Saturday, February 23, 2013

Focus on Life ~ Week 8


Monochromatic photos tell a story, evoke emotion and uncovers the soul with the simple contrast of one color.  Monochromatic photos enable the viewer to see a deeper meaning behind what may be concealed by multiple colors.

This was our prompt this week for the Focus on Life challenge. This is also my first week joining in. I may go back and do the first 7 weeks...but have decided that it will be alright if I don't. ;) If you want to learn more about the challenge please visit Sally Russick at The Studio Sublime. Visit me every Saturday for a new photo!

iphone, hipstamatic, lens~tinto 1884, film~d-type plate

there is nothing better than a rainy saturday morning snuggle

My son crawled into bed with me this morning to catch a snuggle before we started the day. I grabbed my phone and snapped a few shots because the overcast and rainy day light filtering in really lent itself to this prompt. He will be growing out of this stage all too soon and I want to remember these mornings. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bead Soup Ingredients

What's in the soup?
I received my soup in the mail from my partner, Stephanie LaRosa :)...somehow we <unintentionally> managed to send each other the same color palette! (We must both have warmer weather on our minds.) I'm looking forward to creating something out of the beads she sent, although it will be somewhat of a challenge for me because I predominantly work with wire and not by stringing. Thankfully I have until April 6th to finish my design(s).

soup mix from stephanie

~hibiscus pendant - handmade
  polymer clay from humble beads

~ceramic leaf pendant



~czech glass


~a fabulous flower clasp

...and here is what I sent her

soup mix from me for stephanie
(i wish i would have taken a better pic of this)

~flame-worked focal w/ off-center 
  hole & spacers ~ made by me

~antiqued copper clasp with extra
  jump rings~ made by me...
   inspired by deryn mentock

~faceted carnelian agates

~copper beads and charm

~misc czech glass

~a strand of orange nuggets...not
  sure what these are ;)

~white metallic leather cording

So, what do you think? Should be a good wake-up for the muses, right?!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bead Soup

Yeah! Another Blog Hop!!! 

The Bead Soup Blog Hop is the brain-child of Lori Anderson @ Pretty Things. It's a bead swap with posted on-line results. Lori is incredibly talented and hard-working. The amount of time and effort she puts into pairing everyone up and making sure this hop runs smoothly is nothing short of amazing! ~ Thank you, Lori!

I am paired up with Stephanie LaRosa @ Confessions of a Bead Hoarder.

Here is what I sent her:

my packaging

Ok, this is somewhat of a tease, I admit. But I'm not allowed to reveal anything until Stephanie receives it. :)