Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grand Island Bead Bazaar

We are spending our days getting ready for the Grand Island Bead Bazaar!
Here are the details:

Bazaar website

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1
Where: Exhibition Building, Fonner Park, Grand Island, NE

Time: Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 10-4
Cost: $4 per person, children 12 and under free

New this year!  Classes (we are teaching chainmaille) here is the class page link:
class schedule
Vendor List

Julie's Xpressions won't be teaching a class, but they are having Make It and Take It projects going on all day both days and for a small fee you can do a quick class and learn a new skill!  More info to follow!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring~~Glorious Spring!

If there is one season that makes me want to sing, it is Spring.  I love the "rebirth" of the Earth, growing plants, blooming flowers, trees sprouting leaves, and the fields of wheat so green they make your eyes hurt to look at them.  I really love the change of all the seasons as I find it a wonderful spur to my creativity to look at the seasons and make jewelry accordingly.  But SPRING is my very favorite!  Here are a few lovely things I found on Pinterest and wanted to share with you that make me think SPRING!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Photos, LOTS of New Photos!!

At long last, here are some new photos for you to see what we have been up to!
Vintage Owl Necklace (special order)~Chris's owl, my wire wrapping of Czech glass leaves, flowers, and crystals

Black and White and Red All Over~Necklace Chris made one day while I was working at Julies, then he came home and made the custom heart bead for it.  It is for sale at Julie's Xpressions in Hastings.

Tory in the Garden~Wienie Dog flower pendant necklace Chris and I made for my niece Creighton's birthday.

Mina's loom woven wall hanging, for sale and on exhibit at Graham Gallery in Hastings.

Sonora Vintage~Necklace using one of Chris's Sonoran focal beads and spacers, along with Czech glass beads and crystals (sold at Marble Crazy).

Bunny earrings for Marble Crazy and spring shows.

Glub, Glub fish pendant/suncatcher (Chris's bead, my design)

Half of our table at Marble Crazy

The other half of our table.

A really good picture of the Sonora Vintage necklace

Bridal Penguin couples with their pet Weinie dogs.

The drunken uncle and little sister Penguins

The before picture of the more expensive marbles on display.

The $8 marble tray

The bead and marble master!  Great picture, Huh?!

Tatterpillar Garden necklace.  Chris's beads, my bead work

Birds by Chris, Charms by Earthenwood Studio, and my beadwork.

Beaky Bird in a Cage.  One of Chris's birds wired into a "cage" in a style I learned several years ago from Carla of Beads by C.

Galactic Madness Marble on a display made by Frank Brooks.  This was the first and second marble style we sold.  It is also my favorite design!

A really cool picture with Chris's marbles and Frank's stands.  The stands look like the belong in Star Trek!

Here there be Dragons!

Keyed up beads and ceiling fan pull beads not yet glued on the pull chains

More of Frank's displays with more of Chris's really cool marbles!

New style of pendants we premiered at Marble Crazy

Chris playing with fire

One of the marbles he made during his demos.  They will be used for donations or auctioned off.

The booth next to us.  He didn't have any $8 marbles!  Gorgeous globe style marbles.  One of them was $5500. Yowza!
So there you have new photos!  Hope you enjoyed them!

Marble Crazy Recap and Current Project

Photo courtesy of Moon Marble's Facebook page
Here are the marbles that were made during demos at Marble Crazy last Friday and Saturday!  Chris's are the left and center of the 3 on the bottom row.  They are really awesome, and I will try later to blow them up larger with photo software.  We had an amazing show, and it was really gratifying for Chris as everything we sold was his work or a combination of his beads and my designs.  Great feedback and we want to thank all of the new folks who bought from us!  Thanks also to the fabulous staff of Moon Mable, always willing to sit in the booth to give us a break or just to answer questions.  Frank and Deb Brooks (the link on their names will take you to their Etsy shop) we also great, helping us design some pendants, key chains, and marble stands for display with Chris's marbles. Thanks to Mina too, for helping Chris with the driving and keeping him entertained and awake when I failed to stay awake any longer.

Meanwhile, this beauty is what I am working on!
Pattern and Photo from Good Quill Hunting
I purchased this pattern a couple weeks ago, and started on it this week.  The version I am making is terracotta and turquoise Tila beads with a Picasso finish in browns/blues for the center Fire Polish beads and gold, cream, turquoise, and brownish size 15 beads for the accents.  Fun design (once I caught on to the pattern) and I have been working on trying new seed bead stitches and designs to broaden my repertoire.  If you have not been to Christina's site, be sure to click the link on the caption, she has amazing patterns at wonderful prices!

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