Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas, Family, & Inspiration

Last night I quickly edited photos to create our Christmas cards before and after Mina's final High School Christmas concert (sob!).  We had not had our family photos taken for some time, so when we had Mina's Senior pictures taken this summer, we also had our family photos and some artist shots for Chris & I taken.  Here is what I came up with for our family card.

Amy Bryan took the photos and did such a marvelous job!  We had fun watching our amazing daughter show off her natural beauty, and Amy had some fun ideas.  These were taken during the studio time and we were kind of goofing around.  I love that there are goofy and good pics with Mina in them.  I had fun putting this together and ordered some collage prints of them to hand out and hang on the wall.

I also created our business Christmas cards, which brought me round to thinking about our year.  We accomplished much this year.  Chris and Mina created his first tutorial on his dragon beads and it was published in Soda Lime Times.  He also had his creations in several other issues of Soda Lime Times.  I received word recently that I will be published in an upcoming issue of a beading magazine also, which I can't say more about at this point!  So very exciting!  We had another exhausting year of shows, FOURTEEN!!  Besides which, we showed at three different art galleries (two of which were new for us), sold at the Highland Park Farmers Market ten Saturday's in June, July, August, and September, and participated as vendors at our first two week (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday each week) show.   Goodness, that is exhausting just to read!  We were featured artists in July at Smiling Turtle Art Spot in Omaha (THANKS DORI!) where Chris also demonstrated during our reception.

With all that work, in addition to our normal full-time and part-time jobs (yes we both have each), we have struggled to balance work, Pixybug, our family time, chores around the house, and our relationship as a couple.  I would like to paint the picture that everything is always rosy and never a problem arises.  However, that would be lying and not really make anything easier.  I have been working on my boundaries in difficult relationships, Chris and I are trying to work on spending quality time with each other, and we are all working on the goal of getting Mina ready for COLLEGE.  (Good grief, how did time go by that fast!  Wasn't she just a baby yesterday?)  Our house is a total disaster (it might be easier to move than declutter and clean our current one) and our TO DO list is pretty long.  Keeping this in mind, I was thankful this morning when I read the Art Jewelry Elements post.  Jen Cameron shared these poems from Neil Gaiman (I love his books) and I knew I was meant to read them to ease my burdens a bit.

"Life is sometimes hard. 
Things go wrong, in life and in love 
and business and in friendship
and in health and in all the other ways
that life can go wrong.
And when things get tough,
this is what you should do. 
Make Good Art.
Husband runs off with a politician?
Make Good Art
Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor?
Make Good Art
IRS on your trail?
Make Good Art
Cat exploded?
Make Good Art
Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before?
Make Good Art..."
                -Neil Gaiman
This is precisely why I can't get my bead table organized!  It is so easy to get distracted by the beads I touch, that I never get anywhere with the cleaning!  This quote was also in Jen's post this morning and it sums up the challenges of being overwhelmed by the big goal, rather than looking at the tiny steps it takes to get there.

"Something that worked for me 
was imagining where I wanted to be-
(an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, 
making good comics, and supporting myself though  my words)
-was a mountain
A distant mountain.
My goal. 
And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain, I would be alright. 
And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain...."
    -Neil Gaiman
Thanks to Jen, for the uplifting quotes!  Thanks to Neil, I can now see that a day in which my cat doesn't explode or my leg hasn't been eaten by a mutated boa, it can be conquered by a few steps toward the tough goals!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Give Thanks!

Thank you to all our wonderful customers!  Thank you to all the amazing artists we have met, worked with, and been fortunate enough to become acquainted with through the internet.  YOU can't know how much we appreciate you.  May your day be filled with all the foods that make you happy, the people you love the most, and the peace and happiness of a day spent together with both!  Enjoy, indulge, be thankful, and say a prayer for all that are not so blessed!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Seward Show Saturday

You can find us this Saturday at the Seward Young Women's Holiday Craft Fair!  Get a great start on your holiday shopping with loads of handmade items, enough for 2 buildings!  You can find more info on their website, Seward Holiday Craft Fair or their Facebook  page.

On other fronts, look at these beautiful creations from Deb Brooks, (From the Heart Creations), using Chris's glass cabochons!

This piece was sold before Deb even finished it!  She was putting it together and the gal saw it and bought it to wear with this sweater!  Wow, that is the way to sell jewelry!

Here are the pendants after Deb created them from PMC and set the cabochons in the bezel settings.

