Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Hop 2017......

 

 

I am so glad to be able to, again, be part of one of my favorite blog hops. It's been a few years since this one last took place. I would like to thank our lovely hostess Lori Anderson  for all the hard work and time she has devoted to make this exchange and hop happen for all of us!

I would love to introduce my partner Heather Marston. She is a busy mom, enamel artist and also teaches preschool. It was unfortunate, but we really didn't get to know one another very well, but our families and careers must take precedence, when folks are busy.  But I was sent a fun, yet challenging variety of hoarded goodies to work with.

This is the batch of hoarded goodies that I was sent. There are some Czech beads, a really big focal (neither of us know what the stone is) a couple of her enamel pieces, a couple of ceramic focals and lastly a couple of banana shaped beads.

Next is what I sent to Heather...

 

The top picture is what I hoard the most and that's labradorite. I love everything about it. I am always drawn to it. The 3 focals I have been hanging on to for quite a while. The others are  some strands of labradorite from my collection, let's be real I can actually call it a collection. The second picture it one of the other things that I tend to hoard and thats vintage crystal beads. I love them, they are very different from the modern crystal beads that you can purchase,  I think that it's the cuts and facets that set them apart.

 


I was so excited to open my package, there were a couple of things that I wasn't sure what to do with. I wanted to use or make something with every last thing I was sent, but I have a life outside of my studio and just couldn't pull it off. Believe it or not the bananas were the first thing my weird brain gravitated towards, I instantly knew what I wanted to do. So here's what I did with the banana beads.

He is totally going to hang from my rear view mirror of my car. I'm not exactly sure what it's called but that's what it is.

Then I just had to make a necklace with this enamel piece, it's beautiful. The colors are rich and the combination of colors is perfect. 

Next this is how I used the spotted Czech beads. I used 2 part epoxy putty ( for the first time) to make this ring. I really do love how it turned out. 

I took a picture of it on my hands and boy does summer need to get here soon, I need to load up on lotion and maybe get a manicure. Needless to say I will not be posting the picture of my pretty ring on my ugly hands!

The next one is my absolute favorite piece. I like simple, when it comes to jewelry that I personally wear. The ceramic focal I was sent was my favorite color, purple, I had to make myself a piece with it and this is what my personal style looks like. They are separate pieces and I have decided that I am going to make a load of similar style necklaces, in different colors, length, gemstones and charms, so that I can mix and match and layer them to match my clothes. I can't believe I never thought of doing that before.

Okay I am going to be super honest here, this focal was the hardest for me to work with, but I felt compelled to make something, since Heather had hoarded it and then shared it with me. I was stumped. Lori said no matter what, we are all jewelry artists so we can make something out of anything and that's what I did.  I tried a style that I have never worked with (tribal like) and even did some knotting work, also something I have never tried. I worked this piece for ages and just when I was about done, the thin leather cord broke from me over working it. I used so many colorful words, you have no idea how many, I mean so many. But I finally made it through making it, but after this I never want to look at it again. If someone wants it, let me know I will gladly send it to you! 

 I want to  thank Heather for being my partner and Lori for putting this all together. I hope everyone has fun hopping and I can't wait to see everyone's creativity! I almost forgot here's the list of participants....

 

 

Till Next Time,

Rosa

 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Getting to Know One Another....


For a blog hop that I participating in, the hostess wanted us to give a little intro on who we are, what we like and don't like and maybe show some pictures of what we make.


A little about me...

-My name is Maria Rosa but all my friends call me Rosa, big ethnic family with too many Maria's so it's always been Rosa for me.

- My day job is managing a local health food store, which I love! I get to help people feel and be well on a daily basis.

- I love music! I try to always have it in the background of my life if possible. My taste in music is very eclectic. People think my Pandora is funny it goes from a song from The Sound of Music to Tim McGraw to My Chemical Romance, to the Beatles, it's all over the place.

- I'm not a big fan of movies ( I can't sit still for long). I'm also not a big fan of T.V. but I do love some Jeopardy, I have loads of useless crap clogging up my brain so I do pretty good at answering "clues". My husband seems to think I should take the online test. Thanks for having faith in my brain, I don't have as much faith as him.

- I am bilingual I speak Italian and English. I currently am trying to learn Spanish so that I can be trilingual? or maybe it's multilingual, I think that would be awesome.

- The reason I'm trying to learn Spanish is that when I retire (too long from know) I hope to do so in Costa Rica. It's amazing, beaches and rain forests it's one of the most diverse places on the planet, I would love to live there and the language they speak is Spanish.

- I like things to be simple. I'm not an over the top kind of person. I don't dress flashy, I live in a humble home, I drive a modest car ( but i would love a 69 Chevy Impala or and old farm truck someday), I don't think life is about what you have it's about who you are! Material things just don't impress me that much.

