First Results of the Beautiful Collaboration

Many of you already know that recently I've been working on a secret project with amazing lady, great friend of mine and very talented artist from the Netherlands - Nancy van den Boom.

Today we are proud to present the first piece that we created together. It's a cuff featuring Nancy's Red Rose Oil Painting. When she first showed it to me, I immediately knew it is going to be a bracelet!

And here it is

The tiny precious painting is surrounded by glass seed beads, including vintage Czech Charlottes, and beautiful green freshwater pearls. Outside of the cuff is covered with red leather, but the inside is lined with soft ultrasuede.

We are both very happy with the results of our little experiment. And we will definitely work together again!

Thank you, dear Nancy, for being such a great inspiration to me! Thank you for your support and wisdom! I'm so happy to have you in my life!

I hope you all enjoyed a little insight into our creative journey!
Watch this space closely, as more of wearable art pieces are coming soon!

Have a lovely evening!


Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

I was lucky to be paired up with wonderful Mags from Mags Koruja (#129 on the list), and we had a lot of fun chatting via e-mail during the whole process.
Here is what she sent me (click on the picture for closer view):

Some of you have already seen a tiny sneak peek of my piece, so I'm not going to test your patience and delay this any longer. :)

Here's what I made!

It's a double-strand necklace with bead embroidered focal element featuring very interesting jasper cabochon.

In this necklace you can also find new jade, fluorite, silver, charoite and more jasper. :)
And, of course, I couldn't resist the seed beads. You know I have a passion for them and I just couldn't help myself.

Double-strand clasp was a real challenge for me, but I think I handled it pretty well.

This amazing butterfly in the bottom of the fringe is designed by Mags and it has tiny citrine bead in it, which is also one of my birthstones. :)

This color combination is very unusual for me, but I really enjoyed working with it. And guess what? I am going to keep this necklace for myself, because I have a perfect dress to go with it! Just take a look!

I bought this dress last summer and I was very upset, because I couldn't find suitable jewelry to wear with it. But now my problem is solved, as this necklace is a perfect match! How weird is that? I realized it just yesterday, while organizing my closet for spring.

But enough about me, let's go and see what the rest of us made!

Here is the list of all the wonderful participants and the first one on the list is our amazing hostess Lori. You must visit her blog, as it's a very warm and friendly place filled with beautiful pictures, great advices and exciting stories! ;)

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life

3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane

4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio

5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations

6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things

8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe

9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto

10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas

12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts

13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place

14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings

15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita

16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails

17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs

19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs

20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs

22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim

23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu

24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads

25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air

26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio

27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads

28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts

30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus

33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble

34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design

35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle

36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs

37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works

38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights

39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire

40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's

42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions

43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya

44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations

45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles

46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig

47. Amanda Davie, Articulations

48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady

49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles

53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde

54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog

55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning

56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio

58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem

59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do

61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog

62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon

63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs

64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals

65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats

66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.

67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique

69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit

71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey

72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas

73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix

74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems

76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium

77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art

78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden You are HERE!!!

79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook

81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy

82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods

84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs

85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries

86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka

87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae

88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy

89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss

91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous

92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead

93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations

94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof

95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio

96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box

97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs

98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue

99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio

102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations

103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios

104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore

105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations

106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky

107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric

108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs

109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading

110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe

112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo

113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs

114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me

115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer

117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles

118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart

120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven

122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings

123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass

124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks

125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things

126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos

127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee

128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M

129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry My Partner!!!

130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads

131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny

132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore

133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog

134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs

136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies

137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art

138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.

139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy

141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse

142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings

143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts

144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense

145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique

146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads

147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul

148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me

149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T

152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals

153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area

154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta

156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef

157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye

158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color

159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory

161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst

162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed

163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu

164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio

165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra

166. Anna Motz, Stunning

167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings

168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads

169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones

172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs

173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass

174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre

176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog

177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio

178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're

179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me

181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art

182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog

183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen

184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink

185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin

186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer

187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels

188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry

189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.

191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry

192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini

194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse

195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between

196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets

197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts

198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs

199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend

201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell

202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs

204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads

205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique

206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry

207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads

208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry

210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!

I know I will definitely take part in Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party again!

