Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!
I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:
Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?
On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)
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This week, I am busy preparing for next week’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to show you my latest freeform beaded bracelet!
Remember my first lampwork beads I made at Diablo Glass School recently? Well, I experimented by weaving them into one of my freeform peyote stitched cuffs. This piece is well-balanced with one lampwork cylinder bead at the center and two lampwork beads on either side of it. I used a mix of pink, white, blue and gold seed beads. I stitched through the lampwork beads many, many times to ensure that the thread will hold the weight of the piece. And, it does! Click the pic to see more photos. This bracelet measures 7″ so it will fit anyone with a 6″ wrist. It also features a sterling silver slide clasp which makes it easy to put on & take off!
Also, just a quick reminder, you can save 10% off any order in my Etsy shop by using coupon code OCT200. Valid through October 31, 2012! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
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Yesterday, I made a new freeform beaded bracelet to match the ‘Falling Leaves
‘ necklace that’s listed in my Etsy shop
! I used the same seed bead mixes, copper leaf, and toggle clasp. I think it compliments the necklace very well and it is quite comfortable to wear. I’ll be listing this in my shop this afternoon, so please check back. Next, I need to make a matching pair of earrings!
Also, I have a bit of exciting news. A few days ago, I was invited to participate in a big Contemporary Bead Art
exhibition in Plattsburgh, NY
! The show takes place at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts
and runs November 6 – 29, 2010. I will post more details about the show (and participating bead artists) as soon as I receive them. For now, I am getting ready to make the 5-hr. drive up there (tomorrow) to deliver my beadwork! I plan to show at least 10 of my largest paintings at this show, so if you live in Upstate New York, Vermont, or Montreal, Canada, please make a point to stop by and check it out! Thanks for your interest!
It has been raining cats & dogs
in Boston all weekend, and it is still raining! This kind of weather is pretty depressing, but at the same time, I do believe that means that Spring is near! So, to help lift my own spirits a bit, I worked on a Spring jewelry design using glass beads
I received from Artbeads.com
First, I cut out 5 circles of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. Then, I began stitching on my tiny flowers and green seed beads using a basic bead embroidery technique
. Before long, I beaded the entire circle. It looks like a tiny flower garden!
I repeated this process 4 more times, then I carefully glued each piece of beadwork into their flower beds using E-6000 glue
. After it cures, this piece will be a beautiful accessory which is sure to be noticed wherever it is worn! I hope my design inspires you to make your own Tiny Beaded Flowerbed Bracelet!
*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.