- I'm not a huge fan of the color red. Not sure why I just don't.

- Purple is my favorite color.

- I love to cook. 

-I find washing dishes by hand relaxing.

- I also love to read.

- I also enjoy soft soldering. If it can be soldered I will try to do so!

On to seeing some things that I make....

 Found feather pendant, soldered by me.
 Vintage clock hand earrings.
 Pendant made using broken vintage jewelry bits.
 Necklace made using a vintage projector slide, vintage religious medal and some sparkle.
 Soldered butterfly wing connector, made by be, then beaded.
 Soldered butterfly wing pendant, also soldered by me.
 Religious earrings and bracelets made using vintage components.

See you soon,

Rosa

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Happenings....


Lots Going on this time of the year....

For me at least. Summer is the time where I can take things a little slower but now I am chugging away at so many things.

-Dilemma there are 2 blog hops that I want to participate in but they are really close to the same time and I'm not sure if I will be able to do both :( So I will have to do some contemplating but I am gravitating to one more than the other.

-Had an amazing show right before Christmas this year. I don't really do shows but the organizer of this one sought me out to participate. It was all local artists and crafters. I worked hard to prepare, but the people were so nice and I sold a ton. I am grateful to all who purchased from me and I hope that you and your loved one's are enjoying my creations!

- My husband is a pretty good guy. Whenever it snows hard he goes out and clears so many peoples snow for them he does my mom's, sister's, neighbor's, my work (so I don't have to) and a couple of others ( he works as a bridge carpenter so when it's really snowy they don't work). This year my neighbor sent these cookies that she decorates as a thank you. They are so adorable!! And delicious. She is very talented.

-We had a beautiful Christmas, it was so relaxed and nice. We did no rushing around. I am truly blessed to have so many people that love and care about me. My son is becoming a fine young man he is so caring and kind and just happy and grateful for anything you do for him, which always makes me want to do even more for him. Here he is too early (he claims) on Christmas morning, he looks like a grown man but he is only 15. I am lucky to be his mom, for sure!!

I asked what gift he liked most of all and he said if he had to pick one thing it was the Full Metal Alchemist Pocket watch. It's from an Anime that we watched together.

- I couldn't leave out this handsome fellow, his name is Dozer and I just love him to pieces he is only a little over a year old but he is a supersized sweetie pie. People are scared of him since he is so big but he is the most loving, gentle and smartest dog that I have been around.

- I always resolve to do things in the new year but this year I decided to do something daily that shows someone, anyone that people are kind and care, whether it be holding the door for someone, saying hello at a passerby, listening to someone who needs a ear, lending a helping hand to someone in need or hugging someone while they cry. I think that if everyone did something like this just once a day our world would just be overflowing with kindness, that's the type of world I would love to live in!!


See you soon,

Rosa



Monday, August 8, 2016

New Idea...

It's not my idea but a fellow jewelry blogger that I follow does this, I enjoy hers and I think that my blog will benefit from this too. 

She just adds bullet points with some interesting tidbits about whats happening in her life and Viola, an easy and quick post to keep people informed and to let them know you haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.

 

This summer has been a hot one and super busy too. What I've been up to.

- Work of course, it always seems that I am at work.

-It's been super hot here in Michigan so we have been able to put our pool to good use this year.  

- I convinced my teenage son to not only one but 2 zoo trips. One to the Toledo Zoo and the other to the Detroit zoo.





-We went at the beginning of summer to the Toledo Zoo and it was so chilly that we had to were our jackets most of the day.

- The little one with us is my Niece's little girl Madi. She hangs with us a lot.

- My 15 year old son is working on growing full beard, I call him Wolverine.

- Just finished sanding, painting and updating a headboard for my bedroom and just love how it turned out!

- I have to get this guy ready for driver's training and back to school, he does online high school and excelled so much last year that he's doing it again this year. He went from grades that were toilet bound, to pulling off a 3.3GPA, He made me very proud!
- I have a couple more projects that I am working on, maybe I'll show the progress or maybe even a little tutorial here. They aren't jewelry, but one uses jewelry, and the other is going to store jewelry making supplies.

- Haven't been able to make jewelry for weeks now. I hyper-extended and possible fractured my thumb, the swelling was too bad to see anything on an x-ray. So I have been in this contraption.

-Who  knew you used your thumb for so much? Well, this girl knows now! So there's only so much I can do. Since I can't make jewelry, I decided to clean and organize my studio instead, not as much fun, but I always put that off and if you saw it the way it looked when I started, well I shudder to think, the reaction you would have! Still have a ton to do, but it's getting there!



