Monday, August 25, 2008

Good grief. A week's gone by. Poof!

Well, it was a busy week. That's why my blog wound up being the thing I neglected. I'm going to try to make up for some of those missed posts by posting every day this week, but I'm not making any promises.

So with this post I'll just show off some of my newest creations. These are (or were) all listed in my Etsy shop. I have another little stack of completed pieces waiting to be photographed, but I didn't get good enough lighting today to do much.

This cuff, another color variation of the design I created of monsterosa deliciosa leaves, is called Blue Hawaii. I love these two colors together!

I'm not even sure what gave me the idea to use this robin's egg blue and the purple together. Sometimes I just sit and stare at all the colors of Delicas I have, choosing different pairings to see how they look. I'll have to try some more variations of blue and purple, cuz I really like that one!

Most of the cuffs and bracelets I create use peyote stitch, but this time I decided to try something different.

This bracelet, called Lisa's Heart, was created using some beautiful matte beads whose official color is iris gray. Trust me, though, when I tell that you that there's absolutely no gray to be found!

Now, for the name. Why Lisa's Heart? It's simple. See that beautiful little stoneware heart? It was made by a talented bead artisan (and fellow member of Bead Art Originals) named Lisa Peters. It's such a beautiful button, and I designed the bracelet to show it off. The colors of the beads are the perfect match for it, too! If you want to see more of Lisa's work, check out her Etsy shop or her flickr photostream. You'll be amazed!!

This last one is so simple, but I still love it. I'm gaining a whole new appreciation for the color green, so I used two different types of beads to create this little bracelet.

I named it Emerald City, and then I printed off a movie still from the Wizard of Oz to use for the photographs. I'm always messing around with backgrounds, and this one was just too much fun to pass up.

The other "Monday" news to share is the Bead Art Originals items of the week. There are 12 participants this week, with all sorts of different offers. All the details of the offers are posted on the BAO blog. I don't usually discount my beadwoven pieces, but I thought I'd break with tradition this week and offer a $20 discount on my Passion for Purple necklace and pendant. The offer's good only until August 31.

Off to the video store to return the movies! It was such a busy weekend that we wound up watching all three of our rentals today so we could return them on time.


melissa said...

I agree, I like the purple and blue combo as well. How big are these? I have a very small wrist, and find it difficult to find bracelets that fit. Do you ever make watches, with the beaded section as the band?

Regal Beads said...

all things beautiful :)
LOVE the blue and purple combo, and that last bracelet could have been worn by my bridemaids (2 years ago

ClinkscalesArts said...

Lisa's Heart is beautiful. The cuff and button compliment each other perfectly.

Marlaine said...

Love the Blue Hawaii cuff, which also happens to be my all time favourite Elvis movie! Great name for the cuff. It's gorgeous!

:-) MaryLou said...

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Melissa - I can custom make the bracelets in any size! I haven't ever tried creating a watch band, but I've been thinking of it. Someone else just suggested that to me a couple of days ago.

Kim - I'm gaining a whole new appreciation for the color green. It's not a color I've used much, but the more I look at it the more I love it.

Susan - Lisa Peters' raku and stoneware is just drop dead gorgeous! I have quite a few of her pieces that are waiting for the "perfect" treatment.

Marlaine - You know, I have to admit that I didn't even think of the Elvis movie when I named the cuff... now that you mention it, though, that must have been floating through my subconscious.


melissa said...

Marylou I cant seem to find your store address. You have so many links, which one is yours?

Melissa said...

Yes you can tell I had a blonde moment, I see it now.