Here is the other piece after a bit of bead stringing magic!  This one is my favorite of the two!  I love the designs Deb creates around whatever she is creating.  Her nature designs are so beautiful!

I was up until 2am designing for the show tomorrow, so no photos yet!  However, I hope to take them after we get the tables set up.  This is our last "away" show for the season, we have a couple events at the Historic Hastings Old Middle School in the 2nd Floor Studio and we are selling at the Prairie Winds Art Center in Grand Island during the Holiday Showcase. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creative Spark! Fall 2014 Now Available!

The new issue of Creative Spark e magazine is now available!  I don't have any designs in this issue as I had WAY too many shows going on during the designing period, but I do have a couple quotes on my inspiration and what I love about autumn!

The cover is so PRETTY!  Love the bracelet!

Here is the link for you to check it out!  Creative Spark Fall 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Designs, This Month's Shows

Wow, look...another month in between posts!  Good grief!  There was a time when I posted several times per week!  Now it seems that all I post about is jewelry and shows!  Well, this post will be no different!  Here is the scoop!

TV Stars!

Chris and I spent time near Kearney yesterday at the NTV Studio!  We were interviewed on Good Life (the morning show).  We showed our newest creations and talked about our design process working together. Here is the link to watch the show!
segment one
segment two

New Designs!

Fan Favorites jewelry!  Polymer swirl beads by Lisa

 New beads!  Love that fancy display plate, don't you?!
 New Skullie pendant with hair!

 Show Schedule!

Tomorrow and Sunday we will be hosting the 1st Annual Autumn Open House at the 2nd Floor Studio in Hastings.  The show is located at 505 N. Hastings in Suite 206 (Historic Hastings Old Middle School).
For more info : 1st Annual Autumn Open House at the 2nd Floor Studio

Next week on Saturday we will be in Lincoln for the Lincoln Bead Bazaar.  More details on that event can be found here:

Lincoln Bead Bazaar

Hope you can visit with us at one of our shows!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What We Have Been Up To and What's Coming Up...

Our Schedule for the rest of the month:

Saturday, Sept. 13 Bead Extravaganza, Hastings, NE at Adams County Fairgrounds, 10-4

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 19-21 Barn Festival, Hastings, NE
Saturday, September 20 Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair, Hillsboro, KS, 9-4

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 26-28  Barn Festival, Hastings, NE
Saturday, September 27 Artwalk,  Aurora, NE  1-5

Yes, that is correct two weekends we are in 2 places at once!  Goodness!

Here are a few photos of what we have been up to!

Zulu Tassel Necklace, Chris designed a focal to match seed beads I purchased from The Jade Dog

Hidden Nest, focal, accent, and bird beads by Chris, plus Czech glass & Chinese crystal

Halloween dangle, Ghostly dangle & earrings, Autumn bird necklace (bird focal & accents by Shaterra Clay Studio, basketball earrings

Fairy Fancies, tiny accents created by Chris for fairy gardens and plants!

Rustic Autumn Bird, ceramic bird by MAKU Studios

ceramic earrings

Bermuda Pure Leaf necklace and earrings, Swarovski crystals & Czech glass flower cups

Leaf  Dragon, dragon by Chris, wire, crystals, Czech glass

Spiral Autumn, focal, and bird beads by Chris, Czech glass

Bemused & Bejeweled, sculptural pieces created by Chris & I stitched her tiny leather purse.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Soda Lime Times Tutorial

Chris wrote his first tutorial last month on making his dragon beads.  It was published in the new Soda Lime Times issue!
Mina was his photographer and received photo credit in the article too!  With the publication, Chris created some of his dragons for our Etsy shop! 
Mylanth the Dragon
Avrae of the Hills
Camroth the Dragon
Stop by the Etsy shop and visit these beauties and all the other goodies we have posted!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hastings Art in the Park this Sunday!

Looking for some fun this Sunday, August 3rd?  Stop by Libs Park in Hastings from 10 am to 5 pm for Art in the Park!  Lots of shade, free admission, and a wide variety of art vendors!  Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Heart of the Adventurer

This is my latest creation!  The Heart of the Explorer combines a handmade raku pottery heart cabochon (created by MAKUstudio or her Etsy store), a vintage button with a compass rose on it, Tim Holtz game spinner hands embellishments,  hand dyed Lucite flowers from Vintage Meadow Artworks, screw-in metal spike embellishments and California Gold Rush (color) seed beads in sizes 11, 15, and teardrops from Bead & Glass Boutique, vintage Swarovski crystals (reclaimed from a necklace purchased at an antique show), and a variety of Czech glass beads (pyramids, peanuts, half Tila, O beads, matte fire polish, and other seed beads) from Julie's Xpressions in Hastings, Nebraska.  Talk about exploration!  Look at all the styles of beads from all over the United States!  Too bad I haven't actually traveled to all the places I buy beads from!