See you there! ;)
Enjoy your weekend!


My Creative Space

Recently my creative time has been quite limited because of long working hours at my day job. But I'm enjoying the feeling of coming spring, as the mornings are getting lighter and I can manage to spend couple of early hours at my crafting table.

At the moment I'm working on a secret project together with wonderful Nancy from Nancy van den Boom Oil Paintings. All I can show you at this stage is a small pile of supplies that I've prepared for our creative plan.

I'm also having a small polymer clay face factory right on my table. Soon most of these faces will be fitted with matching stone dresses and they'll be transformed into beautiful goddesses like these.

And one more very special thing that I've been working on yesterday and this morning is Sales Fairy for the chain game played by Etsy European Street Team members. Here is a tiny sneak peek.

If you are a member of EST, you like blue color and you still haven't caught magic Sales Fairy, watch my store carefully this evening. The fairy will be listed after 17:00 (UTC+02:00).

Meanwhile visit Kirsty to see other creative spaces from this week.

Have a nice day! ;)


Getting ready for Saturday

If you've been following my blog for past month, you probably know that this Saturday is an important day for 210 jewelry artists from all over the world, who are participating in Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party.

Saturday is the big reveal day! We all will get a chance to see many special pieces designed for this event.

Here is a small teaser from me.

I am very excited and can't wait to see what other participants have come up with.

Don't forget to visit my blog this weekend to see the party piece! ;)

Have a nice day!


Saturday Shopping Day

For the whole week I've been working on a large necklace, but it's still far away from being ready. So, today I'll show you couple of smaller items that I made while taking a break from my big project.

First up is a pair of earrings. They are black, gold and elegant. Antiqued glass cabochon is the middle, Japanese seed beads around, plus, two sparkling crystal beads and gold-filled findings.

The second of the small items that I made this week is a bead embroidered barrette - Quite Earth. It has the most beautiful pietersite cabochon with amazing colors and pattern on it. I also added two 8mm ocean jasper beads, Czech seed beads and natural leather backing. The barrette is 7.5 cm long and I think it will look beautiful with many different outfits.

Join us for Saturday shopping at zsazsazsu!

Now I'm going back to my worktable, as there is a necklace calling for me. :)

Have a nice day!


My Creative Space

Today it's very cold outside. When I woke up it was -28C and I decided to work from home. As I've already managed to finish all the paperwork for the day, now I can move on to my creative space.

So, here you can see what's happening on my table right now.
I am working on a large necklace with labradorites. The first element is almost finished.

I was also playing with my stones earlier and decide to make a sketch for warm red necklace. Now I need to find suitable seed beads and start working on it.

And this is my 100% natural lap warmer. She likes to cuddle on my lap under the blankie while I'm making jewelry.

How do you stay warm during the coldest days?

For other creative (and hopefully much warmer) spaces, visit Kirsty! ;)


February Scarf Challenge: Week 2

Second week of the scarf challenge started by Sophie from Her Library Adventures has gone by.
This week there were couple of fun styles in the chart that I'm sure I'm going to wear again.

Here are the pictures of 7 more of my scarves.

Day 7 This long pink scarf with dots traveled to me from England. I love it very much and enjoy wearing it in many different ways.
Day 8 Organizing kitchen cupboards with my bright green scarf that I use while doing messy jobs.
Day 9 Beautiful red scarf from my grandma's closet. I like to slide it though one of my stone rings - looks neat and holds well.
Day 10 One more scarf from my grandma. This one has beautiful butterflies flying all over it.
Day 11 Fluffy crocheted scarf made by me.
Day 12 Delicate silk scarf. Got it as a gift from a cosmetics company many years ago. I think this one I wear the most often.
Day 13 Simple long scarf in bright pink color. I wore it today during my trip to the grocery.

I hope you enjoyed the quick tour through my week and my scarf rack! ;)

If you'd like to see more of the challenge entries, visit this flickr poll.

Have a nice evening!


Saturday Shopping Day

Is it really Saturday again? I don't know, where the time goes. Days just keep flying by.

But I'm glad to announce that today is shopping day with Sandra of zsazsazsu! ;)

Here are two new things from my Etsy store.

Unraveling the Mystery - bead embroidered cuff.

It's the result of my experiments with layering lace over leather. I'm quite happy with the cuff. The central element has beautiful multi-color agate cabochon that matches the color of seed beads and faux leather. I will also include two beautiful agate rings with this bracelet for free. ;)

And the other piece made this week is
Impression II - bead embroidered statement ring.

