Saturday, February 26, 2011

The day of the earring (Bead Soup post is below this one!)

The back...

Today is a day for making earrings. For realizing that the show season starts sooner than I would like to admit. For realizing that I have extremely low amounts of inventory. For realizing that I don't want to start the show season. At all. I really don't want to do shows this year. Sick. Of. Them.
And speaking of sick.... that's me. Yesterday it hit me a like baseball bat in the teeth. I haven't been sick in so long and I am mad about it. I feel like dirt.

Anyhoo, I'm trying to get the old earring inventory built up so I spent a good portion of the day making ear wires and putting together some earrings. The above photo shows the backs of one of my favorite new styles. The are like puffed pillows and they are large.

Large porcelain earrings

And this is the front!

Hello, my name is Nancy and I feel like crap...

And here they are on! See how big they are? I love them. Even my "I may vomit at any given moment" face can't hide the fact that these earrings are awesome. (sorry. I blame the meds...)

New gaze combo...

This is a new glaze combo that I am playing around with. I have to admit that in a group like this they look rather yucky. At least they do to me.

Porcelain & Sterling earrings

However, on their own they are stunning! The colors are amazing, all swirly and crazy. I love glaze...

Dotty porcelain earrings

I really like these two pairs of unglazed porcelain disks. They just have black stain rubbed in to highlight the dots.

Porcelain & Sterling earrings

Lastly, this is a design I've been meaning to play around with for a while. It takes glaze very nicely.

I was going plop some of the earrings in my Etsy shop today, but I think I am going to grab a bunny and go take a nap. I shall return. (Update - I got two pairs in the shop - more tomorrow!)

Oh, and if you came here looking for Bead Soup, it's the post right below this one... :)

Bead Soup reveal!


It's Bead Soup Party time! As some of you may recall I received this lovely bead assortment from the equally lovely Barbara Lewis. And this is my finished piece! Yay! And I finished it a few days ago, too, which is a small miracle for me.


The first order of business was to make the sweet little Green Girl Studios pendant part of something bigger. I like a big, bold focal so I combined several elements in order to achieve that. I started with one of my porcelain shard pieces and created a nice long dangle with a Czech glass bead and an unglazed porcelain bead cap(of sorts) that I made. The little birdy hangs nicely and is further highlighted by the large mother-of-pearl ring. I love that ring! I think it draws the eye right in and gives the whole necklace a pop.


I made a two strand necklace to hang the now large pendant from. One strand is made from these cool wonky frosted glass seed beads that I got in NYC last month. I need to go back to the city just to get more of them. The other strand is made up of the beautiful enameled beads that Barbara made along with some natural stones and some of my own porcelain faceted beads and also my ABC (Already Been Chewed - thanks for the name Helen!) beads that I showed being made here.


I tied and knotted a ribbon throughout the beads, which is one of my favorite things to do these days. I love how cozy it makes all the beads feel and it adds a nice texture to the overall piece.


Barbara sent me this gorgeous sterling clasp which is from, I believe, Star's Clasps.


One more view...


I made the necklace a short, choker length so that the long pendant would not be lost on the wearer. My striped shirt isn't the best thing to be wearing to model this necklace, but oh well. :)

This was another fun Bead Soup project and I send out a big thank you to Barbara Lewis for sending me such gorgeous beads to work with, and to Lori Anderson for organizing this party in the first place! Thanks ladies!
Be sure to check out what Barbara did with the beads I sent her!! I can't wait to see myself!!

And also be sure to check out all the other blogs that are participating in the party! It's a long list but bound to be worth the time (take a few days if you need to. ;).

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
My Partner! - 39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
This is me! You Are Here! - 194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

Thursday, February 24, 2011

EXTRA Shop Preview - Update Tomorrow!


Tomorrow, Friday, at noon (EST) I will be doing an EXTRA shop update. I have a interesting mix of pieces this time around (though I probably say that every time... forgive me if I do.).

First up are these awesome feathers shown above! Is anyone else singing the theme song to that educational kids show from the early 80s called High Feather? Anyone know what I'm talking about?


Bumpy connectors.


For some reason I only made three of these larger pieces. I must have gotten distracted...


