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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Owl Vessel

This is a project that I finished last month, but had not photographed. Being on off work this week I have been trying to get projects completed and photographed.

It is a beaded box pattern from Julia Pretl's website. She had a sale back in the summer. I purchased a number and decided to make the owl box first.

finished box

I have decided not to make the lid and use it pencil holder.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Designer Style Challenge - Results

On Saturday evening at the Gala event of the 25th Fall Creativ Festival the winners and runner ups were announced in the eigth catergories.

My two entries were semi-finalists in two catergories (beadwork and paperarts). They were on display for attendees to see and vote on their favourites.

Here are pictures I took with my iPhone on Friday when the show opened.
Iris Twist Vase on display
Hexagonal Triangle Vase & Irises on display
At the Gala presentation the finalists' creations were displayed on the runway with models wearing or carrying them. My Iris Twist Vase was a finalist in the Beadwork catergory. Here is my vase coming down the runway.


The three Beadwork finalists, Chippy Ezer, Dorothy Kale and myself, waiting for the announcement of the winner.

Congratulations to Chippy Ezer, the winner in the beadwork catergory, for her design Dream of Africa Necklace. She was awarded a beautiful Swarovski trophy and $1000.

Chippy's beautiful necklace
 Dorothy and I were the runner ups and were each given $250 gift bag from Swarovski.

Dorothy's Three Egg Surprise
Congratulations to all the other finalists. To see all the semi-finalists creations click here.

Here is all the amazing things that were in the bag from Swarovski.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Felted Vessel

It was my first day at the Fall Creativ Festival. Today I took Dawn Liu-Smyth's Felted Vessel class. It was an all day class that end with an amazing finished vessel.

Our starting equipment

Circle resist

First layer of ice blue merino

Wet on both sides

2nd and 3rd layers done
 At this stage we broke for lunch. That could be why I thought that my  piece looked like a pizza with no toppings.

Silk hankie surface embellishments

The other side

Rolled up and ready to start the felting process
 After lots of rolling, rotating, and flipping the fibers had start to come together.

Time to cut an opening
With a balloon inside to help with the shaping

Rinsed and drying
 At the end of the class we each had a unique vessel drying on a balloon. I love that look of my vessel. Once it is dry I will add some additional bead embellished.

No classes tomorrow but I will be at the Rypan Designs booth #717 for the day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Vintage Lucite Challenge - Arrival

Back in September the bead soup guru, Lori Anderson, offer the opportunity to participate in mini Cup of Bead Soup with vintage lucite beads. The beads were provided by Crystal of Bead Happily Ever After.

Tonight when I checked my mail box there was one of the wonderful padded envelopes that we love to see. Inside was this amazing selection of  beads.

I started to play with the beads as I was on the phone to see if my friend Anna was going to come the our Bead Society meeting tomorrow night.

I think I will take the beads to the meeting tomorrow night and see what I can create. Reveal day is November 10, so come back and see what I am able to make.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop Reveal

The day has finally arrived. Everyone gets to see the unbelievable items that my swap partner sent me.

Last month I posted a sneak peak of the package. My partner Monique Urquhart had beautifully wrapped and packed her amazing items. There were two packages Bling for me and Blink for my tree.
Two packages
Inside the package with Bling for my tree were these two unbelievable owl ornaments. Each is about 6 cm by 8 cm.
Pair of owl ornaments
Detail of ornament
 In the package of Bling for me was a bracelet and necklace with the same owls as the ornaments.

Owl Bracelet
Owl Necklace

Here are all of the participants. Please take time to see what amazing creative items were sent to our partners to get us in the Holiday Spirit. 

Michelle Fanucchi micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frank theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Otto www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton  itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florian lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishop lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo/  Lynn Jobber  thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftus firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewels toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joyce aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williams shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier www.windbent.net
Marla Gibson spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaars mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmann lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moore beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orr orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille  dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrell deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie  cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Lori Jean Poppe lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jacka clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods) skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com

A huge thanks to Monique for sharing your amazing work with me. Also thanks to Marlene & Shelley for organizing this fun challenge!

Happy Holiday Beading to all!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Pantone Bead Swap Reveal

On Monday LiliKrist, my partner in the swap, got the package I sent her. She liked how neatly I had packed it. I was looking forward to arrival of her package from Indonesia. When I arrived home from work on Monday night there was a tag on my mailbox to let me know that I had missed a package. I was not able to get to the post office until tonight on the way home from work.

Here is what I picked up.

Inside was this beautiful quilted pouch fill with neat little wrapped packages.


The contents all laid out in their labelled bags.


Here is a closer look at the beads for each colour.

French Roast - daggers and seed beads
Honey Gold - mushroom beads and seed beads
Pink Flambe - Swarovski bicones and agate beads
Tangerine Tango - Java seed beads in orange and dark orange
Ultramarine Green - Aventurine and petal beads
Bright Chartreuse - lentil and square beads
Olympian Blue - Agate and Handmade Ceramic bead
Titanium - crystal drop beads and recycled glass beads
Rhapsody - Stick beads and owl bead
Rose Smoke - round and heart beads
I am looking forward to playing with these beads and make some new pieces.

Thanks LiliKrist for these great beads from the other side of the world!

"Rita" Rondelle Zigzag Necklace

Teal "Rita" Rondelle Zigzag
I was finally able to finish the full length teal version of the necklace.  To add the closure to the teal necklace I went to Maria's so we were able to ensure that it was the perfect length for her to wear. The finishing touch is the addition of a beautiful Italian silver clasp.
Heart closure detail
I also did a sample length in a beautiful silver lined raspberry.
Silver lined raspberry version
Here is the black version that I stitched back in summer during one of beading dinners in High Park.
Classic black version
Maria Rypan is teaching this project on Friday morning at the Creativ Festival. We will also have a limited number of the kits available at the booth (717).
All three colour variation
Having been in the zigzag groove, I started my own version of the design using 3mm fire polished instead of the mini rondelles. I was able to get this finished as well. I will wear this to the Awards Gala on the Saturday night.
Iris Zigzag