Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lots of New Listings!

I get so far behind sometimes in doing updates to this blog! You'd think I'd write them ahead of time and schedule them to post, but that would be too efficient. I have my little "system" of leaving my pictures in a special folder until I've uploaded them to my flickr photostream and blogged about them. So far, I've managed to keep up with flickr uploads, but this blog? Well, that's another matter.

The result of this procrastination is that I have a whole pile of new listings that haven't been shown off here. And showing off my beadweaving, after all, is one of the purposes of this blog. :-)

So here goes:

An absolutely WILD version of one of my designs. I chose some of the brightest beads from my collection, all Delicas in opaque matte finishes, for this version. I don't like it as much as some of the other versions of this design I've created, but I'm not particularly fond of disassembling something once I've made it. Maybe someone will fall in love with this and give it a home on her wrist. :-)


Another bracelet created from a custom mixture of beads, this time specifically combined to match the button. It's an unusual combination of shades of violet and tangerine. I would never have even thought of combining these if I hadn't seen this button!


Despite the fact that my husband and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day (he's been known to point out a card to me in the card aisle at the grocery store and tell me, "If we were going to give each other cards for Valentine's Day, I'd give you this one."), I was apparently inspired by the impending holiday. Okay, so it's a Hallmark Holiday, but there are nice sentiments involved, right? :-)

This bead crochet rope was a project I took with me on vacation in November. It just took me awhile after we returned home to finish it and take photographs. I really like taking bead crochet projects on vacation - they're so easy to transport, since all the beads are already strung onto a spool (at least that's the way I do it).

This particular piece combines some of my favorite beads - metallics in pale copper and dark bronze, with a beautiful pearly gray bead that looks like pewter or steel. The pattern I used, which is called sawtooth, looks almost like a snake!


This piece began with the beautiful raku bead I bought from Lisa Peters. I wasn't planning to buy the bead, but someone included it in a treasury I saw and I decided I had to have it. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, and I think it spent almost a month on my table - just staring at me and waiting for me to come up with a design. I ultimately decided to create a triple strand of ndebele ropes and suspend the bead from an ndebele rope bail. I love the way it turned out. The name From the Earth is in honor of the clay (in the bead) and sand (how glass starts) that make up the necklace.


The newest listing in my Etsy shop and the newest version of my damask design, this combines shiny jet black beads with the palest gold matte metallic beads. I LOVE these colors together! :-)

Okay, now I'm all caught up on my new listings... and I can move my pictures to a new folder... and then there are a bazillion other things to do.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

15 comments:

njemacreative said...

LOVE 'From the Earth' - so wonderful!

Antoinette said...

wow you are very creative. i love the summer splash bracelet! :)

Stormee said...

beautiful cuffs. I really love your work.

MySweetThree said...

Stunning, I am such a fan of yours!

Melody Marie Murray said...

Wow- creative, warm, productive, innovative... I am forced to assume you are also stunningly beautiful.

lisa peters ART said...

"well, I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I had to have it" -- just what I like to hear!

You do the most incredible work Mary Lou, I love seeing how versatile your pieces are.
Thanks for doing such a fantastic job on the ole spare tire bead.

Lisa

Youvegotmaille said...

Everything you do amazes me :) I especially adore the damask cuff. I'm way behind too, I've got three cuffs and 2 netted necklaces I need to finish, photograph, and post on my blog and shop.

Did you warn me this was addicting? I think you did :) I didn't listen. I've got a stash already but I need MORE...

Nancy said...

Wow...gorgeous work! I especially love the "From the Earth" necklace!

redkathy said...

Damask in Black... Stunning

Shari said...

Beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tabmade said...

I just hearted 'from the earth' and 'serpentine', they are wonderful. :D
And thanks for liking my pod pendants!! I would love to trade something some day when I'm not so broke! haha

storybeader said...

great beadweaving - you've inspired me - I'm so excited to try me new rope kit!

tstreasures said...

I love when you use bright colors like Summer Splash, gorgeous! All are beautiful though.

pandawhole said...

is it your design,how can do that ,it's the best beadweaving ever i see,thanks for your shareing

:-) MaryLou said...

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Yes, these are all my own designs. Half the fun of creating is coming up with the different patterns.