I love these sweet rosebud pendants/connectors. They have four holes to provide all kinds of interesting stringing options.


I made these different pieces by pressing the clay into a piece of coral. The texture is pretty awesome!


These connectors are sold in a set of two, making them perfect for creating bracelets.


I'm doing a bit of Spring cleaning and found these two fun heart pieces.


Fun flower rings.


These four leaf clovers are pieces I use in my own jewelry but I thought they were rather appropriate to offer everyone since St. Patrick's Day is coming up.


And finally, I mentioned Spring cleaning earlier... I am really trying to clean things out both at the pottery studio and my home studio. That means I am forcing myself to stop hoarding pieces that I will not use. I tend to keep things for a rainy day and sometimes years go by before that rainy day comes. So, I'm lightening my load, so to speak, and cutting some things loose.

I'm not sure how I will be listing these things - most likely in groups of grab bags. I can assure you that they will be a very good deal than if you were to purchase them all separately. Some pieces do not have holes so they can be used as cabochons or you can wire wrap them or adhere a bail to the back... just use your imagination!

I will probably have more clean outs in the future as well. Out with old, in with the new! Yay! It feels good... :)

I hope you can make it to my shop update tomorrow at noon!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Glaze porn

Glorious Glaze!

It's been a while since I showed some glaze porn. We had an excellent gas kiln firing at the studio this weekend and Maryanne and I had some killer pieces come out of it. For those new to my blog, I collaborate on a line of pottery with my friend/mentor, Maryanne White. She throws the pieces and I glaze them.

Glorious Glaze!

I can't get enough of this red combination, though I will admit that I hold my breath EVERY firing. This combination of glazes is very tricky, very runny, and has been known to adhere itself to the kiln shelves on more than one occasion (not my fault, of course....cough cough..)

Glorious Glaze!

I especially love the turquoise spots that sometimes peak through the red. It's never a sure thing so I get pretty giddy with it happens.

Glorious Glaze!

I call these small dishes Bead Trays. Maryanne doesn't call them that but that is what I use them for. They work perfectly for sorting beads. The corners act like funnels when pouring the beads back into a storage container. Cool, right? I keep telling her to make more so that I can offer some to my beady friends. :)

Glorious Glaze!

This final shot is a dreamy closeup of the inside of a bowl. It looks like an island in a sea of melted strawberry ice cream. Yum! :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Odds and ends..


Just a quick post to fill in some blanks and tie up loose ends. Several people asked for some more information on the painting that was shown in my last Face-down Tuesday shot, so here it is.

It's a large pointillism painting by my grandfather, Andrew Geller. He painted this for my wedding present nearly 20 years. Yes, I got married when I was 12. It's true. The marriage only lasted about 13 years (who really knows what they want at 12?) but the painting remains. (And so does another huge portrait of me, my ex and my very first house rabbit that was named Corduroy.... that one does NOT hang above any mantle, needless to say...) There are all kinds of secret hidden things going on in this painting, including my grandfather's not so subtle self-portrait in the clouds.

Anyhoo, I am very lucky to have many, many wonderful works of art by both of my grandparents. With the passing of my grandmother last Summer and the declining health of my grandfather they take on new, deeper levels of meaning.

I wanted to thank everyone who participated in my blog link exchange! And if you haven't, please feel free to check it out and see if it is something you would like to do. I apologize to anyone who I may have missed that has been linking to me for a while. I try to tell by my stats who links to me and where people are coming from but I can't always see everything. So please let me know if I have missed you and I will add you right away.

Playing with colored porcelain..

In other news... I spent part of today playing with some colored porcelain. That was fun! Can't wait to see how it looks fired. The lighter clay on the left is lavender and the other is teal, obviously. It felt like I was playing with Play Doh today. A nice break from stuffy, snobby, grown-up white porcelain.


And finally I wanted to share this cute little pair of earrings with you. They make me happy in this wonderful pistachio green glaze. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two new rings...