My "philosphy" for bead embroidery:  Start with the focal and go for it!  I rarely start a piece with a design in mind!  This piece actually is one of the few that I have made that has NO Swarovski crystal cupchain!  (Gasp, how did I let that happen!)  Mostly, that happened because I had nothing that worked with the other colors of the piece.  Note to self, buy more cupchain to match everything!  Instead, I used some beautiful smoked topaz AB finish vintage Swarovski crystals reclaimed from an antique necklace I purchased and cut apart.  I know, that seems like sacrilege.  But, rather than that necklace lying unworn, it now has a new life!  Plus I reclaimed almost three vials of crystals to be used in many pieces! 

Other embellishments, the vintage button, Chris & Mina found for me on a visit to an antique store in Lincoln, while I was in a beading class.  The Tim Holtz game spinner hands can be used in SO many different ways!  I love when one craft medium can be merged with another!  You just never know what will add interest to a design.  The screw-in spikes were an item I had never used, but were very intriguing!  They come in different antique finishes, I used two antique brass and one antique copper on the upper left hand edge of the heart.  These were actually added to balance the design with the bead pyramids on the other side of the heart.
When I added the spikes, I wondered how to edge them.  I used size 15 seed beads to encircle them.  When I had completed those three, I liked the lacy look the rounded bead work added to the piece, so I continued it by adding the vintage crystals and the Lucite flowers.  At this point, I figured I had better stop before I added too much and complicated but didn't enhance the piece.  So the finishing edge was done with size 8 seeds topped with size 15 seeds and the tear drop beads.  It is brick stitch with the 15s and drops added as embellishment. 

The next challenge came when Chris tried to help me figure out how the piece should hang.  My first idea was to leave the shank on the button and attach the necklace with a lobster to each side of the piece.  This idea didn't work because of the weight of the piece.  So I did a square stitch bail and attached it when I was edging the piece.  The necklace design is of my own creating.  I used half Tila, O beads, and peanut bead and used the double needle weaving technique to put it together.  I used the ENTIRE tube of O beads, right down to the very last bead in the very last stitch!  Even though I am not a snake fan, the weave pattern and matte finish on the beads, gives the chain a snake skin look.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Creative Spark E-Magazine Reveal & Blog Hop

Creative Spark Hot Summer Days, Cool Summer Nights REVEAL!
I am fortunate to be part of the ZnetShows Creative Spark E-Magazine Design team.  The latest issue for summer can be seen HERE.  We were presented the challenge of using the beautiful pieces of sea glass in a bounty of shapes from the ZnetShows vast product line.  Our theme for this magazine issue was Hot Summer Days, Cool Summer Nights and we were asked to create two pieces for day wear (casual and fun) and two for evening wear (more dressy).

This was the bead design package I received.  Aren't they lovely!  I was thrilled with the variety of shapes and colors.  
My designs can be found on page 84-87 and I have several quotes throughout the pages as well.
My Daytime Designs:
Gypsy Wanderer
I think of all the pieces I designed this one was my favorite.  I have recently been designing Bohemian-style jewelry and the funky shaped links and pendant spoke to me for this style of design.  I began by creating the multiple strand necklace using various size 6, 8, and 11 seed beads in a variety of colors, but they all have the picasso finish.  I added several handmade lampwork glass spacers, made by my talented hubby, Chris.  I wanted to keep the design simple, so I stuck just with the glass spacers and seed beads for the strands.  I used two beautiful antique brass tulip bead cones to bring the strands together, and topped them with two more spacers before adding a simple lobster clasp also in antique brass.  I like the large size and the bit of design on the sides of the clasp.  I worked the pendants/links in as I strung the strand using large brass jump rings so they nestled right between the glass spacers.  To finish the focal, I added some large ring chain just to connect them together.  Of course, a necklace needs matching earrings, which were created with a couple more glass spacers, Swarovski crystals, and sea glass rondelles from my bead mix.

