Saturday, August 16, 2008

The newest listings in my Etsy shop haven't been shown off here yet, so I thought I'd share them. With all those new delica colors I added to my [already massive] bead stash, it's fun to try out new color combinations and new designs.

The Electric Smurf. Of course you're wondering where that name originated. Well, it's those blue beads used in the band. Their official color name is Electric Blue, and I really love the Smurfs.

See how my mind works?

Frightened yet?

By the way, Grouchy Smurf is my favorite. Underneath all that gruffness, he has a good heart.



This WIDE cuff was really fun to make. The design was a little tricky, because it's tough to get the puzzle pieces to look like puzzle pieces.

I've loved doing jigsaw puzzles for as long as I can remember. I've even been insane enough to do some of those "Impossibles," the ones where there's no actual design on the puzzle, but just a bunch of pieces all of the same color.

It was only fitting that I grabbed one of my completed puzzles (this one was all glued together on the back) to use as the background.

Limeade Orange Swirl.

This one's just yummy. Bright opaque orange swirls against a pale lime green matte background.

It's a skinny version of my Just a Scribble cuff. I doubt that I'll do this one again, since I like the wider version better.

Lilac Labyrinth.

Okay, technically it's not a labyrinth. It's not a maze. It's just a bunch of concentric shapes.

But doesn't it look like a labyrinth? It almost makes me want to create a maze cuff... almost.


Lemon Lime Twist.

This design was a challenge! The design itself was tricky, because I had to keep track of which direction the lines were going. The beadweaving was also tricky, because I had to make sure to pick up the right color bead each time.


It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but the ribbons are actually made from three different color beads -- bright lined kelly green, lined peridot, and transparent lemon yellow. All against a matte white background, and topped off with the perfect vintage button.

Sunset in Metropolis.

I love love love this color combination! It's one I would never have thought of doing, but then I saw a treasury that featured orange and charcoal gray together, and an idea was born.

The abstract design encompasses the entire length of the band -- no repeated pattern elements.

I'm going to have to try this one out in some different color combinations...


Pam Plumley said...

Nice hand crafts! I love Etsy too-great site! I'm enjoying Entrecard now too. Have fun with your crafting and selling!

Meia2 said...

hi, i'm just bloghopping (entrecard) and wow, your designs are awesome. :)

LizzyT said...

This is such a lovely collection of designs, the colours are gorgeous :)

Waterrose said...

Wow what lovely creations! I was going to tell you which one I liked best, but as I scrolled down I couldn't make up my mind.

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Great new stuff! I especially love the puzzle piece bracelet. I'll have to look for it once you list it.

By the way, I tagged you on my blog to help spread some bloggy love :)

Staci ~Pink Pooch Designs said...

I love all of them, but my favorite is the Electric Smurf. I was an advid smurf collector when I was young, I have over 100 smurf. Great job!!!

ClinkscalesArts said...

Oh MaryLou - these are all gorgeous! My favorite is the Lemon Lime Twist - that is a fabulous design!

Meg said...

they are all stunning!

Beaderjojo said...

I love your new bracelets! They're all quite charming. =)

BTW, I've "tagged" you in my blog.

Feel free to participate, or not.
Happy beading!

ESCUDERO said...

Your work is absolutely exquisite. Love it!