Happy Friday friends! It’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year tomorrow. Whatever your romantic  situation may be, its always good to show yourself a little love.  Let’s take it from Oscar Wilde who once said “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance!”

0 comment

Bumble bee beads

| Beads, Throwback Thursday

 

DSC04543

Today, I wanted to do a Throwback Thursday post featuring some very interesting beads.  These  beads have a very distinctive yellow and black stripes and I was actually buying another set of beads when I spotted them.  They reminded me so much of bees and in fact, these Venetian beads called bumble bee trade beads.  They are glass wound beads and were made between the latter half of  the 1800s to the first years of the 1900s.  With these beads, I wanted to make something that would really show them off.  The first obvious choice was black but when I paired them with my black beads, it seemed to dim the cheerfulness of the bumble bees.   But as it so happened, I had a bagful of vintage French yellow glass beads that I had previously bought and it turned out to be the right combination!   I bought these yellow glass beads from someone whose husband used to work in a bead and button shop in the early 30s in Paris. And when he died, he had a good number of buttons and beads left over from when  he was working and his widow was selling them off little by little. I was quite happy to buy the yellow ones from her!

At the next show I did, the necklace attracted a good number of admirers and finally it was purchased by a lady who owned her own jewelry store!  She was quite taken by it, calling it a unique looking piece and she loved the fact that the beads were quite old.  She told me that she rarely bought jewelry anymore since she sees so much of it in her own store. And I was pleased beyond belief that she found something she loved in my booth!

 

 

 

 

0 comment

Vintage find

| Vintage finds

IMG_7853.JPG

Hello friends, how is the start of your week? Over the weekend, I dropped by a local vintage show. And while there were a number of pretty things, nothing really caught my eye till almost the end.
It’s not a big thing but I was taken by this vintage earring case from the 60s. In fact the woman running the booth takes little forgotten objects, like this earring case, and refurbishes them to give them a second life. So this earring case is a little beat up but I like the idea of finding some use for it. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s perfect for storing little beads. I’m constantly dropping the small ones all over the floor and this container makes it easier to keep track of them.
IMG_7852.JPG

0 comment

Finding inspiration on a snow day

| Beads, Work in progress

IMG_7762.JPG

Hello friends, how is the start of your week? Today’s a snow day thanks to the over 16.5 inches of snow that fell over the course of Sunday! It was quite an impressive sight that greeted us when we attempted to go out. That said, it’s quite pretty out with clear blue skies and sun sparkling off the fresh snow. Of course it’s bitterly cold. So what better way to spend the day than going through my bead box and starting a pretty piece.
I’m drawing inspiration from all the sparkly snow so I took out some vintage French glass pearls and started dressing them up with pretty silver and gold bead caps. I love glass pearls. They’re always so versatile and never go out of style. These pearls are part of this big lot that I bought in Paris a few years ago now. At that time, I had no idea what I was going to do with all of them but I have used most of them already. Can’t wait to show you the finished piece!
In the meantime, here’s what we woke up to this morning…

IMG_7754.JPG

IMG_7758.JPG

0 comment