Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet my Bead Peeps Swap n Hop partner!

H all! Well, I'm quite shocked to see that I haven't posted in...well...a while. I assure you, I've been quite busy typing, just not on my blog!  You would think that since I only have one child left to homeschool, that I would have more time, right? But anyway, you didn't come to hear about my busy schedule, you came to meet my partner!
I am quite enthralled with bead hops, so when I saw the signups for the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop, I was totally excited!  Linda Anderson is the mastermind behind this challenge, and I'm so glad she chose to put all the time and effort into creating this Hop!
And over the top thrilled with my partner, Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard. Tammy's design style is quite different from mine, which thrills me to no end. (Cause where's the challenge if you both create the same?)
Check these scrumptious earrings....

I adore this owl necklace!

You can find more of Tammy's designs here. And here.

Tammy has a really cool day job working with scientists. Now, prior to this year, I would never have described myself as a science geek. But having taught a semester of 1-5 grade science, I have to admit, there are quite a few sciencey things I dig. :)
The one area of science I've always loved is sci-fi fiction. And Tammy is the same! Sweet!!

Now, wouldn't you like to see what I'm sending Tammy? Shhhh...I'll give you a little sneak peek, k?

Gorgeous, huh?

I've loved every blog challenge I've entered, and it is such a great experience to meet other folks that are just as enthusiastic about jewelry as you. I have a feeling this is going to be the best one yet, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Your Thoughts on 2014?

Last day of the year.....they do go by so very fast!

So, I'm curious as to how this year stacked up for you. Exciting? Tough? Enlightening?

I've had some tough moments, and some exciting ones.
I lost a dear friend, the owner of my local bead store. But the blessing has been that a customer chose to purchase the store, and it has been very exciting working with her on new ideas for the store.
She asked me to teach some beading classes, which is very rewarding to share your passion with others.
I was accepted for Beadwork's Challenge for the Dec 14/Jan 15 issue.  Finally published!
Now I want to concentrate on creating a piece to send in as a pattern.
Opened a component store at Artisan Marketplace. Lots and lots to learn about selling and promoting without being annoying!
Social Media is a true challenge to balance! My poor blog has definitely suffered as I have spent more and more time on Facebook, which it seems is heading for some changes.  I truly love my Facebook groups, and I really hope they are not going away, with all the changes Facebook is implementing.
My blog name is Beads and Bread, but the bread part has taken a definite back seat to the beads this past year! As I've discovered some allergic issues, I've pretty much stopped making bread. But my family loves it, and I still have about 200 lbs of grain, so you will still see some baked goodies on here as well.
My Artisan Marketplace site has a blog feature, so I may be moving over there. Stay tuned for that....

Do you have any New Years Resolutions? Plans? Words?
I've been doing the Word of the Year for the last few, and it has made a much bigger impact on me than the list of resolutions that I fail at...
I am planning on learning some new beading techniques, and getting better informed about social media techniques and SEO's.


And....I am going to do a better job at posting here, since that is where I really get to talk and share with y'all!
Hope you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve! Blessings, Shirley

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Beads are Shaping Up!

Where the heck did the time go? This has been such an exciting year, with so many cool things happening in my personal life, and in the world of jewelry.
Can you believe how many new bead shapes have been introduced in the last two years? Have you snapped up every shape, or are you reserving judgement for a while?
I've only picked up a few, and I've been very pleased with them. I've fallen in love with superduos, as I think most folks have as well.
Matte Jet SuperDuo 2x5mm Seed Bead

I've also tried tilas, rizos, and superunos. All quite fun!
Czech Glass 1/2 Matte Apollo & Jet 2-Hole Tile 6mm

There are many, many more shapes, and I do hope to try some of them in the future, as the beady budget allows.
What about you? Any new shapes you've fallen in love with?

Friday, November 7, 2014


That's right! Tomorrow is the Official Grand Opening of all the stores at Artisan Component Marketplace....including mine!

I think the prices are extremely reasonable, but in honor of the Grand Opening, I'm also offering a 20% discount. Use GRAND20 at the checkout.
Here are a few of the products...

I still don't have a lot of product, but I'm beading just as fast as I can! :)
Hope to see you there..the discount will be good through Monday.   Blessings, Shirley

Saturday, October 25, 2014

And the winner is.......