Next up, Citrus Summer.
This piece is a mixture of the sea glass, Czech glass, Chinese crystals, tagua nut two holed spacers, size 11 seed beads, and rulla two holed seed beads.  I incorporated two diamond shaped sea glass pendants into one by flipping them so that one piece had the hole at the top and one had the hole at the bottom, and they were stacked together.  I wired them with 22 gauge silver Parawire and added a matte finish Czech glass teardrop bead for a bit of movement.  You can see the detail better in this photo.  I also created matching earrings for this set.

Purple Linen
This fun piece, created using the purple barrel sea glass beads from by bead mix.  I wanted to make a charm bracelet, but wanted to do it in a different style.  Wandering back to the Bohemian design, I tied the beads on to the chain using waxed Irish linen cord in two colors that coordinated with the bead I chose.  I added Chinese crystal rounds and tiny 2mm rondelles.  Again, I made matching earrings (do you sense a theme here?!!).  I really love the movement of this design, though it was quite difficult to get a picture of it.

Day at the Beach
This fun set is almost entirely sea glass.  The dangles are two different shapes in white and aqua.  I used ball end headpins on the white dangles, and regular headpins with a small crystal on the ends to prevent the beads from sliding off.  On each side I added simple dangles using Chinese crystals.  The pair of earrings are a definite favorite, as they are just fun!  I used the sand dollar links from my bead mix (original idea was a charm bracelet with them, but couldn't get the design idea to work) and a cute little crab charm dangle.  Strangely enough, after creating this design, I saw one in the same style in a department store!  Who knew I was so on target with my designs!

My Nighttime Designs:
Vintage Seaside Glamour
For this design, I started with silver floating ring charm chain.  To the chain I added the freeform sea glass rings and sea glass rondelles (wired vertically so they lie flat) and a variety of Swarovski pearls and crystals.  The pendant is a vintage Swarovski from a design prize package I received a couple years ago.  The earrings use the same rondelles (strung as beads this time) with more vintage Swarovski crystals from my prize package.  This set would be lovely with a dressy, light linen dress for dinner on the beach!

My Final Design (I saved the best for last)~
This piece was just fun to make.  I used a bunch of sea glass in this one.  You will find rondelles, long drops, and curved bottle neck dangles.  I added a bit of Czech glass and Chinese crystals.  The bottle neck pieces were a bit of a challenge due to the fact that my jump rings were all the wrong sizes to make them into dangles.  So I improvised.  I did a bit of wire wrapping on all of them and the long teardrops as well.  I left the wire as a design element and I was able to add them as dangles with wire wrapping.  I used a 22 or 24 gauge wire on them.  The earrings had to use the fun, funky bottle pieces and again I used a Czech glass teardrop in a lime matte finish.  I love this piece, it has movement, makes a bit of noise, and is funky!  I see this with a long but simple black dress, which could be casual for daytime, but dressed up for evening with this set!

Well now that you have seen all my designs, be sure to hop over and visit the other Creative Spark Designers!  Extra special thanks to Hope Smitherman for all of her hard work in putting all of us together in ONE magazine!

Blog Hop Artist List:
StephanieHaussler  YOU ARE HERE

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sandhills Ranch Expo & Highland Park Farmers Market This Week!!

The show season kicks into high gear this week!  You can visit us and see all of our new designs Wednesday and Thursday at the Sandhills Ranch Expo in Bassett, Nebraska. 

On Saturday, June 14 we start the Farmers Market season at the Highland Park Market located behind the Hastings Museum.  Hours are 8am to 12pm.  Hope you can stop by and visit us!

Our Farmers Market booth display

Chris even made the scrolling photo page!  Here he is torching last year at the Bassett show.   

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Pary!! Today is Reveal Day!!!!

Due to the fact that Chris and I are both participating in the BSBP, this post is a bit long!  Stephanie's post is the first half and Chris's is the second half.  Don't know if we are the first husband and wife team to participate, but it sure was fun!

Stephanie's Reveal


I have had the word bravery on my mind since Lori Anderson shared a Sara Bareilles' Brave video on Facebook the other day.  Have you seen it?  I hadn't.  I listen to so many audio books while I work and bead, that I have rather lost touch with the current music.  If you have not heard it, here is the link:  Sara Bareilles - Brave
After watching the video, it got me thinking about the past year of my life.  I lost a friend to suicide and my Dad to cancer. So I have been thinking about what BRAVE is in my life.  Brave is to keep getting out of bed each morning (even if it is hard).  Brave is asking for help with my depression, whether it is from Chris, Mina, friends, or my doctor.  Brave is reaching out to try new things, even if they make you uncomfortable.  This is why my title is "Brave".  My partner, Staci Louise Smith, sent me beads and color palettes I do not normally design with.

