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Beauty is where you find it – “Frosty”

13 Feb

Today’s topic for the photo project hosted by Nic on her blog is:

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It’s quite cold here, but luckily I can leave my apartment way after 8 in the morning when all the night frost is almost gone.

Luckily, not all the frost get… unfrozen and I was still able to make these shoots:

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Frozen broccoli saved my day!

Beauty is where you find it – “Outside”

7 Nov

As I was re-emerging from the U Bahn yesterday evening, it came to my mind that I still had to take a picture for Nic’s photo project and what better occasione than that very moment?

Outside

It’s not a great photo, but I loved the idea.

Beauty is where you find it – “Brown”

31 Oct

Beauty is where you find it” is a nice photo project hosted by Nic on her blog.

At the beginning of each month, she picks four weekly themes to be used as inspiration for a weekly photo challenge. As you can imagine, the challenge is with our own capacity to snap the beauty in our life.

The theme for this week is the colour brown. As you may know, I am from the South and brown for me can only mean one thing…

Brown

Autumn Design Challenge

2 Oct

Welcome to the Autumn Design Challenge, hosted by Lesley and Caroline!

After winning my chance to join this hop and after all the possible issues one can have with paypal (thank you Leslie for your patience!), I received this set of gorgeous beads by THEA Elements and Blueberri Beads.

I soon began to work with the flower. The design came instantly to my mind.

Brass and chrysotine for this necklace.

Brass and chrysotine for this necklace.

Then I moved to the big connector with those nice shades going from blue to green.

A jubilation of green and blue tigether.

A jubilation of green and blue together.

Yesterday I finally incorporated the four big round beads in this long necklace.

Brass and ceramic beads for this one.

Brass and ceramic beads for this one.

This is what I made and I have still two beads to use in the future. Now it’s the moment to see what the other participants made. Let’s go and see!

Lesley Watt

Caroline Dewison

Gay Messander

Made By Jules

Heidi Post

Janet Bocciardi

Alice

Dolores Raml

Lucy Haslam

Pine Ridge treasures

Shirley Moore

Tracy Collins

Melissa Truginger

Mags

Pepita

Jo-Ann

Toltec Jewels

Judith Johnston

Janine Lucas

Madeline Bunyan

The Moon & Seven Stars

Have fun and a big thank you to our two hosts who orgenized all this!

Lazy grey

1 Sep

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The new month made me know a new photo challenge that maybe fits better my pace. ūüėČ

color-me-happy

Color me happy is the name of the new challenge and it is hosted by Bine from “was eigenes” and by Andrea from Jolijou.

The theme for September is Lazy grey and as I have made three pairs of grey earrings some time ago and a grey bracelet, I thought to post those creations.

I love paillettes

Zen garden

Industial revolution - 1

Industial revolution – 1

Industrial revolutions 2

Industrial revolutions 2

Hope you like them and I am looking forward to see more grey inspiring pictures here!

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

20 Jul

Let me explain you how it works. It basically goes like that: you see a bead and think ‚ÄúOh, this would look great in that design I had in mind!‚ÄĚ. And then you see another one and think ‚ÄúOh, I could use this one for that‚ÄĚ And 5 minutes later, you say ‚ÄúWell, I will add this one too to my basket. I like it, I will figure out how to use it.‚ÄĚ.

All this goes on and on several times during the years and finally you find yourself full with unused (and often forgotten) beads.

If you are lucky enough, you will be invited by Lori to her new Blog Hop: the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!

I signed up and went through my hoarded stash, found new designs and here is what I made:

I bought the silk ribbon 3 years ago, I guess.

I bought the silk ribbon 3 years ago, I guess.

Those svarosvki beads are two years old.

Those svarosvki beads are two yers old.

And don't ask about the chains, I have zillion of Kms of chains in my stash.

And don’t ask about the chains, I have zillion of Kms of chains in my stash.

Czech beads were my true passion at the beginning. I bought tons of those!

Czech beads were my true passion at the beginning. I bought tons of those!

These glass beads were maybe in the second order I ever made.

These glass beads were maybe in the second order I ever made.

These also were in my second order.

These also were in my very second order.

These are pretty recent, maybe they have been sitting in my stash for only a year.

These are pretty recent, maybe they have been sitting in my stash for only a year.

I bought this drop beads because I wnated to learn my first wire techiniques... I am using them only now...

I bought this drop beads because I wnated to learn my first wire techiniques… I am using them only now…

We are almost in the modern time now. My passion for the semi precious beads has begun!

We are almost in the modern time now. My passion for the semi precious beads has begun!

I bought these beads because I liked the colour, but I have had hard time every time I tried to use them.

I bought these beads because I liked the colour, but I have had hard time every time I tried to use them.