Ms. Sherri Stokey has won her choice of:

one of these three flat herringbone bracelets. Thanks to everyone for your help, and keep watching....I rather like doing these giveaways!   Blessings, Shirley

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Learning Curve...and a Giveaway!

So, this post has come about due to some recent conversations on facebook, and some exciting changes in my personal life.

As a beadweaver, there is a dedicated learning curve. Some folks instinctively grasp the math behind the beads, and some can effortlessly put colors together in fantastic displays of gorgeousness.
The rest of us? Well, it takes work, and more work, and more work.
I do feel that I have made huge strides in my technical skills, and choosing colors that play well together. Some of my favorites......

And....some of my 'not so favorites'...

The important thing is, I've learned with each design. I've found which colors I work best with, which materials, and the techniques that really make me feel good.
It has truly been and enjoyable journey, and I am finally opening a shop!!!!
It is a components shop, so those folks that love seed bead creations, but don't like working with them, can now use them in their designs.
It is still very small, with limited inventory, but hey, you've gotta start somewhere!

I'm also working on opening a finished jewelry store as well, but that will probably not happen til after the first of the year.

My last piece of good news is that I am now teaching classes at my local bead store, Moonstone Beads. If you are in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, please stop in, it's a great store!
 It's been a fun challenge for me, really stopping to think about patterns that will work for beginners.
I have to confess, even when I was a beginner, I was always pushing the envelope, trying patterns that were harder than my skill this has been very different.

Ok, so if you've made it this far, you definitely deserve a treat, right?
I need nice, constructive criticism, so I'm asking for help on the storefront.
Please head over and check it out, and let me know if you see something I can improve, change, add, etc. 
Come back and comment and you will be entered to win  one of these pretties. I will draw a winner on Friday, Oct. 24th

Thanks for your help! Blessings, Shirley

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's AJE Reveal Day...and it's a stunner!

I know, I know, it's not polite to brag on yourself....but seriously, I'm just rather impressed at where this piece took me!
If you are not familiar with AJE, you are in for a treat. It's a blog of super talented folks, and each month they create a piece from a component one of them created. They are also nice enough to have a few folks join in each month as well. I've been very privileged to participate in the past.
This month the component is created by the fabulous Kristi Bowman. What that woman can do with clay is awesome!

I grabbed this image from the AJE site. Mine piece is the bottom row, on the right.  I just adore the warm, coppery tones in it.
There is also a hint of purple, so that pretty much set the color choices for me.
However.....I hit a major hiccup in my process.
See, there was this gorgeous sexy, double St. Pete in Beadwork a few months ago that I just knew would marry so well with the pendant. I started it with plenty of time to spare...colors were awesome...I knew it would work, even with the modifications I was making to the pattern. But, confidence is great to trip you up at times. I made a major uh-oh in my beadweaving. So, I had to decide very quickly whether I would Ripppit, Ripppit, or start something totally new.

I'm crazy, so I decided to start something completely new. Fingers flying, brain sizzling with ideas, I tried some things I've not tried before; and, well, I love it! I hope you do as well...

I chose some luscious purples, blues, coppers, and metallics to show off the pendant's rich patina.

The chain is a mix of triple spiral, seen here, along with some new peyote beaded beads as well.

Obviously, I need to learn how to photo the entire length of a longer necklace...sigh.

Closeup of the beaded beads I stumbled upon. I'm not going to be prideful enough to say, 'I created'. However, I do love the look, and they are very tactile. The wavy strands move freely upon the bead.

Lampwork toggle from The Beading Room. The soft mottled colors work perfectly with the overall palette.

I was so excited to finally get to use these fabulous disc beads by Lea Avroch. They show off the peyote beaded beads perfectly.

 Look how everyone plays so well together!!

I've used this RAW variation several times. I love how easy it is, and the silver lined beads meander like a stream through the matte beads.

So, were you wondering what happened with the original design? Well, I went ahead and took a pic of it for ya, cause I'm nice like that....

See how pretty and feminine? And the pattern was for a double layer St. Pete, so these oranges would have been peeking out through the purples.

You can wear it with the fringes inside our outside. I hope I decide to finish it. But, you just never know....
Thanks for hangin' with me through all those pics. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Kristi's components, and thrilled to create for AJE.
You can check out everyone's work from the links over at AJE
Blessings, Shirley