Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Color Choices

Have you ever noticed yourself choosing similar or same colors!!  When I go shopping, I usually end up buying something the same color as I am wearing.  I wonder if it makes me feel safe or I just lack imagination.

As I was photographing my new pieces, I noticed the same phenomenon.  The last three pieces are all bronze!!  They are very different styles but contain similar or same colors.  Some beaders would say that I am finding my colors, but I think there may be more to it!  What do you think?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Writing Instructions

I have been hard at work writing instructions for some of my designs!  It takes me a long time to get the instructions the way I like them.  First, I write them in longhand in a notebook as I make the item.  This process is slow because I am also taking pictures of my work as it progresses.  Next, I download the pictures and type up the instructions (I type about 30 words a minute with many mistakes).  After I proof my typing, I edit and add the pictures.  Last, I email my instructions to a great friend in Minnesota named Kim.  She proofs the instructions for me. 

This is called Oceanid's Bracelet.

This is called Elfin Evening Star.

I will be teaching these classes the first weekend of November at Bead Bayou in Alpharetta, GA.  I will also be teaching them in Maryville, TN at a later date.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Inspiration Can Be Simple

I have an instruction packet in my ETSY shop that I use to teach a class. It is called Pearl Medallion. I taught the class many times and had several partial medallions made. What could I do with these medallions? I arranged them on my work mat and inspiration struck!!!!

I could combine them to make a different style necklace. Here is the fruit of my labor!! I hope you like it. I am very pleased with how it came out!!