Saturday, April 5, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop


I signed up for the Color of Dreams blog hop w/Toltec Jewels and as a result I received a one of a kind handmade bead to inspire my creative process.  The bead was made by Patricia Handschuh from The Color of Dreams Boutique on Etsy.  The handmade polymer clay bead is from her Spring Roses collection. 

The focus of the challenge is that "If we can dream it, we can achieve it." So, try creating "from the end" -- as if your dream has already come true -- using your jewelry design to do so.

Aaaah to dream.  Well I used to journal about my dreams – dreams can convey so much.  Lately my focus has been on opening my heart.  Not judging but loving (including myself). 
My mantra – love flows in me, love flows out of me and love flows throughout my being.  

Green is the color of the heart chakra.  Pink symbolized love.  And so there was no mistake that Rita shipped this particular bead to me.  
I immediately fell in love with the green and pink bead. 
I surrounded it with my favorite beads -- new lampwork discs from Beads by Laura from her Indigo collection, Swarovski crystals in pink, white and green and finished it up with an eye catching bali toggle clasp. 





Thank you Rita for allowing me to participate in this wonderful blog hop.
A list of the participants is on the Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends blog -- check it out.

Keep Creating,
Karen

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bead Soup Package


Look at what I got in my bead soup package from Laurie!





A wonderful selection of beads - thanks Laurie.  The wheels are turning and I'm hoping to create something interesting with these lovely beads.  I'll keep you posted.    

Wish me luck friends!


This is what I sent Laurie
(Sodalite, glass beads, jasper, shell)

Karen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meet My Partner

I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things Blog.  Lori, her family and friends go to great lengths to partner over 450+ jewelry makers from across the globe.
Whew!  Can you imagine?
My partner this year is Laurie Keefe-Cecere from Floral City, Florida.  Once I found out who Lori A. paired me with I quickly visited Laurie's blog; Cecerely Yours.  
I found (GULP) that Laurie is a very talented artist and she just took a lampwork bead making class!

Yes I’m intimidated.

Those who know me know that I am drawn to glass…so now I know that Lori knows her stuff.
She paired up two gals with an appreciation for glass and lampwork beads.  However, my partner works with a variety of beads and techniques; seed beads, bead weaving and lampworking.  

OH! and she LOVES the New England Patriots too!!!!

Here is what I’ve finally decided on for the soup’s ingredients.  I will ship it this weekend!


Stay tuned friends……..the reveal is

May 3, 2014

Woo Hoo!!!!!

Karen

Friday, March 7, 2014

Int'l Women's Day




is 
March 8, 2014
The theme is Inspiring Change  
which is exciting 
but embracing the woman that you are is Powerful.
Have a wonderful day 
and 
take time to embrace your greatness.  
I am who I am….

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Keep Creating,

Karen

Sunday, March 2, 2014

3rd Annual Challenge of Music Blog Hop

This week I’m participating in the 3rd Annual Challenge of Music blog hop hosted by Erin at Tesori Trovati Jewelry & Treasures Found!  The challenge is to Create Something of Your Choice - jewelry, accessory or some other artistic representation of your favorite song.  Pick a year, pick a song and make something—anything to represent the song. 

I was on travel this week so my time was limited…excuses, excuses.

The day I read Erin’s post so many songs came to mind.  I must confess that back in the day I was a gemstone loving head banger.  I was a teenager in love with musicians of the past; The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles but then came Ozzy, AC/DC, the Scorpions, Cindy Lauper, Blondie and the Pretenders.  How am I going to choose just one????

Well I did as Erin suggested and I checked out the billboards for different years of significance in my life.  Finally I found something that just clicked.

The year is 1966 the year of my birth.  Paperback Writer by the Beatles is on the list.  Like everyone else out there the Beatles have at least one song that yanks my chain and this one is from a GREAT year!



I love books--and the song is a bit of a tribute to writing and the complexities of life.

The musical tones are basic and the instruments are pure so my creation of choice ..
a book thong!  





 Thank you Erin for creating this challenge.  I always welcome the opportunity to rummage through my stash to use up some of my goodies.  The cute charms are from the Lipstick Ranch.  Until we meet again......


Keep Creating, Karen





Friday, February 28, 2014

30 Words - The Path

Jemez Mountains

The path I walk is infinite…
Each step allows me to GROW…
It’s right for me…
Let go…
Breathe and allow transformation to happen…
Look WITHIN…
What’s up ahead?
HAPPINESS!


Visit Treasures Found blog for 30 Words Thursdays
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Karen

Thursday, February 6, 2014

30 Words-Nature



Taking the scenic route to Taos
Northern New Mexico
Breathtaking views surround me
Snow capped mountains in the distance
Creatures in the brush
Little eyes looking back at me
NATURE
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Okay folks that's it for me this week for the 30 Words Thursdays blog hop.  Stop by and check out the
pics and inspirational words that other bloggers have shared.

Karen