Two new rings

I think I started these two rings sometime before Christmas and only today did I decide to finish them. Casue that's how I roll. :)

Geo Pop - Porcelain & Sterling Ring

Geo Pop in Teal. Size 5.75

Geo Pop - Porcelain & Sterling Ring

Spirograph - Porcelain & Sterling Ring

Spirograph. Size 5.50

Spirograph - Porcelain & Sterling Ring

Both can be found in my Etsy shop. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Face-down Tuesday - 2.15.11

Face-down Tuesday - 2.15.11

I'm working from home today so I had to make due with my house as a face-down location. Truth be told, there are very(VERY!) few spots in my house that are uncluttered enough to be camera ready. And you wouldn't believe what I went through just to get this shot. Don't laugh. It's a sickness. Anyhoo, I am very happy with the end result. I look dead (or maybe just exhausted from cleaning) and overall I think the photo looks very mysterious. Or maybe just odd.

I know the whole face-down thing is lost on some of you, so I thank you for indulging me. I can't really explain why I find it so amusing. I just do. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

I wash your blog, you wash mine...

I've been tidying up the old blog, getting rid of the clutter and trying to streamline it a bit more. I decided to go through my blog list and I did a little cleaning there as well. If you were on my list and you no longer see your blog listed it is because either...
  1. You no longer link back to me. Or..
  2. You haven't blogged in many, many months.
My blog list is a reciprocal one. Meaning, if you link to me, I will link to you. So, if anyone is interested in participating OR already links to me and I have failed to add you to the list, please let me know in a comment. I would be happy to add your blog, just be sure to do the same. And please, if you have a blog that does not link to anyone else at all, do not ask me to link to you. We need to help each other out so it has to be reciprocal. :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My bead soup from Barbara Lewis!

I'm so excited to be paired with the amazing Barbara Lewis in this third round of Bead Soup! Barbra sent me a lovely collection of goodies including several of her own enameled beads, a beautiful sterling dragonfly clasp and a Green Girl Studios sweet little bird pendant which Barbara has enameled.

The color palette is very inspiring (also one of my favorites!) and I happened to take some new beads out of the kiln last week that will match perfectly! The real challenge for me will be to take these rather dainty pieces and give them my usual "statement" piece spin. My wheels are turning... I can't wait until February 26th!

Oh, and check out the post below to take advantage of my Valentine's Day Sale!! It ends tomorrow!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentines Day Jewelry SALE!!

Photo by ftwentytwo

I'm having a Valentines Day weekend jewelry sale! Woo-hoo! Just use the coupon code VALENTINE11
in either my Etsy shop or my Big Cartel shop and received 20% off your purchase.

This sale will end on Monday.

Just to recap: That's 20% off in both of my jewelry shops!!!
Coupon code: VALENTINE11
Click here for my Esty shop
Click here for my Big Cartel shop

AND... there are still some great items left in my components shop. I will be taking them out of the shop in a few days so if you see something you like you better snatch it up pronto. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

EXTRA Shop Preview - Update Tomorrow!

Tomorrow at noon (EST) I will have an Extra shop update! It was a great week for pieces. I really enjoyed making this batch and playing with glazes. Every time that I make new one-of-a-kind pieces I end up taking away so much and coming up with new ideas that really spark my imagination. I just love that!

First up are these fun stars (above). They are a good size, over an inch in diameter, so they can be used as a focal or a connector. They would be great as a bracelet focal (oh, on a leather cuff!!! Ideas, ideas...).

These pieces are also a decent, large size and have a mess of holes to play around with. When I first made them I imagined them being used with the three holes at the bottom for dangles but then I turned one sideways and realized what a super cool piece that would be! OR flip it the other way with the points hanging down! So many possibilities with this one...

These are some fun, large star focals. Again, many holes for many options.

These might be my most favorite beads that I have ever made EVER! They are unglazed with only black stain rubbed in the cracks and crevasses.

And here is another view. They are so dreamy...

Sweet little rosettes.

More exceptionally cool unglazed scratchy beads.

A Spring themed batch of shards.

Unglazed and cracky rings. Love these!!!

Hands! Kind of creepy. Kind of my kind of thing. :)

A small pile of floral shards.

And finally, some cute little connectors which will be sold in pairs.

Be sure to check the shop tomorrow at noon when I begin listing. I have all my photos ready this time around so it should go a little quicker than the last time. Hope to see you there! :)