Here is what she sent me:
miscellaneous stones, polymer focals created by Staci, Genea Bead clasp, Bronze clay charms created by Staci

actual sea glass beads drilled by Staci, wooly wire, focal from Staci (small donut), Marsha Neal Studios (large donut), handmade artist headpins, and a clasp Staci made.
So, as you can see, these are not my "normal" rainbow bright colors!  No sparkles!  Goodness, talk about BRAVE, I must admit I was rather intimidated.  So I started with a focal.  For my first piece, Marsha's seafoam green swirl donut spoke to me.  It said "ocean".  So here is my creation!

 I chose a fiber blend from Kumihimo Go, and pulled the colors from that for my design.  I used a hank of Czech glass seed beads I purchased in Tucson for the tassel and the chain I designed from messing around with my beads!  I added some of the Czech glass fire polish beads Staci included in my mix into the tassel, and some Chinese crystals with antique brass pearls into the chain.  I did a modified mix of right angle weave, reinforced stringing (in a loop) and then did a twist in the middle of each link which was then stitched to hold it in place.  The bail was made from Jean Powers' Shaped Beadwork design, using a blend of colors of Delica beads.  I added two strands of strung beads from the bottom of the front to the bottom of the back of the bail to connect it.  I had to do a bit of adjustment to get the right amount of space for the cords to slide through smoothly.  I embellished with a couple Crystalet buttons to give a tiny bit of sparkle.  I originally thought I would weave the ribbons through my stitched chain, but thought it hid too much of my beadwork. I connected my chain ends together with the Genea Beads clasp Staci sent. I originally wanted to add some antique brass sea charms but couldn't make them work with the design.  So I made this with them instead!

 I used starfish and a seashell charm, a Swarovski crystal starfish, a Beach Shack made by Pips (a wonderful polymer artist from Wiltshire, United Kingdom), Czech glass bead dangles, the sea glass beads Staci made for me, and the clasp Staci made for me (which looked like an "S" so I made it a charm).  The bracelet clasp is just a regular lobster clasp.  The "set" wouldn't be complete without earrings, so here they are.
Czech glass beads with double sided seahorse charms.

Now with all the beady goodness left over, I had to keep designing!  I wanted to pay homage to Staci's funky, rustic designs and incorporate her focals.  This is the necklace I designed.

I used some wide, flat copper colored aluminum wire I purchased at Michaels to join the donut and the charm dangle (which to me looks like a butterfly wing).  By using this for my connection, I imitated Staci's metal folding designs.  I added some larger copper/gunmetal colored chain and some smaller rolo chain in a corresponding color.  I added a matte finish extra large lobster clasp.  With bead dangles from my soup mix, the necklace was pretty heavy and slightly distorted the way the chain lay. Wanting to add the wooly wire to the design, I wrapped a couple bands above the bead dangles to connect the chains together for support.  I tried to add some to the pendant, but I couldn't come up with a non-fussy way to incorporate it, so I didn't.

 I wanted to make a bracelet with one of the focals Staci sent so I went with a simple Boho style, using waxed linen cord and some of the wooly wire to attach things together.  I really love the matte finish large Czech glass lentilee beads which rather look like a butterfly.  I added a few seed bead drops for a tiny bit of movement and several other beads from my "Staci" mix.
Rounding out my designs is another pair of earrings using Staci's Bronze clay charms.

With such cool pieces to design with, I didn't need to add much!  I used a pair of Jelly Pins, stacked a few Czech glass beads for a dangle.  I want to thank Staci for being such an amazing partner and for all the work Lori Anderson does in putting together these amazing bead challenges!  Hope you feel better soon! This was what I sent to Staci, so I can't wait to see what she designed!!

Chris's Reveal


 I guess that is a good word to describe my journey into the world of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Stephanie, my wife, has participated in several prior Blog Hops.  As a result of her participation, I have made lampwork beads for most of my wife's partners, each time a focal of some sort and a few coordinating beads.  I was almost as excited as she was getting her soup together to send.  The anticipation and waiting for the arrival of the soup from the partner was just about as hard on me as it was for her.  And finally the work and wait for the reveal.  She did the work and I offered opinions when she asked.  My final job was to photograph stuff for her.  So you see, I was participating in the Bead Soup vicariously through her.  This time around, I finally took the plunge and joined up on my own, with a push or two from her.

So first things first.  Here is what I sent to my partner. I wonder what she will do with it?

