Birds of a feather

Hi all! Happy Spring! I’m usually a summer gal, but this has been a long, dull winter and the onset of Spring is glorious right now. Trees and tulips blooming, grass greening up and birds with nests full of babies. Sweet! Yes, there has been rain, but we’ve also had sunny warm days too, which makes me hopeful.

Once again life has kept me from the beading table a bit. My mother had a health scare and was in need of attention and care. She’s on the mend now and progressing well. Thank goodness! So, I ventured back to beading to relax and create.

I pulled out some new beads I purchased from Goody Beads that I saw featured on a recent live video with Tory (Goody Beads) and Candie Cooper. They are homespun beads made by an artist in Spain (Jana Severin). Tory mentioned these were in limited supply, so I snatched up a few. Even though the colors are saturated, I thought they would be perfect for spring/summer outfits. I paired them up with silver spacers, glass beads and these fabulous thunderbird charms from TierraCast. There is definitely a Native American vibe to them. Really love the hues of teal and pink together and the charms have such wonderfully clear details to them.

In keeping with the bird theme I also made a leather tassel pendant using a black bird bead and rondelle bead from Humblebeads (Heather Powers). I paired it with a side drilled crystal upon which the bird and bead perch, almost nest like, atop the silver capped tassel. I used a messy wrap technique above the bird, which mimics a nest like appearance. I’m still in the process of putting together the necklace to hang this from. Still playing around with the beads and chain I want to use. That can happen, I’ll sit with something awhile until inspiration hits as to how to finish a project. I hope to get it together by the end of the weekend. If so, I’ll share a photo of the finished piece.

I leave for a girlfriends trip right after Easter, in just over a week! Woohoo! We are scattered all over the country, so it takes some planning to get us together. We’ve been doing this for years (15?!). For most of the gatherings I’ve made my friends something to commemorate the trip and I still need to make this year’s pieces!!! Yikes! I better get on it. I’ll share pics after they’ve received them. No peeking ahead of time.

Pondering over beads and coffee – “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” ~ William Blake

Bye for now ~ Holly G

Back home with a few goodies

Well, we are back home after enjoying our vacation in Florida. Although it was chilly by Florida standards it was still much warmer than back home. Our condo on the beach was just wonderful. The views, amazing. We did luck out and had a few days warm and sunny enough to lounge by the pool. It has been quite the re-entry coming back north. We got snow and very cold temps to deal with, but that is what winter is like here, even for a southern state.

When I travel I like to seek out independently owned bead shops and lo and behold I found one, located just up the road from where we were staying, called Island Cove Beads and Gallery. If I lived in that area, I’m sure it would become my second home. Friendly staff, lots of great beads, some of which were made by local glass bead artists, and an area to sit and hang out making jewelry. My kind of place. I was glad I found it and got to spend some time in there. Of course I found some goodies to bring home with me! How could I not, I ask you. I’m saving my $$ for ‘the’ Tucson show (more on that later), but I could not resist. Plus I’m supporting a locally owned shop. All good.

Pondering over beads and coffee- “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”  –Martin Luther King

Peace to all – Holly G