Hope to see you Soon,

~Rosa


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bead Peeps Swap and Hop Reveal......

Today Is the day for the Swap and Hop Reveal...

I'm sure most of you know how this works, but if by chance you don't I will give you a quick summary. Our hostess for this swap is the lovely Linda Anderson. She painstakingly matched, everyone who signed up with partners. So then the object or rules are that you send your partner an artisan bead or focal, a clasp and if you really want any beads or other goodies to go along with them and then they create wonderful, gorgeous pieces of jewelry. 

This is the second year that I have participated in this hop and had such a good time last year, that even with my busy schedule and really no extra time on my hands, could not resist signing up! I was partnered with the sweet Susan Kelly . I was so excited when my package arrives, I'm like a kid at Christmas, so I could hardly wait to open it and let me tell you she did not disappoint.  Here's a look see at what Susan sent me.


I must have been a good girl this year, Susan sent me 3 focals, two were lamp work focals and the other was a copper heart with a working spinner!! Some jasper beads, daisy spacers, Greek donut beads, some resin beads, charms, cording and a handmade copper clasp.

Now a few  pictures of what I sent to Susan, just so you know what we had to work with.




All of the focals were made by yours truly. I sent out a couple of my soldered glass pendants one features a real butterfly wing, the other a pressed yellow daisy. The other focal is a druzy quartz stone that I added to a couple of filigrees that I layered. Then a spattering of matching beads and beaded chain that I made using vintage beads, it a color combo that I LOVE!

Just so everyone knows and I love all sorts of beady things, for some reason, I don't gravitate to lamp work beads. I have seen so many that are true works of art and I have seen the amount of talent, creativity, skill and time that goes into them, it's just not my thing. Oh I have many lamp work beads that I keep in their own container, I just NEVER make anything with them. So here I have 2 to work with and I was a little stumped. I thought that there is no way, what the heck am I going to make with theses. So I set my sights on the copper heart focal, I thought yup this is the one I will make something with and guess what that is the one that I didn't use, oh I will I even made a copper heart clasp for it, but I just, as always ran short on time. Let's get real I shopped for matching beads like a minute after my package arrived and you would think I would have started creating then right? Well that would have probably been smart I started the day before yesterday. I know slacker!!! But I work better under pressure, doesn't do much for my stress level, but boy can I whip some jewelry out! 

Okay enough of my yap trapping here is what I made.....

 This is the whole collection so in about 2 days and roughly 4 maybe 5 hours 7 pieces were made.
 These bracelets are bangles that I wrapped in silk, wrapped some wire around and add a couple of the charms that Susan sent me. These will be mine to wear. I love bangles!
 This set is made using the jasper beads and clasp that Susan sent. I had to patina the toggle a bit, it was a bright and shiny copper and I needed it more of an antique copper color. Simple which is totally my style. Oh and I made the copper ear wires, I didn't have anything that suited my design.
 This is the copper beauty that I'm in love with. I'm not even a heart gal, but I am totally a "this" heart gal. This is the heart clasp I made to match. Now I have to make something with it!
 One of the lamp work focals, loved the colors just made and easy beaded chain with a simple pair of earrings to match. These will go to my beautiful momma!! She'll love them! I made these with her in mind.

This is the other focal. It is so pretty on it's own I didn't want to do to much, so that the beauty of the bead could shine. I just added a little chain fringe with a few color coordinating crystal to the end on a super long copper chain.
 Oh and I almost forgot to show the ring that I made from the Czech beads I was sent. I wrapped them to make them into the flower shape you see here.

This is how it looks on.

Thank you Linda for hosting this swap and Hop, I'm sure it was a lot of work. I will now shut up, so that you can visit all of the talented jewelry artists blogs to check out there pretties. Here's a list and have fun hopping!!!!


Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com



Marcy Lamberson http://www.studiomarcy.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/



Dita Basu Http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/



Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/



Catherine La Vite http://www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/



gloria allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Teresa Schurter http://treezstreazurs.com/



Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Susan Kelly http://mimismilesdesigns.blogspot.com



Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com



Terry Jeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com



Laurie Vyselaar https://lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com



Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/



Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog



ROBIN REED http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com



Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/



Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Inge von Roos https://ingetraud.wordpress.com



Rachel Mallis http://mintmonarch.com
Sam Waghron http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk



Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com









SEEDERS




Suse Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
Ginger Bishop http://www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com



Nelly May http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
REbecca White http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/



sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
CatherineKinghttp://catherines-musings.blogspot.com



PALLAVI ASHER http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.net



Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com



Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Deborah Apodaca http://deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/



Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Tami  Norris https://tamisdesigns.wordpress.com



Brandy Scozzari http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com



Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW/
Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com



Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com