Trumpet shell, Japanese seed beads, natural leather backing and adjustable sterling silver base. If you're looking for unusual cocktail ring, check out my store! ;)

One more great thing that happened to me this week is a wonderful surprise from Tatiana of La Boom! She nominated me for The Lovelies 2011 Award. If you have a facebook account and you also like my jewelry, click here to vote for my store. Click "Like" button above my shop's banner.
Thank you for your votes! And thank you, Tatiana, for this touching gesture!

Enjoy your Saturday!


My Creative Space

Today I'm unpacking and organizing some new supplies. New yummy stones... fossil coral, parrot wing jasper and my precious pink tourmaline.

Beautiful oval fluorite. I love all the colorful layers.

Metal barrettes. Now I can make plenty of them! :)

It's also time to start working on my Bead Soup Project. I will not tell you, what it's going to be, but I can definitely say that there will be seed beads involved. :)

And I also have a new buddy to be with me whole rabbit's year and also cheer up our Easter table. :) I bought this cute little fellow from the Hare's Nest, because I fell in love with cute flowers and berries on the rabbit's back. If you still don't have a rabbit in the house, visit Hare, and you'll definitely find something to suit your taste! ;)

More of Creative Spaces at kootoyoo.

Have a wonderful Thursday!


Giveaway Winner

I just came home from work and straight away decided to draw the winner of the pendant giveaway. This time we had almost 100 entries from all over the world. Amazing!

So, there is my favorite vintage plate in front of me filled with plenty of tiny paper strips...

This time I decided to pick the winner myself. There I go... Closed my eyes and went straight to the bottom.

And the winner is...

...wait a minute! Flipping the paper...

Can't see? Me neither.

Ah, that's better! So, the winner is...

Congratulations, Līga! There is a convo flying your way. ;)

Thank you all for participating and supporting me in my creative journey!
Don't be upset, as there will definitely be more giveaways from me this year! ;)

I love you all!


Monday Moodboard

There is white sun coming through the clouds today. It's still winter outside, but with the first rays of sunshine feels like spring is just around the corner.

Hand felted Dahlia Flower Brooch by JurgitaMi
Steps to nowhere - photo print by Lazyfish
We are Only Several Miles from The Sun Necklace by staroftheeast
Ivory Fingerless Gloves by pasin

To see other beautiful Monday Moodboards created by members of Etsy European Street Team, visit fleurfatale.

Have a great and sunny week! ;)


February Scarf Challenge

I don't have anything for my Flea Market Finds this week, as it was a bit crazy around here and I didn't have any extra time to go shopping. But the good news is that I decided to participate in Sophie's February Scarf Challenge.
She found this fun retro chart and invited all scarf addicts to participate. 28 styles, 28 days. Fun, isn't it?

I looove scarves and I have a ton of them! Ok, maybe not exactly a ton, but it's one full scarf hanger. ;)

Here are the pictures from the first week. I was elegant, I was fun and I was a bit of a hippie, too. :))

Day 1 Long purple scarf, knitted by me.
Day 2 Liisa helped me to model triangular scarves. I'm wearing crocheted shawl from my grandma's closet and Liisa is wearing her own tiny silk scarf. :)
Day 3 Small stripy scarf with violet, green and pink. I don't even remember, where I got it, but it has been with me for over 10 years.
Day 4 This one was a bit unusual, but I handled it. ;) The scarf is hand-painted by Latvian artist.
Day 5 Hippie look with pink scarf and long Indian earrings.
Day 6 Light pink scarf hand-painted by me.

For more pictures, visit this flickr pool.
If you'd like to join us for this fun and very addictive challenge, visit Sophie. ;)

Have fun accessorizing! ;)


Flying Over Coral Desert. Saturday Shopping Day

It was a hard week and I managed to create only one necklace. It was a tough one and I almost cut it apart, as the stones didn't want to lie in the right way. I finally finished it yesterday.

Fossil corals, mother of a pearl, coral, Swarovski rivoli, freshwater pearls, rose quartz, faceted glass beads, leather backing...

I really enjoy working with pastels. This time I added some gold accents and a splash of coral. For more details, please, visit my store.

I also linked this post to Saturday Shopping Day with Sandra at zsazsazsu. Please, visit her blog to see other interesting handmade things from this week.

Happy Shopping! ;)