I have still a lot beads to use. The good thing is that now I have lots of idea for them! Thanks Lori!

And don’t forget to check the other partecipant! You can find the list here.

A new blog hop!

22 Jun

Quite a long time since my last post, eh?

I also have the feeling that the last time I played with my beads was in the 1750 or something.

I can be so lazy!

But then yesterday I was invited to join an event on Facebook hosted by Lori Anderson, and I thought that this is what I need to sit again at my bead table, use some old beads and make room for new ones!

The special occasion that will wake my creativity up is…

***drumroll***

Bead_Hoarders_Blog_Hop

 

We just have to use our hoarded beads, the one we bought for who knows which reasons and the one that we have never used for tons of different reasons.

The blog hop will be in less than a month, on the 20th of July, and I guess it’s time to see what I can find in my stash!

Photo a Day Challenge: week 4

3 Dec

Wow! These photos mark the end of November and the beginning of the new month.

Four weeks of challenge and it really doesn’t seem like that. This is a great thing as it means that I am living this challenge with the right mood: no pressure, no stress, just fun.

As always, these were the prompts for this week:

week 4

Week 3 – A photo a day

And that’s what I captured:

#26

Pasta, pasta and more pasta

Pasta, pasta and more pasta

#27

A little tree full of yellow leaves and red berries

A little tree full of yellow leaves
and red berries

#30

A special birthday wish on my wall

A special birthday wish on my wall

#1

I cannot start a day without some coffee

I cannot start a day without
some coffee

Are you curious to know what else will bring December? Here is the complete list that Chantelle put together for us!

December prompts

I cannot start a day without

Challenge of Color

30 Nov

This year, for the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color, Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori trovati thought really big!

Along with Brandi Hussey of Brandi Girl Blog, a real color guru, they selected the 40 images taken from the Earth As Art image gallery to use in the challenge.

Erin sent each of the 80 participants two palettes, so that we could choose the one we liked the most.

I received these two colors palettes.

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Do you recognize Brendi style when we talk about palettes? She is really unique!

After some thinking I selected palette number 2: Lake Amadeus, a salt lake in Australia as I found out later. Honestly, it was really hard to take a decision, but in the end it was my resolution not to buy new beads that made the difference.

I have a lot of brown beads or stones in my stash, but no white or grey ones. Also I never used any blue beads in my pieces, so I thought this was the perfect occasion.

Picking up the colours was pretty easy: blue, lime-green and light violet.

The blue focal is a wonderful cuff connector from Heather Powers of HumbleBeads, then I used round amethyst beads and lime-green jade beads.

You know, I would have never thought to match blue and lime-green, but now I am enchanted by this combination. These two colours look wonderful together.

That’s why I like to join this challenge as the Bead Soup Blog Hop¬© challenge, because you are somehow forced to experiment and to work with new tools.

Now, are you ready to hop? I cannot wait to see what the other participants made!

Erin Prais-Hintz    http://treasures-found.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson    http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer    http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman    http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud    http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul    http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks    http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie Buss    http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso    http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk    http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier    http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington    http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic    http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak    http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett    http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington    http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer    http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick    http://designsinthelight.com
Therese Frank    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino    http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin    http://pixiloo.blogspot.com
Ambra Gostoli¬†¬† ¬†https://chicandfrog.wordpress.com <— You are here!
Jess Green    http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding    www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog    http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora    http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey    http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson    http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy    http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman    http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig    http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen    http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata    http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache    http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord    http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw    http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell    http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed    http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa    http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan    http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville    http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake    http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel    http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson    http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega    http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price    http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty    http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid    http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell    http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs    http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com
Andrea Ross    http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick    http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz    http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears    http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein    http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman    http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Sherri Stokey    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/
Lola Survillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley    http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd    http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins    http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub    http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker    http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner    http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk    http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen    http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White    http://lynnwhitejewelry.com
Joan Williams    http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

Have fun!

Thursday with colour

29 Nov

This year, as last year, I decided to join the Challenge of Color hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found.

Erin is an amazing polymer clay artist and jewellery designer. If you take a look at her Etsy shop, you will be really impressed by her unique style.

The blog hop for the 3rd Challenge of Color will be tomorrow, and today I want to freshen up your memory by showing you what I made for my first Challenge of color.

For this bracelet I used Swarovski beads in petrol and green shades, wrinkled silk fabric in a neutral pink shade and ceramic beads.

Aaah! Swaroski beads are so nice to touch, I love that feeling!

Anyway, this was one year ago. For the blog hop of tomorrow I can tell you that there will be another bracelet in completely different colors and materials.

As I am a kind person, I am posting a preview… Sorry for the quality of the photo!

Tomorrow I will post better ones, really!

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