Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Toho Challenge 2017

This year I made a beaded box for my Toho challenge piece. My daughter had been asking me to make an octopus for her, and when she saw the color selection it was obvious to her that an octopus was what I should make.










Battle of the Beadsmith 2017

This is the fourth year I have participated in the Battle of the Beadsmith. My entry this year is based on the pond at my friend Laura's house. 










Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer 2017 magazines

My beadwork was included in two publications this summer. 
Bead & Button August 2017 issue had a project featuring small beaded flowers.




A free form bracelet design was included in the gallery section of the Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Twilight


My entry into the Anna Bronze 2017 competition, the theme was Magic. 
My necklace, Twilight, was inspired by the time of the day when the light turns pink and the leaves are edged in amber.





To view all 122 entries please visit the Anna Bronze 2017 competition gallery. The winners will be on display at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee Wisconsin June 9-11. 
The magazine also sponsors a design contest through their Facet website. The theme for June is "Upcycling" and in that spirit I entered the necklace into that competition as well. If you would like to participate, enter here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Beading Contests

This post is a little late; I missed the Bead Dreams competition this year.
Fortunately, there are other contests to enter, and all the ones listed here have no entry fee.

Concours Perles Puca 2017 
Design must use at least 40% Puca beads. Deadline for entries October 21, 10:00 am Paris time.

Facet Monthly Design Contest
A different theme every month. Challenge is sponsored by Bead and Button magazine. 

Royal Stone Calendar 2018
Different themes each month, each focusing on a different country.

Preciosa Ornela
A different theme every month. Challenge is sponsored by the leading manufacturer of Czech seed beads. 

Entries must use any exclusive Potomac Beads product to be eligible.
Entries accepted March 30 to April 30

Theme: Magic
Entries must use at least one Anna Bronze component
Entries accepted until May 15



Fashion Colorworks 2017
Entries must use colors from one of the three triads based on Pantone's 2017 colors.
Entries accepted April 1 to June 10

Seed bead contest
Entries must use at least 50% of products listed in their seed bead selection.
Entries accepted May 1 to July 9

Harmony of Nature and Technology
Entries must use one item from nature and one item considered technical
Entries accepted June 1 to September 1


Have fun, enjoy your beading and good luck!

Thursday, March 9, 2017




Classes I will be teaching at Beadfest Philadelphia in August.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 Toho Challenge

 Toho Beads challenge 2016
 Each participant was given the same beads and asked to create something.
The colors reminded me of a forest floor.

The other entries can be seen on the Team Toho page.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Belle Armoire Jewelry



The Autumn 2016 issue Belle Armoire Jewelry features one of my necklaces on the cover.
Inside the issue is a technique based article with photographs. There are also full page shots of some of my other necklaces, including my BOTB 14 piece.


Since the cover necklace is made with some hard to find vintage beads, I decided to make a kit to accompany the article. The selection of beads includes six shades of vintage French pink beads in size 11 and two shades of pink in size 10. In addition the kit includes Japanese seed beads in sizes 8, 11 and 15 as well as some size 11 triangle and delica beads. Two shades of Swarovski crystal pearls in two sizes round out the selection of beads. The toggle clasp, thread and needles are also included. There is a limited amount of these kits available, and the beads are increasingly difficult to find. If interested, the kit is available in my Etsy shop Rose Blu Beads.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Passion for Flowers


My entry for Bead Dreams this year was inspired by my garden.


 Over the years it has become condensed into one bed in the front of the house.


Every spring we move the passionflowers back outside and let them grow mixed with the perennials and wildflowers. 


The morning glories cover the old trellis that used to hold a rose bush. 


The garden has flowers from spring to fall, snowdrops to Montauk daisies and is constant sight of beauty and butterflies.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Black Raspberry


I finally got around to making a necklace with the drop bead raspberries. The opaque purple Czech seed beads are reminiscent of black raspberry ice cream, so I used them to make petals for the Paua shell beads. Originally I was going to use three flowers on the necklace, but instead I decided to make a matching bracelet and ring. I was pleased to discover the set had won a bronze metal in the 2015 Fire Mountain Gems Seed Bead contest.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

First Day of Spring


The March flash challenge for Operation Tackle that Bead Stash was the first day of spring, using a beautiful collage of paintings by Laurence Amelie as inspiration. As usual, I found myself unable to resist making flowers, especially since I used my favorite pink vintage French seed beads.
I finished the bracelet on the third day of the challenge, but then between an extension and an impromptu road trip I found myself still making pink and yellow flowers. 
That trip made this necklace easy to name, Vernal Equinox in Cherry Hill.