My partner, Charlie Jacka, sent me a soup made up of two parts.  Part one is components handmade by her.  There is a ceramic ---- flower pendant, a brass link, a mixed metal clasp, and a brass and copper clay plaque.  The brass and copper piece has the text "explore" worked into the design, hence the title of this piece.    

Part two is miscellaneous supporting beads consisting of brass heshi, dyed Howlite, fuchsia jade, agate rounds, turquoise, and beach glass heshi.    

Charlie told me she had two soup mixes put together, one a bit more masculine and one a bit more feminine.  I said I could work with either.  I think I got the more feminine one.  So here it goes.

My first piece uses the flower pendant as the focal as well as the mixed metal toggle clasp.  I incorporated my love of chainmaile into this piece with a bit of box weave connecting the flower to the clasp and a bit up one side.  One side of the necklace is made up of wire wrapped segments and the other side is traditionally strung on beading wire.  The sides join to a piece of antique copper chain that I wove hand dyed cording through.  The cord is a leftover bit I had from what I sent to Charlie.  The cording softens the feel of the chain on the back of the neck and compliments the colors of the metals through out.  I added the pink and purple Czech beads to add to spread those colors out and because I like Czech glass.

My next piece uses the handmade connector/ link thingie that Charlie made.  I initially tried to work it into a charm bracelet with lots of dangles but I did not like where that was going.  So I went simple instead.  This is my version of something that my wife designs that I like to call a "Do-dangler".  I used the link with some of the brass heshi, sea glass heshi, and some of the Czech glass beads I used in the first necklace along with a nice brass chain.

I found the vintage brass dangles a while back and thought that they would make good earrings.  The Bead Soup challenge was just the vehicle to make me follow through.  I used a couple of brass heshi with a sea glass piece together with the brass bits to make a pair of simple yet elegant earrings.

My final piece is a departure from what I have usually seen in the Bead Soup.  Charlie sent me an ingredient that she made special for me, to commemorate the first time I actually participated in Bead Soup and to inspire me for the challenge. It is a plaque made from copper metal clay with rivet finished holes on each end with the word "explore" formed by an inlay of brass metal clay.  A very pretty and thoughtful item to include in my soup, don't you think?

My initial thought was to make something for myself.  But what?  I toyed with the idea of a chainmaile bracelet but I was not happy with how it would come together without serious modification of the plaque on my part.  I thought about drilling out the existing rivets and mounting it on leather to make a bracelet that way.  I went so far as to get an assortment of rivets and rivet setting tools before nixing that idea because I could not find a leather base I liked.  Scrounging around in my part of our studio, I found some little painting panels I had picked up a year or two ago for a project I thought up but never followed through with.

Eureka!  I would explore the project I thought up using the plaque from Charlie and some of my own work.  So with paint, patterned paper, a custom made matte, glue, and some time at the torch, I set to work.  I painted my box, white on the outside and pale green on the inside.  I spent time torching, making some tiny flower pots, some leaves, and a couple flowers out of glass.  I cut and glued paper to simulate a landscape, installed the matte that was designed to look like a kitchen window, assembled my plants, planted said plants in the tiny pots, glued the pots to the windowsill, and finally attached the plaque to the frame with tiny brass nails.  My first foray into mixed media art!

What do you think?

I had a great time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Hop.  I stepped out of my comfort zone, color wise.  I used different metals than I have ever used before.  I tried some things that were definitely new to me while sticking with some more familiar things too.  I had successes and failures.  But in the end, I am happy with what I created.  Thank you Charlie for being my partner and for the great soup mix.  Thank you Lori for setting this whole thing up and for putting off the reveal by a week to give me time to follow my muse.  I hope you get to feeling better!  And last but not least, thank you Stephanie for pushing me to step up and step out, for the moral support, for being a sounding board for my ideas and so much more!  I love you Pookums!

To hop to the next post, click the artist links below!
Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 
Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         
Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  
Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             
Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Lori Bergmann                             
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     
Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              
Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holder                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Cindy Pack                                     
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
JJ Jacobs                                         
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                
Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  
Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               
Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Nancy Dale                                    
Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
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April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    
Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
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Arlene Dean                                 
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Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                
Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    
Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  
Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
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Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
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Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
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Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Helen Simon                                 
Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           
Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
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Cheryl Brown                               
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Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  
Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
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Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 
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Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                           www.Dancingwireandbeads/
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Catharine Temaluru                  
Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
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Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lesley Lane                                   
Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              
Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Cynthia Tucker                            
Adlinah Kamsir                            
Stephanie Price                           
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
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